Posted 25 July 2011 - 04:46 AM
I have a Lenova T61 notebook with Vista OS.
Recently Firefoxe's desktop icon changed to an unbranded (plain) icon; like that of a file icon without a .extension. I cannot associate a particular or deliberate change to system or Firefox settings that may have contributed. And when I double click on the icon to open, I get the message: 'Windows cannot access the specified device, path, or file. You may not have the appropriate permissions to access the item.
So I tried a system restore to roll back to earlier system settings. The system hung during restore - so I overode a shut down after waiting and waiting. When booting up again, a Windows message said something like system restore did not complete, would you like to complete now - I selected yes - restore process ran through to presumed successful completion - so I then did a reboot - the message was there again so I presume was not successful - and the Firefox icon was still 'plain' and would not open.
I then opened Uninstall Programs widget from within Control Panel - when clicking on Firefox to initiate uninstall, nothing happens. So I went direct to Firefox's program folders area and clicked directly on the uninstall exe and nothing happens.
So I download and install Firefox 5.01, supposedly successfully, and same scenario with its desktop icon and program uninstall from Control Panel and FF program folders.
I opened into Safe Mode and FF icon is as usually branded by FF and opens fine.
I switch off AVG Guard - same problem still exists. Running Zone Alarm Free Firewall with Firefox ticked on all Access and Server options.
I do not know what to do from here. Please assist - anyone!!!