I had a virus last week that hid all the icons on my desktop, in my Start menu, and in my C: drive. I successfully removed the virus and was able to restore the icons to my desktop, C: drive, and main Start Menu, but I still have a problem. When I click "All Programs," my program folders appear, but they're all empty. The programs are still installed, but for some reason they aren't showing up when I click the folder in Start>All Programs. I can't do a system restore -- the virus deleted my restore points as well. Is there any way I can rebuild my Start menu without having to do a complete reinstall? I tried creating a new user profile, but the issue exists in the new profile as well.
I can run the programs if I type in the exact .exe file in the search bar at the bottom of my Start menu (for example, iexplore.exe), but if I just type the name of the program, Search doesn't find it. When I click Start>All Programs, it looks normal at first, but if I click on a folder (like Microsoft Office), it just says (empty) beneath the folder name. Any suggestions? I really don't want to do a complete restore
Edited by hamluis, 21 August 2011 - 06:15 PM.
Moved from XP to Am I Infected.