I have Windows XP Pro Corp, SP-3 and have just re-installed a fresh copy on my Dell Dimension 4500. It is updated up to SP3 and everything appears to be running normally. However, in checking the Control Panel in category view and going into the Performance and Maintenance, then into Administrative Tools, I click on Admin Tools and sometimes the shortcut works, other times not. The start navigation click is heard, but the window does not go into Admin Tools. The same with Scheduled Tasks. I click on it to open it, however the start navigation click is heard but the window does not open Scheduled Tasks. It can work occasionally, but other times it simply sits on the Performance and Maintenance screen. In Classic View it is the same case. All the icons are there, I click on Administrative Tools and sometimes the shortcut works, other times not. The start navigation sound is heard but the option does not execute. If I right click those functions and hit Explore they work every time. I created an administrative tools folder in the start menu and all the shortcuts function normally. No problems. But inside the control panel is entirely different. The left click "open" command is what is at fault I think, being intermittent. The other control panel options all work normally.
I thought at first it may have been another program blocking the access to those shortcuts. I have PC Registry Mechanic 10.0, Glary Utilities, UltraDefragmenter, Defraggler, however I uninstalled them and tried those shortcuts with the same result. Intermittent. Then I suspected malware, so I ran a Malewarebytes scan and came up empty and kept a log. I ran a HiJackThis and created a log as well. I will post both logs (I edited out my name and computer name). The only other action I did on my computer was an AutoPlay fix on my 2 DVD drives and my USB removable drive. I suspect a registry clean may have wiped out something in the control panel, but I am unsure. Below are the logs for Malewarebytes and HiJackThis. I am stumped and I don't want to aimlessly start looking into reg fixes and mess up the registry. This install is barely two weeks old and I don't want to start from scratch again. Any feedback on this would be greatly appreciated.
Mod Edit: HJT log removed, not used in non-mwlware forum, not allowed in this forum, see No DDS, HijackThis, or ComboFix logs should be posted in this forum. - BleepingComputer.com - http://www.bleepingcomputer.com/forums/forum-56/announcement-45-no-dds-hijackthis-or-combofix-logs-should-be-posted-in-this-forum/ ~ Hamluis.
Edited by hamluis, 24 January 2012 - 04:32 PM.