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System Check Gone, So Is Start menu


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#1 pmiller000

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Posted 24 February 2012 - 08:12 PM

Hello,

I got rid of System Check a few weeks ago (Thank you!) but now I notice most of the Accessories have disappeared from my Start menu. (Went looking for Disk Defrag today. Nope!) I'm sure the removal of System Check also removed Accessories (System Tools, etc.) from the Start menu. I'm sure they're still there (somewhere), but how can I find them, and how can I get them back?

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Posted 24 February 2012 - 08:16 PM

Oh yeah. Vista Home Premium.

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Posted 24 February 2012 - 09:14 PM

Hello, I moved this to Am I Infected as this forum requires a DDS log to be posted. Lets see if we can fix this.

Please download the following program to your desktop:

Unhide.exe

Once the program has been downloaded, double-click on the Unhide.exe icon on your desktop and allow the program to run. This program will remove the +H, or hidden, attribute from all the files on your hard drives. If there are any files that were purposely hidden by you, you will need to hide them again after this tool is run.

If that did not do it I need to know if your computer is running a 32-bit version or 64-bit version of the Windows operating system.

1.Click Start, type system in the Start Search box, and then click system in the Programs list.
2.The operating system is displayed as follows:
◦For a 64-bit version operating system: 64-bit Operating System appears for the System type under System.
◦For a 32-bit version operating system: 32-bit Operating System appears for the System type under System.
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Posted 25 February 2012 - 07:59 PM

OK, unhide.exe didn't work. Turns out I already used it after getting rid of System Check.

So on to the next step.

I am running the 64-bit version of Windows Vista Home Premium.

Poked around a bit and did find defrag.exe. but it didn't work on its own. Oh well . . .

Thanks for replying quickly. It's not a big deal, but like everything else to do with computers. it IS annoying when something doesn't work as it should.

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Posted 25 February 2012 - 08:26 PM

Hello,This will restore the default start menu that came with Windows,if you haven't run a Temp file or Registry cleaner.

Windows Vista 64-bit US English
http://download.bleepingcomputer.com/grinler/fakehdd/vista-64-sm-reset.exe
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Posted 26 February 2012 - 11:37 AM

Thank you, "Boopme"!

"reset start menu" worked perfectly, and fast! Your resources must be almost limitless.

I am so impressed by bleepingcomputer! Two problems solved, one major, one minor, but both dealt with promptly, and in clear, well-organized instructions.

I will recommend bleepingcomputer to anyone who has a problem beyond my meager abilities.

Thanks again,

P Miller

P.S. "Boopme"? How unfortunate.

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Posted 26 February 2012 - 04:10 PM

Hello again PMiller. Not sure whats unfortunate. Glad to have been of assistance and appreciate your kind words.

Now you should Create a New Restore Point to prevent possible reinfection from an old one. Some of the malware you picked up could have been saved in System Restore. Since this is a protected directory your tools cannot access to delete these files, they sometimes can reinfect your system if you accidentally use an old restore point. Setting a new restore point AFTER cleaning your system will help prevent this and enable your computer to "roll-back" to a clean working state.

The easiest and safest way to do this is:
  • Go to Start > Programs > Accessories > System Tools and click "System Restore".
  • Choose the radio button marked "Create a Restore Point" on the first screen then click "Next". Give the R.P. a name, then click "Create". The new point will be stamped with the current date and time. Keep a log of this so you can find it easily should you need to use System Restore.
  • Then use Disk Cleanup to remove all but the most recently created Restore Point.
  • Go to Start > Run and type: Cleanmgr
  • Click "Ok". Disk Cleanup will scan your files for several minutes, then open.
  • Click the "More Options" tab, then click the "Clean up" button under System Restore.
  • Click Ok. You will be prompted with "Are you sure you want to delete all but the most recent restore point?"
  • Click Yes, then click Ok.
  • Click Yes again when prompted with "Are you sure you want to perform these actions?"
  • Disk Cleanup will remove the files and close automatically.
Vista Users can refer to these links: Create a New Restore Point and Disk Cleanup.

Tips to protect yourself against malware and reduce the potential for re-infection:Avoid gaming sites, pirated software, cracking tools, keygens, and peer-to-peer (P2P) file sharing programs. They are a security risk which can make your computer susceptible to a smörgåsbord of malware infections, remote attacks, exposure of personal information, and identity theft. Many malicious worms and Trojans spread across P2P file sharing networks, gaming and underground sites. Users visiting such pages may see innocuous-looking banner ads containing code which can trigger pop-up ads and malicious Flash ads that install viruses, Trojans and spyware. Ads are a target for hackers because they offer a stealthy way to distribute malware to a wide range of Internet users. The best way to reduce the risk of infection is to avoid these types of web sites and not use any P2P applications. Read P2P Software User Advisories and Risks of File-Sharing Technology.

Keeping Autorun enabled on USB and other removable drives has become a significant security risk due to the increasing number of malware variants that can infect them and transfer the infection to your computer. To learn more about this risk, please read:
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