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My Startup Button & All Icons Have Disappeared!

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#1 rugratkitty


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Posted 31 March 2006 - 06:02 PM

I am having a problem with my computer-Win 98SE...When I start it up, I often only get the wallpaper---the folder icons and my start button don't always come up and I have to turn it off and restart it. When it does start correctly, I often get an error message saying theres been a buffer overload or a problem with rundll32.exe. Also, like right now, my folder icons on my desktop and my start button disappear...if i were to close this window I'm using right now, I'd be left with nothing but my wallpaper...when this window opened for me, everything else on my desktop just vanished. Any help would be great!

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#2 Jesse Bassett

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Posted 31 March 2006 - 08:50 PM

What kind of computer do you have? If it is a Dell, I can guide you into a process called a PC-Restore. Meaning your pc will be restored to factory settings, thus having the start button and all files back. First though, knowing the manufacturer of your pc would be helpful.

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#3 tg1911


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Posted 01 April 2006 - 12:18 PM

Have you run any Antivirus/Spyware scans?

Are you using these basic security programs?
(They're all free.)
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ewido security suite
Spybot S&D

These 2, will help prevent spyware/malware from being installed in the first place:

Download these programs, update them, and then run them.
These programs, updated and used regularly, will do a lot to keep your computer clean of spyware, trojans, keyloggers, browser hijackers, etc...

When installing ewido security suite, under Additional Options uncheck:
Install background guard
Install scan via context menu

Please read this tutorial on Spybot S&D before using it. Spybot can do SERIOUS damage, if not used properly.

Helpful Tutorials:
Using Ad-Aware SE
Using SpywareBlaster
Using SpywareGuard
Using Ewido
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#4 rugratkitty

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Posted 02 April 2006 - 05:59 PM

Thank you for responding to my problem! I have an IBM computer with Aptiva Series 500 and Windows 98SE. I am not currently using any antivirus/spyware programs (at least I don't think so!), although I have just downloaded AD-Aware and will install and use that.

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Posted 02 April 2006 - 10:21 PM

I am not currently using any antivirus/spyware programs (at least I don't think so!), although I have just downloaded AD-Aware and will install and use that.

If you don't have an antivirus, don't expect to be using your computer for long. Ad-Aware is great, but it's certainly not a standalone product. It does nothing for trojans or viri, and only gets a percentage of spyware. Add Spybot Search and Destroy, AVG antivirus, Spyware Blaster, and a firewall like Zone Alarm at the very least.

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