I really hope I'm just missing something obvious here.
I've been working on this one for HOURS, and the I can't think of new ways to phrase this question to search engines...
This started with a particularly nasty version of the FBI Moneypak malware.
This one would not even allow access in safe mode, or safe w/command prompt..
After many "low impact" attempts failed, eventually I removed the infected HD and attached it via a USB device to a working computer.
Once the drive initialized, I scanned it with virus/malware programs and removed the FBI Moneypak.
However, upon returning the "cleaned" HD to its original computer, it started up just fine but then... no icons, blank desktop, no start menu, no right click...
I am able to access programs normally through the task manager, etc..
But the whole, run "explorer.exe" fix doesn't do anything.
I also tried creating new user account, and guess what?! Same issue with brand new account... no icons, no R-click, etc.
At this point, it occured to me that the problem was likely system wide... perhaps explorer.exe was damaged during the removal of the FBI malware? or maybe the registry paths were jacked up by the recovery efforts somehow??
(I have also run SFC /SCANNOW.. found nothing... tried startup repair w Win7 DVD, no luck... )
In any case, I can't seem to figure this one out.
Have tried many, many fixes from the internet, none have worked
Any help or advice would be greatly appreciated.