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XP computer's programs can't read anything


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#1 jerbear64

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Posted 11 November 2013 - 06:17 PM

I've got an XP Pro SP3 machine that I was attempting to install WindowBlinds 7.2 on. After that was done I wanted to apply a skin to emulate Windows 7, Aero Glass and all. When I applied the skin the screen turned gray, then the computer restarted. After logging back in I was greeted with just my desktop background. No icons and no taskbar. Task Manager would not start up, Explorer.exe was crashed, and when I right-clicked the computer restarted. Fortunately I created a System Restore point yesterday. When I restored via Safe Mode, WindowBlinds was still there. I was able to get to my desktop and everything seemed to be working properly, but all of my programs appear to be borked. If I go to Chrome, it tells me numerous times that my profile could not be accessed. I can't view any downloads, and I get a message saying I couldn't connect to the webpage occasionaly... which I think is due to the cache. Firefox says that it is already running, but Task Manager says otherwise. Facebook Messenger crashes on startup, etc.



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#2 jerbear64

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Posted 12 November 2013 - 08:14 AM

Got it fixed. Apparently a malware messed with the permissions of the C drive when I reboot the machine, I disabled Simple File Sharing and took ownership of C: and that fixed it. After that I ran a MalwareBytes scan, and the malware was detected and removed.



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Posted 12 November 2013 - 12:15 PM

Thanks for letting us know...happy computing :).

 

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