Posted 11 January 2007 - 10:21 AM
I have often used Norton Systemworks in cases like this, and there are probably a lot of programs that will do the same thing. Most of them, unfortunately, cost a bit of money, though it might be well-spent.
With Norton, I run it from the disk and use Windoctor to clean up problems.
Have you tried going into Program Files, then to the individual program and using the exe file to start it? Chances are the desktop icons are corrupted. (Ironically, this often happens when attempting to install something like Norton Internet Security when there's an infection like an rbot present.)