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      06-06-2011, 07:10 AM   #1
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Question Windows XP Help: No Desktop Icons & Programs

when i boot up the computer and im on the home screen, there are no icons and i can't right click either. all i have is my task bar below, but even if i press start-> all programs it says empty.

the only icons i do have are the ones in my task bar and they all are working like steam, sc2, antivirus, etc.

any thoughts to fix this? i would hate to reformat... help much appreciated, thanks guys.
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There is a new variation on virus that makes all your folders both hidden AND read-only. You have to enable hidden folder view. Start, Run, Explorer.exe, Tools, Folder Options, View, Show Hidden files and folders.
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There is a new variation on virus that makes all your folders both hidden AND read-only. You have to enable hidden folder view. Start, Run, Explorer.exe, Tools, Folder Options, View, Show Hidden files and folders.
Annnnnnnd then fix the more serious problem of a virus on your computer fuckin up your shit.
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maybe you logged in with an unused user acct instead of the one you usually use?
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when i boot up the computer and im on the home screen, there are no icons and i can't right click either. all i have is my task bar below, but even if i press start-> all programs it says empty.

the only icons i do have are the ones in my task bar and they all are working like steam, sc2, antivirus, etc.

any thoughts to fix this? i would hate to reformat... help much appreciated, thanks guys.
Go here Kellys-korner
read the start of the article and then scroll down to item 195 in the right pane.
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I know you said you cant right click but how about right click on task bar > show desktop?
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Annnnnnnd then fix the more serious problem of a virus on your computer fuckin up your shit.
I always forget to quote the OBVIOUS thing you have to do first. . . but thisone is usually just a Java injection fixed by deleting Temp Internet Files
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OP if the only thing you're going to do is make up stories and ask questions about shit you can't figure out on your own and not contribute to the forum in any way, there are dedicated forums that will better suit you.


What I'm trying to say is... GTFO
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when i boot up the computer and im on the home screen, there are no icons and i can't right click either. all i have is my task bar below, but even if i press start-> all programs it says empty.

the only icons i do have are the ones in my task bar and they all are working like steam, sc2, antivirus, etc.

any thoughts to fix this? i would hate to reformat... help much appreciated, thanks guys.
Receptionist just had this this afternoon, here is what I did:

First, your taskmgr is prolly disabled right?

Go to start, run, go to c:\windows\system32\

Find taskmgr.exe, make a copy of it, then rename the copy to something else, random like jhgjwehgweg

Open it, close out the randomly named files running in the processes window [which are probably telling you your HDD is bad and you have a virus]

Run regedit (hkey, local user, software, microsoft, windows, current version, run), find the path of where the shit files were, go and delete them, then delete the reg key(s) that bring up the spyware

Reboot computer

Go to your control panel, internet options, clear ALL history, cookies, favorites data, etc

Go to c:\docs and settings, right click each hidden user folder and uncheck hidden, this should restore all shortcuts/start menu

Download & run MBAM (Malware bytes anti malware, www.malwarebytes.org), it should find a few items, one of which will be a reg. key that disables your desktop/right clicking, allow it to fix + reboot


Should be OK after that...


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