Desktop missing

By Gugs
Aug 25, 2005
  1. A couple of days ago, I downloaded something that gave me a boatload of (I think) spyware. Today, I ran SpyBot and Ad-Aware. They both said that I needed to restart my computer before they could delete all of the files. When I restarted, my desktop was gone. No icons, no toolbar, just the wallpaper. Taking someone's advice, I downloaded and ran HijackThis! and came here to post the results and get some advice.

    Logfile of HijackThis v1.99.1
  2. PanicX

    PanicX TechSpot Ambassador Posts: 669

    Normally if your icons and taskbar don't load up when you start the PC, then for some reason or another your explorer.exe didn't launch. You can launch in manually by pressing CTRL-SHIFT-ESC then from the file menu, select "New Task" and type in explorer.exe

    As for your Hijack this file, you've got many startup processes that I don't recognize and are likely spyware. You can disable these easily through the MSConfig utility. From the Run.. prompt type: msconfig
    Then under the startup tab, you can deselect any or all startup applications.
  3. RealBlackStuff

    RealBlackStuff TS Rookie Posts: 6,503

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