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Missing Desktop

By unclebig
Jul 7, 2007
  1. Running Windows XP Pro, downloaded what I thought was an application, but my desktop has disappeared ever since. I can only see my desktop background but nothing else.
    keen not to re-install as numerous files are needed by herindoors.
    Please help me before I become toast....
     
  2. CCT

    CCT TS Evangelist Posts: 2,653   +6

    If you use ctrl+alt+del does the Task manager comes up?

    If so, can you click upper left corner 'file' then 'new task (run)' and type 'explorer' and press Return.
     
  3. unclebig

    unclebig TS Rookie Topic Starter

    Typed explorer in new task, the desktop disply pops up for 2 second and then disappears.
    Now windows keeps restarting when I went into safe mode to try and boot off a cd i had.
     
  4. CCT

    CCT TS Evangelist Posts: 2,653   +6

    You have a bug - pm momok to get his help.
     
  5. almcneil

    almcneil TS Guru Posts: 1,277

    Classic spyware symptom!! Use the following 3 anti-spyware utilities:

    • Ad-Aware 2007
    • Spybot Search & Destroy
    • AVG Anti-Spyware
    All are free and can be downloaded over the Internet.
     
  6. CCT

    CCT TS Evangelist Posts: 2,653   +6

    Al - those AREN'T gonna clean what he has.

    Sorry.
     
  7. almcneil

    almcneil TS Guru Posts: 1,277

    What makes you so aure about that?
     
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