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Windows XP desktop doesn't load fully, only the wallpaper shows

By acortez
Jan 12, 2007
  1. Yesterday I opened my computer and found a black Warning wallpaper on my desktop that a spyware/adware could be infecting my computer. So I ran Spyware Doctore and it was able to clean everything out. I thought it was just a normal cookies and 'regular' spyware program. After that though I couldn't open IE. So I restarted the computer and the chkdsk at the start took forever to finish. When Windows loaded, all the other desktop items wouldn't show except for my wallpaper and the cursor. When I try ctrl alt del, it says Task Manager Administrator has disabled the option (or something along that line.)

    I'm trying to reinstall Windows now in Safe Mode Command Prompt (cos the rest of the task bars, etc won't show in Safe Mode alone. In this mode only the command prompt shows.) But it won't read my CD. I'm going to try and borrow another perhaps just to get through replacing my OS for the meantime.

    However is there anything else I can do? I'm on another computer and won't be able to provide logs, etc :( What could be the problem? I can only run my computer now in safe mode command prompt and work with command prompt.

    Edit:
    I've located some folders in my program files that I haven't seen before:
    astalavista toolbar
    ItBill
    BraveSentry

    Are these just adwares or are there other things that could be affecting windows?
     
  2. acortez

    acortez TS Rookie Topic Starter

    Thanks. I can't run any programs though and I'm afraid of deleting genuine windows files in command prompt. So I guess I really should just reinstall the OS first?
     
  3. Yeah, just make sure that there is no way of recovering fully, and if you can't then just reinstall the OS.:)
     
  4. dmill89

    dmill89 TS Guru Posts: 737

    I had this happen once after I resized a partition. Unfortunately there was an error and the files for windows explorer (the program for navigateing windows which all icons, task bars,etc. are contained) were corrupted. Tho only solution was to reinstall the OS. There is a good chance that something either corrupted or deleated windows explorer.
     
  5. acortez

    acortez TS Rookie Topic Starter

    Oh that's it, windows explorer. Thanks. Don't think I can recover it anymore, will just reinstall the OS then.
     
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