Another case of the dreaded Lost Desktop, Lost Icons, Lost Taskbar, etc.

Discussion in 'Windows XP Help' started by tempgal, Dec 25, 2005.

  1. tempgal

    tempgal Guest

    Has anyone found a solution yet?

    I've tried every suggestion I found on the web but nothing has worked.
    Have also reinstalled Windows but the problem persists.

    It came about suddenly. I rebooted and there were no icons, no start
    button, no quicklaunch, no taskbar. I can only access items via the
    Task Manager.

    Am running XP Pro, Service Pack 1.

    Please ... would welcome suggestions from anyone.

    Thanks.
     
    tempgal, Dec 25, 2005
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  2. From: "tempgal" <>

    | Has anyone found a solution yet?
    |
    | I've tried every suggestion I found on the web but nothing has worked.
    | Have also reinstalled Windows but the problem persists.
    |
    | It came about suddenly. I rebooted and there were no icons, no start
    | button, no quicklaunch, no taskbar. I can only access items via the
    | Task Manager.
    |
    | Am running XP Pro, Service Pack 1.
    |
    | Please ... would welcome suggestions from anyone.
    |
    | Thanks.

    Have you tried logging in via a different account ?

    Have you tried executing userinit.exe ?


    Download MULTI_AV.EXE from the URL --
    http://www.ik-cs.com/programs/virtools/Multi_AV.exe

    To use this utility, perform the following...
    Execute; Multi_AV.exe { Note: You must use the default folder C:\AV-CLS }
    Choose; Unzip
    Choose; Close

    Execute; C:\AV-CLS\StartMenu.BAT
    { or Double-click on 'Start Menu' in C:\AV-CLS }

    NOTE: You may have to disable your software FireWall or allow WGET.EXE to go through your
    FireWall to allow it to download the needed AV vendor related files.

    C:\AV-CLS\StartMenu.BAT -- { or Double-click on 'Start Menu' in C:\AV-CLS}
    This will bring up the initial menu of choices and should be executed in Normal Mode.
    This way all the components can be downloaded from each AV vendor's web site.
    The choices are; Sophos, Trend, McAfee, Kaspersky, Exit this menu and Reboot the PC.

    You can choose to go to each menu item and just download the needed files or you can
    download the files and perform a scan in Normal Mode. Once you have downloaded the files
    needed for each scanner you want to use, you should reboot the PC into Safe Mode [F8 key
    during boot] and re-run the menu again and choose which scanner you want to run in Safe
    Mode. It is suggested to run the scanners in both Safe Mode and Normal Mode.

    When the menu is displayed hitting 'H' or 'h' will bring up a more comprehensive PDF help
    file. http://www.ik-cs.com/multi-av.htm


    * * * Please report back your results * * *


    --
    Dave
    http://www.claymania.com/removal-trojan-adware.html
    http://www.ik-cs.com/got-a-virus.htm
     
    David H. Lipman, Dec 25, 2005
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  3. tempgal

    tempgal Guest

    I can't do any of the suggestions. Trying userinit.exe only results in
    a quick flash of something which then disappears (same thing as happens
    when I try to start explorer.exe from Task Manager.

    I can't download anything to a specific folder because I can't access
    Internet Explorer and Mozilla will only download to the desktop.

    Can't access Control Panel to turnoff any firewall.

    I'm just stuck.
     
    tempgal, Dec 25, 2005
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  4. From: "tempgal" <>

    | I can't do any of the suggestions. Trying userinit.exe only results in
    | a quick flash of something which then disappears (same thing as happens
    | when I try to start explorer.exe from Task Manager.
    |
    | I can't download anything to a specific folder because I can't access
    | Internet Explorer and Mozilla will only download to the desktop.
    |
    | Can't access Control Panel to turnoff any firewall.
    |
    | I'm just stuck.

    You can put a URL such as...
    http://www.ik-cs.com/programs/virtools/Multi_AV.exe

    in the TaskManager "run" dialogue.
    And you can follow the other directions as well.

    I also asked -- "Have you tried logging in via a different account ?"
    Have you ?

    --
    Dave
    http://www.claymania.com/removal-trojan-adware.html
    http://www.ik-cs.com/got-a-virus.htm
     
    David H. Lipman, Dec 25, 2005
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  5. tempgal

    tempgal Guest

    I can't login via any other account. The only one that appears is my
    usual one and I can't create another.
     
    tempgal, Dec 25, 2005
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  6. David H. Lipman, Dec 25, 2005
    #6
  7. tempgal

    Guest

    SUCCESS! It wasn't a virus. It was the uninstallation of Google
    Desktop Search that caused this major problem. Quite by accident, I
    did a google search and found numerous others who had experienced
    similar difficulties.

    I think Google should take some of their handsome profits and reimburse
    me the $200 that I spent for additional hardware to backup my data in
    preparation for doing a full reformatting which I ultimately didn't
    have to do.

    Beware Google Desktop Search!
     
    , Jan 8, 2006
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