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lost all desktop icons

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  • Started 6 years ago by irish139
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irish139
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I lost all window desktop icons, nothing happens if I right click...somehow I fell on a way to get on the internet but if I minimize the webpage I lose it, the way I get back the web page is to do control/alt/delete one time and double click the web page.
How do I do a system restore when I don't have access to the START icon? Any ideas?
Thanks for your help

Posted 6 years ago
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The Geek
Posts: 2059

If you don't have access to the start icon or the desktop, I'm assuming that explorer crashed.

What you can usually do in that case is use Ctrl+Alt+Delete and open Task Manager, then use the run menu to launch explorer.exe again.

If that or rebooting doesn't solve your issue, then you might have a spyware problem.

Posted 6 years ago
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Navigator
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My computer is having the same problem and i suspected its a spyware problem because after doing what you suggested, my desktop keeps coming on and off. My desktop disappeared last night during surfing, so this would comfirm a spyware although taking so much precautions, this still happens.

I'm about to reformat, lucky i saw your website so i really hope you can help me.

Also please could you recommend me some anti-spyware and antivirus software i can use to protect my com? i'm currently using spyware-search and destroy, spywareblaster, ad-aware 2007, avast!antivirus.

Thank you so much.

Best Regards,
Lee

Posted 6 years ago
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whs
Posts: 17584

Navigator, Are you using any security suite like Norton or McAfee? If not, I would recommend KASPERSKY. See this for info:

http://www.av-comparatives.org.....rview.html

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