I ran into a strange virus a couple months back where all if the icons disappeared from my desktop. I went into folder options to show hidden folders and now the files are present but are semi-transparent. Additionally, since the problem occurred, my computer has been a bit sluggish. I am running Windows Vista on a 64bit machine. Has anyone else ran into this issue and, if you have, is there a solution to fix it?
(Solved) - Desktop icons disappeared and then display as semi-transparent(3 posts)
Your icons are semi-transparent so that you can tell that if you "hide" hidden folders, these will be the ones that disappear. Hold down ctrl and select them all one at a time, then right click on one of them and select properties. Under the General tab, untick the "Hidden" option and then click Apply > OK. They should all now be at the correct opacity.
If you haven't got it then I would also download Malwarebytes. Update the data base after installing. Then run a full scan in Safe Mode of all Drives / Partitions.
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