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Explorer.exe does not load at startup?

by otakusempai / July 3, 2011 4:45 AM PDT

At startup, instead of loading the Explorer shell, my computer loads the
File Manager window! I tried going to Task Manager - File - New
Task, wrote EXPLORER.EXE and the same thing happened: the File Manager
(Explorer) window pops up, instead of the Taskbar and Desktop!

How can I fix this?


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Some malware hijacks the SHELL= entry.
by R. Proffitt Forum moderator / July 3, 2011 5:26 AM PDT
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Please Try This..
by Grif Thomas Forum moderator / July 3, 2011 8:35 AM PDT

If your desktop loads at all, then the problem occurred because the malware caused an issue with explorer.exe and the registry keys associated with it.. If that's the case, then RIGHT click on the link below, choose "Save As", then save the file to your desktop.. Once there, double click on it and choose "yes/OK", when it asks to "merge" the file to your registry. This registry file should fix the basic windows shell registry keys.

Hope this helps.


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Fresh reinstall
by otakusempai / July 4, 2011 11:28 PM PDT
In reply to: Please Try This..

Thank you all for the replies!

I tried the registry key, but it didn't work. The thing is that Explorer.exe was mistaken for the file manager, not the shell.

I was in process of cleaning up the malware using the advice on Bob's link, and I found qite a lot of malware, but eventually some other thing came up and I just decided to do a fresh reinstall, something I haven't done in like 4 years. Everything is running smoothly now, and some past problems I had with certain software are all gone now.

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