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Icons and Taskbar don't appear after Startup?

by gssrini / November 28, 2011 2:36 AM PST

Hi Cnet patrons,
I've a issue with my OS & what better way than to find a solution on Cnet.
I've XP SP2 installed on my system. When I start it up the icons & taskbar don't appear immediately. It takes upto 4mins for them to appear. Here are the things I've tried till now. Please suggest some solution other than this.

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You Remove ALL Issues Shown In HijackThis??
by Grif Thomas Forum moderator / November 28, 2011 3:59 AM PST

Using HijackThis requires knowledge of the program and how to us it.. If you removed EVERY item that HJT listed after it's scan, you'll be lucky if the computer runs at all. Most of the items listed after the scan are completely normal and MUST remain..

If icons and the taskbar are slow to load at startup, the most common reason is because they are too many starup programs and services running in the background, OR... you have malware on the machine..

Try uninstalling all unnecessary programs first.. Next, prevent unnecessary startup services and programs from using memory/resources at startup by disable unneeded services in "services.msc" and UNCHECK unneeded startup programs in "msconfig-Startup tab".

What have you done to simply scan the computer for malware.. Tried either of the programs below? If not, please do.

Malwarebytes Antimalware

SUPERAntispyware Removal Tool

Hope this helps.

Grif

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Thanks Grif
by gssrini / November 29, 2011 2:35 AM PST

Hi Grif,
I forgot to mention that I've stopped all unnecessary programs from running at the startup by going to services.msc and msconfig.
I make sure only the necessary programs are checked in the list.
Also I don't remove all the items listed by HJT. I had once faced a big issue by fixing all the issue listed by HJT and after that did a through research on that. Now I make sure only the truly unwanted programs are only checked.

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Try Scans With Both These Tools..
by Grif Thomas Forum moderator / November 29, 2011 3:31 AM PST
In reply to: Thanks Grif

There are never "guarantees" regarding tools that "won't harm my system in any other way" because you need to be careful about the items which are removed.. But...I've safely used both of the tools I listed in my earlier post, and that seem to find only malware.. They're both free and are "on-demand" scanners which don't run in the background.

Hope this helps.

Grif

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Scanned system with both tools but problem still persists
by gssrini / November 29, 2011 5:21 PM PST

Hi Grif,

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Re: losing data and programs
by Kees_B Forum moderator / November 29, 2011 5:33 PM PST

You won't loose data if you have a backup copy (2 copies would be better).
You won't loose programs if you can reinstall them from the CD or the downloaded setup program (even better: download the latest version).

So you won't loose data, even if you don't yet have a backup (which wouldn't be smart, but that's another story) as you can make a copy to an external hard disk using a Unix Live CD (and be sure to copy that backup to some other disk, so you have 2 copies).
And you won't loose any programs you bought on CD (if you didn't loose the CD) or still can download from the makers site.

All you use: two or three evenings of time to do all of it.

Kees

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Is re-installing the last resort?
by gssrini / November 29, 2011 7:02 PM PST

Hi Kees,

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A Reinstall Here Takes Me Three or Four Hours, Tops
by Grif Thomas Forum moderator / November 30, 2011 12:21 AM PST

Because I have the backup files and programs needed for all our computers, it takes very little time to take a computer back to its factory state, and that includes reinstalling third party programs and replacing all the important files from backups. Since it's hard to know exactly what you removed with Hijackthis, and since you've found malware on the machine, even if you've removed it, it's tough to decide exactly what has been damaged. In such situations, I find a format and reinstall to be one of the quicker options to bring the computer up and running again like new. And if you've got a recovery partition, such as those on most brand name computers, it's even quicker.

At this point, you've spent a couple of days simply talking to us about it.. Jumping on it now takes care of the issue by the end of the day today.

Of course, we don't know the types of backups you have, or whether you have a complete XP installation CD, or recovery discs for your computer.

Hope this helps.

Grif

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I will go for a re-installation, Thanks for your help
by gssrini / November 30, 2011 4:04 PM PST

Thanks so much Grif and Kees for helping me out.
I've a XP installation disc with me. Also have a few recovery disc.
So I'll try to take a back up of everything and re-install the OS.
And mine is not a branded PC and so there are no recovery partition on it.

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If Not A Branded System, Find Drivers First
by Grif Thomas Forum moderator / December 1, 2011 1:02 AM PST

Installing all of the drivers after installing the OS is critical for a good running computer.. Hopefully, you have a backup copy of your drivers. Placing them on a CD tends to work best.

Hope this helps.

Grif

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