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strange behaviours on window xp taskbar

Recently my window xp taskbar has some strange behaviors. The icons in the quick launch area is not resposive, and sometimes they just disappear. Also when I minimise any opened windows to the taskbar, I cannot restore them by clicking on those tabs.

I have recently deleted the driver for my HP cd-burner, and also installed the Ad-aware. Is it the cause of the strange behavior? And anyone knows the possible solution to make the taskbar function normally?


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You can try this

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There is an option to lock the taskbar an you just just put your mouse on it, right click, and select the option to lock. This will not fix any hidden problem such as trojans, spyware, virus activity, etc. So, you want to do a thorough check and clean up of these possibities.

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Locking taskbar doesn't help

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I have tried that way, but it doesn't work. I have updated my spybot and ad-aware and norton definition, and have a thorough scan over my harddisk. but doesn't turn up anything supicious.

However, the latest check by spybot reveal there are a lot of missing shared dll and registry changes. Also there also this missing link that still appear on the registry after I remove a programme called "star downloader" via "add/remove programme".

Any more suggestion in cleaning the mess?


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You can try System Restore

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Depending on how long you have had this problem, you can use XPs system restore feature to return some configurations to a time when you are sure this problem did not exist. This will be found under ProgramsAccessories/System Tools. There is never a guarantee this will work or not cause other problems, however.

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Plug n'Play

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Surprisingly this feature is interdependent with the Task Bar. Disable it and run windows, then if the problem is resolved re-enable it. Failing this download a small proram Taskbar Repair Plus 1.1 by Kelly..

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yes, TaskBar repair

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Yes, there are 3rd party tools to go into your registry and repair the teskbar.

Con: you have to redo whatever customization you want
Pro: everything works again!

I find that as I make system changes (add/delete/upgrade) that involve programs that try to suck up a slot in the System Tray, icons start disappearing - and if the only way to control that app is through that icon...

I like to use the System Tray option to selectively hide icons. However, after enough changes, this tool becomes totally befuddled. Turning the option off doesn't always help at this point.

Time for another Taskbar reset...

Beats the heck out of the suggestion to spend dozens of hours formatting and re-building a highly customized XP installation as suggested elsewhere!

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Repair Taskbar - *Settings will be reset*

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Sometimes you need a radical approach

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When all is said and done, you may need to back up your important files and programs, reformat the hard drive and reinstall the operating system. This of course depends on how badly your system is infested with malware. Assuming you're using Win XP you might try opening "run" from start and typing in msconfig. Access your start up menu and try unchecking the boxes one at a time and see if eliminating these programs from your start up menu cures the problem.

As far as the missing DLL files, if you have the OS installation disks you may be able to reinstall the missing files from the disks.

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Thanks for all the suggestions!

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Thanks for all the recommendations. Tried the system restore, at the moment failed all the points that i tried. I think the dll is the problem, coz the spybot did identify a lot of missing dll. Also at the initial loading of xp after the logon, when I hover my mouse over the quick launch, there are indication the icons are clickable, which become unresponsive when all stuff finish loading.

Will try the third party program Happy
Thanks for all the help!

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strange behaviours

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I think you can rule out Ad Ware.
Another thing to consider is the size of your hard drive. If your computer is almost maxed out that could be one of the more simpler causes.

I also do not think deleting your HP would be a problem unless it was connected to many other functions so that when you deleted it ---it took shared or part of shared files with it.

Your best bet is to haul it into a competent computer shop and let the tech tell you what the problem is.

Microsoft is so nice to get you to buy their products but then if you got a problem with it they do not want to be bothered with you unless you got a million or so to pay them to talk to you about their software which they failed to debug enough. So avoid calling them if you can. You might find something on their website that is similar to what is happening to your computer.

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About the possibility of ad ware:
Think it's unlikely, cos now running 2 anti-spy applications with regular updates, also with the regular-updated norton antivirus programme.

Another thing is my hd is not max out yet, but this just prompt me to ask another question. When I try to defrag my hd, it doesn't seem to defrag my hd completely, I think it only defrag around 10% of the hd. So is it some setting problem tt I can alter, or is it some inherent problem in win xp itself?

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Disappearing taskbar icon

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I had the icon for my new printer and scanner disappear from my Windows taskbar recently so I did system restore and restored my computer to the previous day and that solved the problem. It hasn't happened since then. Good Luck.

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This morning I switch on my comp and suddenly, everything seems fine again. I can click on those once unresponsive icon again.

I have posted a HJT log in another forum. So if I got any progress from there, will update here.

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