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Taskbar and Icons keep disappearing

by lakescrewnine / December 13, 2008 9:26 PM PST

I'm running XP sp3 on a fairly fast computer, and I've had no real problem until now. I'm certain that I've got some sort of malware that's preventing explorer.exe from working right. I was just going through my email and I opened something from my girlfriend and all of a sudden avast started losing it's mind and detecting a billion different little nasty things and then all my icons and my task bar vanish. At I can still run everything through task manager, which is what I'm doing now to write this. I've run through my system with AVG and avast and ad aware and none of them turn up anything, which is strange, especially considering the event directly preceding my stuff going missing. I'm really at a loss and I don't want to start making backup disks of all my work if I have some sort of stupid worm that could decide to take up residence on a dvd and reinfect my system, and I really don't want to wipe the drive yet, so can anyone help me out?

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(NT) System Restore?
by Coryphaeus / December 13, 2008 10:34 PM PST
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System restore didn't work
by lakescrewnine / December 16, 2008 1:38 AM PST
In reply to: System Restore?

It's not like I don't set restore points either, it just didn't work. In fact it made everything go a little nuts and it kept saying I didn't have permissions to access half a dosen things, so I undid it and I have my permissions back. I'm still able to run eveything from task bar and if I run explorer it works for a minute or 2 before flashing repeatedly and then disappearing completely. Any other ideas out there? This is a really stupid problem. here's a question, albeit a silly one, would reinstalling xp work? (you know, not a full wipe, just a reinstall to repair broken things like you used to have to do all the time with 95 and 98) And if I do that or if I do wipe the hard drive and reinstall will the activation thing cause me to lose my mind? I remember trying to install xp on a different computer and no matter what I couldn't activate even though I was using a fresh copy that was never ever used before, so I'm just a little scared to risk it. I'm sure that it'll be fine, but still it's a major concern I have because of the problems it's posed in the past.

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