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Icons dissappear after approximatley 3 seconds

Had computer turned off, no power for 10 days. When I booted again a bunch of windows came up before I even tried getting on the internet. I closed them all then my icons disappeared. They were some kind of ads for something. Now my computer says " other people are logged on to this computer" and the icons disappear shortly after they come on. This is a Dell 2400 with Windows XP.

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Sounds like to me you just have adware. you will have to backup your data that you want to save and do a complete restoration on you computer. let it format the drive and reload a fresh complete file structure. you should be fine after that..

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    Try to boot in safe mood by pushing the F8 key while it is booting.. What operating system is loaded on the unit. Also do you have the restoration CD or Disk for that Unit

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