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Every 5 seconds or so, Desktop icons disappear with the taskbar and then reappear. Explorer.exe restarts. I validated through Task Manager, explorer.exe in Processes disappears and reappears. I can open other windows and things function otherwise normally as long as I do so when explorer is active. I've had one suggestion to change the priority or the process (above or below normal). I've tried and that doesn't work. I have recently installed and run Advanced SystemCare so the registry and other features were "repaired" I assume that is in some way the cause BUT its RESTORE function isn't working and I don't have a SYSTEM RESTORE point either. I still need focus on how to fix the explorer.exe problem, not restore it. Obviously other programs work, once I get into them. Explorer is restarting in the background. Thanks

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  • seobrien Jan 31, 2009

    scam the system? That's your advice?

  • seobrien Jan 31, 2009

    Yes, I've scanned the system, that's what Advanced SystemCare does. Is there some other way I should scan it?

    What if I can't reinstall? Lost the cds.

  • seobrien Jan 31, 2009

    http://superantispyware.com/
    Found some spyware and removed but the problem persists. Doesn't seem to be the result of spyware.

  • seobrien Jan 31, 2009

    What is sfc /scannow from Start / Run?
    I know Start > Run but what do I put there?
    And know that because explorer restarts every few second, Start > Run restarts every few seconds. That has to work in that window of time.

  • seobrien Jan 31, 2009

    RE: "To determine, run Task Manager and determine how much CPU usage shows up and the Memory (PF) usage shows up with no other Windows/program running. Depending on your processor, an empty desktop would only show about 3% CPU usage and less than 25% memory usage.

    Additionally, you can run "msconfig" and verify that no unwanted/un-essential/unknown programs are running. Likewise scan for viruses. It may also help to download, install and run Ad-Aware."

    What programs are not Windows? What do I close? Same with msconfig, how do I know what needs to be running?

  • seobrien Jan 31, 2009

    The problem exists in safe mode too

  • seobrien Jan 31, 2009

    Safe mode fails to work too; everything else is fine, explorer.exe restarts. In safe mode that means I get the warning that it is starting in safe mode every time it resets.

  • seobrien Jan 31, 2009

    There is no previous restore point
    Which is another symptom as I've used system restore before so there should be previous restore points.

  • seobrien Jan 31, 2009

    So progress, of a sort
    I used regcure andhttp://download.bleepingcomputer.com/sUB...

    Explorer stays live but doesn't load on Windows start. I have to run it through Task Manager. Once up, it seems to work.
    Why doesn't it load?

  • seobrien Feb 02, 2009

    so I've done this http://www.ehow.com/how_4592369_problem-...
    and it worked but now the computer reboots at random.
    I've had Firerfox open, sometimes in Word, files are loading, sometimes not. on a few occasions I'm merely opening the start bar.
    Sometimes in 5 seconds, some times not for 5 hours.

    Usually within a few minutes.

    I've run every spyware remover recommended and now have AVG and SuperAntiSpyware running constantly.

    Here's what troubles me: Every time I run a different spyware program, more trojans and malware are found. Even once they all report clean, after rebooting, they start finding more again.

    So, how stop the reboot? How can I be certain things are clean or don't get reinfected?

  • seobrien Feb 02, 2009

    Wow Malewarebyte found MORE! so this is either really bad or the other malware finder programs recommended are poor.

    Problem still persists; PC reboots without warning.

  • seobrien Feb 02, 2009

    From a suggestion "Advanced SystemCare is the culprit in this case and has altered the registry beyond repair. I would tell you to perform a system restore but in this case you have no restore points to go back to. You only have one real option, and it means a complete recovery of the operating system.
    While you are still able to use the operating system i suggest that you back up all of your data before you loose explorer altogether. The system is only going to get worse so back up may be imperative. Other than that you just going to have to cope with it or use the machine in safe mode."

    How do you know Advanced SystemCare is the culprit? Considering that I'm not stuck in safe mode. See last update. Explorer.exe reboot is fixed, now computer just restarts at random.

    Thanks

  • seobrien Feb 04, 2009

    defrag and scandisk don't help

  • seobrien Feb 04, 2009

    download.bleepingcompute...UBs/ComboFix.exe
    A file called peep.exe crashes than AVG finds a trojan.

  • seobrien Feb 04, 2009

    I was so hopeful! Triedhttp://www.reimage.com/home/
    Didn't work; why would it not?

    Concluding that I need to reformat and reinstall. What are my options when I only have Upgrade CDs?

  • seobrien Feb 04, 2009

    I'm trying Avast
    Started getting a blue screen though; in case this helps:
    page_fault_in_nonpaged_area

    Any idea what that means?

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Sir, my suggestion for you is to FORMAT your computer because even though you remove the viruses but still it will back again and again and some of your programs and files have been infected aswell. Be sure that you install an antivirus so that this wont happen again. hope that helps!

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There Can Be A lot Of Reasons For This Error Its Almost Impossible To Determine The Problem Without Sitting In Front Of The Machine.

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You don't need to reformat,I can tell you how to fix.
If you have Vista

  1. First,Click on the Vista start icon in the bottom left corner of your screen.
  2. Type MSCONFIG in the search box and then either press enter on your keyboard or double-click on the MSCONFIG program that appears in the search results.
  3. To prevent you from accidentally making changes that could destabilize your computer, Vista asks you for permission to continue. You may see a box asking you to key in your computer's administrator user name and password.Or, if you're already logged into Vista as an administrator, you may see a box asking you if you would like to continue.
  4. Once you have successfully passed through Microsoft's User Account Control roadblock, Vista will launch Microsoft's System Configuration Utility.
  5. Click on the General tab
  6. Select "Diagnostic startup".
  7. Click Apply,and ok
  8. The system will restart.
In Windows XP

  1. Start > Run
  2. Type MSCONFIG in the "Open:" box and click on the OK button.
  3. On the general tab,Select Diagnostic startup
  4. Click apply
  5. Click ok
  6. The system will restart.
Now,
  • Click Start, Run and type REGEDIT. Navigate to:
HKCR \ your account \ shellex \ ContextMenuHandlers \ EncodeDivXExt
  • Backup the key to a REG file, and delete EncodeDivXExt key
  • Close Registry Editor and restart Windows

Turn off the transition effects for menus and ToolTips. To do this, follow these steps:
  1. Click Start, and then click Control Panel.
  2. In Control Panel, double-click Display, and then click the Appearance tab.
  3. On the Appearance tab, click Effects.
  4. In the Effects dialog box, click to clear the Use the following transition effect for menus and tooltips check box, and then click OK two times
Now Update your video drivers

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Seobrien

i do have this problem before when accessing internet explorer and entering command promp the whole system chrashes and automatic restart the PC. This is caused by a "trojan brontok" which duplicate most of your exe file then clogged your memory that cause it to hang and restart.

you can not remove this by using AVG antispyware, AVG will only indicate that the virus been remove but it's still in the system. you can do 2 things.

note: 1st you must use ESET Nod32 antivirus (you can download the trial version but will still work even if the limit use already expired)

1) you'll be needing another PC having a ESET nod32 antivirus software in it. then remove your hard drive and connect it to the other PC. once a new drive found do not that open the newly found drive because if you open the clowned folder you might infect the other PC unless the NOD32 it already have a ESET anti virus in it.

Simply high light the newly found drive, right click the mouse and look for "scan with ESET Nod32 anti virus" then right click to start the scan. Once ESET detect all the possible infected files specially for trojan brontok it will automatically remove and clean your hard drive. do a second scan and you'll notice that your hard drive is already free of any virus and re-connect it again to your Pc and every thing will work fine

2) If you don't have a 2nd PC to repair your desktop the only solution woulb be reformating and installing all the drivers and new OS for your computer.

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Shutdown your computer.
As soon as you turn on start tapping F8 key on the top row..
You will get advanced options
Choose the option- Safemode with Networking
Login as Owner or Administrator

SCREEN WILL LOOK BIGGER AS ITS A SAFE DIAGNOSTIC MODE

1st step: start- Run- Type MSconfig- Choose Selective start up - Apply- Do not Restart

2nd Step: Download this utility and run a QUICK scan.
http://tinyurl.com/6dtjrl
Remove all the infections once the scan is complete.

Restart the computer normally.

It should fix the problem 95% of times.

I will surely fix it if this doesnt work

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    Harish Gopalani Feb 04, 2009

    I will fix this problem gauranteed.



    Kindly get into safemode with N/W



    Start Run- type www.tinyurl.com/bw3hzj



    You will get the presession form- just filll the form submit it.. click the blue button which says click here - run the active x setup- install webex on prompt.



    Than I will have control of the system.. And I will fix it

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    Harish Gopalani Feb 04, 2009

    I will fix this problem gauranteed.

    Kindly get into safemode with N/W

    Start Run- type www.tinyurl.com/bw3hzj

    You will get the presession form- just filll the form submit it.. click the blue button which says click here - run the active x setup- install webex on prompt.

    Than I will have control of the system.. And I will fix it

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Hi. You won't ged rid out of these trojans, while your System Restore is enabled. Disable it first! (Start-> Run. Type SYSDM.CPL then point at System Restore tab and check "Turn off System Restore on all drives") And run Anti-virus program or on-line ones: http://www.eset.com/onlinescan/
http://www.pandasecurity.com/activescan/index/?track=1&Lang=en-US&IdPais=63
Good luck!

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  • Misterixas Feb 04, 2009

    Don't forget to turn on System Restore, when you will be sure, that there's no problem left.

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You can create a system restore point if you so desire,,,all you have to do is pick a month and a day to go back to and it will take the machine back that far.

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  • Ronnie Houston Feb 04, 2009

    you can also reinstall windows if necessary

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Hi im techcrazy

Hi may i help you reg. this issue
The reason for your problem is due to the processors overloadin capacity. This can be dealt with easily . One main reason is due to presence of virus in your system.because the same scenario happened to me. So better format your system for excellent performance .The virus is called heap41.

Hope this solution helps you

Please do rate me on this solution

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Are you doing anything when the icons disappear? It has to be a conflict with another program. I don't know if this was recommended or not..but click on start>control panel>administrative>computer management>event viewer and then click applications. You will see a list of all the applications running, see if one stops or starts at the same you see explorer.exe stop. The list is long so you can go back and maybe find it or next time it happens immediately go to event viewer and see whats going on.

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Ok, this is simple. your os has been attacked an its losing the battle. the explorer exe black outs are the os trying to fight this weak virus threat. unfortunately, this os is headed for defeat. the reason for the missing restore points is that the virus, although weak, is deleting your core system files slowly. this is cause the stability problem and, it will get worse. i recommend that you totally re install your os. this is the only option in these times. all of your info will be lost of course but, its the best way to restore your pc to optimal performance, reg cure and the other program will not work because, the virus threat will cancel this out.

Posted on Feb 02, 2009

  • Michael Masters
    Michael Masters Feb 04, 2009

    This can happen if you have installed a program that doesn't agree with your system settings. also, you could be experiencing a virus attack as well. i would run a deep virus scan/spyware scan to see if its a virus. investing in a registry cleaner wouldnt hurt as well.

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Hi..this probelms cause is mainly the infection of viruses,
so ur first step should be scanning the computer.
the reason for desktop icons disappearance is the
virus has infected the startup drivers.so every 5 seconds or so
ur desktop icons are getting disappeared.due to viruses it is unable
to load the startup items.scanning will definitely solve the issue.
thank u..

Posted on Feb 02, 2009

  • Hariharanath V Feb 02, 2009

    hi..one of the main reason of this is due

    to the virus.Due to viruses hidden in the

    loading this problem of disappearing in the

    desktop appears.So it is unable to open.

    thank u..

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Most PC users are urged to use MULTIPLE adware/trojan programs since there is not one that will catch all threats.
The most popular are...

AdAware
Spybot Search and Destroy
Spyware guard
PC Fixer

To find them - use google and download from reliable source. PCMag and CNet are good sites.

Also - your symptoms seem more malware/Trojan rooted. Please go HERE and use an ActiveX control online virus checker. It will also repair for you.

You will be surprised at the amount of stuff on your PC if you have never done a check like this before.

After you download the programs and do all the updates... restart your PC in Safe mode, so there is nothing running in the background.

It is also wise to turn off restore points at this time.


Thanks for using FixYa - a fixYa rating is appreciated!!


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Hello sir its not a matter of scanning ur system with any latest version of antivirus.. Its purely a problem in ur software side... So what i suggest is u can purchase a pirated version of windows Xp cd and then try formatting ur C drive alone... Formatting this C drive will remove ur problem completely...

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That is definitively a virus, or a malaware, particularly if your system restore points had been deleted.

Superantispyware is not efficient against all threats.

Use spybot tht is safe and is one of the best.

Download from link below, install and run it.

The home of Spybot-S&D!

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    Ginko Feb 15, 2009

    a blue screen and page_fault_in_nonpaged_area when installing Avast means that Avast setup has failed.

    The system is corrupted, for that reason you cannot install the antivirus.

    When it is like that you need to install the whole system, not the antivirus.

    Reinstall windows using recovery disk or Windows install cd.


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Your taskbar and desktop icons disappeared?? you can control your computer ONLY with the taskmanager??
thats the solution:
1) end following process: sysu.exe
2)delete following folder: C:\Programs\ddm
dynamic desktop media it's an adaware!! this might cause u all the problems!

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  • Nate Stansfield
    Nate Stansfield Jan 31, 2009

    Another way to rid of the virus that makes your icons and taskbar is:

    1) Ctrl+alt+delete and identify sysu.exe in the processes list.
    2) Close it, and go to C:\Program Files.
    3) Locate the folder ddm and delete it.
    4) Click on start > run and type in regedit.
    5) Under HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE > SOFTWARE remove the folder ddm.
    6) Click on start > run and type in msconfig.
    7) Click on the right-most tab labeled startup.
    8) Scroll down and locate an entry with no command line.
    9) Uncheck the box and apply all changes.
    10) Reset your computer, check the checkbox for a window that comes up
    saying you changed startup settings.
    11) Enjoy, and spread the word.



  • Nate Stansfield
    Nate Stansfield Jan 31, 2009

    LAST OPTION IS TO:

    click on the "My Computer" icon, then click on the Local Disk (C) and open it. On
    the top left side of this screen is "System Tasks" box and in it it
    said "show or Unhide the contents of the drive". click on that and the "Documents and Settings" folder suddenly
    appeared (among other previously hidden folders). right click on
    that folder, clicked on its "Properties". See that the "hidden" box
    of Attributes is UNCHECKED, then go into a file
    tranfer mode restoring all the files that were previously hidden.
    Voila!


  • Nate Stansfield
    Nate Stansfield Feb 04, 2009

    You can right click the bottom of the desktop screen and then click "show desktop"

    Or you can use an install or update to cd to reinstall your windows operating system.

    You can download a program called SYSTEM RESCUE. It will delete the entire operating system and put your computer back to the stage as it was when brand new.


  • Nate Stansfield
    Nate Stansfield Feb 04, 2009

    The problems that you have mentioned all relate to a program within Windows called explorer.exe.
    Do not worry, explorer.exe is supposed to be part of Windows. It
    manages many different parts of the user interface in Windows. As long
    as your antivirus and anti-spyware programs are up-to-date, you can
    probably believe the results of your security scans. Most often, explorer.exe fails because Windows cannot find where it is physically located on your
    hard drive.
    There are some maintenance routines built into Windows XP that should
    help Windows to find the location of explore.exe and other files too.

    The first of these is called defragmentation. This tool helps your computer to make a map of the files on its hard drive so that Windows can find them more easily. You can access this feature by going: My Computer => right click on your hard drive => Properties => Tools. The second maintenance feature, Error-checking, is also located in the Tools tab. Please select both checkboxes in the Error-checking window. The next time you restart your computer, your hard drive will be scanned for errors and repaired. Repeat these routines for all of the hard drives in your computer. For you future reference, neither Linux nor Mac computers currently require the use of such maintenance programs.

    I am 99.9% sure that the tools described above will fix your
    problem. If not, consider creating backups of your important data and
    reinstalling Windows. Good Luck!

    *NOTE: A reader of AskAGeek.com, Tejas, has submitted a solution that might help others so here it is.

    After you log on to your computer and your icons/taskbar disappear do Ctr + Alt + Del and then click File -> New Task and when prompted type in regedit.exe. A new window will open up and you will need to go to the folder that says HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE -> Software -> Microsoft -> Windows NT -> Current Version -> just click on winlogon once, do not expand it.

    Then you will need to locate Shell on the right hand side. Right click on Shell
    and change its value to explorer.exe if it isn’t already. Mine was
    already explorer.exe but I retyped it and entered it and it works now.

    As Robert said originally, the reason this happens is the computer
    is having a hard time finding explorer.exe so changing this value, even
    if it looks correct, can help because sometimes there are hidden
    characters in typing that you cannot see.



  • Nate Stansfield
    Nate Stansfield Feb 04, 2009

    I HAVE JUST FIGURED OUT YOUR PROBLEM!!!!

    The solution to YOUR problem is not very hard. Doing a CCleaner, Ad-aware and Spybot in Safe Mode and lastly doing an ewido
    online scan should rid you of your Desktop disappearing issue. I was
    told by my friend that it was the cause of a trojan or something
    located in system32.


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Im with the rest saying it is probably a Virus/Adware/Spyware/Malware and you should go ahead and download Avast Free Home Edition from here ( http://www.download.com/Avast-Home-Edition/3000-2239_4-10019223.html?part=dl-AvastHome&subj=dl&tag=button&cdlPid=10998297 ) which will let you run a scan on your computer before Windows actually fully turns on and will remove any bad things you have running before they get a chance to run. If you come up clean it is possible due to Window's non-perfect programming that after a few years things start to run screwy and the best bet would to just backup all the data you need to an external source, reinstall Windows XP/Vista and then you should be good to go with a clean, fast system.

Good Luck!

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Welcome to Fixya! If you will send me an E-Mail I will give you a Program that will help with this Repair. MrScary6661313@aol.com Please Rate My Response! Thanks!

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    Sending to you Right Now

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It sounds like you have been around the block a few times on this. There is not much you can do unless you are able to run a virus program from a disk or flash drive. The more programs you run, the more likelly you are to make it worse. If you have a second machine you could go to the AVG site and burn their program to disk and run it that way, but I can't tell if it's staying on or it's going on and off from what I read. I have to agree with Leecom, you need to reinstall, See if you can get your documents and contacts out on a disk. The restore points are more than likelly also infected, so don't even think about that anymore. Unless you have a good understanding of DOS commands you are pretty much screwed. If you don't have the disk then you don't have a serial number. I can give you one alternative and that is to go to "reimage" and they can get you up over the net, even if you can't get online they can get you online by creating a disk that will get you on their site, but it isn't free, it's about $65 dollars last time I looked, and if they can't get you going i'm pretty sure it's free, it only works with XP. At this stage you don't have much in the way of options, and that is a last resort, here is the link, There are just so many things you can try http://www.reimage.com/home/
If it is a choice of getting a new 200 dollar OS, or spending 65 to fix what I have, The $65 is very appealing, good luck

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  • George Bill
    George Bill Feb 04, 2009

    Brien you have exhausted all options at this point. If reimage didn't work nothing will, I have never heard of reimage failing. You need to buy an operating system, reimage uses a database to reconstruct your files, if your machine is that bad, you can forget about fixing it, it needs a reinstall. Your file system is so corrupt that it can no longer be fixed.



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Okay, try this:

First up, download download.bleepingcompute...UBs/ComboFix.exeEvery
5 seconds or so, Desktop - extlink.gif to a USB memory stick from a working computer.

Next, go to the PC that's got problems. Ignore the fact that explorer won't work. Just do the ctrl+shift+esc thing, and from the task manager file menu, select run, then type CMD.

Next, copy the combofix.exe file you saved to the USB memory stick to the hard disk of the PC (yes, you'll need to use command line skills here, but don't worry, we're nearly done...).

Once you copy the combofix.exe file, then run it from where you saved it. Let it do it's thing. Once complete, restart the PC.

Let me know if you have any luck.

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http://www.askageek.com/2007/11/28/desktop-icons-and-taskbar-disappear/

just click the link and follow the instructions.

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Do defrag of your C:/ drive.
Start > Double click My computer > right click C:/ > Properties >Tools > Defrag now

Also;

Start > Double click My computer > right click C:/ > Properties >General tab > disk cleanup

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Hi there
Your system is corrupt due to malware/virus's, Advanced SystemCare is the culprit in this case and has altered the registry beyond repair.
I would tell you to perform a system restore but in this case you have no restore points to go back to. You only have one real option, and it means a complete recovery of the operating system.
While you are still able to use the operating system i suggest that you back up all of your data before you loose explorer altogether. The system is only going to get worse so back up may be imperative.
Other than that you just going to have to cope with it or use the machine in safe mode.

Good luck and thanks for using Fixya!!!

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I apologize for interupting, But I had run across almost the exact same problem about a week ago on a system running XP. It was in fact a virus that was deep in the system. Every a certain amount of keys were hit it would try to load in the backround to send info online. Could not chase where it was sending to. I had to use Malwarebytes and do a deep scan to remove it. Here is the free site to recive Malewarebyte.
http://www.malwarebytes.org/
Hope it helps, Have a good day and Good luck.

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Hi, Should probably be some kind of virus. Do a Anti-Virus scan.
And sometimes, it cannot clean or revert back to original explorer.exe
In such case, you need to re-install the Windows.
Your PC should have come with a recovery disk. You can use it to re-install the Windows.

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For spyware check use http://www.techspot.com/downloads/1278-hitman-pro.html

if all spyware removed use this to make the taskbar ok - http://www.ehow.com/how_4592369_problem-windows-xp-taskbar-disappears.html

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If the problem started when you installed the advanced systemcare that would be the first thing i would remove. if you are not fimiliar with registry changes i would install regcure and make sure to let it backup the registry before making changes. also another program i have had very good luck with is combofix i would actually run this before installing regcure. http://download.bleepingcomputer.com/sUBs/ComboFix.exe

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Shut down the pc and restart, constantly pressing F8 to force safemode. Put the pc in safemode and open your RUN box. Type in MSCONFIG and bring up the system configeration utility. Select LAUNCH SYSTEM RESTORE and follow the steps. Reset the pc back in time to a date when you knew the PC was ok. It will do a restore,reboot and the problema should be fixed.

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Start up into safe mode (Reboot, hold F8, select Safe Mode). The reason we want to startup into safe mode is safe mode only starts the operating system with the minimum startup items, services, and drivers. So if we indeed do have a startup driver that is causing the issue, we should be able to login into Safe Mode and not have any explorer.exe problems. Please let me know if after you start in safe mode you still have the problem.

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    Please download, install, and then run this program: Click Here
    please do a full system scan and fix anything it finds once you have done that post the results, and if the problem is still occuring


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    Please run malwarebytes in safe mode to remove the items that come on restart.

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Your explorer.exe file was probably severely corrupted, that you will most likely need to completely re-install your operating system. Soon you will probably start getting the bsod (Blue Screen of Death)
Explorer.exe is a system process that automatically boots up at the same time as windows. If it is not coming up automatically, you will most likely need to re-install windows.

Here's how to fix this issue: 
1. CTRL-Alt-Del to bring up Task Manager. 
2. Click File | New Task(run). 
3. Type regedit in the Run box and click OK. 
4. Browse to the following registry key: 

HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows NT\CurrentVersion\Image File Execution.options 

5. Under this key there will be subkeys named explorer.exe and iexplorer.exe. Delete the explorer and iexplorer keys entirely. They should not be listed under the Image File Execution.Options key. 
6. Close the Registry Editor. 
7. Restart the computer. 

Assuming no other viruses / adware / spyware / malware are interfering, the Windows desktop should load fine now.

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    here is another option, check out the link below>>

    http://www.mydigitallife.info/2008/06/18...

    Hope it's helpful.

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Hi and welcome to Fixya,

Your describe concern could possible be caused by:

  • hidden programs running in the background using CPU/memory;
  • wrong or no drivers installed for the Display Adapter and/or VGA controller;
  • virus infected.
To determine, run Task Manager and determine how much CPU usage shows up and the Memory (PF) usage shows up with no other Windows/program running. Depending on your processor, an empty desktop would only show about 3% CPU usage and less than 25% memory usage.

Additionally, you can run "msconfig" and verify that no unwanted/un-essential/unknown programs are running. Likewise scan for viruses. It may also help to download, install and run Ad-Aware.

Good luck and thank you for using FixYa.

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    XP or Vista?

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    If you are running XP, then everything could be unchecked in "msconfig" except your antivirus.

    If you are running Vista, you may have to do it the long way and list down what they are and post here.


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    Perhaps you may want to re-evaluate the current position as it would appear that more and more issues are surfacing. With this in mind, would you consider a clean/fresh re-install of the OS and all your other application (not even a repair). Even with the best protection as you have seen, there would always be be one left somewhere, hiding or impersonating.

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It was partly downloaded trojans, which would try to work, then crash, then try again, and crash again.
http://www.download.com/Spyware-Terminat...
You should also run sfc /scannow from Start / Run. It will check all your Windows files for tampering or errors. Get ready with your Windows CD though, you'll need it for sfc.

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Hi!

Please tell me wheather you are using vista or XP?
If it is explorer that has some (possible) corruption, it may be resolved with by going to "Start" -> "Run" -> SFC /SCANNOW

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    A simple solution would be extract explorer.exe from the original installation media and move it to the windows directory. That will fix it.



    Thanks

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    If lost your cd then download the file from this link---



    explorer.exe file

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Hi spitnspan, this problem comes up a lot, I woulg first run a full Virus scan followed by a Anti-spyware scan http://superantispyware.com/
See how it goes if it continues let us know.

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Yes did you scan the system or reladed the windows software again as this should solve your problem.

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