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No icons or start bar along the bottom when it's turned on

When we turn on the computer there is just the background, no icons, no start bar along the bottom, just the screensaver. Can't get it to do anything. I think our cat may have stepped on something when my husband was using it. Don't know how to get the icons or anything to show up.

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You can boot into "Safe Mode" by tapping the F8 key on boot and you'll get to the option to boot to safe mode, then select your operating system and click yes to the pop up confirmation. If you get to your desktop in safe mode you can then run a full/complete virus scan with your preferred Anti Virus program and hopefully that will get you going.

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Your infected with virus. try to remove hardrive and and put it to other pc scan it with updated antivirus. if you dont want to loss your files.if the files is not that important then you can format your unit using your windows cd.

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