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Cant get my desktop icons back or the toolbar

I cant get my desktop icons back or my tool bar mouse works ketboard works when i press ctrl/alt/delet it says task manager is locked buy addim

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  • sxyowl40 May 23, 2009

    i tryed to do what you said but as soon as my kid puts her password in it does the same thing even in safe mode now i went in to addim and i got the spyware to run ill see what happens it seems like its only when she typs in her password how do i get around it what ever this is its got total control of the computer and an add for malware comes up

  • sxyowl40 May 24, 2009

    ok i ran spywear and antivirus programs and i ran that program that is on this web sight and now i cant get in at all even on safe mode as soon as i click adim or my kid puts in her password it logs off likes it shutting down or like someone is stopping it from logging in



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This sounds like a malware problem. There should be nothing on your system telling you to buy something!
Are you on xp? If not, let us know your os,
If so, follow these instructions:
Reboot the system, press F8 steadily, and when you get the os options screen choose last known good configuration and see if windows boots 'normally'. If you get in with a desktop, please go to this link and follow the malware removal protocols up through step 4, at least, before restarting your system. You'll need to scan with MBAM to remove the malware.
If that doesn't work, try rebooting into safe mode with networking, then go to this link, scroll down to line 195, right column, and download and install the registry repair for your computer.( or click here to download). Then follow the malware removal instructions to scan for problems. Allow MBAM to remove any problems it finds.
If you need more instructions or run into any difficulties with this, post back with more details and we'll be happy to walk you through it.

I hope this information allows you to resolve this issue. If you need further assistance, please post back with a comment to this thread.
If I've managed to answer your question or solve a problem, please take just a moment to rate this post....thanks!

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    efs_perpends May 23, 2009

    Don't click on that ad! They want you to buy their software or go to their website. If you got MBAM to run a scan, it should be able to give you some control back, but if you don't get results from that, you may have to open a guided malware removal thread to get it fixed. Don't panic, but go here or here or here (choose only one!) and follow the instructions to run the required program to gather information about your system and submit a request for guided help. Then be patient and someone will take you under their wing and help you to clean it up. They have access to specialized tools that will help to remove even the most persistent rootkits, etc. but it's better to start a post there than attempt to do it here.
    If you have an up to date antivirus installed, run a full scan of your system from safe mode. If not, download avira free from here and install it and run it on your system.. Otherwise, try not to make any panicky attempts to fix it on your own, or you could make things worse. The job of that malware is to make you scared and do something foolish, so just resist the temptation to rush in and take it slowly and deliberately and you'll most likely be able to get it running better than it was before you started. in the meantime, you might want to learn a bit more about how to protect your system. Here's a good place to start.

    I hope this information allows you to resolve this issue. If you need further assistance, please post back with a comment to this thread.
    If I've managed to answer your question or solve a problem, please take just a moment to rate this post....thanks!

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    efs_perpends May 25, 2009

    Are you in fact using xp?
    What is the make and model number of your computer?
    When you ran MBAM, did it find any problems to clean up?
    You keep saying you ran spyware. What program, specifically, did you run? Normally spyware is the term used to describe the malware or bad programs that install into your system and cause these problems in the first place, not the ones that fix it.
    Did you create a request for help at one of the forums I recommended? Which one?

  • efs_perpends
    efs_perpends May 25, 2009

    Do you remember seeing a search assistant toolbar in your taskbar, before this problem arose?
    If you have your xp installation disk, or a recovery disk, you can perform the fix explained in this article to correct the logon problem.
    Copy or print out the instructions from this article. You must be very careful when working with the registry. Double check all your actions, make sure you go to exactly the same location listed in the article and make sure that you don't make any typing mistakes or you could prevent your system from working.
    Go to phase three of the instructions to use your recovery disk to update the userinit file. Then you'll be able to logon. Use an admin account to immediately perform the steps in phase II. Then restart the computer and see if you can log on normally into the admin account. Then I want you to run a check of the files on the hard drive by doing the following:
    Go to Start> Run> type cmd
    A black command console will appear:
    type chkdsk c: /r
    Type it exactly as shown, making sure to put a space between the k and c and between the colon and the /.
    It will say it needs to restart the system to lock the hard drive. Type y for yes and restart your computer. Just let it run to finish the checkdisk utility without interfering. It could take an hour if you have a lot of files on it...
    Once it is done, please run a full scan with MBAM and submit the log in a reply. I also recommend you run a complete scan with your antivirus software.
    Then report back and let me know how it seems to be running.



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  • F1: Help
  • CTRL+ESC: Open Start menu
  • ALT+TAB: Switch between open programs
  • ALT+F4: Quit program
  • SHIFT+DELETE: Delete item permanently
  • Windows Logo+L: Lock the computer (without using CTRL+ALT+DELETE)

Windows program key combinations

  • CTRL+C: Copy
  • CTRL+X: Cut
  • CTRL+V: Paste
  • CTRL+Z: Undo
  • CTRL+B: Bold
  • CTRL+U: Underline
  • CTRL+I: Italic

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Windows system key combinations

  • F1: Help
  • CTRL+ESC: Open Start menu
  • ALT+TAB: Switch between open programs
  • ALT+F4: Quit program
  • SHIFT+DELETE: Delete item permanently
  • Windows Logo+L: Lock the computer (without using CTRL+ALT+DELETE)

Windows program key combinations

  • CTRL+C: Copy
  • CTRL+X: Cut
  • CTRL+V: Paste
  • CTRL+Z: Undo
  • CTRL+B: Bold
  • CTRL+U: Underline
  • CTRL+I: Italic

Mouse click/keyboard modifier combinations for shell objects

  • SHIFT+right click: Displays a shortcut menu containing alternative commands
  • SHIFT+double click: Runs the alternate default command (the second item on the menu)
  • ALT+double click: Displays properties
  • SHIFT+DELETE: Deletes an item immediately without placing it in the Recycle Bin

General keyboard-only commands

  • F1: Starts Windows Help
  • F10: Activates menu bar options
  • SHIFT+F10 Opens a shortcut menu for the selected item (this is the same as right-clicking an object
  • CTRL+ESC: Opens the Start menu (use the ARROW keys to select an item)
  • CTRL+ESC or ESC: Selects the Start button (press TAB to select the taskbar, or press SHIFT+F10 for a context menu)
  • CTRL+SHIFT+ESC: Opens Windows Task Manager
  • ALT+DOWN ARROW: Opens a drop-down list box
  • ALT+TAB: Switch to another running program (hold down the ALT key and then press the TAB key to view the task-switching window)
  • SHIFT: Press and hold down the SHIFT key while you insert a CD-ROM to bypass the automatic-run feature
  • ALT+SPACE: Displays the main window's System menu (from the System menu, you can restore, move, resize, minimize, maximize, or close the window)
  • ALT+- (ALT+hyphen): Displays the Multiple Document Interface (MDI) child window's System menu (from the MDI child window's System menu, you can restore, move, resize, minimize, maximize, or close the child window)
  • CTRL+TAB: Switch to the next child window of a Multiple Document Interface (MDI) program
  • ALT+underlined letter in menu: Opens the menu
  • ALT+F4: Closes the current window
  • CTRL+F4: Closes the current Multiple Document Interface (MDI) window
  • ALT+F6: Switch between multiple windows in the same program (for example, when the Notepad Find dialog box is displayed, ALT+F6 switches between the Find dialog box and the main Notepad window)

Shell objects and general folder/Windows Explorer shortcuts

For a selected object:
  • F2: Rename object
  • F3: Find all files
  • CTRL+X: Cut
  • CTRL+C: Copy
  • CTRL+V: Paste
  • SHIFT+DELETE: Delete selection immediately, without moving the item to the Recycle Bin
  • ALT+ENTER: Open the properties for the selected object

To copy a file

Press and hold down the CTRL key while you drag the file to another folder.

To create a shortcut

Press and hold down CTRL+SHIFT while you drag a file to the desktop or a folder.

General folder/shortcut control

  • F4: Selects the Go To A Different Folder box and moves down the entries in the box (if the toolbar is active in Windows Explorer)
  • F5: Refreshes the current window.
  • F6: Moves among panes in Windows Explorer
  • CTRL+G: Opens the Go To Folder tool (in Windows 95 Windows Explorer only)
  • CTRL+Z: Undo the last command
  • CTRL+A: Select all the items in the current window
  • BACKSPACE: Switch to the parent folder
  • SHIFT+click+Close button: For folders, close the current folder plus all parent folders

Windows Explorer tree control

  • Numeric Keypad *: Expands everything under the current selection
  • Numeric Keypad +: Expands the current selection
  • Numeric Keypad -: Collapses the current selection.
  • RIGHT ARROW: Expands the current selection if it is not expanded, otherwise goes to the first child
  • LEFT ARROW: Collapses the current selection if it is expanded, otherwise goes to the parent

Properties control

  • CTRL+TAB/CTRL+SHIFT+TAB: Move through the property tabs

Accessibility shortcuts

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  • Press down and hold the right SHIFT key for eight seconds: Toggles FilterKeys on and off
  • Press down and hold the NUM LOCK key for five seconds: Toggles ToggleKeys on and off
  • Left ALT+left SHIFT+NUM LOCK: Toggles MouseKeys on and off
  • Left ALT+left SHIFT+PRINT SCREEN: Toggles high contrast on and off

Microsoft Natural Keyboard keys

  • Windows Logo: Start menu
  • Windows Logo+R: Run dialog box
  • Windows Logo+M: Minimize all
  • SHIFT+Windows Logo+M: Undo minimize all
  • Windows Logo+F1: Help
  • Windows Logo+E: Windows Explorer
  • Windows Logo+F: Find files or folders
  • Windows Logo+D: Minimizes all open windows and displays the desktop
  • CTRL+Windows Logo+F: Find computer
  • CTRL+Windows Logo+TAB: Moves focus from Start, to the Quick Launch toolbar, to the system tray (use RIGHT ARROW or LEFT ARROW to move focus to items on the Quick Launch toolbar and the system tray)
  • Windows Logo+TAB: Cycle through taskbar buttons
  • Windows Logo+Break: System Properties dialog box
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Microsoft Natural Keyboard with IntelliType software installed

  • Windows Logo+L: Log off Windows
  • Windows Logo+P: Starts Print Manager
  • Windows Logo+C: Opens Control Panel
  • Windows Logo+V: Starts Clipboard
  • Windows Logo+K: Opens Keyboard Properties dialog box
  • Windows Logo+I: Opens Mouse Properties dialog box
  • Windows Logo+A: Starts Accessibility Options (if installed)
  • Windows Logo+SPACEBAR: Displays the list of Microsoft IntelliType shortcut keys
  • Windows Logo+S: Toggles CAPS LOCK on and off

Dialog box keyboard commands

  • TAB: Move to the next control in the dialog box
  • SHIFT+TAB: Move to the previous control in the dialog box
  • SPACEBAR: If the current control is a button, this clicks the button. If the current control is a check box, this toggles the check box. If the current control is an option, this selects the option.
  • ENTER: Equivalent to clicking the selected button (the button with the outline)
  • ESC: Equivalent to clicking the Cancel button
  • ALT+underlined letter in dialog box item: Move to the corresponding item

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