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Task bar is grey upon start up

Task bar has always been blue but now opens up grey. Have tried to change repeatedly by going
-Control Panel
-Task Bar & Start Menu
-Start Menu
Apply but this doesn't work

Have also tried
-Control Panel
-Display
-Desktop
-Colour blue
-Apply but also to not effect

Have tried rebooting, performing registry clean ups etc and nothing will change the task bar or top menu bars back to blue or any other colour.

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  • sonjab Jun 22, 2009

    Thanks Chobpt and Ananimesh I have tried properties>appearance route numerous times but the task bar stays grey.
    I think itech support might be on the right track. The task bar is still active and usable, but looks really old fashioned - the buttons are square, old font and grey. I think it is most likely to be a virus as I have now reset every option/feature several times but the task bar remains grey. The top bar is also grey on all applications.
    Could you give me more information regarding the virus you think it may be?
    Thanks
    Sonja

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Since the Task bar is grey, is it still usable

If it is not usable then you might have a virus infected system.

Please let me know then i will give the solution how to remove the virus which does this

Posted on Jun 21, 2009

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    Francesca Bassani Nov 14, 2013

    my bar is not grey, but as soon as I try doing a search some other 2 strings of text appear - jsf.jsticket.net/ ..........please help

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^Try going do the display properties again but this time on the Appearance tab.

You will have a dropdown box and select windows xp default.

let me know if it helps

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Right click on ur desktop-->goto properties-->then appearance-->the choose the color scheme.choose default color scheme.it would bring it back to the blue color

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  • imp7 Oct 16, 2010

    It is a rootkit that causes the taskbar to be grey (gray) and also causes several other symptoms such as error messages on startup, browser hijack, audio lost, display "themes" choices going missing from the list of themes, system restore turned off, and other "Windows Services" that are set to automatic but still don't start. People who have had these symptoms have sometimes found TDSS rootkit, or "olmarik" virus, and sometimes Conficker.

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