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Hello, I am experienceing difficulties with my PC. I can't access to any folders and cant open the start menu.

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You might have a Virus. In the case of a Virus infection I would most likely disconnect the Hard drive from the machine, scan it on another machine ( using AVG7 + AVGAS = AVG Antivirus and AVG Anti Spyware Scan) remembering to turn off system restore while scanning on the drive.

If you have successfully found and removed the virus infection, remember to delete your system volume information and recycler folder on the drive. virus files tend to infect these folders.

When you plug in your HDD into your machine again, you might want to do a Windows repair; to fix the issues that the virus has caused OR use a registry repair tool to repair registry items. Another option would be to create a new user name. The settings in that new accound should be working fine and you should be able to access the start menu and your folders again.

Posted on Apr 17, 2008

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You might have a Virus. In the case of a Virus infection I would most likely disconnect the Hard drive from the machine, scan it on another machine ( using AVG7 + AVGAS = AVG Antivirus and AVG Anti Spyware Scan) remembering to turn off system restore while scanning on the drive.

If you have successfully found and removed the virus infection, remember to delete your system volume information and recycler folder on the drive. virus files tend to infect these folders.

When you plug in your HDD into your machine again, you might want to do a Windows repair; to fix the issues that the virus has caused OR use a registry repair tool to repair registry items. Another option would be to create a new user name. The settings in that new accound should be working fine and you should be able to access the start menu and your folders again.

Posted on Apr 17, 2008

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Second Step :

Click on Start button
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Click OK
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Third Step :

Open Internet Explorer

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OR
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Click on Delete Files button and click Yes for the message
Likewise Click on Delete Cookies, Delete History ( if you do not want the list of websites to be displayed when you type www and the website name in address bar ), Click on Delete forms
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Fourth Step :

Click on START -> ALL PROGRAMS -> ACCESSORIES -> System Tools
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It will display the Local C: drive
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Click on to Delete

To Make PC open faster after you login
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Click OK
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You will observe change in speed the PC boots
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Sixth Step :

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click on Defragment and leave the PC idle till it completes the process

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1. Click start, run. Clear contents of run box.
2. In run box, type "D:\hp\apps" without quotes and hit ok.
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3. Open SMINST folder within Windows folder.
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