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Desktop.ini thing i deleted the desktop.ini thing last night because i scanned a threat in my flashdrive and it just appeared.the problem is i have no backup of the OS vista home premium.what can i do to restore the original functioning of my OS? the shortcuts to some folders cannot be accessed now.thanks

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Replace the shortcuts with the same shortcut, only to the same application.
Desktop.ini is an important file.

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There are two folder namely desktop.ini, desktop.ini automatically appeared in the desktop. I scan my computer using Microsoft security Analysis but these folders are not moved or deleted from the desktop....

This must be a worm that replicates files/folders. As we all know, desktop.ini is not a folder, it's a system file which can be opened with Notepad.

What antivirus were you using to scan your computer? This worm/s can be easily detected and deleted/repaired by avg free (click here to download avg free). [open the link and click green "Download" button]

Download and install the Avg Free. Run a full system scan and check the result. That will fix the issue related to your desktop.ini folder etc..etc..

If you need further help, let me know.

Good luck.

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Sep 22, 2010 | HP Computers & Internet


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on Mar 31, 2010 | Computers & Internet

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Whn im trying to open one of my local disk itz leading to desktop and showing a error (cannot find regsvr.exe..........

ur hdd is virus affected probably..try reinstalling the os..install a licensed n UPDATED antivirus..i prefer AVG or Kaspersky..take backups in any rewritable memory..n while restoring them had a through scan..
howevr 4 nw u may try opening ur drives not by double-clicking or select enter or right click open..but try to write the drive letter followed by : c: or d: so on in the Address Bar n press Enter..enable to view all hidden n super hidden files from tools menu->folder options->view tab by checking 'display the contents of system folder' & 'show hidden files n folders' & uncheck 'hide protected os files' try to find 'autorun.ini' or 'autorun.inf' files in the root of the drives..delete them..also delete any files or folders found hidden in the root of drives..
i think this will patch your prob..but always better to consult a pro....

Aug 17, 2010 | Microsoft Windows XP Professional

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How to repair missing wininet.dll?

If you see an error related to the wininet.dll file being deleted or missing, copy this file from the c:\windows\system32 directory of a working Win XP Pro
or Win Vista computer onto a flashdrive, then use the following procedure to copy it onto the failing system.

  1. At the boot screen (the first thing to appear at power-up), hit the F8 function key.
  2. Select 'Safe Mode with Command Prompt' and continue.
  3. In the command prompt window, type the letter of your flash drive, either d: or e: until the drive appears as e:> in the prompt window.
  4. Type 'dir' to see the wininet.dll file on that flashdrive.
  5. Once you see that file, type 'copy wininet.dll c:\windows\system32'.
  6. Unplug the flashdrive and reboot the failing PC.
Once you succeed in reviving the failed computer, go to c:\windows\system32 and right click on the wininet.dll file then copy and paste it to a save name (recommended name: wininet-copy.dll). This allows direct copy of that file back into wininet.dll if the problem reoccurs.

If you suspect an anitvirus engine or some other application deleted this file - and if it occurs again, make note of what was being performed, immediately before the failure mode. This will lead you to the offending program needing attention.

Good luck, hope this helps.

Aug 07, 2010 | IBM NetVista PC Desktop

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I plugged my LG USB flashdrive into my laptop last night and laptop said that there was a USB malfunction. I had just used the flashdrive on a desktop. The flashdrive does not light up either. Is the...

Try the flash drive in another computer, if it works then backup your data.
Files on a flash drive can be corrupted if it is not removed from the USB port properly.
Before removing the flash drive click on the Safely Remove Hardware icon and then click on the flash drive you want to remove and then remove the flash drive when the computer message says it is Safe to remove.
To restore the flash drive you may need to format the flash drive, but you will lose the data stored on the flash drive.
If you need the data on the flash drive these WEB sites may help: -
Digital Photo Recovery

Nov 22, 2009 | Electronics - Others

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What is desktop.ini is it a virus?

Since Desktop.ini is a Windows system file, you are probably seeing it because you have set Explorer to display hidden/system files. By reversing this setting, you can get rid of Desktop.ini.
  1. In any Windows Explorer window, click Tools → Folder Options…
  2. Click on the View tab.
  3. Check off the radio button next to “Do not show hidden files and folders”.
  4. Put a check in the box next to “Hide protected operating system files (recommended)”.
  5. Click OK.

Aug 25, 2009 | HP Pavilion dv4-1140go Laptop

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You can remove it:

Start Taskmanager by pressing Ctrl-Alt-Del
From Prosesse tab, select PAV.EXE and click End Prosess.

Next find and delete following files:
Uninstall Personal Antivirus.lnk

After that I you are familiar with Registy Editor, find and delete
HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Run “Personal Antivirus

Best regards,

Apr 23, 2009 | E-Machines eMachines Desktop PC

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Desktop.ini problem

there is no problem frm that file
it's nor virus no anti-virus will not delete it
u can remove it frm un-locker
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May 22, 2008 | Microsoft Windows Vista Ultimate Edition

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Trying to start from scratch

Hi Use the following steps to open a command prompt environment and also make sure tht the OS disk is in the drive:
  1. Turn on the PC and press the F8 key repeatedly when the first screen appears. The Windows advanced options menu appears.
  2. Use the Up and Down Arrow and Enter keys to select Return to OS choices .
  3. Select Microsoft Windows Recovery Console .
  4. When the login prompt appears, press the number next to the windows version (minint or Windows) and type the logon password. Try pressing Enter if you do not know the password.
  5. At the command prompt, type the following: diskpart
  6. Press Enter , do one the following:
    • If a table of volume names appears, remember the drive letter next to the main drive volume name and press the Esc key.
    • If a diskpart prompt appears, type list volume , press Enter , remember the drive letter next to the main drive volume name , type exit when done, and then press Enter
  7. Use the following steps to replace the boot.ini file with the backup boot.ini file:
    1. Type the following at the command prompt: X: (where X is the drive letter).
    2. At the prompt, type the following: ren boot.ini boot.in2
    3. Press Enter
    4. At the prompt, type the following: ren boot.bak boot.ini
    5. Press Enter
    6. At the prompt, type the following: exit
    7. Press Enter The system automatically restarts. If Windows XP does not open, continue to the next Step.
    If the above steps doesnt work then you will have to reinstall OS with the disks.

Feb 13, 2008 | Toshiba Satellite A105 Notebook

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