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    No desktop after login

    I have a laptop (WinXP) which managed to get the koobface virus.
    I have cleaned that off and run a number of different anit virus/spam etc programs and am confident that it is now clean.
    The problem is that there is no desktop, taskbar etc after login. I can ctrl-alt-del / newtask / explorer and everything is fine and it all works.
    I have checked the HKLM\software\microsoft\windowsnt\currentversion\w inlogon\shell is set to explorer.exe
    I have even added it to the Run under HKLM\software\microsoft\windows\currentversion
    and it still does not want to start.
    I have also done sfc/scannow with an XP sp3 cdrom
    Now I have reached my limit I would really like to fix this with out doing install fix/repair.
    Has any one got any ideas

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    Quote Originally Posted by ianniow View Post
    I have a laptop (WinXP) which managed to get the koobface virus.
    I have cleaned that off and run a number of different anit virus/spam etc programs and am confident that it is now clean.
    The problem is that there is no desktop, taskbar etc after login. I can ctrl-alt-del / newtask / explorer and everything is fine and it all works.
    I have checked the HKLM\software\microsoft\windowsnt\currentversion\w inlogon\shell is set to explorer.exe
    I have even added it to the Run under HKLM\software\microsoft\windows\currentversion
    and it still does not want to start.
    I have also done sfc/scannow with an XP sp3 cdrom
    Now I have reached my limit I would really like to fix this with out doing install fix/repair.
    Has any one got any ideas
    I assume you have tried doing this in safe mode?

    This probably isn't the answer you want: I have no idea how many hours you have spent on this, but seriously, there is a point at which it is easier and quicker to reformat the hard drive and re-install. You can spend hours trying to clear this sort of thing and get nowhere. Have you reached that point now?

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    Quote Originally Posted by elsiegee40 View Post
    I assume you have tried doing this in safe mode?

    This probably isn't the answer you want: I have no idea how many hours you have spent on this, but seriously, there is a point at which it is easier and quicker to reformat the hard drive and re-install. You can spend hours trying to clear this sort of thing and get nowhere. Have you reached that point now?
    That point is usually a few seconds after realising a computer has a virus, a rootkit, malware, a driver clash... more or less anything. It's so easy to set up network computers compared to working out how to clear each virus that I just automatically reach for the XP disc.

    The goalposts move for my personal PC, mind...

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    Thanks for the quick replies.
    I know that re install is the easiest route.
    I am fitting this around more important work so I figure the user can wait a while.
    I hate admitting defeat

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    Fixed it

    I had another pc with another problem logging off just as desktop appears and reboot when going into safe mode.
    Anyway came across this site Intro & Updates

    Followed the instructions and it got the desktop back.
    Had to admit it was a leap of faith as I could not see exactly what is was going to do.

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