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Windows 7: I'm having a very strange problem.

29 Mar 2010   #1
The Snake

Windows 7 Ultimate
 
 
I'm having a very strange problem.

In advance, I apologize if this is not the proper place to post this.

All of these problems happen all at once, after a few hours of use:

1.) My Recycle Bin will disappear upon emptying it.
2.) All of my folders contain invisible icons. Not all of them are invisible, but most of them. Those that aren't just contain the standard file icon (white piece of paper).
3.) My Desktop will no longer show thumbnails for images placed there.
4.) "My Computer" won't load. A green bar just moves across the top and no icons appear.
5.) The "Libraries" directory on the left of explorer won't load. They show the magnifying glass icon.
6.) Appwiz.cpl (Add/Remove Programs) loads very slowly, or not at all. Green loading bar again.
7.) Desktop gadgets disappear.
8.) Rebooting explorer causes this error message to appear upon trying to open folders: "The remote procedure call failed and did not execute."

Restarting Windows seems to repair the problem, but it comes back later. This ever happen to anyone else? I'd really like to rectify this without having to reinstall. I mean I will if I have to, but I'd like to think that's a last-ditch solution.


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29 Mar 2010   #2
ryo

 
 

when you got that problem..try restore point..or try SFC /SCANNOW
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29 Mar 2010   #3
whs
Microsoft MVP

Vista, Windows7, Mint Mate, Zorin, Windows 8
 
 

A good virus scan with SuperAnti Spyware and Malwarebytes would help too.
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29 Mar 2010   #4
The Snake

Windows 7 Ultimate
 
 

I have no restore points to go back to...trust me that was my first idea. :/

I've tried SAS, MalwareBytes and ComboFix. No help.

I'll try System File Checker.
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29 Mar 2010   #5
ryo

 
 

post your progress if it done..
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29 Mar 2010   #6
The Snake

Windows 7 Ultimate
 
 

Windows Resource Protection did not find any integrity violations.
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29 Mar 2010   #7
whs
Microsoft MVP

Vista, Windows7, Mint Mate, Zorin, Windows 8
 
 

The problems are so unrelated that it is difficult to find a pattern. If it is not malware (since your scans came out clean), it might be a conflict between processes.
For starters I would disable all startups (except AV). Then watch closely when this starts to happen and what programs/processes you might have started preceeding the problem.
I don't think there is a silver bullet to solve the problem. Just elimination of possible causes.
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29 Mar 2010   #8
The Snake

Windows 7 Ultimate
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by whs View Post
The problems are so unrelated that it is difficult to find a pattern. If it is not malware (since your scans came out clean), it might be a conflict between processes.
For starters I would disable all startups (except AV). Then watch closely when this starts to happen and what programs/processes you might have started preceeding the problem.
I don't think there is a silver bullet to solve the problem. Just elimination of possible causes.
Yeah, I've been thinking the same exact thing. It's gotta be something I'm doing, because it doesn't appear to happen when I leave my laptop on over night. But as far as I know, I'm not doing anything differently that would cause any such abnormalities.

Msconfig's startup tab doesn't show anything abnormal, either. I suppose I'll just keep an eye out. Interestingly, the problem hasn't happened yet today; just the Gadgets problem, which is newer than the other issues.

EDIT: Hmm, I've noticed yet another problem, but it occurs on its own. I can't delete .pdf files. Any of them.
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