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Windows 7: programs in the start menu disappeared.

12 Jan 2012   #1

Windows 7 Professional 32 bit
 
 

I'm having a pretty big problem at the moment, first thing happened is that a lot of programs' [such as skype, Itunes, Word, Excel...etc] icon has changed to window generic icons, the programs could be launched..only the icons disappeared. and I searched for solutions on Google..and tried several solutions but none of them worked and even made it worse...now the programs completely disappeared from the start menu and task bar..the folders still exist though but is all empty which means I can't even launch the programs now...what do I do!! HELP!!

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the icons looked like this
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after a series of trying...the icons were like this
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now they're like this
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and the programs in start menu are gone



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12 Jan 2012   #2
whs
Microsoft MVP

Vista, Windows7, Mint Mate, Zorin, Windows 8
 
 

You can rebuild the icon cache - but if the folders in program files are empty, that is more serious.

Do you have restore points from the time before that happened? If yes, we may be able to recover that stuff with a system restore.
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12 Jan 2012   #3

Windows 7 Home Premium 64 Bit
 
 

This may be OS '12 virus related. Save all work as the program I am about to suggest automatically restarts the computer. Download and run the Fakerean removal tool
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12 Jan 2012   #4

Windows 7 Professional 32 bit
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by whs View Post
You can rebuild the icon cache - but if the folders in program files are empty, that is more serious.

Do you have restore points from the time before that happened? If yes, we may be able to recover that stuff with a system restore.
I've just tried to rebuild the icon cache...and it didn't work at all. but the programs in program files still exist.
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12 Jan 2012   #5

Windows 7 Professional 32 bit
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by writhziden View Post
This may be OS '12 virus related. Save all work as the program I am about to suggest automatically restarts the computer. Download and run the Fakerean removal tool
i tried to run Fakerean removal tool, but the virus defender says it's a virus? and all this popped up..

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12 Jan 2012   #6

Win 7, 32bit, Premium
 
 

Pardon for being off- subject, but are you running any other antivirus besides Malwarebytes ?

Also, do you have any idea of how you contacted the possible virus ?

Thanks !
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12 Jan 2012   #7

Windows 7 Professional 32 bit
 
 

yes. I am running another antivirus software, and I have no idea where I could possibly get the virus.
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12 Jan 2012   #8
whs
Microsoft MVP

Vista, Windows7, Mint Mate, Zorin, Windows 8
 
 

Well that is good if you still have your program files. I see 2 options:

1. You could create another user account and make that the admin account.
2. Have a look at this: A story of Windows 7 and an empty All Programs (and how I fixed it) - Greg's Cool [Insert Clever Name] of the Day
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12 Jan 2012   #9

Windows 7 Home Premium 64 Bit
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Jezza View Post
Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by writhziden View Post
This may be OS '12 virus related. Save all work as the program I am about to suggest automatically restarts the computer. Download and run the Fakerean removal tool
i tried to run Fakerean removal tool, but the virus defender says it's a virus? and all this popped up..

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What virus defender gave you that gibberish? Believe me, that is not a virus. Try running it in Safe Mode if whs's suggestions prove unfruitful.
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12 Jan 2012   #10

Windows 7 Professional 32 bit
 
 

that didn't work as well...and the problem im having is different to the Greg dude..i only have SOME programs [all the windows office ones, sharepoint, lync and skype etc..] disappeared..some other programs are still in the start menu but the icons are like this Name:  DGZU87P]BH~IM`M06GKFM9D.jpg
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