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Windows 7: Desktop Icons wont come up

06 Aug 2011   #1

Windows Xp
Desktop Icons wont come up

I have no idea where this should be so I put it here. I was may have downloaded a program with a few..... viruses. But when I turn my computer on, my desktop wont show, and the file that I downloaded keeps wanting me to run it. It also has several different processes that run in the task manager. What should I do? I thought about taking it to an IT guy but, I cant have my mom knowing about this. Any help would be great.

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06 Aug 2011   #2

Windows 10 Pro x64

Hello. Boot into Safe Mode and there do a full scan with Malwarebytes. See the results and delete that files if MB found something.
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06 Aug 2011   #3

64-bit Windows 10 Pro

Hello Penguin, and welcome to Seven Forums.

In addition, check to see if the program may have added anything in your startup program lists and registry locations to have it run like that at startup.
Startup Programs - Change
It also wouldn't hurt to use Microsoft Standalone System Sweeper to scan your system with at boot to see if it can find and remove any malware found.

Hope this helps,
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06 Aug 2011   #4
Microsoft MVP

Windows 7 Ultimate 32bit SP1

Download Unhide.exe ( (by Grinler)
Once the program has been downloaded, double-click on the Unhide.exe icon on your desktop and allow the program to run. This program will remove the +H, or hidden, attribute from all the files on your hard drives. If there are any files that were purposely hidden by you, you will need to hide them again after this tool is run."

I'd like you to scan your machine with ESET OnlineScan
  1. Hold down Control and click on the following link to open ESET OnlineScan in a new window.
    ESET OnlineScan
  2. Click the button.
  3. For alternate browsers only: (Microsoft Internet Explorer users can skip these steps)
    1. Click on to download the ESET Smart Installer. Save it to your desktop.
    2. Double click on the icon on your desktop.
  4. Check
  5. Click the button.
  6. Accept any security warnings from your browser.
  7. Check
  8. Push the Start button.
  9. ESET will then download updates for itself, install itself, and begin scanning your computer. Please be patient as this can take some time.
  10. When the scan completes, push
  11. Push , and save the file to your desktop using a unique name, such as ESETScan. Include the contents of this report in your next reply.
  12. Push the button.
  13. Push
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06 Aug 2011   #5
Borg 386

Win 7 32 Home Premium, Win 7 64 Pro, Win 8.1, Win 10

If this happened just recently, is there any chance you can do a system restore 2 or 3 points back past the point of infection? Try booting in safe mode and see if you can do it from there. That itself my remedy the problem, or remove some of the virus depending on how severely your PC was infected & with what.

If that does work, It would be a good idea to follow the advice given above and scan the heck out of your system since some viruses leave traces behind.
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