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Start button and taskbar unresponsive

Q: Start button and taskbar unresponsive

I'm having issues with my windows start button and taskbar. I had a topic in the malware removal section and believe all the issues there were solved. Here is a link to that topic.

http://www.bleepingcomputer.com/forums/topic355098.html/page__st__15__gopid__2000745#entry2000745

When I start my computer I can choose programs that have icons on my desktop almost instantly after reaching the desktop screen. These same programs on my task-bar aren't accessible though. the windows start button wont click and in my notification area avast loads by the clock but volume control and the others don't. When I scroll over the task-bar my cursor turns into an hour glass as if it is still trying to load but the problem continues even after five minutes of it being on so, far I have had it snap out of it once, but every other time it remains in this state after start up. As I am typing this my task-bar just became click-able and my volume control is now showing, avast updated as well. It has taken at least half an hour for this to happen though. How can i make it load on start up like it should?

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A: Start button and taskbar unresponsive

System manufacturer and model?

How much free space on C: and how large is C:?

How much RAM installed?

Have you tried a repair install of Windows?

Louis

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I was surfing the internet when Avast resident shield showed message after message from the taskbar that a malware was found and taken care of. As soon as one message would disappear, another would appear. I ALT-F4'ed the internet and that stopped it. Well just in case any malware/virus made it through, I decided to do my typical scans and PC tool cleaning using:Rkill, Malwarebytes Anti-malware, Superantispyware, Spybot Search & Destroy, Avast! full scan and boot-time scan.All those tools and programs found some spyware, malware, and virus and disposed of those infections.Once I did all that I thought I was clean and can continue my life. The next time I rebooted however I noticed that my taskbar and START button could be seen but was unresponsive. I also noticed that the taskbar didn't have the usual program icons on the bottom right, and whenever I would put my mouse over anyplace on the taskbar or START button the mouse cursor would go from arrow to hourglass. All icons on my desktop work perfectly fine. When I would push CTRL-ALT-DEL to get the task manager it would take forever to show, but when I would use Process Explorer or IKnowPS they would pop up instantly. Another thing I noticed is that Process Explorer or IKnowPS would show sometimes two or three different explorer.exe running at the same time and one of them would show as explore.Exe (capital E on the extension). After rebooting several times later the same problem would occur, but the c... Read more

A:Taskbar, START button Unresponsive??!!

I am sorry to bump my own post but can somebody please HELP?

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Now & then when I start my computer, nothing appears in the task bar, the Microsoft Start button at the bottom left fails to respond to either a left or right click, the Cortana window "Ask me anything" & the Task View are also unresponsive'
I then restart the computer either by pressing the power button for some time or by the Ctrl/Alt/Delete process. On re-starting everything is fine.
What I don't know is how to prevent this problem from occurring again.

A:Taskbar blank & Start button unresponsive

Hi there,

This recently happened to me with my Surface Pro 4. All you gotta do is Ctrl+Shift+Esc (opens TaskMgr) and do File > Run. Type in 'powershell' and check the box that says Run task with administrative privileges. Once you get into PS, run this:


Code:
Get-AppXPackage -AllUsers | Foreach {Add-AppxPackage -DisableDevelopmentMode -Register "$($_.InstallLocation)\AppXManifest.xml"}
Should fix it right then and there, but you may need to restart.

Hope it helps

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I am using Win XP on Sony Vaio PC and my start button has become unresponsive. Everything else on my computer seems to be OK, but when I click the start button, the window pops up, but when I try to click on anything in the box, I hear that "ding" sound and nothing happens! Help. I'm not very tech savy, maybe just a setting wrong or something simple, I hope. Thanks for any help, Ramona
 

A:Start button unresponsive

Have you rebooted, or restarted explorer.exe?
 

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It seems randomly my Start button does not respond to clicks. The Windows button on my keyboard only brings up the Start Menu about 30% of the time (I have to spam it repeatedly). Along with the Start button problem, Alt-Tabbing no longer works.

These two problems usually don't occur as soon as I boot up, but I can't identify what causes them either. Any help?
 

A:Unresponsive Start Button

Give us some spec's on the machine, i.e., make, model, Ram, CPU speed, and etc.
 

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I came across a very frustrating issue with Windows 10 today that caused my Start button and Cortana to become completely unresponsive. I spent a couple hours trying to troubleshoot this and came back here where I'd found so many helpful solutions a long time ago.

Here's what @lochlomonder suggested:

Okay, since Windows 10 doesn't normally shut down fully, hold down the Windows and R keys together to get the Run dialogue box open, type in cmd, and then hit Enter. Within the Command Prompt dialogue box, type in the following and then hit Enter: shutdown /s /t 0 (that's a zero at the end). Note: this will turn off your PC, so ensure you've saved all your files and exited applications properly.​
Once the PC shut down fully, I started it back up and my Start button and Cortana came back to life. Thanks!
 

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see thread win9x & me

98SE start button unresponsive
by Changeling

Logfile of HijackThis v1.99.1
Scan saved at 8:07:10 PM, on 4/29/06
Platform: Windows 98 Gold (Win9x 4.10.1998)
MSIE: Internet Explorer v5.50 SP1 (5.50.4522.1800)

Running processes:
C:\WINDOWS\SYSTEM\KERNEL32.DLL
C:\WINDOWS\SYSTEM\MSGSRV32.EXE
C:\WINDOWS\SYSTEM\MPREXE.EXE
C:\WINDOWS\SYSTEM\mmtask.tsk
C:\WINDOWS\SYSTEM\MSTASK.EXE
C:\WINDOWS\EXPLORER.EXE
C:\WINDOWS\TASKMON.EXE
C:\WINDOWS\SYSTEM\SYSTRAY.EXE
C:\PROGRAM FILES\WINZIP\WZQKPICK.EXE
C:\PROGRAM FILES\MICROSOFT OFFICE\OFFICE\OSA.EXE
C:\PROGRAM FILES\SOUNDBAR\SOUNDBAR.EXE
C:\PROGRAM FILES\MICROSOFT OFFICE\OFFICE\FINDFAST.EXE
C:\WINDOWS\SYSTEM\RNAAPP.EXE
C:\WINDOWS\SYSTEM\TAPISRV.EXE
C:\UNZIPPED\HIJACKTHIS\HIJACKTHIS.EXE

R1 - HKCU\Software\Microsoft\Internet Explorer\Main,Search Bar = http://uk.red.clientapps.yahoo.com/c...o/bt_side.html
R1 - HKCU\Software\Microsoft\Internet Explorer\Main,Search Page = http://uk.red.clientapps.yahoo.com/c...rch.yahoo.com/
R1 - HKLM\Software\Microsoft\Internet Explorer\Main,Default_Page_URL = http://bt.yahoo.com
R1 - HKLM\Software\Microsoft\Internet Explorer\Main,Default_Search_URL = http://uk.red.clientapps.yahoo.com/c...rch.yahoo.com/
R1 - HKLM\Software\Microsoft\Internet Explorer\Main,Search Bar = http://uk.red.clientapps.yahoo.com/c...o/bt_side.html
R1 - HKLM\Software\Microsoft\Internet Explorer\Main,Search Page = http://uk.red.clientapps.yahoo.com/c...rch.yahoo.com/
R1 - HKCU\Sof... Read more

A:98SE start button unresponsive

Hi Changeling

I understand your start button is now working after a repair install. Would you like to post a fresh HijackThis log for the once over.

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Now & then when I start my computer, nothing appears in the task bar, the Microsoft Start button at the bottom left fails to respond to either a left or right click, the Cortana window "Ask me anything" & the Task View are also unresponsive'
I then restart the computer either by pressing the power button for some time or by the Ctrl/Alt/Delete process. On re-starting everything is fine.
What I don't know is how to prevent this problem from occurring again.

A:Task bar blank & Start button unresponsive

Hi there,

This recently happened to me with my Surface Pro 4. All you gotta do is Ctrl+Shift+Esc (opens TaskMgr) and do File > Run. Type in 'powershell' and check the box that says Run task with administrative privileges. Once you get into PS, run this:


Code:
Get-AppXPackage -AllUsers | Foreach {Add-AppxPackage -DisableDevelopmentMode -Register "$($_.InstallLocation)\AppXManifest.xml"}
Should fix it right then and there, but you may need to restart.

Hope it helps

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Original forum postHi! I was directed to re-post this in this forum. Hope someone can offer some insight on this for my son & me......He had no issues until yesterday when he turned on his computer. Everything seemed to boot up just fine but within 30 seconds of desktop loading, he noticed that his speaker volumne icon was not present on lower right of taskbar. Then he noticed when he opened any program or file, it, too, was not showing on taskbar. Start menu would open but can't click on anything to open - all were totally unresponsive.Not sure if it is hardware, software or viral related. Knowing he does a lot of peer-to-peer sites, I booted up in "safe mode with networking" today and downloaded free Malwarebytes as I have had success with this program in the past on my daughter's computer. Running full scan uncovered 10 infected files and/or registry keys (can supply a copy of log if requested). All entries were quarantined & removedDid recommended restart & still had same issues.. Ran a quick scan this time that showed no infections. Then son decided to run a full scan again and told me that shortly after starting full scan, volumne control appeared, task bar showed open program (malwarebytes) and start menu was clickable/openable. At the end of this full scan, it only found one infected file - C: volumne control. I clicked ok to remove, which it did. Then I was prompted to restart computer. Viola! Same thing all over again!!!Have run full scan for a THIRD t... Read more

A:taskbar, start menu & volumne control unresponsive in XP

Hello,i think we should run SFCPlease run System File Checker sfc /scannow... For more information on this tool see How To Use Sfc.exe To Repair System FilesNOTE for Vista users..The command needs to be run from an elevated Command Prompt.Click Start, type cmd into the Start/Search box,right-click cmd.exe in the list above and select 'Run as Administrator'You will need your operating system CD handy.Open Windows Task Manager....by pressing CTRL+SHIFT+ESCThen click File.. then New Task(Run)In the box that opens type sfc /scannow ......There is a space between c and /Click OKLet it run and insert the XP CD when asked.

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Hi! Hope someone can offer some insight on this for my son & me......

He had no issues until yesterday when he turned on his computer. Everything seemed to boot up just fine but within 30 seconds of desktop loading, he noticed that his speaker volumne icon was not present on lower right of taskbar. Then he noticed when he opened any program or file, it, too, was not showing on taskbar. Start menu would open but can't click on anything to open - all were totally unresponsive.

Not sure if it is hardware, software or viral related. Knowing he does a lot of peer-to-peer sites, I booted up in "safe mode with networking" today and downloaded free Malwarebytes as I have had success with this program in the past on my daughter's computer. Running full scan uncovered 10 infected files and/or registry keys (can supply a copy of log if requested). All entries were quarantined & removed

Did recommended restart & still had same issues.. Ran a quick scan this time that showed no infections. Then son decided to run a full scan again and told me that shortly after starting full scan, volumne control appeared, task bar showed open program (malwarebytes) and start menu was clickable/openable. At the end of this full scan, it only found one infected file - C: volumne control. I clicked ok to remove, which it did. Then I was prompted to restart computer. Viola! Same thing all over again!!!

Have run full scan for a THIRD time tod... Read more

A:taskbar, start menu & volumne control unresponsive in XP

I guess I'd like to know...are you using just Malwarebytes to do scans?

No installed/updated AV program?

No antispyware program, such as SUPERAntiSpyware?

Run chkdsk /r on the system partition afterward, attempting to overcome any damaged files which may have occurred during removal efforts?

There is nothing that removes all forms of malware...other than possibly a clean install, IMO. No one product does it all.

At the minimum...I'd run chkdsk /r and sfc /scannow...to assure myself these are not cases of damaged/missing system files. I'd try to take the O/S out of the list of suspects.

Louis

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I had successfully upgraded my Dell Inspiron 1545 from Windows 7 to Windows 10.
And it was working fine until yesterday eve when i found a blank screen in the startup taking so long.
Somehow the windows started and the desktop appeared but i found that when i tried refreshing the desktop,it kinda stuck up and none of the buttons were responding including-the windows button,task bar,action center,search bar.
All i had to do was to long press the power button and shut it down.
I tried troubleshooting the startup but it said "windows could not repair the startup."
I tried restoring it but it said "no restore points have been created".
I havent changed any hardware or added any new software/app.
I dont know how to come out of this and put my pc back to normal.
I am running a 32 bit system with c2d processor and 3 gb RAM.
Any help will be appreciated.
Thanks
<SJ>
 

A:Windows button,taskbar,action center unresponsive-Windows 10

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Hi, I am very limited to my knowledge of computers and how to fix the problems. If anyone can give me any advice about my computer I would very much appreciate it. I turned my computer on about a week ago, it froze up, I restarted it and was missing my taskbar and my files where opened in a separate window. Nothing simple works. The obvious things do not work. I have no start button. It will not do anything. If I go into control panel, cannot open it from there. Please help!

A:Missing Start Menu, Taskbar, No Start Button

Try doing a System Restore back to before you experienced this problem.Windows XP System Restore Guide

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I accidently lost my start button and taskbar from my desktop. It is not hidden and the taskbar is not locked. How do I get it to display if I can't find it anywhere? Please help.
 

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http://www.kellys-korner-xp.com/taskbarplus!.htm

taskbar is missing

joan
 

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Hi, I don't get here much. I just install Vista SP2 on a lappy (DellVostro 1000).
1. Can the file tree be changed in Explorer so it shows Computer?
2. How do I get the start button to say Restart instead of Lock?
3. I want to turn off the security center popup about UAC ans Windows updates.

A:Taskbar/start button help

Hello Gary,

Q1) If you like, you could use the method in the tutorial below to drag the Folders top border up and down to show or hide what you like.
Favorite Links - Hide
Q2) Not sure that can be changed, but you can click on the arrow to the right of the Lock button to see Restart.

Q3) The tutorials below can show how to disable the Security Center alerts, and for the Windows Update alert.
Security Center Alert Warning NotificationSecurity Center Specific Alert NotificationWindows Update - Enable or Disable Start Menu Power Button Alert

Hope this helps.

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Hi!
I have a question about taskbar start button!
My taskbar now looks like that -
ImageShack? - Online Photo and Video Hosting

But!
If it`s possible to move the button down? Like that? -

ImageShack? - Online Photo and Video Hosting

HELP!
Tnq!

A:TaskBar Start Button.

Your second link does not show any picture, but I am guessing you want your start button at the bottom while you have your taskbar on the left side if that is what you are wanting the answer is no it cannot be done sorry
Jerry

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For about a week I had my computer unplugged and now that I hooked it back up ,, I cant find my taskbar at the bottom or my start button. Don'y want to sound to stupid,,,but please help!!!!
 

A:start button and taskbar,,,HELP PLEASE

Taskbar Repair Tool Plus!
http://www.kellys-korner-xp.com/taskbarplus!.htm
 

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I have a dual boot system - 32 bit XP Professional and 64 bit 7 Professional.

My Windows 7 system got badly infected with viruses. After fighting with it for two days, I went another direction.

When I originally installed 7, I had only an 80 Gb drive to put it on. Since then, I did a partition copy onto a larger hard drive. I could never get it to boot, though.

Today, I took the 80 Gb drive out, booted with the Windows disk and fixed the boot record.

Now I can boot in either system, just like before. The only problem is, in 7, I get only a light blue screen. No START button, no Task bar. No icons.

In Task Manager, I can see many processes running, no applications.

I can see the hard drives from another computer on my network. I can connect to the computer from another computer with Remote Desktop with identical results. No START button, no task bar.

I can boot up in XP and connect the old 7 drive (the 80 Gb one) with a drive caddy, so I can copy files from my old Windows 7 drive to my new one.

Is there any way to fix this or am I basically screwed?

Thanks

A:No Start button or taskbar

No you are not screwed because you have crippled installs and you are here where we have helped millions have the best install of WIn7 possible. So look over the steps to get and keep a perfect Clean Reinstall Windows 7,
boot the installer to delete all partitions on one of the hard drives with the other detached, then install and set it up following those steps which will assure you get and keep a perfect install.

Not one of the 1.4+ million consumers who've used that tutorial have come back here with a problem or complaint, as long as they stick with the tools and methods given. So you are hardly screwed, and actually quite lucky.

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Please help. Windows 10 has worked pretty well since installing it a couple of months ago but last week suddenly the taskbar is empty and start button not working. I tried the powershell idea but as nothing shows up in the taskbar I can't run as administrator. I'm 62 years old and thought I was slightly tech savvy but this as me beat.

A:Start Button and taskbar not working

Does right click at Start button still work ?

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Hi all,
So I started having a problem with my laptop. When my computer would start up, everything would start up normally and then suddenly my taskbar disappears but the start button stays. In addition, in blank fields if I clicked in the field the hyphen symbol would start repeating over and over. I went online and went through a free malware/spyware whatever they are clean your computers. I restarted and now I don't have the hyphen problem but I still can't see my taskbar, except for the start button. I wouldn't care as much but it has affected other things like my internet connections, etc.

When I start windows in safe mode, I have my taskbar and it doesn't disappear at start up. But then in normal mode poof it goes...help! Thanks! This is for Windows Vista
 

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Start Menu Orb Hidden In Latest Windows 8 Builds

From this article, the latest build of Windows 8 has no more Start button built into the Taskbar anymore, you have to hover over to the left bottom corner, like in the Developer Preview, to see the Charms Bar and also the Start button.

I am shocked and awed!

A:Wow, there is no more Start button built in on the taskbar...

I think this might not be such a bad thing because then Windows 8 will be playing off more the success of the 7 taskbar more. But wow, though. My complaint is now that the Desktop interface will look much older compared to the newer metro design, either go all in or don't go at all.

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Hi all,
So I started having a problem with my laptop. When my computer would start up, everything would start up normally and then suddenly my taskbar disappears but the start button stays. In addition, in blank fields if I clicked in the field the hyphen symbol would start repeating over and over. I went online and went through a free malware/spyware whatever they are clean your computers. I restarted and now I don't have the hyphen problem but I still can't see my taskbar, except for the start button.

When I start windows in safe mode, I have my taskbar and it doesn't disappear at start up. But then in normal mode poof it goes...help! Thanks! This is for Windows Vista
 

A:Taskbar Gone except for Start Button, Possible Virus???

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Hi guys I'm new here so please bare with me. I upgraded to the latest avg 8.0 on my computer did a virus scan which found quite a few. I used the heal button and than it said I have to restart for things to take effect.

When I restarted it takes me to my desktop but no icons show up and no start button or taskbar so I can't really do nothing unless I use the taskbar manger browse. I'm using the computer right now but my iexplorer isn't working and a whole bunch of other programs but I'm using firefox to do this so yeah.

If anyone can help me out it would be greatly appreciated because I have alot of stuff important to me on this computer and don't really want to have to delete it all.

My computer is a HP Intel Celeron D 2.83ghz 1gb ram 40gb HDD hope this might help.

Cheers and thanks in advance

A:No desktop, taskbar or start button

When in Task Manager click File > New Task (Run) and enter explorer.exe

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I have just reformated my whole pc due to a virut virus that i could not remove.
After re-installing all my software i found that i cannot use the Start button or the entire taskbar, the internal speaker just beeps when i click anywhere on the bar.
I ran Nortan antivirus and it picked up and removed a singular virus and the taskbar use came back.
After rebooting my system the taskbar is inactive again.

I do not have this computer connected to the internet, though i use a external 80 Hardrive to transfer files between the two.
I suspected the infection may have come from this, i have scanned with Norton and kapersky and removed any infections that appeared.
After doin a full system scan no spyware of viruses are appearing on either.
Though i can still not get the taskbar active again.
Any suggestions ???
Should i try a different antivirus program ?

A:Start button and Taskbar Inactive

Just thought id add to the original post..
The virus i removed was BLOODHOUND.W32.1

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Hi,

Ever since my computer froze the other day my taskbar and start button have been not visible anymore. I did the ctrl-alt del to close programs down and it started from that.
Can someone tell me what to do to get it showing again?
cubbycuddly
 

A:Taskbar/start button missing

Ctrl+Alt+Del to bring up the task manager. On File> New Task(Run...) type: explorer then OK. This should start windows explorer. Press CTRL + ESC or your Windows key to make Start menu appear. You can also try this repair for missing taskbar from kelly's-korner.
 

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I have a Dell Inspiron 1501 running XP.

When i log into the primary account everything works ok - more or less

When i log into the other user account, very often it takes triple the normal time to 'load personal settings'When it takes a long time to load, it will display my wallpaper & NOTHING ELSE. The only
thing i can do is pull up the task manager & logoff & try again. (sometimes it goes, sometimes not).
I've tried all the function skeys on the keyboard, sticking in a cd rom, nothing helps

Does anyone know what to do???

ps I don't know if this is related, but when i try to add the quick launch buttons the thing will freeze/crash
 

A:No Taskbar, No Icons, No Start Button

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Hello everyone, I'm new and I'm from Hong Kong. My English is bad so I hope you all will understand what I'm talking about :-) Thanks.
My taskbar didn't work 3 days before, I have read this and tried a few ways before but they didn't help at all. I typed "explorer.exe" in task manager and my taskbar appeared but it still showing with a "busy cursor" and it gives me no response. When I click the taskbar and it comes out with a "windows explorer (not responding)" window. What can I do now? :'(

Again, thank you everyone, and I hope you guys know what I mean, haha.

A:Taskbar is disappeared and I don't have a start button.

Do you know when this problem began (It sounds like you do)? Try a System Restore to a point in time BEFORE the problem began (and maybe give it an extra day or two to be sure). Here's the procedure: http://www.vistax64.com/tutorials/76905-system-restore-how.html. Be sure to check the box to show more than 5 days of restore points. If the first attempt fails, then try an earlier point or two. NOTE: You will have to re-install any software and updates you installed and uninstall any software you removed between now and the restore point, but you can use Windows Update for the updates. Try using Safe Mode to see if that gives you the taskback and start button. If not, use the recovery disk if the system prompt doesn’t work. The recovery disk works a bit different from the above procedures but if you follow the prompts from the System Restore menu option with the above information you should be able to restore with no problems.


To boot to the CD you may need to change the BIOS to make the CD-drive first in the boot sequence. To do that, wait for the screen that tells you the F key to push to access the boot menu or boot setup. Push it quickly. Make the changes, save your work, and exit. Put the CD in the drive and reboot. When prompted, push any key to boot from the CD.


If you don't have a disk, you can make a bootable Recovery Disk using http://neosmart.net/blog/2008/windows-vista-recovery-disc-download/ along with burning software like: http://www.snapfiles.com/ge... Read more

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I want to inform you all about some recent experiences I've had because I believe they may contain some valuable lessons. I'm sorry this post is so long. But, I'm pretty angry at the moment and I hope you will understand.

Long story short - a few weeks ago, I replaced the file WinHlp32.exe in my WINDOWS folder with a file of the same name from a different PC and my computer would no longer boot. There is no need for you to tell me this was a foolish thing to do. I learned my lesson in a very long and painful way. I believe that replacing that file resulted in one or more of my system files becoming corrupt. The reason I did this is long and involved and I think it would be best to spare you the details. But, if there are any lessons of value, they will be contained in the following subsequent events.

I came to the conclusion that I would need help to repair this PC. I considered taking it to a "Big Box" electronics store who has a special "squad" of computer technicians. But, instead I decided to try and save some money by calling a private technician who advertised in Craigslist. In the past, I have met two of these people and I was always satisfied with the help they gave me and the amount of money they wanted for their help. They were very good technicians.

I called three of these private technicians and I tried to explain to each of them what was wrong. Each of them seemed to believe I would need to re-install Windows and it would tak... Read more

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Hi!
I am new to the forum and have read some of the threads related to my problem, but my problem still exists. I have run spybot and Ad-aware from in the safe mode and have removed everything that came up (Bargain Buddy could not be removed.)

I have also run Housecall and removed their recommended items, and have run Hijackthis with the following results:

Logfile of HijackThis v1.99.0
Scan saved at 2:21:48 PM, on 12/28/2004
Platform: Windows XP SP1 (WinNT 5.01.2600)
MSIE: Internet Explorer v6.00 SP1 (6.00.2800.1106)

Running processes:
C:\WINDOWS\System32\smss.exe
C:\WINDOWS\system32\winlogon.exe
C:\WINDOWS\system32\services.exe
C:\WINDOWS\system32\lsass.exe
C:\WINDOWS\system32\svchost.exe
C:\WINDOWS\System32\svchost.exe
C:\WINDOWS\Explorer.EXE
C:\Program Files\QuickTime\qttask.exe
C:\WINDOWS\System32\ezSP_Px.exe
C:\program files\support.com\client\bin\tgcmd.exe
C:\Program Files\Common Files\Symantec Shared\ccApp.exe
C:\Program Files\Common Files\Symantec Shared\ccRegVfy.exe
C:\Program Files\Java\j2re1.4.2_05\bin\jusched.exe
C:\Program Files\Hewlett-Packard\HP Software Update\HPWuSchd.exe
C:\WINDOWS\System32\hphmon05.exe
C:\WINDOWS\System32\rundll32.exe
C:\WINDOWS\System32\wsxsvc\wsxsvc.exe
C:\WINDOWS\System32\vmss\vmss.exe
C:\Program Files\Common Files\Symantec Shared\Security Center\UsrPrmpt.exe
C:\Program Files\MSN Messenger\msnmsgr.exe
C:\Program Files\AIM95\aim.exe
C:\Program Files\Internet Explorer\iexplore.exe
C:\WINDOWS\System32\w?nlogon.exe
C:\Program Files\Inter... Read more

A:Start button and taskbar missing

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Hi all,
So I started having a problem with my laptop. When my computer would start up, everything would start up normally and then suddenly my taskbar disappears but the start button stays. In addition, in blank fields if I clicked in the field the hyphen symbol would start repeating over and over. I went online and went through a free malware/spyware whatever they are clean your computers. I restarted and now I don't have the hyphen problem but I still can't see my taskbar, except for the start button. I wouldn't care as much but it has affected other things like my internet connections, etc.

When I start windows in safe mode, I have my taskbar and it doesn't disappear at start up. But then in normal mode poof it goes...help! Thanks! This is for Windows Vista
 

A:Taskbar Gone except for Start Button, Possible Virus???

Hi not a Vista user but try.
Right-click on a blank spot on the taskbar.
Select Properties.
On the Taskbar tab under Taskbar appearance.
Uncheck Auto-hide the taskbar
 

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Hello

First time I've posted and hopefully in the right place but I need some help.

About a month ago, after turning on my computer all that was loaded was the Windows wallpaper, nothing else! This is the first real chance of trying to sort the problem..

If I right click nothing happens, I can only start internet explorer etc by doing Ctrl-Alt-Del and clicking on the Task Manager.

I have Norton Internet Security, Spybot - Search and Destroy plus Spyblaster all of which I have ran today and say that my computer is clean.

Any suggestions?

Thanks

Fatboy_nel

A:Desktop Icons, Taskbar, start button etc GONE!

It sounds like explorer.exe is not functioning. If you can browse and get that running in task manager, the interface shell should return. Then I would check out your computer's startup config, and be certain it is listed.Note: this is not IE Explorer, but Windows Program Manager or Windows Explorer, listed as explorer.exe.

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I am running Windows XP w/ SP3. I suddenly seem to have lost my taskbar at the bottom of my screen. No start button, nothing. Thus when I minimize a screen it just disappears.

I have tried changing the display setting resolution - nothing. I have tried starting in the safe mode and then I can see and use it.

I have tried a system restore but after trying different restore dates it says no restore was made.

I have tried using the taskbar and start menu settings to no avail.

I have never encountered this before and do not know what to do next.

Please help. I will try to answer any questions anyone has.

A:[SOLVED] I Seem to have lost my Taskbar and Start Button

Hi Pascal, let's see if we can figure out whats going on here with that computer of yours. Let me get a little information from you and then we can proceed to resolve this issue.

Here are some questions for you to answer that will help me figure out whats going on. Just answer them the best you can if you have already answered something in your first post just skip over it.

What kind of computer do you have? Dell, HP, Ect. Desktop? or Laptop?
What's your level of computer experience? Beginner, intermediate, expert, or don't know squat?
What XP are you running? XP home or Pro?
Do you have a Windows XP disk?
Is the SP3 update the only change you have made to your computer recently?

That should get us started. I assume you are communicating from another working computer with a internet connection.

I will monitor this thread throughout the day to see your responses. Please close this thread by marking it solved using the quick tools feature located at the top of this thread and selecting solved from the drop down menu when your computer is working correctly and you are finished with this thread.

Thank you
Patmark

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Hello, everyone - this is my first new topic post to your forum. Working recently on my Compaq Presario S3200NX PC, my teenage son attempted to download a codec for an online gaming experience, and, instead, presumably downloaded and unleashed a virus or other malicious program that has taken out the Windows XP taskbar, start button, and internet access (IE flashes momentarily but does not open). In that we no longer have internet access via that computer, I am not able to go through a couple of the steps that are recommended prior to posting HijackThis! logs here for that PC. However, using a flash drive, and given that Spybot S&D was already installed on the PC, I have run many different protocols in an attempt to discover what the problem may be, and remedy the situation. To date, none of these programs have given any indication that they are able to detect what the problem actually is. I do have HijackThis! logs taken in both safe and normal modes that are ready to post, and I am open to any other suggestions in the meantime. In appreciation - Connectigreg

A:Codec D/l = No Xp Taskbar, No Start Button, No Internet

Hi; have you yet used the flash drive to put on it the superantispyware and asquared programs that will produce reports for examination? scroll down to spyware removal for some program ideas http://www.bleepingcomputer.com/forums/topic3616.htmlbe wary of getting an infection transfered on the flash drive too

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Hello.
After removing usenext,I did a clean up,and restarted my computer.I do not have a desktop anymore.all that is left is the picture I use as a desktop.no more icons,no more taskbar and no more start button.
please how do I get it back. I can use the task manager to start a few programs,so the programs are not gone,it seems to be just the desktop.
Thank you
Jean-Guy Roberge
[email protected]
 

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We have a number of Windows 7 installations (Enterprise, 32 bit, with German language pack). ONE of the users (on a Dell Latitude E4300) has the problem that after some time, the task bar disappears, but the start button remains on the screen (and continues to function):


 

Using Task Manager to kill explorer.exe and restart it solves the problem for a while. 

A:Taskbar disappears, start button remains

HiThis behavior can happen if a registry key has become corrupted. Using an Administrator account, perform the following.Go to Start and type  regedit.exe. In the Results, right click regedit.exe and select the Run As Administrator option.In the Registry editor, navigate to the following key.HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Explorer\StuckRects2Right click the StuckRects2 key and select Export. Name the file srbackup.reg and save it to the Desktop. This will be the backup in case something unexpected happens.Right click the StuckRects2 key and select Delete.Exit the registry editor and restart Explorer.exe. Let us know the results.
Thank You for using Windows 7

Ronnie Vernon MVP

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Tech Support Guy System Info Utility version 1.0.0.1
OS Version:
Processor:
Processor Count:
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Antivirus: None I'm not sure if this is the right forum for this problem or not but I need some help getting my taskbar back up.I have XP Pro on a Dell Optiplex GX260 mini-tower.I think I have a BUG in my computer as I had a blue screen error that I got past yesterday with help from people in this forum.After I did chkdsk /p and found errors,ran chkdsk /r and chkdsk /p after that with no errors showing.Reboot and no taskbar anywhere.I believe I have tried all the tricks to retrieve it,and no luck yet.Any assistance would be greatly appreciated with a instead of a or even worse Thanks.
 

A:Taskbar/start button/clock all missing?

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Hi guys,

I'm currently posting from another computer since the one I'm trying to fix is effectively inoperable at the moment.

The computer is a laptop with windows XP, I can't access the system setting to work out which SP it has, but the user seems to think it had SP2 on it.

Basically what happened is this: the computer was running quite slowly and AVG wouldnt run correctly. The tray icon would appear, but upon trying to open the GUI it would close after 1-2 seconds. Thinking it was possibly malware I tried renaming the .exe file, and AVG would remain open but couldn't run a scan. Having seen stuff like this before I decided to try malwarebytes and see if it would clear anything up. I downloaded mbam and tried to run it, but once again mbam closes after a second or two, and isn't able to complete a scan. Almost immediately after this the taskbar, start button and all the desktop icons disappeared, leaving only the wallpaper.

At this point I restarted the computer, but got the same problem. I can use ctrl+alt+del to open the task manager, but from there I can't use the New Task button to start anything (it's greyed out). I restarted the computer in safe mode and got the same thing. I can restart it and open safe mode with the command line, and from there I tried running mbam/AVG again, thinking that any virus that was closing things might not be able to close it in safe mode, but alas they dont run for more than 1-2 seconds.

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A:No Taskbar, start button or desktop icons!

Hello,for the desktop.Please run System File Checker sfc /scannow... For more information on this tool see How To Use Sfc.exe To Repair System FilesNOTE for Vista users..The command needs to be run from an elevated Command Prompt.Click Start, type cmd into the Start/Search box,right-click cmd.exe in the list above and select 'Run as Administrator'You will need your operating system CD handy.Open Windows Task Manager....by pressing CTRL+SHIFT+ESCThen click File.. then New Task(Run)In the box that opens type sfc /scannow ......There is a space between c and /Click OKLet it run and insert the XP CD when asked.Now too see if we can run MBAM.Please download and run Process Explorer v11.33Now look for any/all of these.Right click with your mouse to highlight. Then go to top of page and kill them by clicking the red X along the toolbar.Under explorer.exeav360.exe 453732.exe (look for a brown shield and something like... 453732.exe it can be different numbers)tsc.exe (has a blue/white stripe shield).If still no joy.1. Uninstall Malwarebytes' Anti-Malware using Add/Remove programs in the control panel.2. Restart your computer (very important).3. Download and run this utility. Mbam clean4. It will ask to restart your computer (please allow it to).5. After the computer restarts, install the latest version from here. http://www.malwarebytes.org/mbam-download.phpNote: You will need to reactivate the program using the license you were sent.Note: If using Free version, ignore the part ab... Read more

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I've Googled extensively and found plenty of suggestions to bring back the old Win7-style start menu with its button in a variety of ways, but that's not actually what I want.

I'd like to have a start button on the taskbar where the Win7 one was; on clicking this button once, it should bring me to Win8's default start - the Metro thing with all the squares, not Classic Shell or any alternative. I actually like the squares.

I'm aware I can get to the Metro start by putting the cursor into a corner and then bringing it down and clicking the Start icon, but that feels slow and counter-intuitive - I'd much rather just click on the taskbar.

How do I do this?
Thanks.

A:Adding a Metro start button to the taskbar

Hello IronMew, and welcome to Eight Forums.

If you like, you could use the tutorial below to download a Start shortcut that can be used to add a Metro Start button to your taskbar.

"Start" Screen Shortcut - Create in Windows 8
Hope this helps,
Shawn

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My start menu button completely disappeared from the taskbar.
I am using DisplayFusion and Start8 so I am not sure if those could cause this issue.
I am able to still access the start menu easily by clicking the windows key but would love to fix this.
Due to DisplayFusion I can still see the start menu button on the other taskbar but Start8 does not want to style it or anything.

Example image: http://puu.sh/a2LqZ/11ca887609.png - The right taskbar is my main monitor and the left is the second monitor that has a taskbar from displayfusion

A:Start menu button disappeared from taskbar

Cannot tell anything from that thumbnail. My guess is using both DisplayFusion and Start8 is the problem.

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My taskbar is just a slim grey bar at the bottom of the screen and shows an hourglass when I cursor down to it. There is no start button, and right-clicking on the desktop does nothing. The only way I can run anything is the remaining icons on the desktop, or by using the run command from the task manager I get with ctl-alt-del.

Any changes I make using HJT are reversed after rebooting. My Windows Defender is disabled, along with my Avast AntiVirus. Please help. Here is the HJT Log:

Logfile of HijackThis v1.99.1
Scan saved at 12:02:20 AM, on 4/7/2007
Platform: Windows XP SP2 (WinNT 5.01.2600)
MSIE: Internet Explorer v7.00 (7.00.6000.16414)

Running processes:
C:\WINDOWS\System32\smss.exe
C:\WINDOWS\system32\winlogon.exe
C:\WINDOWS\system32\services.exe
C:\WINDOWS\system32\lsass.exe
C:\WINDOWS\SYSTEM32\Userinit.exe
C:\WINDOWS\Explorer.EXE
C:\WINDOWS\system32\taskmgr.exe
C:\WINDOWS\system32\cmd.exe
C:\fixwareout\FindT\nircmd.exe
C:\Program Files\WinRAR\WinRAR.exe
C:\DOCUME~1\SCOTT~1.OFF\LOCALS~1\Temp\Rar$EX00.906\HijackThis.exe

R1 - HKCU\Software\Microsoft\Internet Explorer\Main,Search Page = http://go.microsoft.com/fwlink/?LinkId=54896
R0 - HKCU\Software\Microsoft\Internet Explorer\Main,Start Page =
R1 - HKLM\Software\Microsoft\Internet Explorer\Main,Default_Page_URL = http://go.microsoft.com/fwlink/?LinkId=69157
R1 - HKLM\Software\Microsoft\Internet Explorer\Main,Default_Search_URL = http://go.microsoft.com/fwlink/?LinkId=54896
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A game I was playing kept freezing so I shut it down using the task menu - the machine rebooted itself (even though I did not reboot it) during that process. When it came back the taskbar, starter button and all my icons were gone. There is one other window showing when I do alt-tab (touchpad object helper window) and prior to about ten minutes ago, there was one called dummy windowless, which disappeared.

I have tried searching all over with my cursor in case the taskbar got hidden, but it is just gone, along with everything else. Oddly, my browser (Firefox) seems to be working fine. I have - and keep updated - Zone Alarm, AVG, Windows Defender, Spybot Search and Destroy, Secunia, Ad-Aware and some others that I can't remember - also, all my windows updates are current.

I have tried rebooting but that doesn't seem to work either.

Help?
 

A:Taskbar,start button, all icons disappeared

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I don't think this is a virus or malware. I tried to update to SP3 and was getting an error message halfway through. I followed directions off microsoft website to run a reset.cmd file and now I have no taskbar, no Start button, IE won't run, no copy/paste and no drag or drop. I also was not able to attach the attach.txt file in this post. I ran DDS but RootRepeal will not run. When trying to run mbam.exe(malwarebytes) I get a Vbalsgird error 372.


DDS (Ver_09-12-01.01) - NTFSx86 NETWORK
Run by Zach at 14:32:31.34 on Sun 12/06/2009
Internet Explorer: 8.0.6001.18702 BrowserJavaVersion: 1.6.0_16

============== Running Processes ===============

C:\WINDOWS\Explorer.EXE
C:\Program Files\Mozilla Firefox\firefox.exe
C:\Documents and Settings\Zach\Desktop\dds.scr
C:\WINDOWS\System32\svchost.exe -k netsvcs

============== Pseudo HJT Report ===============

uSearchURL,(Default) = hxxp://www.google.com/search?q=%s
uURLSearchHooks: AIM Toolbar Search Class: {03402f96-3dc7-4285-bc50-9e81fefafe43} - c:\program files\aim toolbar\aimtb.dll
uURLSearchHooks: Yahoo! Toolbar: {ef99bd32-c1fb-11d2-892f-0090271d4f88} - c:\program files\yahoo!\companion\installs\cpn3\yt.dll
uURLSearchHooks: AVG Security Toolbar BHO: {a3bc75a2-1f87-4686-aa43-5347d756017c} - c:\program files\avg\avg8\toolbar\IEToolbar.dll
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A:No taskbar, no Start button, cannot copy/paste or run IE

Hi zachj,Welcome to BC HijackThis forum and sorry for the delay. I am farbar. I am going to assist you with your problem if you still need assistance.Please inform me if you still need assistance.

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I'm running Windows 10 and have been since it was first released. This morning I was playing a game, and my sound stopped working, so I rebooted my computer to see if that would fix it. It fixed the problem, but I had no icons pinned on my taskbar, no time & date, and the search and start button would not work. After hard-booting the computer for a second time, there was still nothing. When I open a program the icon doesn't show on the taskbar. Help please??

A:Nothing shows on Taskbar, can't use search or start button.

Assuming RIGHT click at the Start button still working ..............

Right click at it > click Command Prompt (Admin) > type powershell > press Enter key.
At the flashing prompt, copy and paste this command line ( to avoid typo it's best to apply Copy/paste method)......

Get-AppXPackage -AllUsers | Foreach {Add-AppxPackage -DisableDevelopmentMode -Register "$($_.InstallLocation)\AppXManifest.xml"}

> press Enter.

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Usually when I click on my installed themes it's not in Window Classic theme but now it's like this

A:Desktop, Taskbar, and Start button change mysteriously?

Go into Control Panel under Personalization. Make sure you do not have "Windows Classic" checked. You can change your themes to anything you want from there.

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I have the following issue and cannot work because of this at present time. Can anyone help me? HijackThis log is below.

I have run adaware and spybot, found malware but said it fixed the issues. I also check the registry to make sure my windows nt/winlogon shell was set to explorer.exe, which it was.

Please help if you can, much appreciated.

Logfile of Trend Micro HijackThis v2.0.2
Scan saved at 11:20:42 PM, on 6/9/2008
Platform: Windows XP SP2 (WinNT 5.01.2600)
MSIE: Internet Explorer v7.00 (7.00.5730.0013)
Boot mode: Normal
Running processes:
C:\WINDOWS\System32\smss.exe
C:\WINDOWS\system32\winlogon.exe
C:\WINDOWS\system32\services.exe
C:\WINDOWS\system32\lsass.exe
C:\WINDOWS\system32\Ati2evxx.exe
C:\WINDOWS\system32\svchost.exe
C:\WINDOWS\System32\svchost.exe
C:\Program Files\Intel\Wireless\Bin\EvtEng.exe
C:\Program Files\Intel\Wireless\Bin\S24EvMon.exe
C:\Program Files\Intel\Wireless\Bin\WLKeeper.exe
C:\Program Files\Lavasoft\Ad-Aware\aawservice.exe
C:\WINDOWS\system32\spoolsv.exe
C:\Altiris\AClient\AClient.exe
C:\Program Files\Common Files\Apple\Mobile Device Support\bin\AppleMobileDeviceService.exe
C:\Program Files\Bonjour\mDNSResponder.exe
C:\Program Files\Cisco Systems\VPN Client\cvpnd.exe
C:\WINDOWS\system32\dlcqcoms.exe
C:\Program Files\Network Associates\Common Framework\FrameworkService.exe
C:\Program Files\Network Associates\VirusScan\Mcshield.exe
C:\Program Files\Network Associates\VirusScan\VsTskMgr.exe
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Hi - running Windows XP Home SP2 or SP3 (cant easily look at the moment) and have lost all desktop icons, task bar and start button. When screensaver comes on, I can get to the task bar by ctrl/alt/del, and run a new task by browsing from there e.g. Internet Explorer, Anti virus software (AVG) etc. If I right click on the "desktop" nothing happens. Have tried Restoring a week ago but no difference. Have I got a virus that AVG is not picking up, or maybe someone has played around with script files when I wasn't looking?? (Family!) If a script file or a setting in Computer or System Administration has been deleted, should restore bring it back, or are we stuck with having to reinstall the OS? Thanks!

A:XP Home no desktop icons, taskbar or start button

After rebooting, the OS goes straight to a window, which lists the usual folders in root of C Drive. I can then access programs etc from the taskbar. If I dont start any tasks up, there are no tasks running whatsoever. Screensaver comes on after rest period which is a pic of the earth from outer space.
I would really appreciate any help, please!

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Hi, I have a similar problem as post 726088. When I start the PC, I have the start button, taskbar and icons but as soon as I try to do anything, they disappear. Usually I am just opening Internet Explorer. I have tried to end and restart explorer.exe and it hasn't helped. I have to open all my programs through the task manager.

At some point today, I got the error message: rundll32.exe. The remote procedure call failed.

System Specs:

Operating System: Windows Vista™ Home Premium (6.0, Build 6000) (6000.vista_gdr.071023-1545)
Language: English (Regional Setting: English)
System Manufacturer: HP-Pavilion
System Model: RX881AA-ABA m8000n
BIOS: Phoenix - AwardBIOS v6.00PGProcessor: AMD Athlon(tm) 64 X2 Dual Core Processor 5200+ (2 CPUs), ~2.6GHz
Memory: 2046MB RAM

Here is the HJL...

Logfile of Trend Micro HijackThis v2.0.2
Scan saved at 11:32:20 PM, on 17/08/2008
Platform: Windows Vista (WinNT 6.00.1904)
MSIE: Internet Explorer v7.00 (7.00.6000.16711)
Boot mode: Normal
Running processes:
C:\Windows\system32\taskeng.exe
C:\Windows\system32\Dwm.exe
C:\Program Files\Trend Micro\Internet Security\UfSeAgnt.exe
C:\Windows\System32\mobsync.exe
C:\Program Files\Windows Defender\MSASCui.exe
C:\hp\support\hpsysdrv.exe
C:\Program Files\Hewlett-Packard\On-Screen OSD Indicator\OSD.exe
C:\Program Files\Windows Media Player\wmpnscfg.exe
C:\WINDOWS\RtHDVCpl.exe
C:\Program Files\HP\HP Software Update\hpwuSchd2.exe
C:\WINDOWS\System32\rundll32.exe
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