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Cannot retain icons or taskbar in any mode

Unread postby jerrynewt » November 10th, 2008, 1:19 pm

Trying to work on a friend of mine's comp (Toshiba Satellite A-105-Pent M Processor-XP). Booting into either safe mode, normal boot, VGA, or last know good configuration, the screen comes up stating windows and the screen with the icons comes up fine. After five to ten seconds they all disappear and after another five to ten seconds they come back. This repeats over and over. Can't log on to internet or do any spyware tests at all. Any help or ideas would be appreciated.
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Re: Cannot retain icons or taskbar in any mode

Unread postby Katana » November 11th, 2008, 11:49 am

Please note that all instructions given are customised for this computer only, the tools used may cause damage if used on a computer with different infections.

If you think you have similar problems, please post a log in the HJT forum and wait for help.


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What happens when you try to use Task Manager to start programs ?
Do you have access to a USB/Flash drive to transfer files over to the infected machine ?
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Re: Cannot retain icons or taskbar in any mode

Unread postby jerrynewt » November 11th, 2008, 8:23 pm

Thank you for your reply katana. I have tried to use a USB stick to transfer malware .exe program to the comp but it won't read the stick. Can't open My Computer, or any other icon on the desktop with mouse or with TaskManager. I tried to run my live cd of Linux (Ubuntu 8.10) but even that would not run properly (ten minutes for desktop to come up and no navigation ability at all. I am beginning to suspect bad ram (the live cd runs only on ram) or maybe failing hard drive.
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Re: Cannot retain icons or taskbar in any mode

Unread postby Katana » November 11th, 2008, 8:48 pm

If the Linux CD didn't run properly, then it is very unlikely to be malware related.
I believe you are correct to suspect the Ram.

Unfortunately, there is not a lot I can do about a hardware problem :)
(my screwdriver won't fit down the phone cable )
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Re: Cannot retain icons or taskbar in any mode

Unread postby NonSuch » November 16th, 2008, 7:10 pm

As it appears this issue does not involve malware and therefore falls outside the scope of this forum, this topic is now closed.

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