Missing desktop icons

  niklad 19:55 17 Jul 2003

i recently downloaded a file by accident and i am not sure what it is. after downloading this file my internet windows which were open displayed 'This page cannt be displayed'. i disconnected the internet connection both by the phone line and the windows two computer icon in the system tray. when i tried to reconnect my computer thought that the modem was still connected even though i had unplugged the phone line. i rebooted my computer and when i logged on all of my icons from my desktop were missing including my start menu. i performed a system restore but with no joy.when i rebooted there was something in the task manager window called explorer which was running in the applications menu. after a long time i found the file at the location: C:\WINDOWS\explorer.exe. this brought back my desktop icons but i must run this new task everytime i log on. please help me and suggestions apart from formatting would be helpful, thankyou

  Steven135 20:24 17 Jul 2003

Did you do a virus scan?

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