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The problem was discovered by my mom, because she likes to play Solitaire, Hearts and those Windows games. But they weren't there (Start menu -> Games)! It was blank. It was there before because she plays on almost daily basis. So I did a search on pc for "sol.exe" (for Solitaire) but it found nothing. I even searched the System 32 folders but found nothing! So I had to install them from the XP cd again.

The next one on the list is Windows Media Player. If I double click an .avi file on my disc it will open normaly and work so also. But I can't find wmp.exe anywhere in the pc!! Not in it's folder, not through searching!

What the... is happening here?

Thanks! :)

P.S.: Games dissapeared twice already. And here are the specs of my pc:

Window XP Pro with intergrated SP 2, build 2002.
Intel Core 2 Duo E6750 2.66 GHz
Kingston DDR2 1x2GB PC5300 667Mhz
MSI P35 NEO-F; 1333FSB, 4xDDR2 Dual Ch. (max. 8GB), PCIe16, SATA2, Sound 7.1, GigaLAN, ATX
ATI RX1950PRO 256MB DDR3 PCI-E, TV-izhod, Dual DVI-I
500GB Seagate 7.200 16MB SATA2

P.P.S.: Almost forgot to add that I did a scan with NOD32 and Spyware Doctor... nothing turned up.
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The next one on the list is Windows Media Player. If I double click an .avi file on my disc it will open normaly and work so also. But I can't find wmp.exe anywhere in the pc!! Not in it's folder, not through searching!


Windows Media Player is wmplayer.exe, not wmp.exe. At least it is for WMP 9 (I don't have or want WMP 10 or 11).

It should be C:\Program Files\Windows Media Player\wmplayer.exe.
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This is all I have in WMP folder:

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While searching for wmplayer.exe it found this:

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Still wanna know why games and wmp dissapeared.
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I don't know why games and wmp disappeared but it seems to be a not uncommon problem based on the result I got from a Google search for

games and wmp disappeared.

BTW, a scan with NOD32 and Spyware Doctor is not sufficient to detect all malware. I would recomomend the following:

Read through this area:
Malware Removal Guides and Tutorials

Post your HijackThis log here:
Malware Removal - HijackThis™ Logs Go Here

Be patient as the malware removal experts are extremely busy and it may take a day or three for them to get to you.

If you come up clean, then I would do a Repair Install, see if that resolves your problems.
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Big thanks Ztruker with your google hint I found out that wmplayer.exe was among hidden files of the operating system. And I keep them hidden but I want wmplayer.exe back among regular files.

So anyone knows how to make it visible again? :)
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wmplayer.exe should not be a hidden, system file. Nothing in "C:\Program Files\Windows Media Player" should be a hidden, system file.

I'm beginning to think you may have picked up some kind of malware.

Read through this area:
Malware Removal Guides and Tutorials

Post your HijackThis log here:
Malware Removal - HijackThis™ Logs Go Here

Be patient as the malware removal experts are extremely busy and it may take a day or three for them to get to you.
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I'll do it.

Thanks Ztruker, you've been of a great help!
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