I recently encountered some strange problems with my computer after surfing the net (Norton firewall was running as was a spyware program...).
My shortcuts under the start menu all have the same icon even though the names are different. Also, when I click on any icon, the same program is launched. If I right click the icon to try and change the properties (i.e., icon), it appears to accept my request but does not reflect this change once I exit the routine. The correct target executable program is defined in all cases (right click icon, under properties / shortcut) even though another program is launched. If I go directly to the 'programs' folder and double click the program icon, it will launch and run properly (the correct icon is displayed here).
I ran several disk registry programs to try and resolve the problem, but no luck. I could not restore even from the safe mode and with all Norton programs deactivated.
Any suggestions would be appreciated. I would prefer not to completely (fresh) reinstall Windows XP if possible.