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explorer.exe missing, no desktop icons or start menu

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Hey forum, how are you doing??? I am looking for some help in solving a problem with my Windows XP system. I'm pretty sure that I recently came across a bad virus, or some sort of malware, etc.... I tried removing it with a combo of AVG and Spybot, and it looks like it took care of the spyware problem, but left me with a new one.

Everything seems to run fine and windows will actually boot up, but my desktop has disappeared for some reason. All that I can see is my desktop background right now. All my icons on my desktop have disappeared as well as the start button. I searched online for solutions and found many other people with the same problems but could not come up with anything that would help me out.

I have not been able to locate explorer.exe anywhere in the registry at all so I am not quite sure where it went to or how I am able to get it back. I have exhausted my options and am hoping someone knows what I may do. I do not have the XP discs to reload or else I would just try to reinstall Windows again. I would like to try and save everything and solve the problem without having to reload the os. I am including a hijackthis report below just in case it will help....

Thanks for taking your time to take a look at my problem!!!
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It's possible you have a virus on your system, so I suggest you start a new topic in the Malware Removal and Spyware Removal forum.

Before you start a new topic, please go through the Malware and Spyware Cleaning Guide. This will remove 70% of the problems on your computer alone, and will get your computer ready for the experts to take a look.

If the problem persists once your system has been cleaned by one of our Malware Removal Experts, then repost in this topic and we can start looking at other options.
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