So now whenever I switch on my PC there's about a 50% chance of finding my shortcuts missing. It seems to be the same ones that are vanishing (though never all at once) including the shortcuts to avast, firefox and a few of my games. My Computer, My Documents etc. never vanish, though I'm starting to think it's only a matter of time. And system restore doesn't always work. The icons aren't in the recycle bin, they're just... gone.
Does anyone here have any idea what could be happening? I've done many searches but I can't find anything that matches my problem exactly. I tried a solution to something similar (it involved closing explorer.exe in the Task Manager and then deleting the icon cache in the Documents & Settings folder) but it didn't help. Any thoughts?
Thanks for your time.
(I'm running Windows XP Professional, Service pack 3)