Hi. My explorer.exe has been replaced, so that the explorer shell does not boot. As a result, there is no taskbar or start menu. Instead, the file explorer starts up whenever I try to run explorer.exe (including upon startup, as well as when I try to run explorer.exe from the Task Manager). Is there a quick way to get this back before I try using Windows repair from the CD (which would take me a while to scrounge up)? I don't actually know how to even bring up System Restore without access to control panel, and I'm not really a fan of it (although if it would work for sure, I'd be glad to do it).
I do have different shell-altering programs running (Konfabulator, StyleXP) but this sort of came out of nowhere. I did just install a program, ExamSoft, and this was the first reboot after that.
All of my programs are working, it's just that I have to go find the file under Program Files and execute them from there.
Also, is this something that malware/spyware would do or is this something that my shell-altering programs would do? They've been stable for a long time...