Can't see files or desktop icons...malware? [Solved/Closed]

Ask a question coolrunnings - Last answered on Nov 10, 2017 at 01:31 PM by lol

For some reason I can't see any of my files or desktop icons. I couldn't access task manager for a while so I ran a Malwarebytes scan, removed the 5 threats it found, and can now see task manager but still not any of my files on the C drive or desktop icons.

I'm sure it's some kind of malware as I had a fake "windows warning" (or something like that...) thing pop up a few weeks back that was definitely not legit. How can I fix this?


plus moins
Try this way bro..
Right click on ur Desktop > View > Tick on "Show Desktop Icon"

maybe it's work..

Jai- Mar 7, 2017 at 12:14 AM
thank you so much God bless
Kenza- May 13, 2017 at 01:24 AM
Thank you so much that was really helpful.
Juby- Aug 12, 2017 at 12:14 PM
Thanks! it was very helpful.
Tolu- Sep 25, 2017 at 06:10 AM
Thank you! This was really helpful.
lol- Nov 10, 2017 at 01:31 PM
Damn thnak you bro
plus moins
Hello Jonathan,

Looking at you log, you system is no longer infected but the desktop was disabled.

First, go to run and type explorer.exe and click ok. It should restore the desktop. If that does not work...

Open your registry editor (run regedit) and search the following key

HKLM\...\policies\Explorer] - "NoActiveDesktop"=1

Change the "1" to 0 and reboot your machine

If the above does not recover the missing icons, you will need to restore the system.

Good luck
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sheen- Nov 4, 2012 at 10:04 AM
thnx dude very usefull to me............
aaa- Nov 4, 2012 at 10:46 AM
Thanks for you information, it fixed my problem.
orochy- Jan 27, 2015 at 02:46 PM
thank you!!!!!!!!!
jay- Mar 22, 2015 at 12:32 PM
thank you so much it was helpful
plus moins
you need to unhide files first

run this command as a administrator

Attrib %systemdrive%\*.* /s /d -h


Navigate to %temp%\smtmp folder,you should find your startmenu and desktop icons
if u dont find smtmp folder just restore the icons using recuva
J-son- Mar 10, 2015 at 10:05 AM
Thank you so much!!

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