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Startup Items NOT starting XP


Fruit Bat /\0/\
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XP SP3 fully updated

for last couple of days my progs that should start on boot haven't

i.e Avast, Sygate firewall, Spamihilator, , Acronis, - Keyfuffle and Tclock in Start menu all should appear in system tray.

Checked with CCleaner they are shown as enabled, the keys are there in the registry HKLM...Run

They all start OK if selected from the program menu

Scanned with Hitman pro, Avast and Malwarebytes, nothing found

Tried a system restore made no difference

Restored last Fridays Acronis Image yesterday booted OK everything fine

Switched PC on this morning and back to same fault.

Anyone have any ides?

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Secret-Squirrel

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Fruit Bat, even though the relevant icons aren't appearing in the Notification Area, have you checked in Task Manager to see if the programs are actually running?

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Fruit Bat /\0/\

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Yes

Part of Avast seems to be running

but all the others are not.

Not happy with MSE at the moment have it on another XP machine and I don't think its doing the job.

Might give Commdo try.

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Jock1e

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I had the same problem with W/7 for about 4 weeks the icons kept disappearing from the taskbar.

No idea as to what caused it.

I did a factory reset a few weeks back not because of that particular problem and it has been working ok since.

Maybe try chkdsk to see if that finds any problems.

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Fruit Bat /\0/\

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Now its getting silly!

Two attempts to boot to safemode and safemode with networking gave BSOD with an 0x000007B

Wonder if this is something to do with the MB3 error I get on every start but boots past it - thought this was something to do with Acronis secure zone.

A reboot to normal mode has boot up as it should with all startup programs running OK and the Start config screen coming up to say I've made changes?

Well I did look in msconfig two or three boots ago :0)

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Jock1e

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Have you tried Device Manager to see if any problems in there.

Just trying to think of something that you may have forgotten to try.

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Fruit Bat /\0/\

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No problems in Device manager

I'll see what happens on a reboot in the morning

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Jock1e

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I know that I switched my router and computer off at night and on in the mornings again for a couple of days. The only thing is I cannot remember if that fixed the disappearing icons or not.

I tried everything I knew to sort it and gave up in the end.

I suppose back to factory settings may have fixed it for me.

Did you use the Avast removal tool to get rid of it completely before reinstalling it.

I tried scanning with Eset,Emisoft and downloaded Hitmanpro as well and nothing was found.Tried device manager.sfc /scannow. ipconfig /flushdns.

It had all the hallmarks of a Virus but nothing was found.Switched off all of my security programs and firewall and it would still continue.

Going into show icons and ticking them to show again would work for a short spell then they would disappear again.

It will be interesting to find out if you can find a solution for it.

Like you it was mostly my security Icons that were disappearing.

Not with Virginmedia are you.Just trying to rule that out.

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Jock1e

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Have all of your icons disappeared from the system try if so you have to customise one to never run to get the rest to show.

No doubt you have tried that but thought that I would mention it anyway.

Found this.

Click here

Now plug and play is mentioned a few times in it so maybe the next time you are in device manager click on View,Then click on show hidden devices.Then open plug and play and see if any yellow exclamation marks on that.

Is the date and time ok.

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Terry Brown

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You have probably tried it, but have a look at the Device manager (Windows Key + Break) , select hardware the Device manager and see if you have any yellow question marks, which may indicate a problem.

It could also be that one of your programs is disabling the others.

Another alternative is download SIW.EXE (System information Windows) which is a diagnostic tool and will show you all programs and hardware on your system.

Caution- This is a powerful tool and you can damage your system is you try to adjust the wrong program/ settings, however it does give a lot of useful information on how your system is working.

Terry

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Fruit Bat /\0/\

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Done all the checks mentioned so far and found nothing. Network and Sound icon always appear its the security ones that should autorun and Tclock (customisable system tray clock) and keyfuffle (puts sounds on certain keys) both in startmenu that seem to have not wanted to work over the last couple of days.

Have SIW pro also been using process explorer to try and find the culprit.

Just booted up and everything is as it should be.

Will do a reboot in a few hours to see if the problem reoccurs.

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