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Restoring Desktop, start menu after eliminating smart hdd virus


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Winodws XP os SMART HDD virus wiped all desktop icons, start menu items. my documents etc. Downloaded (on another computer & installed from run command) & installed Malwarebytes which removed most of it; downloaded (on another computer & installed from run command) & installed Kaspersky which found rootkit object & deleted it. I now have Internet Explorer shortcut, control panel, help and support, search, and run.. on start menu (My documents is empty) desktop icons stilll gone. Program shortcuts still missing. My computer shows drives - not much info on contents. Ran DDS - results attached. How to restore these shortcuts?

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I ran unhide and regained most of the shortcuts. This computer has a few users - my kids each have their user - when I log in as another user I reran this on each - program file lists are populated but keep losing desktop icons - I have to set 'show desktop' from task bar but keep losing icons after changing user and then logging back in

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I have to set 'show desktop' from task bar but keep losing icons after changing user and then logging back in

Hello and welcome to Malwarebytes Kathying

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