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Hi, I just used Malwarebytes to remove Smart HDD and it was a successful removal, fortunately.

(I am running Windows XP SP3 Edition)

However, as I followed the steps one by one for the Automated Removal Process and Unhide.exe did not work for me. I downloaded it and ran it multiple times, in safe mode and on regular startup and to no avail, my desktop is still the default blue color and icon-less. I can't right click or move anything on to the desktop either. Also, when I hit the start menu, everything on right column is gone, such as the run command and "My Computer" and all of those other system icons. I found my icons and they are all safe by running explorer.exe through the Task Manager. I can access everything with workarounds but I cannot seem to fix the desktop issue.

Unhide.exe tells me that all the registry files are fine, and another solution thread I found told me to check for the "NoDesktop" in regedit and it was not in the folder that they specified, so I couldn't fix it through registries either.

(I attached the unhide.txt that Unhide.exe produced afterwards below)

Does anyone know what the problem is that's keeping my Desktop locked?


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