Switched on PC and desktop started up very quickly. The system tray is empty - so it looks like nothing auto loaded. Additionally all my desktop icons are .lnk files with the default dummy icon.
When I look in Start->All Programs the same thing - everything is .lnk files. And worse still - My computer is the same.
It would appear as best I can tell that XP has "forgotten" that a .exe is an application. My computer shows .dll files correctly as Application extension but .exe as simply "exe". As such I cant run any apps
I have Norton IS 2006 running with AV (or did!), but is this a virus/spyware or simply an XP screw up? Can I recover this? (I have tried a reboot but that didnt help!)