I cannot move icons on my desktop nor copy a file to it.

I was having problems with my Internet explorer not opening.   I found out the network connection was no longer present in My Network Places.   I am running Windows XP Home.  I then ran the drive as a secondary drive through a computer to see if it had any viruses.  Nothing.  I also ran it for Malware, nothing.  So I ran a repair from the Windows cd and I can get back onto the internet via IE.  THe issue is that I cannot move any icons around on my desktop, nor can I copy any files from a flash drive to the desktop.  What would cause this?
syssolutAsked:
Who is Participating?
 
johnb6767Commented:
McAfee?

McAfee KnowledgeBase - False positive detection of w32/wecorl.a in ...
https://kc.mcafee.com/corporate/index?page=content&id=KB68780

Reason I sugges this, is that its the most common, easy to resovle as of late. Since you also say that your missing other things as well....
0
 
syssolutAuthor Commented:
Even in Windows Explore, I cannot copy and paste from a flash drive.
0
 
cyberlopez6Commented:
What happens when you try?  Is there an error message?
0
On-Demand: Securing Your Wi-Fi for Summer Travel

Traveling this summer?Check out our on-demand webinar to learn about the importance of Wi-Fi security and 3 easy measures you can start taking immediately to protect your private data while using public Wi-Fi. Follow us today to learn more!

 
syssolutAuthor Commented:
No.   No error message, nothing.   When I try to copy the file from my flash drive, I go to the desktop or in Windows Explore and there is no Paste available.    I cannot drag and drop either,
0
 
cyberlopez6Commented:
try using 'copy' or 'xcopy' from a command prompt.  Do you get a meaningful error message there?
0
 
cyberlopez6Commented:
check your event logs too.  Anything suspicious?
0
 
syssolutAuthor Commented:
No.   No error message, nothing.   When I try to copy the file from my flash drive, I go to the desktop or in Windows Explore and there is no Paste available.    I cannot drag and drop either,
0
 
syssolutAuthor Commented:
No.   No error message, nothing.   When I try to copy the file from my flash drive, I go to the desktop or in Windows Explore and there is no Paste available.    I cannot drag and drop either,
0
 
syssolutAuthor Commented:
Sorry about the multiple copies of the one reply.   I don't know what happened
0
 
syssolutAuthor Commented:
I went to Edit...  Copy...  but no paste was available when trying to paste the copy.   I tried Edit/Move to Folder/move.   But it didn't move.  
0
 
cyberlopez6Commented:
open a Command Prompt, and use 'copy' similar to this:

copy x:\myflashdrivefile c:\

do you get an error?
0
 
syssolutAuthor Commented:
It says the system can find the file specified.   And yet When I open My Computer, I can see the flash drive, I click on the flash drive and when it opens I can see the file I want to copy and paste.  
0
 
johnb6767Commented:
Have you looked at Process Monitor to find out exactly what path it is complaining about?

Process Monitor
http://live.sysinternals.com/procmon.exe

Set the filter to "Result" , "Not Found" (or "Access Denied") and then hit "Include". Also, Might be easier at the top to also disable all but File Monitoring.....

If you are familiar with NTFS permissions, you might want to boot to Safe Mode, and repush the permissions on your "User Profile Folder" under Docs and Settings....

Actually see if everything works ok in Safe Mode.....
0
 
syssolutAuthor Commented:
I am not sure what to with the Process Monitoring.   In Safe Mode it does the same thing.   You can't drag and drop and paste is unavailable
0
 
syssolutAuthor Commented:
When I click on McAfee on the desktop, it will not open, but other icons open.   I went into Control Panel/User Accounts but there are no accounts.   I went into My Netwrk Places and looked for Network connections, there are none.   Is this a virus, or is there a lockdown somewhere that is stopping these processes?
0
 
clioguyCommented:
You should have at least an Administrator account in Control Panel / User Accounts, so that may be the problem.... your are logging on with a "restricted" user. Are you sure there is no account in Control Panel / User Accounts?
If you are sure about this, try creating a new administrator account (although I doubt it will let you if you're a restricted user).
0
 
syssolutAuthor Commented:
Thank you, Thank you johnb6767.   The 1st recommendation to install the SUPERdat worked.  There are the accounts in User accounts,  there are the network connections in My Network Places.   McAfee will now open.  
0
 
johnb6767Commented:
Now, the only thing left to do is to scrap McAfee....  :)

Nod32, Kaspersky, Microsoft Security Essentials (which is good and free)..... Anything but that or a Norton product....
0
 
clioguyCommented:
I personally use Eset NOD32...... highly recommend it
0
Question has a verified solution.

Are you are experiencing a similar issue? Get a personalized answer when you ask a related question.

Have a better answer? Share it in a comment.

All Courses

From novice to tech pro — start learning today.