Vista freezes at startup RRS feed

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  • A few weeks ago a mysterious icon appeared in the system tray at startup.  It's a six pointed white star.  When this icon appears, the entire system freezes.  I cannot click on anything including, taskbar, start, folders, desktop, etc.  I only get the little thinking circle.  If I CTRL+ALT+DEL, open the task manager, that too is frozen, unclickable.  If I'm quick when I restart the system, I can open a browser and am able to browse the internet without problems.  If I can open a program quickly enough, that too is usable.

    I've tried numerous programs to try to cleanse this issue: virus scans, spyware scans, registry scans, crapware scans, whatever.  I cannot get rid of it.  I hesitate to do a system restore in fear that I'll lose too many downloads and pictures.  Any advice?  This is driving me crazy!

    Oh, btw, it's vista 64 bit home edition on a laptop with an unsecured wifi.  Yes, I know, secure that wifi.  Any help is much appreciated.
    • Moved by Mike Walsh FIN Thursday, September 17, 2009 6:16 AM off-topic (From:MSDN and TechNet Search Feedback)
    Thursday, September 17, 2009 5:33 AM


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