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Recently, there have been several people saying they have had their “explorer.exe” file hacked. What does that mean? Well, the explorer.exe file is what makes your entire desktop, including your icons and the Start menu, appear. So, if your desktop isn’t loading up right, listen to me when I tell you not to panic too much. You may think that all of your data has been lost, but it’s actually fairly easy to restore your explorer.exe file. That is, if you know how. And that’s exactly what I’ll be showing you today!

1.) First of all, you need to make sure that a damaged explorer.exe file is the actual cause of your problem. You can tell if your explorer.exe file has been damaged if you can still log on to your computer, but, as I said before, you don’t see your Start menu or any of your icons, etc.

2.) After you have verified that your explorer.exe file is the source of the problem, simply turn on your computer and let it boot up.

3.) You should then be able to log in to your account.

But remember, after you log in, you won’t see your taskbar, icons or anything besides your wallpaper, like this:

4.) Click Win + R, which will make the Run dialogue box appear (or you can go to Start, Run).

5.) Next, type in “%SystemRoot%\System32\restore\rstrui.exe” ( without the quotes) and then press OK.

6.) In a short moment, the System Restore window should appear. You’re probably familiar with the wizard for this, but I’ll walk you through it, just in case.

7.) Select the option that says “Restore this computer to an earlier point in time” and then click Next.

8.) Now, select a restore point. Make sure you choose a time before your computer started acting strange. If your last decent restore point was a month or two ago, don’t worry. The System Restore feature only restores system files and settings, so your documents are safe.

9.) Select the day you want and then click Next.

Your computer will then restart itself and when it loads back up, everything should be back to normal on your desktop. You can now take a sigh of relief, because you know you and your computer are just fine!

~ Neil Patel