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    shortcuts missing refers to has been changed or moved? Help

    After uninstalling some uncessary programs like games and other stuff like google chrome (i use firefox and IE) off my computer and then restarting, most of the shortcuts orignal picture icons were repalced with general icons. When i try to open one up it says "Item that this shortcut refers to has been changed or moved".
    So, I tried going to properties on all of the shortcuts but Icouldn't access the general tab it says "the name specified in the target box is not valid."
    When i try to open some one of the shortcuts , like Microsoft Works, directly throguh "all programs" or the actual folder it says " Windows is searching for MSWorks.exe, to locate the file yourself, click Browse." When i locate the file and try to open it, it just continues to say the same thing.
    I have also tried a system restore to the date before i unistalled some programs, but when I tried I got an error message that said system restore failed and now when i try to restore it that date no longer exists so i cant system restore anymore...

    The thing I am most worried about is that my the Itunes Music Library Folder which held all had all of the files for my music has now turned into one Notepad File. (I was going to backup all of my music on hard drive right after now i cant)

    Thanks for any help!

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    Re: shortcuts missing refers to has been changed or moved? Help

    Hello tnigro,

    You might see if downloading and using the lnk (LNK) and exe options in the tutorial below may help. They will restore the default associations for these and hopefully fix this for you.

    Default File Type Associations - Restore

    Hope this helps,
    Shawn

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    i download and used the lnk and exe options and then restarted and unfortunatley it didnt fix the problem...

    btw thanks for the quick reply Shawn

    any other suggestions?

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    Re: shortcuts missing refers to has been changed or moved? Help

    Welcome
    Appears to be a bit of a unique problem. Lets see if you can go back with a System Restore
    System Restore - How to
    If it does work, back up your stuff. Then remove one or two programs at a time and if you are still good, make a system restore point. Continue the processs. When you find the program that is the cause of the problem, go back with the System Restore and do not remove that program.

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    Re: shortcuts missing refers to has been changed or moved? Help

    in my system restore for some reason my previoust restore points aren't showing up and I can't restore it to a date before I started removing programs.

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    Re: shortcuts missing refers to has been changed or moved? Help

    When you DO see the dates, look at the bottom left. Is there a box to tick, show additional dates?

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    Re: shortcuts missing refers to has been changed or moved? Help

    Ok i just opened up System Restore agian, and now it says "No restore points have been created on your system disk" ???? (It just showed a restore point from yesterday about 5 mins ago).

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    Re: shortcuts missing refers to has been changed or moved? Help

    Sometimes circumstances make a solution to a problem more difficult to diagnose because they mislead. Lets, for the sake of testing, assume that the problem was not caused by the removal of programs. Lets run a full anti virus scan and download and make a full and updated scan with malwarebytes. Your problem, other than the uninstalls, sounds like it can be a malware problem

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    Re: shortcuts missing refers to has been changed or moved? Help

    alright thaks I am running a full malwarebytes scan right now hopefuly this helps!

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    Re: shortcuts missing refers to has been changed or moved? Help

    ok so the scan finished and "no malicous items were detected"

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