Symbols On Desktop Icons--just Appeared

Oct 27, 2008

some of the icons on my Windows XP desktop suddenly have little colored symbols on them? For example, some of my Word icons on the desktop now have a green checkmark; one has a red exclamation point. A PDF icon also has a green checkmark. This just now it relative to an automatic update?


Unwanted Desktop Icons Appeared - Desktop Cleanup Feature

Jan 1, 2005

Several unwanted desktop icons appeared recently (I think they come via Search2000 when IE is used). They won't right-click for deletion, nor will they allow themselves to be drop-dragged to the recycle bin. They don't appear in the desktop icon list when using the desktop cleanup feature.

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There Are 2 Icons Appeared In My Desktop - Cannot Delete

Jul 6, 2007

there are 2 icons appeared in my desktop when I tried to delete them, they will be deleted but then appeared back again in my desktop. When I'm using the internet the content of that icon will just be automatically opened in different tab without clicking it and just pops multiple times after being closed. How can I remove these 2 icons. The name of the 2 icons are the same in Tagalog, it says 10 sampung utos ng manginginom and then when it opens up on the very top where the blue thing is, it says Destrukto & in the address or information bar it says C:\WINDOWSsystem32destrukto.html.

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Undesirable Desktop Icons Appeared On My Desktop

May 1, 2005

I have a couple of undesirable icons that magically appear on my desktop even after running adware and spybot numerous times and deleting, deleting, there any way I can get them to go away

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Vertical Line Appeared Down On Desktop

May 2, 2006

A friend of mine recently purchased a pc-cant remember the make i can easy find out tho-it worked fine for a week or so then apparently out of the blue a thin vertical line has appeared down his desktop-funny thing is it only appears on his desktop-if he is browsing the web he cant see it

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Shutdown Log Icon Appeared On Desktop?

Apr 14, 2006

I just found an icon of a notepad that appeared on my desktop and when i doubleclick it, it opens and this is what the document says

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Deleting Microsoft Outlook Icon Appeared On Desktop?

Sep 6, 2005

For some reason, an Microsoft Outlook icon has appeared on my Desktop.I don't want it there because I don't use it. (I use Outlook Express 6.0). But I hesitate to delete it as it doesn't appear to be a shortcut, but the program itself.How can I move this to where it belongs, i.e. somewhere in Program Files?

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Strange Folder Appeared On Desktop - Sub-folders Are Empty.

Sep 17, 2005

I have noticed a folder on my desktop titled %systemdrive% All the sub-folders are empty.

Would it be safe to delete it? I know it has something to do with the operating system.

I am running Windows XP

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Change The Wallpaper On My Desktop - Photos Have Appeared In The Select List

Sep 12, 2007

I was about to change the wallpaper on my desktop and noticed that there were dozens of photos that have appeared in the select list that I never selected before. These are spread over many folders, so I thought I would do a browse from the menu, to find out where they were as I have used search to find them unsuccessfully

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Getting Rid Background Color Under Icons - Right Click Desktop Arrange Icons

Oct 20, 2007

i have searched everywhere to do this , no site seemed to know how to get rid of it so i am helping the troubled with this problem, well not really a problem but an is a piece of cake. first right click on the desktop, go to arrange icons by ,uncheck lock web items to desktop(bang it's done).

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Desktop Icons Missing / Get The Icons Back On The Screen

Dec 18, 2005

After a malware infection (Inet2 and SpySherriff - which took over my desktop) I cleaned up some files, directories and registry-entries. Now, after the cleaning activity as explained by techguys, everything seems going well. All programs do start without problems (through the start-menu or the quick-start taskbar), but there is a small drawback: my desktop screen shows only my wallpaper, there are no icons. The right-mouse click on the desktop also doesn't work (although the desktopsettings are accessible through the control panel). I use WinXP pro. what is wrong and how do I get the icons back on the screen?

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Upgraded - Desktop Icons And Icons For Programs Are Gone

Jan 17, 2006

I just upgraded from 2k to XP. On 2K i could have all my desktop icons and icons for programs i use down on the task bar above open applications. Im sure theres a way to do this on XP so i dont have to go to my desktop or the start menu every time to open a new program.

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No Desktop Icons No Taskbar No Start Menu / No Right Clicking On Desktop

Jul 6, 2008

I remember few days ago.. my kaspersky identified some system file as a trojan.. so it probably a misunderstanding when i was installing system mechanic. it got deleted.. and i have this automatic option to delete them after they are put in backup in kaspersky.
now whenever i open my pc, my desktop and taskbar and start menu,etc goes away after a few seconds! Now i rely on the task manager..

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Desktop Is Blank No Icons Or Taskbar - Recover Desktop?

Sep 25, 2010

There are no icons or taskbar on my desktop, On any account that I log in on. Cannot access task manager or start menu. How do I recover my desktop? This is a dell desktop pc, windows xp

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Only Desktop Wallpaper / No Icons Or Taskbar / Right Click On Desktop Nothing Happens

Jul 12, 2005

Turned on other computer this morning. The desktop wallpaper showed. There were no icons or taskbar. I right click on the desktop and nothing happens. I can do a ctrl+alt+del and access the task manager but have no idea on how to restore my desktop. When I startup in safe mode all I get is a black screen.

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Time / Date Turned Into Symbols

Nov 4, 2007

basically the date on my computer has turned into weird symbols and I don't know how to fix it. The time is actually okay, i think it's just the date or something. I tried looking in the regional/language settings and what not but i couldn't figure it out. Maybe you can. Here's a pic of the problem. Notice the date on the right side of the pic.

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Noticed A Bunch Of Square Symbols

Sep 17, 2006

I was looking at my start up folder & noticed a bunch of square symbols as the startup item & the command with the location of HKCU/SOFWARE/Microsoft/Windows NT/CurrentVersion/Windows: Load.Does anybody know what this is? should I take it off of my start up?

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Display Errors Seeing Strange Symbols And Small Text

Dec 4, 2007

I was in a program that ran a 1280X1024 4XAaliasing 32 bit color and I was also watching a movie from netflix in the background(talk about multitasking). My normal desktop settings are 1024X768 16 bit color. I switched to view a nice scene in the movie to the movie and then switched back to the program. Problem was when I switched to the program the computer sort of pinged 3 times quickly and then reset.Now in various odd places instead of text I see odd shapes like empty white or black squares, circles, lines or triangles/arrows. It's sort of like wingdings characthers or like characthers that the computer doesn't recognize. Immediately after the restart I switched the DPI in display setting from like 95-96 to 120DPI.

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Black Screen Of Death With Weird Blue Symbols

Apr 1, 2010

Has anyone seen anything like attached photos? Done multiple google searches and nothing useful has turned up.
The computer is a XP x86 system with onboard graphics, motherboard has already been replaced. Don't know where to turn next.

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MS Windows Debugger - Applied File Path In Symbols Application

Sep 11, 2005

How do I get the program to run, after I have applied the specified file path in the "symbols" application?

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All I Have Is My Desktop - No Icons

May 19, 2005

When I turn my computer on it goes through all neccessary procedures but when my desktop shows up it freezes there. I can move my mouse around but no icons.

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Desktop The Icons Look Different

Aug 17, 2005

In WinXP,Explorer I have 4-5 instances of My Documents and subfolders.I posted about this several days ago and someone said I could safely delete all instances that were shortcuts.How do I tell which folders are shortcuts?On the desktop the icons look different.I can tell no difference in Explorer.

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Desktop With No Toolbar, Or Icons

Jan 20, 2005

Ok, Im DESPRATE for help right now, and im going to explain my whole situation which is grim
I have a SONY VAIO 2.53 GHZ P4 Processor, 512 RAM, Windows XP pro (not so valid edition) 2 year old Comp. And I have 2 hard drives both 200GB, C: (windows and programs) D: video editing files...

I have a project to turn in TOMORROW... I could get in Big trouble and Fail a class if i dont get this done TONIGHT


Last Night I noticed when I was editing that some of my avi exports were all distorted and fragmented... So i figured "I havent EVER ran defrag (stupid me) on this hard drive maybe I should defrag it" So I looked into a defrag program called "diskeeper" I defragged C: (windows drive) and attempted to defrag D:.... I came to my comp and discovered an error that just said failure with the drive or something... After that I could not access (D I restarted, diskcheck did not work, and I dont want to do system restore... I posted on another websites forum and someone said I probably went over the 137GB limit... I think when I went over the 137GB limit, it possibly overflowed over some kind of boot files or something that lets windows read the disk i dont know (not that techincal with computers)So i looked into that, and I have an ATA card... and Windows NO service pack XP pro... Ive heard things about having a 48 bit bios or something... And after installing WINDOWS XP SP1... I try to get on my computer and i load windows

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Cannot Move Any Of The Desktop Icons

Jun 25, 2005

On my HP laptop, I can not move any of the desktop icons. They snap back to original position when released.
"Auto Arrange" is not checked. I have tried with "Align to Grid" both on and off. "Lock Web Items on Desktop" is not checked.

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Icons On My Desktop Look Like They Are Highlighted

Sep 18, 2005

When i was on the net i clicked save web page as to see what would happen. Now all my icons on my desktop look like they are highlighted when they are not.

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Change Icons On Desktop

Jun 4, 2005

I wanted to change icons on my desktop. so i was looking for the function, went into folder options, then to file types tab, I clicked on file folders, then on advanced. Didn't select anything, clicked ok. After that every time I click on a folder it would open in acdsee. So I went back there, couldn't find a setting to readjust it, then added a new command to open folders in explorer. Now each folder I click on opens in a new window.

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Desktop Icons Have Disappeared

Mar 7, 2007

All of my desktop icons except for the recycle bin have disappeared? Why? and how do I get them back?

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Desktop Icons Have Disappeared

Sep 17, 2007

All of my desktop has disappeared and i can only use my computer by pressing ctrl alt delete . i have had this problem for nearly a week now and i have no idea how this happened.

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Desktop Icons Disappeared

Mar 25, 2010

This happened to one of my co-workers yesterday. He was cleaning his keyboard off and he must have hit some kind of key combination, because all his desktop icons disappeared except for the My Computer and Recycle Bin ones. I guess he had a bunch on there that he needed, but couldn't find them. They weren't in the Recycle Bin and a file search didn't turn any of them up.

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My Desktop Icons Disappeared

May 1, 2006

I thought I was typing a word doc one day.Only to glance up long enough to see that I wasn't typing in the right spot and all of a sudden after hitting return the icons bilnked and disapeared? This did happen on a XP machine.

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Computer Icons And Desktop Will Not Appear

Feb 11, 2010

My icons on my desktop will not appear and when i try to go a website that i always use there is a red box that appears and says this is not a good website.

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Desktop Icons Are Having Colors

Jul 30, 2008

My desktop icons have a color. Its very strange because I haven't done anything to it. I tried many ways to disable or remove it but it is not working. I need help very badly.... I want my icons to be transparent again

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Desktop Icons Take So Long To Appear

Jan 12, 2008

When my wife boots up her PC, her desktop icons take a very long time to appear.i have applied only a few important programs to run in the startup. The computer is scanned every day with AVG 7.5 Internet Security for viruses and spyware. I have used Spybot and Windows Defender which all have given negitive results.I have also defragged the disk drive as well.The computer is running Windows XP.

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Text Under Desktop Icons

Jul 29, 2007

I have done a search but cant find anything about my problem. Problem= The text under my desktop icons are a bit difficult for me to read, and i use a clear wallpaper.I would like to change the text color to black.I did try and try again, ended up a disaster, had to reinstall an older backup.Windows XP SP2.

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Taskbar And Desktop Icons Gone

Aug 1, 2007

I opened that stupid E-card virus I think. Now all i've been getting is tons of pop-ups. I read in a forum to just let it run it's course and eventually it would stop, or to do a bunch of stuff that I didn't understand. So, I ran all of my anti-virus' and ad aware and ccleaner and regcure and still I'm getting tons of popups but I was just going to be patient and let it run it's course. But now I keep getting this new message and when I close the message it ends up causing my taskbar and icons to go away. I was continually restarting my computer to get them back and thinking I would just not close the message in hopes that I could at least copy my documents over to another computer. I have not been able to do that so far and I'm freaking out. I use this computer for work. I am very new at this and this is my first post so please bear with me. I did read a few posts and realized that most people do ask for that Hijack This report thing, so I've done that and will post it next.

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Desktop Icons Gone And Taskbar

Nov 26, 2009

I have a problem with my Windows XP computer. All my icons and taskbar has dissapeared. Its usually can be fixed by opening explorer.exe which wont open. I have tried multiple ways and the only way to access programs is by task manager.I currently haven't got a HijackThis Log which I will upload a.s.a.p. There are also no viruses and no hardrive errors so I'm pretty stumped on what I should do.

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Desktop Icons Won't Work

Mar 11, 2005

I'm posting this for a friend because he can't get online to ask himself.Whenever he double clicks on an icon, the program won't open. He tried clicking on the IE icon and got a about blank page that said page could not be displayed. He ran his Ad-aware and Antivirus but no virus was found.Ad-aware found a few problems but he cleaned them out.

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Desktop Icons Are Very Temperamental

Mar 31, 2006

My all programs listings work, but my desktop icons are very temperamental. Sometimes they work but when I really need them, they won't. I have to go into program listings to make them work. Also I can't open my dial-up connections from Control panel?

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Desktop Is Now Just Blue With Icons

Mar 17, 2006

About a week ago windows told me that it had "detected spyware" so began installing antispyware software. After this had completed, and I was told that I needed to spend the $24 to buy the software to rid me of all the various nasties the internet supplies, i deleted the software and had developed the problem of not being able to see my wallpaper. Since looking round I've found that it's now down the active desktop being disabled somewhere along the line, without my knowledge. Having gone through the largely useless and time consuming "help" that is given on the Microsoft help section, I've now discovered that, although i do have active desktop on me computer, i have no way of getting to it, turning it on, or even finding any trace of it. Can anyone help, as my desktop is now just blue with icons.

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No Icons On Desktop Until Reboot

Oct 8, 2008

I have to reboot my computer(windows XP) in order to show the icons on the desktop.How can I avoid this annoying problem?

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Can't Move My Desktop Icons

Jan 26, 2008

I think my icons on my desktop are locked or something cause i cant move them and stuff.

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Desktop Icons Won't Move At All

Mar 10, 2009

I can't get the icons on my Windows XP computer to move at all. I can't even drag them to the other side of the screen.

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Hide Icons On Desktop

Aug 12, 2002

If you are like me and you like your desktop perfectly clean to see your background, then here is a good tweak. If you are using the regular start menu(not the classic one) and you only have the recycle bin left on the desktop and would like to get rid of it and still have easy access to it, then listen here:First drag the recycle bin into the start menu and place it at the top so it is 'pinned to the start menu' along with i.e and o.e(both these items are pinned typically).Right click on the desktop and scroll to 'arrange icons by' and then uncheck 'show desktop icons'Now the recycle bin will be gone but you will still have access to it in the start menu.

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Aug 25, 2006

I'm working on a Dell Dimension Desktop 4550. The background loads, but then nothing else. The ONLY functionality there is is the Tsk Manager. In the Processes tab, explorer.exe is not running.

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Icons On Desktop Are BLACK

Jan 13, 2007

I don't know what I did! Some of the Icons on my desktop are BLACK. In explorer and Firefox the buttons on the tool bar are black,but if I run the curser over them the icons will display. So picture and video will not display on web sites. Also the Icons in control panel are black, also like the enter buttons,submit buttons on this page are black?

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