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Can't remove desktop icons

By barry_mckeever ·
I have several desktop icon shortcuts to online poker etc. that I can't delete. These do not show up in startup programs, taskbar or anywhere else. They also can't be dragged and dropped to the recycle bin. How do I get rid of these. I have run spybot norton cleansweep and a few other programs.

Barry McKeever.

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by TheChas In reply to Can't remove desktop icon ...

Mal-Ware programs are getting to be more and more invasive.

You can try an on-line scan such as the one offered by Zone Labs.

Hijack This:

If you are running Windows 98 or XP, you can use msconfig to more closely check what programs run at startup.

You can also use task manager (Ctrl-Alt-Del) to see what is running. You need to look at running processes, not just programs.

Clean out your temporary Internet files and cookies.

Once you have your system cleaned, you need to do a few things:

1. Tighten ALL browser security settings.
At a minimum, you want to be prompted for ALL ActiveX controls and software installations.

2. Install a pop-up blocker, or use Mozilla or Firefox in place of IE.

3. Even for dial-up, I recommend installing a software firewall such as Zone Alarm.

4. Disable image preview, or better yet the preview pane on your email client.


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by ReWrite In reply to Can't remove desktop icon ...

It sounds like you've got a lop program on your pc. It is installed with various apps that are downloaded from the net. Go to the link below and scroll down to "How do I uninstall one of your software products?" then download the uninstaller from this line.

" Additionally a separate universal uninstall program may be downloaded here"

Here's the link:



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by jdmercha In reply to Can't remove desktop icon ...

Open regedit, search for the icon names and delete any regstry keys that have it. Delete the whole key not just the value.

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by Poettone In reply to Can't remove desktop icon ...

Please visit the moveatboot app..

This will fix you right up..

Now if they return you have been had, see other posts for removal.. esp hijackthis.exe as it works well.. Be careful in what you remove though as there are legit entries that will show up.. Its not a spyware detector, its a browser windows hihacker tool..

The link however will get rid of the files, I have used it many times...

Good Luck

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