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Installation puts files all over desktop

By brian ·
I have a machine that was infected with MANY Netsky viruses. I got em all cleaned up and believe it or not, it runs great. No glitches to speak of. But, one small problem: When I attempt to install Quicken, it goes through the process and when it finishes I have a boatload of icons on my desktop. I mean hundreds. DLL's, inf's, gifs, you name it.

To be honest, I haven't tried much as I have never seen this before and don't even know where to start.

I don't know if other apps do this, but Im thinking they do because when the customer brought the machine in, the desktop was loaded with the same crap.

Anybody ever see this?


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by CG IT In reply to Installation puts files a ...

I have with zip files where the extraction was to the desktop.

Also, Windows has a way of remembering the last place one saved files or extracted files. If the last time you saved a file was to the desktop, unless you specify elsewhere Windows will always save em to the desktop. Same with extracting zip files etc. Utilities like Winzip will do the same so if you use Winzip and one time the extraction was to the desktop, guess what!

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by Blackcurrant In reply to Installation puts files a ...


Have you checked to see if the files placed on your desktop are also in the installation folder for Quicken? If they are, open Quicken (which I have never used so bear with me...), and check the configuration of the program. There may be an entry which tells it where the program files are and the path should point to ..Program Files/Quicken/.. If the path points to the Desktop then edit it so that it points to the installation folder you specified when installing Quicken.

Quit the program, reboot then start Quicken again. If everything works, move the files from the desktop to a temporary folder and start Quicken again. If it's OK then delete the temporary folder.

Please make sure you back-up your Quicken data before doing this in case it goes pear-shaped.

Hope this helps

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