Understand, any shortcut is really a launch setup of a pgm.. Those pgms. get installed either by you as you try them out or already installed s/w as new update features/options and thus reconfigured from s/w updates. if you remove just the QLT items it *may* as that was part of the acceptance and/or corrective action return provided you did the install. In other words during any install you did manually should offer the desktop and quick launch setting and MUST review how you want to do this, thus optional in most cases or not.
ie: You have version XYZ1.22 s/w and XYZ1.44 is the latest release and free for you to get, It will still upon update process and/or replacing the old version still has to be installed. Upon *that install* the option of desktop and QLT is present, check or uncheck boxes provided.
Also, if for any reason use the "restore point feature" it will return to that prior date as it was. IMHO, this is all proper and shouldn't be treated as a problem one way or another. Unless, you provided exactly what's involved here then it shouldn't be any malware process. Also, using XP and if you had this for sometime, some type of issue may arise as this is a dated OS plus all the s/w if it never got cleaned-up as it were from initial purchase.
I am running Windows XP Pro SP3. I don't often reboot my computer, but today when I did a number of added icons appeared in the Quick Launch Toolbar.(QLT). This has happened previously but not every time. Some were duplicates of shortcut icons already in the QLT (e.g. IE, Chrome, Safari) but some have never been in the QLT although they are shortcut icons on the Desktop. A number of them related to various Ashampoo programs which I never have had in the QLT.
Strangely, a check of the Quick Launch folder in Explorer only shows those Quick Launch shortcuts that I specifically placed in the QLT, although I understand there are Registry entries that might put shortcuts into the QLT. Is there any way to prevent these unwanted shortcuts re-appearing in the QLT which I just have to delete on each occasion they appear?