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Quck Launch Icons That Shouldn't Be There

by Schokers / July 3, 2013 9:43 PM PDT

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?

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Stuff happens...
by Willy / July 3, 2013 10:21 PM PDT

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.

tada -----Willy Happy

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Not All The Time
by Schokers / July 4, 2013 7:05 AM PDT
In reply to: Stuff happens...

Thanks for your response.
I did not make it clear, but this issue only occurs infrequenrtly. Also on any program install or update I have never selected the option to create a Quick Launch shortcut or include it in the Start Menu, only a Desktop shortcut. It is not a major issue deleting the extra Quick Launch shortcut icons, only an annoyance.

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Wear and tear
by Willy / July 4, 2013 8:34 PM PDT
In reply to: Not All The Time

In my terms, I like to call this, "setup creep". What was done before and removed, re-installed, updated, etc., may come back in some form because the registry or conflicting s/w or versions settle things during the boot-up and/or start process. There is alot going on in the backgrd. as setting get accepted and hand-over to yet another setup, on and on, until it finishes. It's always some little item or "grayed out box", etc. that was OK until some update or conflicting driver or new h/w driver makes some change, *ANYTHING* that as time goes by isn't handled as well as it should have and thus becomes a problem, annoyance, hindrance or PITA to continue. The only real fix, is to do a fresh install after wiping the HD clean as in a clean slate of it all. Of course this all varies from user to user, yada, yada, sometimes to you have to go back to square 1. You can check your event viewer of status listing or items what maybe present if it got recorded in some way.

tada -----Willy Happy

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