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virus changes desktop icons

by smrgreenman / April 21, 2005 1:46 PM PDT

My computer has contracted a virus that creates pornographic desktop icons. Whenever I try to delete them they just come back again. I've used all the antivirus and spyware I can find online but the virus keeps coming back. Please help me.

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by MarkFlax Forum moderator / April 21, 2005 11:48 PM PDT

what anti-malware programs you have used.

This is what you need;

A Firewall: I suggest you goto http://www.zonelabs.com and download and install their free ZoneAlarm firewall. This will help protect your computer from hackers. Once the ZoneAlarm firewall is installed and running, you can turn off the XP firewall, (which you should have been using).

Try an online scan for malware at http://housecall.trendmicro.com and set it to "fix all problems" and run the scan.

Also, you need an antivirus program. I suggest AVG7, a free program from http://www.grisoft.com.

And an anti-adware program. Free program is Ad-Aware SE Personal from http://www.lavasoftusa.com

And 2 spyware programs, Spybot Search and Destroy from http://www.safer-networking.org/

and SpywareBlaster from http://www.javacoolsoftware.com/spywareblaster.html

I am also trying out Microsoft's new, (or newly acquired), AntiSpyware software in addition to all the above. It seems ok so far.

Make sure your Windows Operating System, (OS), is up to date. To do this, goto Start, and click the ?Windows Update? link. Beware, if you have not been to Windows Update before, there may be a lot of critical and other updates your OS needs to download.

All of these anti-malware programs (except the firewall), need to have their virus/adware/spyware definitions updated as soon as they are installed, and then each one used to scan your computer immediately. Then keep the definitions updated regularly, and scan often.

If none of this fixes the icon problem, goto http://www.microsoft.com and search there for "Tweakui", This is a utility program for Windows, (you need the XP version), that you can use to personalize your Operating System. One of the options it has is to "Repair/rebuild icons".

Good luck

Mark

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by nworley / April 22, 2005 5:49 AM PDT

I doubt that you have a virus that puts porno icons on your desktop. You can visit many URLs that have porno desktop icons. You can also get a dialer installed that will auto dial porn sites. You have to remember that this sleeze industry is intrested in capturing the curious.

I suspect that you have been hit with a program that auto installs desktop icons.

Right click on the icon, this will open up a menu, select properties, select Find target. This should open up the directory that has the executable program that installs the icon. Don't do anything yet except write down the path to the executable.

Click on Start|ControlPanel|Add or Remove Panel
Look under this panel to see if you see anything that looks like the executable or any other program in that directory that you found. If it exist then you can remove it through this panel as it will remove the registry entries if they exist. If you do not find any suspicious entries, go back to the original target and remove the executable.

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