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Desktop takeover

by stu_e / December 7, 2004 12:25 PM PST

Hi everyone

I have had some virus probs lately heres what ive done:
Spybot S&D
All of which came back with a number of problems which were fixed.
But...i still am having problems with my desktop - i cannot see my choosen desktop image instead there seems to be a blank page. When right clicking it does not give me the usual desktop properties.

I want to know how to get rid of this....could it have something to do with my anti virus program not delting archived files.....on my last scan it came back with like 10 archived files that contain viruses but it says it will not delete them??? I am using a free antivirus program called antiVir.


using Windows xp pro

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Sorry disregard.....answer on another post
by stu_e / December 7, 2004 12:39 PM PST
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Sorry everyone....again i found the answer on another post!!!!

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by cbyard / January 7, 2005 11:05 PM PST
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New to the forum, so Howdy

Where did you find the answer to you problem. I searched through the forum without any luck. Thanks

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Hi cbyard
by roddy32 / January 7, 2005 11:15 PM PST
In reply to: where?

This thread is a month old so I don't know if Stu will be back to answer your question or not. Are you having a similiar problem? If so, please give us some more information and someone will try to help you. Welcome to CNET.

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that was fast
by cbyard / January 8, 2005 12:28 AM PST
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It's actually a friend?s computer. I have cleaned out most of the ad/spyware but it is exhibiting a problem that I have not seen. The desktop appears to have been taken over. The Icons are visible and usable but the background is black. If I right click and go to properties is says that it is an html document and lists the path as something like this C:\\/windows/desktop.html.
What?s happening is there are tons of windows opening behind this main window so you can't close them.

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Sounds like it
by roddy32 / January 8, 2005 12:37 AM PST
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You also could try......
by Marianna Schmudlach / January 8, 2005 3:04 AM PST
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Go to control panel> display > desktop > customize desktop (under the list of backgrounds) > hit the "Web" tab and deselect "security" in the web pages box.

After that you should be able to restore your active desktop

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