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Desktop wallpaper spyware warning - how to remove

by alipiosequeira / January 30, 2006 7:59 PM PST

Hello everyone in this forums.
Is my first thread here.

I have a P4 2.4 Ghz with XP SP2 instaled.
Three days ago I was instaling a download tool and was inefcted by major spyware infection.
I downloaded MSoft antyspyware tool and cleaned the PC.

Still I have this desktop image with blue background and black rectangle in midle screaming
Your sistem is infected with spyware. Windows recommends that you use anyspyware removal tool to prevent loss....

Can you please tell me how to remove this...

Thanks for your expert help.

Alipiosequeira. Portugal

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First steps
by MarkFlax Forum moderator / January 30, 2006 8:20 PM PST

What have you already tried?

The first step is to see if this is a Desktop web page. Right click any empty area of the desktop and select Properties. (If you cannot, goto Start > Control Panel, and click "Appearance & Themes" in Category View, then click "Change a Desktoo Background").

Then in the Display Properties dialogue, click the "Customize Desktop" button, then the "Web" tab.

If there is an entry there other than "My Current Home Page", delete it, and make sure the My Current Home Page is not ticked. Click OK, APply, then OK.

Does that remove it?

I would download and install Ewido Security Suite from a free anti-spyware utility to use in addition to Microsoft's Anti-Spyware.


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RE: spyware warning
by caktus / January 30, 2006 11:08 PM PST
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No result on ewido software
by alipiosequeira / January 31, 2006 12:02 AM PST

I had My PC scanned with EWIDO software (deep scan) but no result to it.
I then rebooted the PC and still the image is shown.

As for the second reply I visited the site but Am I suposed to run the kapersky antivirus? or any other software mentioned there??.

Thanks for the hints. I'll keep searching for awnsers.

AlipioSequeira. Portugal.

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Did you try
by MarkFlax Forum moderator / January 31, 2006 3:25 AM PST

the suggestion I said? To remove the desktop web page if it is one?

If not, what happens when you attempt to change the Desktop wallpaper? What error messages or what do you see happening?


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Changing Desktop wallpaper
by alipiosequeira / January 31, 2006 6:11 PM PST
In reply to: Did you try

Hello Mark.

Well, I don't get any error message. I can open the property window, but the wallpaper image scroll menu is locked ( it is blured and the scroll don't run.)

this is my problem.
I've allready runned a few anti-spyware and malware and virus programs, rebooted and the image is still there.

any ideas.
Thanks for helping.

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Try this
by MarkFlax Forum moderator / January 31, 2006 7:46 PM PST
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Re: Changing Desktop wallpaper
by Tufenuf / January 31, 2006 8:36 PM PST


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by alipiosequeira / February 1, 2006 12:38 AM PST

I may Be stuck on this.
Thanks Tufenuf.

I tryed your sugestion but still won't work.
I've tryed to run the xp recovery utility too, but no result.

Thanks, I'll keep looking with your help too.


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Can't hurt, but I wouln't bother buying.
by caktus / January 31, 2006 8:07 AM PST

Might check if the image may have been applied as wallpaper or doestop background. Right click on the desktop (not an icon) > left click Properties > Desktop > in the dropdown menu left click on "None" > Apply > OK.

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Been there. Done that.
by alipiosequeira / February 1, 2006 12:42 AM PST

Hello Caktus.

I've allready done that with no result at all.
Thanks anyway for your hint.

Keep looking for awnsers. Thanks.

Greatings from Portugal.

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Is this the image that shows up during boot then..
by R. Proffitt Forum moderator / February 1, 2006 12:42 AM PST

Goes away?

There is this Windows annoyance where the old wallpaper shows during startup and shutdown after you change the wallpaper. Fix? Change the wallpaper one more time.


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by alipiosequeira / February 1, 2006 1:37 AM PST

When windows starts and closes it shows a backgrownd image; in my case my true wallpaper.

When loged on thru admin user or other I'm shown this flashy blue screen with a black rectangle in the midle.

see first message please.

Thanks anyway.


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Since you used Ewido, Housecall, move it up a notch.
by R. Proffitt Forum moderator / February 1, 2006 1:42 AM PST
In reply to: NO NOT at ALL
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Final Solution
by Mas80 / August 17, 2008 12:25 AM PDT
In reply to: NO NOT at ALL


This problem had hit me on 2 seperate computers and I was able to solve it both times. What you need to know is this is spyware places itself in windows\system32 directory along with a changing a creepy desktop eating bugs-screensaver and a desktop background image (the one that you mentioned) Whats more frustrating is since it does not want you to change the screensaver and background it hides these two tabs from the Personalization menu.
1) Go to System32 and sort on date. The day you believe you might have infected you will see 3-4 files in your director mostly starting with lph or tph something like that.. It will have that screensaver as well. Shift Delete all that.. It will sometimes not allow you to delete coz the process is running so kill those processes from Process manager (end task window)
2)Now that you have taken the crap out of the machine its time to restore your workd back to normal.. Download Malware Bytes MBAM tool and perform full scan. It will identify objects infected and remove it all from your machine..

After a simple restart (Dont expect the wallpaper to disappear yet) you will see that your Desktop background and Screensaver tabs are back in Personalize.. Thats it Now Change the wallpaper and screensavers Happy Riddance.. I am confident this works ..

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update mwb
by uslawman / June 1, 2009 11:00 PM PDT
In reply to: Final Solution

it will remove the wallpaper if you update the malware bytes before doing the scan. i agree that it is all crapware. i dont understand how it 's legal. malware is obviously fraudware, doesnt really clean or protect or anything.

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Three Words "Webroot Spy Sweeper"
by jmharrell15 / February 1, 2006 10:28 AM PST

Webroot's Spy Sweeper is simply the best spyware removal software, they have new definitions online and if you check bestbuy they charge only $20. You can also download it from webroots website from around $30 I think, it gets you a 1 year membership. I got the same Desktop wallpaper error and a major spyware infection and every free program I tried like spybot search and destroy did nothing. Spy Sweeper got everything off the computer and I only had to click sweep. The only way to go. Hope this helps

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Sounds like this might be it
by TONI H / February 1, 2006 7:21 PM PST
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I wonder if the advice given is not followed.
by R. Proffitt Forum moderator / February 1, 2006 9:40 PM PST

Housecall does detect that pest. A few members look for "exact hits" on the issue and won't do the scans.


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by alipiosequeira / February 2, 2006 2:15 AM PST

Thanks for your help and insight to the subject of the my problem.
I solved it. With your help. I had the reg files running but wouldn't work, and also every spy, and malware detection software.These would't work.

So I had xp to search recent files and some I hadn't used showd up.

I had this threat from installing a tool to remove spyware "SPYHUNTER" obtained from a downloads forum .
The rar file had also adware from warez files a P2P aplication and the among other things a file HTML that was bloking the desktop. I ran macfee antivirus and then Spybot. Then reseted the PC. Clear of all problems. Happy

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(NT) (NT) Glad to see you got it sorted. Congratulations.
by MarkFlax Forum moderator / February 2, 2006 4:41 AM PST
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Windows remove wallpaper (Solution)
by norfranc / February 14, 2006 10:33 PM PST

To remove wallpaper "Spyware infection" red letters inside a black rectangle with blue background, you have to find an HTML document named "desktop" and remove it from your computer, don?t forget to empty recycle bin, then restart de computer and it's done.

Best Regards,

Norberto Gomes

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Desktop Spywear Message with blue Background Color
by conserve_33183 / August 17, 2008 11:33 AM PDT

How do I remove the Spywear warning from my desktop

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Try Free Malwarebytes Anti-Malware...
by tobeach / August 17, 2008 4:28 PM PDT
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spyware removal
by primo_mac / August 18, 2008 9:53 PM PDT

how to remove spyware warning in my desktop/screen

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(NT) Well....Read The Suggestions In This Thread
by Grif Thomas Forum moderator / August 19, 2008 3:30 AM PDT
In reply to: spyware removal
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