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Hidden wallpaper following Pop-Up on XP

by dzdncnfuzed / November 3, 2004 12:30 PM PST

After receiving a popup advertizing anti-spam/virus/security software, my Windows desktop seems to be permanently changed.
We can no longer see or set the background wallpaper.
Everything else seems to be working OK.

The first symptom was the desktop seemed to be covered by one of those Security warning, 'someone is watching you 'the advertisements. We ran an Avast scan which identified a virus and removed it. After that, all we have is a blank screen as the background of our desktop. All the desktop icons are there, but we can't set a new backround. However, at shutdown or startup, the backround does show up for a few seconds before being replaced by the blank area. It's as if some program is running which overwrites it. I believe some default file was overwritten, but don't have a clue what to look for or how to recover it.

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Re: Hidden wallpaper following Pop-Up on XP
by tazob / November 3, 2004 5:10 PM PST

similar thing happened to me. i tried all i could but finished up restoring to a previous point. seems to have worked for me.

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Re: Hidden wallpaper following Pop-Up on XP
by glb613 / November 3, 2004 6:43 PM PST

Check for spyware using AdAware and Spybot, Search and Destroy. You can find them through Google and they are free for the download.

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Re: Hidden wallpaper following Pop-Up on XP
by Mark5019 / November 3, 2004 7:37 PM PST
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Re: Hidden wallpaper following Pop-Up on XP
by Cetin Denislam / November 3, 2004 9:26 PM PST

Right click the desktop,select Properties. Click Desktop Tab, click Customize Desktop button. Click Web Tab. Look under Web Pages section. If you have some item checked there, uncheck the box.

Good Luck,

Cetin


Trying to unweave, unwind, unravel
And piece together the past and the future,


T. S. Eliot

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