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Spam desktop shortcuts

Just recently I have been getting spam desktop shortcuts that just appear out of nowhere. I do run both Spyware Nuker and Spybot. My operating system is Windows XP Home Edition. I have not clicked on the shortcut just right clicked and deleted it but I know something is left on my system. Nothing shows up in the Add/Remove programs that I can delete either. I am also running Panda Anti-Virus and nothing comes up there either when I do a scan.

Any suggestions?

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A couple questions...

A scan with the free program Ewido should tell you what, if anything, is on your computer. However, I have a couple questions that should help tell us what those shortcuts those were:

* Why do you refer to them as 'spam desktop shortcuts?'
* Do you remember the names of the shortcuts or what the icons looked like?
* Do you happen to know if they were shortcuts to something on your system or if they were to websites?
* Did your security software detect/remove anything recently?
* Have you installed any previously-unknown software recently?

Aside from that, let me note that I wouldn't rely on Spyware Nuker for security. Through most of last year it was blacklisted as a rogue spyware program, and though version 2.0 has received a clean bill of health I still wouldn't touch it. One thing that tells me they haven't cleaned up their act: On their website they are supposedly paraphrasing a review from Cnet's own download when no review exists on!


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I'm calling them spam because they say things like ''free gas''. They look just like regular desktop icons with the little arrow in the corner for a shortcut. I have not clicked on the shortcuts for fear of getting a virus. I've found nothing unusual in any spyware or virus scans. The only new thing I recently installed was an Accuweather program for live weather which I already uninstalled. Something is definitely wrong though as I now get a lot of visual memory errors too. I don't know if it's related but I think it is as everything with my computer was fine until recently.

I'm at work now so I'll try Ewido when I get home.

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i also installed that Accuweather program a while back. Try using Ad-aware SE personal edition (free)and if all else failsdo what i did backup all your data onto cd ,dvd , flash drive , external HD then just re-format,gets you out of pretty much any mess. HOWEVER I MUST WARN YOU THAT IF YOU BACKUP ANY SPYWARE FILE YOUR SCREWED AGAIN.

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