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windows placement?

Hello everyone - a new icon has appeared on my desktop, its legend says "windows placement" and as I peeked it, it identified itself as "windows registry editor, version 5.00". Does anyone know if this is malware of some sort, or if it is something genuine? In the latter case, what is it? TIA - Amos

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Not heard of that.

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Hi Amos,

I've not seen that before. Is the icon on your desktop a shortcut? If you right click it and select Properties, does the Properties window show a shortcut tab?

If so, you can trace the program executable file by clicking "Find Target", then right click that and check its Version tab for more details.

If not a shortcut, then is it an executable file, eg .exe ?


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Reg file

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Hello Mark - the file designation is .reg. It is not executable, nor a shortcut and I do not know what to make of it. Could you look it up somewhere? I tried and could not find a reference to it. Thanks - Amos.

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Amos, Have you downloaded a reg file fix from Kellys-Korner? Go to the link below and scroll down to line 60 (right column) where you'll find a Correct IE Window Placement reg file fix. the name of the file is window_placement.reg.


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A dot reg file as in. . .

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.reg is a registry backup copy. Something or someone has made a backup copy of your registry. Do you have any software that might do this, or have you been tweaking and made a backup copy?

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This window_placement.reg file is for setting your IE window size in relation the the screen resolution. As others have suggested, it is either a .reg file download from the Internet or a registry backup made prior to changing the actual Registry file.

In any case, if you click it open and OK the installation more than likely it will change the IE Window Placement size. If you open it in Notepad it should refer to the following Registry key:
HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Microsoft\Internet Explorer\Main\Window_Placement

If you are happy with the operation of your IE for a while I'd delete it.

If you decide to use it, be sure and create a System Restore point or other reliable backup first.

Hope this is helpful.


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Reg file

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Hello everyone, specially Charlie. I did a resize of my screen when I was (almost) forced to go to 1024x instead of the 800x with which I had been quite happy. And the notepad text is exactly what I got when I used "peek". So that explains it all, and it is nothing to be afraid of... Thanks - Amos.

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