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How To Make Icons Disappear


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#1 dc3

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Posted 25 July 2007 - 02:32 AM

I'm working on a computer that belongs to a friends daughter which I have inadvertently deposited two icon on her desktop that I can't seem to delete. I had started to download a utility and changed by mind and canceled it, but the icon had appeared on the desktop by then. The icon is rather strange, it is of a monitor with the title of the utility below it.

I have tried right clicking and deleting only to get the message "cannot delete (name of utility): It is being used by another person or program. Close any programs that might be using it and try again." I have tried clicking and dragging it to the recycle bin, deleting in safe mode and gets the same message. I have even tried to rename it to no avail. Any help on this one would be greatly appreciated.

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Posted 25 July 2007 - 02:41 AM

How about using one of those deletion programs like KillBox. I've never used it before but I've seen other members recommend it.
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Posted 25 July 2007 - 02:58 AM

How about using one of those deletion programs like KillBox. I've never used it before but I've seen other members recommend it.


I haven't used that utility either, I'll have to do some reading.

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Posted 25 July 2007 - 03:22 AM

What you will need to do is finsd the process that is running. It sounds like it is something that is set to run on startup. Have a look through Task Manager and end the process that is related to the program. This will then allow you to delete the icon. I have my suspision that this is not an icon but it is a .exe file that is running directly from the desktop. If you have removed the program and this is still there then I would be tempted to run a spyware scan of the machine after the file is deleted. You could try Eraser 5.8 or simular programs to delete it. But I am not sure if this will resolve the problem. It may delete the file but forced deletes are always a little worrying.
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Posted 25 July 2007 - 03:36 AM

Another thing you can try is this:
  • Close all running applications.
  • Open Task Manager and kill any instances of explorer.exe (the desktop will disappear).
  • Use Task Manager's File -> New Task menu to run "cmd.exe" to open a command shell. Navigate to the directory to delete the problematic file. Close the command shell.
  • Use Task Manager's File -> New Task menu to run "explorer.exe" (the desktop will reappear).

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Posted 25 July 2007 - 08:01 AM

You can use Killbox and delete the file on reboot.

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Posted 25 July 2007 - 08:13 AM

I have deleted icons/files/folders/programs while in safe mode with success.

It is worth trying.

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Posted 26 July 2007 - 01:05 AM

Someone else had suggested that I try MoveOnBoot 1.9.5, I downloaded it and it worked like a charm. :thumbsup:

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