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Desktop Icons Suddenly Are All Highlighted


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#1 chabina

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Posted 01 March 2008 - 03:27 PM

Today, for some odd reason, all of my desktop icons are highlighted. Not a clue as to why it happened.

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Posted 01 March 2008 - 03:56 PM

I don't think they are actually "highlighted" just with a black or white backbround beside them? If this is the case, you've disabled one of your visual effects that blends the icon color in with your backgroud. To enable:

Right click on "My Computer" icon on desktop>Properties>Advanced>Visual Effects>Check the use drop shadows for icon lables on desktop>apply.

The "highlight should be gone". It's possible that you will need to restart your computer.

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Posted 01 March 2008 - 04:10 PM

They are actually highlighted in dark blue. The same color as the windows border

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Posted 01 March 2008 - 05:26 PM

Sorry, I don't think I'm understanding fully the problem of "highlighting". If you press the delete button on your keyboard, does it ask for comfirmation of delete? Can you still highlight individual icons?

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Posted 01 March 2008 - 06:07 PM

Did you try a left mouse click in an unused portion of the desktop? That should turn off the highlights. (I can highlight mine by dragging a box around them)

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Posted 01 March 2008 - 06:08 PM

I can delete them , but when I click on them the highlighting does not change

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Posted 01 March 2008 - 06:12 PM

Yes, I tried to click in an empty area, it did not help.

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Posted 01 March 2008 - 07:40 PM

Start > right click on My Computer > Properties > Advanced tab

Click Settings in the Performance section. Turn on the Use Drop Shadows for icon labels on the desktop option, and click ok.
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Posted 02 March 2008 - 08:21 AM

I seem to recall a rash of this lately - and it usually involved malware of some sort.

So, I'd suggest that you download this free program and use it to clean your temporary files: http://www.ccleaner.com/download
Please use the default settings to clear the temporary files. The more advanced features are dangerous to use, so please avoid them.

Also, I'd suggest that you use a couple of these free online scans to see if there are any traces of infection still on your system. Be advised that some of these scanners will pickup things in "quarantine" from other anti-virus programs - so review the results carefully:

http://housecall.trendmicro.com
http://www.pandasecurity.com/homeusers/solutions/activescan/
http://www.kaspersky.com/virusscanner
http://www.bitdefender.com/scan8/ie.html
http://support.f-secure.com/enu/home/ols.shtml
http://us.mcafee.com/root/mfs/default.asp
http://onlinescan.avast.com/
http://ca.com/us/securityadvisor/virusinfo/scan.aspx
http://www.eset.com/onlinescan/

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