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#1 Hellionrage

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Posted 14 October 2008 - 07:54 AM

I had a problem where some spywear or something turned off my windows update and fixed it following the instructions in this post http://www.bleepingcomputer.com/forums/t/147466/windows-update-turned-off-cant-turn-it-back-on/ . Now, before finding a solution to the problem I was following some Microsoft instructions were they asked to copy some command to the registry trying to make WU and the Backgroung Intelligent Transfer Service to "work". I remembered I tried several times and entered the registry command. Now when I open up my Control Panel, there are 5 Windows Update icons additional to the original one. The icons do not have the text below and do not do anything . How can I get rid of them???

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Posted 14 October 2008 - 08:54 AM

I manage to erase the icons via this article http://www.winhelponline.com/blog/how-to-r...-control-panel/ . Still the space where the icons were is still showing. How can I get rid of it??? Thanks in advance...

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Posted 14 October 2008 - 10:12 AM

I'd suspect that the entry in the registry that supported these icons is still there - but with no files to associate it with, there's nothing to display.

So, I'd first backup your registry (here's a nice, free program for this called ERUNT, and it's available here: http://www.larshederer.homepage.t-online.de/erunt/ )
Then search the registry for the duplicate filenames that you deleted - and delete those keys.
DO NOT DELETE the original one!!!

Once you find the keys, you can post their location here if you're unsure of which/what to delete (I can't offer more specific advice since I can't recreate this behavior on my system to locate the keys)

Also, here's an article that may help: http://windowsxp.mvps.org/cpicon.htm
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Posted 14 October 2008 - 11:00 AM

Sometimes the simplest solution comes last... It ocurred to me to arrange the icons by name and Presto! No more white spaces. Feel so stupid, but hey, paranoia is a tough condition...

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Posted 14 October 2008 - 11:04 AM

Thanks for the support and the tool link, usasma. The registry was clean and everything is ok now. I'll keep an eye on it for the next couple of days to see if something else got messed up.

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Posted 14 October 2008 - 12:06 PM

I'm glad to hear that you got it fixed! Thanks for letting us know.
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