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Problems with desktop display

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#1 switch


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Posted 16 June 2005 - 11:41 AM

Hiya I am new to this site and the problem I am having is with my desktop. I recently had to remove a desktop background that was from one of those websites that installs itself on your computer. The problem i had with this one was that when I clicked on removal instructions it could not find the website so I had to find the file it was in and delete it. This got rid of it FINALLY!!! But now I can't put any desktop background on to the computer even the ones already installed. When I reboot the computer the desktop background that I have applied flicks on for a couple of seconds then when the Icons appear the chosen background disappears and turns white then grey and continues to flicker these two colours.

ANY IDEAS????? :thumbsup:

Any suggestions would be received most gratefully
Thanx for taking the time to read this. And look forward to your many replies :flowers:

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#2 pchartwell


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Posted 16 June 2005 - 01:09 PM

It doesn't sound as though you've gone into the Display Properties and tried to change the desktop from there. Either right-click on a clear part of your current desktop and choose Properties -or- go into Control Panel and choose Display Properties. Then click on the tab for Desktop. You should find what you are looking for in there (and could have removed the background you didn't want that way too).


(apologies if I'm wrong but from your description you didn't cover this which would be the first place to start)

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Posted 16 June 2005 - 05:08 PM

What file did you delete?

It may still be in your recycle bin. Look at it and see if you can see the file extention.

From what you are stating, it looks like you deleted an operating system file and not the JPG with the picture.

Do you have a system restore point dated before you deleted the file you deleted?

Use it.

Now, what you experienced was a browser hijacking.

After you restore your computer's ability to display wallpaper download, install update and run some of the anti-spyware - anti-malware aps listed below, particularly Spybot Search and Destroy and trhe Microsoft Anti-malware beta.

Anti-malware freeware (You can run as many of these as you wish. Generally there is no conflict between these and you should always run several)

AdAware: http://www.lavasoftusa.com/software/adaware/
Microsoft Antispyware Beta: http://www.microsoft.com/athome/security/s...re/default.mspx
SpywareBlaster: http://www.javacoolsoftware.com/spywareblaster.html
Spybot S&D: http://www.safer-networking.org/en/index.html
Microsoft Malicious Software Removal Tool (Win XP and Win 2000):

A≤ - Free from http://www.majorgeeks.com/download4281.html . Run it, click Search for Updates, then click Scan.

CWShredder from InterMute
CW Shredder removes some variants of spyware known as the Coolwebsearch Trojan. The Trojan takes advantage of a flaw in a key component of Windows -- Microsoft's version of the Java Virtual Machine -- to install itself via popups often found on porn and illegal software (a.k.a. "warez") sites. Run CWShredder after installing, and have it look for updates. Then click the "Fix" button, and the program will both scan and fix any problems it finds. If your system does not have this kind of spyware, it will give you the good news.
Cost: Free

Install but do not attempt to repair anything by yoiurself with Hijack This.

What you should do is follow the instructions on the next link.

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#4 Herk


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Posted 16 June 2005 - 06:34 PM

There's a simple fix for this. First of all, deleting the file that is used doesn't do much, as you've seen. But move your cursor to the very top of the screen - you might be able to see a bright line there. Right-click and get "properties" from the list.

Then click on the "Desktop tab."

Then click on the "customize desktop" button.

Then click on the "Web" tab.

Then, in the window, highlight any item except "My Current Homepage" and click the Delete button.

Click the OK button at the bottom of the window. Remember to click Apply!

Your desktop should be back as it was.

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