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#1 restivesilence

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Posted 04 June 2009 - 03:55 AM

I am running Windows XP Home. I was infected with the WinBlueSoft virus which changed my desktop background to the screen saying how I was infected with spyware blah blah. It also prevented me from accessing task manager, system restore, C drive, etc. After some help and running through several different programs I think I've removed it entirely. My desktop has returned to a normal image and most everything has reverted to regular usage. The one issue that I'm having is the fact that my desktop tab in the display settings has disappeared. I am not able to access it through the control panel or properties. If I right click on an image I can choose "Set image as desktop background" and that will work.

I'm not super knowledgeable, but I've tried several different solutions I've found in various forums.

-It is not caused by group policies as I'm running XP Home.
-I've downloaded the registry entry "restorealldisplaytabs.reg" and ran it. This has caused no changes.
-I've gone into regedit and HKEY_CURRENT_USER > Microsoft > Windows > Current Version > Policies > System and all are set to 0. I've tried deleting them all and no changes.

I really don't want to reinstall... so I'm hoping someone has a solution for me. Please and thank you!

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#2 joseibarra

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Posted 04 June 2009 - 05:39 AM

There are a few reasons why this might be happening.

You are right - Home does not have a way to adjust Group Policy with a Group Policy Editor, but it the registry still has all the pieces to manipulate even though it must be done through regedit instead of letting the Group Policy Editor manipulate the registry for you.

The .reg file you downloaded and ran addresses one possible reason by adjusting a value in HKCU, but there are other things to check. Remember, malware is sneaky and likes hide and seek.

If you preform a Google seach for: xp desktop tab missing

You will get some hits that include the fix you downloaded, and a couple other registry values that you can check. One more in HKCU and one in HKLM, and some others that I did not try. Some involve using the Group Policy Editor (which you don't have anyway) so skip those!


Reinstallation (or System Restore - which is not a time machine) is a little drastic... Too many easy things to check.

The last time I responded with detailed registry adjustments here, I was advised to please not to do that again, which I understand :thumbsup: .

Let us know what you find.

Edited by joseibarra, 04 June 2009 - 06:05 AM.

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#3 restivesilence

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Posted 04 June 2009 - 02:05 PM

So I ended up figuring it out! What you said about changing registries in HKLM made me realize I had never checked under there... so I went to HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\policies\system and there was another NoDispBackground set value of 1. I changed that to 0 and restarted and voila! the problem is fixed. Thanks for the help!

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Posted 04 June 2009 - 02:41 PM

Viola is right! :thumbsup:

Good job.

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