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desktop default font size changes on every second startup

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#1 GrahamB


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Posted 18 September 2009 - 11:40 PM


I wonder if anyone can help with this problem. A short history:

In July I acquired the TDSS trojan from some site link. I removed it using MBAM, Windows Malicious Software Removal and Zonealarm Extreme Security.

My system is now clean as far as I know.

I then enabled automatic updates from Microsoft and downloaded and installed everything including SP3.

Thereafter when I start up Windows, my icon fonts look fine - default setting for Windows Standard, but the task bar fonts are sometimes too large. When this happens, if I then click on a programme icon those fonts also grow very large - to probably 14 points, then the rest of the desktop, menus, titles, etc. all follow suit.

If I restart Windows this problem usually goes away until the next or second-next time that I start up - ocassionally, like today, it doesn't.

I have followed advice to change font settings and sizes, even the font type, then after restarting have reset to the default and everything is OK for a few starts, then the problem recurs.

I've searched the web for advice but can't find any relevant to my search terms, other than strong advice to remove SP3, which I did, then installed all the security updates - except a few which will not install (inf files missing).

I had other reasons to uninstall SP3, relating to monitor colour not being reliable and associated problems.

I have no real desire to reinstall everything as that is a real pain and would appreciate any advice if available.

Also system restore has not worked since the infection.

I have noticed that this is related to the yellow Windows Update icon appearing in my toolbar - before it appears the fonts behave normally, as soon as it appears the fonts grow very large.

I should perhaps also state that I have the font size set at 120% in the advanced section of Display Properties - something which has never been a problem before.

I have XP SP2
ZoneAlarm Extreme Security
Mostly graphical software - Adobe

My thanks


Edited by GrahamB, 19 September 2009 - 01:01 AM.

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