Posted 26 May 2012 - 02:04 PM
Windows XP SP3 laptop. Yesterday afternoon I woke my laptop up from Sleep Mode and noticed that there were dozens of weird icons filling in between my regular desktop icons. They are little boxes with strange characters underneath were the description usually appears. Some look like a foreign language, but it's mostly boxes. I immediately thought that I had gotten a virus, which is very rare since I keep my computer clean and updated. I updated Malwarebytes and then went into Safe Mode and ran it.... nothing. Ran Avast... still nothing. Did some research and couldn't find anything that described what I had. Deleted the IconCache.db which is supposed to fix corrupted icons... still they came back!!! Changed the size of the icons as someone suggested but that didn't work. Also checked the language settings. Ran an online virus scanner... nothing. Ran CCleaner. When I checked properties of the icons they are all zero bytes, so I deleted them all and emptied the Recycle Bin. When I rebooted the computer they all came back!!!! I'm beating my head against the wall trying to fix the problem. Has anyone seen this before?? Unfortunately I had turned off System Restore recently and forgot to turn it back on, so that's not an option. Any suggestions are welcome. Help!!