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BlueDog1

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Hello again,

I am running Win 98. Yesterday, I installed Explorer 5.0 from an acid music 3.o cd-rom on my pc. When it finished, about 40 program file icons popped up on my desktop.

I have had these files pop up before and it was suggested that I restore a registry from the previous day. That had worked. However, I did that yesterday and it caused trouble because I had restored a registry with explorer 4.0 and I had installed 5.0 (see yesterday's post)

So I just installed a download of explorer 6.0 from the microsoft website and everything went ok except once again, when it finished, there are all these .dll and .bin files on my desktop. Does any one have any suggestions? Can I drag them somewhere?

Thanks again in advance for any advice.
 
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Maybe post what some of this stuff is.

It sounds like a lot of extra garbage that came along with acid music 3.0. If it's junk like AOL Free Trial or Try This or That kind of junk I'd just delete it. If you've tried that and it keeps loading then I'd be rid of the program causing it.

If it's program files then it sounds like you installed it to your desktop.

Please post some of the names of the things you are concerned about.
 

BlueDog1

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There are about 40 icons on the desktop. Some of the files are winsock.dll, wsock.dll, netdi.dll, maserv.dll, sysdetmg.dll and coll1.bin - coll19.bin.
 
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Sounds like the default installation location was changed to your desktop instead of where it should be. I would suggest an uninstall and then reinstall it directly from MS web site.
 
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I would be doing some serious virus & Trojan scans right now. You may be having a problem related to the Happy99 Worm.
 

BlueDog1

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I scanned for the Happy99 worm and also looked for the ska file and nothing showed up.

Also, the explorer 6.0 that I installed was from the microsoft site. If I uninstall and try it again, can I change the default installation location and how. I was never asked where to install explorer 6.0 it just did it on its own.
 

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I agree with Rockn: Uninstall, and reinstall from Windows Update.

And when you install again, wait and see what location it's going to install in, so that you can change it if necessary.

And dll files on your desktop can cause trouble.
You should get rid of them, if any remain after uninstall.

Good luck,
 
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We have some third-party applications in our office that, if they don't launch properly (i.e., drive mapping has gone amiss), DLL files are placed on the desktop. In our case, they can be deleted.
 
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Anybody know what the coll1.bin - coll19.bin files are. I don't think they are Window files.

Also I thought this all started out from...
Yesterday, I installed Explorer 5.0 from an acid music 3.o cd-rom on my pc. When it finished, about 40 program file icons popped up on my desktop.
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BlueDog1

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I did install 5.0 from my acid cd-rom (because I only had 4.0 and acid requires you to have 5.0 or higher) However after my fiasco yesterday and I restored my files I went back to explorer 4.0. So rather than install from the cd-rom again, I downloaded 6.0 from the microsoft website and these files popped up after that too.

I just uninstalled explorer 6.0. I am now at 4.0 again. The files are still on the desktop. Can I delete them now.?

Also, i did a find files search for winsock.dll and 2 came up. 1 in c:windows and 1 in c:windows\desktop. Am I supposed to have only one? I think I read that somewhere.
 

TonyKlein

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Yes, it belongs in C:\Windows\System, like the other dlls on your desktop.

Not only won't Windows know what to do with them if they're on your desktop, but, as I said, they can cause problems there.

Grtz.
 
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Okay now I think I understand.
The desktop icons most likely are left over from the install from the acid music 3.0 install.
If this is so I'd go to Add/Remove Programs and uninstall acid music. Reboot and see what's left on your desktop. Then go ahead and delete the rest, but keep them in your recycle bin for awhile just in case. Reboot to make sure things are working okay. If you run into a problem do the ScanReg /Restore thingy. You should be ok though.

Now you can install your acid music 3.0, but make sure the install path is either in C/ or C/Program Files.

You should now be able to move up to explorer 6.0 through Windows Update.
 

BlueDog1

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This is where I am now: I moved all of those files to the recycle bin (where they still are) I uninstalled acid pro 3.0. Then I downloaded update for ie4 to ie6, which installed. When the system rebooted back up the following files popped up on my desktop : scandisk.bat, dblspace.bat, sufail.bat, defrag.bat, sucheck.bat, drvspace.bat and drivers.ddb. i have not tried to reinstall acid music 3.0 yet.
 
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