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juberes

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Hello

Just half an hour ago i FINALLY succeeded in a battle involving me, and the spyware that came from the wmf exploit, with my computer being the battleground.

I managed to recover everything, although i admit it was very hard because one of the spyware applications blocked my administration rights and didnt let me do certain stuff.

Now, maybe because of this, only one problem remained - the icons on my desktop are invisible.

Its not that theyre gone, theyre there, i just cant see them. I made a small graphic file for you to view, i think it describes the situation better:



So, any solutions? Sorry if this is obvious and easily solved by using the search function but im really tired of fighting the startup processes ;)
 
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Can you view them under Documents and Settings\your username\Desktop?

Have you tried removing the desktop background to test? Are you sure you have killed the spyware?

Have you tried to refresh the desktop?
 
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right click on desktop
arrange icons by......
make sure ' show desktop icons " has a check beside it
 
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Cool, I learned something new....again.

On an aside, that's prank ammunition!
 

juberes

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Can you view them under Documents and Settings\your username\Desktop?
Yes
Have you tried removing the desktop background to test? Are you sure you have killed the spyware?
Well, at the system start up, i can see the icons for just a split second, but just as my wallpaper loads up, they dissapear. Ive tried all combinations like switch back to no wp after startup, or switch to no wallpaper at all and then reboot. All had the same outcome: the icons blink for a moment, and get lost.

And about killing the spyware, all scans on my anti-virus and anti-spyware software (microsoft as, ad-aware, wintasks pro, avast av) show that ive got a clean system, but i can never be 100% sure unless i just formatted my drive

Have you tried to refresh the desktop?
Yes, no effect

right click on desktop
arrange icons by......
make sure ' show desktop icons " has a check beside it
Yeah i tried that ,and fiddled with it a bit too, switched on and off, still no icons visible
 
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can you create a new icon on the desktop and does it stay, or disappear as well ??
 

juberes

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can you create a new icon on the desktop and does it stay, or disappear as well ??
I can create a new icon, but it disappears immediately
 
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Well, I still think that " hide icons on desktop " option is unchecked
checking to see if this is something that can be changed/altered in group policy

are you running Xp home or Pro ??
 
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