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Removing items that were "Set as desktop items"

Discussion in 'Windows XP' started by mlapeaux, Feb 11, 2006.

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  1. mlapeaux

    mlapeaux Thread Starter

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    I right clicked two images from the internet and then clicked on Set as Desktop item. These two images now appear as part of any desktop backgroung that i choose. I cant delete them or get them off of my desktop screen. How do I remove these items? Please help!
     
  2. AdrianClarke

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    If i understood that right then..

    Right click your desktop
    Click properties
    Click Desktop Tab
    And then just choose a different Picture/Background
     
  3. Del80y

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    Did you set them as desktop background ?
    I so them just change your back ground by right clicking anywere on the destop and going to properites/destop then chosing a new back ground.
     
  4. cgesicki

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    Backup the registry then:

    Open Regedit and navigate to:

    HKEY_USERS\.DEFAULT\Control Panel\Desktop

    In the right-pane, double-click Wallpaper and assign a blank value to =
    it.
     
  5. mlapeaux

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    doesnt work.... actually nothing happens when i right click and then click on properties. I have to go into my control panel to get to the display menus. But when there..i can pick any desktop background I want but the two images will still be on the screen when the new background is up.
     
  6. mlapeaux

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    how do i open "REGEDIT?"
     
  7. AdrianClarke

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    Start ---> Run ---> Regedit
     
  8. mlapeaux

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    ok i did that, but the value was already blank. Also, the pictures now just show an X where they were on the desktop. I dont know if that helps. Any other ideas?
     
  9. AdrianClarke

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    Could be spyware or a virus.

    Run ActiveScan online virus scan:
    http://www.pandasoftware.com/products/activescan.htm

    Or you can download AVG virus scanner:
    http://www.grisoft.com/doc/10/lng/us/tpl/tpl01?prd=sng

    And what spyware programs do you have?
    http://www.safer-networking.org/

    Microsoft Antispyware:
    http://www.microsoft.com/downloads/...A2-6A57-4C57-A8BD-DBF62EDA9671&displaylang=en

    Hijackthis:
    http://www.thespykiller.co.uk/files/HJTSetup.exe
    Save HJTsetup.exe to your desktop.

    Double click on the HJTsetup.exe icon on your desktop.
    By default it will install to C:\Program Files\Hijack This.
    Continue to click Next in the setup dialogue boxes until you get to the Select Addition Tasks dialogue.
    Put a check by Create a desktop icon then click Next again.
    Continue to follow the rest of the prompts from there.
    At the final dialogue box click Finish and it will launch Hijack This.
    Click on the Do a system scan and save a log file button. It will scan and then ask you to save the log.
    Click Save to save the log file and then the log will open in notepad.
    Click on "Edit > Select All" then click on "Edit > Copy" to copy the entire contents of the log.
    Come back here to this thread and Paste the log in your next reply.
    DO NOT have Hijack This fix anything yet. Most of what it finds will be harmless or even required.
     
  10. cgesicki

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    Backup the regisrtry.

    Then find an image you want to set as your background. R click on it and copy down its location.

    then go to Start>run>type regedit

    go to HKEY_USERS\HKEY_USERS\S-1-5-21-854245398-789336058-1708537768-1003\control panel\desktop

    Look for wallpaper r click select modify and then where it says value data paste in the location of the image you selected for your background.
     
  11. mlapeaux

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    there still there..
     
  12. Augie65

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    Did you try a system restore to a date before you downloaded the images?
     
  13. mlapeaux

    mlapeaux Thread Starter

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    man!!!!! when i click system restore form the accessories ti come sup blank. It wont let me do anything.
     
  14. Augie65

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    You do have system restore turned on? Right click My Computer and click properties. On the System Restore tab, make sure that Turn off System Restore on all drives is not checked. If it is not turned off, try this:
    Go to Start -> Run and type each of the following commands, one at a time while pressing enter after each one.

    regsvr32 jscript

    regsvr32 vbscript

    regsvr32 /i mshtml
    Reboot and try system restore again.
     
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