Solved: Wallpaper abducted

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TonyJ1023

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Hello,
I'm running WinXP and downloded something that took over my desktop wallpaper. An all black screen comes up saying, "Warning anything you do on this computer is recorded etc.. " to remove this go to this website, which has since disappeared. In the Windows directory the suspect wallpaper is present and I deleted it. Now the wallpaper is just plain white and if I go to display properties, and change it back to my original, the old wallpaper comes up but all the icons and the toolbar at the bottom is lost. This renders the computer non functional and has to be shut down.

Anybody have any ideas on how to correct the problem without a full reformat and reload of WinXP? I tried a reload (repair) but it didn't help. Anything in the registry that could be edited?

Thanks,
TonyJ
 

cybertech

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Hi TonyJ1023, Welcome to TSG!!

Create a permanent folder on your hard drive for Hijackthis, like My Documents\HJT
Click on this link: http://www.spywareinfo.com/~merijn/files/HijackThis.exe and "Save" hijackthis to the folder you have created.

Double click on the program to run hijackthis, click "scan" then click on "Save Log".

Post a copy back here and someone will be happy to review it.

Don't make any changes until instructed to do so.
 

TonyJ1023

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Just as a follow up to this problem. Adding another user corrected the desktop. The only problem with that was everything had to be set up for the new user. This was a good sign that XP was not bugged up, only the current user identity. It wa a real pain so for now I'm just living with a big white section on my desktop until a definite answer comes allong.
 
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Do what Cyber has instructed you have some malware

This goes towards removing the background, but will not fix your system as the malware remains

Go to Control Panel > Display.
Click on the "Desktop" tab then click the "Customize Desktop" button.
Click on the "Web" tab.
Under "Web Pages" you should see an entry checked called something like "Security" or similar.
Select that entry and click the "Delete" button. Click OK then Apply and OK.
 

TonyJ1023

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Thank you very much. This did it. My wallpaper is complete again. I really appreciate the help on this site.
 
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