**STRANGE** Desktop Shortcut Missing?! (Win98)

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This is not a problem on my computer, fortunately, but it happened on my brother's Windows 98SE machine this afternoon.

He turned on his computer and called me over. A shortcut was missing from his desktop that has always been there. It was quite obvious that it was missing because there was a space dead centre of the screen.

A shortcut for "Call of Duty United Offensive Multiplayer" was supposed to be there. It had been there the last time he used the computer, but for some reason it was gone. All the other icons, including the other Call of Duty shortcuts, were there and in there normal places. I checked the Recycle Bin in case he had accidentally deleted it, but there was no shortcut to be found. It flat out disappeared off the computer.

I put a new shortcut for the program there for him and now his desktop looks normal. I was afraid something else might disappear from the desktop, so I made a list of all his icons and I backed up some folders on the desktop, because if those disappear, then they probably can't be recovered.

What would cause a desktop shortcut to disappear off the face of the computer, with no traces left behind?

I ran an AVG scan and nothing was detected. Here is a HiJack This log. Anything bad that could explain it?

Logfile of HijackThis v1.99.1
Scan saved at 5:00:40 PM, on 1/4/06
Platform: Windows 98 SE (Win9x 4.10.2222A)
MSIE: Internet Explorer v6.00 SP1 (6.00.2800.1106)

Running processes:
C:\WINDOWS\SYSTEM\KERNEL32.DLL
C:\WINDOWS\SYSTEM\MSGSRV32.EXE
C:\WINDOWS\SYSTEM\MPREXE.EXE
C:\WINDOWS\SYSTEM\mmtask.tsk
C:\WINDOWS\SYSTEM\MSTASK.EXE
C:\WINDOWS\EXPLORER.EXE
C:\WINDOWS\SM56HLPR.EXE
C:\PROGRAM FILES\NETROPA\TOUCH MANAGER\TOUCHMGR.EXE
C:\WINDOWS\SYSTEM\SYSTRAY.EXE
C:\WINDOWS\SYSTEM\DDHELP.EXE
C:\PROGRAM FILES\GRISOFT\AVG FREE\AVGCC.EXE
C:\PROGRAM FILES\GRISOFT\AVG FREE\AVGEMC.EXE
C:\PROGRAM FILES\NETROPA\TOUCH MANAGER\MMUSBKB2.EXE
C:\PROGRAM FILES\GRISOFT\AVG FREE\AVGAMSVR.EXE
C:\WINDOWS\LOADQM.EXE
C:\PROGRAM FILES\NETROPA\TOUCH MANAGER\MEDIACTR.EXE
C:\PROGRA~1\NETROPA\ONSCRE~1\OSD.EXE
C:\WINDOWS\SYSTEM\WMIEXE.EXE
C:\PROGRAM FILES\HIJACK THIS\HIJACKTHIS.EXE

R1 - HKCU\Software\Microsoft\Internet Explorer\Main,Window Title = Microsoft Internet Explorer provided by Rogers Hi-Speed Internet
O2 - BHO: PCTools Browser Monitor - {B56A7D7D-6927-48C8-A975-17DF180C71AC} - C:\PROGRA~1\SPYWAR~1\TOOLS\IESDPB.DLL
O2 - BHO: PCTools Site Guard - {5C8B2A36-3DB1-42A4-A3CB-D426709BBFEB} - C:\PROGRA~1\SPYWAR~1\TOOLS\IESDSG.DLL
O2 - BHO: SSVHelper Class - {761497BB-D6F0-462C-B6EB-D4DAF1D92D43} - C:\Program Files\Java\jre1.5.0_06\bin\ssv.dll
O2 - BHO: Google Toolbar Helper - {AA58ED58-01DD-4d91-8333-CF10577473F7} - c:\program files\google\googletoolbar2.dll
O3 - Toolbar: &Radio - {8E718888-423F-11D2-876E-00A0C9082467} - C:\WINDOWS\SYSTEM\MSDXM.OCX
O3 - Toolbar: &Google - {2318C2B1-4965-11d4-9B18-009027A5CD4F} - c:\program files\google\googletoolbar2.dll
O4 - HKLM\..\Run: [SM56ACL] sm56hlpr.exe
O4 - HKLM\..\Run: [anvshell] anvshell.exe
O4 - HKLM\..\Run: [Touch Manager] C:\Program Files\Netropa\Touch Manager\TouchMgr.exe
O4 - HKLM\..\Run: [SystemTray] SysTray.Exe
O4 - HKLM\..\Run: [ScanRegistry] C:\WINDOWS\scanregw.exe /autorun
O4 - HKLM\..\Run: [LoadPowerProfile] Rundll32.exe powrprof.dll,LoadCurrentPwrScheme
O4 - HKLM\..\Run: [ccRegVfy] "C:\Program Files\Common Files\Symantec Shared\ccRegVfy.exe"
O4 - HKLM\..\Run: [NvCplDaemon] RUNDLL32.EXE NvQTwk,NvCplDaemon initialize
O4 - HKLM\..\Run: [nwiz] nwiz.exe /install
O4 - HKLM\..\Run: [AVG7_CC] C:\PROGRA~1\GRISOFT\AVGFRE~1\AVGCC.EXE /STARTUP
O4 - HKLM\..\Run: [AVG7_EMC] C:\PROGRA~1\GRISOFT\AVGFRE~1\AVGEMC.EXE
O4 - HKLM\..\Run: [AVG7_AMSVR] C:\PROGRA~1\GRISOFT\AVGFRE~1\AVGAMSVR.EXE
O4 - HKLM\..\Run: [LoadQM] loadqm.exe
O4 - HKLM\..\RunServices: [LoadPowerProfile] Rundll32.exe powrprof.dll,LoadCurrentPwrScheme
O4 - HKLM\..\RunServices: [SchedulingAgent] mstask.exe
O4 - Startup: PowerReg Scheduler.exe
O4 - Startup: PowerReg Scheduler V3.exe
O4 - Startup: Adobe Gamma Loader.exe.lnk = C:\Program Files\Common Files\Adobe\Calibration\Adobe Gamma Loader.exe
O8 - Extra context menu item: &Search - http://kc.bar.need2find.com/KC/menusearch.html?p=KC
O8 - Extra context menu item: &Google Search - res://C:\PROGRAM FILES\GOOGLE\GOOGLETOOLBAR2.DLL/cmsearch.html
O8 - Extra context menu item: &Translate English Word - res://C:\PROGRAM FILES\GOOGLE\GOOGLETOOLBAR2.DLL/cmwordtrans.html
O8 - Extra context menu item: Cached Snapshot of Page - res://C:\PROGRAM FILES\GOOGLE\GOOGLETOOLBAR2.DLL/cmcache.html
O8 - Extra context menu item: Similar Pages - res://C:\PROGRAM FILES\GOOGLE\GOOGLETOOLBAR2.DLL/cmsimilar.html
O8 - Extra context menu item: Backward Links - res://C:\PROGRAM FILES\GOOGLE\GOOGLETOOLBAR2.DLL/cmbacklinks.html
O8 - Extra context menu item: Translate Page into English - res://C:\PROGRAM FILES\GOOGLE\GOOGLETOOLBAR2.DLL/cmtrans.html
O9 - Extra button: AOL Instant Messenger (SM) - {AC9E2541-2814-11d5-BC6D-00B0D0A1DE45} - D:\PROGRAMS\AIM.EXE
O9 - Extra button: Spyware Doctor - {2D663D1A-8670-49D9-A1A5-4C56B4E14E84} - C:\PROGRA~1\SPYWAR~1\TOOLS\IESDPB.DLL
O9 - Extra button: (no name) - {08B0E5C0-4FCB-11CF-AAA5-00401C608501} - C:\PROGRAM FILES\JAVA\JRE1.5.0_06\BIN\SSV.DLL
O9 - Extra 'Tools' menuitem: Sun Java Console - {08B0E5C0-4FCB-11CF-AAA5-00401C608501} - C:\PROGRAM FILES\JAVA\JRE1.5.0_06\BIN\SSV.DLL
O16 - DPF: {E344ADA2-75B6-4E7E-B221-0A04FD5B0165} (MaxisPublishX Control) - http://thesims.ea.com/us/teleport/MaxisPublishX.cab
O16 - DPF: {AE1C01E3-0283-11D3-9B3F-00C04F8EF466} (HeartbeatCtl Class) - http://fdl.msn.com/zone/datafiles/heartbeat.cab
O16 - DPF: {1671869C-25B3-4C80-9446-8AE6111F8765} (MaxisHotDateTeleX Control) - http://thesims.ea.com/teleport/hotdate/NPC/MaxisHotDateTeleX.cab
O16 - DPF: {08EE4BCE-527E-4760-B11A-B829415E9103} (MaxisGolfTeleX Control) - http://simgolf.ea.com/teleport/simgolf/MaxisGolfTeleX.cab
O16 - DPF: {525A15D0-4938-11D4-94C7-0050DA20189B} (SnoopyCtrl Class) - http://www.ea.com/downloads/games/common/snoopy/iesnoopy.cab
O16 - DPF: {A44B714B-EE0F-453E-9300-A69B321FEF6C} (MaxisSimsFamilyTeleX Control) - http://thesims.ea.com/teleport/families/MaxisSimsFamilyTeleX.cab
O16 - DPF: {69F497FB-5082-4EA4-9305-9E19F20A2BFF} (MaxisSimCity3TeleX Control) - http://simcity3000unlimited.ea.com/teleport/simcity/MaxisSimCity3TeleX.cab
O16 - DPF: {4620BC29-8B8E-4F4E-9D92-1DB6633D6793} (SurferNETWORK Plugin) - http://rd1.surfernetwork.com/surferplugin.ocx
O16 - DPF: {2DAE59A1-B355-4653-8D33-33A3A8F8C078} (MaxisVacationTeleX Control) - http://thesims.ea.com/teleport/vacation/MaxisVacationTeleX.cab
O16 - DPF: {5D1E3FA5-64FF-4387-9418-F1D67AFB2247} (MaxisSuperstarTeleX Control) - http://thesims.ea.com/teleport/superstar/MaxisSuperstarTeleX.cab
O16 - DPF: {D1E7CBDA-E60E-4970-A01C-37301EF7BF98} - http://ccon.madonion.com/global/msc3.cab
O16 - DPF: {C36661D7-3590-45B1-80B5-520839E94DAD} (MaxisSimCity4PatcherX Control) - http://simcity.ea.com/patch/MaxisSimCity4PatcherX.cab
O16 - DPF: {54B52E52-8000-4413-BD67-FC7FE24B59F2} (EARTPatchX Class) - http://simcity.ea.com/patch/EARTPX.cab
O16 - DPF: {74D05D43-3236-11D4-BDCD-00C04F9A3B61} (HouseCall Control) - http://a840.g.akamai.net/7/840/537/2004061001/housecall.trendmicro.com/housecall/xscan53.cab
O16 - DPF: {32305793-C19A-48E7-AD2F-D87FF7B264A4} (TenebrilSpywareScanner Control) - http://www.tenebril.com/scanner/TestScanner.ocx
O16 - DPF: {04E214E5-63AF-4236-83C6-A7ADCBF9BD02} (HouseCall Control) - http://housecall60.trendmicro.com/housecall/xscan60.cab
ALSO, does this screenshot look right? I right clicked on My Documents, and went to Properties and this is what came up. I was looking for the display to show how large the folder is and everything, but this is all it said. I'm not familiar with Win98 that much, but does the Properties for My Documents look normal or weird?

Why in the world did that icon disappear? It wasn't deleted and it's not in the Recycle Bin, so what happened to it?
 

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Could someone have a look at the HJT log and tell me if its clean or not please? How could that icon have disappeared?
 
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