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Win XP Desktop Background problem

Discussion in 'Windows XP' started by mikeriddell, Sep 5, 2004.

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  1. mikeriddell

    mikeriddell Thread Starter

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    Recently I was asked by a friend to examine his machine as he was having the following problem - he cannot change his desktop background permanently.

    He had personalized his b/g but lost it when he received a message containing the words "... trojan loader ... - that's all he remembers. The symptoms are as follows:

    1) when the machine boots his original b/g is present but is overwritten when the icons are placed.
    2) similarly, when closing down his b/g appears briefly before the machine shuts down.
    3) the b/g can be changed per the normal "setting" process, but they do not hold.

    It almost appears that there is a "sheet' pulled over the background.

    I have run both antivirus checks (his Norton is up to date) and I ran a PestPatrol check and cleared some spyware indicated by the latter.

    Any ideas?

    Tnx
    Mike
     
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    Cookiegal Administrator Malware Specialist Coordinator

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    Hi and welcome to TSG,

    Please do this. Click here: http://www.majorgeeks.com/download3155.html to download Hijack This. It’s very important that you save it to its own folder on your hard drive, such as program files (not temporary files or the desktop), so that it can create proper back-ups and be able to restore them if necessary.

    Close all open windows and open Hijack This. Click “Scan”. When the scan is finished (it only takes a second), the scan button will change to “Save Log”. Click on “Save Log” and then save it to NotePad. Click on “Edit” – “Select all” – “copy” and then “paste” into the thread.

    DO NOT FIX ANYTHING YET, most items that appear in the log are harmless or even needed.
     
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