What is this?

Discussion in 'Windows Desktop Systems' started by bobsalot, Aug 20, 2006.

  1. bobsalot

    bobsalot Boooooooooooooooooooom

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    This 'my computer' banner is stuck on my screen. it doesnt disappear even when i open and close windows on top of it. it is semitransparent, doesnt move and doesnt respond to 'right clicks'. what is it and how do i remove it?
     

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  2. madmatt

    madmatt Bow Down to the King Political User

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    Right click your Desktop
    Arrange Icons By
    Uncheck "Show Desktop Icons" and see if it goes away
     
  3. bobsalot

    bobsalot Boooooooooooooooooooom

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    i tried that, nothing happened. but i logged off and back on and it was gone. dunno what it was.
     
  4. Bman

    Bman OSNN Veteran Original

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    scan for a virus, can't think of anything else, unless active desktop some how was enabled.
     
  5. madmatt

    madmatt Bow Down to the King Political User

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    Active Desktop is always on in Windows XP.
     
  6. ming

    ming OSNN Advanced

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    I thought it was a bit weird to see the "Restore Active Desktop" error on one of the display PCs at work last week. Didn't realise XP had this feature. :p
     
  7. Bman

    Bman OSNN Veteran Original

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    Well then, could this of been a spyware type attachment, or something?
     
  8. madmatt

    madmatt Bow Down to the King Political User

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    I believe it was "left over" and if he refreshed the desktop (F5 or Right Click, Refresh) it would have gone away. It's not necessarily something bad such as malware or a virus.
     
  9. LeeJend

    LeeJend Moderator

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    A program terminated improperly and left that display window in video memory so it kept on displaying. It happens occasionally, not nearly as often as it used to.

    Ignore it unless it comes back.
     
  10. VenomXt

    VenomXt Blame me for the RAZR's Folding Team

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    Reboot and see if it fixes it.
     
  11. kcnychief

    kcnychief █▄█ ▀█▄ █ Political User Folding Team

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    I agree, I have had icons get stuck/hung like that before and performing one of those actions usually fix it. I would say definitely not a virus or malware myself

    Or you could read above and see that he already fixed it by logging off and back on again :D