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spyware question

mooo

thecyberninja
#1
Ok, I am working on neighbors computer and I am lost. I got rid of all the spyware BUT i am trying to change the desktop icon and it won't let me.. Its stuck on some spyware image and i can't edit/change in settings. I am thinking active desktop is on but I can't find the place to check.. Think of anything else that would cause this??
 

madmatt

Bow Down to the King
Political User
#2
XP?

Right click desktop
Properties
Desktop tab
Customize Desktop
Web tab

If the web tab is missing you need to use gpedit.msc (only available in Professional) to re-add it.

User Configuration
Administrative Templates
Desktop
Active Desktop
Enable Active Desktop = Enabled

Active Desktop is always on in XP Home/Professional.
 

j79zlr

Glaanies script monkey
Political User
#4
If it is the You computer Maybe Infected message, that is Spyaxe or WinHound, you need extra tools to remove these. Post a HijackThis log.
 

madmatt

Bow Down to the King
Political User
#5
RESOLUTION TO ADD WEB TAB
Click Start, Run and type REGEDIT

Navigate to the following keys:

HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Policies\Explorer
and
HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Policies\Explorer

Delete the two values NoActiveDesktopChanges & NoActiveDesktop in the right-pane

Navigate to the following keys:

HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Policies\ActiveDesktop
and
HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Policies\ActiveDesktop

Delete the value NoComponents in both the above locations.
 

mooo

thecyberninja
#6
I tried to do that regedit change, I can find the 1st key but not the others :( I am about to take SS of the desktop and post
 

mooo

thecyberninja
#10
ohh didn't see that 1st post you did j79 sorry :( was working on matt's idea first. Been a long week of work and dealing with peoples new pc's they messed with from xmas :( I will try that now
 

mooo

thecyberninja
#11
holy **** it worked haha.. j79zlr == the coolest.. might want to sticky that because DAMN it was helpful :p

btw thanks for all the help mattmatt and j79 :p
 

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