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Opaque rectangles behind desktop icons

Discussion in 'Windows XP' started by Mark Tangard, Feb 10, 2010.

  1. Mark Tangard

    Mark Tangard Flightless Bird

    Searching on this issue brings up many mentions of it, but often-offered
    solution isn't working for us.

    The labels on one of my user's desktop icons have acquired a white
    rectangular background. Tried unchecking 'Lock Web Items...' in Arrange
    Icons, and unchecking 'Use Drop Shadows' in System Performance Visual
    Effects. No change. What could be the cause? Any clues appreciated. This
    is a WinXP system with SP3, nothing recently installed or removed.

    MT
     
  2. Shenan Stanley

    Shenan Stanley Flightless Bird

    Mark Tangard wrote:
    > Searching on this issue brings up many mentions of it, but
    > often-offered solution isn't working for us.
    >
    > The labels on one of my user's desktop icons have acquired a white
    > rectangular background. Tried unchecking 'Lock Web Items...' in
    > Arrange Icons, and unchecking 'Use Drop Shadows' in System
    > Performance Visual Effects. No change. What could be the cause? Any
    > clues appreciated. This is a WinXP system with SP3, nothing
    > recently installed or removed.


    You want the "Use Drop Shadows" checked, not unchecked. ;-)

    --
    Shenan Stanley
    MS-MVP
    --
    How To Ask Questions The Smart Way
    http://www.catb.org/~esr/faqs/smart-questions.html
     
  3. Alan Edwards

    Alan Edwards Flightless Bird

    Four things are required for transparent icon backgrounds:

    1.Control Panel-System-Advanced-Performance Settings.
    Check "Use drop shadows for icon labels on the desktop" on the Visual
    Effects tab.

    2.Right-click on Desktop - "Arrange Icons by" and ensure Lock Web
    items is cleared.

    3.Transparency will not work if you have web content on your desktop,
    Control Panel - Display Properties - Desktop tab - Customize Desktop -
    Web tab. Clear all check boxes.

    4. Ensure the Wallpaper is an image file not HTML.

    ....Alan
    --
    Alan Edwards, MS MVP Windows - Internet Explorer
    http://dts-l.com/index.htm



    On Wed, 10 Feb 2010 00:08:51 -0800, in
    microsoft.public.windowsxp.general, Mark Tangard
    <mtangard@speakeasy.net> wrote:

    >Searching on this issue brings up many mentions of it, but often-offered
    >solution isn't working for us.
    >
    >The labels on one of my user's desktop icons have acquired a white
    >rectangular background. Tried unchecking 'Lock Web Items...' in Arrange
    >Icons, and unchecking 'Use Drop Shadows' in System Performance Visual
    >Effects. No change. What could be the cause? Any clues appreciated. This
    >is a WinXP system with SP3, nothing recently installed or removed.
    >
    >MT
     
  4. Jose

    Jose Flightless Bird

    On Feb 10, 3:08 am, Mark Tangard <mtang...@speakeasy.net> wrote:
    > Searching on this issue brings up many mentions of it, but often-offered
    > solution isn't working for us.
    >
    > The labels on one of my user's desktop icons have acquired a white
    > rectangular background. Tried unchecking 'Lock Web Items...' in Arrange
    > Icons, and unchecking 'Use Drop Shadows' in System Performance Visual
    > Effects. No change. What could be the cause? Any clues appreciated. This
    > is a WinXP system with SP3, nothing recently installed or removed.
    >
    > MT


    Same as Alan said, and then when you get done run some respectable
    scans for malicious software:

    There are a few things that can cause this and things to check.

    Right click an empty area on the desktop, choose Arrange Icons By,
    uncheck Lock Web Items on Desktop.

    Right click an empty area on the desktop, choose Properties, Desktop,
    Customize Desktop, display the Web
    tab information.

    If there is a web page listed and you did not add it, your computer is
    now or was infected with malware.

    The default desktop web page shows an unchevked entry called "My
    Current Home Page". If "My Current Home
    Page" is checked, uncheck it.

    Delete any other web page entries you did not add or set yourself on
    purpose. The wallpaper cannot be
    an HTML file.

    Right click My Computer, Properties, Advanced, Performance Settings,
    Visual Effects, scroll down in the list
    and put a check in the "Use drop shadows for icon labels on the
    desktop" box, click OK.


    Download, install, update and do a full scan with these free malware
    detection programs:

    Malwarebytes (MBAM): http://malwarebytes.org/
    SUPERAntiSpyware: (SAS): http://www.superantispyware.com/

    They can be uninstalled later if desired.
     
  5. Mark Tangard

    Mark Tangard Flightless Bird

    Many thanks, Shenan/Alan/Jose, for the help. I did notice conflicting advice in
    posts re the Drop Shadow box, but neither setting helped. However, the user now
    says he noticed some web thingie (didn't elaborate & I'm not there), removed it,
    and has a rectangle-free desktop. Thanks again.

    MT

    Jose wrote:
    > On Feb 10, 3:08 am, Mark Tangard <mtang...@speakeasy.net> wrote:
    >
    >>Searching on this issue brings up many mentions of it, but often-offered
    >>solution isn't working for us.
    >>
    >>The labels on one of my user's desktop icons have acquired a white
    >>rectangular background. Tried unchecking 'Lock Web Items...' in Arrange
    >>Icons, and unchecking 'Use Drop Shadows' in System Performance Visual
    >>Effects. No change. What could be the cause? Any clues appreciated. This
    >>is a WinXP system with SP3, nothing recently installed or removed.
    >>
    >>MT

    >
    >
    > Same as Alan said, and then when you get done run some respectable
    > scans for malicious software:
    >
    > There are a few things that can cause this and things to check.
    >
    > Right click an empty area on the desktop, choose Arrange Icons By,
    > uncheck Lock Web Items on Desktop.
    >
    > Right click an empty area on the desktop, choose Properties, Desktop,
    > Customize Desktop, display the Web
    > tab information.
    >
    > If there is a web page listed and you did not add it, your computer is
    > now or was infected with malware.
    >
    > The default desktop web page shows an unchevked entry called "My
    > Current Home Page". If "My Current Home
    > Page" is checked, uncheck it.
    >
    > Delete any other web page entries you did not add or set yourself on
    > purpose. The wallpaper cannot be
    > an HTML file.
    >
    > Right click My Computer, Properties, Advanced, Performance Settings,
    > Visual Effects, scroll down in the list
    > and put a check in the "Use drop shadows for icon labels on the
    > desktop" box, click OK.
    >
    >
    > Download, install, update and do a full scan with these free malware
    > detection programs:
    >
    > Malwarebytes (MBAM): http://malwarebytes.org/
    > SUPERAntiSpyware: (SAS): http://www.superantispyware.com/
    >
    > They can be uninstalled later if desired.
    >
    >
     
  6. Jose

    Jose Flightless Bird

    On Feb 12, 11:00 pm, Mark Tangard <mtang...@speakeasyyyyyy.net> wrote:
    > Many thanks, Shenan/Alan/Jose, for the help.  I did notice conflicting advice in
    > posts re the Drop Shadow box, but neither setting helped. However, the user now
    > says he noticed some web thingie (didn't elaborate & I'm not there), removed it,
    > and has a rectangle-free desktop. Thanks again.
    >
    > MT
    >
    >
    >
    > Jose wrote:
    > > On Feb 10, 3:08 am, Mark Tangard <mtang...@speakeasy.net> wrote:

    >
    > >>Searching on this issue brings up many mentions of it, but often-offered
    > >>solution isn't working for us.

    >
    > >>The labels on one of my user's desktop icons have acquired a white
    > >>rectangular background. Tried unchecking 'Lock Web Items...' in Arrange
    > >>Icons, and unchecking 'Use Drop Shadows' in System Performance Visual
    > >>Effects. No change. What could be the cause? Any clues appreciated. This
    > >>is a WinXP system with SP3, nothing recently installed or removed.

    >
    > >>MT

    >
    > > Same as Alan said, and then when you get done run some respectable
    > > scans for malicious software:

    >
    > > There are a few things that can cause this and things to check.

    >
    > > Right click an empty area on the desktop, choose Arrange Icons By,
    > > uncheck Lock Web Items on Desktop.

    >
    > > Right click an empty area on the desktop, choose Properties, Desktop,
    > > Customize Desktop, display the Web
    > > tab information.

    >
    > > If there is a web page listed and you did not add it, your computer is
    > > now or was infected with malware.

    >
    > > The default desktop web page shows an unchevked entry called "My
    > > Current Home Page".  If "My Current Home
    > > Page" is checked, uncheck it.

    >
    > > Delete any other web page entries you did not add or set yourself on
    > > purpose.  The wallpaper cannot be
    > > an HTML file.

    >
    > > Right click My Computer, Properties, Advanced, Performance Settings,
    > > Visual Effects, scroll down in the list
    > > and put a check in the "Use drop shadows for icon labels on the
    > > desktop" box, click OK.

    >
    > > Download, install, update and do a full scan with these free malware
    > > detection programs:

    >
    > > Malwarebytes (MBAM):  http://malwarebytes.org/
    > > SUPERAntiSpyware: (SAS):  http://www.superantispyware.com/

    >
    > > They can be uninstalled later if desired.


    Good job and I fixed my copy/paste instructions typo.

    I would still run MBAM and SAS - if you didn't change this, something
    else did.
     
  7. Twayne

    Twayne Flightless Bird

    In news:-OgF8ZEGrKHA.4220@TK2MSFTNGP05.phx.gbl,
    Mark Tangard <mtangard@speakeasyyyyyy.net> typed:
    > Many thanks, Shenan/Alan/Jose, for the help. I did notice
    > conflicting advice in posts re the Drop Shadow box, but neither
    > setting helped. However, the user now says he noticed some web
    > thingie (didn't elaborate & I'm not there), removed it, and has a
    > rectangle-free desktop. Thanks again.
    > MT
    >
    > Jose wrote:
    >> On Feb 10, 3:08 am, Mark Tangard <mtang...@speakeasy.net> wrote:
    >>
    >>> Searching on this issue brings up many mentions of it, but
    >>> often-offered solution isn't working for us.
    >>>
    >>> The labels on one of my user's desktop icons have acquired a white
    >>> rectangular background. Tried unchecking 'Lock Web Items...' in
    >>> Arrange Icons, and unchecking 'Use Drop Shadows' in System
    >>> Performance Visual Effects. No change. What could be the cause? Any
    >>> clues appreciated. This is a WinXP system with SP3, nothing
    >>> recently installed or removed. MT

    >>
    >>
    >> Same as Alan said, and then when you get done run some respectable
    >> scans for malicious software:
    >>
    >> There are a few things that can cause this and things to check.
    >>
    >> Right click an empty area on the desktop, choose Arrange Icons By,
    >> uncheck Lock Web Items on Desktop.
    >>
    >> Right click an empty area on the desktop, choose Properties, Desktop,
    >> Customize Desktop, display the Web
    >> tab information.
    >>
    >> If there is a web page listed and you did not add it, your computer
    >> is now or was infected with malware.
    >>
    >> The default desktop web page shows an unchevked entry called "My
    >> Current Home Page". If "My Current Home
    >> Page" is checked, uncheck it.
    >>
    >> Delete any other web page entries you did not add or set yourself on
    >> purpose. The wallpaper cannot be
    >> an HTML file.
    >>
    >> Right click My Computer, Properties, Advanced, Performance Settings,
    >> Visual Effects, scroll down in the list
    >> and put a check in the "Use drop shadows for icon labels on the
    >> desktop" box, click OK.
    >>
    >>
    >> Download, install, update and do a full scan with these free malware
    >> detection programs:
    >>
    >> Malwarebytes (MBAM): http://malwarebytes.org/
    >> SUPERAntiSpyware: (SAS): http://www.superantispyware.com/
    >>
    >> They can be uninstalled later if desired.


    For one thing, you only hear from people with problems. People without
    problems have no reason in general to be posting, so you're not likely to
    see many of the happy users, who vastly outnumber the unhappy users by
    millions.
    You don't go into a new car dealer to buy a used car. So the new car
    dealer doesn't see the people who want used cars.
    --
    --
    Life is the only real counselor; wisdom unfiltered
    through personal experience does not become a
    part of the moral tissue.
     
  8. Unknown

    Unknown Flightless Bird

    ..
    > You don't go into a new car dealer to buy a used car. So the new car
    > dealer doesn't see the people who want used cars.


    Of course you do. That's the only 'safe' place to by a used car.
    What on earth are you thinking?
     
  9. mm

    mm Flightless Bird

    On Sat, 13 Feb 2010 15:19:45 -0500, "Twayne" <nobody@spamcop.net>
    wrote:

    >
    > You don't go into a new car dealer to buy a used car. So the new car
    >dealer doesn't see the people who want used cars.


    I do. 4 6o 7 years in advance. They seem to be able to tell I'm not
    going to buy now, and one guy didn't seem to like it. :)
     

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