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i just noticed these three icons on my desk top i have no idea how or why they showed up i appreciate your help you guys are the best!!!!

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What is the Desktop.ini file?
This hidden file is placed in every folder to tell the operating system how to display and customize the viewing of that specific folder. For example, this allows a folder to have a custom icon.

Why did this file suddenly appear?
The file is typically set as both a hidden and system file. Most people start to notice the desktop.ini file after globally setting their system to show hidden system files and folders. Often it is most noticeable on the desktop. By resetting this setting to hide these files, the desktop.ini files will no longer be visible.
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NOTE Enabling the Hide protected operating system files (Recommended) setting in Folder Options hides the two Desktop.ini files, as well. To access the Folder Options, open Windows Explorer, click Organize, click Folder and Search Options and select the View tab.
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hi, and thank you for your time. I looked where you said and the settings where as you said they should be any other ideas?

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Hi jamiemad1,
Presently I don't have an idea as to why they just showed up like that, I was under the impression that the hidden file exercise would have fixed it, you could uncheck it and recheck it then reboot and see if that helps.

Have you run any scans on the computer, like OTL tool? I'm not asking you to run it. I ask because I have seen that tool create similar icons on the desktop before.

Edited by zep516, 12 November 2011 - 08:26 AM.

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It is odd they would just appear. You can certainly delete them. If Windows needs them, they will be rebuilt - and hopefully remain hidden. I would run your malware scanners to be sure all is clean.
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If I'm not mistaken I have seen TFC (Temporary File Cleaner) by oldtimer leave those type of icons on the desktop too.

Edited by zep516, 12 November 2011 - 08:57 AM.

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Hi again i did the recheck and reboot and they are gone :) thank you for your help that was strange but you made it an easy fix thank you.
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Great! I am glad you got it sorted out and thanks for the followup.
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Thank you Zep and digerati!!! You guys are great!! it is a great thing that you guys do here and i have much respect for you and your knowledge :) .

Edited by jamiemad1, 12 November 2011 - 10:43 AM.

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Your thanks are our paychecks - and make it all worthwhile! So thank you, and you are welcome.
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