I use Win98SE. My 80G HD was only formatted two weeks ago. Most of my hardware is under 2 years old, and is pretty up to date. I use W98 because it's my preference.
I found that the true directory was where it belonged. It didn't show in the Windows directory, because Windows had decided to use the other one. I couldn't delete it at first because it was a "system file needed by Windows." Yet it allowed me to change its name. Finally, I succeeded in deleting it, though it did pop up again the next day, this time empty. This time it deleted okay, but now a new directory had appeared as C:\Windows\All Users\[my logon name]\Desktop. And Windows was now using THAT folder for my desktop screen. This time, all it had in it was desktop.ini, which I erased. But I haven't been able to delete the folder. With nothing in it, it still shows all my proper files and folders on the screen, but when I tried to delete it, my screen turned gray. Rebooting will get everything back on the screen, but still using that faux directory for it.
What can I do to delete this folder? I don't know the proper DOS commands. DOS doesn't seem to know the word "delete."
Secondly, what happened? Is this malware? If so, I need some clues as to which one it might be, because most AV programs get only a small chunk of what there is to find. It could take weeks to use every scanner there is.
Is this a known behavior of some kind of malware?
Until I can resolve this problem, my Desktop isn't really my Desktop.
I'll appreciate all the help offered,