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Windows 7: Desktop Keeps Auto-Refreshing

31 Jul 2011   #1

Windows 7 Home Premium (Service Pack 1) 64-bit.
Desktop and Start Menu Keeps Auto-Refreshing - Help Please?

I've recently started having an issue whereby my desktop icons (and by extension the icons in the start bar) keep refreshing. It's not a constant thing - usually several minutes pass between refreshes - and I'm not entirely sure what's triggering it or why it keeps on happening, still less how to go about fixing it.

A scheduled system scan for viruses last night came up negative, so did a quick scan I ran this evening. On the advice of a user in another thread about the same issue, I've also downloaded Malwarebytes and ran a full scan using that. The results are as follows:

Malwarebytes' Anti-Malware
Malwarebytes : Free anti-malware, anti-virus and spyware removal download

Database version: 7342

Windows 6.1.7601 Service Pack 1
Internet Explorer 9.0.8112.16421

01/08/2011 05:19:43
mbam-log-2011-08-01 (05-19-43).txt

Scan type: Full scan (C:\|D:\|)
Objects scanned: 380176
Time elapsed: 59 minute(s), 58 second(s)

Memory Processes Infected: 0
Memory Modules Infected: 0
Registry Keys Infected: 0
Registry Values Infected: 0
Registry Data Items Infected: 0
Folders Infected: 0
Files Infected: 0

Memory Processes Infected:
(No malicious items detected)

Memory Modules Infected:
(No malicious items detected)

Registry Keys Infected:
(No malicious items detected)

Registry Values Infected:
(No malicious items detected)

Registry Data Items Infected:
(No malicious items detected)

Folders Infected:
(No malicious items detected)

Files Infected:
(No malicious items detected)

A quick scan flagged up no irregularities, and a Windows Defender scan run two or three days previous also detected nothing. Is there anything that can be done to stop the desktop refreshing? It's really annoying and a little worrying, and any help to solve the issue would be gratefully appreciated.

My System SpecsSystem Spec
31 Jul 2011   #2

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Windows 7 Ult. x64 Windows 8.1 x64


Can you give us a little bit more detail about what you mean by "re-freshing"? For example:

1. Do the icon positions change?
2. Does your background change etc. etc.

My System SpecsSystem Spec
31 Jul 2011   #3

Windows 7 Home Premium (Service Pack 1) 64-bit.

The icon positions don't change and the background remains as-is. However every so often the icons on the desktop and start menu will flicker, vanish for a second, and then return. Whatever's happening doesn't seem to have any effect on the computer's behavior other than that, but it's pretty distracting to have the icons on my start menu suddenly flicker while in the middle of something else and I'm concerned that maybe something's up that needs seeing to.
My System SpecsSystem Spec

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