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Windows 7: Icon appears on desktop out of nowhere

12 Feb 2012   #11
eknirb

Windows 7 Home Premium 64bit.
 
 

so you mean if the program updates itself, it pops the icon onto the desktop?


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12 Feb 2012   #12
Infinite

Windows 7 Ultimate SP1 - 64 Bit
 
 

Try this too:
Icon Cache - Rebuild
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12 Feb 2012   #13
whs
Microsoft MVP

Vista, Windows7, Mint Mate, Zorin, Windows 8
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by eknirb View Post
so you mean if the program updates itself, it pops the icon onto the desktop?
Yes, some do that. Not sure when and why but I had that happen to me too.
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13 Feb 2012   #14
Saint Andrew

MS Windows 7 Home Premium 64-bit SP1
 
 

Run your Anti-Virus and Malware. Also, boot into Safe Mode.
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13 Feb 2012   #15
bug67

Windows 7 X64 Professional
 
 

I can think of several programs that re-install desktop icons when they auto-update. Google Earth certainly does. iTunes does.

As whs stated, some of these things get installed with other installations. You have to be careful if you don't want "extras" installed. Seems everything I install wants me to install Chrome and make it my default browser.

I'm not sure about others but, if you don't want Google auto-updating, go to Start Menu and type in "Task Scheduler." From there, you can disable any Google auto-updates.
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15 Feb 2012   #16
JZS

Windows 7 Home Premium 64bit
 
 

FTR, after installing several windows updates earlier today, and rebooting my machine, I now have a desktop icon for "Norton Internet Security" which was not there before the reboot. I am running NIS on this machine, but just as was mentioned in the OP, the NIS desktop icon appeared out of nowhere.
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15 Feb 2012   #17
whs
Microsoft MVP

Vista, Windows7, Mint Mate, Zorin, Windows 8
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by JZS View Post
FTR, after installing several windows updates earlier today, and rebooting my machine, I now have a desktop icon for "Norton Internet Security" which was not there before the reboot. I am running NIS on this machine, but just as was mentioned in the OP, the NIS desktop icon appeared out of nowhere.
Yeah, NIS does that after nearly every NIS update. Just delete it.
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