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Windows 7: Strange appearance of Shortcut Icons

18 Aug 2014   #1
markaz

Windows 7 Home Premium x64
 
 
Strange appearance of Shortcut Icons

Hello-

Years ago I created a folder and named it Applinks. The folder contains shortcuts of various programs that I frequently use. In creating the folder I would find the application then Send To > Desktop as Shortcut then drag and drop the shortcut into the folder. The location of the folder is C:\Applinks. The folder is opened from the RocketDock program.

In no other folder on the computer does this strange presentation of shortcut icons occur. Interestingly, when the items are viewed as Extra Large Icons the black boxes are not present. All other (list, details, small, etc) views and the black boxes are present.

It kind of looks like it might be associated with the area where the shortcut arrow normally is. I've had it set for the arrow to not be visible for 4 years. In the registry the value for the 29 string value is C:\Windows\Blank.ico,0. What in the world might I be dealing with here?




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18 Aug 2014   #2
Layback Bear

Windows 7 Pro. 64/SP-1
 
 

How long have you been using IObit anything. Their products cause many strange things to happen. You could be one update of IObit away from disaster.

So called clean up, tune up, registry fixers, ect. can cause these problems in a heart beat.

Can you use a Restore Point before this happened.
It would be the easiest way to fix the problem.

You could also consider what programs you just installed or updated that is causing the problem.
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18 Aug 2014   #3
markaz

Windows 7 Home Premium x64
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Layback Bear View Post
How long have you been using IObit anything. Their products cause many strange things to happen. You could be one update of IObit away from disaster.
That's a remnant. Uninstalled it and any other IOBit program years ago.
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18 Aug 2014   #4
Layback Bear

Windows 7 Pro. 64/SP-1
 
 

I totally recommend removing any part of IObits. IF you can find it remove it.

Why would you keep in a special folder a icon of a program you remove years ago?
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18 Aug 2014   #5
markaz

Windows 7 Home Premium x64
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Layback Bear View Post
I totally recommend removing any part of IObits. IF you can find it remove it.

Why would you keep in a special folder a icon of a program you remove years ago?
Nevermind. I came here for some information about the occurrence of that black box, not a reprimand for not removing shortcuts to programs that I removed years ago.
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18 Aug 2014   #6
Layback Bear

Windows 7 Pro. 64/SP-1
 
 

We need to know how your computer got the way it is to give proper guidance.
What made this happen all of a sudden.
You have JetClean, IObit, HijackThis and Glary on your system. Any one of them can cause these kinds of problems.
Do the icons still work?

Did you create these Icons using Gimp?

This may or may not help because we don't know what changed your icons.

By Brink:
Shortcut Arrow - Change, Remove, or Restore
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22 Aug 2014   #7
markaz

Windows 7 Home Premium x64
 
 

I did a SysRestore from a date 3 days prior to this occurring. Thanks.
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23 Aug 2014   #8
Layback Bear

Windows 7 Pro. 64/SP-1
 
 

You came for help and information and I'm happy it worked.

From my post # 2.

Quote:
Can you use a Restore Point before this happened.
It would be the easiest way to fix the problem.
Happy computing.
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