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Windows 7: Icons showing up as grey squares; like little pages (image attached)

20 Jan 2015   #1
btownsend

Windows 7 64 bit
 
 
Icons showing up as grey squares; like little pages (image attached)

About a week ago most of the icons on my computer started showing up as if a small grey page icon were placed over them. Please see attachment.

I thought perhaps this was a virus and ran Microsoft Security Essentials, Spybot S&D, and Malwarebytes but nothing was found.

I have tried going into file folders and selecting different viewing options like Large Icons, Small Icons, Details and nothing seems to get rid of this oddity.

Any suggestions as to what might be happening and how to rid it?

Thank you,
Bill




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20 Jan 2015   #2
ShoTTaS

Windows 7 Pro 32bit
 
 

Right Click File > Customize > Restore Default.
post back your result..
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20 Jan 2015   #3
ShoTTaS

Windows 7 Pro 32bit
 
 

In the library pictures .. right click file> open folder location > right another file on the window that will pop-up > Customize> Restore Default.
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20 Jan 2015   #4
Sir George

Windows 7 Professional x64
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by btownsend View Post
About a week ago most of the icons on my computer started showing up as if a small grey page icon were placed over them. Please see attachment.

I thought perhaps this was a virus and ran Microsoft Security Essentials, Spybot S&D, and Malwarebytes but nothing was found.

I have tried going into file folders and selecting different viewing options like Large Icons, Small Icons, Details and nothing seems to get rid of this oddity.

Any suggestions as to what might be happening and how to rid it?

Thank you,
Bill
Did you install any new software? Were any Windows updates installed? Have you tried to use system restore?
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21 Jan 2015   #5
btownsend

Windows 7 64 bit
 
 

Tried that and it doesn't change anything.
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21 Jan 2015   #6
btownsend

Windows 7 64 bit
 
 

Tried this possible solution but it didn't change anything.
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21 Jan 2015   #7
ShoTTaS

Windows 7 Pro 32bit
 
 

Have you already tried what sir George suggested? a System Restore?
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21 Jan 2015   #8
btownsend

Windows 7 64 bit
 
 

My laptop can't do a system restore. Lenovo has never figured this out. I haven't added any new software. I have run scans and nothing malicious shows up.
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21 Jan 2015   #9
Sir George

Windows 7 Professional x64
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by btownsend View Post
My laptop can't do a system restore. Lenovo has never figured this out. I haven't added any new software. I have run scans and nothing malicious shows up.
Visit the following link and post back at what point does the System Restore fail;

System Restore
(If System Restore is turned "Off" there will be no restore points)

You could also try using system file checker;

SFC /SCANNOW Command - System File Checker
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21 Jan 2015   #10
btownsend

Windows 7 64 bit
 
 

The earliest restore point was Jan. 13. I restored and still have the issue of the grey page-like icons appearing.

This really baffles me. I hadn't loaded any new software but there were 2 updates from Microsoft on the 14 and 15th which I reverted to before those dates with System Restore.
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