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Windows 7: Green Check marks appearing on desktop icons, what causes this?

22 Aug 2015   #1
Ethion21

Windows 7 Ultimate x64
 
 
Green Check marks appearing on desktop icons, what causes this?

I've been running windows 7 for quite awhile. A couple days ago suddenly some of the icons on my desktop have green checkmarks. I've tried to research it and saw info about backups with norton 360 and I went in and disabled the overlay but these check marks don't look like the ones in screen shots from other people. I've searched all over on google and haven't been able to find any image of checkmarks that look like these.

I'm stumped....

They only appear on some of the desktop icons. There isn't any pattern I can see. Some are on folders but not all folders, some are on shortcuts but not all shortcuts, and some are on files but not all. When I look at file manager and go to the desktop in file manager the icons all look normal. When I create new folders they don't have check marks.

Here is an image of some icons

https://drive.google.com/file/d/0Bxs...Fl6WkV1ajlJYVE

Thanks for any help!


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22 Aug 2015   #2
rvcjew

7 Pro x64, 10 Pro x64
 
 

Do you have norton installed or a type of backup program like sugarsync? http://answers.microsoft.com/en-us/w...c-eb9a60e7c423
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22 Aug 2015   #3
UsernameIssues

W7 Pro SP1 64bit
 
 

Those overlay icons are usually identified in this registry key:
Code:
HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Explorer\ShellIconOverlayIdentifiers
If you look in the via regedit, you can probably tell the name of the app that is putting the green check mark there.
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22 Aug 2015   #4
rvcjew

7 Pro x64, 10 Pro x64
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by UsernameIssues View Post
Those overlay icons are usually identified in this registry key:
Code:
HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Explorer\ShellIconOverlayIdentifiers
If you look in the via regedit, you can probably tell the name of the app that is putting the green check mark there.
Great info! Will put this in my advice folder.
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22 Aug 2015   #5
Ethion21

Windows 7 Ultimate x64
 
 

Well I figured out what the icon was from. Looks like google uses that icon in google drive to represent files that have been synced. That doesn't really explain why some of the random icons on my desktop would look like that? The link below shows the overlays in my registry. Looks like I have a bunch of them...

https://drive.google.com/file/d/0Bxs...ew?usp=sharing
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22 Aug 2015   #6
Ethion21

Windows 7 Ultimate x64
 
 

Also no I don't have any backup programs other than the one that is included with Norton 360. I have disabled the overlays in that one.

Is there a way I can reset the icons? Maybe something went bad and did this?
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22 Aug 2015   #7
rvcjew

7 Pro x64, 10 Pro x64
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Ethion21 View Post
Also no I don't have any backup programs other than the one that is included with Norton 360. I have disabled the overlays in that one.

Is there a way I can reset the icons? Maybe something went bad and did this?
So nothing showed up at the reg entry?
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22 Aug 2015   #8
Ztruker

Windows 10 Pro X64
 
 

Looks like one of the cloud backup services like Mediafire or Dropbox.
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22 Aug 2015   #9
Ethion21

Windows 7 Ultimate x64
 
 

I also tried moving the icons to a new folder. In the new folder they don't have any check mark. However when I move them back they again have the checkmark. When I move an icon without a checkmark into a folder and back it doesn't get a checkmark.
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22 Aug 2015   #10
Ethion21

Windows 7 Ultimate x64
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by rvcjew View Post
Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Ethion21 View Post
Also no I don't have any backup programs other than the one that is included with Norton 360. I have disabled the overlays in that one.

Is there a way I can reset the icons? Maybe something went bad and did this?
So nothing showed up at the reg entry?
yes I posted a link for showing my registry but for some reason it says it needs approval by the moderator....

I'll try again..

https://drive.google.com/file/d/0Bxs...ew?usp=sharing
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