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Windows 7: Checkboxes on Win7 desktop icons - need it removed, tried folder optio

13 Oct 2013   #11

x64 (6.3.9600) Win8.1 Pro & soon dual boot x64 (6.1.7601) Win7_SP1 HomePrem

Clean install might be a bit overkill at this point, but it always is an option.

Besides Norton, there are also other apps that add an overlay to indicate the status of some operation (i.e. dropbox sync)
Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Ramesh Srinivasan @ winhelponline
Green Tick or Blue Arrows Icon Overlay Displayed for Files in Windows Explorer

One of our readers wrote telling that in Windows Explorer some files are shown with tick mark in a green box and some with chevron in a blue box regardless of the file type. Here is a screenshot explaining the situation.

After Googling the GUIDs, it was noted that the entries were added by Norton 360. Norton 360 v2 adds a feature called "Backup Status Indicators" which clearly identifies which files have been backed up, which files are pending backup and which are excluded from backup. This feature is responsible for the Tick mark (green box) and double arrow (blue box) overlay icons.
Quoting PCMag:
A check in a green box means the fileís backup is current, while a chevron (Ľ) character in a blue box indicates a file thatís been changed since its last backup. Files excluded from the backup set display a slash in a gray box.
If you donít need the backup indicators feature you can turn it off by clicking Settings in the Norton 360 main window, disabling the Backup Status Indicators check box and clicking Close.

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13 Oct 2013   #12
Microsoft MVP


I disagree that a Clean Reinstall is ever overkill if the current OS is factory pre-installed Win7.

Such an install is hobbled by corrupting, badly written bloatware and useless duplicate utilities that interfere with better versions in Win7.

Users stuck with this have the worst possible install one can have. Many have literally never experienced Win7 in its native perfect form.

For this reason most tech enthusiasts will Clean Reinstall - Factory OEM Windows 7. Countless thousands we have helped reinstall would never consider going back.
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13 Oct 2013   #13

Windows 7 desktop

Thanks for all the responses.I tried the uncheck "View folder options" like Ztrucker mentioned here. I didn't complete the sentence, but that's what I did.

1. Press Windows Logo Key + E to open Windows Explorer.
2. Click Organize then Folders and Search Options then View tab.
3. Untick Use checkboxes to select items then hit OK.

screenshot attached. Yes, I have Norton AV. These tick marks appeared one fine day..hence my surprise.

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Checkboxes on Win7 desktop icons - need it removed, tried folder optio-desktop-icons.jpg  
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13 Oct 2013   #14
Microsoft MVP


Those look similar to Skydrive Sync checkmarks which appear when you Sync, Backup and Store your Files to the Cloud with Skydrive - Windows 7 Forums.

However they're not exact and wouldn't also have the blue alternative arrow shown.

Do you have a Sync program, perhaps some factory OEM crapware running which you may not know about? If unsure I'd establish a Clean boot so that the only thing starting with Win7 is your AV - step 3 in Troubleshooting Steps for Windows 7.

If you'd like to have complete control of the OS with no such mysteries I'd abandon the Factory preinstall for true native perfect Win7 with a Clean Reinstall - Factory OEM Windows 7, or at least Clean Up Factory Bloatware
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13 Oct 2013   #15

W7 Pro SP1 64bit

Check this registry key:

Checkboxes on Win7 desktop icons - need it removed, tried folder optio-overlay1.png

The info in the screenshot above is from a default W7 install with no additional overlays.

The info in the screenshot below is from a W7 install with Mozy's online backup app installed.

Checkboxes on Win7 desktop icons - need it removed, tried folder optio-overlay2.png

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14 Oct 2013   #16

x64 (6.3.9600) Win8.1 Pro & soon dual boot x64 (6.1.7601) Win7_SP1 HomePrem

What version Norton are you running and is it Norton 360?

See this to turn off Norton 360 backup settings optins:

Why they started appearing is another mystery, assuming of course that they are Norton related.

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18 Sep 2014   #17

windows 7 home edition

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by kumarc View Post
I see checkboxes in a green square box at the left bottom corner of desktop icons (for xls, txt, jpg etc.) in Win 7. This is annoying. How do I remove this? Is it a malware? I tried Start > Folder options > View..doesn't work.
Thanks in advance for the suggestions.
i have the same problem ; is there any solutions for that ??????
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19 Sep 2014   #18

Windows 10 Pro X64

MediaFire also puts checkmarks in a gree box there.
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