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Windows 7: Unwanted Files on Desktop

13 Apr 2010   #11
CommonTater

XP Pro SP3 X86 / Win7 Pro X86
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by qualister View Post
Weird, harmless, but irritating: Three files keep appearing on my [Win7 Ultimate] desktop, labeled "Appearance", Library" and "Saved Puzzles", none of which are used.

When the files are deleted, they reappear within minutes, without a reboot. Tried stopping "explorer" process in task manager, before deleting, but they still reappeared. Any suggestions would be greatly appreciated.
If these files re-appear by themselves they have to be being created by something and that something has to be running to do it...

Shut down all applications... Just you and your desktop... Take a look in task manager and see what's in there that doesn't need to be. Once you identify the nasty culprit simply uninstal it.


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14 Apr 2010   #12
qualister

Windows 7
 
 

Hi Common Tater

Nothing in Task Manager [no applications and no services, except wuaudt.exe and system idle process]. Should I be looking somewhere else?
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14 Apr 2010   #13
qualister

Windows 7
 
 

Thanks for hanging in there. Notepad file is attached.


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14 Apr 2010   #14
qualister

Windows 7
 
 
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Hi Richc46

Dragging the files into Documents gets them out of sight, but it would be nice to know where they are coming from.
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14 Apr 2010   #15
mpcrsc562

Windows 7 Ultimate x64
 
 

Would it help to have a screen shot of the task manager processes also?

Or maybe a Process Explorer screenshot?

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14 Apr 2010   #16
CommonTater

XP Pro SP3 X86 / Win7 Pro X86
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by qualister View Post
Thanks for hanging in there. Notepad file is attached.
Ahhhh... now I see it...

Take a look at your list... note that Sudoku.exe is on your desktop at 839,680 bytes...

Ok... what you've done is to put the actual program file on your desktop rather than putting it in Program Files and making a shortcut on your desktop. Sudoku now thinks your desktop is it's home folder and is creating the stray files.

Dump it and install it properly and I'm guessing your problem goes away....

For future... It is always better to put programs and files in their own folders. The desktop is for shortcuts... not files and certainly not programs.
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14 Apr 2010   #17
DarkStar GT

Windows Home Premium (64)
 
 

Well spotted, CommonTater
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14 Apr 2010   #18
CommonTater

XP Pro SP3 X86 / Win7 Pro X86
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by DarkStar GT View Post
Well spotted, CommonTater
I think I got lucky on that one... but thanks.
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14 Apr 2010   #19
jcgriff2

Windows 7 - Vista
 
 

I agree, nice eye.

Sudoku.exe is a game puzzle generator. It does in fact create folders named Save Puzzles, etc...

Download Sudoku.exe Free trial

Regards. . .

jcgriff2

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14 Apr 2010   #20
karlsnooks

MS Windows 7 Ultimate SP1 64-bit
 
 

I noticed that WOT gave that site an orange circle rather than green.
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