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Some Desktop Icons turned into a default Icon

  1. #1

    Posts : 92
    W.8.1 Pro Update 1

    Some Desktop Icons turned into a default Icon

    What did I do this time! I got a nasty Malware program "WeCare" from the Imgburn Install (I think) and ran Malwarebytes Anti-Malware to get rid of all the stuff it put in the registry. That seemed to work. I also ran CCleaner a couple of times. Again that seemed to work. However, now SOME of the shortcuts that I created for standalone programs - IBT, HWinfo, Prime95, SSDLife, and RegEdit show as a blank page with the upper right corner folded. I have also run into this issue on a W7 system but managed to force Windows to pick up an Icon from a different source. So...any idea on who or what is causing this problem would be appreciated. What file can I delete that would cause Windows to rebuild the Desktop Icons?

    I found a .bat file that deletes the Icon Cache and rebuilds it. That solves my immediate issue...but...still curious on who or what caused specific Icons to go to default or whatever.

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  2. #2

    Posts : 22,576
    64-bit Windows 10

    Hello Ken,

    It's caused when the icon cache that Windows uses to load preloaded icons from gets corrupted. In your case, I would say the malware or one of the actions used to remove the malware corrupted it.

    Rebuilding the icon cache solves the issue by forcing Windows to clear the corrupted icon cache and preload a fresh copy of the icons in the cache again.

    Icon Cache - Rebuild - Windows 7 Help Forums

    It's nothing to worry about. The icon cache tends to be easily corrupted.
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  3. #3

    Sloe Deth, Californicatia
    Posts : 3,908
    Windows 8 Pro with Media Center/Windows 7

    I'm amazed that these quality programs have soe of the worst Malware and as close to actual viruses as a virus!

    Some 3rd party apps have the Icon Cache rebuilder but they are paid apps, but I think D7 can do it, It has an Icon Cache rebuilder in it, it automates the process.

    d7 Free - Computer Technician - PC Repair Software -Foolish IT LLC

    Its in the Maintenance section, do not use anything else, it is a prety advanced program, and you can brick your PC if you use it without knwoing what you are doing. The Dev Site is heavily documented.
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