desktop locked up by htm file

October 22, 2008 at 18:59:35
Specs: XP Pro SP2, AMD 1.75G

I recently got zapped by VIRUS ALERT! and have spent considerable time cleaning out the multiple trojans it installed on my machine. I used SDFix and Combofix. All that remains now is my desktop is locked up with the following html as background (pure white b/gnd but at least my icons are still visible luckily). I cannot change the desktop from this.

Note the reference to C:\WINDOWS\privacy_danger\index.htm

Privacy_danger was one of the trojans removed.

Rightclicking on-screen, I get this source informaton:

<!DOCTYPE HTML PUBLIC "-//W3C//DTD HTML 4.0 Transitional//EN">
<!----
***** This file is automatically generated by Microsoft Windows *****
--------><HTML><HEAD>
<META http-equiv=Content-Type
content="text/html; charset=x-user-defined"></HEAD>
<BODY
style="BORDER-RIGHT: medium none; BORDER-TOP: medium none; BORDER-LEFT: medium none; BORDER-BOTTOM: medium none"
bottomMargin=0 bgColor=#004e98 leftMargin=0
background=file:///C:/Documents%20and%20Settings/User/Local%20Settings/Application%20Data/Microsoft/Wallpaper1.bmp
topMargin=0 rightMargin=0><IFRAME id=0
style="Z-INDEX: 1000; BACKGROUND: none transparent scroll repeat 0% 0%; LEFT: 0px; WIDTH: 1024px; POSITION: absolute; TOP: 0px; HEIGHT: 734px"
name=DeskMovrW marginWidth=0 marginHeight=0
src="file:///C:\WINDOWS\privacy_danger\index.htm" frameBorder=0
subscribed_url="" resizeable="XY"> </IFRAME>
<OBJECT id=ActiveDesktopMover
style="LEFT: 0px; VISIBILITY: hidden; WIDTH: 0px; POSITION: absolute; TOP: 0px; HEIGHT: 0px; container: positioned; zIndex: 5"
classid=clsid:72267F6A-A6F9-11D0-BC94-00C04FB67863></OBJECT>
<OBJECT id=ActiveDesktopMoverW
style="Z-INDEX: 999; LEFT: 0px; VISIBILITY: hidden; WIDTH: 1px; POSITION: absolute; TOP: 0px; HEIGHT: 734px; container: positioned"
classid=clsid:72267F6A-A6F9-11D0-BC94-00C04FB67863></OBJECT> 
</BODY></HTML>

How do I get Windows normal desktop back? Thanks


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#1
October 22, 2008 at 19:24:25

Go to start> control panel> display> desktop> customize desktop> web> put a check it the box beside everything except "my current home page" (unless you put it there)> then click delete> ok. This should return the desktop, you may have to reset the color.

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#2
October 22, 2008 at 19:56:22

Thankyou jabuck, all fixed, - you're perfectly brilliant!

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#3
October 22, 2008 at 20:03:29

Glad we could help.

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