Solved Transparent Desktop Icons after System Restore

December 25, 2011 at 19:59:31
Specs: Windows Vista, Intel Pentium Dual Core Processor E5200/6GB
Hopefully I categorized correctly. I know that there is a separate Virus form, but my question has more to do with Vista than Viruses.

I recently recovered from a virus attack, and performed a System Restore. After the restore, several of the items on my desktop(pretty much all multimedia, pictures, video), appear as transparent. These items were not visible on my desktop during the virus attack. The icons are now visible after the restore, but transparent. Right clicking and selecting the properties reveal that they are now listed as "hidden".

I've run two virus scans since the restore, one with Trend Micro Internet Security and one with Malwarebytes. I ran Trend first, and it detected and quarantined the rest(hopefully) of the troublesome items. I've since deleted them from the quarantine. I ran Malwarebytes after that and it didn't turn up any malicious items. So, I'm thinking I'm clean. My question is, are the hidden items safe to use and be made visible again? Thanks for any help!

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December 27, 2011 at 14:52:29
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LOL, I love that virus..

Go into C:\Users\(yours) and right click on each folder and check the hidden attribute at the bottom. Every folder you see in there should not be hidden, so uncheck the button for each and restart.

Sometime's this doesn't always work, so if it's still giving you problems, I have another idea.

Hope this helps!

- Jonas

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December 27, 2011 at 21:48:45

I did as you said and made the following hidden Folders in C:\Users\(mine), unhidden(these were the only that were hidden in that folder):


yet, the files on my desktop, including some folders and files within, are still listed as hidden. I have accessed some of these files and folders without trouble, and subsequent virus scans have turned up clean(thankfully). There is one quarantined virus that Trend won't allow me to delete, but it is in quarantine. Is there any other way to make these viewable, without going to each one and unchecking the "hidden" box? Am I correct in assuming that I am safe? I'd definitely like to hear your other idea. Thanks for your help!


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December 28, 2011 at 12:40:34
I laughed because a few years ago I created a virus just like this.. good times..

Well, if your icons are still being shown as hidden, did you apply that to the subfolders and files too? If they are still transparent, then something is still active.. or your registry needs to be corrected.

Go to and download a program called Spybot - Search and Destroy, that will scan your system for any other trails that trojan might have left.

The results of that scan will let me know what to do next :)

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January 1, 2012 at 21:08:48
I may have misunderstood, I did apply to subfolders and files, but I didn't uncheck the hidden attribute on every folder in C:\Users\(mine), I only unchecked the ones that were already hidden. I'm going to go ahead and uncheck the ones that aren't hidden and unhide anyway(so it will apply to the subfolders, etc..), will restart again in the AM and see what happens.

Also, here are the results of the scan from the program that you recommended I download(a screen capture, as I didn't see a way for me to export as a text file):

Only one result wasn't a cookie, "PlayPickle" which I expanded and is visible on the scrreen capture.

Also sorry it took a while to get back, been busy the last couple of days. Thanks again!


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January 3, 2012 at 07:28:13
Hi JC,

Thank you for providing the screenshot, it was very helpful. But from the looks of it, it did not capture the actual virus itself, which kind of worries me.

What were the results of unchecking the hidden attribute? Did that fix the icon issue?

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January 3, 2012 at 14:11:05
Jonas, actually it seems to have fixed the icon issue! I guess I did misunderstand what you meant at the outset.

I scanned my system with each program mentioned in this thread(Trend, Malwarebytes and Spybot), and none turned up any malicious items.

Do you think I might have this licked finally?


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January 4, 2012 at 11:17:54
I think so, yes.. if you ran Spybot and all those other tools and they all came up empty, I would consider yourself golden.


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January 4, 2012 at 12:12:25
Indeed, thank you! I guess I ought to mark your first post as the best answer, but truly, all your posts were very helpful! Thanks again!


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