Solved I haved a random picture on my desk top that I cant delete

September 11, 2013 at 14:55:21
Specs: Windows XP
remove picture from desktop in xp
My home page comes up ok with all the required icons then a small picture of a house appears on the right side of the screen
It cant be highlighted or deleted for some reason

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January 4, 2015 at 17:32:06
Thanks shanna99 - could be.

Threads seem to stay open for ages on here these days.

I suspect it has already been handed in for repair by now.

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#1
September 11, 2013 at 16:09:15
"My home page comes up"
That is the page you get when you open your browser (Internet Explorer or whatever).
Is that what you mean or do you mean the desktop which arrives when you start your computer - the one with icons on?

Right click the file, choose Properties if it lets you, and see if you can tell us its name and file extension (such as picture.jpg).

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#2
September 12, 2013 at 11:43:39
Hi Grahamc,

Is it a file on the desktop or you are getting a picture on top of the desktop wallpaper?

If it is a file, try removing it from the safe mode. Restart the system and tap F8 for advance boot options. Select Safe mode and hit enter.

Once the file is removed, restart the system.

Thanks & Regards
Manshu S
#iworkfordell


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#3
September 12, 2013 at 11:46:09
Hi thanks for the response. It's the desktop screen I have checked all my folders and can't find this picture. Also when you click on the picture you can't delete it or highlight it or obtain any information on it ???? You can't drag it or place it in a folder

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#4
September 12, 2013 at 11:58:49
Hi Grahamc,

Could you upload a screenshot of you desktop somewhere and provide us the link of it so that we can see what exactly is causing this?

Thanks & Regards
Manshu S
#iworkfordell


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#5
September 12, 2013 at 11:59:48
So is it an icon with no name? If it has a name let us know what it is.

Just curious, temporarily change your desktop background wallpaper to something else and let us know if this picture (icon?) shows then.

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#6
September 12, 2013 at 12:26:30
Hi it's a picture ontop of the wall paper however if I change the wallpaper it still appears

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#7
September 12, 2013 at 12:27:38
Very weird then.

Does it look about the same size as a desktop icon?

Has it got a name?

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#8
September 12, 2013 at 12:52:13
no its about 4inches by 4inches and is a photo of a house

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#9
September 12, 2013 at 13:07:45
I'm going to fire up my XP upstairs. In the meantime, against the possibility of a virus, download, install, update and run this freebie (use green icon top right):
http://www.filehippo.com/download_m...
It often finds what your antivirus can miss. Let us know if it finds anything much.

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#10
September 12, 2013 at 13:40:13
I should have said that the Quick Scan of MalwareBytes is good enough - sorry if you went for the full one as it can take ages.

Assuming your issue is not a virus or malware, please do this:

Set both your screen saver (if any) and background to "None" and see if that helps.
I gather from your past response that you know how to do this. I'm still trying to decide just what this picture is about.

If the picture still appears then do this:
Right click the Start button and select Explorer, which should show your files and folders. The rest depends how you are set up but if there is a vertical scroll bar somewhere push it right up to the top. With luck you will see an entry for Desktop and if you double click it you will see all your desktop icons listed. Let us know if there is anything strange listed and if it has a name please provide it.

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#11
September 12, 2013 at 20:34:39
Complete the quick scan and still have the same issue
Reset screen saver and background still have same issue
Did a full scan same issue
also ran avg scan same issue

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#12
September 13, 2013 at 00:10:02
Can you respond to post #4 please.

If not, tell us EXACTLY why.


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#13
September 13, 2013 at 00:39:57
I will email you a copy of the desktop if you can confirm an email address if thats ok

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#14
September 13, 2013 at 00:41:52
"Could you upload"

Are you saying you don't know how to upload, email is not uploading.


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#15
September 13, 2013 at 09:08:00
As far as I know you should be able to upload a snap of your screen on heer if that's what you mean. When you reply just below where it says "Post Reply" there is an "Add a Screen Capture" option. You will need to browse to wherever your capture file has been saved.

Generally we don't use email on here - various reasons, one being that we would get inundated with emails about computer queries. We only help here in our free time.

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#16
September 14, 2013 at 15:17:27
screen picture
Did you receive a copy of my screen dump showing the picture of the house ?

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#17
September 14, 2013 at 15:35:47
"Did you receive a copy of my screen dump showing the picture of the house ?"
Yep.

It probably belongs to one of the programs on your desktop.

Unusual, never seen it happen before.
Right click on the house > Properties & see what it belongs to. This may be in Target: or Start in:


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#18
September 14, 2013 at 16:21:06
It looks just like part of a blue background to me, especially as you can't access it in any way (#3). What is showing in background settings?

It's a new one on me too.

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#19
September 14, 2013 at 22:17:09
The problem is you cant highlight the picture of the house and when you click on properties it reverts back to the Display Properties .

I have double checked all folders and pictures on the pc but cant find this picture anywhere ??? bloody frustrating !@#$%^&*()_+


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#20
September 15, 2013 at 00:09:26
Try searching for a file called wallpaper.bmp. If it shows up with the same picture try deleting it. Sometimes the last internet picture will glitch.

::mike


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#21
September 15, 2013 at 02:34:23
does it appear if you boot up in safemode?

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#22
September 15, 2013 at 11:54:25
I assume that the current appearance is still the same as when you posted the screen capture.

If so, right click the desktop (away from the picture) and go Properties > Desktop tab. On the small screen there does it show a blue background and is the house picture also showing in the right hand bottom corner?

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#23
September 15, 2013 at 18:55:47
Hi no it does not the background is all blue

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#24
September 16, 2013 at 07:56:09
Hi Grahamc,

Try creating another user account and check if the issue persist there as well. Steps of creating a new user account is on the link mentioned below:

http://dell.to/1eUZWsL

Let us know if the same picture appears on a different user account.

Thanks & Regards
Manshu S
#iworkfordell


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#25
September 16, 2013 at 14:53:16
See #24 first. Just out of curiosity do any of your listed (unused) backgrounds show this same house in any shape or form?

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#26
September 16, 2013 at 20:11:27
The picture appears about 60 seconds after the blue background wall paper appears on the screen
If you change the background then within 60 seconds or so the pictures appears on the screen

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#27
September 17, 2013 at 10:13:48
It still seems like a background screw up to me but the symptoms are most unusual.
Best try #24 next because that might tell us something.

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#28
September 18, 2013 at 05:28:49
Hi Grahamc,

Did you try creating a new user account to isolate the issue?

Please let us know so that we can help you further.

Thanks & Regards
Manshu S
#iworkfordell


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#29
September 18, 2013 at 20:42:16
I have decided to give the pc to a technician to look at due to the time its taking to resolve this issue

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#30
September 19, 2013 at 07:36:18
That might be for the best because sometimes "hands on" reveals something or other than doesn't come across in text. Thanks for letting us know and if you get a chance we would be very interested to hear what they made of it.

There is a possibility they will do System Restore on it. You could of-course do the same but it is only likely to be effective if you have an idea when the issue came along so that you could go back before it.

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#31
January 4, 2015 at 17:24:36
Ok so I know this thread is way old, and is probably closed. But it was in my list of related`solutions and while I was reading through it I thought of something that others didn't mention (that I saw.) I wonder if it had something to do with allowing web content on the desktop?
display properties
desktop
customize desktop
web

Just a thought., especially since they hadn't replied back as to what it might have been.

OMG don't judge me!


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#32
January 4, 2015 at 17:32:06
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Thanks shanna99 - could be.

Threads seem to stay open for ages on here these days.

I suspect it has already been handed in for repair by now.

Always pop back and let us know the outcome - thanks


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#33
January 4, 2015 at 17:37:42
Oh, I am sure it was. But I just kind of got excited that I might have thought of something you guys didn't :-) haha

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