"fake" Internet Explorer folder on desktop

I somehow created an Internet Explorer folder icon on my desktop. The regular blue "e" is there also. The folder icon does not allow me to delete it. There is no "delete" option on the right-click menu. I've even gone into Windows/Profiles/Desktop and can't remove this. It doesn't open or explore, although Properties opens the same multi-tabbed window as when right-clicking on the blue "e" icon and selecting properties. How can I delete the folder? I also somehow lost the Internet Explorer Repair tool in System Information/Tools. Please reply!
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isenbergAuthor Commented:
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larrypaloozaCommented:
In Win98 you have a TweakUI in your Control Panel. If not, then install it from Win98 cd. Anyhow, I believe there is an option in there to delete those icons.  Hope that helps...   GL
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kind4meCommented:
two things to try.....first run a though scandisk

number too run a virius program (mcaffees nortans etc) with the most recent update from the site.

hope this helps

as always
Mr. Happy
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chewymonCommented:
Go to Internet Options.  Found under Tools in IE or in the Control Panel.  Click the Advanced tab.  Under Browsing, scroll down until you find "Show Internet Explorer on desktop".  Uncheck it and reboot.  If it has disappeared, defrag.  Reboot.  You can now restore the icon if you wish.
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dew_associatesCommented:
Isenberg, give this a try after the above.

1. Boot the PC into Safemode.

2. Open windows explorer and scroll down to \windows\desktop and see if that errant icon is there. If so, remove it.

3. If you have upgraded your system to IE 5.01, you won't have the repair tools in add/remove programs. The new IE5.01 has a self diagnostic. You'll probably see a new folder in windows explorer that has a set of repair files in it.

Dennis
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Big0rangeCommented:
A surefire way is to boot to a command-prompt only by holding the control key down while booting and choosing command-prompt only when the option is presented.  Using DOS,
cd\windows (or windows directory)
cd desktop
attrib -h -r -s (to view and remove any hidden files)
dir
If you see the offending file or directory, delete it with the del command or deltree command (as appropriate)
If you don't see the file, continue to the profiles subdirectory and use the attrib command to be able to view and remove hidden files as necessary.

Remember your DOS while you're searching-
cd (space) to move foreward one subdirectory
cd.. to move back one directory

Good hunting!
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chewymonCommented:
dew_associates -

Interesting comment.  I have upgraded to 5.01 from 4 and installed all upgrades and patches from the MS site.  I still have the repair option in add/remove programs.
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isenbergAuthor Commented:
Apparently the mystery folder (and it is a folder icon) was due to an uncompleted installation of ie5.01. I was having fits with not being able to complete the 9 MB download. I had all but 8K finished and it wouldn't complete. Until...I re-installed W98 over the existing one, without formatting. Went through without a hiccup. Download went fine, installed and the mystery folder vanished! I would like to stay with this though. I haven't check in System Information for the Internet Repair Tools option. More Later and thanks. Problem partly solved.
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dew_associatesCommented:
Chewy, we've seen this happen a number of times, where the tools are left in the add/remove section of the registry. Apparently it has something to do with the number of entries in that section of the registry and the CLSID that was generated.
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isenbergAuthor Commented:
Sorry for the delay. Finally completed full repair of Internet Explorer and bogus icon is gone! Other issues remain... but that's why bill is so rich!
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dew_associatesCommented:
Isenberg, they have release 5.5 if you're interested!
Dennis
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