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  I created a link to a web site and when i moved it's position on the desktop it embeded a Browser in the left/top corner of the desktop and now boots to that site whenever i start the system. It is Borderless but sizeable and displays the site I first created The Link to.

   I,ve tried to delete it from the desktop with no luck and if i right click it displays windows IEBrowser's context menu.

   I'm running XP 5.0 and have never seen this (desktop behavior) before in my life. Can anyone help get rid of this embeded browser????????
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by:CRagsdell
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Have you tried to delete it from your Desktop from within Windows Explorer instead of right-clicking it on the Desktop?
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Yes i have but i cant find it. It just seems to relate to pos X=0,Y=0. When i delete the item in the top left (0) it goes but the browser stays. ????????
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What version of Windows are you using?

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XP Pro 5.0
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You have a gremlin, my friend!

First, I'll assume you have adequate anti-virus and firewall protection on your system, that the anti-virus definitions are up to date, and that you have done a complete scan of the computer and any other computer to which it is networked. That way we can rule out that the bad guys have planted something on your Desktop.

Also, let's assume that the site you were dropping on the Desktop is not some hacker heaven with hundreds of pop-ups and unders that all carry bug-filled payloads, just hoping you'll click the wrong button...

One thing I can't assume is that your system is up to date with the latest Service Packs, as you say XP 5.0. It should be Version 5.1, with SP1.

Is there a shortcut file in the Desktop folder when you look using Windows Explorer? (Open Windows Explorer, click the Up button to move from the My Documents folder to the Desktop folder, look in the right pane for the shorcut you placed on the Desktop.)

If the shortcut is there, right click on the link and select Delete.

If the shortcut is not there, your best bet is to back up all critical files, then repair/reinstall XP. Finally, install all the updates to Windows, as well as your browser, mail clients and applications.

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I have not updated to 5.1. Wish i had NOW! I found the link as an unknown object in the desktop Dir. I think now I do have a gremlin because it keeps loading itself back into the desktop Dir. I'll Setup the drive again as you sugested but thanks for your quick replys and help

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