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I have an applet in my XP Pro Control Panel that does not have a name or recognizable icon associated with it.  How can I delete it?

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by:sunray_2003
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Hi mamorelsr,

Make sure you didnot install any new program or do any windows update recently.
Try doing system restore and check if it would still be there . Do you know when it started to appear.

Also check for spyware and virus in the system

Use spybot ,ad-ware ,CWshredder and post the log from Hijackthis here

After installing them, First Update them and then run

Spyware/Adware removal tools:
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What is spyware : http://www.spychecker.com/spyware.html

SpyBot-S&D : http://www.safer-networking.org/

Ad-aware : http://www.webattack.com/download/dladaware.shtml 

CWShredder: http://www.softpedia.com/public/cat/10/17/10-17-150.shtml


Online virus scanners:
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http://vil.nai.com/vil/stinger/

http://housecall.trendmicro.com/ 

http://security.symantec.com/

http://www.pandasoftware.com/activescan/com/activescan_principal.htm

http://www.pcpitstop.com/antivirus/default.asp 

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BTW, How are you viewing control panel by classic view or category view ?

Does that icon appear in both the views ?

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Hi,

This applet has been there for a long time.  I chased it for a while and since it didn't appear to be harming anything, I gave up and left it alone.  I have done many updates and restores to my system since it first appeared.

I have run all of the programs you suggest and they don't find anything.  I believe I removed a program with extreme predjudice at one time and this is the remnant.  I've looked for .cpl's till my eyes are blury and have not found one I can relate to it.  I thought that since it didn'e have a name that the .cpl wouldn't either, but no such luck.

Strangely enough, when I move my cursor over it, it causes a Windows error and wants to send an error report.

Still want the HijackThis output?
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by:mamorelsr
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In Classic view it appears as a white page with a small window in it with 3 colored dots and the top right corner is folded down.  There is no name or title under it.
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Make sure your system restore is turned on ..

Can you right-click on that icon ? do you get any menu and if yes , can you delete it that way ?

Can you move that to desktop or any other location ?

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scorpiia earned 250 total points
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Have you tried TweakUI.

In the control panel list, can you find the one you want to delete.

Download TweakUI from the below link:

http://download.microsoft.com/download/f/c/a/fca6767b-9ed9-45a6-b352-839afb2a2679/TweakUiPowertoySetup.exe 
 
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by:mamorelsr
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Weelllll now if that don't beat all!

I had used TweakUI before and didn't see how it could help me till now.  I made all the applets invisible and the rogue disappeared!  I then used a divide by 2 to isolate the offending applet.  It turned out to be rcman.cpl.  A leftover from an uninstall of SoundBlaster Live 5.1 Platinum Remote Command Center.  Dang!

I deleted the rcman.cpl and it is GONE!  Problem solved.

Thank you scorpila!
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