New look on the XP desktop??

Hello, I have a win Xp machine. The other day i was downloading some thing from the inernet and i clicked on some accept botton. What happend after this was that on all my desktop icons I have a dark back ground on the names of the icons. I do not know what this is? How can I get rid of it?? Thank you.

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Download TweakUI and look for the option to reset/rebuild your desktop:
Will SzymkowskiSenior Solution ArchitectCommented:
hello there,

Your best bet I think would be doing a system restore. Restore your computer settings to like the day before this happend.

Hope this helps
Try and right click on My computer>Advanced Tab>Performance Settings> Make sure use drop shadows for icon labels on the desktop is checked.

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aej1973Author Commented:
yep, use drop shadows for icon labels  is checked.
Nick DennyCommented:
Maybe worth installing some spyware programs and running those.

Suggest ad-aware personal


spybot search and destroy

Agreed, look for spyware. Free online spyware scan : (asks for ActiveX download)
aej1973Author Commented:
I am not able to run xscan. It message i get is that 'the page cannot be displayed'.

I would quit using Internet Explorer also, and start browsing witha program that doesn't automatically install anything that comes along the world wide web....
Try Firefox with adblock and script block, I have had no problems for years and I am not running antivirus or antispyware, just a firewall and paying attention on what I click on.
I didn see that he said it was Internet Explorer he was using (although one could assume this). Win XP IE6 doesn't allow ActiveX to automatically download (as evidenced by the user clicking "Accept").

Is there anything in ADD/REMOVE that don't look like anything you would have installed (if you're not real experienced then ignore that step)?

Reinstalling XP SP2 will reinstall Internet Explorer, and downloading/installing Ad-Aware or Spybot as suggested by aej1973 will mroe than likely find whatever was installed by you clicking on the "accept" button.
aej1973Author Commented:
I will do this. Thank you.


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