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There is a "ghostly" floating semi transparent rectangle on my screen

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There is a sort of floating button on my screen and I cant trace it to anything because its unclickable.  Is this a virus, spyware or some security breach?  Im trying to attach a picture. hopefully this works.
How do I get rid of it?

-B

To see the pic...go to the url below.....the ghost button is
right below the shared documents folder.

http://rapidshare.com/files/13414713/ClipBoard.jpg.html
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jakopriit is likely right on here. You might try updating your video driver to see if this fixes the problem permanently.

Jon

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what is jako onto here Jon?  I already said he should try restarting explorer....
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First, restarting explorer and rebooting being similar in any way is laughable.

Second, you seem too think he has restarted - fine. Why would this 'artifact' be left behind between boots? GDI is user mode, what does this have too do with kernel land (drivers).

All kernel mode components have a veryyyyy small stack (12kb), if this was an artifact left over because a driver then he would certainly get a BSOD after just a few minutes. Memory leaks in kernel land are always fatal.....

Feeling a little 'saucy' this morning... :-)

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Mugman,

Give it up! But you are right, technically speaking.

Restarting Explorer and rebooting are similar in that either will cause Explorer to restart. I really do not believe it is an explorer issue, but trying both might give us some clues.

That said, these symptoms are consistent with, in some cases, driver problems and, in other cases, lack of system resources (more often with lack of GDI). I have seen similar problems when the video card was defective, but I would not think this is hardware (at least with what we know). I have seen this type of symptom more with Windows 98/98SE and the S3 based video card.

I am not saying that there is a memory leak and I completely agree that such a problem would have a completely different outcome.

badman, have you rebooted the computer? Did you try the suggestions that came from Mugman?

While you are at it what version of Windows are you using and what Video Card do you have installed?

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I attemtped to reboot but the computer wont.

START>Shutdown  sends the computer right back to the desktop as if I had hit cancel.  In fact so does log off and every other command.  But the good news is that after Making to to the in between page where I thought it was about to shut down and geting bumped back to the desktop...the ghostly image is gone....go figure.
Ill  try to divide up the points.

-B
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