Internet Explorer Shortcut Multiplier

dcs911 used Ask the Experts™
I am simply curious, I have a friend with a computer that has a ton of worms, viruses, spyware, etc etc and etc again. I performed a fresh install to keep things simple, but one of the issues he was having that I encountered was interesting. Every time you clicked on his shortcut to open internet explorer, rather than opening internet explorer(nothing opened), the shortcut would multiply into 3 internet explorer shortcuts. So, you start with one shortcut and attempt to opena dn now you have 3. And this would occur every single time you clicked on it. Is this a worm or virsus that is known or common? I think he must have been surfing some smut or something to get one like this lol. Please let me know if you have a specific answer. Thanks
By the way, I ran an updated version of AVG adn got no fix. I removed that and ran Avast and got now fix. Same for Rogue scan fix, and spybot search and destroy.
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Try: Start --> Run --> Type this: iexplore "Http://"
That should enter internet explorer, and directly go to

btw, why you need to enter internet explorer when you need to install a fresh installation
I dont know if the above helps you,
I would say it was associated from worm or virus that corrupted the system structure.
Not common, I have seen this happen with spyware installed and IE pops up like hundreds all over the desktop.
it can also be cause by a stuck key the TAB key.
Did you run a clean install delete the partition?
Are you still having any problems?
test again with hijackthis, you'll really like the simplicity of this and the quick results.

Download HijackThis 1.99.1,from the direct link top right corner 
save it to a folder on your desktop and then install to that.
run the scan and save a log but dont fix
copy the entire log and paste it there as well>> 
below the panel  hit analyze, now just scroll down to
have a look at the results of the analyzed log.

As you have s&d spybot
install spyware blaster may help keep them out, download install and update then immunise run s&d and immunise it will detect spyblaster as they run together
Prevent the installation of ActiveX-based spyware, adware, browser hijackers, dialers, and other potentially unwanted software.
Block spyware/tracking cookies in Internet Explorer and Mozilla/Firefox.
Restrict the actions of potentially unwanted sites in Internet Explorer.


Well, I know how to run internet explorer from the run line, but that isnt the problem. My friend wants it ro run when uses his shortcut. He doesnt want a work around. I'd be better off writing a batch file that executes it and change the icon lol. I'm not gonna do all that though.  Merete, I think you are on the right track. I thought it was a hijack too, but alas, hijack this , did not SOLVE the issue. I will try the spyware blaster though. It is new to me and I hope that this fixes it, but I think, a fresh install would be a nice way to save time and guarantee a clean speedy computer. At least until I give it back to him . . . lol. Thanks guys!
a ton of worms, viruses, spyware, etc etc and etc  I would definately just delete the partition and start clean everything will be back as normal,. Lessons learnt hopefully.
Malware targets the regestry and once its corrupted its like chasing rust in a car.
Scans remove corrupted regestry keys and can cause even more small problems like a snowball effect.  Did he ever make a backup of the regestry

The true internet explorer is located C:\Program Files\Internet Explorer if you create a shortcut from there then cut that and paste onto desktop?
He is in good hands anyway.
Thank you dcs911


Yeah, I know that I can make another shortcut altogether, but that doesn't "technically" fix the problem with the original shortcut, it kind of just takes a detour. I really wanted to know if anyone could pinpoint it as something specific, but I know how difficult that can be. In any case, thanks again for your support.

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