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How to remove small image showing over folder Icons

I'm running Windows 7 Pro 64 bit on a new Dell laptop. Attached is a picture of where my problem appears

The problem is a small image appears over the icons for Folders. This little image appeared sometime in the last month and I've been too busy to worry about until now.

I've tried many suggested solutions which mostly boil down to right clicking on the icon, selecting Properties, then customize and changing the icon. That works to change Icons for folders BUT not the little image sitting on top of the icon.

Here is what I believe happened.

A month and a half ago my licensed copy of Adobe 8 stop working and I could not create a PDF file from within any software. Uninstalling/reinstalling Adobe 8 would not fix the issue.

In a panic I purchased SODA PDF 9 Pro Edition so I could get some work out the door.
Sometime in the last month I touched something that caused the white "S" in the Red circle which appears on top of the folder Icons. I think it might have been a file extension associating thing but I don't remember.

SODA had an annoying feature I could not live with so I bit the bullet and bought an older PC based copy of Adobe 9, it installed perfectly and works fine.

I uninstalled SODA but the Icon problem didn't disappear.  I'm assuming SODA was somehow involved.

Steve in NH
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Stephen Moland

8/22/2022 - Mon
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No joy Shaun. I deleted a number of desktop.ini files. closed folders, went back in, got out, Even tried rebooting.
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Rename REG_SZ 3 under HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Explorer\Shell Icons and test please
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Shaun,

Downloaded Malwarebytes and did a scan which found 27 items pertaining to files for driver updates. I'd used them to get some drivers for another PC and elected to quarantine them.

I used that SevenForums link, which I used yesterday, BUT didn't notice the step 11 for 64 bit windows yesterday. Did it all again [mostly verifying yesterdays changes] and still no no joy.

BTW, "Shell Icons" and REG_SZ 3 items did not exist yesterday and I added both yesterday and again under the Wow6432Node today.

Not sure what you mean by "Rename". do you mean rename "3" to some other number or rename "Shell Icons"
Your help has saved me hundreds of hours of internet surfing.
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Run Malwarebytes one more time to make sure there is no more problem.

Now try to download and run CCleaner free version, select Registry and then Scan for Issues, then Fix the problems.

http://www.piriform.com/ccleaner
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Thanks,
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Thanks for letting me know about the protocol here of the thumbs up. I've been a member for almost 15 years and was always deep into dealing with a issue when here and never picked up on the Thumbs up.

I've been in both Finance and IT for just shy of 50 years and other than some very tight language or hardware forums, EE has been a goto place for solutions. Most of the time I'd find the answers in already asked questions.

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I can't count the times that in the process of explaining a problem to a peer or a person I believe is more knowledge than myself, I say or think of something that I'd missed. You guys were my sounding board. Thanks again.
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It turns out I found the solution which was not a fix I thought I needed,  but in my figuring out I didn't actually have a problem once Shaun and Ramin pointed me to some very possible problem areas which were checked on and eliminated.
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