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    How to Unlock Desktop Properties

    my desktop properties = [Control panel -> Display prop. -> Desktop Prop.]
    was locked by a some sort of virus protection advertisement. The program have changed the background picture to some kind of WARNING message. I have removed nearly all parts of the malware, except the backgorund picture. It is locked. Anybody know how to unlock this thing. Feel confort when giving any registry solutions because I am familiar with regedit.

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    Turn off active desktop - then remove the picture from the wallpapers.
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    the problem is active desktop is already off.

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    check various keys under
    hkey_current_user\control panel\Desktop
    and
    HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Microsoft\Internet Explorer\Desktop\General
    HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Microsoft\Internet Explorer\Desktop\SafeMode\General
    HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Microsoft\Plus!\Themes\ Apply
    HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Microsoft\Windows\Curre ntVersion\Explorer\Wallpaper
    HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Microsoft\Windows\Curre ntVersion\Themes\LastTheme
    HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows\Curr entVersion
    HKEY_USERS\.DEFAULT\Control Panel\Desktop
    HKEY_USERS\.DEFAULT\Software\Microsoft\Internet Explorer\Desktop\General
    HKEY_USERS\.DEFAULT\Software\Microsoft\Windows\Cur rentVersion\Themes\LastTheme
    HKEY_USERS\S-1-5-18\Control Panel\Desktop
    HKEY_USERS\S-1-5-18\Software\Microsoft\Internet Explorer\Desktop\General
    HKEY_USERS\S-1-5-18\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Theme s\LastTheme
    HKEY_USERS\S-1-5-19\Control Panel\Desktop
    HKEY_USERS\S-1-5-19\Software\Microsoft\Internet Explorer\Desktop\General
    HKEY_USERS\S-1-5-19\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Theme s\LastTheme
    HKEY_USERS\S-1-5-20\Control Panel\Desktop
    HKEY_USERS\S-1-5-20\Software\Microsoft\Internet Explorer\Desktop\General
    HKEY_USERS\S-1-5-20\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Theme s\LastTheme
    HKEY_USERS\S-1-5-21-2027339946-2143260530-3168066103-1004\Control Panel\Desktop
    HKEY_USERS\S-1-5-21-2027339946-2143260530-3168066103-1004\Software\Microsoft\Internet Explorer\Desktop\General
    HKEY_USERS\S-1-5-21-2027339946-2143260530-3168066103-1004\Software\Microsoft\Internet Explorer\Desktop\SafeMode\General
    HKEY_USERS\S-1-5-21-2027339946-2143260530-3168066103-1004\Software\Microsoft\Plus!\Themes\Apply
    HKEY_USERS\S-1-5-21-2027339946-2143260530-3168066103-1004\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Exp lorer\Wallpaper
    HKEY_USERS\S-1-5-21-2027339946-2143260530-3168066103-1004\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\The mes\LastTheme
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    Lennie, since you can play with the registry I'm assuming you have keyboard control. Get in the START menu, select RUN and type "Explorer" (without the quotes). This usually works and it sure beats getting tangled in the registry. Hope it helps. cheers.

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    Problem Solved

    OK problem solved. I encountered some kind of "ForceActiveDesktopON" reg key, when searching the registry. The malware had changed this value to 1. Giving the 0 value released active desktop back to on/off state.
    Last edited by Lennie; September 19th, 2005 at 03:28 PM. Reason: It is hard to see.

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    you might want to take a look around for the *.html file that was being used for the desktop and delete it as well..that one isnt a jpeg.
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    U'r destop locking

    Quote Originally Posted by Lennie
    my desktop properties = [Control panel -> Display prop. -> Desktop Prop.]
    was locked by a some sort of virus protection advertisement. The program have changed the background picture to some kind of WARNING message. I have removed nearly all parts of the malware, except the backgorund picture. It is locked. Anybody know how to unlock this thing. Feel confort when giving any registry solutions because I am familiar with regedit.

    Hi brother jus do one thing instead of running malwares u can further proceed it with solo.... spy ware detecter........ else sending u one link might be possible taht it can sort out u'r prob...


    or sort out u'r prob using regedit.....

    hkey_current_user\control panel\Desktop
    and
    HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Microsoft\Internet Explorer\Desktop\General
    HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Microsoft\Internet Explorer\Desktop\SafeMode\General
    HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Microsoft\Plus!\Themes\ Apply
    HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Microsoft\Windows\Curre ntVersion\Explorer\Wallpaper
    HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Microsoft\Windows\Curre ntVersion\Themes\LastTheme
    HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows\Curr entVersion
    HKEY_USERS\.DEFAULT\Control Panel\Desktop
    HKEY_USERS\.DEFAULT\Software\Microsoft\Internet Explorer\Desktop\General
    HKEY_USERS\.DEFAULT\Software\Microsoft\Windows\Cur rentVersion\Themes\LastTheme
    HKEY_USERS\S-1-5-18\Control Panel\Desktop
    HKEY_USERS\S-1-5-18\Software\Microsoft\Internet Explorer\Desktop\General
    HKEY_USERS\S-1-5-18\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Theme s\LastTheme
    HKEY_USERS\S-1-5-19\Control Panel\Desktop
    HKEY_USERS\S-1-5-19\Software\Microsoft\Internet Explorer\Desktop\General
    HKEY_USERS\S-1-5-19\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Theme s\LastTheme
    HKEY_USERS\S-1-5-20\Control Panel\Desktop
    HKEY_USERS\S-1-5-20\Software\Microsoft\Internet Explorer\Desktop\General
    HKEY_USERS\S-1-5-20\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Theme s\LastTheme
    HKEY_USERS\S-1-5-21-2027339946-2143260530-3168066103-1004\Control Panel\Desktop
    HKEY_USERS\S-1-5-21-2027339946-2143260530-3168066103-1004\Software\Microsoft\Internet Explorer\Desktop\General
    HKEY_USERS\S-1-5-21-2027339946-2143260530-3168066103-1004\Software\Microsoft\Internet Explorer\Desktop\SafeMode\General
    HKEY_USERS\S-1-5-21-2027339946-2143260530-3168066103-1004\Software\Microsoft\Plus!\Themes\Apply
    HKEY_USERS\S-1-5-21-2027339946-2143260530-3168066103-1004\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Exp lorer\Wallpaper
    HKEY_USERS\S-1-5-21-2027339946-2143260530-3168066103-1004\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\The mes\LastTheme


    thank u....

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