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Windows 7 Icons All The Same

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My niece asked me take a look at her Windows 7 laptop the other day to see if I could fix a problem she was having with her shortcuts.

It seemed that every shortcut on the desktop and in the Start Menu had the same Windows 7 Media Center blue-ish green-ish icon.

When double clicking any of the shortcuts they would just launch Windows Media Center.  Very frustrating.

On further investigation however I could launch programs by using their .exe file so for example if I wanted to open Firefox I just had to click Start button and type firefox.exe and press enter and it would launch just fine.

When I asked her what she had done to cause this issue she said it started happening after she received some file for a friend on BearShare and opened it.  She the ignored some warning and continued!  Ah…a virus!

It seems this is more of a nuisance virus rather than something malicious.

Nevertheless, to fix the problem requires you to firstly clear the virus and then update your registry to correct the actual shortcut problem.  Steps on how to do this are below….

Two Step Solution

Clear the Virus

This virus should clear relatively easily by installing and running the free version of MalwareBytes.  You can download it for free directly from their website.

Once downloaded, install the program and run a Full Scan.  After it finds and clears the viruses you may need to reboot and run the scanner once more just to be sure.

Repair Your Shortcuts

  1. Download the registry repair file from this page to your desktop.
  2. When downloaded either double click it or right click and select Merge
  3. You will be presented with a warning about merging with the registry.  Click Yes.
  4. Click OK when the confirmation message is displayed.
  5. Restart your computer.


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  1. Camilo says:

    Hey Rosco-
    I have been having the same problem as your niece. My icons are all the same (i-tunes logo) and I cannot seem to be able to correct this issue. I downloaded the program, as your instructed, to removed all the spyware/malware and no infections were detected (I also ran other programs and obtained the same result, no infections). After that I bought a pc repair toolkit and some problems were found, and fixed, apparently, but my icons are still all the same. I then tried to download program from the link that you posted, but they are charging me to fix the problems found. I am super frustrate with this problem and I am not sure what else to do. Please! if you have any ideas/suggestions/solutions please let me know as soon as you can. I really appreciate your help

    1. Rosco says:

      Hi Camilo.

      Try downloading the fix file in the repair your shortcuts section above again.

      You should not be charged for this. Click the link above, this will bring you to another page on this website. Scroll down and there will be a download link at the bottom which leads you to a page On Megauploads website which is where the file is hosted. Wait for the timer on the right to count to zero and the cick the Regular Download button.

      When you’ve downloaded and run this check your icons again. Let me know.

      1. Camilo says:

        Hey Rosco-
        I just downloaded the Megauploads and tried to run the scan on my computer, but it says: “cannot import C:/Users…: Not all data was successfully written to the registry. Some keys are open by the system or other processes.” Any clues??? Thanks for your help anyway!!

  2. Rosco says:

    Try restarting Windows in Safe Mode and running the fix file from there.

  3. Kevin says:

    Thank You for sharing your solution. it works!:) nice job

  4. stacy says:

    Hi Rosco, my desktop also has the same issue. Most of my Icons are all Firefox. I think my son or i may have accidentally somehow made this happen. I am afraid to download the links because a little pop up says it comes from an unrecognized site. I’m just kinda new and need some guidance and this seemed like a safe place to start. I may become a regular!;) please help if you can. thank you

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