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How do you delete the desktop.ini virus?


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2009-07-15 12:03:04
2009-07-15 12:03:04

Desktop.ini is a Windows XP system file that stores information about customized folders. If you have customized the display of a folder in any way, such as changing its icon or manner of display, Windows has saved those settings in a desktop.ini file. In the following screenshot, I have right-clicked on a folder and am about to customize it. Fig. 1 - Customizing a folder, which results in a desktop.ini file.

Since Desktop.ini is a Windows system file, you are probably seeing it because you have set Explorer to display hidden/system files. By reversing this setting, you can get rid of Desktop.ini. # In any Windows Explorer window, click Tools → Folder Options… # Click on the View tab. # Check off the radio button next to "Do not show hidden files and folders". # Put a check in the box next to "Hide protected operating system files (recommended)". # Click OK. Here is a picture of the settings I have just described: Fig. 2 - Changing Explorer's "View" settings in order to hide Desktop.ini.

Once you have made these changes, Desktop.ini should be out of sight and out of mind. Here is a screen shot of the same folder from Figure 1. It's still customized, but Desktop.ini is nowhere to be seen.


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