How do you get rid of shortcuts that appear on your desktop automatically?

Question

I have some persistent internet shortcuts appearing on my desktop. If I delete them they just come back a few days later. They are linked to spotresults.com. How do I get rid of them?

Answer

This question was answered on June 7, 2004. Much of the information contained herein may have changed since posting.

Shortcuts that appear on the desktop without the user doing anything is the result of Adware/Spyware The program downloads adevrtisements for a certain product, website etc Even if you delete these shortcuts the Adware/Spyware will only download them again, maybe more To get rid of the source of the problem you should download Adware/Spyware removal software It will find the files doing this and will delete them www.ad-aware.com has free software for you to download to take care of the problem.

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Posted by steve of Katharine Gibbs School - New York on June 7, 2004