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Why are my icons jumping away from my mouse?


My desktop icons keep moving around and I can't click on them, what is causing this????


This question was answered on February 22, 2002. Much of the information contained herein may have changed since posting.

The most likely cause is a mass-mailing worm discovered in March of last year that causes your icons to run from your mouse when you try to click on them Known as the ‘Disemboweler’ or [email protected], it has several different signatures depending upon how long your system has been infected To get the specifics of this worm from Norton Anti-virus go to:<a href="[email protected]" target="_blank">>[email protected]mm.html</a>

On some displays, the mouse pointers in a desktop theme may flicker or leave "trails" of dots behind them To prevent this from happening, use the Windows default pointers instead of the pointers for your theme.

To use the Windows default pointers with a theme, make sure the Mouse

Pointers box is NOT checked when you apply the theme If you are

already using a theme, you will need to restore your desktop to the

Windows default settings before you can use a theme with the Windows

default pointers.

To restore your desktop to the default settings, and then use the

default pointers with a theme:

1 Click the Start button, point to Settings, and then click Control


2 Double-click the Desktop Themes icon.

3 In the Theme list, click "Windows Default," and then click Apply.

4 In the Theme list, click the theme you want to use.

5 Make sure the Mouse Pointers box is NOT checked, and then choose OK.

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Posted by Ken of Data Doctors on February 22, 2002