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bk T
15-06-2014, 12:34 AM
Just came to notice that there's an unidentified icon on my Desktop as shown below:


Right-clicked has no option to delete it.

What is this?

15-06-2014, 08:57 AM
Seen this in Windows 8.0/8.1

Looks like the answer is here


15-06-2014, 09:35 AM
Showed up on my work PC can't remove it, it stayed for around 2 weeks then went away all on its own again

bk T
15-06-2014, 10:26 AM
Thanks, Lawrence for the link. There seems to have no answer to as why it appeared.

Probably that's why China Government rejects Windows 8? :D

gary67: It just went away on its own?

bk T
15-06-2014, 10:36 AM
Just checked my desktop that the 'homegroup' icon is gone!

What is happening?

Anybody knows what's getting on?

15-06-2014, 11:20 AM
Its windows got it self slightly confused with Network and Homegroup. WHat has happened is for some reason its put the homegroup icon instead of a normal Network Icon.


To change/remove it, right click the desktop / Personalize / top left change desktop Icons, tick/untick the network Option


It then usually ( or should) disappear and the actual Network Icon appear if selected, if you dont want the network Icon then leave it unticked. ( you may need to refresh the desktop - right click - Refresh)

You DONT need to alter any reg keys.

15-06-2014, 11:20 AM
Perhaps the NSA have got what they wanted and have signed off

Just something different,had Adobe Flash player wanting to update after start up as sometimes happens

What caught my eye during install was the installing of McAfee Security Scan,killed it and went to Glary's Utilities did a software scan and showed Adobe flash Player update

Went ahead and no McAfee Security Scan was with this version

A lot are going to end up with this crapware without even knowing it

Keep a eye out

Forgot to add this https://forums.adobe.com/message/4314240

Speedy Gonzales
15-06-2014, 12:07 PM
If you went here (http://get.adobe.com/flashplayer/)and didnt untick Mcafee it'll install

If you want the full install go here (http://helpx.adobe.com/flash-player/kb/installation-problems-flash-player-windows.html#main-pars_header)

The install for IE (except Win8) and other browsers is down the bottom

15-06-2014, 12:26 PM
Thanks for that but there was only the Adobe black background saying "did I want to install" ,not like your first link

It did not make it past first base luckily as I saw it was installing added crap

bk T
15-06-2014, 12:28 PM
I think NSA is involved.

15-06-2014, 03:09 PM
Talking of foistware, who hasn't seen a comp without Chrome installed?

Speedy Gonzales
15-06-2014, 03:11 PM
me i dont install it. It installs too much crap

15-06-2014, 03:27 PM
Got four customers computers here now, dont have chrome -- BUT to be fair - they haven't gone back to their owners yet :p

bk T
15-06-2014, 04:57 PM
Chrome = Google = NSA Agent.

15-06-2014, 04:59 PM
None of the computers in this house (3 desktops and 2 laptops) have chrome

15-06-2014, 05:14 PM
Good record, guys. But I should have been clearer. I was really thinking of the comps that get dropped off for 'fixing'!! In other words, other people's comps!

@WT. Shouldn't be long, then!!!

Speedy Gonzales
15-06-2014, 05:34 PM
I've seen it on others using teamviewer. But if they want it they can keep it ! No one asked me to remove it while I was helping

16-06-2014, 01:00 PM
Most people either don't notice it or accept it as an alien that alighted sometime. No wonder some people don't even notice another half dozen taskbars on their browser!

Bit of a worry but a malware installer's dream.

16-06-2014, 05:23 PM
I've seen that McCaffe thing several times when adobe has updated, managed to untick it every time so far.
Lent a PC to a friend for a week though and it came back with that on it. Could be worse, at least it's easily removed.

bk T
17-06-2014, 09:01 AM
The 'Homegroup' icon has returned to my desktop!

MS & NSA is getting too much.

17-06-2014, 10:18 AM
The 'Homegroup' icon has returned to my desktop!

MS & NSA is getting too much. Re read post 6, instructions there on how to remove it - Works 99% of the time :)

Speedy Gonzales
17-06-2014, 11:50 AM
Here's the same thing and a few fixes that may fix it (http://www.thewindowsclub.com/remove-homegroup-icon-windows-8-desktop)