After frustration with some web search hijacking, I learned about "Hijack This". I loaded it and ran it. When it came back with 3 pages of problems, I did a dumb thing - and fixed them all. The only change I could see is that the desktop background stays standard XP blue. I have tried to change it (right click on desktop and properties - desktop) but it doesn't allow any of the options there to activate other than color. I did this about 8 days ago. Since then I have updated definitions for antivirus and "ad-aware" and run those and cleaned. I still couldn't fix it. So, I did an on-line chat with tech Support from E-machines. They tried several things (run - regedit) without luck. They backed out the Hijack This and reset the settings. But still the standard wallpaper settings cannot be opened. Is there a way to reinstate the settings? THX!