i have a hp pavilliion with windows vista and there are extra icon of what look like windows internet explorer folders on the desktop. they appeared about a month ago and i did a system restore and it didn't help. i booted up in the safe mode and they are not there in the safe mode. i also did a clean boot to see if there was a program running that caused the problem but when i rebooted the Load Startup Items checkbox has a blue square in it and on the services tab the hide all Microsoft services is unchecked and only some of the services are unchecked and there is an enable all and a disalble all button. Also, I get no prompt to restart when I make changes in msconfig and must restart on my own. I don't think it is a virus because I've already ran a virus scan.