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Offline BillyWilly

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Driver Updater is now all my short cuts
« on: June 06, 2021, 04:29:19 PM »
I restarted my computer after receiving message that Avast updates had been installed in Premium Antivirus and Driver Updater. I have a windows 7 OS. All my desktop shortcut icons came up blank. I tried to restore the the Avast Driver Updater so I could roll them back and mistakenly clicked on the button that said associate this program with all similar programs. I took this to mean Avast only, now all my program short cut icons open only Driver Updater. 

Can you help me restore my program links?

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Re: Driver Updater is now all my short cuts
« Reply #1 on: June 06, 2021, 04:54:23 PM »
I restarted my computer after receiving message that Avast updates had been installed in Premium Antivirus and Driver Updater. I have a windows 7 OS. All my desktop shortcut icons came up blank. I tried to restore the the Avast Driver Updater so I could roll them back and mistakenly clicked on the button that said associate this program with all similar programs. I took this to mean Avast only, now all my program short cut icons open only Driver Updater. 

Can you help me restore my program links?
Do you have a system restore point to go back to?
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Re: Driver Updater is now all my short cuts
« Reply #2 on: June 06, 2021, 05:56:24 PM »
Thanks for responding Bob. System restore point does not show up even though the box was checked to create them. Last time this happened I was able to undo all the driver updates, but that is no longer visible.  :-\

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Re: Driver Updater is now all my short cuts
« Reply #3 on: June 06, 2021, 06:27:26 PM »
I've reported this to Avast let's see if that helps. (Remember, today is Sunday)
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Re: Driver Updater is now all my short cuts
« Reply #4 on: June 07, 2021, 04:50:45 PM »
Thank you Bob. Appreciate any help I can get.

Sincerely,
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Re: Driver Updater is now all my short cuts
« Reply #5 on: June 08, 2021, 01:46:32 PM »
I restarted my computer after receiving message that Avast updates had been installed in Premium Antivirus and Driver Updater. I have a windows 7 OS. All my desktop shortcut icons came up blank. I tried to restore the the Avast Driver Updater so I could roll them back and mistakenly clicked on the button that said associate this program with all similar programs. I took this to mean Avast only, now all my program short cut icons open only Driver Updater. 

Can you help me restore my program links?

Hi,

If I understand correctly, you restarted your device after you received a message saying that Avast Premium Security and Avast Driver Updater ( the applications themselves) were updated.
It seems that no drivers were updated using Avast Driver Updater, but only the application itself.
https://support.avast.com/en-ww/article/Troubleshoot-Driver-Updater/
Concerning the file association issue, I would suggest that you have a look at these articles:
https://support.microsoft.com/en-us/topic/icons-are-not-displayed-for-certain-files-in-windows-7-83126d0e-d1cf-dcdd-6b27-78dbd25c706c
 https://support.microsoft.com/en-us/windows/change-which-programs-windows-7-uses-by-default-62fd162f-8c82-0436-806f-c60d69dcf495

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Re: Driver Updater is now all my short cuts
« Reply #6 on: June 09, 2021, 03:35:18 PM »
I attempted to the fix using the Set Your Default Programs. When I selected Chrome, the box that appeared to the right only gave me 1 option; Chrome. So I clicked on it, and checked my tool bar and there is no Chrome Icons. Avast Driver Updater still appears where the Chrome Icon used to be.

Regarding the other link for a possible fix; I am a little leery about deleting the IconCache.

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Re: Driver Updater is now all my short cuts
« Reply #7 on: June 09, 2021, 03:49:05 PM »
I looked the "Associate a file with a specific program" in my Windows 7 and they all seem to be correct.

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Re: Driver Updater is now all my short cuts
« Reply #8 on: June 09, 2021, 05:54:09 PM »
I attempted to the fix using the Set Your Default Programs. When I selected Chrome, the box that appeared to the right only gave me 1 option; Chrome. So I clicked on it, and checked my tool bar and there is no Chrome Icons. Avast Driver Updater still appears where the Chrome Icon used to be.

Regarding the other link for a possible fix; I am a little leery about deleting the IconCache.

Hi,

Would you mind going to the "chrome" icon > right-clicking on it > click on "Shortcut"
In "Target" do you see "C:\Program Files\Google\Chrome\Application\chrome.exe"
and in "Start in" do you see "C:\Program Files\Google\Chrome\Application"
Could you please add a screenshot?
Please see this article on how to generate a screenshot. https://support.avast.com/en-ww/article/Create-screenshot

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Re: Driver Updater is now all my short cuts
« Reply #9 on: June 09, 2021, 06:00:49 PM »
Where might I find the Google Chrome icon? All my executable icons are Avast DU.




When I type in "Windows Explorer" in the search bar of the start button, even the Windows Explorer Icon has been replaced by Avast Driver Updater icon.

So, both Microsoft links do not help solve my Avast problem.

I chatted online for awhile with a technician today who also couldn't seem to help and he has passed my situation onto a senior tech person. I am waiting for an email from that person.

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Re: Driver Updater is now all my short cuts
« Reply #10 on: June 09, 2021, 06:09:53 PM »
Would send a screen shot using print scr, but the paint program leads me to Avast Driver Updater. All roads lead to Avast Driver Updater except jpgs and music files.

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Re: Driver Updater is now all my short cuts
« Reply #11 on: June 09, 2021, 06:18:38 PM »
When I type "paint" in the windows search box, the program shows up but with the Avast DU icon. When I click on it, I am taken to the ADU homepage.   :-\

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Re: Driver Updater is now all my short cuts
« Reply #12 on: June 09, 2021, 06:31:04 PM »
Hi,
I was referring to the "The one that used to be the chrome icon"
Can you also include a screenshot of your desktop, please?
Are you able to press the Windows key+R (to open the run box) and typing mspaint.exe and pressing enter on your keyboard?
You also mention that you "mistakenly clicked on the button that said associate this program with all similar programs".
I take it this is within Windows and not Avast?

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Re: Driver Updater is now all my short cuts
« Reply #13 on: June 09, 2021, 07:58:45 PM »
The Windows Key and the Prnt Screen key combo also save a screenshot
in your Pictures Folder in a subfolder called Screenshots
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Re: Driver Updater is now all my short cuts
« Reply #14 on: June 10, 2021, 12:05:22 AM »
I am still running a windows 7 OS, I don't see where I have Windows Key. Searched my hard drive for a sub folder named "Screenshots" and found nothing except an old Mozilla file from 2 years ago.

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