Crazy Computer Behavior
I was working on my computer, with all of my normal windows open, and I kept noticing flashing in the background. I ignored it for a while, but then it got irritating, so I closed all of my windows to discover that all of the icons on my desktop had changed. All of the shortcuts were in the same place, but they had different icons. For instance, Chrome had the Skype icon. A bunch of things had the Amazon MP3 downloader icon. So on and so forth. Every single icon had changed to something else.
First I rebooted, nothing.
I ran a virus scan, nothing.
I closed all my programs and deleted the icon cache file, then restarted again. Nothing.
I restarted in safe mode, deleted the icon cache again, restarted and... fixed.
I have no idea what caused that! The only change I made to my computer today was installing Skype.
The programs all functioned normally while it was happening, but it made it really hard to find the programs.
I've actually run into this problem occasionally, and I think it may occur when Windows has a lot of things going on at once. Might be some sort of RAM issue, if it's not a virus.
It's usually not a big deal, but it's a little weird that it's kind of permanent in your case. Usually for me it's stuff like the Notepad icon and Explorer icon being replaced by the default Windows File icon, and once I reboot it fixes itself. I'm running on a low-powered, single-core laptop with 3GB of RAM, and usually have a multitude of programs open simultaneously (overworking the hardware, causing even more slowdown).
Skype actually takes a decent amount of system resources, I can't even let that program run in the background while doing a normal workload on this laptop, unless I want the whole experience to be an absolute crawl.
I really disliked Skype. I only installed it to communicate with a potential client, but I will not keep it. I don't see why it is so popular. Surely there are other programs that run leaner.
This portable free app might be able to replace Skype: http://www.pendriveapps.com/microsip...voice-over-ip/