This is probably a really dumb question, but I have spent hours on this problem. I suspect it has to do with privileges, but I can't seem to find the relevant information! The problem is on my wife's desktop (Windows 7 32-bit) - for some strange reason, desktop icons referring to installed stuff work fine, but her desktop icons which refer to network URLs can't be deleted, nor can we see their properties - but they can be moved! Her desktop is part of a homegroup with mine - and I can delete her icons and see their properties from my computer. I realize this is probably some dumb security setup problem, but I can't seem to find the right settings to fix it! I believe she has Administrator privileges on her computer, but this doesn't seem to be enough! Any help would be much appreciated!
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Such problems are usually the result of a confused or too-protective security product. This can be verified by booting in Safe mode to see if the problem disappears. If it does, then some installed product is to blame.
Since you report that booting in Safe mode and turning off and on again your antivirus has fixed the problem, then analyzing it is now impossible. Until the next time.
In order that a next time will not happen, I suggest to change to another antivirus. This being Windows, the one that is best integrated and the least likely to develop problems is Microsoft Security Essentials.