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Magus`Magus` The fun has been DOUBLED!Registered User regular
edited March 2007 in Help / Advice Forum
For some reason, if I (or anyone else) types *one in either the chat window or their name, it creates a little icon that basically looks like the word 'I'm' except both I and m are lowercase and the apostrophe is nearly the same size as the letters.

I'm using version 8.1 on Windows Vista. I mean, this could possibly be a virus, but it seems to be a very silly virus, if it is one.

Anyone else seen this?

Edit - Apparently, so does *komen .


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    Patches7o9Patches7o9 Registered User regular
    edited March 2007
    Looks like it has something to do with this.

    While that page doesn't indicate how to get rid of the "i'm" emoticon you may be able to get rid of by going to "Tools", then "My Emoticons..." and check to see if it's there. If it was something added by Microsoft though you probably won't be able to remove it.

    At the very least, it's not a virus. :)

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    tony_importanttony_important Registered User regular
    edited March 2007
    Nope, it looks like a sibling/girlfriend/female has had access to you computer and downloaded an emoticon onto the computer.

    I think Patches had the best solution, and even if you can't delete it, you could probably change the hotkey configuration to something so ridiculous that it'll never come back.

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    Magus`Magus` The fun has been DOUBLED! Registered User regular
    edited March 2007
    No one else uses this computer. I checked the emoticon thing and it IS not listed. It is listed in 'recently used emoticons'. The *one has the description of "call *one" and the *komen has the description of "video canceled *komen".

    Oddly enough, a girl I talk to has it as well, but I was not able to fully understand how she got it (she's not a native english speaker so what she said didn't make a lot of sense). What I do know is she has it on purpose, so yeah, it's probably not a virus.

    It's weird, though.

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    scandalscandal Registered User regular
    edited March 2007
    What Patches linked to is what that icon is all about. The idea is that you put the icon in your MSN name and for every message you send and receive Microsoft will donate X amount to the cause your icon indicates. They have the list of the current codes on the right side of this page. While the icons work for everyone, only people in the US can currently use them for the donations right now I believe. They don't seem to list *one as being an option so I'm not sure why it works.

    As far as getting rid of it, I don't think that's possible.

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