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Solved: Windows Update icon no longer shows up in system tray

Q: Solved: Windows Update icon no longer shows up in system tray

Computer runs on Windows XP Home SP2. Since the last two or three monthly Window updates, that yellow shield icon - the Windows Update icon - no longer shows up in the system tray. I tried to locate it under "previous elements" (I'm translating from German since my computer language is in German), but it's not there. I only know when Window updates have been downloaded when I want to shut down the computer and I have the option to either first install the updates, after which the computer will shut down automatically, or shut down the computer without installing the updates. Before, when I had the shield icon, I could click on the icon and then choose express installation or customised installation. I can no longer do so simply because that icon is missing. This means that I can only install the updates when I'm shutting the computer. It's a nuisance. I can't even see WHAT the computer has downloaded - the name and number of the fix (unless I go to the software option in the control panel...after the installation). Anyway...how do I fix this display problem?

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A: Solved: Windows Update icon no longer shows up in system tray

Try: command > services.msc look if the automatic update service is started and running. Try to stop and set to Automatic then start button

Best luck

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Yesterday I installed about 18 updates. Also hid a few. Now the Windows Update icon is not appearing in my system tray even though there are still updates to install (and my MSE definitions updates definitely are new today).

Nothing changed on my system. I even unhid the updates I hid but still no notification. It tells me it checked at 1:37 pm today so it is checking/working but the darn icon is not showing. If I change the icon behavior and then put it back to "show icon and notifications" it says "This notification icon is currently not active, it will be shown the next time it is active". The icon was always there. Now it is not. I have to manually open windows update rather than clicking on the icon. Any ideas?

A:Windows Update icon no longer in system tray

I had to being this thread back to life.

I noticed that I too have started to have this problem, BUT it is on my old Win XP Sp3 OS!!!

I always for ages had selected let windows download updates but let me choose when to install them. This would cause the WU yellow shield to pop up in the tray letting me know there were updates available and I could click on the balloon to select them.

This past week with latest updates the yellow icon showed up when the latest updates were downloading but after it was finished that task the icon disappeared!

Well actually I noticed that it will flash in the tray for about a couple of second and then disappear again. If I try and click on it nothing happens and it goes away.

Something interesting when I looked in the customization for the tray icons I see my yellow icon listed as "past items" for downloading updates AND also Windows Security Alerts, AND as WIndows Task Manager.

I wonder what is going on here. I have to assume it is something to do with WU, but I have to say that if I go to Microsoft Updates the latest updates are there and available for installation as well. So they WERE downloaded into the system. Just the option of selecting them via automatic updates is gone .

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I am not sure when and what update this occurred during, but the Windows Defender icon now appears in the system tray, under 2 systems:

Windows 8 Core
Windows 8.1 Pro
To make the icon appear, simply launch Windows Defender from the Start Start.

During a system scan.

During an update.

Mouse-over, during update.

There is currently no context menu added by Microsoft, for Windows Defender on Windows 8, 8.1 and 10.

Thanks for reading.

A:Defender icon now shows in System Tray - Windows 8 and 8.1

I hope they will add a context menu entry and will improve Defender further, many people rely on it as AV
its right behind Avast according to OPSWAT

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I can't get rid of the windows update icon in my system tray. When I hover over it, it says "Downloading Updates 0%". How do I get rid of it?

A:Windows update icon in system tray

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I have a Dell Inspiron 6400 Laptop that is one year old. It has 2GB of memory with a Duo Core T5600 processor. I am using Windows XP Home Edition with SP2. I have Norton 360 (recently upgraded to 2.0, but after the below described problems begin), Spy Sweeper, and Registry Mechanic installed. I also have Dell Support Center installed on computer.

I have my Windows Updates set to “notify me but don’t automatically download or install them”. I recently got a Windows Update Notification icon in my system tray. It was the update for SP3. As soon as I started to download it, it closed out and the icon in the system tray went away. For the first few times that I started up my computer afterwards, the icon would flash in the system tray then immediately go away. Finally, it got to the point that it would not even flash in the tray.

Does anyone know what caused this? Is it a Windows problem or a Norton problem? I have a desktop with all the same stuff on it that I have on this laptop, but the problem doesn’t occur on the desktop. I found one entry on a Symantec tech forum talking about this exact problem, but there was no solution posted.

A:Windows Update Icon Missing In System Tray

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I am not very technical so please be patient with me.

In the system tray there is no longer an option to turn Windows Update icon on or off.

Not sure what happened to it.

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The house has 2 laptops connected to a mobile hotspot.
Both connect fine to the internet. One is a Lenova (Win7 64bit).
When it connects, its wifi shows 2 or 3 bars (for this house,
3 bars is high). The second computer is a Toshiba that I got
2 years ago and it has always shown 5 bars. Because it was the
first Win 7 machine in the house I assumed that was the way it
was supposed to be, until we got the Lenova.
I have searched the Net for some answer, but found none. I have
cleared the Tray Notification Cache with CCleaner but that did
nothing. I ran a program that someone said would fix missing
tray icons and that did nothing.
I have considered swapping that dll file with the icons in it
(forgot the name right now) that I assume both the Toshiba and
Lenova have. Since they both have Windows 7 Home Premium 64bit SP1,
I would think the file would be the same. I am just not sure
what would happen.

For other information, the wifi icon will show other 'phases',
When I say phases, I mean: not connected, connecting, can't connect and
connected, but it will not show the separate bars.

I find this a little odd and a little maddening that the all powerful google can't help me!


A:WiFi system tray icon always shows 5 bars when it shouldn't

Go to the Computer manufactures website and Help-support section for Wifi driver updates,
They will usually have a utility to auto search all existing drivers and post the updated releases,
You can also try Intel directly but most will recommend getting them from the manufacture's website.

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I know for a fact that Windows Defender did not have an icon in the notification tray/taskbar in Windows 8/8.1. I'm talking about the bottom right and if you have/had Win 7 using MSE you would have the icon (green house with checkmark and flag) if enabled.

When Windows Defender did not have the same functionality for its icon people were really up in arms and many threads talked about hacks to get it to appear. Well all of a sudden I noticed that it was available and if I select "Show icon and notifications" under customize it appears. If I hover over it it shows "PC Status: Protected" just like MSE.

Does anyone else see this? When did it happen? I would have thought I would see some mention of it somewhere since it was a feature (lacking) that really bothered people.

edit: There is even a tutorial here on how to add it. And it says "Windows Defender does not have a icon in the notification area, but it does run in the background by default and will give you a notification if it detects anything."

Windows Defender - Create Shortcut in Windows 8

I'm pretty sure it is not showing because it detected something. Like I said its showing just like the MSE icon.

A:Windows Defender icon now shows in notification tray

I noticed that change a while back actually, so have some other folks,

There's a Windows Defender Icon in my Taskbar - Microsoft Community

I kind of like it myself.

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I had some problems with some kind of trojan that disabled System Security.
I found a tool, fixed this and now everything runs perfectly and 'safe' but now I have a Red X On Network Icon but it's working properly.

Can anybody tell we what could cause this and what's the (re)solution for this?

Any suggestions or help is welcome.

A:Solved: Windows 7 64-bit Enterprise: Red x on Network System Tray Icon

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Now sorted

Not exactly an important issue but I just wondered ......
is it possible to alter or replace the icon in the System Tray that appears when my Windows 7 Home Premium is updating?

I have limited eyesight and find the tiny pale blue icon hard to spot which has often led me to thinking my computer is unwell when it is actually only being slow as updates are being downloaded/installed.

I have Googled and tried a program designed for Windows 8 to replicate showing update progress in the System Tray:
How to Show ?New Windows Updates Available? Notification Icon in Windows 8 Taskbar? - AskVG

It worked initially and had a lovely bright blue icon but seems to have disappeared once my computer was restarted.

Any help or hints greatly appreciated

A:Update icon in System Tray ..... any way to change it please

There'as an interesting thread on the Windows 8 problem here No Windows Update Notifications?
it may be worth attempting to us the script(s) provided by hardcodeur in that thread.

You may try putting the a shortcut to the one that's already worked into your Startup folder, and see if that stops it disappearing on reboot - I've not tried it, but it looks to me as if it's effectively a standalone that needs to be started each time, rather than something that is installed and runs as a service. If that works, you could be more sophisticated about it, and create a Scheduled Task for it to start earlier/later in the boot process if necessary

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I had my computer set to notify me of available Important Updates, but not download or install them. The System Tray Update notification icon stopped working after the WIN 10 free upgrade was released, and I had to manually check the status for updates until this week. All I got the past year was the GWX Icon trying to get me to install 10.

I find it interesting that after WIN 10 free upgrade expired, my System Tray's WIN 7 Updates Available Icon suddenly works again after 1 year.

A:WIN Update Icon In System Tray Works Again After 1 Year

Fixed mine months ago by running some .inf file but I don't remember what it was. Also if notifications are working it means that it was fixed with during month's installation of updates and nothing to do with the end of Win10 upgrade offer.
You just didn't notice until this month's updates became available.

Most likely one of these fixed it last month:

KB3161608 - relaesed last month but pulled and replaced by:

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So, this is not a major issue but kind of annoying. Recently I have noticed that the system tray icon for the wireless network always has that little red X and if I open the Network and Sharing Center it says "You are not currently connected to any networks." When I click "See Full Map" it shows a line from my PC to the Router but the line from my router to the internet has a red X.

The thing is, I am connected to the internet. I can go online just fine. Any ideas?

A:network system tray icon shows not connected but I am connected

Hello Serg, and welcome to Seven Forums.

Sometimes a simple restart of the PC will sort the network icon for you.

If not, then a quick disable and enable of the wireless network usually will toggle it back with the correct icon.

Hope this helps,

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I am havig some system tray icon problems after installing anti-virus and spyware software. Looking for a fix for the disappearing system tray icons at initial start-up. Quick fix--log off and on again--icons reappear where they should. I am told that this disappearing activity is due to a Windows XP "BUG". What a problem! Any ideas for a secure, lasting fix out there? After the spyware and antivirus software installation, the computer star-up time is now really SLOW too. The software launches seems to be in conflict with each other, or something. Have emachine--T3406, Windows XP Home 2002, Service Pack 2. 1.23 GB RAM.

Thanks, ComputerMaven

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i have an AOL icon in the system tray that i cant seem to get rid of. does anyone know how to make it so that it doesn't appear upon start up?

just for the record, it is not working by going to the start up options/preferences and unchecking the option that says to load aol in the background... i just want to get rid of the icon in the system tray.

this is what the help menu says about it

You can find the AOL tray icon in the Windows system. By clicking the icon once, you can open several menu options to handily access AOL settings or frequenly used options, such as signing on to the service.
The AOL tray icon is automatically added to your Windows system tray when you install AOL 9.0.
Click any of the links below to find more information about the menu options available from the AOL System Tray.
Signing On To the AOL Service
Start-Up Settings

AOL Spyware Protection
AOL System Information
but it doesn't say how to get rid of it.

A:Solved: AOL icon in the system tray-how can i get rid of it?

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Hi all

I want to be able to remove an icon from the system tray (well several actually, it's kinda cluttered :P) - how do i do this?

1. I right clicked the system tray, clicked properties, customize, always hide, ok, apply, ok, log off, log on - they are still there :(

2. I need them to stay running, just not show up in the system tray.

3. Preferably without downloading any software.


A:[SOLVED] Removing an icon from the system tray.

I don't think you can remove icons for programs that are running. However, you can hide them by right clicking on the Taskbar, select Properties and select Hide inactive icons on the Taskbar tab.

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What is this icon for? I assume it came with Vista but I can't find out what it does.

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Last few weeks I've installed and uninstalled some trial software. Now I've notices viewing the system tray icons in the start bar, that there are still some system tray icons present which should be there. They are in the not active list. I'm sure they're not working (turning them on , so not hiding them, doesn't make them appear). They seem to be leftovers of programs I've uninstalled. But how can I completely remove them. I can't see which program they'd belong to. They aren't present in the startup list of msconfig as far as I can tell. They are only present on my windows account. So where in the register does windows store my active/nonactive system tray icons? Or how can I remove them completely? Or how to find out which program they belonged to?

A:[SOLVED] remove system tray icon

Hello digitalecartoon

Read how to do it here

Please back up the key before deleting anything

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Hope you can Help me , iam goin nuts trying to get the sound icon back in my system tray .. I use it for the volume of the system . It just disapeared / then i had a problem with my system sound ..that i corrected . I had gotten a yellow exclamation mark in device magr ..... i had to reinstall the driver for my audio device and got my sound back , but it didnt restore my icon ???? I cant get into volume control thru accessories option on start menu either ,i push on it but nothing loads cursor goes to hour glass for a sec ... then nothing .......
I tried everything i know !!! Win98SE ....

HELP Me !!!!

A:(Solved) sound icon / system tray

Go to Control Panel- Multimedia -Audio - put a check mark in "show volume control on taskbar"

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I've got this icon in my system tray

and I'm not entirely sure what it is. (it's the 4th one from the left)

I can't click on it (right or left) and it doesn't give me any information when I hover over it.

I left the computer on and walked away for about 2 hours, came back and saw it (wasn't there when I left) and it seems to have closed my MSN. I can't launch it again either.

Any ideas what it is?

Thanks for reading.

A:[SOLVED] Unknown icon in my System Tray

Hi JS,

That looks like a 'shared Disc' icon...do you have any external HDD's etc.?

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Hi Everyone,

I had a few issues getting my ADSL up and running but after calling the ISP and following someone's directions to manually change the DNS or something i can now access the Internet. But there is no icon for the connection in the system tray, like there used to be. Does anyone know how I can fix this?

A:Solved: No icon for Network in system tray

Start-->Control Panel-->Network and Internet connections-->Network Connections-->Right Click your internet connection-->click properties-->scroll down and highlight tcp/ip in the list-->click properties-->down near the bottom check show connections.

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I couldn't hide it using customize, can it only go if you disable automatic updates?

A:How to remove the windows 7 update icon from tray?

Hi cyberdude
If you customize the windows update as "only show notifications" and still it is not hidden, it means that it is in the process of updating. When the update will be installed, it will be back to hidden automatically.

I'd suggest you to not disable automatic updates, only for a system trey icon .

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SP2 Just aboard my XP home. One of 2 problems ccured. The one for this forum occurs upon logging in. My UPS system tray icon won't load up and generates the error shown below. How can I get it back?
I see in the Customization System tray section there are 2 areas... 1. current items, the 2nd being listed under past items.... no idea what that means!! well,the folder you see in the print screen in that section that says 59% should be the icon that shows in the 'current' section-with its own "energizer"[UPS] icon. I've tried the 'show as active in the drop down list... and gone to the UPS site and got its latest drivers/updates..... but the problem reoccurs upon each log in.
So any input on getting that system tray area in order to void that error message showing will be appreciated- thnx.

As you can see 2 error messages show?? [EFicon = Energizer File Icon--Energizer being the UPS]]
The above table is the Customization Section.

Actually how do I get past items in the system tray to enable upon login? It's new one to me.

A:Solved: SP2 System tray shell icon error

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I uninstalled Microsoft AntiSpyware Beta 1 with the intent of reinstalling it because the program was not recording previous scans. When I went to the Microsoft download page I found that the Beta 2 version, Windows Defender, was available. I installed it, and it is up and running without any apparent problems, but it did not put an icon in the system tray. Unable to find any relative information, I would like to know if anyone knows whether there is, or is not supposed to be an icon in the system tray.

A:Windows Defender: No Icon In The System Tray

There is no icon in Beta 2.Paul Thurrotts Super Site for Windows has a very good article on Windows Defender.Well worth reading.If i could remember how to include a link,i would do so.Do a Google instead.Regards.(Mod edit: here is the link for those interested. http://www.winsupersite.com/reviews/windefender_beta2.aspjgweed)

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Like most of us, I got the little Windows 10 Upgrade icon in my System Tray a while back. Just before the upgrade was released, I opened it and was told that my PC was ready for the upgrade. Now if I open the icon, I just get a white window with the little "busy circle" going around and around and the message "Please Wait".  I've let it run for over an hour and nothing every changes.
I don't plan on upgrading to Windows 10, so I can do without this icon. How do I get rid of it, especially since it seems like it no longer works?

A:How do I get rid of the Windows 10 Upgrade icon in my System Tray...???

Hi Warthog-Fan You can get rid of the "Get Windows 10" app by uninstalling the KB3035583 that installed it.Uninstall a Windows Update - Command PromptFollow the instructions below to uninstall a Windows Update manually via the command prompt.On Windows Vista & 7, click on the Windows Start Menu, then enter cmd in the search box, right-click on the cmd icon and select Run as AdministratorOn Windows 8, drag your cursor in the bottom-left corner, and right-click on the metro menu preview, then select Command Prompt (Admin);On Windows 8.1, right click on the Windows logo in the bottom-left corner and select Command Prompt (Admin);Enter the command below (you can copy/paste it, to paste in the command prompt, right-click inside it and select Paste):wusa /uninstall /KB:3035583Let me know the outcome of the command: either it uninstall the update or either it says that the update isn't installed on the system;

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Not important in the vastness of all things Windows 7 but an irritation that has me baffled .... how do/can I get the Windows Media icon to appear in my system/task tray please?

I have Windows Media Centre selected to show icon and notifications but that only shows when updating.

I would like to have easy access to my DVD and CD music playing and so thought that having Windows Media icon in the tray would be the way to go?

All and any help most gratefully received please.

A:Any way to add Windows Media icon to system tray please?

Start Windows Media Center and right click icon on task bar, pin to taskbar. Hopefully you will like this? Then you can start WMC with a single click.

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How can we add Windows Defender icon to the system tray like we had MSE?

A:Can we add Windows Defender icon to system tray?

You can pin it to the taskbar if you like.  Perform a search for Defender and when the Windows Defender icon appears, right-click on it and then Pin to Taskbar.Carey Frisch

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Apologies if this has already been asked elsewhere. I don't have the Get Windows 10 icon in my System Tray. I've tried installing all Optional updates, but still no icon despite Windows Update stating I'm up to date.

I've got both KB2952664 and KBKB3035583, which seem to be prerequisites for Windows 7 SP1 users, but noticed the following updates aren't installed:


All three give the error code 80070308. Do I need these updates for the Windows 10 icon to appear? If so, how do I install these updates? I have a Dell Studio 17 laptop running Windows 7 Premium 64-bit.

Thanks in advance.

A:Get Windows 10 Icon Not Appearing in System Tray

You can try this https://support.microsoft.com/en-us/kb/971058

(option two) Windows Update - Reset

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In my system tray, there is a new icon that is a yellow, flashing triangle with an exclamation mark in it. Almost always, the triangle has a little bubble over it that says:

"System Alert: [email protected]

Type: Spyware/Trojan
Vulnerable: Windows 95/98/ME/NT/2003/Windows XP
Description: Spyware program that sends confidential information to a remote attacker
Protection: Click this baloos to download official security software."

I am not about to trust it without someone's ok.

Current OP: WinXP Home Edition 5.1 SP2 (Build #2600)
Using Norton Internet Security..


A:Solved: [email protected]. Weird system tray icon

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Hi All --Last weekend I caught what I believe was a case of mssearchnet + nvctrl and perhaps spyfalcon. Using the advice of this site (awesome, thanks!) and some others, I've managed to be back to normal with one really annoying exception: the "Virus Alert!" flashing icon and occassional message ("Your computer is infected! Critical system error! blah blah blah"). The icon is the green wheelchair icon flashing over to the "ban" icon - red circle, single red line running through it. Interesting to note that no link appears to be functioning in the pop-up box. It's just flashing and popping up every so often. I've gone through many other posts on this and have run the following (in safe mode as well as normal boot mode): ad-aware, spybot, ewido, panda, mcafee, stinger. After every re-boot, I'm still greeted by the unwelcome flashing icon. I disabled system restore early in the process as well. Can someone take a look at my HiJack and SmitFraud logs? Much thanks in advance!~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~Logfile of HijackThis v1.99.1Scan saved at 9:43:50 PM, on 4/24/2006Platform: Windows XP SP2 (WinNT 5.01.2600)MSIE: Internet Explorer v6.00 SP2 (6.00.2900.2180)Running processes:C:\WINDOWS\System32\smss.exeC:\WINDOWS\system32\winlogon.exeC:\WINDOWS\system32\services.exeC:\WINDOWS\system32\lsass.exeC:\WINDOWS\System32\Ati2evxx.exeC:\W... Read more

A:"virus Alert!" Icon Flashing In System Tray - Other Issues Solved

...I did a bit more research and looks like the line from the SmitFraud log held the key:

C:\WINDOWS\system32\suprox.dll FOUND !


Booted into safe mode, renamed it, deleted it, and now all seems to be fine.
Even though I didn't have any direct contact with the mods on here, I did learn a whole lot scrolling through these posts. I think this site really provides a great service (especially for the price)! Thanks.

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I always have the 'Local Area Connection' icon (the two little screens and the red cross) icon in my system tray. All I would like to do is remove it from displaying there, as it's not active. Can anyone help with this?

A:Solved: Removing 'Local Area Connection' Icon From System Tray

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Ive tried smitfraud and everything. I have webroot spysweeper but nothing seems to work. I tried the going into safe mode and smitfraud procedure but nothing seemed to work. Im posting my HJT Log below...Please someone help.

Logfile of HijackThis v1.99.1
Scan saved at 9:23:49 PM, on 4/27/2006
Platform: Windows XP SP2 (WinNT 5.01.2600)
MSIE: Internet Explorer v6.00 SP2 (6.00.2900.2180)

Running processes:
D:\Program Files\Spy Sweeper\WRSSSDK.exe
C:\Program Files\Dell Photo AIO Printer 942\dlbubmgr.exe
C:\Program Files\Common Files\PCSuite\DataLayer\DataLayer.exe
C:\Program Files\Dell Photo AIO Printer 942\dlbubmon.exe
D:\Program Files\Nokia PC Suite 6\LaunchApplication.exe
C:\Program Files\iTunes\iTunesHelper.exe
C:\Program Files\QuickTime\qttask.exe
D:\Program Files\Spy Sweeper\SpySweeper.exe
C:\Program Files\ATI Multimedia\RemCtrl\ATIX10.exe
C:\Program Files\ATI Multimedia\main\launchpd.exe
C:\Program Files\Secretmaker\secretmaker.exe
C:\Program Files\Sony\VAIO Action Setup\VAServ.exe
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A:Solved: Virus Alert Flashing Icon in system tray....need help desperatly..Pls

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Help! My computer has serious problems and I have spent many hours over the past two weeks or so trying to fix it. I have run numerous virus and spyware scans which did find some problems but now I no longer find anything. I will list the hijack this log below but first let me describe the issues I am aware of.1. My laptop is very very slow. Always a bad sign. I do not know what is causing it.2. My Norton Antivirus program must be corrupted or something. Although set to auto-protect and load a start up, the icon no longer appears in the tray. I have tried to change the settings but it does not work. Also there is an error message ("Error" in red) next to email scanning. Again when I try to fix it by changing the options it does not work. 3. I have noticed several times if I leave my laptop on (e.g., overnight, to run a scan or whatever while I sleep) when I check the computer later it sometimes appears to have stopped in the middle of a program that appears to be the set up program for Outlook Express (I do not use Outlook Express). I am not sure about this one, as it only seems to happen sometimes, but it concerns me.4. I am running Sygate Personal Firewall (the old free version before it was acquired by Symantec ? what a nice anti-competitive move?). Anyway, I get various messages as follows:(a) When I first boot-up and before I connect to the internet, I get a message from the Sygate program that reads as follows (or some slight variations) ?NDIS... Read more

A:Norton Av Icon No Longer Appears In Tray And Various Firewall Related Questions

Hello and welcome to the forum. If you still need help and are not receiving it elsewhere, I can tell you that you are hijacked by some nice folks in the Ukraine.http://www.whois.sc/ You will probably have to deal with Symantec on the AV reinstallation issues, but for now you may be unprotected, so stay offline as much as possible and no surfing unless it is to troubleshoot.You may want to print out these instructions for reference, since you will have to restart your computer during the fix.Please download FixWareout from one of these sites:http://downloads.subratam.org/Fixwareout.exehttp://swandog46.geekstogo.com/Fixwareout.exeSave it to your desktop and run it. Click Next, then Install, then make sure "Run fixit" is checked and click Finish. The fix will begin; follow the prompts. You will be asked to reboot your computer; please do so. Your system may take longer than usual to load; this is normal.When your system reboots, follow the prompts Afterwards, HijackThis will launch. Please click Scan, and check the following itemsO16 - DPF: {88D758A3-D33B-45FD-91E3-67749B4057FA} - http://dm.screensavers.com/dm/installers/si/1/sinstaller.cabO17 - HKLM\System\CCS\Services\Tcpip\..\{14956B9C-9961-4127-A3B3-C489FDBD39F9}: NameServer =, - HKLM\System\CCS\Services\Tcpip\..\{418843F3-4E58-4DAC-A7B5-54E3FDBE2994}: NameServer =, - HKLM&#... Read more

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This is my first post so please forgive my "rookie-ness". I am running Windows XP with service pack 2. I recently downloaded a game for my kids (Sally's Spa) and the instant that the game's installation began, the Windows Security Alerts icon (the red shield with an x in it) appeared, stating that automatic updates were turned off. I have had SP2 for quite some time and I always keep the automatic updates set at "Notify me but don't automatically download or install them", and I never had that icon in my system tray until now.

I looked in task manager and saw two processes that I am certain were never there before: wscntfy.exe and svrhost.exe. I was able to stop svrhost.exe, and remove all instances of it in the registry, however, wscntfy.exe cannot be stopped. I suspect there was some sort of virus or malware riding along with the game, but with my limited knowledge I have not been able to find anything in my windows folders or in the registry that looks suspicious. I am only assuming that something sinister is going on since it's been years since I upgraded to SP2 and never saw this icon. I even tried changing my settings to allow updates to be automatically downloaded and installed but these changes did not reflect within Security Center nor did the icon go away. Can anyone tell me where I should begin to delve into this? Thanks.

A:Windows Security Alerts Icon Suddenly In My System Tray

svrhost.exe is malware as described here.wscntfy.exe is the Windows Security Center (introduced in Service Pack 2) and it displays a tray icon indicating the status of updates, virus protection, and firewall.When Microsoft updates are available (for XP SP2), a small yellow shield (icon) with an exclamation mark ("!") appears in the systray as shown in the first screenshot here. After it loads, you will see a notification ballon that says "Updates are ready for your computer...Click here to install the updates"updates" as shown here.". The notification balloon also tells you when the new updates have been downloaded and are ready to install. If you click on the balloon another window titled "Automatic Updates" opens and asks "How do you want to install updates?" You are offered the choice of "Express Install (Recommended)" or "Customer Install (Advanced)".The color of the shield depends on your security settings. Red indicates "Your computer might be at risk" as shown here. You can read more about this feature here.Also see "Manage Your Computer's Security Settings" and "FAQs about Windows Security Center.Some types of malware infections will alter your settings from their defaults or from what you may have configured them to do. So after cleaning the infection you will have to reset them.Lets do some scans to investigate if anything else is lurking on your system.Please print out and follow these instructions: "How to use SDFix". When using this tool, you must use th... Read more

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Guys can you help me, I've been looking for this problem all over the net and I can't find anything about it. Windows desktop screen starts very slow sometimes it needs between 5-10 minutes for all the processes to start working normally and during that time there is a weird looking icon in the system tray, when I hoover over it there is no information and I can't double click it or right click it for more information. If I try that I only freeze the computer more. Any clues?

...and it will safe me a lot of time if you know what the icon represents, because that computer is not mine and I can't try different things.

A:Windows slow startup and weird icon in system tray


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After inadvertently clicking to install an Active X from an unknown website, a new icon appeared on my taskbar. Stupid, I know, but was truly an accident. Said icon sometimes flashes and alerts me of possible security threats on my pc. If icon is clicked, a new page loads and prompts user to complete a "Full Scan."
I did not download from this page, but had some issues/concerns w the removing the icon/program associated w the icon.
This is what I did...
First of all, Norton did not catch this and Ad-Aware caught the svchost but it returned after reboot. So, I isolated the files that I thought to be the root of the problem,
C:\WINDOWS\system32\drvcux.dll and C:\Program Files\Common Files\svchost.exe. I disabled System Restore, and while in Safe mode, deleted the offending files. Using Regedit, I deleted all registry values associated w the files (including HKLM\Software\Microsoft\Windows\Current Version\Run\CTDrive) Value: drvcux.dll, run Startup or something, don't remember. Ran CCleaner and cleared out everything, recent stuff, cookies temp files, etc. Rebooted in Normal mode and did another scan w Norton and Ad-aware, nothing. Ran another CCleaner and nothing unexpected.
Is my pc okay now, or am I just enjoying a false sense of security at the moment?
Please respond, thanks in advance for your support.
** To my knowledge, all products (Norton, Ad-Aware, HijackThis, etc) are up to date.**
Hijack This Log
Logfile of HijackThis v1.99.1
Scan saved at 5:49:24 PM,... Read more

A:Solved: Unknown Icon in System Tray, White Exclamation Point within Red Circle

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I've noticed that when my computer first boots up, Windows Defender opens almost immediately when I double-click the system tray icon, but after opening it the first time, subsequent attempts take ~10 seconds after double-clicking the icon.
Any ideas? I've already checked and it's not in the middle of a scan or anything. Also, I've opened Defender from the settings menu (there's a button that says "Open Windows Defender") and it opens instantaneously via this button even when it's opening slowly from the system tray.

Is this normal behavior or is something strange going on here? This is basically a completely fresh install of Win 10 and I'm pretty sure I don't have any viruses or malware going on...

A:Windows Defender takes ~10 seconds to open from system tray icon

Mine (Ver 1607 AU) does the same? When I open from system tray, it takes a long time to open.

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How can I do this? When I rightclick the taskbar and choose notification area > customise, I have the "always show all icons and notifications on the taskbar" ticked (I much prefer this) but this stops be being able to choose "Only show notifications" for Action Centre (yet I can for other programs). How can I fix this? Thanks

A:Hide Windows Action Centre icon in System Tray when no problems?

Right click on the task bar and choose properties, then go to the "Notification area" then click on "Customize." Now your ready to hide that little pesty bugger. . .

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Yes, this virus is still out there and somehow it got to me, and on my day off to..
Anyways, I have Webroot spy sweeper and AVG:Free Edition control center. The AVG is always turned on but my WebRoot wasn't. I scanned with both and the Virus icon is still there. Its the one that keeps popping up with a message saying that my computer is infected. Critical System Error! System detected virus activites, they may cause critical system faiulre ect.. My Web Root has not got rid of it after sweeping my system twice. I got a message earlier to install Spysweeper Quake? But I did not. Anyone have any info on how to get rid of this thing? I have no idea how to access my hijack logs. Any easy instructions on how to get rid of this annoying virus icon would be appreciated.
Thanks in advance!

A:Virus Alert!! Flashing icon in system icon tray

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Good morning experts,

Please help me since I dont know what to do to solve this. This mornig I started my laptop, after a few minutes the wifi disconnected and the yellow dot showed on the wifi icon. I tried to click on the icon but nothing happened. Tried to click click clik and nothing happens. Tried to click on the sound icon and nothing happens. Like if they were disabled. All the other icons are working normally. I tried ending the explorer.exe and run it again from the systems administrator, after doing that when I click on the wifi it works but now shows the " x" and no connections available.

This whole thing happens every time I restart the laptop, wifi ok for a few minutes, then suddendly yellow dot and it wont let me even click on the icon.

I scanned with panda global anrivirus, malwarebytes, spybot search and destroy, everything clean.

Please help

System info: lenovo b570 core i3. Windows 7 x64 ultimate

A:wlan icon and sound icon on system tray not working

Hi Welcome to Seven Forums ... From the task bar click on customize .. Then turn system Icons on off and make sure the boxes are checked .. If that does not work try the Link below ...

System icons do not appear in the notification area in Windows Vista or in Windows 7 until you restart the computer

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i did something by mistake with my mouse and i dunno what happened, my volume icon no longer shows up, i tried to activate it back but i cannot. this picture might explain it.

i try to turn it on but i cannot even click it

picture in attachment

please help me, Thanks

A:My Volume icon no longer shows on my taskbar, ( Picture included )

Did you click on "Restore Default Icon Behaviors" in the panel you show?

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yup, one of those. it doesn't seem to be messing with anything but who knows. it's taking cpu juice and making my fan run higher.
i've tried the various malwarebites, microsoft scan, and one other with the ccleaner afterwords. nothing worked. i was on a different thread and read about combo fix. i ran it and the problem seemed to go away. back in non safe mode the tray icon was gone but my comodo security kept updating over and over and didn't recognize previously trusted apps and programs on startup. i tried to uninstall comodo to reinstall fresh and the fake icon came back.
i ran combofix in safemode and here's the log. please help me get rid of the stupid thing entirely.

A:fake windows security center with system tray icon and warning balloons

Hello, Welcome to TSF.
I'm nasdaq and will be helping you.

You may wish to Subscribe to this thread (Thread Tools > Subscribe to this thread) so that you are notified when you receive a reply.

Please read these instructions carefully and then print out or copy this page to Notepad in order to assist you when carrying out the fix.

Note that the fix may take several posts. Please continue to respond to my instructions until I confirm that your logs are clean. Remember that although your symptoms may vanish, this does NOT mean that your system is clean.

If there is anything you don't understand, please ask BEFORE proceeding with the fixes.

Please ensure that you follow the instructions in the order I have them listed.

Please do not install or uninstall any programs, or run any other scanners or software, unless I specifically ask you to do so. Also please copy and paste logs into the thread, rather than add them as attachments.

Please download and run the following tool to help allow other programs to run. (courtesy of BleepingComputer.com)
There are 3 different versions. If one of them won't run then download and try to run the other one.
Vista and Win7 users need to right click and choose Run as Admin
You only need to get one of them to run, not all of them.


It is possible that the infection you are trying to remove will not allow you to download files on the infected computer. If this is the case, then ... Read more

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hi. im new here.

i need help with Windows 7 Tray Icons Changer. maybe i screwed up or something just went wrong and now i cant restore and no audio and network icon display on tray. its display "could not find file 'C:\Windows\system32\SndVolSSo.dll'" and this...

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************** Start **************

See the end of this message for details on invoking
just-in-time (JIT) debugging instead of this dialog box.

************** Exception Text **************
System.IO.FileNotFoundException: Could not find file 'C:\Windows\system32\SndVolSSO.dll'.
File name: 'C:\Windows\system32\SndVolSSO.dll'
at Microsoft.VisualBasic.FileIO.FileSystem.CopyOrMoveFile(CopyOrMove operation, String sourceFileName, String destinationFileName, Boolean overwrite, UIOptionInternal showUI, UICancelOption onUserCancel)
at Microsoft.VisualBasic.MyServices.FileSystemProxy.CopyFile(String sourceFileName, String destinationFileName)
at W7TIC.Main.Main_Load(Object sender, EventArgs e)
at System.EventHandler.Invoke(Object sender, EventArgs e)
at System.Windows.Forms.Form.OnLoad(EventArgs e)
at System.Windows.Forms.Control.CreateControl(Boolean fIgnoreVisible)
at System.Windows.Forms.Control.CreateControl()
at System.Windows.Forms.Control.WmShowWindow(Message& m)
at System.Windows.Forms.Control.WndProc(Message& m)
at System.Windows.Forms.Control.ControlNativeWindow.WndProc(Message& m)
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A:How to restore missing tray icon? Windows 7 Tray Icons Changer

Hello bageraz and welcome to Seven Forums.

I'd uninstall the Tray Icon Changer using the forced uninstall option from Revo Uninstaller (they have a 30 day free trial.) Hopefully this will also remove unwanted bits and pieces from the registry.

Revo Uninstaller Pro - Uninstall Software, Remove Programs easily, Forced Uninstall

Then I'd try running a system file checker scan from an elevated command prompt (option two) to see if any system files were damaged or corrupted by the TIC. If any problems are noted run the scan 3 times rebooting in between each scan.

SFC /SCANNOW Command - System File Checker

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T460p here. After I updated my Windows 10 to Fall Creator Update - Lenovo System Update Shows 11 Updates that are already installed - so it want's to install the same drivers over and over again. Probably a bug. Anyone with the same experience?

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Usually, I can see Asian characters (specifically Chinese and Japanese) perfectly fine, but since the last time I restarted my computer none of them are showing up. They don't show in foobar2000 (a music player) either, unless I switch the font to Meiryo (a Chinese font). They used to show up with no problem.

They still show up in Chrome.

Tech Support Guy System Info Utility version
OS Version: Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium, Service Pack 1, 64 bit
Processor: Intel(R) Celeron(R) CPU 900 @ 2.20GHz, Intel64 Family 6 Model 23 Stepping 10
Processor Count: 1
RAM: 1978 Mb
Graphics Card: Mobile Intel(R) 4 Series Express Chipset Family, 797 Mb
Hard Drives: C: Total - 218854 MB, Free - 13441 MB; D: Total - 19315 MB, Free - 2802 MB;
Motherboard: Hewlett-Packard, 1605
Antivirus: avast! Antivirus, Enabled

A:Solved: Windows Explorer no longer shows Asian characters

I restarted my computer and the characters are now shown.

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Logfile of random's system information tool 1.04 (written by random/random)
Run by AXEMan! at 2008-10-26 14:35:49
Microsoft Windows XP Home Edition Service Pack 3
System drive C: has 13 GB (46%) free of 29 GB
Total RAM: 238 MB (41% free)

Logfile of Trend Micro HijackThis v2.0.2
Scan saved at 2:36:29 PM, on 10/26/2008
Platform: Windows XP SP3 (WinNT 5.01.2600)
MSIE: Internet Explorer v7.00 (7.00.6000.16735)
Boot mode: Normal

Running processes:
C:\Program Files\Lavasoft\Ad-Aware\aawservice.exe
C:\Program Files\TOSHIBA\E-KEY\CeEKey.exe
C:\Program Files\Java\jre1.6.0_07\bin\jusched.exe
C:\Program Files\Apoint2K\Apoint.exe
C:\Program Files\Apoint2K\Apntex.exe
C:\Program Files\QuickTime\qttask.exe
C:\Program Files\NETGEAR\WG111v2 Configuration Utility\RtlWake.exe
C:\Program Files\NETGEAR\WG111v2 Configuration Utility\RtWLan.exe
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A:[SOLVED] Slow System Tray load. AVG won't allow auto update.


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