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A windows pops up at startup on the taskbar then disappears

Q: A windows pops up at startup on the taskbar then disappears

well its as simple as that, I recently got rid of the elitebar myself now I want to get rid of whatever this is well here my hijackthis logfile...

Logfile of HijackThis v1.99.1
Scan saved at 8:48:56 PM, on 5/5/2005
Platform: Windows XP SP1 (WinNT 5.01.2600)
MSIE: Internet Explorer v6.00 SP1 (6.00.2800.1106)

Running processes:
C:\WINDOWS\System32\smss.exe
C:\WINDOWS\system32\winlogon.exe
C:\WINDOWS\system32\services.exe
C:\WINDOWS\system32\lsass.exe
C:\WINDOWS\system32\svchost.exe
C:\WINDOWS\system32\svchost.exe
C:\WINDOWS\Explorer.EXE
D:\Documents\Various program\Hijack this mate\hijackthis\HijackThis.exe

R1 - HKCU\Software\Microsoft\Internet Explorer\Main,Default_Page_URL = http://ie.redirect.hp.com/svs/rdr?TY...ion&pf=desktop
R1 - HKCU\Software\Microsoft\Internet Explorer\Main,Default_Search_URL = http://ie.redirect.hp.com/svs/rdr?TY...ion&pf=desktop
R1 - HKCU\Software\Microsoft\Internet Explorer\Main,Search Bar = http://ie.redirect.hp.com/svs/rdr?TY...ion&pf=desktop
R1 - HKCU\Software\Microsoft\Internet Explorer\Main,Search Page = http://ie.redirect.hp.com/svs/rdr?TY...ion&pf=desktop
R0 - HKCU\Software\Microsoft\Internet Explorer\Main,Start Page = http://www.google.com/
R1 - HKLM\Software\Microsoft\Internet Explorer\Main,Default_Page_URL = http://ie.redirect.hp.com/svs/rdr?TY...ion&pf=desktop
R1 - HKLM\Software\Microsoft\Internet Explorer\Main,Default_Search_URL = http://ie.redirect.hp.com/svs/rdr?TY...ion&pf=desktop
R1 - HKLM\Software\Microsoft\Internet Explorer\Main,Search Bar = http://ie.redirect.hp.com/svs/rdr?TY...ion&pf=desktop
R1 - HKLM\Software\Microsoft\Internet Explorer\Main,Search Page = http://ie.redirect.hp.com/svs/rdr?TY...ion&pf=desktop
R0 - HKLM\Software\Microsoft\Internet Explorer\Main,Start Page = http://ie.redirect.hp.com/svs/rdr?TY...ion&pf=desktop
R1 - HKCU\Software\Microsoft\Internet Connection Wizard,ShellNext = http://ie.redirect.hp.com/svs/rdr?TY...ion&pf=desktop
R1 - HKCU\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Internet Settings,ProxyOverride = localhost
O4 - HKLM\..\Run: [SunJavaUpdateSched] C:\Program Files\Java\jre1.5.0_02\bin\jusched.exe
O4 - HKLM\..\Run: [hpsysdrv] c:\windows\system\hpsysdrv.exe
O4 - HKLM\..\Run: [HP Component Manager] "C:\Program Files\HP\hpcoretech\hpcmpmgr.exe"
O4 - HKLM\..\Run: [HPHUPD05] c:\Program Files\HP\{45B6180B-DCAB-4093-8EE8-6164457517F0}\hphupd05.exe
O4 - HKLM\..\Run: [HPHmon05] C:\WINDOWS\System32\hphmon05.exe
O4 - HKLM\..\Run: [TkBellExe] "C:\Program Files\Common Files\Real\Update_OB\realsched.exe" -osboot
O4 - HKLM\..\Run: [Recguard] C:\WINDOWS\SMINST\RECGUARD.EXE
O4 - HKLM\..\Run: [VTTimer] VTTimer.exe
O4 - HKLM\..\Run: [AutoTBar] WINDOWS\System32\Wbem;c:\Python22;C:\Program Files\PC-Doctor for Windows\servicesAUTOTBAR.EXE
O4 - HKLM\..\Run: [RoxioEngineUtility] "C:\Program Files\Common Files\Roxio Shared\System\EngUtil.exe"
O4 - HKLM\..\Run: [RoxioDragToDisc] "C:\Program Files\Roxio\Easy CD Creator 6\DragToDisc\DrgToDsc.exe"
O4 - HKLM\..\Run: [RoxioAudioCentral] "C:\Program Files\Roxio\Easy CD Creator 6\AudioCentral\RxMon.exe"
O4 - HKLM\..\Run: [EXSHOW95.EXE] EXSHOW95.EXE
O4 - HKLM\..\Run: [AlcxMonitor] ALCXMNTR.EXE
O4 - HKLM\..\Run: [AGRSMMSG] AGRSMMSG.exe
O4 - HKLM\..\Run: [Mouse Suite 98 Daemon] ICO.EXE
O4 - HKCU\..\Run: [BackupNotify] c:\Program Files\HP\Digital Imaging\bin\backupnotify.exe
O4 - Global Startup: Microsoft Office.lnk = C:\Program Files\Microsoft Office\Office\OSA9.EXE
O4 - Global Startup: Updates from HP.lnk = C:\Program Files\Updates from HP\137903\Program\BackWeb-137903.exe
O8 - Extra context menu item: E&xport to Microsoft Excel - res://C:\PROGRA~1\MI1933~1\OFFICE11\EXCEL.EXE/3000
O9 - Extra button: (no name) - {08B0E5C0-4FCB-11CF-AAA5-00401C608501} - C:\Program Files\Java\jre1.5.0_02\bin\npjpi150_02.dll
O9 - Extra 'Tools' menuitem: Sun Java Console - {08B0E5C0-4FCB-11CF-AAA5-00401C608501} - C:\Program Files\Java\jre1.5.0_02\bin\npjpi150_02.dll
O9 - Extra button: AIM - {AC9E2541-2814-11d5-BC6D-00B0D0A1DE45} - C:\Program Files\AIM\aim.exe
O9 - Extra button: Share in Hello - {B13B4423-2647-4cfc-A4B3-C7D56CB83487} - C:\Program Files\Hello\PicasaCapture.dll
O9 - Extra 'Tools' menuitem: Share in H&ello - {B13B4423-2647-4cfc-A4B3-C7D56CB83487} - C:\Program Files\Hello\PicasaCapture.dll
O9 - Extra button: Messenger - {FB5F1910-F110-11d2-BB9E-00C04F795683} - C:\Program Files\Messenger\MSMSGS.EXE
O9 - Extra 'Tools' menuitem: Windows Messenger - {FB5F1910-F110-11d2-BB9E-00C04F795683} - C:\Program Files\Messenger\MSMSGS.EXE
O20 - Winlogon Notify: igfxcui - C:\WINDOWS\SYSTEM32\igfxsrvc.dll
O23 - Service: AntiVir Service (AntiVirService) - H+BEDV Datentechnik GmbH - C:\Program Files\AVPersonal\AVGUARD.EXE
O23 - Service: Ati HotKey Poller - Unknown owner - C:\WINDOWS\System32\Ati2evxx.exe
O23 - Service: AntiVir Update (AVWUpSrv) - H+BEDV Datentechnik GmbH, Germany - C:\Program Files\AVPersonal\AVWUPSRV.EXE
O23 - Service: C-DillaCdaC11BA - Macrovision - C:\WINDOWS\System32\drivers\CDAC11BA.EXE

I've done the adaware spybot s&d and spyware blaster, basically im stuck
thanks in advance

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A: A windows pops up at startup on the taskbar then disappears

Greetings, and welcome to TSF.

Your log apprears clean, so we'll need to look a little deeper.

Let's use a program to scan for any trojans that may exist. Download TDS-3 http://tds.diamondcs.com.au/index.php?page=download. Learn how to use it at http://tds.diamondcs.com.au/index.php?page=easytouse. Make sure to update it after you installed it. You can get the manual updates at http://tds.diamondcs.com.au/index.php?page=update. When you launch the program, it will scan your memory for running processes. This will take less than 30 seconds. Next go to 'System Testing' on the menu and choose 'Full System Scan'. After that's finished, post the log file by selecting everything on the top pane (select from bottom to top). If any alarms are found, it will be listed in the bottom window. Please copy and paste that here also if it applies. If you have problems copying the text, look (or search) for a file named scandump.txt and see if that has the alarms - post that here.

If you have a fast internet connection (broadband), run an online virus scan at TrendMicro http://uk.trendmicro-europe.com/ente...all_launch.php. Just follow the instructions on the site to run the online scan. If any viruses/trojans are detected, try to delete or clean them in that site. You may use Panda ActiveScan also at http://www.pandasoftware.com/products/activescan. Otherwise, make sure your antivirus program has the latest definitions and run a full system scan.

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I started using frostwire to download a couple of songs I could not find on itunes. Later that night I noticed nod32 wasn't automatically updating, so I re-installed it to make sure everything was working properly before I open up a few songs from frostwire. I scanned them with jotti, malwarebytes and nod32, and nothing came up. I later did a scan of Spybot S&D to be 100% nothing came up again. Later that night my start/taskbar starting popping up and disappearing, I started watching it and it looked like the red shield with an X you get when you don't have an anti virus installed. It was happening every 2-3 seconds or so and decided to turn off the notification in the security panel. After I did that I didn't have the task bar problem but i noticed the 'Malware Protction' bar there would quickly go to Protected/On to Off and back to on.
I've started to ignore it but that doesn't fix a problem so I've come here.

Here are the logs I have and you can find the attached logs at the bottom to download.





DDS (Ver_09-10-26.01) - NTFSX64
Run by Andy at 19:56:49.14 on Mon 10/26/2009
Internet Explorer: 8.0.6001.18828 BrowserJavaVersion: 1.6.0_16
Microsoft? Windows Vista? Home Premium 6.0.6001.1.1252.1.1033.18.4093.2882 [GMT -5:00]

SP: Spybot - Search and Destroy *enabled* (Updated) {ED588FAF-1B8F-43B4-ACA8-8E3C85DADBE9}
SP: Windows Defender *enabled* (Updated) {D68DDC3A-831F-4FAE-9E44-DA132C1ACF46}

============== Running Processes ===============

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A:Taskbar pops up and disappears

bump please

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I've ran malwarebytes, Spybot S&D and Nod32 and neither have found anything.

A:(Vista) Taskbar pops up and disappears

I just disabled the way it gives me notices and I was staring at the security center screen for a little bit and I saw other security settings quickly go off and on.
Also it does this every 30 seconds or so.

Edit: It's not other security settings, apparently it's malware protection.

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sorry to invest your time with a win 2000 problem, but would appreciates comments on a solution
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2- other microsoft based browsers operate ok
3-i have gone thru virus, malware, spyware and microsoft sys check, and no help
all advice gratefully appreciated
 

A:Solved: ie in windows win2000 pops up and then disappears

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Very annoying!
 

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For some reason or another every now and then the taskbar in my Windows XP just up and disapears. I then have to restart the computer to get it back.
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A:Windows taskbar disappears!

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Sometimes my Volume Icon disappears from the task bar, and I don't know if I somehow changed it or if it's a glitch???

A:Volume Icon disappears on Windows 10 taskbar.

Hi @BrodieDean? ,Thank you for visiting the HP Forums! A great place where you can find solutions for your issues with help from the community!I came across your post about the Notebook, and wanted to assist you! I have looked into your issue about your HP G42-415DX Notebook and issues with the Volume control disappearing on the task bar for Windows 10. Here is a link from Microsoft on how to lock the volume on the taskbar. I hope this helps. Thanks.

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Hello,

My taskbar on Windows 7 happens to disappear from time to time, right after the screensaver comes off. I searched for the problem here, and found some advice that didn't work out for me. I tried something else which did work, however, and thought I should post it here.

My solution was, I entered Task Manager, and ended the process 'explorer.exe'. This made everything disappear of course. Still within Task Manager, I chose File > New Task (Run...) and entered 'explorer.exe'. Simply terminated and ran it again. Everything I had, including open programs and windows, was back, including the Taskbar.

Cheers

A:Windows 7 Taskbar Disappears - another method to resolve this

My windows 7 taskbar kept appearing and disappearing.
I right clicked on the Windows symbol on the left of the taskbar
clicked on Properties then Taskbar tab then clicked on "Lock the taskbar"
It worked!

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There's a cmd popup that DISAPPEARS FAST I couldn't see if it even has something written. This is a new problem that I've not gotten to observe. First popup was middle of browsing and gaming, then after restart, second(or the second popup I noticed), it was after I logged into my computer.
 
DDS won't run, says "DDS is not mean to run in 'Compatibility Mode'.
The program shall now exit."
*btw, this is my 2nd bleep here, last 2 months ago DDS ran properly.
 
Help, please detect if there's backdoor PLEASE.
 

A:CMD pops-then-disappears, DDS "can't run in compatibility mode"

Hi there,my name is Marius and I will assist you with your malware related problems.Before we move on, please read the following points carefully. First, read my instructions completely. If there is anything that you do not understand kindly ask before proceeding. Perform everything in the correct order. Sometimes one step requires the previous one. If you have any problems while following my instructions, Stop there and tell me the exact nature of your problem. Do not run any other scans without instruction or add/remove software unless I tell you to do so. This would change the output of our tools and could be confusing for me. Post all logfiles as a reply rather than as an attachment unless I specifically ask you. If you can not post all logfiles in one reply, feel free to use more posts. If I don't hear from you within 3 days from this initial or any subsequent post, then this thread will be closed. Stay with me. I will give you some advice about prevention after the cleanup process. Absence of symptoms does not always mean the computer is clean. My first language is not english. So please do not use slang or idioms. It could be hard for me to read. Thanks for your understanding.    Scan with FRST in normal modePlease download Farbar's Recovery Scan Tool to your desktop: FRST 32bit or FRST 64bit (If not sure: Start --> Computer (right click) --> properties)Run FRST. Don´t change one of the checkboxes and hit Scan. Logfiles are created on you... Read more

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Hey guys, I have a strange issue with a blank command window popping up and immediately disappearing. It happens exactly 10 minutes after booting up, every time. This is happening on a fairly new installation of Windows 7 64bit.
 
I'm trying to understand if its malware related or what exactly is triggering it. I've looked in msconfig startup tab for any entries that call cmd.exe but found none. I also looked in task scheduler but couldn't find anything that seemed related.
 
Can anyone advise on how to identify what is calling this command window? What tool might be able to help?
 
I'd appreciate any help. Thanks!

A:Blank CMD.exe window pops up and disappears

Hi there,my name is Marius and I will assist you with your malware related problems.Before we move on, please read the following points carefully. First, read my instructions completely. If there is anything that you do not understand kindly ask before proceeding. Perform everything in the correct order. Sometimes one step requires the previous one. If you have any problems while following my instructions, Stop there and tell me the exact nature of your problem. Do not run any other scans without instruction or add/remove software unless I tell you to do so. This would change the output of our tools and could be confusing for me. Post all logfiles as a reply rather than as an attachment unless I specifically ask you. If you can not post all logfiles in one reply, feel free to use more posts. If I don't hear from you within 3 days from this initial or any subsequent post, then this thread will be closed. Stay with me. I will give you some advice about prevention after the cleanup process. Absence of symptoms does not always mean the computer is clean. My first language is not english. So please do not use slang or idioms. It could be hard for me to read. Thanks for your understanding.   Scan with OTLDownload OTL by OldTimer and save it to your desktop.Double click on the OTL.exe icon on your desktop. If you are using Vista, please right-click and select run as administratorClick the "Scan All Users" checkbox.
Note: If you are using a Windows 64bit machi... Read more

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During the day a cmd window will pop up and immediately disappear without warning, kicking me out of fullscreen applications and being a general annoyance. I suspect something more sinister but Windows Defender, Malwarebytes and SuperAntiSpyware have failed to find the source of the problem and the popups continue to occur.

Being rather annoyed I managed to capture the event in a recording and discovered it was BITSadmin attempting to do something.
I have no experience dealing with BITSadmin but I do know its function so I assume something is trying to phone home, but as previously stated all AV software has not found the cause. Any help would be appreciated.

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I hate to start naming people off here like an assembly line, but I find myself in the same situation as @tkrisz0403 in that my Command Prompt, accompanied by the exact same text as the former case, as seen in the first screen shot I provide which I managed to capture using OBS studio (please feel free to snoop through my dungeons and dragons writing at your leisure . I proceeded to follow some of the advice provide by @Hydranix and @Superfly by proceeding to download the bitsadmin buster.zip, which did promptly catch and freeze the process. The txt it provided was also identical, "Parent Process Name: cmd.exe" (of which I'll also produce a screenshot, mainly because I'm not knowledgeable enough to do anything else in a forum)

I then went on with further with the instructions in that particular forum, first entering "Get-BitsTransfer -AllUsers | select -ExpandProperty FileList | Select -ExpandProperty RemoteName" into powershell as recommended by @Superfly, which gave me slightly different results. Still, cloudfront.net appeared to be the issue, as it came up in an almost identical fashion as in @tkrisz0403 's case. I proceeded to enter the command prompt provided by @Superfly;

"@echo off
net stop BITS
ipconfig /flushdns
del "%ALLUSERSPROFILE%\Application Data\Microsoft\Network\Downloader\qmgr0.dat"
del "%ALLUSERSPROFILE%\Application Data\Microsoft\Network\Downloader\qmgr1.dat"
net start BITS

net stop wuauserv
net ... Read more

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Hey,

Yesterday, I updated my drivers with Slimdrivers and a few minutes later a command promps pops up and instantly disappears. It still happens every hours or so.

I recorded my screen and got this : http://puu.sh/q9Zaq/3799e88316.png
I uninstalled Slimdrivers and scanned my computer with Avira and Mbam. Nothing. On the other hand, ZHPdiag shows a few infections; "slimware utilities" is one of them.

Thanks you in advance, let me know if you need something more. I also apologize for my diagonostics written in french.
 

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Bitsadmin window pops up in every hour/50 minutes and immediately disappear which is very annoying. I've run KasperskyTotal Security and Malwarebytes but they have not found the problem. I made a screenshot from the problem. Any help would be appreciated.

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Hi, I'm new in this forum and I really don't know where I should put this and I tried searching the forums via the Oh-so-helpful search button, but no luck. I'm getting this camera and printer icon popping up on my taskbar which causes games to minimize. At first I didn't know what that icon was, so I tried scanning my computer with MSE and found nothing. So I tried to screenshot the thing and got a decent screenie. I also found out that it pops up every minute, and it only appears for about half a second. Any tips on how to remove this and what caused this problem? Thanks.


Here's the screenie I took:



Thanks in advance guys.

A:Camera and Printer Icon, pops up for half a second and disappears

Camera and Printer Icon, pops up for half a second and disappears - Google Search
Google has plenty of info,Hope it helps you out.Good luck.

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I have recently changed my setting under msconfig ( System Configuration Utility). I set it to normal start up. And after i rebooted, the windows installer dialog box always pops up every time i startup the computer. I press cancel and it will close but then after a few seconds, it will appear again. It appears around 3-4 times. I changed the settings to selective start up again and unchecked some of the services from the start up tab but i still have the problem. How do i resolve this?
 

A:Windows installer pops up at startup

Normal Startup vs Selective Startup:
If you use the msconfig utility to access the Startup menu and make changes on that menu, you will need to remain in Selective Startup. The nag message that comes up after the reboot following these changes, suggest that Selective Startup is only a diagnostic mode and you should return to Normal Mode.

This is not entirely accurate. Remaining in Selective Startup is the only way to keep the changes. Virtually every program installed on a PC comes with it on the Startup menu and very few programs are actually needed to start at boot. They are the antivirus program, firewall, touchpad for laptop and network processes if on network. The rest can be called up when needed.

Services vs Processes:
The msconfig utility Startup menu deals with processes. Services is an entirely different category. Services can also be customized for settings of Automatic, Manual or Disabled, with care taken to check the Dependency tab of each Service. Here is help with Services:
http://www.ss64.com/ntsyntax/services.html
http://www.blackviper.com/WinXP/servicecfg.htm

When you have finished customizing the Startup menu using msconfig, click on Apply> OK> Reboot> Close the nag message after checking 'don't show this message again'.

IF you have checked a process to now start at boot and are now getting the installer message, it is possible that the program for that process has not been correctly or fully installed. If that is the case, a rei... Read more

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Recently on starup windows defender pops up and says the service has not started. Then it starts. This is a new installation and it happened about a wk later. I checked the services and it was set to delayed, i changed it to auto. But the problem is still there. Sometimes it even pops up but says that it is started. I dont know how to stop this, in all my time of tech support never came across this problem.

A:Windows defender pops up automatically on startup

Welcome
For a test download and use Microsoft Security Essentials
Defender will be included with MSE and your current Defender will be turned off by default
MSE is one of the best AV for Windows.
Start with System Restore, so you can go back if not happy.

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Does anyone know why my "system folder" pops up during Startup of my computer?
 

A:Windows system folders pops up during startup

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The following url opens up in IE every time Windows starts up: web.links4all.biz. It contains a page which trys to encourage you to install ToolBar888. I've also noticed a program called Yinstaller.exe in Task Manager and my anti-virus software (Avast) has found a trojan called "Win32:Maxi [Trj]". I'm not sure if all this malware is related or I've got multiple problems. I've tried various popular anti-virus & anti-spyware programs (AVG, Avast, Ad Aware) though, but none of them will remove this malware. Please help

Below is my HijackThis log:

Logfile of HijackThis v1.99.1
Scan saved at 11:35:02, on 06/10/2006
Platform: Windows XP SP2 (WinNT 5.01.2600)
MSIE: Internet Explorer v6.00 SP2 (6.00.2900.2180)

Running processes:
C:\WINDOWS\System32\smss.exe
C:\WINDOWS\system32\winlogon.exe
C:\WINDOWS\system32\services.exe
C:\WINDOWS\system32\lsass.exe
C:\WINDOWS\system32\svchost.exe
C:\WINDOWS\System32\svchost.exe
C:\Program Files\blueyonder\PCguard\fws.exe
C:\WINDOWS\system32\LEXBCES.EXE
C:\WINDOWS\system32\spoolsv.exe
C:\Program Files\Alwil Software\Avast4\aswUpdSv.exe
C:\Program Files\Alwil Software\Avast4\ashServ.exe
C:\WINDOWS\system32\CTsvcCDA.exe
C:\WINDOWS\system32\svchost.exe
C:\WINDOWS\Explorer.EXE
C:\WINDOWS\system32\MsPMSPSv.exe
C:\Program Files\Alwil Software\Avast4\ashMaiSv.exe
C:\Program Files\Alwil Software\Avast4\ashWebSv.exe
C:\Program Files\Creative\SB Live! 24-bit\Surround Mixer\CTSysVol.exe
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Hello,

I upgraded to Windows 10 several months ago and the Quick Access menu was working normally. A few months back however, all of the pinned items disappeared and I cannot pin anything to the quick access menu either. I've gone through all the posts and different solutions I can find and all I have been able to do is temporarily fix the problem by deleting the "5f7b5f1e01b83767.automaticDestinations-ms" file in the C:\Users\Rob\AppData\Roaming\Microsoft\Windows\Recent\AutomaticDestinations folder.

Deleting this file does bring back the quick access folders that I had pinned before this problem started to happen, but every time I restart my computer, the quick access menu is again empty and nothing can be pinned to it.

I have googled and tried all of the different solutions that I can find so any help with this issue would be greatly appreciated! Thanks in advance!

A:Windows 10 Quick Access Disappears on Startup

Hello and welcome

One thing worth checking - are the two boxes ticked in the Privacy settings of Folder Options? Select Options on the View ribbon of File Explorer.

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For some strange reason the same Windows Explorer window is opening whenever I start up my laptop. Can't figure out what's causing this.
 

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When Windows Update prompted to restart upon installation of updates (Nov. 10, 2011), and I restarted my computer, this Windows Defender window now pops-up everytime I start my computer:



I had Windows Defender enabled for months now, when this happened.

I then tried to turn off Windows Defender, but this window now pops-up instead:



The Windows Defender window still pops-up even if it is disabled. How do I disable the Windows Defender windows from popping-up when I start my computer?

My OS is Windows 7, 64-bit.

A:Windows Defender pops-up its window upon startup, even if disabled

Did you disable and stop it in "Services"?

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Bought Lenovo Y480-Windows 7 just days ago and installed 3DS Max, Cad, Adobe CS6, Microsoft 2010. To counter the problem for whatever spyware, I installed Microsoft Security Essential, CCleaner and I have McAfee. But I think the problem occurred when I installed Adobe CS6. Just so you know, I've tried everything -- Tried "regedit", tried "msconfig", I tried placing missing symbols -- I called my I.T. friend. Windows Explorer/My Computer pops-out every time I open my laptop. Is this a bug from the new Adobe?

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Download and run this utility:

Autoruns for Windows

Go to the Logon tab and post either a screenshot of the entries in there or save it to a text file and paste that here.

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Hi I posted this topic within the "am I infected" forum [ Link located here: http://www.bleepingcomputer.com/forums/t/147254/at-startup-a-windows-security-center-window-opens/ ~ OB ] but looking at this forum I feel there are a number of users who have the same problem as I have. A fake Windows Security Center message pops up. I have run anti-malware and anti-spyware programs to remove this problem and it does not work. Plus occasionally the computer is forced to shutdown by this message. I have listed the Hijackthis log at the bottom of the next message. Anybody please help me !!! this thing is frustrating and keeps shuting down my computer. I'm willing to follow your instructions if you look at my log. I would really appreciate it...Hi,I followed all your instructions unfortunately the Superantispyware did not find any threats or issues. When I boot in safe mode the Window security center window pops up. I do not think this antispyware program will help this looks like a deep rooted bug or malware program. I tried to retrieve the log you mentioned from Super antispyware, but it was not listed in the log area of the program. This windows security window pops up every time at startup in normal or safe mode. Plus there is icon in the bottom system tray which pops up with some balloons saying there are system failures on my machine and I need to click on it to download some programs. I know it's fake because there are misspellings in the message, also this malware keeps shuttin... Read more

A:Fake Windows Security Center Message Pops Up At Startup & Forced Shut Down Problems

HI,

I would like to have this topic closed, somebody helped me resolved this issue. I want to thank all of you for your advise and support.

MrFinance

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What up with that? I am running a freshly installed Win7 x64 Ultimate (installed yesterday according to all the installation cannons and all), and my taskbar keeps disappearing at times. I can bring it back by right-clicking on the place it usually is and then change some preference; nevertheless this is getting annoying! Note that I have no third-party screen savers installed, and I have the latest videocard drivers installed, everything is top notch.

Edit: I am talking about the system tray icons, not the taskbar as a whole, sorry. My system tray (aka "notification area") disappears, and it's got nothing to do with screensavers or anything of the sort. Maybe something to do with sleep mode?

A:Taskbar sometimes disappears

Hello Aqualung,

Do you have the notification area set to Always show all icons on the taskbar (step 4) ?

Hope this helps,
Shawn

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Why does my toolbar at the bottom disappear? And also the desktop icons disappear?

Could you please tell me the solution to this problem?

Logging out and in doesn't work.
 

A:Xp pro taskbar disappears...

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My taskbar disappears sometimes. I right click at an empty spot on the taskbar and left click on Lock Taskbar. But then the next time I turn the machine on the taskbar might be down below the screen. It won't come up even if I left-click and try to drag it up. So I right click below the screen, thinking Lock Taskbar may have become unchecked, but the menu still has "Lock Taskbar" checked.

During a session where the taskbar happens to appear normally, I use that opportunity to drag it to twice its height. The taskbar seems to be pretty stable in this configuration. It will stay at double-height but I don't like giving that much screen real estate to the taskbar. I want the taskbar to be standard height and stay that way. Is there a way to do this?

A:taskbar disappears

do you have autohide taskbar enabled

right click the start button
then choose properties
then choose the taskbat tab
the see if autohide is ticked, if it is uncheck the box and click ok

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I just received a computer running Windows XP and was surprised that when I go into Windows explorer, the window extends over the task bar and Start menu by default (making it impossible use them unless I shrink the window).

I would like to show the task bar and Start Menu when in Windows Explorer as a default but don't see a way of doing that.

Thanks,

Mark
 

A:Taskbar disappears

Right click on the Taskbar > properties > under the Taskbar Tab , uncheck the " auto-hide the taskbar" option and check the "Lock the taskbar" option !

~a
 

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This has happened twice i think. Not sure what causes it but the taskbar will literally disappear.

You can see my background picture where the taskbar is suppose to be. However you still see the Start Menu Launcher button on the bottom left.

A:Taskbar disappears

  
Quote: Originally Posted by BucSox79


This has happened twice i think. Not sure what causes it but the taskbar will literally disappear.

You can see my background picture where the taskbar is suppose to be. However you still see the Start Menu Launcher button on the bottom left.


did you try just clicking on the start menu cause mine would sometimes flicker and would come back if i did that. its probably just a beta bug

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On my laptop, the task bar is at the bottom when my desktop is present. When I open my browser (Firefox), the task bar disappears and I can't get it to reappear. I right clicked on the task bar and made sure that the "lock tasbar" was checked. Any suggestions?

A:Taskbar disappears

Does this happen when FF is minimized or less than full window? If you close the browser, does the taskbar return?

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I am running Win 7 home premium on both my laptop and my desktop. The laptop has a unique problem. When I boot up, the task bar is not visible. I can move my mouse pointer down to the bottom of the screen and it appears and stays that way until I reboot. I have right clicked on the task bar and clicked on "freeze task bar" but that does not cure the problem. Any suggestions on how I can view the task bar every time I reboot?

A:Taskbar disappears

hi Bill, when you get the taskbar in view, right click on it and then "uncheck" auto hide.
good luck
jim

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Does anyone else have a problem with a new window showing up on the Task Bar for just a second and then disappearing quickly? Too quick to read anything and it happens very often. Am running Windows XP Pro, IE, and ISP is cable at 6M.Any ideas??ThanksModerator Edit: Closed BBCode tags . ~ Animal

A:New Window Pops Up In Taskbar

Do you have any HP printer software installed on your computer?

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A few months ago, my friend came over and was messing around on my computer.
The next day (He stayed over), the monitor went on sleep mode, and when my friend moved the mouse, only my wallpaper appeared. It was slightly smaller (Height was the same; width was smaller), and whatever programs I had running were gone. Even though it came up, the start menu and taskbar were gone. When I pressed CTRL+ALT+DEL to bring up the Task Manager, the screen went black and nothing came up. The screen goes back to normal when it's restarted, but it can be a pain to constantly restart, especially if I'm in the middle of downloading something.

I've searched Google constantly, but I might be searching the wrong thing.
I don't think it's a spec issue, since it happened all of a sudden, but here they are (Just in case):

[ABA] atomskx (atomskx)

Any help is appreciated.
I also apologize if these threads are common.

A:Taskbar disappears after sleep

Lets be sure he did not get malware on your computer
Run an antivirus scan
Download and run malwarebytes the long scan and update before using

If negative
Try system restore to fix the problem
System Restore - How to

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Hi - My desktop and taskbar disappears. Below is my HiJackThis log:Logfile of Trend Micro HijackThis v2.0.2Scan saved at 7:49:33 PM, on 7/7/2008Platform: Windows Vista SP1 (WinNT 6.00.1905)MSIE: Internet Explorer v7.00 (7.00.6001.18000)Boot mode: NormalRunning processes:C:\Windows\system32\Dwm.exeC:\Windows\system32\taskeng.exeC:\Program Files\Synaptics\SynTP\SynTPStart.exeC:\Program Files\Windows Defender\MSASCui.exeC:\Program Files\Hewlett-Packard\HP Wireless Assistant\HPWAMain.exeC:\Program Files\Hewlett-Packard\HP Wireless Assistant\WiFiMsg.exeC:\Program Files\Yahoo!\Search Protection\SearchProtection.exeC:\Program Files\SUPERAntiSpyware\SUPERAntiSpyware.exeC:\Windows\System32\rundll32.exeC:\Program Files\Synaptics\SynTP\SynTPEnh.exeC:\Windows\system32\wbem\unsecapp.exeC:\Program Files\Hewlett-Packard\Shared\HpqToaster.exeC:\Windows\system32\Taskmgr.exeC:\Program Files\Internet Explorer\ieuser.exeC:\Program Files\Internet Explorer\iexplore.exeC:\Windows\explorer.exeC:\Program Files\Trend Micro\HijackThis\HijackThis.exeR1 - HKCU\Software\Microsoft\Internet Explorer\Main,Default_Page_URL = http://ie.redirect.hp.com/svs/rdr?TYPE=3&a...o&pf=laptopR1 - HKCU\So... Read more

A:Desktop And Taskbar Disappears

Hello sonnyboy, Sorry for the delay. If you still need help then create a Deckard's System Scanner (DSS) Log. Please download Deckard's System Scanner (DSS) from one of the links below and save to your Desktop. Primary Mirror Secondary Mirror DSS will do the following: 1. Create a new System Restore point in Windows XP and Vista. 2. Clean your Temporary Files, Downloaded Program Files, Internet Cache Files, and empty the Recycle Bin on all drives. 3. Check some important areas of your system and produce a report for an analyst to review. 4. Automatically run HijackThis. It will also install and place a shortcut to HijackThis on your desktop if you do not already have it installed. So if HijackThis is not installed and DSS prompts you to download it, please answer yes. Note: You must be logged onto an account with administrator privileges when using Deckard's System Scanner. 1. Close all applications and windows. 2. Double-click on dss.exe to run it and follow the prompts. 3. If your anti-virus or firewall complains, please allow this script to run as it is not malicious. 4. When the scan is complete, two text files will open in Notepad: main.txt <-- Will be maximized extra.txt <-- Will be minimized 5. If not, they both can be found in the C:\Deckard\System Scanner folder. 6. Please copy (<Control>+C) and paste (<Control>+V) the contents of main.txt and extra.txt in your next reply. Note: When running DSS, some firewalls may warn that DSS i... Read more

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Hello Everyone,
Can someone here please tell me how to solve the problem of my taskbar disappearing when I open an internet page? Thanks in advance!
 

A:Vista taskbar disappears

hello
try right click on taskbar.. choose properties.. make sure "keep taskbar on top of other windows " has a check in it. click apply.

good luck
 

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I recently go some malware on my computer which was removed with Malware Bytes. After that was fixed I noticed that my IE and Windows Explorer icons don't stay on the taskbar. They are there at boot up but disappear as everything load. I've tried to pin them to the taskbar but they still disappear after reboot. Does anyone know how to fix this? Thanks.

A:IE disappears from taskbar on reboot

Hi,
Did you use the Threat scan or the Custom scan in mbam ?
Use the custom scan and scan all connected drives,
Post the scan results

Review Jacee?s instructions to run Adwcleaner here post #7,
Ignore the title of the thread,
http://www.sevenforums.com/system-security/316404-instant-savings-app.html
On the BleepingComputer site use the button that looks like this,


SAS is safe to remove anything it finds
http://www.superantispyware.com/?tag=SUPERANTISPYWARE
This one is the longest up to 4 hours, the others are only about 45 minutes,
http://www.microsoft.com/security/scanner/en-us/default.aspx

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Hi there,
I can't find anyone else with this "problem". I have an internet explorer icon on my taskbar. Once I click on it to open a window, the icon disappears. On Windows XP, the icon stayed there, and I could click it again to open a new window. How do I keep the icon there so I can click it again? (Yes, I can right click the first open window and then click the icon in the dropdown menu, but that's two steps rather than one and is driving me crazy!)
Thanks in advance for your help!
 

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For some reason my icons and taskbar disappeared , and I wasn't able to right click or enter any commands. I have my pc set so it doesn't automatically restart if it crashes , so it may be that it just simplify was just stuck and unable to restart when it crashed. But , I'm not a 100% sure about that. Any help would be greatly appreciated , and thank you for your time. And , here's my Hijack This Log. Logfile of HijackThis v1.99.1
Scan saved at 1:03:18 PM, on 12/12/2007
Platform: Windows XP SP2 (WinNT 5.01.2600)
MSIE: Internet Explorer v7.00 (7.00.6000.16574)

Running processes:
C:\WINDOWS\System32\smss.exe
C:\WINDOWS\system32\winlogon.exe
C:\WINDOWS\system32\services.exe
C:\WINDOWS\system32\lsass.exe
C:\WINDOWS\system32\svchost.exe
C:\WINDOWS\System32\svchost.exe
C:\WINDOWS\system32\svchost.exe
C:\WINDOWS\system32\spoolsv.exe
C:\WINDOWS\Explorer.EXE
C:\Program Files\Webroot\Spy Sweeper\SpySweeperUI.exe
C:\Program Files\Hewlett-Packard\HP Boot Optimizer\HPBootOp.exe
C:\HP\KBD\KBD.EXE
C:\WINDOWS\ehome\ehtray.exe
C:\WINDOWS\System32\spool\DRIVERS\W32X86\3\E_FATIAFA.EXE
C:\WINDOWS\ALCXMNTR.EXE
C:\Program Files\Google\GoogleToolbarNotifier\GoogleToolbarNotifier.exe
C:\Program Files\Logitech\Music Anywhere\LMASysTray.exe
C:\Program Files\Google\Web Accelerator\GoogleWebAccWarden.exe
C:\Program Files\Google\Web Accelerator\googlewebaccclient.exe
C:\Program Files\APC\APC PowerChute Personal Edition\apcsystray.exe
C:\Program Files\APC\APC PowerChute Personal Editi... Read more

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help! this keeps happening everytime i go on my computer. it starts up fine but then my desktop icons disappear and are completly gone! the only thing up right now is the background and internet explorer! everything is also extremly slow and WinAntivirus pop ups keep coming up!!
 

A:help, desktop and taskbar disappears!

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My taskbar is set to autohide. Instant messenger apps typically unhide the taskbar and flash their own icon orange. I can write a small program to stop the flashing, but does anyone know how to either

1. Prevent apps from unhiding the taskbar or
2. Rehide the taskbar programatically

I am already aware of this registry setting, but it does not help! It does not prevent the taskbar from unhiding. I am also aware that some apps have a setting to stop notifications - the one I am using does not.

Thanks

A.

A:Rehide an autohide taskbar after an app pops it up

Welcome to Seven Forums Adrian S. How about a Autohotkey script to toggle the taskbar? If the taskbar unhides, use the key combo of your choice to hide it again.

How to toggle the auto-hide status of the Windows taskbar - Super User

A Guy

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For a while now, I'll be browsing on firefox, and the button in the taskbar will disappear even though I'm clearly still using firefox. I thought that maybe it was just something odd with the version I had, so I upgraded to the newest one today and it still does it.

No other programs do this, and if I happen to minimize firefox when the button isn't in the taskbar, the only way to get it back open is to go into the task manager and have it 'switch to' so it comes back up. Firefox also runs a lot slower when it's not showing in the taskbar. I don't know why it randomly disappears and unless I use the task manager, I have no idea how to get it to show in the taskbar.

I'm running windows XP and using Firefox version 3.5.2 (the newest one)

A:Firefox randomly disappears from the taskbar

And if it helps I can also provide a screenshot of what I'm describing if it's unclear and add it to this post.

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Hi,
I have a strange, and slightly annoying problem with my computer.... My taskbar disappears and i have to go into the taskbar & start menu settings, turn on the auto-hide then turn it off again for it to reappear. It always happens when I'm not using my computer, and when i get back to it, it will have disappeared. Also, my computer is quite slow, and its brand new.

My computer is Dell Inspiron 630m with Windows XP SP2.
Intel Pentium M processor 2.00GHz
797 MHz, 0.99 GB of RAM

I have eTrust InoculateIT (have to have it for school) and Adaware Pro.

Here's a log from Hijackthis:

Logfile of HijackThis v1.99.1
Scan saved at 3:34:45 PM, on 9/04/2006
Platform: Windows XP SP2 (WinNT 5.01.2600)
MSIE: Internet Explorer v6.00 SP2 (6.00.2900.2180)

Running processes:
C:\WINDOWS\System32\smss.exe
C:\WINDOWS\system32\csrss.exe
C:\WINDOWS\system32\winlogon.exe
C:\WINDOWS\system32\services.exe
C:\WINDOWS\system32\lsass.exe
C:\WINDOWS\system32\svchost.exe
C:\WINDOWS\system32\svchost.exe
C:\WINDOWS\System32\svchost.exe
C:\Program Files\Intel\Wireless\Bin\EvtEng.exe
C:\Program Files\Intel\Wireless\Bin\S24EvMon.exe
C:\Program Files\Intel\Wireless\Bin\WLKeeper.exe
C:\WINDOWS\system32\svchost.exe
C:\WINDOWS\system32\svchost.exe
C:\WINDOWS\system32\spoolsv.exe
C:\Program Files\CA\eTrust\InoculateIT\InoRpc.exe
C:\Program Files\CA\eTrust\InoculateIT\InoRT.exe
C:\Program Files\CA\eTrust\InoculateIT\InoTask.exe
C:\WINDOWS\LogWatNT.exe
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Hi...

My computer is running really slow, and some *weird* things are happening. Like for instance...the page will suddenly "adjust" and move up a few inches or down a few inches on the screen. On the taskbar at the bottom a button will appear with just a picture of a page on it, no writting...then it disappears. It happens so fast, i can't click on it...Maybe that's a good thing. Anyway...here is my log...I appreciate you time and help.

Demetria-Beth
 

A:button appears then disappears in the taskbar--Can you help?

Oops...i'm sorry...i forgot to add my log...Here it is....

Logfile of HijackThis v1.99.1
Scan saved at 1:45:47 AM, on 2/28/2006
Platform: Windows XP SP2 (WinNT 5.01.2600)
MSIE: Internet Explorer v6.00 SP2 (6.00.2900.2180)

Running processes:
C:\WINDOWS\System32\smss.exe
C:\WINDOWS\system32\winlogon.exe
C:\WINDOWS\system32\services.exe
C:\WINDOWS\system32\lsass.exe
C:\WINDOWS\system32\svchost.exe
C:\WINDOWS\System32\svchost.exe
C:\WINDOWS\system32\spoolsv.exe
C:\WINDOWS\Explorer.EXE
C:\Program Files\Common Files\Symantec Shared\ccEvtMgr.exe
C:\Program Files\Norton AntiVirus\navapsvc.exe
C:\Program Files\Norton Internet Security\NISUM.EXE
C:\Program Files\Norton Utilities\NPROTECT.EXE
C:\WINDOWS\System32\sistray.EXE
C:\Program Files\HP\hpcoretech\hpcmpmgr.exe
C:\Program Files\Common Files\Symantec Shared\ccApp.exe
C:\Program Files\HP\HP Software Update\HPWuSchd2.exe
C:\WINDOWS\System32\svchost.exe
C:\Program Files\HP\Digital Imaging\bin\hpqtra08.exe
C:\Program Files\Norton Internet Security\ccPxySvc.exe
C:\Program Files\Common Files\Symantec Shared\Security Center\SymWSC.exe
C:\WINDOWS\System32\HPZipm12.exe
C:\Program Files\HP\Digital Imaging\bin\hpqgalry.exe
C:\PROGRA~1\SHORTK~1\shklite.exe
C:\Program Files\Internet Explorer\iexplore.exe
C:\Documents and Settings\Demetria\Desktop\Hijackthis\HijackThis.exe

R1 - HKCU\Software\Microsoft\Internet Explorer\Main,Search Bar = http://g.msn.com/0SEENUS/SAOS01
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Sometimes after I wake my computer from sleep mode, my taskbar is missing. The Windows Start button is still there, but nothing of the taskbar. After I reboot it goes away, but I'd rather not do that. Any suggestions?

A:Taskbar disappears after sleep mode...

Just off the top. When you find it, right click and lock it. Lets hope it does not hide again.

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this is what i got from hijack:

Logfile of Trend Micro HijackThis v2.0.2
Scan saved at 11:33:17 PM, on 7/6/2008
Platform: Windows XP SP2 (WinNT 5.01.2600)
MSIE: Internet Explorer v7.00 (7.00.6000.16674)
Boot mode: Normal
Running processes:
G:\WINDOWS\System32\smss.exe
G:\WINDOWS\system32\winlogon.exe
G:\WINDOWS\system32\services.exe
G:\WINDOWS\system32\lsass.exe
G:\WINDOWS\system32\svchost.exe
G:\WINDOWS\System32\svchost.exe
G:\WINDOWS\system32\svchost.exe
G:\Program Files\Lavasoft\Ad-Aware 2007\aawservice.exe
G:\WINDOWS\system32\spoolsv.exe
G:\WINDOWS\SOUNDMAN.EXE
G:\Program Files\Java\jre1.6.0_03\bin\jusched.exe
G:\PROGRA~1\AVG\AVG8\avgwdsvc.exe
G:\Program Files\IVT Corporation\BlueSoleil\BTNtService.exe
G:\Program Files\Maxtor\Sync\SyncServices.exe
G:\PROGRA~1\AVG\AVG8\avgtray.exe
G:\Program Files\Maxtor\OneTouch Status\maxmenumgr.exe
G:\WINDOWS\system32\rundll32.exe
G:\Program Files\Spybot - Search & Destroy\TeaTimer.exe
G:\WINDOWS\system32\slserv.exe
G:\WINDOWS\system32\svchost.exe
G:\Program Files\Windows Live\Messenger\msnmsgr.exe
G:\Program Files\Google\GoogleToolbarNotifier\GoogleToolbarNotifier.exe
G:\WINDOWS\system32\ctfmon.exe
G:\Program Files\BitComet\BitComet.exe
G:\Program Files\DAEMON Tools Lite\daemon.exe
G:\Program Files\Pop up Blocker\pd.exe
G:\Program Files\IVT Corporation\BlueSoleil\BlueSoleil.exe
G:\Documents and Settings\user\Local Settings\Temp\Imation\USB_ImationFlashDetect.exe
G:\WINDOWS\system32\CNAB3RPK.EXE
G:\PROGRA~1\AVG\AVG8\avgrsx.exe
G:\... Read more

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I wasn't sure which sub forum to put this on so I put this here

yes the taskbar for my Win 7 Home Premium seems to like to disappear and reappear a few seconds later, its been doing that a lot today and whats more, Mozilla seems to just stop responding every now and then as well, although it gets out of it after a few seconds. Plus, when i type for instance, my typing isn't that fast anyway but say I've typed till this full stop here. The display lags behind a bit and its probably only at the world "but..."

Two things happened before this thing started happening: 1) I updated windows (it was a shutdown update thing) 2) I installed a couple of plugin programs for my DAW.

Any advice would be greatly appreciated. Thank you!

A:Taskbar Disappears and Reappears- odd behaviour

What's DAW?

The taskbar symptom sounds like Explorer crashing and automatically restarting. If you don't have any windows open when the taskbar vanishes, do you see the desktop icons vanish as well?

I'd suggest uninstalling the plugins temporarily to see if the problem goes away...

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