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Strange behavior of taskbar/system tray

Q: Strange behavior of taskbar/system tray

Hey guys,

Lately my bottom right display on the task bar is disappearing. This includes the clock, and all system tray icons.

All I have to do is open the task bar properties and click OK and then it comes back. This does not happen after a reboot, it just happens suddenly for no reason, and a couple times a week.

Any explanation for this?

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A: Strange behavior of taskbar/system tray

Hello Rich, and welcome to Seven Forums.

You might see if resetting the notification area icons may be able to help in case there may be some corruption in there.

Notification Area Icons - Reset

Hope this helps,

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The network icon that normally appears next to the date and time has disappeared on a computer. Additionally, when you expand the tray area to view all icons, this huge bloated but empty box appears that will shrink as you mouse around inside of it. Anyone seen this or know where to start? No viruses are showing up from scans.

A:Strange tray icon behavior

Hello diplo,

You might see if resetting the notification area icons may help. Notification Area Icons - Reset
If not, then you might see if checking the Always show all icons and notifications on the taskbar box, apply, uncheck it, and apply may toggle it to display properly again. Notification Area Icons - Hide or Show System Icons and Notifications
Hope this helps,

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Several of my notification tray icons (gotten to by clicking the up arrow-->customize) are odd. CCleaner is listed but it has the Java icon. Windows Task Manager has no icon next to it. There is one listed, hpvncwin4.exe, that has the FreeAgent icon and I can find no description of what this is by Googling. It just showed up in the last day. That worries me a bit.

Why exactly do these get corrupted?

I tried running CCleaner "Tray Notifications Cache" and it found nothing to clean.

Should I care? Should I reset using this tutorial (I'm not sure I understand about killing explorer.exe)?

Notification Area Icons - Reset

Or how about this one, found it here too:


A:Notification tray icons strange behavior

Hi bru,

Following the tutorial yo posted above should help. Killing explorer.exe means that Windows Explorer (which includes your taskbar and system tray), is shut down. The .bat file in the tutorial will then restart explorer.exe before restarting the system. It won't harm your computer in any way so I suggest you try it.

Hope this helps,

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I'm running XP Professional with a cable modem connection.

I've noticed lately that every once in a while, a tab appears briefly on my taskbar and then disappears about 3 seconds later. It's blank, except for a generic symbol on the left side that looks like an empty white box with a blue bar across the top - a typical generic windows symbol.

I've run every anti-virus and anti-spy program I can find and am not finding anything malicious.

What could this be?

Thanks to all in advance...
Dr. Michael

A:Strange Taskbar Behavior

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I left my PC unchanged for more than 10 mins and this made my display turned off(This is ok), and after that I saw a strange taskbar This was second time now.
I am attaching a photo also. I had to restart the explorer.exe to overcome this error.

Please help

A:[SOLVED] Taskbar's strange behavior

What does it normally look like?

Are you Windows 7 or Vista?

Check the Reliability Monitor - see what has installed lately -
START | type perfmon /rel

Check Event Viewer - what events occur before/ after you restart Explorer?
START | type eventvwr.msc | Custom Views | Administrative Events

Regards. . .



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1st problem
When i open a folder and trying to click at one of my "Favourite" shortcuts at left panel they open in new window. Shortcuts dont even work when im uploading something and want to browse via "Favourite" shortcuts. I want it working and open in same window like it should be. How can i fixt it ?

2nd problem
Taskbar... i cant pin anything to it. Even if i right click on software there is no option to pin or unpin.

Its only 2 weeks old system and i really dont know how could i messed it up. Please help me

A:Strange taskbar and browsing behavior

try a sfc scan, run it three times.
be aware any third party theme will revert to windows default themes

SFC /SCANNOW Command - System File Checker

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Hi All

I am experiencing a weird issue on an XP machine I use for work.

Despite having the windows taskbar 'locked', all my apps open up with their minimise/maximise/close buttons hidden behind this taskbar.

I am one of those who choose to locate the taskbar at the top of the screen rather than on the bottom.

So, if I want to move an app, or resize the window - quite simply, I can't do this without first moving the system taskbar to the left or right position - which then gives me access to the top bar of any running application. I can then access and thus move/adjust the application position.

Does anyone know why I might be experiencing this weird behavior and if so, how I reset it back to default please?

I have tried turning the machine off and restarting - to no avail.

Many thanks all.

A:Strange behavior in XP - apps are behind windows taskbar

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My system tray icons never seem to "remember" the behavior I apply to them--whether it's "Always Hide" or "Always Show," it will usually revert to "Hide when inactive." I know there's an XP fix on Kelly's Korner (Save Settings on Exit), but it didn't seem to work for Vista, or at least for me. Is there any other way of getting the set behaviors to stay upon shutting down/restarting my PC?

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System restore is acting really strange on my system to a degree I've never seen before. I 1st noticed it about a week ago. I had roughly 320GB free on my hard drives and all of the sudden over a weeks time it would continually drop. Day 2 it went to about 305GB, then 299 to 285 etc. until it got down to 261GB free. I wasn't downloading anything, making any changes I was merely moving data between 2 NAS's and some simple email, web browsing periodically etc. I could literally just refresh the my computer window and see gigs disappear right before my eyes. I tried several virus scans, win defender, avast, malwarebytes, ccleaner. nothing found. I cleaned all temp files, browser history, recycle bin etc, I may've gained a gig or 2 only to watch it disappear shortly after so I looked at my system restore. It was set to use all available space and all the restore points looked fine so I cleared them all and all my hd space returned. So I set it back to only use 10% and saved and closed. A day later I saw the hard drive space disappearing again and went back to restore. It was back to using 100% with no new restore points but it let me delete again and I turned off system restore. Since I turned it off my free space remains. Other than this my system runs fine, no lag, never slow, nothing odd in the windows task manager and no errors of any kind. Is this a common issue with system restore that any of you have seen before? It has saved me in the past but not for a while, should I ju... Read more

A:Strange System Restore behavior

I notice that you are running Avast.
You may need to completely uninstall it and then reinstall it (or swap to a different AV).

Download a new version of the installer and then uninstall the version you are running.
Reinstall it using the new installer.
An additional benefit is that you will be able to select what features you want installed.

I was having a similar System Restore issue, after allowing Avast to do an in-place upgrade to the latest version.
Once I performed a complete clean reinstall the issue stopped.
Check out these threads:
System Protection is turning itself on and settings are changing
What's the Best Anti-virus?

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Hey Guys,

I'm not too sure if this may be possible. I've done a bit of "googling" but the key words always bring up "how to move the taskbar" but that is not what I want....

Basically my monitor has developed a small leak down on the bottom right, nothing major, it can wait until I've saved up to get a nice new one. For now though I can't see my tray notification and more importantly the clock. Is there anyway to move the sytem tray (including the clock) further towards thw middle so that I can see it?

XP has been around for years so I would have thought someone would have come up with a way!


A:Move the system tray NOT the taskbar

It's built into the program to always be on the right of the taskbar when horizontal (top or bottom) and the bottom of the taskbar when vertical (left or right side).

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Hi,I hope someone here can help with this.
For some reason,the taskbar on my desktop has gone from being on the bottom,to going along the left side.I tried to drag it back,but the best I could do was to get along it on the top.Any ideas as to how I can get it back to the bottom?I tried dragging it all over the place,but it just won't go to the bottom.
It's running win 2000.Thanks.

A:Solved: Taskbar/system tray

Not sure if it's the same in Win2K, but won't hurt to try.

Right click on the taskbar and make sure "Lock The Taskbar" is unchecked, then just left click and hold on a blank area in the taskbar and drag it to the bottom, Lock it again when your done.

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Can't get rid of "System Alert!" icon in tray... It flashes between a white question mark inside a blue circle and what looks like a 'no smoking' sign...but with no cigarette in the middle...basically a red circle with a red line through the middle of it...What I've tried so far..Spybot scanAd aware scanAVG scanBooting in safe mode and running ATF-Cleaner and straight after that I ran SUPERAntiSpyware Free Edition.. It seemed to find it, told me it fixed it...but it still comes up when I get to windows..Here is my log ... Please help..Logfile of HijackThis v1.99.1Scan saved at 6:24:45 PM, on 11/03/2007Platform: 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\svchost.exeC:\WINDOWS\System32\svchost.exeC:\WINDOWS\system32\spoolsv.exeC:\WINDOWS\arservice.exeC:\PROGRA~1\Grisoft\AVG7\avgamsvr.exeC:\PROGRA~1\Grisoft\AVG7\avgupsvc.exeC:\PROGRA~1\Grisoft\AVG7\avgemc.exeC:\WINDOWS\eHome\ehRecvr.exeC:\WINDOWS\Explorer.EXEC:\WINDOWS\eHome\ehSched.exeC:\Program Files\Common Files\LightScribe\LSSrvc.exeC:\WINDOWS\system32\nvsvc32.exeC:\... Read more

A:System Alert! In Taskbar Tray

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I have been searching for help for this problem for the past two days.
I am running Win 7, 64bit along with FF and Chrome. The past few days I have noticed strange web behavior such as timeouts and failures to connect only to certain websites (Gmail always works, for instance, but many other sites I frequent only do sometimes). The pages which do load infrequently tend to do so very slowly and I am on a fast cable connection - gmail is normal.
I noticed in process manager that two csrss.exe were running.
I tried to update MBAM and when the update was completed, the program dissapeared. When I tried to open it again it said that it was already running - closing its process and trying again, it did the same thing. I rebooted into safe mode and was able to run it and Avast. Avast found nothing after MBAM picked up some type of adware in the temp folder.
The web behavior seems to be normal, now.
Under processes, I have two instances of csrss.exe, but I can find only one (in Sys32). Using sysinternals process monitor, I see the following:

Process explorer:

When I "show processes from all users", I still get two csrss. One is 1.6k and the other 2k in memory usage. Both are under the user SYSTEM
Is this anything to be concerned about?

A:Two instances of csrss.exe as SYSTEM, strange web behavior

Welcome aboard   Download Security Check from here or here and save it to your Desktop. Double-click SecurityCheck.exe Follow the onscreen instructions inside of the black box. A Notepad document should open automatically called checkup.txt; please post the contents of that document.NOTE 1. If one of your security applications (e.g., third-party firewall) requests permission to allow DIG.EXE access the Internet, allow it to do so.NOTE 2 SecurityCheck may produce some false warning(s), so leave the results reading to me. Please download (FSS) and run it on the computer with the issue.Make sure the following options are checked:
Internet ServicesWindows FirewallSystem RestoreSecurity Center/Action CenterWindows UpdateWindows DefenderPress "Scan".It will create a log (FSS.txt) in the same directory the tool is run.Please copy and paste the log to your reply. Please download MiniToolBox and run it.Checkmark following boxes:Report IE Proxy SettingsReport FF Proxy SettingsList content of HostsList IP configurationList Winsock EntriesList last 10 Event Viewer logList Installed ProgramsList Devices (do NOT change any settings here)List Users, Partitions and Memory sizeClick Go and post the result. Download Malwarebytes' Anti-Malware (aka MBAM): http://www.malwarebytes.org/products/malwarebytes_free to your desktop.* Double-click mbam-setup.exe and follow the prompts to install the program.* At the end, be sure a checkmark is placed next to Update Malwarebytes' Anti-Malware and ... Read more

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What I'd like is for a program that normally appears in the system tray to show in the taskbar at all times it is running so i can easily see it and use the exit functions etc.
Specifically for Steam - (X) minimizes to system tray and hides activity in the task bar. I don't mind if this results in 2 icons showing (1 for an active window and 1 for the process) I know you can do the same from system tray for this particular program, but I just don't have the habit to look there for anything other than system background applications.

I'm running Windows 7 Professional x64 and am comfortable tinkering with registry and system files if needed.

So the questions are:
1/ Can a system tray icon be permanently moved to the taskbar applications area?
2/ If not, can a background process be assigned a taskbar icon when active?
Thanks in advance,

A:Can I move a System Tray program to the Taskbar?

You could try this application called taskbar shuffle here is the link

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Hi...just recently when i started my computer up..and after windows loaded...there was just my background...all my icons & task bar & system tray were gone. The only way i could turn my computer off was manually....than i waited a bit..and when i started it again..windows did a disk check..than when it loaded again..all my icons & other stuff were back. But when i restart it or turn it off & than turn it on next day...its same thing again..just a background...so it looks like the only way my icons come back is when windows does a disk check.
Whats causing my computer to do this? I've had problems with trojan horse virus's recently...dont know if its related. I hope somebody out there can help me solve this problem.

Thanxs in advance

A:Solved: No icons or taskbar & system tray...need help!!

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i am running windows xp and i am having a problem. the whole task bar at the bottom of the screen has dissappeared, start menu and system tray and all. ever since then i cant use internet explorer. it will open and close immediately. i have run a thorough check on spybot and run my norton as well. does anyone know how to get this back?

A:Start Menu, Taskbar And System Tray

Try this first:My Taskbar is missing and I have no Start button - what do I do?My Taskbar disappeared and other simple tweaks

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This is one of those things that could be worded in so many ways, there may be a solution out there but I have no idea what phrasing may have been used in such a case. Basically, I recently switched to using a vertical taskbar on the left side, more workable area on widescreen monitors. I love it so far, except for the change in system tray behavior. They're doubled up, which is fine, but if I have an odd number of icons it disturbs my general arrangement. This is hugely annoying for me as I frequently use the system tray to open multiple applications I always have open in the background, such as IRC or AIM. Easiest to explain using animage.

Is it possible to have the tray like it is in the second one? Or if there is a way to have a single line of icons, that is also an acceptable solution.

A:System Tray icons on vertical taskbar.

your image is not working

*edit* now i can see it

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I'm currently personalizing the themes. Then I saw this happen.

Anyone know how to change it to default?

A:My system tray and taskbar icons changed itself!

Quickest way would probably be to just use system restore.
If you can't access the start menu, you can ctl alt del and use the run feature in the task manager. (file -> run)
Start System Restore from a command prompt

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I have started getting a busy sign (Hourglass) on my taskbar & system tray. Issues being faced:

1) The System Tray Icons are not loading up.
2) 'My Computer' is not accessible. When we click My Computer, the window opens up but nothing is shown, it keeps searching.
Also, the right click on 'My Computer' is not working.
3) 'Start' button is not working.
4) On opening programs like Word, Excel, Firefox etc. They do not appear on the taskbar.
5) When I right click on any folder in My Documents, 'Send to' option are not available.
6) The drop down menu in My Documents is also not working.
7) Windows is not shutting down completely. It gets stuck on 'Saving your settings...'

When I booted the desktop in Safe Mode with Networking non of the above issues were faced. Pls assist.

A:Busy Sign on Taskbar & System Tray

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This is actually for a friend and I tried everything I could think of but nothing works. She recently installed WindowBlinds and as she was installing Avast it apparently happened (if this helps)

What happened is the icons in the System Tray, and the Quick Launch icons because the Start menu, and even the icons inside the Start menu have enlarged. They are probably 1.5x the size of the original and are also blurry. The time in the bottom right now includes the date also.

I thought her taskbar was moved up a notch, but it's as low as it can go. So thats not the problem. If you right-click the taskbar when it is unlocked and go to View, you can change the icons from large to small. It's on small. So something else happened.


Any clue what could've happened?


A:Taskbar/System Tray icons all LARGE... how do I fix this?

Could be a crap theme. Try changing themes or uninstalling WB completely.

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Bear with my details, as I fear this is not a common problem- I can't find it on Google. I have been recently (not sure what caused it) having troubles with the taskbar and system tray in windows XP Pro. Some time after a fresh reboot (seems not to occur directly after a reboot), my windows on the taskbar don't respond correctly to my mouse clicks. That is to say that for instance right now, if I click on a different internet explorer window (on the taskbar), that window doesn't come up in front of this window as in normally would. Instead the taskbar section of that window changes from its regular blue colour to the dark orange colour as it would if something in that window had changed in the background (for example when you get a message on a MSN messenger window that is running in the background).
Alt-tabbing brings up the window no problems and if I click the desired 'task' 3 times it comes up -(once to turn colour, twice to minimize it, and the third time it pops up in the foreground). This is quite ANNOYING.

The second issue is with the system tray. Often times, (with any application it seeems) when I right-click the sys. tray icon the resulting menu stays there even after I click off of it- in the background or in other applications. The only way to get rid of it is to select one of the menu options. This is also very annoying.

I doubt it is any virus or spyware, as I stay updated with those software.
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A:Problems with XP Professional taskbar and system tray

I have found the problem. It was my D-Link wireless card configuration utility. The other programs worked fine until my mouse hit the D-Link one. I have solved the problem by removing the program from the startup and am now using the Windows wireless network configuration. I tried to update the drivers from the D-Link website but I think the problem is with the utility program. All is good now.

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When I booted up this morning,I noticed a new icon in the system tray,it looks like 2 computer monitors with a small bar flashing between them ....I clicked on it and it said aquiring network connection,I cannot understand this as I was already on the net having a broadband connection ....anyone have any idea why its there ?

A:Strange icon in system tray

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So this icon --> shows up every now and then in my system tray. However, when I go to hover over it, it disappears. Any ideas on what it might be?

A:Strange icon in system tray

You can use CodeStuff :: Starter - Processes tab.
to see what processes are running on the system, but unlike standard Task Manager,
Codestuff Starter SHOWS ICONS of all programs.
Please determine that process by icon and post results.

Sample image from their website is in attachment.

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Hi guys,

Tonight I was on my new Dell Inspirion 15 laptop, running Vista basic when I noticed a strange new tray icon. I have taken a screen shot of it and will attach. Basically I can't do anything with it. It wont give me the option to open/close, see properties or any normal tray icon options. Just wondering what it is? And how I get rid of it. Oh and its the symbol that looks like a lock with the letter 'A' in it LOL. Thank you for all your help

If the attachment is to small, plz let me know as I will resize it and try again.

A:Strange System Tray ICON

you could go start->run - msconfig and check the startup programs running. See if there is anything there that looks out of place.
I take it that it doesn't say what it is when you hover over it with the mouse.

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I recently noticed that when i try to save a picture on my computer (just when i right click and open "save picture as" dialog box" something appears and disappears in one second in system tray. i cannot see the icon properly but system tray expands and gets back to normal position very fast. is it some kind of virus? should i need to run HijackThis and paste the log data here?

Thanks in advance.

A:Strange Activity In System Tray

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I am including a copy of the hijack log for my laptop. I have noticed that after I received it back from a friend that there is a little red square box in the system tray that identifies as "spector". The only option when right clicked is to "open" which does nothing. I have looked through the machine and cannot find any reference to "spector".

How can I get rid of this icon?

Logfile of HijackThis v1.95.0
Scan saved at 2:31:34 PM, on 7/21/03
Platform: Windows 98 SE (Win9x 4.10.2222A)
MSIE: Internet Explorer v6.00 SP1 (6.00.2800.1106)

Running processes:

R0 - HKCU\Software\Microsoft\Internet Explorer\... Read more

A:strange icon in system tray

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Hi guys,
I'm not even completely certain how to describe this problem. My friend has a win 7 system running without trouble (updated antivirus program running).
A month or so ago, he shut down his system while he went for vacation. When he returned, the computer had reverted to a previous time. List a lot of documents, some programs etc. I couldn't find anything wrong. Antivirus scan was negative. No system restore options worked (I tried but each attempt ended in "unable to restore - try another point").
We moved on until yesterday, after completing a marathon MS office word session using Teamviewer to remotely collaborate. Before he could email me the document (we ran a Verizon FiOS optimizer program), the program completed with a reboot. After the reboot, his computer had reverted to a period PRIOR to the last problem time. Ie when an previous screen saver ran. He lost the critical document we had worked on for 4 hrs.
There never was any reboot screen that sounds at all like a system restore. He did not "click" any options post (or pre for that matter) boot.
I'm not near him to look more closely at his system. He isn't at all tech savvy. Any insights would be appreciated. I haven't got a clue what's going on. I've never seen this before.

A:Strange system behavior WINDOWS 7 Home Premium

Well, Im not sure about this kinda problem...
Well my best advice i can give is to download Speecy install it and give us the link.
Try to update some drivers too...

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Dear Members,
I am facing a typical problem with Laptop Lenovo G50-80 with following configuration :
Core i3 - 4GB RAM - 1TB Harddisk - AMD Radeon Graphics Card - 15.6" Screen - Windows 10 Home SL.
The problem i face is when i start Laptop Windows 10 starts... Desktop icons are displayed but Taskbar icons and icons on system tray are not displayed. Time and date are also not displayed. If i do not do anything the system state remains as it is. But if i double click on Taskbar the icons are displayed and then i can use the Laptop.
I tired following things :
I used one touch recovery to restore to factory default settings ( Twice )
Chkdsk with /r /f
But the problem remains same.
Can anybody please suggest solution ?
Manish Shah

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This seems to have occurred in conjunction with my switching from add-in video card back to the on-board display adapter (something I've done numerous times before without a problem). Perhaps it's unrelated.

No other functional problems that I've seen.

I ran AVG anti-virus scan, as well as CounterSpy spyware scan. Both found zero problems.

OS: Win XP Pro SP3.
System: Acer Power F1; 1GB+ RAM; 12GB free HD space

Any suggestions are much appreciated.

Here's the HJT log:
Logfile of Trend Micro HijackThis v2.0.2
Scan saved at 2:23:43 PM, on 11/23/2009
Platform: Windows XP SP3 (WinNT 5.01.2600)
MSIE: Internet Explorer v6.00 SP3 (6.00.2900.5512)
Boot mode: Normal

Running processes:
C:\Program Files\Comodo\Firewall\cfp.exe
C:\Program Files\EarthLink TotalAccess\TaskPanl.exe
C:\Program Files\Cisco Systems\Clean Access Agent\CCAAgent.exe
C:\Program Files\Palm\Hotsync.exe
C:\Documents and Settings\Administrator\Local Settings\Application Data\Google\Update\\GoogleCrashHandler.exe
C:\Program Files\Comodo\Firewall\cmdagent.exe
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A:start menu, taskbar, system tray disappeared

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I have started getting a busy sign (Hourglass) on my taskbar & system tray. Issues being faced:

1) The System Tray Icons are not loading up.
2) 'My Computer' is not accessible. When we click My Computer, the window opens up but nothing is shown, it keeps searching.
Also, the right click on 'My Computer' is not working.
3) 'Start' button is not working.
4) On opening programs like Word, Excel, Firefox etc. They do not appear on the taskbar.
5) When I right click on any folder in My Documents, 'Send to' option are not available.
6) The drop down menu in My Documents is also not working.
7) Windows is not shutting down completely. It gets stuck on 'Saving your settings...'

When I booted the desktop in Safe Mode with Networking non of the above issues were faced. Pls assist.

A:[SOLVED] Busy Sign on Taskbar & System Tray

Issue resolved by disabling SSPD from services.

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I believe I have been infected. I have had 2 odd security icons show up in my system tray:Antivir DesktopWindows Security AlertI am running Avira Antivir, but it's not the standard icon. Also, my system is running glacially slow. So I went through all the preparation steps listed here, running DDS.SCR and gmer.exe. Here are my results, with the attach.txt and ark.txt files as attachments:DDS (Ver_10-03-17.01) - NTFSx86 Run by Ian at 7:57:18.14 on Wed 04/21/2010Internet Explorer: 7.0.5730.11 BrowserJavaVersion: 1.6.0_05Microsoft Windows XP Home Edition 5.1.2600.3.1252.1.1033.18.503.262 [GMT -7:00]AV: AntiVir Desktop *On-access scanning enabled* (Updated) {AD166499-45F9-482A-A743-FDD3350758C7}============== Running Processes ===============C:\WINDOWS\system32\svchost -k DcomLaunchsvchost.exeC:\WINDOWS\System32\svchost.exe -k netsvcssvchost.exesvchost.exeC:\WINDOWS\System32\wltrysvc.exeC:\WINDOWS\System32\bcmwltry.exeC:\WINDOWS\system32\LEXBCES.EXEC:\WINDOWS\system32\LEXPPS.EXEC:\WINDOWS\system32\spoolsv.exeC:\Program Files\Avira\AntiVir Desktop\sched.exesvchost.exeC:\Program Files\Avira\AntiVir Desktop\avguard.exeC:\PROGRA~1\COMMON~1\AOL\ACS\AOLacsd.exeC:\Program Files\Common Files\Apple\Mobile Device Support\bin\AppleMobileDeviceService.exeC:\Program Files\Dell&... Read more

A:Strange security icons in system tray

Hello and welcome to Bleeping ComputerWe apologize for the delay in responding to your request for help. Here at Bleeping Computer we get overwhelmed at times, and we are trying our best to keep up. Please note that your topic was not intentionally overlooked. Our mission is to help everyone in need, but sometimes it takes just a little longer to get to every request for help. No one is ignored here.If you have since resolved the original problem you were having, we would appreciate you letting us know. If not please perform the following steps below so we can have a look at the current condition of your machine. Please include a clear description of the problems you're having, along with any steps you may have performed so far.Please refrain from running tools or applying updates other than those we suggest while we are cleaning up your computer. The reason for this is so we know what is going on with the machine at any time. Some programs can interfere with others and hamper the recovery process.Even if you have already provided information about your PC, we need a new log to see what has changed since you originally posted your problem.We need to create an OTL ReportPlease download OTL from one of the following mirrors:This is THE MirrorSave it to your desktop.Double click on the icon on your desktop.Click the "Scan All Users" checkbox.In the custom scan box paste the following:CODEmsconfigsafebootminimalactivexdrivers32netsvcs%SYSTEMDRIVE%\*.exe/md5st... Read more

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On my XPS 15 (L502X) I'd like to widen the day and date area so that the day and date fit on one line. For instance, for today, I'd like it to display "Friday/09/16/2016." I have made this change in settings, and when I hover the mouse over that area, the display is correct. But because the display area isn't wide enough, it otherwise shows only the time. This works fine on my desktop PC--plenty of room there. I don't want to increase the taskbar height. I want only to widen the day/time/date area to accommodate the day and date on one line. So how do I widen the day and date area on my laptop? Thanks.

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Dear team,
I am customized taskbar system tray Icon but Taskbar system tray Icon settings get changed frequently. so kindly suggest how to avoid. 

Rahi Padariya

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ok a simple issue I hope
In my taskbar sytem tray icons will be enclosed in this bubble thing with the arrow on it it collects icons to save space. (sorry no idea what its called)
options in notification area are set to show all icons,but it persists to put icons in that bubble..it is not the balloon notification I'm talking about.
I would like simply that it does not hide icons in this bubble.
thanks in advance Vagablonde

photo attached taken from google

A:Taskbar system tray hides icons even option is unchecked

Well that`s what ticking the box is supposed to do.

You`ve done that and yet all your icons still do not appear ?

Another way would be to check to show each and every icon and notification.

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Hello all, I will try to be as descriptive as possible about this issue, I am working on a pc that is infected with some sort of malware. I tried many virus scans and Malware/Spyware removal tools, but haven't had any luck. All I can really tell you about this issue is I have a blue background that says "Warning spyware has been detected on your pc, you computer has several fatal errors do to spyware activity" then a link below directing me to more spyware. Also I cannot get into my task manager it is grayed out, and I recieve a yellow triange in my system tray stating that my computer is infected and then a website pops up "top rated spyware removers." Occasionally I will recieve a Windows Security Center popup (red) showing me that it found trojans and wants me to download their software to remove it. Any help or tools anyone can provide would be greatly appreciated! Thanks!

A:Taskbar grayed out+Yellow Triange in system tray+Popups


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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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Hello Guys,

Got around to installing Windows 7 on my home desktop and laptop. Am rather impressed with everything compared to Vista (speed, etc) but have one big annoyance - the taskbar.

I have my taskbar set to traditional mode where each window gets its own taskbar item (ie if I have 4 Firefox windows open, I have 4 Firefox taskbar items show up). I also don't use the Pin functionality as I dislike it.

In <=Vista, every time a new window opened, it would open to the right of the taskbar. In 7, it likes to group applications of the same type (Firefox for example) together. Any way I can get it to revert to how <=Vista did it?

I also have the same problem with system tray icons.

Best Regards,
Craig Brass

A:Taskbar Items / System Tray Items - Open in Order

Hi Welcome to SF,

You could try this,

Right Click on Task Bar > Properties > Task-bar Buttons > From the Drop Down select Never Combine

Hope this helps

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I'm using small icons and never combine and also 7 taskbar tweaker not to group tasks. I was wondering if there was a way to get rid of the space between tasks, like between one folder and another. Which is technically what grouping does I guess. But I still wanted to move individual things around and keep a certain order.

I also wanted to ask about reducing the spacing between icons in the system tray also. It uses two or three times the space as the tray from vista or any previous versions do. I know you can hide ones you don't use much and other options. But I wanted to leave it showing them all but just have them right next to eachother instead of spaces between.

(At this rate I'm going to have a thread starting record.)

A:Spacing between taskbar items and also system tray spacing

No. There's no practical advantage to doing so (especially in non-combine modes) because you wouldn't actually save enough space to include an additional icon so it's not an option. I never used Vista so I don't know but I suspect that the spacing was not that much different.

And, no (I'm only 99% certain about this one though so I may be contradicted). If it takes up more space (and I'm not even sure that that's not just an optical delusion) it's because of the size of the icons. Although it may appear spaced out there is only minimal space between the icons taking into account the full size of the transparent parts.

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How do I make tray icons behave like in Windows XP, when "Hide inactive icons" is ON? I only see options to show all icons which is equivalent to unchecking "Hide inactive icons" in XP. And also options for each tray icon whether to always show it with notification, hide icon and show notification only and hide both icon and notification. But how to make them hide when inactive and unhide after if there is activity with them?

A:Hide inactive tray icons - behavior like in Windows XP

I would imagine that in this case, "notification" and "activity" really mean the same thing. Have you tried using the 'hide icon and show notification' setting to see if it's what you want?

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I use the quick launch buttons on the task bar for launching all of my regularly used programs.

Recently, something odd has started to happen that has never happened before and I'd like to get things back the way they used to be

Firefox (16.0.2) is my primary browser (Windows 7 home premium SP1)

Now, when I open FF, it's icon(s) appear on the far right of the quick launch icons instead of in the middle of the row where I have all my browser quick launch icons.

If I remove all FF icons from the bar and then put a new one in - in the correct location - when I open a FF window, a 2nd FF icon appears on the far right of the quick launch icons.

If I open other FF windows, they stack under the icon that's to the far right - in the wrong location.

Any ideas? Probably just a setting that got trashed.

A:odd taskbar behavior

You could try rolling back your computer to a date/time prior to this problem by using a system restore point.

System Restore

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Today in class my machine was unplugged while a CD was playing, I was logged on to the Web, and one other app was open also. When I re-started, my taskbar had reverted to the "2000 classic" style, and nothing I did would get the XP one back. Everything else was normal. In the desktop properties, the XP theme had also 'vanished'.


A:XP Taskbar behavior

Look in Services to see if the Themes service has been disabled. If so, you can get the Teletubby look back by enableing it.

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I need to allow full screen Windows applications overlapping task bar under Windows 7.
The "auto hide" is not the option due to user requirements I don't want to describe here.
One possible solution is to change the code of those applications to allow them overlapping task bar, but it will imply a lot of work as we have many of them already running at customer's side.
The best would be just to remove programmatically the "topmost" style of task bar window, but my code failed to do that with the error 0x00000005 "Access denied".

Does anyone know any solution for that?

A:Change taskbar behavior

Not sure if this is what you are looking for:


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Hello. I just installed IE9 earlier this evening, and I observed a peculiar change to my taskbar that I cannot seem to correct.

Prior to the install, I has "shrunk" the shortcut icon area, so that only a couple of the icons were displayed; I could access the hidden ones by click on the up chevrons (just as one would do in the notification area). If it's not clear what I mean, this is the same behavior as one would have in WinXP using the Quick Launch bar if you minimized the QL display area; a couple icons would be displayed, and the rest would be hidden, but easily accessible.

Since I installed IE9, all of the shortcuts in the taskbar are being displayed, and I cannot find a way to set things up the way they were before.

I noticed that "lock taskbar" was checked, so I've unchecked it, but there was no change. Previously, this would have enabled me to resize the QL/shortcut area, but it's not working now.

If anyone has any suggestions, I'd appreciate it. It's a small thing, but it bugs me. I hate when software modifies things unexpectedly.

A:IE9 modified the behavior of my taskbar?

When u access the hidden shortcuts use the customize option.

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As noted in my profile running Windows 7 Professional and all was working well until a couple of days ago.  I upgraded my internet service through Comcast to 30 Mbps download speed, and initially was not seeing that speed on my PC.  I adjusted MTU on my router (Netgear WNDR3400 running DD-WRT) down from 1500 to 1450 and that seemed to allow the speed measured by Speedtest.com to go up to my anticipated 30Mbps. But almost immediately, I noticed while I could get email messages through my Comcast email account I could not get messages from my Charter mail account, and more worrisome is that I now have very limited ability to load websites...something seems to be re-directing the searches and the sites never load.  Some load OK (like Bleeping Computer (luckily ), but while speedtest.com won't load, I can load the speedtest on the Comcast site.
I ran MalwareBytes and removed a few problems, and tried to install Avast Free (had been using AVG regularly), but Avast says "Unable to start scan: there are no more endpoints available from the endpoint mapper".
Please evaluate these symptoms and let me know a next step to take.  Please also indicate if this should be posted and continued in another Forum...I wasn't sure where to begin so thought the Forum for my OS would be a logical starting point. 
Thanks for any help and suggestions.

A:Strange Behavior...Please Help if Possible

See this thread ... https://forum.avast.com/index.php?topic=142330.0 .

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good morning

I spent the weekend upgrading my PC's from win 7 to win 10. the 1st one had some issues after the upgrade, but most have been solved. 2 of the other 3 went fine and all seem to be working as expected.

the last one, and the most important one, has lots of issues

only one user account made it through the upgrade, the rest are still on disk but not in the users group

the network did not work, and any settings changes made would not stick until about 4 or 5 reboots

the upgrade did not find my 2nd raid as it did not have drivers for it, once I installed the drivers I have its drives in 2 places in explorer, This PC, and Desktop.

Quicken Home and Business 2011 gives and administrator account error on start, it works only partially, very slowly and without the mouse. this works fine on the laptop with Quicken and Windows 10.

I have 2 scenarios I can think of,
1. keep fighting these and other less critical problem until Windows 10 works correctly
2. restore the PC from an Acronis backup I did before the upgrade and start again.

if I restore this PC back to Windows 7 from a backup, will Microsoft have any issues with doing the upgrade again? It would be a lot easier than a rollback inside WIndows 10.

many people are having issues with Quicken and Windows 10, and so far I have not found a solution. the account that did make it through the upgrade is my main account, and it has administrator privileges so "run as administrator" is not needed. I took ... Read more

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Hello everyone. I was attempting to install Mcafee Suite, and kept getting redirected to porn. They said on their page to do a stack dump and some other stuff, and it screwed things up. So I did a system restore, going back about 2 months. Now system restore, help, Media Player, and probably other stuff has disappeared. I still have the icons, but nothing works. I poked around a bit, and found alot of files with $ signs before and after the file name. I don't have an XP disk to reinstall. Thanks in advance for helping me out.
{Moved to more appropriate forum~~boopme}

A:Strange Xp Behavior...

Have you performed any anti-spyware scans? Have you tried doing your scans in "Safe Mode"? Are you doing scans while logged into the "Administrator Account" or an "account with administrator privileges"? You need to start there first. If rescanning in Safe Modes does not help, then do this:Perform an Online Virus Scan like BitDefender.(These require Internet Explorer to work. Watch the Address bar in IE. You may receive alerts that "This site might require the following ActiveX control...Click here to install...". Click on that alert and then Click Install ActiveX component. If given the option, choose "Quarantine" instead of delete.)Please download ATF Cleaner by Atribune & save it to your desktop. DO NOT use yet. Please download and install SUPERAntiSpyware FreeDouble-click SUPERAntiSypware.exe and use the default settings for installation.An icon will be created on your desktop. Double-click that icon to launch the program.If asked to update the program definitions, click "Yes". If not, update the definitions before scanning by selecting "Check for Updates". (If you encounter any problems while downloading the updates, manually download them from here and unzip into the program's folder.)Under the "Configuration and Preferences", click the Preferences... button.Click the "General and Startup" tab, and under Start-up Options, make sure "Start SUPERAntiSpyware when Windows ... Read more

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