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Windows 7: New and odd systray icon

01 Nov 2014   #1
OvenMaster

Win7 Pro 32bit; Zorin OS 9 Core (in VM)
 
 
New and odd systray icon

I found this icon in my systray this evening when rebooting after installing Flash updates for both Firefox and IE. After my HDD settled down, it vanished, and it didn't show up in my Customization area, or anywhere else. Device Manager doesn't show any new devices. My PC seems to work fine.

Does anyone know what this indicates, besides something that's temporarily not working?




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01 Nov 2014   #2
gregrocker

 

Put your mouse on it to see if it reveals what it is, if not click or right click on it to see what it offers as these are made to be clickable. It looks like either a brightness control or connection manager with the waves coming off it. I've not seen that one before.

Meanwhile scour your Control Panel>Programs for anything you don't want and didn't install. If you order it by date it may be immediately obvious so you can uninstall it.

Next download, install, decline trial, update and run full Malwarebytes and SUPERAntiSpyware - Downloads
scans.

Report back all steps' findings.
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01 Nov 2014   #3
Callender

Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium 64-bit 7601 Multiprocessor Free Service Pack 1
 
 
Suggestion

Does anything similar show up if you?

Right click Start then choose Properties > Taskbar > Notification Area > Customise

Scroll down the list and see if you spot the icon.

Edit: Reading your post I reckon that you've done that already!

To me the icon looks like some sort of display brightness control is switched off warning. But if it's vanished it will be hard to track down exactly what it was.
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01 Nov 2014   #4
Callender

Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium 64-bit 7601 Multiprocessor Free Service Pack 1
 
 
Suggestion

If all else fails you can try running software to find icons but be warned that scanning an entire hard drive will produce a list of thousands of icons that you'll need to inspect.

Scan for icons:
New and odd systray icon-search-icons.jpg
Sample Results:
New and odd systray icon-search-icons-2.jpg
You will see the file path if you can spot the icon.

Software needed:

IconsExtract - Extract icon/cursor stored in EXE, DLL, OCX, CPL files - Portable version is best.


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02 Nov 2014   #5
OvenMaster

Win7 Pro 32bit; Zorin OS 9 Core (in VM)
 
 

Thanks to the both of you.
Greg, I'll run both scans right now.
Callender, I'll run that program right after the malware scans.
I'll report back when I'm done, most likely in the morning (it's nearly 2am for me).
I've also scoured Event Viewer for anything out of the ordinary at that time. No joy.
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02 Nov 2014   #6
Wandering one

Win7 sp1 Pro 64bit / XP sp2 Pro (games only)
 
 

Looks like WI-FI missing driver. Art.
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02 Nov 2014   #7
OvenMaster

Win7 Pro 32bit; Zorin OS 9 Core (in VM)
 
 

Malwarebytes scan results:
Code:
Malwarebytes Anti-Malware
www.malwarebytes.org

Scan Date: 11/2/2014
Scan Time: 1:42:02 AM
Logfile: mbam.txt
Administrator: Yes

Version: 2.00.3.1025
Malware Database: v2014.11.02.02
Rootkit Database: v2014.11.01.02
License: Free
Malware Protection: Disabled
Malicious Website Protection: Disabled
Self-protection: Disabled

OS: Windows 7 Service Pack 1
CPU: x86
File System: NTFS
User: user

Scan Type: Custom Scan
Result: Completed
Objects Scanned: 461123
Time Elapsed: 1192 hr, 57 min, 50 sec

Memory: Enabled
Startup: Enabled
Filesystem: Enabled
Archives: Enabled
Rootkits: Enabled
Heuristics: Enabled
PUP: Enabled
PUM: Enabled

Processes: 0
(No malicious items detected)

Modules: 0
(No malicious items detected)

Registry Keys: 0
(No malicious items detected)

Registry Values: 0
(No malicious items detected)

Registry Data: 0
(No malicious items detected)

Folders: 0
(No malicious items detected)

Files: 0
(No malicious items detected)

Physical Sectors: 0
(No malicious items detected)


(end)
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02 Nov 2014   #8
OvenMaster

Win7 Pro 32bit; Zorin OS 9 Core (in VM)
 
 

SuperAntiSpyware results. Tried it with ScanBoost off, and then on.
Never had this happen before in all my years of using SAS.


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02 Nov 2014   #9
OvenMaster

Win7 Pro 32bit; Zorin OS 9 Core (in VM)
 
 

Avast! full system scan results.


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02 Nov 2014   #10
OvenMaster

Win7 Pro 32bit; Zorin OS 9 Core (in VM)
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Wandering one View Post
Looks like WI-FI missing driver. Art.
Which is definitely odd, because my machine has only ever been networked with a wired Linksys router.
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