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Windows 7: Notification Icons - can they be hidden?

13 Apr 2012   #1
Victek

Windows 7 x64
 
 
Notification Icons - can they be hidden?

Is there a way to hide/remove an application icon in the notification area to mask the fact that an app is running? I don't mean the usual option to not show the icon, which is still visible if you click on the "show hidden icons" button. And while we're at it is it possible to prevent a running process from displaying in the task manager? I'm thinking about anti-theft applications like Lojack.


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13 Apr 2012   #2
logicearth

Windows 8.1 Pro (x64)
 
 

Preventing a running process from displaying in Task Manager....sure...that is called a rootkit.
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14 Apr 2012   #3
Victek

Windows 7 x64
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by logicearth View Post
Preventing a running process from displaying in Task Manager....sure...that is called a rootkit.
Well, in that case this would be an example of a rootkit serving a useful purpose.
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14 Apr 2012   #4
EzioAuditore

Winbdows 7 ultimate x64 | Ubuntu 12.04 x64 LTS
 
 

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14 Apr 2012   #5
Victek

Windows 7 x64
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by EzioAuditore View Post
Thanks, I'll have a look at this.
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14 Apr 2012   #6
EzioAuditore

Winbdows 7 ultimate x64 | Ubuntu 12.04 x64 LTS
 
 

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14 Apr 2012   #7
Victek

Windows 7 x64
 
 

Thanks, but I don't think these "hide from the boss" programs would be sufficient. I'm wanting to mask the presence of an anti-theft program on a laptop, which (if it was stolen) someone would try to find and disable.
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14 Apr 2012   #8
EzioAuditore

Winbdows 7 ultimate x64 | Ubuntu 12.04 x64 LTS
 
 

That anti-theft program doesn't have some sort of self-defence mechanism and/or stealth mode?
No any program posted above worked for you?
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14 Apr 2012   #9
Victek

Windows 7 x64
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by EzioAuditore View Post
That anti-theft program doesn't have some sort of self-defence mechanism and/or stealth mode?
No any program posted above worked for you?
At the moment this is just research. My Lojack subscription expires in a couple of months and I'm going to replace it with Norton Anti-Theft (NAT). The reviews of the initial release of NAT were critical of it's lack of self-defense, however the program has been "hardened" since then. I won't know until I install it what, if any, additional protection it needs and if one of these programs is going to be helpful.
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