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Windows 7: Suspicious Icon in Taskbar!

25 Dec 2013   #11
Mysterious

Windows 7 Ultimate x86
 
 

Hmm...do one thing..type msconfig in search bar & hit enter.
In services tab check hide all microsoft services & disable all the rest.then in startup tab disable all & click apply,then ok.then it'll ask u for reboot,reboot u'r computer.to know which is the culprit,enable them one by one


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25 Dec 2013   #12
Wayfarerman

Windows 7 64 bit Enterprise
 
 

@Mysterious,
Yes, I also think that it may work. But there is still a problem: The issue that this icon is almost hidden all the time! So if I do what you say I would not be so sure that if the program related to this icon is running or not.
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25 Dec 2013   #13
UsernameIssues

W7 Pro SP1 64bit
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by UsernameIssues View Post
Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Mysterious View Post
Hmm...do one thing..type msconfig in search bar & hit enter.
In services tab check hide all microsoft services & disable all the rest.then in startup tab disable all & click apply,then ok.then it'll ask u for reboot,reboot u'r computer.to know which is the culprit,enable them one by one
The difference between what I mentioned in post #6 and what Mysterious mentioned in post #11 is the scheme used to re-enable the apps that are starting. "Half splitting" is more efficient than re-enabling each app one at a time. Especially since you will have to run the computer for a while to see if the icon appears.

That said, I agree with Noel, so this troubleshooting method might not work at all.

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Wayfarerman View Post
@Mysterious,
Yes, I also think that it may work. But there is still a problem: The issue that this icon is almost hidden all the time! So if I do what you say I would not be so sure that if the program related to this icon is running or not.
I would suggest showing all icons all of the time while you are chasing down this issue.

Suspicious Icon in Taskbar!-icons.png


It also sounds like the app is crashing* - so you might look in the Windows event logs for a clue.

*e.g. leaves an icon in the system tray (notification area) that goes away as soon as you mouse-over it.


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25 Dec 2013   #14
UsernameIssues

W7 Pro SP1 64bit
 
 

You can try running Process Explorer for a while.

Download the zipped (compressed) file
Open the zipped (compressed) file (folder)
Copy the files somewhere
Run the exe as admin
Agree to the EULA

Change this setting:
Select Options from the Menu Bar
Select Difference Highlight Duration... from the menu
Change that to 9 seconds
"OK" your way out of that settings window.

Then just watch processes start (green line) and end (red line) for a while and see if you can find the app of interest.

Personally, I would turn off all columns except these:

Suspicious Icon in Taskbar!-pm.png

For this issue, you could even do without the columns named Integrity and Image Type.


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25 Dec 2013   #15
Wayfarerman

Windows 7 64 bit Enterprise
 
 

@UsernameIssues,

Thank you for your solutions. I'll test these and will inform you about the outcome.
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25 Dec 2013   #16
alan10

Windows 7 Ultimate 64 bit SP1 x64
 
 

This appears to be simple and obvious - no need for guessing games.

Immediately below the cluster of icons shown in the first post is a LINK, the blue word CUSTOMIZE

When I click that link a window pops up with 20 different items

On the right is a Behaviors column which allows me to configure whether and when an icon is shown
On the left are 20 names of applications together with any icon which the application may be using.
Of my 20 items, 11 have icons because the application is running,
and 9 have no icons because then have not been launched since Windows was last booted.

Regards
Alan
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25 Dec 2013   #17
boohbah

Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium 64-bit 7600
 
 

alan10, simple as it is it has been asked and tried already which has led to the original post and the subsequent guessing,
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25 Dec 2013   #18
alan10

Windows 7 Ultimate 64 bit SP1 x64
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by boohbah View Post
alan10, simple as it is it has been asked and tried already which has led to the original post and the subsequent guessing,
I saw the question but was not satisfied that by subsequent answers.

Out of 20 items, only 11 had icons.
I clicked desktop shortcuts to 2 of the items without icons,
and the customize Window showed 2 more icons for these 2 running applications.
I closed those two applications and their icons remained
I closed the customize window and relaunched it and the 2 late arrivals persisted.

Is it possible that the customize LINK is not working for Wayfarerman,
and perhaps he did not know what it should do ?

Perhaps something in Windows is broken - possibly unrelated to the strange icon.

Regards
Alan
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25 Dec 2013   #19
UsernameIssues

W7 Pro SP1 64bit
 
 

Wayfarerman,

At your convenience, please consider posting a screenshot of the Notification Area Icons screen

Control Panel > All Control Panel Items > Notification Area Icons

It might take a few screenshots to show the entire list.

My list does not act exactly like alan10 describes...
...9 have no icons because then have not been launched since Windows was last booted.
I have Task Manager running - but it has no icon listed beside it in that list. This probably has to do with the way that I launch Task Manger at startup with elevated privileges. If I exit Task Manager and start it again, it will be listed with an icon. A few other things act like this too.

If (as I suspect) this app is starting and then immediately crashing, I would not expect it to make it to the Notification Area Icons list.
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23 Jul 2014   #20
Wayfarerman

Windows 7 64 bit Enterprise
 
 

Thnaks every one. At last I found what is this icon for:

Winzip Driver Updater
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