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Windows 7: Lost my Update notifier in the System Tray .... any help appreciated

10 Oct 2014   #1
MadMudMob

Windows 7 Home Premium 32bit
 
 
Lost my Update notifier in the System Tray .... any help appreciated

I have previously relied on the little icon in the System Tray as a quick glance usually explained why my dear old computer was behaving rather slowly for a short while.

It seem to have disappeared?

I have checked in the Customise Notifications and it is not listed at all ...... any ideas and/or help most appreciated.

(I am using Windows 7 Home Premium)


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10 Oct 2014   #2
NoelDP

Microsoft Community Contributor Award Recipient

Win 7 x64 Home Premium (and x86 VirtualBox VM)/Win10
 
 

The Update notifier usually only shows if there's an update waiting or installing. There are no options for it on my machine either, so I suspect that it's not user-configurable.

If your machine is running slow, then this could be caused by a number of factors...
1) too many programs running in the background
2) software conflicts
3) Malware
4) hardware problems
etc. etc.

Start with the easy stuff and work up...
1) Check that only essential programs are running at startup - disable other stuff preferably using the program's options, or MSCONFIG
2) Check for malware using Malwarebytes Anti-Malware (free edition)
3) make sure that you are running an up-to-date AV - and only one!
4) If it's still slow, check to see the memory usage in Task Manager - is the disk thrashing all the time?
5) Check hardware - RAM and HDD first, using Memtest86++ and CHKDSK respectively.

post back with results.
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10 Oct 2014   #3
MadMudMob

Windows 7 Home Premium 32bit
 
 

Thankyou for your reply.

I should have explained more thoroughly .... this morning my computer was running unusually slow but there was nothing telling me Windows was updating. I then looked at Windows Update and discovered it had indeed updated at that time but no icon had showed in the System Tray as it previously always had.

I can safely say there is the bare minimum of programs running in the background.
I regularly use MalwareBytes, Super Anti Spyware and Spybot Search + Destroy but these are only started when I wish to scan with them (fortnightly)
My av is AVG Internet Security 2014 and is always enabled
My memory use is 709mb according to the Task Manager
I am totally lost re your number 5 query .... sorry.

I use the newest Firefox and weekly delete history/cache etc.
Monthly I clean with CCleaner, Easy Clean and Advanced System Care (which is a program that is permanently enabled)
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10 Oct 2014   #4
MadMudMob

Windows 7 Home Premium 32bit
 
 

I have discovered via good old Google a program I thought might help but it won't install as it is designed for Windows 8 (?) ...
Windows Update Notifier - Home
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10 Oct 2014   #5
NoelDP

Microsoft Community Contributor Award Recipient

Win 7 x64 Home Premium (and x86 VirtualBox VM)/Win10
 
 

Advanced System Care is almost certainly one of the causes of your problem.

Please do yourself and your computer a favour and uninstall it. Apart from anything else, is often has what they laughingly describe as an AV in it, and this WILL conflict with AVG.

Easy clean? - please be specific as there are a number of different thing you could be referring to. Having said that, ALL of them that I am aware of are almost as bad as ASC, and it should be uninstall.

CCleaner is fine - so long as you don't use the Registry cleaner part of it on anything other than default settings.
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10 Oct 2014   #6
MadMudMob

Windows 7 Home Premium 32bit
 
 

The full name of the program is EasyCleaner 2.0 by ToniArts:
Download EasyCleaner - MajorGeeks
and seems according to MajorGeeks to be popular and often installed?

I don't mess with the settings on CCleaner at all except to have unticked anything to do with Firefox as suggested by the Mozilla forum.

I take on board what you tell me about Advanced System Care but must admit I am puzzled as I have run my system as it is for over a year and not lost the updater icon before?
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10 Oct 2014   #7
NoelDP

Microsoft Community Contributor Award Recipient

Win 7 x64 Home Premium (and x86 VirtualBox VM)/Win10
 
 

EasyCleaner by ToniArts??? - ye gods! that hasn't been updated since 2006 as far as I know!

It was designed for Windows 9x and has NO knowledge of the much more complex registry structure of Windows Vista and up, even if it was ever updated for XP.

Definitely one for the scrap-heap!

ASC comes from a Chinese company which appears to specialise in ripping off other people's products and repackaging them for cheap sale - without regard to suitability or proper quality control. I have had to dean with the mess left after its use far too many times.
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10 Oct 2014   #8
MadMudMob

Windows 7 Home Premium 32bit
 
 

Thankyou, I will delete Easy Cleaner immediately.

But, I am loathe to uninstall ASC as I have had nil spyware on my computer since I upgraded it almost a year ago to a paid-for version.

Is it possible it runs okay on my system and can be left (sorry but I felt I had to ask)

Would it be any help if I stopped it being permanently enabled and used/opened it just for a monthly clean instead do you think?
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10 Oct 2014   #9
NoelDP

Microsoft Community Contributor Award Recipient

Win 7 x64 Home Premium (and x86 VirtualBox VM)/Win10
 
 

Try this...

Please download and install Malwarebytes Anti-malware (free version) from http://www.malwarebytes.org/products/malwarebytes_free/ - UNtick 'Enable free trial of MBAM Premium' at the end of the installation - and update it, then run a full scan in your main account, and Quick scans in any other user accounts.

Delete everything it finds
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10 Oct 2014   #10
MadMudMob

Windows 7 Home Premium 32bit
 
 

I have that as a paid-for installed program and will do as you suggest right away, thankyou
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