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[SOLVED] Unwanted icon on my taskbar

Q: [SOLVED] Unwanted icon on my taskbar

I have an unwanted icon on my taskbar, and when I open it its an ad for anti-spyware, I cant get rid of it. I know this is probably spyware.
Any Help, or Advice

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A: [SOLVED] Unwanted icon on my taskbar

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Computer in question:
HP Pavilion 6530sc
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A:Solved: Computer doesn't recognize the network adapter

Whenever you install a new OS, always take note of the model of core system hardware like GPU, chipset, and ethernet/wifi (there are a few others that aren't as important, but nice to have updated) since those are critical to your computers core functionality.

However, a quick google search of your model yielded me with your PC's system specs. Your PC contains a Realtek RTL8201N ethernet adapter. So far I am unable to find a driver from Realtek itself and the HP driver is not Realtek, but instead nVidia nForce.

So after a bit of searching, I came across this: it seems to me that you have an old chipset from nVidia. I am not completely sure, but I think you have an ION chipset. Try installing this ION chipset driver (64 bit) ==OR== this ION chipset driver (32 bit) and tell me if it works. It should include the necessary component drivers and if it works, it means you have an ION chipset like I suspected.

Here are the specifications for your PC BTW.
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A:No video output after reassembling good parts -- solved

I guess you could say...
The shlt hit the fan.
ok, terrible pun, I'm sorry.
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A:Bluetooth connection lost, icon gone from system tray, not in device manager

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ok, i rebooted, thinking the bluetooth icon would again be in system tray, with the red in the middle, showing i have bluetooth capability, but that sound is not currently being directed to bluetooth.

no icon.

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A:I have solved my limited connectivity and need some answers

I think the lack of responses here may be the result of everyone else being confused as well.

Try explaining that a little better, its not exactly clear what your problem is.
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A:Ethernet plugged in, but LAN icon missing?

After you installed the operating system, did you install all of the drivers including the LAN driver?
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Do you have Windows Live Messenger installed?
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A:Graphics card issue (not solved by any other threads)

I suggest a clean reinstall of the OS and drivers from scratch. Clean out your PC, re-seat all the components and continue with a fresh install of OS, drivers, etc.

If that doesn't work, then it's an issue with your card or the PCI-E slot on the motherboard.
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What happends when you click the remove hardware icon? Does it bring up any devices at all?
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A:Problem solved: undervolted PS for modem

This is called "Common Sense" troubleshooting
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Hi jamoster :wave:

Welcome to :grinthumb

This sub-forum is for intros only, not questions, so your question will likely never be seen here.
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Where we see this most frequently is in peculiar hard drive failures...
Did it work normally when you rebooted in <SAFE MODE>?
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A:50Mbps Internet limited to 20Mbps and persistent icon trouble

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A:4850 Crashing problem solved

Hey thanks for posting this!
I have the same videocard 4850 and it gave the same problems and i didn't know why.
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A:Name brand PC Recovery problems solved

I take it that the extra 256Meg of Ram did not originally come from HP
I'm not sure if that's relevant or not, but even same rating Ram (but different manufacture) has been known to cause issues (ie best to use exactly the same Ram cards always)

I was discussing a similar matter earlier on here: Windows will not boot with more than 2gb of ram (although the emphasis in that thread was the 2Gig max, before installing Windows, and strangeness of having increased ram in a system)

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Thanks for the info

I stated similar fixes, and other common power up fixes here:Tutorial: No POST (Power On Self Test)
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A:Wireless icon in taskbar has disappeared


Chances are windows is managing the wireless and as such the icon wont be shown (they are usually shown if the wireless's own software is managing the connection.) i wouldnt worry as there is no need to do anything with it as long as the wifi is working
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A:Media Key troubles on PS/2 Keyboard after OS problems are solved

Try reinstalling iTunes!! Or get a USB keyboard, theres a link i will post you but your gonna hav to be a little patient as i cant send you that link until i have five posts here lol
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Ok yes it does seem like a faulty Power Supply

Also you should have just replied to your original thread:
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Hi john760 and welcome to techspot. =)

I've checked you HijackThis log and it appears to be mostly clean. Fix these entries though.

O9 - Extra button: Linked Images - {D8980DE8-9D4C-4fb0-8FB4-95B1FA4125AD} - C:\Program Files\IEimage\IEimage.htm
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Your friendly momok =)

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A:Codec Blues solved with Nimo Codec Pack

I had such a problem with the Red Dwards episodes. Papa directed me to that pack, I didn't know about it before that.:grinthumb
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I recently had this error message pop up when I started some apps on my computer (including Teamviewer and Skype)

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I found a solution after some Googling. I thought I'd post what I found.

The problem may start after installing some Android related software on your PC (Samsung Kies or in, my case, I had installed the Android upgrade package for phone on my PC)

To fix the problem, I uninstalled the software and renamed C:\WINDOWS\system32\avrt.dll to avrt.dll.old. Life is good again

A:[solved] NtAlpcSendWaitReceivePort could not be located in library ntdll.dll

<-- for effort.
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A:Adobe Acrobat icon

Might be easiest/safest to simply uninstall/reinstall Adobe. (it would only uninstall / reinstall the software and icons. It won't touch any personal files)
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A:Partly Solved: Windows won't shut down; AMD processor installed

Don't know about Shockwave, but there sure are a lot of programs that must be tweeked for 64 bit...
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Have you looked at the Adobe site ?
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A:Zune software and Hyperthreading issue (solved)

This is why I still buy CDs.
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Any one else ever experience this?

A:File type icon disappeared?

Check these articles:

XP: Just refresh the icon cache by deleting the IconCache.db file from your profile directory (usually /Documents and Settings/Username/Local Settings/Application Data). It will be automatically recreated.

However, you may have to re-associate the file type you want to the program with which you it to open.

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How to Associate a File Extension Type With a Program in Vista
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A:Taskbar mysteriously disappeared

That resembles Windows Explorer (explorer.exe) crash. Though when I have seen them in the past Windows has always recovered or rebooted on its own. I've never been kicked out to the login screen. That could be due to the fact I never see the login screen, my PC boots straight to desktop.

If someone uses the login screen, an explorer.exe crash might recover and start back at the login screen. But I couldn't say for sure if this is what would happen.

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How do I change default filetype icon in Win7?
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A:Change file icon in Win7?

Try this:
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A:Open browser disappears from taskbar

learninmypc said:

I'm talking about the bar that has the Start button at the far left & notification area & clock at the other?

If in fact it is the Taskbar, how do I keep my active browsers visible in it?
I'm tired of having to use the Alt/Tab keys to bring them back. Yes, I did right click the "taskbar" & put a check mark in Lock The Taskbar, but it don't help all the time. Help please & Thanks.Click to expand...

This is how it sometimes looks with browser open
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A:Icon Problem

Try clearing the icon cache with the tool ("Rebuild_Icon_Cache.bat") provided on this page (and follow the directions).
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Thanks in advance

A:Drive Icon in Windows 7

Mine shows a little picture of a desktop PC same as the other drives I have, but with a coloured windows icon (like a flag) above it as well to identify the system drive. But where that particular icon comes from I have no idea. It is probably embedded in IEXPLORE.EXE, but for it to have changed for you is odd.

Press the windows key and in the searchbox type 'show' without the quotes. Top of the instant list is 'show hidden files and folders', so click that. the option you want is 'show hidden folders and files'. Then look for an unwanted .ico or .inf file in the root of C:\

MS releases less and less information as to how the OS is bolted together, and to some extent this is understandable, as the less is generally known, the less can be easily interfered with by mischievous children all over the web, (and adults with childish minds), who can sit hugging themselves with glee whilst millions of the rest of us waste hours trying to repair what might or might not be damage.
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A:[Solved] PC freezes, after gaming usually

Apparently if I play a game in windowed mode the computer does not freeze after I quit the game.
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A:need help to remove unwanted links

Welcome to Techspot
By "unwanted Links" are you referring to Pop up Ads, and things of that nature?
If yes , than you can buy/free download a Pop-up blocker , there are tons of those around, including a built in one in XP .
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A:Can't hide this icon from notification area

No right-click or left mouse click brings up options?
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A:Firefox bookmark icon question.

This may be what you need.
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A:Got a pps in email that I can't open, new type of icon

You said you had an older office. Have you run: Microsoft Office Compatibility Pack for Word, Excel, and PowerPoint File Formats?
The following will allow you to open 2007 files
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My system := windows XP pro

A:Unwanted startup

just go to start menue and go to the folder called startup which you probobly never seen befour?

then delete that shortcut

or type msconfig and go to startup and mak sure it dosnt have a tick next to it.
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A:Missing Icon in Notification Area

Painter7 said:

A glitch has arisen during boot. Running XP Pro 3, fully patched, the boot process has slowed considerably as if Windows is looking for something missing or some file it needs is damaged. The manifestation of the problem is in the Icon Notification area e.g. containing the clock. Hide inactive icons is not on. Nonetheless several Icons do not now appear. E.g. that for Eset Nod32, for Comodo, for True Crypt etc. Oddly some do appear, as they should, e.g. Spyware Doctor, the network icons, Sandboxie, an HP Printer Icon and EPU-6 Engine. All of the actual programs cited from the antivirus & firewall to the Engine seem to have started ok during boot as evidenced by using task manager and identifying the related processes as being ok and running. The issue is that they do not show in the Icon Notification area. Another anomaly: I looked to ensure that I had not turned on Hide Inactive Icons on the Task Bar and Start Menu Screen. I clicked it out of interest and while scrolling the Customize Screen the icons associated with various programs are wrong.
Thus ? Where might I look to identify the problem
Painter7 is offline Reply With QuoteClick to expand...

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A:No taskbar after dead power supply and hanging at mup.sys

The failing power supply corrupted the hard drive's Windows installation. It would be best to format and install Windows fresh
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A:Icons and taskbar won't appear unless in safe mode

Download Malwarebytes Anti-Malware from here. Install it. Make sure it is up to date with the latest definitions (it should be if you install it immediately after you download it). Run a full scan overnight. If no results come up, you may have to run a disk clean up and defragmentation. Download and run CCleaner. After that cleanup is complete, run a defragmentation using these directions:

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A:Bizarre: Windows taskbar shows improper icons in small icon mode

Don't know if I can help but will also try take a look at your problem.

First, just to be clear, note the 3 groups of icons along the bottom of screen image below. On left are Quick Launch icons, middle are open programs, on right are notification icons. Which group(s) are wrong when small? Also, can you right click a wrong icon and select Pin to Start Menu. Does it get pinned with the right or wrong icon?
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A:Unwanted icons popping up....

Check out StartUp

It's an innovative start-up items editor, which allows you to identify, add, edit, remove or disable items using an intuitive graphical user interface. Start-Up is a small standalone executable, so you can easily take it with you! The embedded help file explains everything you ever wanted to know about your computer's start-up.Click to expand...
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A:Change your Windows 7 taskbar and window color

Right-click on desktop, click 'Personalize'. Background, sounds, window color options are there.

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