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Solved Invisible icons in notification area (system tray)

terry09

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I have vista x64 and recently after i cleaned a nasty out of my system, MOST of my notification area icons are invisible. They system icons (network, volume, clock) are showing but the others are not. I have gone in and made sure that i am not hiding inactive icons and far as making sure that I have set all icons to "show". Here is where it get really funked up. I can hover my cursor where the icons should be and it gives me the tips of that program. For example if i hover over where the windows update icon should be, it tells me that i have updates available. And it works. Whilst typing this i thought about changing my theme from vista to classic...the systray had a black box where the icons should be. Kinda like they were being censored but i swear i have no adult rated icons. The system icons still show. I have disabled the UPnP as well as SSDP discovery. I have deleted the registry values of past present and future icons of christmas. That was a joke. I have logged off and logged back on. The only thing that brought them back temporarily was to run ccleaner. After a reboot they went invisible like they were ashamed to be on a windows OS. Go figure. I re-ran ccleaner to no avail. I am now at a loss. I really don't want to reload windows but if i must, i must. Thanks in advance to any suggestions. Oh yeah, sorry for the novel.
 

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jp07764

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terry09

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Thanks Jimmy for the quick response. Unfortunately I had tried the first suggestion and the second reported nothing. To make matters more (to use a technical term) "jacked up", I have a couple of icons showing now, but when I hover over them, they seem to be in the wrong spot. I.E., I have to hover to the left of my symantec icon to be able to utilize it's properties. Funky huh? Oh well, I will keep trying.
 

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crothenb

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Terry09, did you ever figure out how to fix your issue? I have the same problem left over ofter cleaning up some apparent Trojans. My explorer.exe kept crashing too. All fixed after running 4 different anti-virus/malware programs. But that blacked out section in the Notification Area persists...

-Craig
 

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crothenb

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Thanks for the suggestion. Sorry, I forgot to mention that I did tried that procedures listed above for the reset (merge the provided .reg file and bounce explorer.exe). No luck. BTW, I don't mean to hijack this this thread ;) ... Just wondering if the poster managed to fix his issue in a non destructive way.
 

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Jacee

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CCleaner has a box to check and clean 'notification cache' ... see if that cleans it up.
 

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Shadowjk

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I have vista x64 and recently after i cleaned a nasty out of my system, MOST of my notification area icons are invisible. They system icons (network, volume, clock) are showing but the others are not. I have gone in and made sure that i am not hiding inactive icons and far as making sure that I have set all icons to "show". Here is where it get really funked up. I can hover my cursor where the icons should be and it gives me the tips of that program. For example if i hover over where the windows update icon should be, it tells me that i have updates available. And it works. Whilst typing this i thought about changing my theme from vista to classic...the systray had a black box where the icons should be. Kinda like they were being censored but i swear i have no adult rated icons. The system icons still show. I have disabled the UPnP as well as SSDP discovery. I have deleted the registry values of past present and future icons of christmas. That was a joke. I have logged off and logged back on. The only thing that brought them back temporarily was to run ccleaner. After a reboot they went invisible like they were ashamed to be on a windows OS. Go figure. I re-ran ccleaner to no avail. I am now at a loss. I really don't want to reload windows but if i must, i must. Thanks in advance to any suggestions. Oh yeah, sorry for the novel.

Does this happen with all Users? If you do not have another User than Please Create another one or Enable the Guest Account

Many Thanks,
Josh
 

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iamzyre

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Thank you Jacee!! I was having the same problem with the notification area being invisible after a nasty malware removal. I ran the CCleaner and made sure to check the Tray Notification Cache box. Rebooted and now everything is back to normal.

Thanks again :)
 

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Shadowjk

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I'm Glad you got your Problem Sorted I will now mark this thread as Solved ;)
 

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    Realtek High Definition Audio
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    1280x800
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    977GB Seagate ST31000524AS ATA Device (SATA) + 250GB WD iSCSI attached Drive
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    Dell HID-compliant mouse
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    Standard PS/2 Keyboard

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