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Icon Disappears from TB when minimized

By shafique.awan ·
I have a peculiar situation on a Windows ME machine. When a running programm is minimized for instance Winword the Icon of the program in the Task Bar disappears. ALT-TAB also does not show any thing but CLT-ALT-DEL shows the program as running.Can't seem to find any reason for this beahviour. Could this be a virus. Anyone who can shed some light on the matter.

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by opatzg In reply to Icon Disappears from TB ...

There has been a number of these issues posted lately and if I remember right basically it is a virus. Run some virus detection software with the latest patches and the adaware removal software and I beleive that will clean it up. If not scan through the tech republic section here for others with the same problem, seach using task bar or icon missing. Good luck

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by opatzg In reply to Icon Disappears from TB ...

Sorry, I guess I didn't read it here,I'm searching but not finding it. I do get a number of trade rags as well. Have you recently loaded a new version for aol or netscape? I'll keep picking my brain til I recall where I saw this but I do know there are answers to it.

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by quintar51 In reply to Icon Disappears from TB ...

I think this does sound like a virus. Update your virus signature files and run a scan.

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by SyscoKid In reply to Icon Disappears from TB ...

This is apparently caused by a trojan called FriendGreeting. Read about it here:

http://securityresponse.symantec.com/avcenter/venc/data/w32.friendgreet.worm.html

(delete any spaces in that URL).

Uisng add/remove programs, uninstall "WinSrv Reg", update your virus definitions and run a full scan.

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by tmway In reply to Icon Disappears from TB ...

Here is the cure. Per a newsgroup at Microsoft's site, one 'Ron Badour' advised that this bug is caused by a file/program called WinSrv Reg that comes in as a result of receiving greeting cards(?). So the Cure is to go to the control panel, Add/Remove Programs and see if WinSrv Reg is on the add/remove list. If it's there remove it and restart.
As a follow-up, it appears that this WinSrv Reg program gets on a pc in a number of ways (it's bundled in MP3 software, online games, etc.). It's a 'behavioral marketing tool' brought to your machine courtesy of Permissioned Media.

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