brown icon with flag in system tray

June 23, 2010 at 14:17:59
Specs: Windows Vista
I have a new brown icon shaped like a box but top agles like a home roof with a flg that looks like a flapping castle flag. When I run curser over it says: computers staus: potentially unprotected. I dont dare click on it. I have Norton 360 and after every full scan it identifys 1 virus and that its fixed.

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June 23, 2010 at 15:32:56
So what is your question? Did Norton get rid of the Malware?

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June 23, 2010 at 15:45:09
First off Im note sure its a virus. Ive tried googling to identify icon with no luck. Not long ago I got a nasty virus and thats when I installed Norton and it got rid of it.
The answer is that nothing funny is going on currently with system but mysterious icon remains in tray. I thought that maybe someone has had a similar experience.

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June 23, 2010 at 16:11:03
Well the tray programs more often than not, are loaded from the RUN key in your registry. You can review it and see if you can identify any Programs that run at start up that should not.

You get to the registry by type "Regedit" in the Run located in the Start Menu. then you look for the following keys.

You could also use anti hacking tool like HijackThis which will show you all of the applications that are either installed to autorun or to run as a service. Then you can identify any applications you did not install and ask about them. A little brown Icon is not going to be enough.

Last you could run the following command and paste the results...

tasklist > Runningapps.txt

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June 23, 2010 at 17:38:52
You shouldn't be running two AV. The icon you described is a function of Microsoft Security Essential (see link below). Either you unload Norton or MSE (If it was me I will opt to uninstall the former).


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June 23, 2010 at 19:00:12
You are right....thank you. What is the harm of running 2 AV? BTW I had no idea that I was. When I contracted a virus Nortons was the only thing my IT guy found would get it off my computer.

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