after Norton Removal Tool Taskbar Problems

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February 21, 2010 at 06:09:18
Specs: Microsoft Windows XP Professional, 2.793 GHz / 3070 MB
I uninstalled my Norton Security Suite 2006 to replace it with a free anti-virus app, AVG ! Well anyway after using the Norton removal tool to uninstall the security suite my taskbar is now missing the arrowrs that hide icons that are not being used ,usally consisted of the remove hardware icon (green icon with arrow ,speaker icon and others I cant recall) I've tried to get back this feature on my taskbar from reconfiguring the taskbar in the control panel to hide inactive icons ! On the sounds and audio devices in the control panel I have a check mark in the "place volume icon on taskbar" its a speaker icon ,that is no longer present ,also the arrows that allow you to see these icons do not appear . After many reboots and trying alot of differant troubleshoot methods and reconfiguring the taskbar from within the conrol panels Taskbar and Start Menu . Iam one of those that this will drive crazy till I get it back . I ran the "SFC /scannow" for those who are not familar it the system file checker and it scans your PC with the installation CD in the DVD-ROM/CD-ROM and it suppose to replace any Windows Files that are not in their orginial location and configuration . I do not want to do a repair installation because I will lose all of my Windows Updates . My O/S is WindowsXP Pro SP3 MCE 2005 ! Please help me ,now when I want to remove the kids Ipod, I cannot use the safely remove harware icon since its not there !
I know a few of ya are going to give me a hard time (you know who you are , go for I feel like I deserve it) . I tried uninstalling Norton from the ADD/REMOVE App in the Control Panel ,I kept recieving an error notice saying MSInstaller could not be located ? Someone said that the removal tool would not cause this that it must be somthing I changed in MSCONFIG ,however never told me what. The only thing I ever changed in MSCONFIG are a few items listed under the startup tab? Any ideas on which startup would do this to my system ?
Thanks to All That Try and Help

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February 21, 2010 at 06:57:07
Nick, Go to the link below and scroll down to "Notification Area - Hidden Chevron Missing: and "Notification Area - Icons Disappearing" and you'll find several possible solutions.


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February 21, 2010 at 07:34:21
Thank you , I have been to Kelly's-Korner B/4 and it definitly has alot of differant problems it covers ! Thanks for remindining me and pointing me in the right direction once Iam there !
Take Care Nick

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February 21, 2010 at 07:57:48
IMO, all the taskbar icons should be visible. That way you have a good idea of what's pre-loading at startup. There should be very few icons anyway...sound, antivirus, antispy, firewall & network connection are really all that should be there. Anything else can be started on an as-needed basis.

There is no need for Quicktime, RealPlayer, iTunes, camera/scanner/printer software, messenger programs (Yahoo, AIM), MS Office, Adobe, Java, etc or any other programs to load until you're ready to use them. All they're doing is sucking up valuable resources.

The same can be said for all those stupid toolbars...Yahoo, Google, Viewpoint, AVG, etc. They all suck the life out of your system plus they're all forms of spyware (don't believe me? Read their privacy policies). And when you add all those toolbars to the already bloated IE8, your internet performance will be less than optimal.

You should always strive to keep your system as clean & lean as possible. All the so-called convenience apps & toolbars that are supposed to make your system & internet experience more enjoyable, generally do just the opposite.

Rather than run MSCONFIG to control/monitor your startup apps, try running CCleaner-Slim. You *should* already have it installed...I know it's been recommended to you plenty of times before. Anyhow, fire it up, click TOOLS, then click STARTUP. From there you can disable or delete useless startup entries. I have a total of 5 entries on my list, how many do you have?

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February 21, 2010 at 18:36:08
Re Norton Antivirus, this program has caused me more hell over the years than any I have ever used so I would never buy it again. Are you sure your taskbar is gone? Make sure that the window you are reading this message on is moved up a little. Make it smaller.

Now Try clicking on the area where the taskbar should be, as low as you can. You might have just shrunk it. If you see an up and down arrow key, then you can grab on the edge of the taskbar and drag it upward (click and drag at the same time). There are a lot of things to try, but start with that.

I can't remember how to do it in XP but that works in Windows 7.

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February 22, 2010 at 06:47:10
I want to thank all that helped me with my problem in referance to the taskbar ! My taskbar was never completley gone or missing from the bottom of my screen, the problem was with the area to the right where the arrow hides and unhides certain apps and hardware. In my case the arrow was gone and missing was the speaker icon and the safley remove hardware icon . No matter how many reboots and how many times I reconfigured the Start Menu and Taskbar in the control Panel I could not get it to come back . The link to Kellys Korner did the trick ! By applying a few of the registry fixes that where related to this problem I was able to get back the speaker icon the safely remove hardware icon and the arrrow ! Now Iam going forward with the download and installation of AVG Free anti-virus. Iam still finding listings of Norton /Symantec in my registry ! Havent even finished going thru every catagorey listed in the registry !
Thank You Very Much to All

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