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No taskbar icon for Microsoft Security Essentials

by Harv / October 22, 2010 7:09 PM PDT

How do I know that Microsoft Security Essentials is enabled when I boot up my pc?

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There should be icon of MSE but if you don't see it..
by Donna Buenaventura / October 23, 2010 2:06 AM PDT


If you don't see the icon of Microsoft Security Essentials (MSE), check the startup registry entry of MSE, if there's quotation marks or none.

Navigate to HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Run using regedit
At the right pane, make sure you will see this (with quotation mark before C: and after .exe)
"C:\Program Files\Microsoft Security Essentials\msseces.exe" -hide

If no quotation marks, add it by double-clicking it then add quotation marks.

The above is known bug that other MSE users have reported in MSE forums.

If there's quotation marks, make sure it is not hidden. See discussion here:

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Hidden icon option set to "Hide Icons and Notifications"
by Harv / October 23, 2010 10:11 AM PDT

After I posted this message, I realized I did not chose the correct option for this
software in "Show Hidden Icons". Microsoft Security Essentials icon is set to "Show Icon and Notifications" and now it appears in the task tray.

BTW, Donna, I uninstalled Comodo Internet Security, Avast Antivirus and Thunderbird. Now, how do I delete the icons, cfp.exe (Comodo Internet Security), AvastUI.exe (AvastAntivirus version 5) and thunderbird.exe (Mozilla Thunderbird) from the hidden icons list? I deleted AvastUI.exe and thunderbird.exe in the registry (regedit), but these icons are still showing in the list. "cfp.exe was not found in the registry.

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Glad you got it shown now, Harv.
by Donna Buenaventura / October 23, 2010 3:01 PM PDT
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Geeks are great!
by Harv / October 24, 2010 9:10 AM PDT

Thanks for the website showing how to remove past notification icons. You've never let me down. You're a gem. Happy

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(NT) Glad those are gone! Harv!
by Donna Buenaventura / October 24, 2010 6:34 PM PDT
In reply to: Geeks are great!
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