The "black M" issue is common for Virus Scan 8, 9, and 10..Yes, please follow the instructions I gave earlier at the link below. It generally fixes your issue although I've got no guarantees here.:
For some users with your specific problem, the solution is simply to reboot after the update..Originally, Virus Scan 9 only got weekly updates on Wednesday or Thursday..Is your's still the same? If so, simply remember to restart the computer on Thursday. If your system is now up to daily updates, (Virus Scan 10 has this now) you'll just need to watch for the update.
The issue can also be more pronounced if you've previously had a Norton product on the computer and didn't uninstall it completely.
Hope this helps.
I just finished reading the post "McAfee Icon in system tray Black" by IMGRATEFUL and the response by GRIF THOMAS. I have a similar issue and would like to know if the response from GRIF will resolve my problem.
I haven't had the "Black Icon" issue at startup, but rather after an automatic download occurs. Once the download has finished, the Icon goes Black and when I go to the security center, it's disabled. This is becoming a pain in the #*%! The first time it happened I didn't realize it and went almost two days before discovering it! I got lucky and had no problems (at least not that I'm aware of) because of this.
Any help with this will be appreciated in advance.
Thanks - I.Q.
Dell Dimension 4550
Windows XP (Home) w/SP2
Intel(R) Pentium(R)4 CPU 2.40GHz
Engine version 4.4.00
Dat version 4.0.4677