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Strange Java icon in my systray

by zeebell / January 1, 2005 2:02 PM PST

Gateway 400 Select PC; Windows 98SE; 160 MB RAM; IE 6 SP1

A few weeks ago I downloaded Sun's Java 1.42_06. Things have been working smoothly.

A bit ago however, while I was on the internet, a Java icon appeared out of nowwhere in my systray. When I click on it (I can only right click on it), it has Hide Icon, About Java Technology, Go to Java.com, Open Control Panel, Open Console. When hovering over the icon, it says Version 1.42_06 (build 1.4.2_06_b03) JAVA (TM)2 Platform.

I have not had this icon appear until about 30 minutes ago. I immediately ran Ad-aware which showed 1 critical object (mirrorworld tracking cookie)and Spybot (which said Congratulations). I deleted the tracking cookie as well as the MRU items. I have not run AVG.

Why now, and where did this little coffee cup icon come from?

Do I need to be concerned? I know I can click Hide Icon and it will disappear; however, I was curious why it just appeared from nowhere.

Thanks - Julea

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no need to be concerned, Julea.
by dawillie / January 1, 2005 2:24 PM PST

that is the Sun Java icon.

looks like something with a lil flame on it.

stays in your systray.

definitely not a gateway to your PC.



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by auggief / January 1, 2005 4:54 PM PST

Only time I see the icon is when Sun java is running.

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(NT) (NT) its java running no worries
by Mark5019 / January 1, 2005 7:40 PM PST
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If you don't want
by MarkFlax Forum moderator / January 1, 2005 8:16 PM PST

the icon in your System Tray, goto the Control Panel, double click the Java Plug-in icon, and in the first tab, (Basic), uncheck the "Show Java in System Tray" option.

Java will still be called up whenever required, but it won't place an icon in the Sys tray.


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thank you wasnt complaing was tell zzz bell
by Mark5019 / January 1, 2005 11:34 PM PST
In reply to: If you don't want

i dont see it unless its running

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Mark, not sure what you mean.
by zeebell / January 2, 2005 4:27 AM PST

Are you saying, mine hasn't been running until the icon showed up last night ---- I've been surfing lots for the past 3 weeks or so, and it's never been there before. In fact --- it's not there now either. It was a fluke (for me anyway) that it was even there.

? ? ?


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by MarkFlax Forum moderator / January 2, 2005 9:17 PM PST

Too many Mark's here for my liking, Happy

If you mean me Julie, what I mean is Java works when it is called upon, eg in a browser web page.

The icon in the Systray doesn't have to be there, and I don't know why Sun systems bother to put it there, except to advertise their products.

Like you I have used java plugins for years and never saw the icon in the systray until I installed Netscape 6 and suddenly the icon would appear whenever I started the browser. But as I don't like a cluttered systray I started rooting around and found the Java plugin console applet in Control Panel, and turned off the systray icon option.

Netscape 6 was a mistake anyway. It was huge and bloated, and needed parts of it started at boot up, otherwise it would take forever to load up. Netscape 7.1 cleared most of that up. But anyway, that's when I found the plugin console.


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to my knowledge
by Mark5019 / January 2, 2005 11:35 PM PST
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Thanks Mark, I already
by roddy32 / January 2, 2005 11:45 PM PST
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knew mine was working but I checked this out anyway and didn't realize that Sun did this test. I saved the link on favorites and will use it when people ask about java, which is quite often, especially in the Newbie's forum. It tells you if it is working, which version you have and whether it is the lastest one or not an also provides download links. Thank You. Grin

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(NT) (NT) Win 98 shipped with Java, so why Sun??
by dawillie / January 3, 2005 12:34 AM PST
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David -- I think you're right ------
by zeebell / January 3, 2005 1:31 AM PST

I probably shouldn't have switched --- curiosity killed the cat (LOL). I did think my navigating, etc. was better when I first made the switch, but now I don't think so. I may go back to the VM 3810.

Happy 2005.


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wishing you the same Julea. I have one of the last XP
by dawillie / January 3, 2005 1:43 AM PST

that shipped with VM and I find it adequate for what I do, viz. play the odd game of cards etc.

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David -- I appreciate your input on this
by zeebell / January 3, 2005 8:38 AM PST

I think VM is good for me too because I don't do music or games --- I'm a sig addict (collect signatures -- images with my name on them) and for that am sure VM would be good.

See you later.

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(NT) (NT) they have updated it for secruity i beleave
by Mark5019 / January 3, 2005 2:43 AM PST
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(NT) (NT) Thanks Mark -- I appreciate your input.
by zeebell / January 3, 2005 8:39 AM PST
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(NT) (NT) Thanks all for your help & verification.
by zeebell / January 1, 2005 10:18 PM PST
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