Windows 10: Remove yellow/blue sheild icon from shortcuts Solved

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  1.    21 Dec 2016 #21

    This is the most easy and effective way of doing it. Takes two minutes and a reboot. That's it.
    Works on Windows 10 Pro.
    I know this is an "old" thread but when searching this problem it's top of the list in google, so that's why I wanted to share this update.

    Credits to the one who posted this in another forum, I didn't find this solution myself, just tried it and it worked straight away!

    Warning; after the reboot when you're back in windows it takes a couple of seconds for the shield icon to dissapear so don't freak out when you see it after the reboot, it works!


    Set on the option "View hidden files and folders".
    Go to C:\Users"username"\App Data\Local\ where IconCache.db file is.
    Rename it (for example: IconCache1.db) or create a new folder there and put it inside.
    Hide system files and folders again. (If you want it)
    And the file will be there just in case you need it again.
    Reboot and wait a few seconds.

    That's it.
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  2.    23 Dec 2016 #22

    Someone please correct me if I am wrong, but doesnt the cmd c/ start "" command mentioned by Micheal simply run the program without administrator rights?
    If so why not just go to the program roots folder -> right click on the .exe files and select "Properties" -> Select Compatibility tab and uncheck "Run this program as an administrator". After that, either make a new shortcut on the desktop or reset icon cache ( and the UAC shield icon overlay for that shortcut will be gone. By doing this you can open your non-shield-overlay-shortcut without seeing the splashing screen of the command prompt.

    The catch is that the program will just run without administrator rights with "might" limit some of its function (not really sure about this, I havent gotten any issues so far). There are also other methods to launch a program as admin: via a .bat script ( powershell - How to run an application as "run as administrator" from the command prompt? - Stack Overflow ) then create the shortcut of that .bat file or via an elevated shortcut: (

    These methods worked for me but as my knowledge simply came from a bit Googling, they might be wrong. Any expert input are appreciated.
    Last edited by Brink; 23 Dec 2016 at 10:37. Reason: updated link
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  3.    31 Dec 2016 #23

    Shield might not be a standard icon

    This is not a standard icon (sort of).

    It is used as an overlay of the program's icon when the program has admin rights.
    If you can find out where this icon is, and can edit it, just change all pixels to transparent.
    While it will still be used, it won't be seen.
    The one in imageres.dll seems to be a regular icon, so changing it might not work.
    There's another one in user32.dll, also a regular icon. There may be a few elsewhere as well.

    I use Microangelo to look for and edit icons. If you're going to try changing one, save it first so if it doesn't work, you can replace it.
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  4.    1 Week Ago #24

    Permanently Remove Shield Overlay Icon from Shortcuts

    After trying all registry and command line methods of removing the shield from my desktop icons, I finally decided to PERMANENTLY remove them from their source - the imageres.dll file.

    Since the imageres.dll file is required to run explorer - I had to copy the file to a different location so it could be edited with Resource Tuner.

    I then replaced all Shield overlay icons (#78) in the imageres.dll file with exact size TRANSPARENT overlay icons using Resource Tuner (all overlay icons must be replaced with the exact same sizes and depth).

    The imageres.dll file in C:\Windows\System32 could not be replaced while Windows is running, so I rebooted from a USB drive that contained a Desktop Utility and replaced it from there.

    After restarting Windows, I rebuilt the existing Icon Cache with the following steps:
    1. Open a CMD window as an administrator.
    2. Type or paste ‘ ie4uinit.exe -ClearIconCache’
    3. Type or paste ‘taskkill /IM explorer.exe /F’.
    4. Type or paste ‘DEL /A /Q "%localappdata%\IconCache.db"’.
    5. Type or paste ‘DEL /A /F /Q "%localappdata%\Microsoft\Windows\Explorer\iconcache*"’.
    6. Type or paste ‘shutdown /r /f /t 00’.

    The PC will shut down.
    Afterwards, you should have no shield displayed in the Desktop icons.

    If you dont want to go through this process yourself - here is a copy of my edited dll file - remember you have to replace the file in C:\Windows\System32 from a CD or USB drive when Windows is not running.

    edited imageres dll file.rar - HeroUpload

    P.S. I am running Windows 10 64bit
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