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  1. Posts : 92
    Windows 10 Pro, V 20H2, OS Build 19042.1288
       #1

    Show hidden icons chevron missing some individual icons…


    Hi,

    I seem to remember the show hidden icons chevron at the bottom right of the screen always showed a shield shaped icon with a tick confirming there was no security problems. If there was a problem the tick changed to an exclamation mark (I think I have the description right). Now the show hidden icons chevron has a ‘Safely Remove Hardware and Eject Media’ and a MalwareBytes icon, nothing else, the security icon is missing.

    I’ve right clicked on the task bar - selected taskbar settings – selected which icons appear on the taskbar and the Windows Security Notification Icon is selected. I have the ‘Always show all icons in the notification area’ deselected.

    Would appreciate any help...
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  2. Posts : 35,557
    Win 10 Pro (21H2) (2nd PC is 21H2)
       #2

    Hi, I believe you're referring to the Windows Defender Notification Tray Icon

    Try using the task manager and check the startup is not disabled as shown here:
    How to Remove Windows Defender Icon on Windows 10 - Appuals.com
    (reverse of Method 1)

    For more possibilities read on.
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  3. Posts : 92
    Windows 10 Pro, V 20H2, OS Build 19042.1288
    Thread Starter
       #3

    Show hidden icons chevron missing some individual icons…


    Dalchina -thanks for your reply
    >>> I believe you're referring to the Windows Defender Notification Tray Icon<<<

    I’ve had a look in Task Manager – Start Up but it’s not just disabled – its not listed…
    I’ve followed the various ways that your link suggests to re-enable it – but I can never find it listed…

    The Windows Security Notification icon is there and is enabled.

    Thanks again.
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  4. Posts : 35,557
    Win 10 Pro (21H2) (2nd PC is 21H2)
       #4

    Sorry, I'm confused. You say you see this:
    Windows Security Notification icon
    which is the one I thought you said you didn't see.
    Hide or Show Windows Security Notification Area Icon in Windows 10

    Please post a screenshot highlighting what you believe is the problem

    This is what I see:
    -untitled.png


    Are you running any other AV?

    Do you see these in this folder?
    -snap-2019-09-23-21.13.26.png
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  5. Posts : 92
    Windows 10 Pro, V 20H2, OS Build 19042.1288
    Thread Starter
       #5

    >>> I'm confused <<<

    Sorry about that, I'm not being very clear.
    The icon I no longer have showing in the show hidden icons is the shield with the tick, which you highlighted in your mail.

    The files I have in the Defender folder are similar to yours. The various security features seem to be running ok, it's just the actual notification icon that is missing.

    Thanks.
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  6. Posts : 35,557
    Win 10 Pro (21H2) (2nd PC is 21H2)
       #6

    Hi, check for this in your registry:
    -snap-2019-09-24-10.28.00.png
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  7. Posts : 92
    Windows 10 Pro, V 20H2, OS Build 19042.1288
    Thread Starter
       #7

    Dalchina,

    My registry appears to have the same entry...

    Sorry I omitted to mention earlier that I'm running Malwarebytes with a ~weekly ESET on demand a/v scan.
    Attached Thumbnails Attached Thumbnails -screen-shot-09-24-19-02.31-pm.png  
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  8. Posts : 35,557
    Win 10 Pro (21H2) (2nd PC is 21H2)
       #8

    I did ask about other AVs a while back. I can't say exactly what effect that may have on Defender. I have Avast (free) running too.

    There was a period when the tray icon was not present- perhaps earlier this year- then it suddenly reappeared.

    Look in task manager, Details tab

    Can you see that process running? If I kill it, then the tray icon disappears.

    If I double click it in C:\Windows\System32 - the tray icon appears.
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  9. Posts : 12,485
    Win10 Version 21H2 Pro and Home, Win11 Pro
       #9

    I did ask about other AVs a while back. I can't say exactly what effect that may have on Defender. I have Avast (free) running too.
    Conventional wisdom has always been that having 2 or more antivirus programs running at the same time can cause issues since their definitions can be in conflict with each other. It doesn't hurt to have 2 or more installed but have only 1 automatically running at a time. The automatic version can be closed and other versions manually run if suspecting a problem.

    As for Notification Area icons, right-click the Taskbar, choose Taskbar settings then scroll to Notification area and click on the first choice, make selections there.
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  10. Posts : 35,557
    Win 10 Pro (21H2) (2nd PC is 21H2)
       #10

    Thanks- that was covered in my link
    How to Remove Windows Defender Icon on Windows 10 - Appuals.com
    in my first post, assuming taid checked it appropriately - we dont have any screenshots of settings on taid's PC to prove that though.
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