Ghost frame on desktop. help!

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  1. Posts : 5
    Windows 10
       #21

    dalchina said:
    You could try Nirsoft's Winlister (it's specified to Win 8, runs for me)- it shows which windows are hidden. Might give a clue...
    http://www.nirsoft.net/utils/winlister.html
    I will try this, thanks. :)
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  2. Posts : 2
    Windows 10
       #22

    Not an isolated issue.


    I just wanted to comment that this is not an isolated issue, I am experiencing the exact same issue and so far, none of the suggested solutions worked. Has anyone had any success in figuring out what these frames are? They don't seem to detract from performance at all, but they are certainly annoying.
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  3. Posts : 34,948
    Win 10 Pro (1903) (2nd PC is 21H2)
       #23

    bshrum said:
    I just wanted to comment that this is not an isolated issue, I am experiencing the exact same issue and so far, none of the suggested solutions worked. Has anyone had any success in figuring out what these frames are? They don't seem to detract from performance at all, but they are certainly annoying.
    Have you tried what I suggested: You could try Nirsoft's Winlister (it's specified to Win 8, runs for me)- it shows which windows are hidden. Might give a clue...
    http://www.nirsoft.net/utils/winlister.html

    The only time I've experienced this myself was as an artefact created by Y'z shadow (drop shadows) related to the universal apps (ApplicationFrameHost.exe).
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  4. Posts : 2
    Windows 10
       #24

    I used Winlister to determine that it is an Explorer frame, Windows Explorer I think it said, but it actually had the designation of "Hidden." When I stopped that process the frame disappeared. I haven't been able to repeat the occurrence, so I'm still trying to ascertain the cause.
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  5. Posts : 34,948
    Win 10 Pro (1903) (2nd PC is 21H2)
       #25

    bshrum said:
    I used Winlister to determine that it is an Explorer frame, Windows Explorer I think it said, but it actually had the designation of "Hidden." When I stopped that process the frame disappeared. I haven't been able to repeat the occurrence, so I'm still trying to ascertain the cause.
    I think it's likely to be tricky, but you can start by being observant as to when this occurs and what has just happened- note the times, recent events.

    As for a technical approach to determining parent process, see for example
    How to Determine the Parent Process of a Running Process in Windows? - The Winhelponline Blog

    - download the Sysinternals utilities so you are ready.

    Note that using these means handling very lengthy logs- Process Monitor has extremely comprehensive filtering, but it quickly takes you into unfamiliar terminology.

    If the shadow frames occurred at all regularly you could obviously try a process of elimination, but that's probably not feasible here.
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  6. Posts : 1
    Windows 10
       #26

    I know this is an old thread, but I signed up just to answer this because I spent a lot of time looking for a solution and ended up finding one on my own. The problem is AirDroid. I noticed the OP had the AirDroid icon on his taskbar which lead me to uninstall it and wouldn't you know... It went away.
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  7. Posts : 1
    Windows 10
       #27

    chevhi said:
    I know this is an old thread, but I signed up just to answer this because I spent a lot of time looking for a solution and ended up finding one on my own. The problem is AirDroid. I noticed the OP had the AirDroid icon on his taskbar which lead me to uninstall it and wouldn't you know... It went away.
    Spot on! Just closing AirDroid got rid of them. Have you told Airdroid? Thanks. Kev
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  8. Posts : 1
    Windows 10
       #28

    well I just started having this issue and I have airdroid as well. thanks for finding the culprit!
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  9. Posts : 1
    wind 10 Pro 64 bit
       #29

    Made an account to upvote this as the solution on my PC, good job


    Made an account to upvote this as the solution on my PC, good job

    chevhi said:
    I know this is an old thread, but I signed up just to answer this because I spent a lot of time looking for a solution and ended up finding one on my own. The problem is AirDroid. I noticed the OP had the AirDroid icon on his taskbar which lead me to uninstall it and wouldn't you know... It went away.
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  10. Posts : 3,644
    Windows 11 Pro 64 Bit 21H2
       #30

    Right click the Taskbar and start the TaskManager. Go to the Startup tab. Look for anything suspicious that you don't need, other then AV software you can uncheck everything to not start with Windows.
    If that doesn't work try a Clean Boot.
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