white circle in tray


  1. Posts : 194
    Windows 10 Pro
       #1

    white circle in tray


    Lately I traced a little white circle popping in the tray and disappearing. Not enough time to see anything but location.
    Is it malware?
    can I get rid of it?
    I didn't notice anything different in the list of processes or anything added to windows or users folder.
    Of course I only made superficial check.
    I'm in windows 10 pro
    Thank you
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  2. swarfega's Avatar
    Posts : 7,251
    Windows 10 Pro 64-bit
       #2

    Its Windows letting you know that the location radio has been accessed. It's normal behaviour. I believe you can disable it if you wanted to.
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  3. Posts : 194
    Windows 10 Pro
    Thread Starter
       #3

    white circle in tray


    thanks
    really quick answer
    I didn't know there was a radio
    and I don't know how to neutralize it
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  4. swarfega's Avatar
    Posts : 7,251
    Windows 10 Pro 64-bit
       #4

    Don't confuse the term radio with radio as in FM. The term here just means things that broadcast.

    I believe the way to disable it is to go into settings, search "location" and click on location privacy settings. There you can see Location service which can be disabled.

    It's worth spending time in the privacy section of settings and disabling things you don't want.
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  5. Posts : 194
    Windows 10 Pro
    Thread Starter
       #5

    white circle in tray


    thanks
    couldn't find broadcast in settings
    but I can live with it
    thanks again
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  6. Edwin's Avatar
    Posts : 17,824
    Windows 10
       #6

    zivshosh said:
    thanks
    couldn't find broadcast in settings
    but I can live with it
    thanks again
    Settings/Privacy/Location

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  7. Posts : 194
    Windows 10 Pro
    Thread Starter
       #7

    white circle in tray


    found it!
    turned it off, but it reappeared
    maybe I should restart
    anyway I'm not worried due to your explanations
    many thanks
    problem solved
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  8. spunk's Avatar
    Posts : 3,179
    Windows 10 Pro 64 Bit 20H2
       #8

    The circle with the dot in the notification area of the taskbar (near clock
    in the lower right corner of the desktop) indicates an app is using your
    location.
    This may be different then just the Locations setting. It would be in the preferences of the app you opened.
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