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Strange icon-like thing appears on desktop

  1. #1


    Exeter, UK
    Posts : 30
    Windows 8.1 Pro x64

    Strange icon-like thing appears on desktop


    Just over the last couple of weeks I've had a very strange rather icon-like vertical rectangle appear on my desktop in every session, generally within a very few minutes of completion of loading of startup programs, and I haven't been able to relate its appearance to any specific program. It looks like a manifestation of a malfunctioning program, but I really haven't a clue which. Commonly its appearance does coincide with my loading a program or opening a window of an already running program - but there seems to be no rhyme or reason as to which program or window-opening coincides with its appearance. Once it's appeared - always in the bottom right-hand corner of the desktop - it doesn't go away, nor change in any way.

    I can drag the rectangle to anywhere on the desktop, but not drop it into anything; it simply drops in the new position on the desktop - and dragging works only if I click on its right half, above its bottom rather paler strip. Unlike desktop icons, it cannot be selected or deleted, and clicking on it (single, double, right, middle, left) doesn't do anything - no menus, no action.

    The attached images show it in its corner and also moved away from the corner, so you can see that it wasn't extending beyond the screen edge.

    Any ideas what this is, and how to get rid of it? -- Many thanks.



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  2. #2


    Posts : 4
    Windows 8 Pro 64


    Same here just noticed it an hour ago.
    Don't know yet to get rid of it.
    It's part of the letter C like in Comodo.
    Open up main Comodo window and zoom in and compare.
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  3. #3


    Posts : 4
    Windows 8 Pro 64


    Icon dissappers when closing Comodo.
    Some bug in some way. Will se when it returns ☺
    Last edited by Limpain; 29 Jan 2015 at 02:06.
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  4. #4


    Posts : 4
    Windows 8 Pro 64


    A post from MajorGeeks.com

    Non Functioning Icon Appearing On Every Appication - MajorGeeks Support Forums

    The current fix for the broken Comodo icon is very simple:
    Open Comodo and go to Advanced Tasks > Advanced Settings > User Interface and UNCHECK the box beside 'Show Comodo Message Centre'
    Now restart your system.
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  5. #5


    Exeter, UK
    Posts : 30
    Windows 8.1 Pro x64


    Brilliant - thank you, Limpain! I just closed Comodo, and, sure enough, the weird thing disappeared. I've now unchecked 'Show Comodo Message Centre'. Just to be sure, I'll wait for a new session on my computer to pass without the funny object reappearing before I mark this thread as 'solved'.
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  6. #6


    Posts : 4
    Windows 8 Pro 64


    Ok thanx man 👍
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