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June 10, 2005 10:00:02 AM

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a blank application appears at random times in the taskbar. The application
has no name and just a plain window icon. It appears for only a second in
the taskbar then disappears. the only time I can consistently see it is
after rebooting the machine it always appears. when it appears at random
times I cannot identify it. I have recently completely formatted hard drive
and reinstalled XP. Tried Spy Sweeper and Spybot with no problems reported.
What is this mystery application and how can I log computers booting up to
see what it is.

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June 10, 2005 11:06:05 AM

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davidh wrote:

> a blank application appears at random times in the taskbar. The
> application
> has no name and just a plain window icon. It appears for only a
> second in
> the taskbar then disappears. the only time I can consistently see it
> is
> after rebooting the machine it always appears. when it appears at
> random
> times I cannot identify it. I have recently completely formatted hard
> drive
> and reinstalled XP. Tried Spy Sweeper and Spybot with no problems
> reported. What is this mystery application and how can I log computers
> booting up to see what it is.

Try clean-boot troubleshooting:

Clean Boot - http://support.microsoft.com/default.aspx?kbid=310353
and How to Troubleshoot By Using the Msconfig Utility in Windows XP -
http://support.microsoft.com/?id=310560

Malke
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Anonymous
June 12, 2005 7:32:01 AM

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=?Utf-8?B?ZGF2aWRo?= wrote:
>
> a blank application appears at random times in the taskbar. The application
> has no name and just a plain window icon. It appears for only a second in
> the taskbar then disappears. the only time I can consistently see it is
> after rebooting the machine it always appears. when it appears at random
> times I cannot identify it. I have recently completely formatted hard drive
> and reinstalled XP. Tried Spy Sweeper and Spybot with no problems reported.
> What is this mystery application and how can I log computers booting up to
> see what it is.

My guess is that when you reinstalled XP you also reinstalled the
program that is creating the blanks. Generally, this is not
spyware/malware, but some free utility or small free application that
just has some bugs. I test lots of software, and that happens with some
programs. I'ts basically just an annoyance. You just have to find the
app you have running 24/7 that is causing it.



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Anonymous
August 27, 2005 7:16:03 AM

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I recently had a similar experience. I found out in my case that the
annoyance was caused by an application that is part of my HP multi-function
printer, specifically the program "hptskmgr.exe". I simply disabled it from
starting up on msconfig and problem solved. I have not noticed any changes in
the functionality of my printer, either. I hope this helps and good luck!

"davidh" wrote:

> a blank application appears at random times in the taskbar. The application
> has no name and just a plain window icon. It appears for only a second in
> the taskbar then disappears. the only time I can consistently see it is
> after rebooting the machine it always appears. when it appears at random
> times I cannot identify it. I have recently completely formatted hard drive
> and reinstalled XP. Tried Spy Sweeper and Spybot with no problems reported.
> What is this mystery application and how can I log computers booting up to
> see what it is.
!