lost icons and chevrons in notification area. Wind

  ss6c 19:27 28 Aug 09

I have looked at the previous posts that touch on this subject but nothing I do seems to help.
I have lost the icons I previously had in my notification area. most importantly the volume control and the disconnect usb storage devices (when plugged in) Icon.

I have right clicked the taskbar and gone into properties and customise. there is now only 3 processes in the current items. Even if I click always show on volume, nothing happens.
in control panel - sound and audio ensured place icon in notification area was on. unclicked and re ticked. this put it in the notification area until reboot.
can't find a way to put other icons i want back even temporarily.
i have recently installed AVG anti vrus. Anybody know if this might be related?

Also the arrows/chevrons for revealing the icons has gone.

  rawprawn 20:14 28 Aug 09

In Taskbar properties/ Notification area have you "Unticked" Hide inactive Icons?

  ss6c 20:36 28 Aug 09

Thanks for responding. Yes I have ticked and unticked hide inactive icons a few times. Doesn't make a difference. Currently hide inactive icons is ticked on.

  Sea Urchin 20:55 28 Aug 09

You could try running a couple of the kellys korner tweaks

No 320 (left column) and N0 294 (right column)

click here

  ss6c 21:09 28 Aug 09

Wow. Number 294 worked. ran it twice, first run removed everything which was a bit disconcerting, second run put back everything i normally have including chevrons. will see if it persists after reboot. thanks a lot.
Still wonder why it happened, anybody got any ideas?

  Sea Urchin 00:31 29 Aug 09

Hopefully they are back for good - and why did it happen, you ask. The notification area clearly became corrupted, but I guess the reason will never be known. It's most unlikely to be anything to do with your download of AVG.

If they do disappear again I would suspect possible malware. If so, then download - update and run Malwarebytes (the free version).

click here

But hopefully it won't come to that.

  birdface 01:06 29 Aug 09

A little tip Always have one with always hide on it in customize current items.

  ss6c 11:09 29 Aug 09

Thanks for all your responses. Unfortunately it did revert back to not working properly on re boot.
I will try malwarebytes. nothing seems to have been picked up by ad aware, spybot or a-squared though.

  rawprawn 11:14 29 Aug 09

If MWB doesn't find anything, I would run a system file check.

  ss6c 12:45 29 Aug 09

MWB did not find anything, however I ran the kelly's corner thing again a few times and it seems to have repaired it so that the notifications stay after a reboot.

How would I run a system file check, I'm sure I could find out how to do it but what would I be looking for?

Again thanks for all your helps.

  rawprawn 13:14 29 Aug 09

If you are running XP, go to Start> Run> type sfc /scannow and then press Enter.(Watch the space between sfc and /)
You will need your XP Disk, it will ask for it if needed.
This will check all your system for corrupt or missing files.

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