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Anyone know what this strange popup is?

#1 Post by thinkpac » Sat Aug 25, 2012 10:22 pm

I have seen this strange popup a couple times now on my Windows XP machine. Both times it has happened while logged into my Administrator account - it has never happened while logged into my limited user account. Also both times it just popped up by itself - I didn't do anything to cause it.

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It also doesn't seem to be an actual window, just something painted onto the screen. Because I opened another window and moved it around the screen, and the popup got erased. Weird.

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Re: Anyone know what this strange popup is?

#2 Post by rkawakami » Sat Aug 25, 2012 10:41 pm

Depending upon how long this "program" is actually running, you might be able to determine where it's coming from. Get a snapshot of the processes that are running when you first see the popup. If possible, open a command window and enter a TASKLIST command or using something like Process Explorer:

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#3 Post by GomJabbar » Sun Aug 26, 2012 1:49 am

Windows Event Viewer (Control Panel > Administrative Tools > Event Viewer) might also provide a clue. Look for events occurring at the same time as the pop-up.

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Re: Anyone know what this strange popup is?

#4 Post by wackyD » Tue Sep 11, 2012 9:44 am

I have had that appear from time to time - it is the ghost of Microsoft Security Essentials in my experience. No explanation, but if you open and close MSE, it clears up.
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Re: Anyone know what this strange popup is?

#5 Post by Majestic » Tue Sep 11, 2012 3:57 pm

I've had that happen as well with Security Essentials. If you click the "Show Desktop" button in the Quick Launch Bar it will close on it's own.
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