Yellow exclamation icon in taskbar - is that normal?

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  1. Ronald Epstein

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    I have been a Windows XP user since the day
    it was released. With my computer boasting 512
    memory, I never really had an issue with pushing
    my computer's resources -- especially with the
    small amount of programs that I have in the startup
    folder.

    Lately, been seeing something odd. A little
    yellow YIELD icon with an exclamation (!) inside.
    It appears in my taskbar. I couldn't quite figure
    out what the hell it meant since it won't let me
    right click on it for any further information.

    It seems to appear when I load up a large program
    as if I am pushing the memory resources on my
    computer. It's odd.

    Is this a new thing that has been implemented
    with a recent SERVICE UPDATE that may have been
    installed? Anybody else getting this icon?

    Thanks in advance
     
  2. Max Leung

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    Maybe you've got spyware, and windows is having a hard time loading the resources for it? Spyware programs can launch just before you launch a real app.

    I know some people whose PCs would popup hardcore pornography websites whenever they launched ANY program! Opening the Control Panel would launch a flurry of these unwanted windows, for example.

    Have you tried hovering the mouse over the icon, and see if a tooltip balloon shows up?
     
  3. Ronald Epstein

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    There is no explanation for this icon.

    It occasionally pops up in the corner right
    taskbar (near the TIME).

    No popups.

    I just thought perhaps this was a newly implemented
    indicator that perhaps my windows resources are low.
     
  4. LewB

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    Did you happen to load or turn on a pop-up stopper ?
     
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    No, it doesn't belong to Windows, that is for sure. There would be somethng to see on a right click.

    I know you don't want to hear this, but there was some sort of a virus several years ago that had something like that.

    But, can you make a list of everything that is running just after you boot up, and then do it again after the icon shows up. Maybe that will help?

    Glenn
     
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    Your best bet is to go to www.sysinternals.com and download Process Explorer. When you see the icon, open Process Explorer and see if there are any strange processes running. If it is an OS process, it is owned by the kernel, and you will see this in Process Explorer. If it is a seperate process (such as spyware) it will be owned by Windows Explorer (NOT Internet Explorer). It the process is a service, it will not be owned by either. This will be evident when you run Process Explorer.
     
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    This usually happens when a page does'nt load right, Try turning your script blocking off.
     
  8. Ronald Epstein

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    So, Tyler, you have seen this icon appear before?

    Steven, I'll download that process explorer later
    today. Thanks for the tip.
     
  9. Jesse Leonard

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    Take a screen shot and post it here. A picture is worth a thousand words [​IMG]
     
  10. Max Leung

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    Oh...another thing you can try. Go to your Start Menu, click on the "Run..." menu item. Type in "msconfig" and hit Enter.

    You will see a window with 6 tabs. Click on the Startup tab and you will see a list of (nearly) ALL programs that launch when you log into Windows. Click on the "Disable All" button, and next time you reboot, it will NOT load any of those programs. If the exclamation mark goes away, then you know that one of startup programs is the cause. By process of elimination, you can easily figure out which program is the culprit (to reduce the number of reboots, you can enable half the programs in the list, see if that causes the icon to appear - if so, disable half of those, reboot, rinse lather repeat).
     
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    Is it a low disk space warning?
     
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    I believe it's hardware conflict. Try going to Control Panel, then System, then the Hardware tab, and finally Device Manager. I'll bet you see the exclamation mark there as well, pinpointing some kind of conflict (IRQ?) between your hardware devices.

    From there, somebody more of an expert than me can step in...but it might jog your memory on something you recently installed.

    Don't forget, too, Ron, if you're running XP, you can do a system restore back to a day when you know everything was copacetic.
     
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    Ronald,
    Do an advanced Google search on the exact phrase "yield icon". I found a number of references that this could be related to.
    Steve
     
  15. Ronald Epstein

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    Guys,

    I know some of you are having a lot of fun
    with this delemna and others are being more
    helpful. In any case, thanks for the responses
    thus far.

    No hardware conflicts - I checked the control panel.
    Nothing unusual in the startup - checked MSCONFIG.

    I have 100Gig left on my hard drive so space cannot
    be low.

    Can't do a screenshot because the icon rarely appears.

    It doesn't even seem to appear with the start of
    any particular program.

    I can tell you this....

    Last time I had that icon problem I formatted my
    computer hoping to get rid of it. Thought it was
    a virus, because when I would see it, my computer
    would soon crash thereafter as if the icon was some
    sort of low resource warning. However, my resources
    certainly were not low (have ample memory and not
    many programs running).

    Hard to explain all this. It was a problem the
    first time around when I first began seeing the icon.
    After formatting it was gone -- but now sometimes
    reappears. Doesn't look like there is an explanation
    to it all.

    Appreciate the responses. Thanks everyone.
     
  16. Max Leung

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    Did you try disabling all programs in the startup tab of MSConfig? I am 90% certain it will get rid of the icon. Don't just look at the list...spyware programs often list themselves as something innocuous. Also, even if it looks like a useful program, it may still have a problem (corrupted install, or a system change caused it to function strangely).

    I strongly suggest you disable all programs in the startup, then slowly enable them bit by bit until the icon shows up again.
     
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    I recall seeing the exact thing on a friend's PC.
    I seem to remember we narrowed it down to his firewall, or maybe his virus app.
    He has XP. I couldn't figure out a way to see if he was running XP's own firewall or not, so it just might have been a Norton thing. For sure it wasn't Zone Alarm he was using, but it too brings up a similar sort of alert.
    It ought to be only when you're on the web, so you might try messing with your firewall config, or even exit right out of it for a short time to see if the icon seems to be linked to it running.
     
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    ron - do you have a hp printer? if so, did you make any changes regarding it?

    my system at work just popped the same yellow yield icon today.

    i believe mine is caused by some sort of hp monitoring software. in my old cube, i had my printer connected via usb. in my new cube, i'm using a traditional printer cable.

    as soon as i went to the traditional printer cable, the icon popped up in my sys tray. actually two of them popped up. i was able to click on one, then the system tried to refind my printer - which it did. when i try to click on the second yield sign, the system tries to do the same, but it can't find the printer.

    since this is my work pc, and as long as i can print -- then i'm not too worried.
     
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    Ron, I read many many msg boards on computer topics. I've not seen or heard of this problem before. I've been following this post and decided maybe I can help by searching here and there.
    I checked google, google groups (windows specific search), nothing. Couple of Tech forums that I'm a member of, again nothing.
    Over time, I've found cause and fixes for myself and friends for nearly everything. But this has me stumped as well. Searches came up with a few hits reguarding "Windows 2003 server", which I didn't bother reading into. One or two other hits mentioned early versions of "Tweak UI". But I have the 1st version of it myself and have never seen the icon you mention.
    What shocks me is, you have re-installed XP and yet it came back.
     

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