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Updated Mon, 15 Aug 2022 17:46:10 GMT

Why is Microsoft Security Essentials suddenly not appearing in the tray?


My computer suddenly shut down immediately after booting and me launching Vbuzzer (my phone) and Outlook 2003. I have made no changes to the machine and it has worked well for months.

When I rebooted I noticed that MSE was not in the tray. I went to my programs and clicked it. It seemed to launch or at least the window came up. However, it is not in the tray and I'm not sure it booted as it used to do.

I scanned with MSE and found no virus, but I am spooked.

Can anyone suggest what may have happened and is there a fix?


EDIT: I was going to remove this, but it may be of value to others so I will leave it unless there are objections.

EDIT 2: I believe this is related to rootkit viruses I had: Mal/Generic - L and Mal/Generic - S. I found the free virus scanner SOPHOS So much is better including speed.


You could always uninstall and reinstall.

Before you do that you may want to check msconfig under services and verify that Microsoft AntiMalware Service is still checked and running.

Comments (1)

  • +0 – Thanks. I re-booted a few more times and suddenly it's there again. I'll remove the question in about an hour to give you a chance to see this. — Oct 18, 2012 at 20:13  

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