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Solved: Unknown program quickly popping up and disappearing in task bar constantly

Discussion in 'All Other Software' started by Morthian, Aug 19, 2012.

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  1. Morthian

    Morthian Thread Starter

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    Some program keeps popping up for a split second on my task bar every few minutes, and I can't figure out what it is.
    It's pretty annoying because whenever it happens it switches the current window's focus.
    It seems to happen randomly, and not at a set time interval.
    I don't think it's malware... but I could be wrong. It pops ups and disappears much too quickly to identify it.
    How can figure out what it is? (Btw, I'm running Windows 7.)
     
  2. Phantom010

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    Have you tried hitting the Printscreen key when it pops up? You would have a screenshot. Or is it still too fast for that?
     
  3. Morthian

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    Yeah, it's definitely way too fast for that. And I never know when it's going to happen.
     
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    1- Please click HERE to download HijackThis.

    2- Run the program.

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    You could also run Process Explorer and check all running processes. See if there's a suspicious process.
     
  6. Morthian

    Morthian Thread Starter

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    I figured out what was happening using the Windows Event Viewer. It turns out that a Windows update that I recently installed was causing the problem. The update installed a service called Interactive Services Detection. This service reacted with my PS3 Media Server program in a way that caused the new service to constantly try displaying some useless annoying dialog. I'm not sure why the dialog would always self-close before I could even see it, but after I disabled this service, the problem went away. I'm sure PS3 Media Server will release an update that corrects the problem, but the new Windows service is pretty useless anyway. I think I might just disable Windows Update... I hate Microsoft... Anyway, thanks for the suggestions. It did seem like something malware would do, but I had my reasons to believe it probably wasn't malware.
     
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