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Tech: What is this icon?

frogprince 25 May 10 - 01:37 PM
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gnu 25 May 10 - 02:02 PM
GUEST,goodlife 25 May 10 - 02:18 PM
Q (Frank Staplin) 25 May 10 - 02:18 PM
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GUEST,Peter Laban 25 May 10 - 03:08 PM
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Subject: Tech: What is this icon?
From: frogprince
Date: 25 May 10 - 01:37 PM

THIS has been on my tool bar for at least a few days. I can't figure out what it is, or where it came from. I keep getting "update available" flags. My antivirus says no malware.


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Subject: RE: Tech: What is this icon?
From: frogprince
Date: 25 May 10 - 01:44 PM

Okay, I'll try that again, and try not to hit the button too soon: THIS turned up on my toolbar a few days ago. If I should know how I acquired it, I can't remember for the life of me. I keep getting "update available" flags, but I don't want to touch it until I figure out what it is. Scanning gets no indication of malware. What is this one?


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Subject: RE: Tech: What is this icon?
From: frogprince
Date: 25 May 10 - 01:56 PM

So much for stupidity; I finally thought to left click on the thing, and it says abobe reader update. It had to be there since whenever, but I didn't remember it, and I hadn't been getting update flags from it all the time until recently.


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Subject: RE: Tech: What is this icon?
From: gnu
Date: 25 May 10 - 02:02 PM

Don't ya just loathe all these "updates" and "checks". I get the "unless you have updated this program recently, this may be caused by a virus" and so on. I usually ignore the works and do my own by going directly to the sites.


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Subject: RE: Tech: What is this icon?
From: GUEST,goodlife
Date: 25 May 10 - 02:18 PM

whats the connection to frayed drain please


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Subject: RE: Tech: What is this icon?
From: Q (Frank Staplin)
Date: 25 May 10 - 02:18 PM

I also wish that "updates" would come with some explanation.


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Subject: RE: Tech: What is this icon?
From: JohnInKansas
Date: 25 May 10 - 02:31 PM

Safer than just clicking unknown icons: RIGHT CLICK and choose "copy shortcut" or "edit shortcut." Paste it into a word processor or text editor, if you need to and read where it wants you to go. "Copy Shortcut" sometimes just pastes as the "clickie" - the "display text" without telling you the URL, but sometimes pastes as the URL; but "Edit Shortcut" should always show the target URL at the bottom of the "edit" window.

If the target site is one you recognize, then you can left click and go see what they want you to do.

In IE, and probably in other browsers, just hovering over an icon shows you the target URL on the lower information bar (if you've set it up normally, and have "status bar" checked in the View menu like you should) and usually that's enough to identify anything you might want to click.

Icons in the Start Up bar (usually at the lower right in Windows) should show a "hint" if you just "hover" over them. The "hint" should show enough info to give some clues about what the icon is, but sometimes just says something vague like "updates available" without telling what's being updated. Right clicking icons in the Start Up bar sometimes will show a "menu" with options that gives additional clues.

John


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Subject: RE: Tech: What is this icon?
From: frogprince
Date: 25 May 10 - 03:01 PM

Guest goodlife; just in case this wasn't a regular here pulling my chain: I put the image in the files at my website, which is www.frayedtrain.com.


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Subject: RE: Tech: What is this icon?
From: GUEST,Peter Laban
Date: 25 May 10 - 03:08 PM

Looks like Adobe Acrobat Reader. Your resolution makes it hard to be totally certain though.


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Subject: RE: Tech: What is this icon?
From: GUEST,goodlife
Date: 26 May 10 - 04:22 PM

sorry about that i clicked the properties of the icon and it came up with your web page i do try to keep up with all these screen names but there are so many and some i do not know who they are maybe we should have an index to them all
cheers


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Subject: RE: Tech: What is this icon?
From: The Fooles Troupe
Date: 27 May 10 - 07:52 AM

Frayed train, frayed train, frays so fast....

I don't know what train you're on...


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Subject: RE: Tech: What is this icon?
From: mousethief
Date: 28 May 10 - 12:32 AM

Looks like Adobe to me also. Did you recently try to read a PDF and it asked you to install something?


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Subject: RE: Tech: What is this icon?
From: frogprince
Date: 28 May 10 - 09:53 AM

It's Adobe, and mousethief may have it. Since I already had Adobe reader, I didn't think about getting a new toolbar icon just from adding an update.


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