How can I permanently remove an icon from the notification area?

Every time I boot up an icon consisting of the white numeral "9" in a black field appears in the Notification Area of my desktop tool bar.

Every time I boot up, I "customize" the tool bar and "hide" the icon.  It always comes back.

Apparently, it performs no function.  Right clicking on it, hoping to find a "discard" option, produces no response.

How can I eliminate the icon?

My operating system is Windows Vista 64 bit Home Premium.

Question Info

Last updated November 15, 2018 Views 38,557 Applies to:

Steps to remove unused items from the notification area:


1. Click Start -> Run then type regedit in the box that appears and click ok


2. From the registry editor directory tree, browse to



3. Delete Icon Streams and PasteIconStreams from the list


4. Exit the registry editor, restart your computer and the items in the notification area   should now be gone.


Modifying REGISTRY settings incorrectly can cause serious problems that may prevent your computer from booting properly. Microsoft cannot guarantee that any problems resulting from the configuring of REGISTRY settings can be solved. Modifications of these settings are at your own risk.

Remove icons from the notification area (system tray)

I would also suggest you to run a complete scan on your computer.

1. Windows Live One care -     

2. How to get rid of malware -  




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