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Software Manager in system tray

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#1 JCrittenden


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Posted 02 August 2010 - 11:26 AM

A colleagues laptop at work has an icon that appears occasionally in his system tray, named Software Manager, with an icon that looks like a drop of water falling into water (the ripples, etc.). Right-click does nothing. Left-click jumps into some install/update program, but it looks fishy. What the heck is this and how do we (or should we) get rid of it? Nothing in Add/Remove Programs. Is on Start menu, but no uninstall option. Right-click from Start menu, to Properties, shows the path C:\Program Files\Common Files\InstallShield\UpdateService. XP Pro OS. Thanks y'all!!

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Posted 02 August 2010 - 11:20 PM


I'm moving this topic to the XP forum. The icon is legit. and is indeed a built-in update manager. That said, it's pretty useless, so if you want to remove the icon from the start menu, go right on ahead.

On the other hand, I don't know for certain why it would appear in the system tray. Perhaps it is set to automatically check for updates to programs. If so, there should be a way of disabling that feature.

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