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System Tray Cleaner

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System Tray Cleaner is an interesting idea, a free Web-based utility that scans your system tray (also known as the Notification Area) and analyzes the results in Wikipedia to help you decide whether to keep them or not. You can disable icons or uninstall programs from the tool's online interface. If you basically have no idea what's in your system tray or how to get a handle on it with Windows, it may be worth your while to let System Tray Cleaner's server take a whack at it. If security is an issue and you already have a notion of what's in your system tray, we recommend skipping this tool, and those running 64-bit Windows 7 should keep running until they're far away.

This tool installs a desktop icon and other software on your system, but it displays scan results in your browser via a server that stores your data. It does display a lot of information about the icons in the system tray, including a linear summary of our icons that let us quickly access their data, plus a more detailed list that marked any newly installed icons. Clicking any icon opened a page of data with End Task and Uninstall buttons. None of the icons were unfamiliar to us, nor were the programs and tasks they linked to. However, we did use System Tray Cleaner to disable an unnecessary application. The online Help file is a work in progress and offered no additional info. And the truth is, this tool doesn't really do anything you can't do with Windows and your browser, either by checking an icon's properties, clicking Customize in the system tray, or browsing to Wikipedia and looking it up yourself.

The developers need to do a better job explaining what information they collect and how they protect it on the tool's Web site. However, the site does claim that System Tray Cleaner is compatible with both 32-bit and 64-bit editions of Windows 7, and it offers no separate downloads. It ran on a 32-bit Windows 7 Home Premium machine, but a pop-up told us our 64-bit Home Premium installation was incompatible, and to top it off, that system crashed. YMMV, but we've gone as far as we care to with System Tray Cleaner.

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  • 2.0 stars

    "Did not work for me"

    April 10, 2014  |   By achitea

    Version: System Tray Cleaner 4.0

    Pros

    None for me

    Cons

    This is the second program that did not get rid of the odd icons--especiall drivermax. found this batch file online and it worked and left the good icons there
    @echo off

    :: Notification Area Cleaner
    :: Created by Hally Master hally_master (at) yahoo (dot) com
    :: Distributed by www.7tutorials.com
    :: WARNING! This utility restarts your shell (Explorer.exe) and clears your notification area icon cache

    taskkill /im explorer.exe /f
    reg delete "HKCU\Software\Classes\Local Settings\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\TrayNotify" /v IconStreams /f
    reg delete "HKCU\Software\Classes\Local Settings\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\TrayNotify" /v PastIconsStream /f
    start "Shell Restarter" /d "%systemroot%" /i /normal explorer.exe

    Summary

    Windows 7 Ultimate, Defender, up to date

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  • 5.0 stars

    "Old Reviews are inaccurate"

    November 15, 2013  |   By tapcity7

    Version: System Tray Cleaner 4.0

    Pros

    Cleans your systems tray; got rid of Search Donkey an evil persistent extension; gives you a heap of info about your computer.

    Cons

    none that i can see

    Summary

    Reccomended.

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