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Locks On Taskbar Icons

Sunday, May 10th, 2015 by | Filed Under: Quick Tips, Security Help, Uncategorized

Ever had the experience of little lock-like symbols appearing on your taskbar icons? It happened to Ron who writes:

These new little icons are appearing on the taskbar icons for Firefox and Explorer. What do they designate? Also Firefox is running slow (I get a warning), any attempt to fix is ignored, when I go to add/delete programs, I click on Firefox to uninstall and nothing happens. This is a Windows 7 Pro system.


Hello Ron,

It looks like this may be due to an installation of SafeSearch. To change your icons back to normal, simply right click on the icons, and click Remove from Taskbar. Then, search your start menu for the programs, right click on them and click Pin to Taskbar once more.


You’ll also want to run an anti-virus and anti-malware program to make sure all traces are removed, and follow the steps in the SafeSearch link to remove the program completely.

~ Audra


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