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No "M" Icon

We are running VirusScan Enterprise 8.5.0i, patch 4, with EPO framework 3.6.0.

The issue is that if an admin logs on to a client server at the local console the M icon will appear in the system tray. When logging in through a remote session the M icon is visible on some servers and the Vshield on others.

I know the framwork service is running, but it can be confusing.

Is there a fix for this? I seem to recall some info on it, but can't locate it anymore.

Thanks in advance,

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Have a fix

It is weird, but on every system where I have opened regedit to view the run keys, the M icon has come back. It could be that there was an issue in the registry that is intermittent and resolves when the key is opened. We have a backup product that is like that. It was missing a string terminator that gets applied when the key is opened for editing.

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Have you managed to get a solution for this?

I am having the same issues.

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The answer from McAfee is that this is normal in my situation. The "M" epo icon is designed to only show up once on a server for the local console only. It is not supposed to appear from RDP sessions. That being said I have found that it does show up on some systems and not others. I just ignore it now.

If you really want the icon then you could always add "MCTRAY.EXE" to your startup folder.


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this is consistent with my experience. using the /console switch the red M is visible, and otherwise it seems to be hit or miss.
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Also having similar issues. I have seen it show up sometimes with RDP. I do have one Windows 2008 server (32 bit) that it won't show up on. It is not a big deal and is something that I also ignore. Too much other stuff to worry about.

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Not a permanent fix . . . but if you're in an RDP session and you simply need to run the McAfee Agent Monitor, a quicker way is:

"%ProgramFiles%\McAfee\Common Framework\CmdAgent.exe" /s

Switches on the "M" icon, as an aside.
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I too have seen this issue on many a clients site. All windows servers of various versions.

Clearly a bug, but in the scheme of bugs i am currently dealing with, its small fry . .:p but annoying none the less

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