THE ICONS ARE ACTUALLY DISAPPEARING, NOT JUST "HIDING INACTIVE NOTIFICATION ICONS"
alright, here goes...a few weeks ago, the yellow shield with an exclamation point popped up in my system tray (stands for Windows Update), and stayed at "Downloading updates: 0%" ever since. The thing is, I started up my comp today and yesterday, and noticed that right away there were two icons missing: the system tray icon for Protowall and the icon for Avast Virus Recovery Database Generator (no, i did not merge the two icons). After terminating Protowall via Task Manager and restarting it, the tray icon came up fine. The VRDB icon still isn't back yet, and my Xfire icon recently disappeared as well (it's back now after "lost connection with server" reconnect, for some odd reason, but i have it set to "start minimized"...). I'm wondering if any of you could help. It's not a major problem, just somewhat annoying for some of my programs.