A latest round of Windows 7 updates has caused concern among Windows 7 users. The Interactive Services Detection service keeps popping up a small icon on the bottom task bar every few minutes.

We have had numerous clients call with the issue thinking it was a virus or malware. We could find no such infection using current tools.

This occurs due to the new Interactive Services Detection feature available in Windows Vista and Windows 7. The Interactive Services Detection is a feature for legacy applications that detect if a service is trying to interact with the Windows desktop. This feature can be disabled by editing a service on the Windows computer.

To disable Interactive Services Detection

  1. Click Start > Control Panel and then double-click Administrative Tools.
  2. Double-click Services.
  3. Scroll down and double-click Interactive Services Detection.
  4. On the General tab, change the Startup type to Manual or Disabled.
  5. Click OK and restart the computer.
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