So for the past week or so, I’ve noticed that when I put my machine to sleep and wake it up later there is a ‘white box’ that appears in the upper left hand/top left corner of my my desktop that overlaps about 1/8th of my desktop, covering over the Recycle Bin and a few other folders I have.
And it’s completely immoveable.
It looks like it’s a window or dialog box that simply doesn’t have any borders or controls on it. It can’t be dragged and dropped. I can’t be right mouse clicked. Nothing appears in the task tray below to represent it. It just sits there.
So I loaded up Security Task Manager. Security Task Manager is a tool I’ve used for years to identify errant or weird processes that are loaded into memory. It actually displays an English language description next to the running process in question which differentiates it from the standard Windows Task Manager. It’s very useful in identifying issues – especially things that slow down your PC or might otherwise be a security threat.
In this case, I suspected that some process was lingering that was causing this ‘white box’ or window to exist.
A key indicator that a process is active in memory is that there is an entry next to the process for the amount of memory that it is actively consuming. After all, if a process is dormant, it probably isn’t doing something like displaying an annoying ‘white box’ on my screen.
So I’m perusing the running processes and I notice that one of them is “SOLUTO”. Soluto is a boot-time utility that monitors the execution of services at boot in order to allow the user to ‘cut down on how long it takes to boot the system’. I found it strange that it was consuming 32MB of memory however when it’d been a long time since I booted up.
So I killed the process. Lo-and-behold, the ‘white box’ disappeared. Suddenly it started to make sense. One of the things Soluto does at boot time is display a borderless window that iterates through all the processes still being loaded as part of the boot process, even though the user has already logged on. This borderless window doesn’t have a means by which one can close the window without knowing exactly where the “X” is to close it. I suspect that this window got whitewashed somehow and lingered in the OS after the system got put to sleep and woken up again.
So if you have a ‘white box’ on your screen it’s likely the remnant of a borderless window from another running process on your system. If you wanna see what processes are still running and want a description of each of them, check out Security Task Manager.