What's new

Solved Spurious black rectangle appears on screen


New Member
A black rectangle about 2cm high by 1cm width has appeared at the top left of the screen, looks like a timer of some sort as when clicked it shows in the centre of the rectangle a very quick countdown from 100 to zero. There's a cross at the bottom of the rectangle. It's a nuisance and does not disappear when Surface is closed down and rebooted. Gets in the way of all programs. How to get rid of this?


Active Member
Sounds like you might have inadvertently downloaded malware.
Do you have Desktop Gadgets? They have countdown timers.
Check Task Manager and see if there is a process running that looks suspicious.
A list of Windows Processes that are supposed to be running can be found here.
Posting a screen shot of it may help identify it.


New Member
Thank you ScottyS. I have now run all the virus and threat programs manually and between them the rectangle has disappeared. Not sure why these programs don't always run in the background but hey...