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Every time you update Quicktime, it reinstalls the Quicktime Icon in the System Tray. Annoying. And apparently unavoidable.
Every time I turn on my computer, I get the Quicktime Icon in the system tray. I ran MS Config and unchecked the line labeled "qttask" and rebooted but in a few days it comes back. What can I do to stop it once and for all from appearing in the system tray?
I feel your pain.
This is a clear case of an application vendor thinking they know what's best for us, regardless of what we really, really want.
The problem is simple: every time you update Quicktime, it re-installs the Quicktime icon in the system tray:
This is compounded by the fact that Quicktime can get reinstalled as a result of other programs being installed or upgraded. The most common offender, at least on my machine, is iTunes. Each time iTunes is updated, no matter what I've done, the Quicktime tray application comes back.
Turning it Off
What I do to get rid of it is to right click on it and select Quicktime Preferences. In the resulting dialog, I then click on the Advanced tab:
I then make sure that the checkbox labeled Install Quicktime icon in system tray is unchecked:
As soon as I click OK on that dialog, the tray applet goes away.
Until the next time Quicktime is updated.
Some folks have reported that this isn't enough for them, and that it comes back on their next reboot. They've had to take an extra step:
Click on Start, and then Run
Type in msconfig and press OK
Click on the Startup Tab:
Locate "qttask" (highlighted above), and clear its checkbox:
Press OK. MSConfig may ask you if you want to reboot. You don't have to, qttask will simply not start the next time you do.
And, once again, the next time you update Quicktime, you'll have to repeat this process.
One alternative that I've heard of but haven't tried myself is something called, surprisingly enough, "Quicktime Alternative". It's a free codec (coder/decoder) for Quicktime files that will allow you to view them without Quicktime. Instead you can view them in other viewers such as Windows Media player or other applications.
My only hesitation is that I'm unclear on the interaction with other applications such as iTunes. I would expect that an update of iTunes will once again install Quicktime - and its icon.
Certainly just living with it is an option. Aside from taking up space and some of your computer's memory, the Quicktime icon is fairly benign. It doesn't add any value, in my opinion, but it also doesn't impact your computer's performance that much either.
For me, it's as much about the principal of the thing as it is anything else. I do dislike a cluttered tray (seems every application feels the need to put something there), so I definitely want the option to turn it off. The Quicktime tray item, as far as I can tell, adds no value. I see to reason to ever want to use it, or for it to exist - Quicktime works just fine without it. To have to have it repeatedly reappear even after I've explicitly told it to go away is, to me, exceptionally arrogant software behavior.
And a repeated annoyance.