Remove Yellow and Blue Shield from icons easily in Windows 10 / 11

If you look closely on your desktop you will be able to notice blue and yellow shield on some of the icons. An application is having a Yellow and Blue shield with its icon simply means that whenever an user is going to open that application, User Account Control is going to acknowledge the user for permission to open that application. It might be annoying as it can decimate the look of the desktop background. There is a simple solution to solve this problem on your computer. Go through this fix and repeat these steps for every icons which are bearing this yellow and blue shield and this issue will be solved in no time.

Yellow And Blue Featured


Fix 1 – Replace it with a new shortcut

1. Right click on the program and choose open file location.



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2. Right click on the selected program and choose create shortcut.


Create Shortcut



3. Now, copy and paste this newly created shortcut to desktop.

4. Now, delete Earlier icon with shield.

5. Now, Rename this Pasted icon.

Fix 2 – Deleting Iconcache

1. Press CTRL + SHIFT+ESC keys together at once from the keyboard.

2. Right click on Windows explorer and choose end task.


End Task Explorer Exe


3. Now, click on File and then click on Run new task.


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4. Write cmd.exe in it and check


Cmd Task Manager


5. Now, once the cmd window opens up, copy and paste the command given below.

del /AH "%localappdata%\iconcache.db"

6. Now, Click on File and then click on Create new task again.

7. Write explorer.exe in it and click OK.

Fix 3 – Using NirCMD

1 – Download Free command oline utility NirCMD from here.

Scroll down on that page and locate Download NirCMD link and download Nircmd zip from there.

2 – Now, extract the zip file you downloaded.

3 – Copy Nircmd.exe from the extracted folder and paste it in to your C:\Windows Folder

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4 – Now, right click on the icon you are facing the issue with and click on properties.

5 – Now, add nircmd elevate at the beginning of target: and then click on apply and OK.

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Now, try gain.

Fix 4 – Using Task Scheduler

1. Search task scheduler in windows 10 search box. Click on search result to open Task scheduler.

Task Scheduler Search


2. Click on Create Task.


Create Task Task Scheduler


3. Now, write name of program in name.

4. Check Run with highest privileges.

5. Select Windows 10 in Configure for dropdown.

6. Click on OK.

Program Task Scheduler


7. Click on New.

8. Now, click on browse.



New Action Task Scheduler


9. Browse to the Target location of the program. If you do not know the target location of the program, just right click on the program and click on properties.


Target Location


10. Now, browse to the program location and select the executable file in the location.


Program Browse


11. Now, click OK.

12. After that click on Conditions tab.




13. Uncheck both the Power options of start the task only …. and stop if the computer ….

14. Click on OK.

15. Now, right click on Desktop anywhere and choose new and then click on shortcut.


New Shortcut


16. Now, name the shortcut as schtasks /run /tn name of program

Change the name of program with the name you provided in task scheduler in step 3.



17. Click on Next and Ok afterwards.

18. Now, right click and choose properties on this newly created icon.

19. Now, click on change icon.

20. Choose relevant icon of your choice.


Fix 5  – UnCheck run as administrator

1. Uninstall the program.

2. Install it again.

3. Now, before doing anything , right click on the program and choose properties.

4. Click on compatibility.

5. UnCheck Run this program as an administrator

6  – Click on Apply and OK

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Fix 6 – Add a prefix to the file path-

Adding a simple prefix to the file path is going to solve this issue for you.

1. Right click on the icon having the yellow and blue shield icon and then click on “Properties“.




2. Go to the “Shortcut” tab. Copy-paste the following line in the starting of the “Target:” location ( before “C:/Program Files…” ).

cmd /c start ""

Finally, click on “Apply” and “OK” to save the changes.


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You may be shown an Access Denied error message on your computer. Just, click on “Continue” to continue the process.


Continue Access


Now, you can launch this application without prompted by User Account Control and the icon will not have the Yellow and Blue shield.



If you see that icon of that application has changed into a Command Prompt icon, then follow these steps to change the icon of that application.

1. Right click on the icon having the yellow and blue shield icon and then click on “Properties“.




2. Go to “Shortcut” tab and then click on “Change icon” to change the icon on your computer.


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3. Now, select the icon which was set before for the application and then click on “OK” to save the changes.

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4. Click on “Apply” and “OK” to save the changes on your computer.


Apply And Ok


Reboot your computer.

This way you can easily remove Yellow and Blue shield from the icons on the desktop.

1 thought on “Remove Yellow and Blue Shield from icons easily in Windows 10 / 11”

  1. I received an picture by email and when I went to open it a flashing blue and yellow shield overlay icon appeared on my lower tool bar. It does not respond to right clicks to get to properties nor does any of the icons on my lower tool bar respond to my mouse or touch. I can no longer shut or power down my computer I have to manually shut it down. I access email and google by my desktop icons. How do I get rid of this icon and never have to deal with it again.

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