I there! I'm not sure if you still upkeep this, but I recently had issues with Fade Taskbar.
It's been working well since I got my Windows 8 laptop, but just this past week it's been killing itself as a process every time it's started, whether manually or automatically at logon.
The problem is that double clicking the executive has it show up on the tray area, but at this point the process has started and closed. The icon still remains in the tray area, but nothing is faded in the taskbar. Instead- when the mouse is hovered over the icon in the tray area, the icon disappears.
It seems to lag out this way when launched, I have not installed software recently and I have BitDefender as my anti-virus. Though it doesn't show any signs of complications. Do you have any ideas in mind?