In your reply 5, you wrote:
“It’s either the rewards or the shield.”
Re the Brave Browser Shields [Lion] icon . . .
The number that is within a tiny circular object, attached (at approx. the 2:30 o’clock position) to the Brave Browser Shields [Lion] icon, indicates items detected by Brave Browser Shields.
The number of such items, may vary, as
connections are upgraded to HTTPS
items continue to download from the Internet, to Brave Browser, and some such items are blocked.
Depending upon website servers’ duties, an Internet browser may continue to receive files for various purposes, even though your perspective is, that the website appears to be stable (no more significant rendering by the Internet browser).
A website server may have the responsibity of polling (similar to PING’ing) the Internet browser, as a method for maintaining some proof that the session connection between web server and Internet browser window (or tab) is probably reliable.
Polling may occur every few seconds, or a variation of polling every few minutes.
Your, taking the time to study and observe:
Brave Browser > Developer Tools > Network tool
Brave Browser > Task Manager (match Process ID (PID) to Windows Task Mgr)
Windows OS > Task Manager (match Process ID (PID) to Brave Browser Task Mgr)
Windows OS > Event Viewer
. . . will probably illuminate the type(s) of item(s) that is/are downloading, in addition to revealing what may be a particular process (in those two Task Manager windows) that may be a cause for a sound.
Possibly, some particular type of item being downloaded from a web server, has a characteristic that is literally ringing a bell within some of the older code of Blink, Chromium, or Brave.
Routinely make manual backups of your Bookmarks files.
Windows OS location of Brave Browser installation:
Windows OS location of the Brave Browser BraveSoftware folder (all 3 paths are essentially the same):
IMPORTANT: Routinely back up the BraveSoftware folder. I recommend using WinZip or 7-Zip, in order to make .zip compressed files as backups, and I suggest GoodSync as an application for scheculed backups, too.
Meanwhile, also routinely Export Bookmarks, using the Brave Browser > Bookmarks Manager.
Re Observing Activity, Performance, Tasks
Using as tools that help you to see all of the processes involved – whichever of the following are available on your computing device:
- OS Actvity Monitor
- OS Task Manager
- Brave Browser Task Manager
- OS Performance Monitor
- OS Resource Monitor
. . . and using for guidance:
Multi-Process Model Background
How to use Developer Tools
Windows OS has a diagnostic tool named “Event Viewer”. How to get it started and some basics about its use, are at;
There is a main window for the application. The particular events of interest re your issue, would show in the Custom Views > Administrative Events as depicted in the illustration:
Do not be alarmed by the “Error” and “Warning” labels. With experience, using Event Viewer, one sees such alarms, often.
The object of the exercise – if you choose to take a look – is to be prepared and have that Event Viewer window open and in a location within your computer display, so that you can observe events that are being listed, while you are also using Brave Browser.