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How to remove startup programs

Discussion in 'Windows XP' started by theMusicMan, Jan 15, 2002.

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  1. theMusicMan

    theMusicMan Thread Starter

    Oct 7, 2001

    Can someone advise how I can stop a particular (or any for that matter) program from running at startup.

    I understand the Startup folder option - but I have several apps that start up and that do not appear within the Startup folder. I want to be able to selectivley start these applications rather than have them start up automatically.

    I have had a look at MSCONFIG and MSINFO32 to see whats there but cannot seem to deactivate specific apps.

  2. eddie5659

    eddie5659 Moderator Malware Specialist

    Mar 19, 2001

    What Windows are you running? I'm assuming XP. Can you post the list of what you have, as disabling some may not be what you want to do.
    When you're in MSINFO32, click on Software Enviroment, then Startup Programs. Copy/paste the list.

    Now, when you've posted it, we will be going to the Startup Tab in MSCONFIG and unchecking from there.


  3. bcon76

    bcon76 Guest

    You can also go to http://www.pacs-portal.co.uk/startup_index.htm for descriptions of many if not most applications that run at start up. You will get clear descriptions of apps and if they are essential or not. If you are running WinXp go to Start\run and run msconfig. In msconfig go to startup. Cross refference the startup list with the list at pacs-portal and uncheck the ones you don't want that are not essential.
  4. theMusicMan

    theMusicMan Thread Starter

    Oct 7, 2001
    Hi Bcon & Eddie

    Thanks for your replies. I am running XP HE & here's the output from MSINFO32....

    Alogserv c:\program files\mcafee\mcafee virusscan\alogserv.exe All Users HKLM\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Run
    AnyPoint Connection Manager c:\progra~1\intel\anypoint\apmgui.exe NT AUTHORITY\SYSTEM Startup
    AnyPoint Connection Manager c:\progra~1\intel\anypoint\apmgui.exe .DEFAULT Startup
    AnyPoint Connection Manager c:\progra~1\intel\anypoint\apmgui.exe All Users Common Startup
    APEreg c:\program files\intel\anypoint\apereg.exe ADVENT3200\john HKU\S-1-5-21-1123561945-725345543-994799509-1007\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Run
    C2K c:\windows\cyb2k.exe All Users HKLM\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Run
    CoolSwitch c:\windows\system32\taskswitch.exe All Users HKLM\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Run
    CTFMON.EXE c:\windows\system32\ctfmon.exe NT AUTHORITY\SYSTEM HKU\S-1-5-18\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Run
    CTFMON.EXE c:\windows\system32\ctfmon.exe NT AUTHORITY\LOCAL SERVICE HKU\S-1-5-19\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Run
    CTFMON.EXE c:\windows\system32\ctfmon.exe NT AUTHORITY\NETWORK SERVICE HKU\S-1-5-20\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Run
    CTFMON.EXE c:\windows\system32\ctfmon.exe .DEFAULT HKU\.DEFAULT\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Run
    Deskmenu c:\windows\deskmenu.exe ADVENT3200\john Startup
    desktop desktop.ini NT AUTHORITY\SYSTEM Startup
    desktop desktop.ini ADVENT3200\john Startup
    desktop desktop.ini .DEFAULT Startup
    desktop desktop.ini All Users Common Startup
    FastUser c:\windows\system32\fast.exe All Users HKLM\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Run
    HotSync Manager c:\palm\hotsync.exe All Users Common Startup
    Microsoft Office c:\progra~1\micros~2\office\osa9.exe -b -l All Users Common Startup
    MSConfig c:\windows\pchealth\helpctr\binaries\msconfig.exe /auto All Users HKLM\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Run
    MSMSGS "c:\progra~1\messen~1\msmsgs.exe" /background NT AUTHORITY\SYSTEM HKU\S-1-5-18\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Run
    MSMSGS "c:\progra~1\messen~1\msmsgs.exe" /background NT AUTHORITY\LOCAL SERVICE HKU\S-1-5-19\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Run
    MSMSGS "c:\progra~1\messen~1\msmsgs.exe" /background NT AUTHORITY\NETWORK SERVICE HKU\S-1-5-20\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Run
    MSMSGS "c:\program files\messenger\msmsgs.exe" /background ADVENT3200\john HKU\S-1-5-21-1123561945-725345543-994799509-1007\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Run
    MSMSGS "c:\progra~1\messen~1\msmsgs.exe" /background .DEFAULT HKU\.DEFAULT\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Run
    MultiRes c:\progra~1\multires\multires.exe All Users Common Startup
    Sharing and Mapping Software c:\progra~1\intel\anypoint\dshmap.exe /startup_folder NT AUTHORITY\SYSTEM Startup
    Sharing and Mapping Software c:\progra~1\intel\anypoint\dshmap.exe /startup_folder .DEFAULT Startup
    Sharing and Mapping Software c:\progra~1\intel\anypoint\dshmap.exe /startup_folder All Users Common Startup
    Synchronization Manager %systemroot%\system32\mobsync.exe /logon All Users HKLM\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Run
    SystemTray systray.exe All Users HKLM\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Run
    Tweak UI rundll32.exe tweakui.cpl,tweakmeup All Users HKLM\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Run
    Webshots c:\progra~1\webshots\websho~1.exe ADVENT3200\john Startup
    WinampAgent "c:\program files\winamp\winampa.exe" All Users HKLM\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Run
    Zupdate c:\windows\zupdate\zupdate.exe -silent -p "c:\windows\zupdate" -s setup.cab All Users HKLM\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Run

    Apoligies about the formatting!

    Speak soon

  5. eddie5659

    eddie5659 Moderator Malware Specialist

    Mar 19, 2001
    Okay, lets work through this.

    Alogserv: From McAfee VirusScan for logging scanning activities. It is reported to cause jerky graphics response in many games. Not required

    AnyPoint Connection Manager: www.intel.com/anypoint/ looks like a networking program. keep.

    APEreg: from AnyPoint. keep

    C2K: CyberSitter. keep

    CoolSwitch: Used for switching between PC's http://www.winguides.com/registry/display.php/783/

    CTFMON.EXE: CTFMon is involved with the language/alternative input services in Office XP. CTFMON.exe will continue to put itself back into MSConfig when you run the Office XP apps as long as the Text Services and Speech applets in the Control Panel are enabled. Not required if you don't need these features. See here:http://support.microsoft.com/default.aspx?scid=kb;EN-US;q282599

    FastUser: Installs as part of Windows XP PowerToys as an option for very-fast user switching (allowing a keystoke to switch users instead of using the login screen). It is only used for the hot-key switch and yet it hogs 1.5 megs of memory in two separate processes (one run by the user & one by the system). 3 megs of memory for one stinking hot-key. It is an optional install in PowerToys

    HotSync Manager: Installed when connecting a Palm HotSync cradle up to a USB port. The Blue and Red Arrow Icon that enables Palm / Handspring Synchronizing. Available via Start -> Programs - not needed

    MSMSGS: MSN Messenger utility starts up automatically every time you start Windows. If you don't use MSN Messenger, this can be annoying. Available via Start -> Programs - not required. Need to delete a registy key relating to msmmsge.exe if you disable it

    MultiRes: Refreshing progam. Not sure http://www.entechtaiwan.com/

    Sharing and Mapping Software: keep

    SystemTray: keep

    Tweak UI: Restores settings that can't be retained if you have Tweak UI installed.

    Webshots: Screensaver program that automatically downloads from the webshots web site. Not required

    WinampAgent: System Tray application that starts up WinAmp media player. Not required - can be started manually from Start -> Programs

    Zupdate: Not sure

    Okay, for the ones that you don't want, go to Run and type MSCONFIG. Startup Tab. Uncheck the ones that you don't want, apply and restart. If you're unsure, do seperately, but apply and restart after each one.

    btw, do you have Mcaffe enabled to scan?


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