How to remove startup programs

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theMusicMan

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Hi

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.

John
 

eddie5659

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Hiya

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.

Regards

eddie
 
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bcon76

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.
 

theMusicMan

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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

John
 

eddie5659

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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?

Regards

eddie
 
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