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Discussion in 'Earlier Versions of Windows' started by RedSand, Feb 11, 2003.

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  1. RedSand

    RedSand Thread Starter

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    I read your reply to the person who had too many things running in the background and I have this also. My system tray has too many items and my resources are just above 60% when starting so I frequently run out of memory. I have 128mb of Ram, 500mhz processor, a @3 gig hard drive space empty, running win 98. I received a cordless keyboard and mouse for Xmas and this takes a lot of memory. I have downloaded the suggested programs and have run the startlist and am looking for help on what can be eliminated from running at startup. Already found out I can take out the hpgs2.wnd and wnf bur have a lot of other things that I think I should be able to get rid of.

    I too have used AdAware but downloaded the spyBot one to be able to use it instead of AA.

    I will attach the notepad file containing the startlist findings. Thank you.

    Ps. I cannot shut down - it always locks up so just turn the power off.
     

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  2. ~Candy~

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    Hi and welcome. I've split you off into your own thread so you can get better assistance.

    Off hand, here are some items you don't need running every time Windows starts:

    C:\OPLIMIT\OCRAWARE.EXE
    C:\PROGRAM FILES\ADAPTEC\EASY CD CREATOR 5\DIRECTCD\DIRECTCD.EXE
    C:\WINDOWS\LOADQM.EXE
    C:\QUICKENW\QAGENT.EXE
    C:\PROGRAM FILES\MSWORKS\MSWORKS.EXE

    Not sure if you need the PhotoSmart stuff running on startup either.

    And you might want to look at this thread to get rid of:

    C:\Program Files\Desktop Messenger\8876480\Program\backWeb-8876480.exe

    http://forums.techguy.org/t102305/s0a87a5a76ecbade5734216453c45ab26.html

    Here you can find out what some of those other items are for to determine if you really need them starting:

    http://www.answersthatwork.com/Tasklist_pages/tasklist.htm
     
  3. TonyKlein

    TonyKlein Malware Specialist

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    You have some Gator spyware, as you have Gator Date Manager and Precision Time installed, but more importantly, you have the W.32.Sobig worm:

    http://www.symantec.com/avcenter/venc/data/[email protected]

    It has two of the following Startup entries:

    WindowsMGM = C:\WINDOWS\WINMGM32.EXE

    Symantec has a removal tool, and running an additional online scan at Trend Micro HouseCall or Panda Active Scan would also be a good idea.

    Subsequently, run Ad-Aware 6.0 or SpyBot S&D with the latest updates to get rid of the spyware.
     
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