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hashim

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Hi. I was wondering what programs should be running on my computer at any given time and also what programs should start up on start-up.

I have a Dell Dimension and am running Windows ME.

My computer seems to slow down an awful lot.

Any advice is greatly appreciated and thanks in advance!
 
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Hi Hashim,go to Start>Run>type in msinfo32,when the window opens,click on software enviroment,then startup programs,click on edit >copy>and paste your results back here.Someone will go over it with you and let you know which programs can be taken out of startup.
 

hashim

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Here you go, these run on startup:

*StateMgr
Adaptec DirectCD
BonziBUDDY
ClickTheButton
Dialpad Chameleon
EnsoniqMixer
LoadPowerProfile
LoadPowerProfile
LoadQM
Microsoft Office
Microsoft Works Portfolio
Microsoft Works Update Detection
Morpheus
MSMSGS
New.net Startup
PCHealth
POINTER
RealJukeboxSystray
ScanRegistry
SchedulingAgent
SSDPSRV
SVAPlayer
SystemTray
TaskMonitor
Tray Temperature
webHancer Agent
WorksFUD

Thanks for the start! Some of these I hadn't realized were still on the computer, i.e. Bonzi Buddy. How do I get rid of that?! =)
 
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Hi hashim,seems like you have some nasty spyware there.Go to this site and find the removal for this spyware.Newdot net is one where you might want to call the company and have them go throu it with you,its very hard to remove.You also have web hancer,another piece of nasty spyware.Go to this site and download Ad-aware to see if you can remove some of this spyware.

http://www.lavasoftusa.com

Heres the no# for newdotnet...626-229-7800

Go to this site and read about all this spyware on your computer

www.cexx.org

let us know how you made out
 

eddie5659

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Hiya

Lets have a look at the startup programs that you don't need, apart from what beach has already mentioned.

*StateMgr: WinME. Windows default for System Restore. Do NOT disable

Adaptec DirectCD: Unless you have a CD-RW in the drive to drag and drop files to it you don't need DirectCD. Available via Start -> Programs - not required

BonziBUDDY: Uses MS Agents, software can read emails, tell jokes. Available via Start -> Programs - not required

ClickTheButton:

Dialpad Chameleon:

EnsoniqMixer: Puts the Ensonic mixer in system tray. Not required

LoadPowerProfile: Power management specifics such as monitor shut-off, system standby, etc. Keep

LoadQM: Loads the MSN Explorer Query Manager - a waste of resources and bandwidth. Also installed by the latest version of MSN Messenger. Not required

Microsoft Office: now, is this the program or taskbar. Need to know.

This is for the taskbar:Alternative shortcuts to the Start -> Programs way of running applications installed as part of Microsoft Office. Some people prefer it but a better way is to create Desktop Shortcuts if you want access these programs quickly
Program: Resource hog that launches common Microsoft Office components to help speed up the launch of Office programs. Osa9.exe is the Office 2000 equivalent.

Microsoft Works Portfolio: The Works Portfolio tool lets you collect and organize text and pictures from the Web or your favorite program. The Works Portfolio provides a location where you can store items you want to later put into a document or other file. Not required

Microsoft Works Update Detection: Checks for updates to MS Works. Not required

Morpheus:

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

PCHealth: WinME. This is a "scheduler" and does not turn off PC Health

POINTER: Microsoft Intellipoint software for their Intellimouse series of mice. Only needed if enable any of the advanced features as Win98/Me supports the basic features by default

RealJukeboxSystray: System Tray icon for RealJukebox. Not required

ScanRegistry: Keep

SchedulingAgent: Microsoft Scheduling Agent displayed as a box with a stopwatch in the System Tray - only needed if you have regular scheduled disk defragmenting, ScanDisk, etc. Recommend you run these at regular intervals anyway so not needed as they can interrupt other programs

SSDPSRV: WinME. For future Plug and Play devices only. Provides Simple Service Discovery Protocol (SSDP) and General Event Notification Architecture (GENA) services for Universal Plug and Play functionality. You can uninstall it by going to Add Remove programs in Control Panel -> Windows Setup -> Communications. Starts up a web server on port 5000

SVAPlayer:

SystemTray: keep

TaskMonitor: The Task Monitor the disk-access patterns of programs when they are started and stores this information in log files in the Applog folder. Task Monitor also records the number of times you use a program. The Disk Defragmenter tool uses this information to optimize your hard disk so that programs that you use frequently are loaded faster. Not required - but can be useful

Tray Temperature: Wheatherbug provides current outdoor temperature in the System Tray, also wheather alerts. Available via Start -> Programs - not required

webHancer Agent: System Tray application that starts up Webhancer software. A Software that optimizes your web browser. A waste of system resources. Not required

WorksFUD: A marketing program for Microsoft Works. Not required

Okay, for the ones that you don't want, go to Run and type MSCONFIG. Startup tab. Uncheck all that you don't want, apply and restart. if you're unsure about any, do them sepertaley, but apply and restart each time.

Regards

eddie
 

TonyKlein

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Hi,

Why not UNcheck everything BUT the following:

StateMgr
Adaptec DirectCD
LoadPowerProfile
LoadPowerProfile
MSMSGS (optional)
PCHealth
ScanRegistry
SchedulingAgent
SystemTray
Tray Temperature (optional)

Click OK, close Msconfig, and reboot (important!)

Now go to Software add/remove and remove New(dot)net application and Webhancer Agent.

Reboot AGAIN.

Download and install <A HREF="http://www.lavasoftusa.com/index.html">Ad-Aware</A> . This is a program which scans your system for spyware.
After having downloaded AAW, also download the latest Signature file (Reflist.sig) : http://www.lavasoftusa.com/ls/reflist.zip

Unpack it to the Lavasoft Ad-Aware folder in Program Files, and have it overwrite the one that's there.

Then have your drives and registry scanned for spyware, check all found files and reg keys, click continue, and have them removed.
Reboot one last time.

Good luck,
 
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