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Applications Starting at Startup

Discussion in 'Windows XP' started by David C. Holley, Jan 5, 2010.

  1. David C. Holley

    David C. Holley Flightless Bird

    There seem to be a couple of apps that are starting automatically at
    startup. I've check the startup folder and don't see them in there. I did
    have a registry utility which listed several of them as running at start
    up - I'm assuming based on keys in the registry.

    How would I stop them from running automatically?
     
  2. Pegasus [MVP]

    Pegasus [MVP] Flightless Bird

    "David C. Holley" <David.C.Holley> said this in news item
    news:uPISj5ljKHA.5608@TK2MSFTNGP05.phx.gbl...
    > There seem to be a couple of apps that are starting automatically at
    > startup. I've check the startup folder and don't see them in there. I did
    > have a registry utility which listed several of them as running at start
    > up - I'm assuming based on keys in the registry.
    >
    > How would I stop them from running automatically?


    Click Start / Run, then type msconfig.exe to see all Startup Tasks and to
    disable them if desired.
     
  3. John John - MVP

    John John - MVP Flightless Bird

    The best way is to go in the applications themselves and find the option
    to have it run at boot time and disable it from there. If you can't
    find it in the application's options you can try these:

    http://codestuff.tripod.com/

    http://technet.microsoft.com/en-us/sysinternals/bb963902.aspx
    Autoruns for Windows

    Be *very* careful with Autoruns, don't disable things that you are
    unsure of as this might prevent you from successfully booting the computer!

    John

    David C. Holley wrote:
    > There seem to be a couple of apps that are starting automatically at
    > startup. I've check the startup folder and don't see them in there. I did
    > have a registry utility which listed several of them as running at start
    > up - I'm assuming based on keys in the registry.
    >
    > How would I stop them from running automatically?
    >
    >
     
  4. thanatoid

    thanatoid Flightless Bird

    "David C. Holley" <David.C.Holley> wrote in
    news:uPISj5ljKHA.5608@TK2MSFTNGP05.phx.gbl:

    > There seem to be a couple of apps that are starting
    > automatically at startup. I've check the startup folder and
    > don't see them in there. I did have a registry utility
    > which listed several of them as running at start up - I'm
    > assuming based on keys in the registry.
    >
    > How would I stop them from running automatically?


    There are /many/ "startup managers". TOO many to choose from!
    MSConfig is "sort of" one of them but gives you VERY little
    information about the processes and the design is a little messy
    and confusing IMHO.

    Autoruns is very good but I found it a little complex to fully
    decipher and comprehend.
    I'd suggest this one:

    http://www.mlin.net/StartupCPL.shtml

    It has excellent reviews, and is very simple and easy to use -
    just READ THE WHOLE PAGE (maybe even save it for reference, it's
    short) before doing anything!
     
  5. Bob

    Bob Flightless Bird

    WinPatrol (freeware)

    http://www.winpatrol.com/



    "David C. Holley" <David.C.Holley> wrote in message
    news:uPISj5ljKHA.5608@TK2MSFTNGP05.phx.gbl...
    > There seem to be a couple of apps that are starting automatically at
    > startup. I've check the startup folder and don't see them in there. I did
    > have a registry utility which listed several of them as running at start
    > up - I'm assuming based on keys in the registry.
    >
    > How would I stop them from running automatically?
    >
     
  6. Ken

    Ken Flightless Bird

    Disabled Messenger: Tools>Options>Preferences unchecked box; Run Windows
    Messenger when Windows Starts. No problem, removed from System Configuration
    Utility>Start up. (msconfig)

    Tried to remove other program from Start Up via (msconfig), and disabling
    start up item. System Utility enters selective start up mode and promts me to
    restart in normal mode. Program still in start up after reboot.

    "Pegasus [MVP]" wrote:

    >
    >
    > "David C. Holley" <David.C.Holley> said this in news item
    > news:uPISj5ljKHA.5608@TK2MSFTNGP05.phx.gbl...
    > > There seem to be a couple of apps that are starting automatically at
    > > startup. I've check the startup folder and don't see them in there. I did
    > > have a registry utility which listed several of them as running at start
    > > up - I'm assuming based on keys in the registry.
    > >
    > > How would I stop them from running automatically?

    >
    > Click Start / Run, then type msconfig.exe to see all Startup Tasks and to
    > disable them if desired.
    >
    > .
    >
     
  7. Jim

    Jim Flightless Bird

    On Tue, 5 Jan 2010 18:25:38 -0500, "David C. Holley" <David.C.Holley>
    wrote:

    >There seem to be a couple of apps that are starting automatically at
    >startup. I've check the startup folder and don't see them in there. I did
    >have a registry utility which listed several of them as running at start
    >up - I'm assuming based on keys in the registry.
    >
    >How would I stop them from running automatically?
    >


    Have a look here http://www.mlin.net/StartupCPL.shtml
     
  8. David C. Holley

    David C. Holley Flightless Bird

    I've checked both and can't see any 'Autorun features' on the two offending
    applications.

    "John John - MVP" <audetweld@nbnot.nb.ca> wrote in message
    news:uU2BsAmjKHA.2260@TK2MSFTNGP04.phx.gbl...
    > The best way is to go in the applications themselves and find the option
    > to have it run at boot time and disable it from there. If you can't find
    > it in the application's options you can try these:
    >
    > http://codestuff.tripod.com/
    >
    > http://technet.microsoft.com/en-us/sysinternals/bb963902.aspx
    > Autoruns for Windows
    >
    > Be *very* careful with Autoruns, don't disable things that you are unsure
    > of as this might prevent you from successfully booting the computer!
    >
    > John
    >
    > David C. Holley wrote:
    >> There seem to be a couple of apps that are starting automatically at
    >> startup. I've check the startup folder and don't see them in there. I did
    >> have a registry utility which listed several of them as running at start
    >> up - I'm assuming based on keys in the registry.
    >>
    >> How would I stop them from running automatically?
     
  9. Daave

    Daave Flightless Bird

    They usually aren't called "autorun features."

    Which particular programs are you referencing? Perhaps someone here has
    experience with them.

    David C. Holley wrote:
    > I've checked both and can't see any 'Autorun features' on the two
    > offending applications.
    >
    > "John John - MVP" <audetweld@nbnot.nb.ca> wrote in message
    > news:uU2BsAmjKHA.2260@TK2MSFTNGP04.phx.gbl...
    >> The best way is to go in the applications themselves and find the
    >> option to have it run at boot time and disable it from there. If
    >> you can't find it in the application's options you can try these:
    >>
    >> http://codestuff.tripod.com/
    >>
    >> http://technet.microsoft.com/en-us/sysinternals/bb963902.aspx
    >> Autoruns for Windows
    >>
    >> Be *very* careful with Autoruns, don't disable things that you are
    >> unsure of as this might prevent you from successfully booting the
    >> computer! John
    >>
    >> David C. Holley wrote:
    >>> There seem to be a couple of apps that are starting automatically at
    >>> startup. I've check the startup folder and don't see them in there.
    >>> I did have a registry utility which listed several of them as
    >>> running at start up - I'm assuming based on keys in the registry.
    >>>
    >>> How would I stop them from running automatically?
     
  10. Unknown

    Unknown Flightless Bird

    There are several ways a program can start at bootup. To stop them if not in
    msconfig startup (or if they return
    after reboot) you need to edit the registry.
    Start---run---regedit---ok---Go to
    HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINES\Software\microsoft\windows\currentversion\run
    and delete it there.

    "David C. Holley" <David.C.Holley> wrote in message
    news:-OO1w5mvjKHA.5608@TK2MSFTNGP05.phx.gbl...
    > I've checked both and can't see any 'Autorun features' on the two
    > offending applications.
    >
    > "John John - MVP" <audetweld@nbnot.nb.ca> wrote in message
    > news:uU2BsAmjKHA.2260@TK2MSFTNGP04.phx.gbl...
    >> The best way is to go in the applications themselves and find the option
    >> to have it run at boot time and disable it from there. If you can't find
    >> it in the application's options you can try these:
    >>
    >> http://codestuff.tripod.com/
    >>
    >> http://technet.microsoft.com/en-us/sysinternals/bb963902.aspx
    >> Autoruns for Windows
    >>
    >> Be *very* careful with Autoruns, don't disable things that you are unsure
    >> of as this might prevent you from successfully booting the computer!
    >>
    >> John
    >>
    >> David C. Holley wrote:
    >>> There seem to be a couple of apps that are starting automatically at
    >>> startup. I've check the startup folder and don't see them in there. I
    >>> did have a registry utility which listed several of them as running at
    >>> start up - I'm assuming based on keys in the registry.
    >>>
    >>> How would I stop them from running automatically?

    >
    >
     
  11. Jose

    Jose Flightless Bird

    On Jan 6, 12:57 pm, "David C. Holley" <David.C.Holley> wrote:
    > I've checked both and can't see any 'Autorun features' on the two offending
    > applications.
    >
    > "John John - MVP" <audetw...@nbnot.nb.ca> wrote in messagenews:uU2BsAmjKHA.2260@TK2MSFTNGP04.phx.gbl...
    >
    >
    >
    > > The best way is to go in the applications themselves and find the option
    > > to have it run at boot time and disable it from there.  If you can't find
    > > it in the application's options you can try these:

    >
    > >http://codestuff.tripod.com/

    >
    > >http://technet.microsoft.com/en-us/sysinternals/bb963902.aspx
    > > Autoruns for Windows

    >
    > > Be *very* careful with Autoruns, don't disable things that you are unsure
    > > of as this might prevent you from successfully booting the computer!

    >
    > > John

    >
    > > David C. Holley wrote:
    > >> There seem to be a couple of apps that are starting automatically at
    > >> startup. I've check the startup folder and don't see them in there. I did
    > >> have a registry utility which listed several of them as running at start
    > >> up - I'm assuming based on keys in the registry.

    >
    > >> How would I stop them from running automatically?


    If you are not using the offending programs, uninstall them.

    If you use them once in a while, see if they have a configuration
    option to prevent them from running with Windows starts.

    If you ca't figure it out and know the name of the program, state it
    clearly and somebody will know what to do.

    Even if you could find them in msconfig, and "uncheck" them, that
    merely disables the item by moving it to another part of the registry
    so it won't start again. msconfig was meant to be used as a
    troubleshooting tool, not a startup manager.

    Offending unchecked programs will still display and leave behind their
    installed leftover folders, files, registry and msconfig entries you
    don't need. They may not impact your system performance but can
    become annoying. The next question is often "how do I remove
    unchecked items from msconfig". Not difficult, but it doesn't have to
    be.

    msconfig also does not list everything that could possibly run at
    startup. It lists the "usual" places.

    One good thing about msconfig is that is is easy to turn things off
    and on for testing and then decide to actually remove the startup
    items the proper way (which is not with msconfig). If any
    modifications are made with msconfig, you will be reminded that a
    system configuration change was made the next time you reboot.
    Respond appropriately to not see that message on the next reboot.

    An achievable goal is to have a complete empty Startup tab is
    msconfig.

    StartupCPL is one of several third party tools you can download and
    install, but it doesn't tell you anything you can't find out another
    way without installing anything. It just looks better and is more
    convenient. When you are done using it, it is still installed.

    StartupCPL also (I installed it today) listed things on my computer
    that I know are not installed. I don't know where it is getting the
    information it displays for some of the things, but it is very clearly
    wrong. Maybe it used to work differently... but I don't feel like
    tracking it down since I will never use StartupCPL for anything.
    StartupCPL also has not been updated since January 2003. I would say
    it is bordering on obsolete.

    The most effective way to manage startup items is with Autoruns from
    Microsoft TechNet. It will show you probably more information than
    you need to know, but you will surely find every startup item and can
    decide what to do about it. It can be a little overwhelming at first
    with all the information. It does not install anything on your system
    - it runs on demand, then unloads itself.

    With Autoruns you can disable items like you can with msconfig, test,
    enable again if you need to. Or you can totally delete the startup
    item when you are sure you don't need it. There is no undo or quit
    without saving for deletes when using Autoruns though. Deleting an
    item also does not uninstall the program. It just keeps it from
    starting.

    You can download Autoruns from the Microsoft TechNet:

    http://technet.microsoft.com/en-us/sysinternals/bb963902.aspx

    Download and launch Autoruns and wait for it to finish scanning your
    system.

    When Autoruns is finished scanning, it will say Ready at the bottom.

    Look through the list of startup items and find the one related to
    your situation, check or clear the box next to the item to enable/
    disable the item and test your system (reboot). When you are sure,
    you can right-click the entry and choose to delete it if you want.
    There is no undo or quit without saving for deletes when using
    Autoruns.

    There are a lot of startup items that get installed over time with
    other programs you need to use. You may not need all the startup
    items that go with the program though. They consume memory and CPU
    resources that could be used on other things you need. If you don't
    need a configured item, you should at least keep it from starting.

    Many changes you make with these methods will involve the Windows
    Registry, so you should make a copy of it before making any changes in
    case something goes wrong. You could also make all the same changes
    by editing the registry yourself. Here is a popular free tool to
    backup your registry:

    http://www.larshederer.homepage.t-online.de/erunt/

    If you are not sure about a particular startup item, provide more
    details about exactly what it is and not vague hints like "some
    items...". Say what the item is. The chances are good if there is
    some secret to be known, somebody here will know about it.

    Malicious software can also add items to your startup process and you
    may be able to find and uncheck them with msconfig (maybe), but that
    does not remove the malicious software. Autoruns is the best choice
    for lingering startup items after removing malicious software.

    Perform some scans for malicious software, then fix any remaining
    issues:

    Download, install, update and do a full scan with these free malware
    detection programs:

    Malwarebytes (MBAM): http://malwarebytes.org/
    SUPERAntiSpyware: (SAS): http://www.superantispyware.com/

    They can be uninstalled later if desired.
     
  12. John John - MVP

    John John - MVP Flightless Bird

    Give CodeStuff Starter a try, and if that fails to find it try
    SysInternals' Autoruns, other than rootkits Autoruns will find pretty
    well all that starts when the computer is booted.

    John

    David C. Holley wrote:
    > I've checked both and can't see any 'Autorun features' on the two offending
    > applications.
    >
    > "John John - MVP" <audetweld@nbnot.nb.ca> wrote in message
    > news:uU2BsAmjKHA.2260@TK2MSFTNGP04.phx.gbl...
    >> The best way is to go in the applications themselves and find the option
    >> to have it run at boot time and disable it from there. If you can't find
    >> it in the application's options you can try these:
    >>
    >> http://codestuff.tripod.com/
    >>
    >> http://technet.microsoft.com/en-us/sysinternals/bb963902.aspx
    >> Autoruns for Windows
    >>
    >> Be *very* careful with Autoruns, don't disable things that you are unsure
    >> of as this might prevent you from successfully booting the computer!
    >>
    >> John
    >>
    >> David C. Holley wrote:
    >>> There seem to be a couple of apps that are starting automatically at
    >>> startup. I've check the startup folder and don't see them in there. I did
    >>> have a registry utility which listed several of them as running at start
    >>> up - I'm assuming based on keys in the registry.
    >>>
    >>> How would I stop them from running automatically?

    >
    >
     
  13. Ken

    Ken Flightless Bird

    Have a look at this thread, Start up Programs in XP 10-19-09
    inparticullary db reply: clean boot

    The concern for me is how this would effect Multiple Users or, if
    it would ?

    "David C. Holley" wrote:

    > There seem to be a couple of apps that are starting automatically at
    > startup. I've check the startup folder and don't see them in there. I did
    > have a registry utility which listed several of them as running at start
    > up - I'm assuming based on keys in the registry.
    >
    > How would I stop them from running automatically?
    >
    >
    > .
    >
     
  14. Frank A.

    Frank A. Flightless Bird

    >> There seem to be a couple of apps that are starting automatically at
    >> startup. I've check the startup folder and don't see them in there. I
    >> did have a registry utility which listed several of them as running at
    >> start
    >> up - I'm assuming based on keys in the registry.
    >> How would I stop them from running automatically?


    Run - services.msc
    Run - msconfig

    For Services Google this:
    Black Viper XP Services
    Its a great reference.

    Press Standard tab on the bottom, drag Startup Type, and Status to the
    left of Description then drag the Name column right border all the way to
    the right so you can read it easily. (Always group narrow columns
    together and to the left leaving the right one for longer
    names/descriptions.)
    Once you go through it and set it up, use Action, Export List to save what
    you did and print it. Before printing it, you might want to sort the
    columns by Startup Type and Name so you've got 2 lists.

    MSconfig is also useful if the startup items are not in Services. You
    want to setup the Services and Startup tabs - that's all I think. Most
    new programs will default to auto startup - which really ruins your
    resources if you've got a lot running in the background. So you've got to
    check it periodically to filter them out.
     

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