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Unwanted autorun

Discussion in 'Windows XP' started by smcc, Jan 11, 2010.

  1. smcc

    smcc Flightless Bird

    I am running Windows XP Home SP3. Recently at startup and on return from
    hibernation I get an autorun which directs me to install the software which
    came with a WD eternal hard disk that I use for backup. I have never
    installed this software as I use Norton 360 to perform the backup.
    I have deleted the appropriate .exe files from the WD folder but the autorun
    problem persists, despite the autorun file not being found by the Windows
    search facility.
    The problem annoys me as it slows down the boot process. Can anyone help?
     
  2. R. McCarty

    R. McCarty Flightless Bird

    A SysInternals tool, AutoRuns can help. You can boot or wake up the
    PC and use TaskMgr's Applications (Tab) to determine the name of the
    autorun while it is actively running. Locate the filename in AutoRuns and
    uncheck or delete the entry.

    Tool info & download for AutoRuns found here:
    http://technet.microsoft.com/en-us/sysinternals/bb963902.aspx

    "smcc" <smcc@discussions.microsoft.com> wrote in message
    news:05AEB2D0-1BCD-4CDB-9E13-5161A82FD6B1@microsoft.com...
    >I am running Windows XP Home SP3. Recently at startup and on return from
    > hibernation I get an autorun which directs me to install the software
    > which
    > came with a WD eternal hard disk that I use for backup. I have never
    > installed this software as I use Norton 360 to perform the backup.
    > I have deleted the appropriate .exe files from the WD folder but the
    > autorun
    > problem persists, despite the autorun file not being found by the Windows
    > search facility.
    > The problem annoys me as it slows down the boot process. Can anyone help?
     
  3. smlunatick

    smlunatick Flightless Bird

    On Jan 11, 12:03 pm, smcc <s...@discussions.microsoft.com> wrote:
    > I am running Windows XP Home SP3. Recently at startup and on return from
    > hibernation I get an autorun which directs me to install the software which
    > came with a WD eternal hard disk that I use for backup. I have never
    > installed this software as I use Norton 360 to perform the backup.
    > I have deleted the appropriate .exe files from the WD folder but the autorun
    > problem persists, despite the autorun file not being found by the Windows
    > search facility.
    > The problem annoys me as it slows down the boot process. Can anyone help?


    Get the Windows Installer Clean-up tool and check / remove the WD
    software installer.
     
  4. Twayne

    Twayne Flightless Bird

    In news:05AEB2D0-1BCD-4CDB-9E13-5161A82FD6B1@microsoft.com,
    smcc <smcc@discussions.microsoft.com> typed:
    > I am running Windows XP Home SP3. Recently at startup and on return
    > from hibernation I get an autorun which directs me to install the
    > software which came with a WD eternal hard disk that I use for
    > backup. I have never installed this software as I use Norton 360 to
    > perform the backup.
    > I have deleted the appropriate .exe files from the WD folder but the
    > autorun problem persists, despite the autorun file not being found by
    > the Windows search facility.
    > The problem annoys me as it slows down the boot process. Can anyone
    > help?


    Sounds like you mean there were/are files pre-installed on the hard disk? If
    so: You may not have installed them, but they might still have been
    installed or at least placed in your registry. Have you checked Add or
    Remove Files to see if there's anything there?
    Use Run; sysedit and see if there are any indications of what's running
    there.
    Also look thru the registry, searching for the "run once" entries and
    "run (anything) entries. Doing a search for run will find the run
    once also so it's only one search run.
    N O T E : Anything you delete from the registry, be certain to EXPORT
    first, so you can easily put it back! Then all you need to do to reverse
    the removal is click on the *.reg file/s you created.

    Run Once should be empty. Run Once entries run once, and then get deleted,
    just as it sounds.

    Run* -might- contain things you DO want to start up, so be cautious about
    what you delete. As long as you Export the entry first, then you can bring
    it back easily. ONLY Export the parts you're messing with; NOT the entire
    registry! To back up the entire Registry before you start, either create a
    Restore Point, or backup the System State with ntbackup; it's a choice in
    the backup list. Then if something drastic happens you can get it back in
    total. Never export the entire registry with a plan to Import the whole
    registry if something goes wrong; it'll give pretty disappointing results.
    System State includes all the boot files, etc. that go along with the
    registry and is more thorough.

    I had a very similar experience with a Seagate drive; so maybe the info will
    cross for you.
     

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