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Stopping Avg Free Edition At Startup?


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#1 Liz1229

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Posted 30 September 2007 - 10:28 AM

I have installed AVG Anti-Virus Free Edition 7.5. Is there anyway to select an option to keep it from starting and updating at start up? I have stopped it through MSConfig but that makes it a selective startup. I just want to take it off the start up list completely. How can I do that?

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Posted 30 September 2007 - 12:15 PM

MSConfig is a troubleshooting utility used to diagnose and fix system configuration issues. Although it works as a basic startup manager, msconfig should not be used routinely to disable auto-start programs. Further, msconfig does not list all applications loaded in all possible startup locations (some entry points are hidden and unknown to the user) and does not allow the complete removal of disabled entries from its list. You should not use msconfig to disable startup applications related to a running service. Doing so alters the registry and there are services that are essential for hardware and booting your system. When you uncheck a service in msconfig, you completely disable it. If you uncheck the wrong one, you may not be able to restart your computer. You should only disable services using Control Panel > Administrative Tools > Services.

A better alternative is to use a startup manager. If you have Spybot S&D 1.5 installed, launch it, go to Mode and select Advanced. Then go to Tools, select System Startups. You will be provided with a list of programs that load when Windows starts. If you untick an entry it will no longer run at startup.

Other startup managers you can download and use for free are Startup Control Panel, Autoruns or Starter by CodeStuff.

Any particular reason you want to do this?
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Posted 30 September 2007 - 01:04 PM

I just don't like AVG running at start up because it automatically updates and takes longer to start Internet Explorer. I want AVG to run manually when I have time to run it.

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Posted 30 September 2007 - 01:36 PM

By "running at start", do you mean the program loading at startup, or it doing a virus scan at startup?
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Posted 30 September 2007 - 01:46 PM

It loads and the icon is on the quick launch bar. The only thing that makes it lnger to start Internet Explorer is that it connects to the internet and loads any updates. I turned it off with S&D. Is that ok? I also changed the start up under msconfig back to normal.

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Posted 30 September 2007 - 02:15 PM

Would it not be simpler to use the Control Center, change the update manager not to update automatically on computer restart? That way you will assure yourself the AVG is fully functional whenever your computer is on, and that real-time protection is always active.
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Posted 30 September 2007 - 02:29 PM

I have to agree with jgweed. By turning AVG off altogether just because of the automatic updates, you are losing your real time protection and opening yourself to malware infection.
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Posted 30 September 2007 - 05:48 PM

hey m8,
id open up avg control center-highlight the scheduler-bottom of the page to scheduled tasks-then highlight test plan in basic mode-then edit schedule and untick box-that will stop it from starting up the scan when u turn it on
the other thing is the updater-use the simliar settings bar as the schedule-update plan and set the time etc or untick for your convenient time
id just right click over the 'avg' in the taskbar and 'check for updates'

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Posted 30 September 2007 - 09:14 PM

Thanks... the update manager is what I needed to know. That was what I was looking for on the program, but couldn't find the option. Thanks guys! :thumbsup:

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Posted 01 October 2007 - 07:56 AM

In case you don't have it, you may want to download and read over the AVG Anti-Virus Free User Manual.
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