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Program Automatically Starts When I Turn On Computer


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#1 Adrine

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Posted 01 November 2007 - 07:31 PM

I have a laptop running Windows XP. When I first turn on the computer my X-Cleaner program automatically starts loading and running. This is a nuisance to me as I would rather run it when I am ready to turn off my computer. I have read that if I go to the start up folder that is the place to remove programs that run automatically at start up. The problem is the program is not there. I also read that I need to go to the registry if I don't find it in start up. I don't know how to go to the registry and then how to do whatever I need to in order to change this from occurring. If anyone knows how, can you please let me know?

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#2 Khann

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Posted 01 November 2007 - 08:14 PM

Go to Start > Run > type "msconfig". Go to the "Startup" tab, and see if the program is there. If it is, uncheck it and apply!

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Posted 01 November 2007 - 08:15 PM

try finding the program in services

start/run/services.msc/click ok
right click on the service and choose stop or manual

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Posted 01 November 2007 - 08:25 PM

Safest way to disable programs in startup is a 3rd party application
http://codestuff.tripod.com
Microsoft Autoruns
Why you don't use msconfig to disable programs
http://www.blackviper.com/WinXP/service411.htm
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Posted 01 November 2007 - 09:48 PM

Safest way to disable programs in startup is a 3rd party application
http://codestuff.tripod.com
Microsoft Autoruns
Why you don't use msconfig to disable programs
http://www.blackviper.com/WinXP/service411.htm
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Autoruns and Process explorer, by SysInternals, are excellent tools to keep your system in line. Use process Explorer instead of Task Manager, which is mostly useless. It gives you the option to hijack Task Manager.

If you see a process that you're curious about, click on it and select google, and it will give you a page of explanations of that particular file. You can see exactly how much memory, CPU %, IO reads and writes, and much more for each process.

With Autoruns, you can decide what processes are unnecessary. Some need not be using resources, like Adobe Speedloader, for instance. Some programs just think way too highly of themselves and need to be showed who's boss. And things like digital media, such as your camera program, love to rudely crash the party.

This is my first post. Hope I didn't say anything stupid. :thumbsup:

#6 Adrine

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Posted 01 November 2007 - 10:23 PM

I tried what Khann said and when I restarted the computer my X-Cleaner did not run. I think it is resolved now. Thank you to everyone who responded! If it comes back, I'll be back. :thumbsup:

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Posted 02 November 2007 - 09:59 AM

Been using msconfig since 98. I have never had a problem with it.
Anytime I install software that starts automatically, I use msconfig to turn it off. :thumbsup:

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Posted 02 November 2007 - 10:05 AM

You can try disabling it from startup...by running msconfig Start/Run, type msconfig, click on Startup tab.

A better solution is to use a utility like AutoRuns for Windows v8.73 - http://www.microsoft.com/technet/sysintern...s/AutoRuns.mspx

Msconfig is designed to be a troubleshooting tool, with the ability to temporarily disable various items as one seeks to correct a problem.

Autoruns is, IMO, a better alternative and it will reflect all startup items. In the past, msconfig did not reflect all items in the registry which run at startup.

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