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Can I Trust Ms Autorun Publishers?


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#1 webwizard

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Posted 19 November 2007 - 03:37 PM

I've just installed MS Autorun from MS. I'm looking through the hundreds of Startup programs as my Vista is slow to point of boredom as I boot up.

So here I am faced with all these programs, most of which are MS Published programs. Can I trust Autorun to display a legitimate Publisher?

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Posted 19 November 2007 - 06:57 PM

Autoruns is a very good startup manager.

If you come across a suspicious file in Autoruns, search the name using Google, BC's File Database, File Research Center or the Process ID Database.

If you cannot find any information, the file has a legitimate name but is not located where it is supposed to be, or you want a second opinion, submit it to jotti's virusscan or virustotal.com. In the "File to upload & scan" box, browse to the location of the suspicious file and submit (upload) it for scanning/analysis.
Post back with the results of the file analysis.
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Posted 20 November 2007 - 05:56 PM

cheers quietman7 - i'll give it a try and post back with results

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Posted 20 November 2007 - 06:08 PM

If you untick an entry it will no longer run at startup. This will allow you to experiment and see how your system performs with any of them disabled.
Note: some startup programs are necessary so be careful what you disable.

If you are unsure what any of the program entries are or if they are safe to disable, in addition to the previous links I provided you can also use BC's Startup Programs Database.
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Posted 20 November 2007 - 06:43 PM

Aye well i should've pointed out that i understand how it works but have no idea whether i should believe the hundreds of microsoft published dll's, exe's etc..
I've done an initial run thru with the help of ALL the links you provided and was able to disable all symantec entries - tis a real hassle as it came with the pc. Tomorrow I will then do a deep run through of the entries with a more comprehensive search of which to disable/or not, though that is a big job so will do over the coming week.
My aim is to improve my pc performance whether it be startup or otherwise - any ideas on this would be great, ps appreciate your help so far.
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Posted 20 November 2007 - 10:25 PM

Try some of the suggestions in Slow Computer/Browser? Check here first; it may not be malware. There are reasons for slowness besides malware - i.e. disk fragmentation, disk errors, corrupt system files, too many startup programs, unnecessary services running, not enough RAM, dirty hardware components, etc. As your system gets older it becomes filled with more files/programs and has a natural tendency to slow down so cleaning and regular maintenance is essential.
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