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Overwhelmed by autoruns!

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#1 yukmouf


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Posted 09 March 2010 - 09:15 PM

I've gradually noticed the decrease in performance of my computer. I kinda had the feeling that it was taken over by background programs. Needless to say I ran Autoruns and the list is impressive. Where can I get help with cleaning this up? I've done a few that I know of and I've gone through the startup list to find as many as I could but I think I could do a lot more than I have.

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#2 hamluis



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Posted 09 March 2010 - 09:43 PM

My first suggestion...do not look at the overall list, focus on the Logon tab (where typical startup items are). The overall list generated includes Windows files, drivers, etc...anything that begins at startup.

If you come across items that you are uncertain about what programs they are associated with...use Google to look it up. The reason I prefer Google to some listing of startups...the proliferation of malware that copies the names of legitimate files. A given filename means little today...unless it is viewed in context with typical file size and expected location/path for said file. That info may be reflected in the database of startups, but it will definitely be reflected if you use Google and look at a couple of entries about a given file that is ostensibly "a valid startup item."

You can also use Startup Programs Database - http://www.bleepingcomputer.com/startups/.


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