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#1 Jgetsinger

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Posted 05 September 2011 - 10:38 AM

Hi Folks,
Was directed to this site from Hijackthis and I am just seeking some help with getting rid of unnecessary startup items/files to do a thorough clean up of my system. I don't have any virus/malware issues, but in looking at my log file, it seems there is some stuff that just doesn't need to be there. I do not use Internet Explorer or Microsoft Messenger, but I am unsure if removing them will harm my system. My AV/Firewall is Online Armor++ and I regularly use CCleaner and Advanced System Care to clean up the junk and registry. I also use Anvir Task Manager and Jet Drive as needed. I use Firefox, Opera and Google Chrome for browsers.

Here is my computer info.
Windows XP
Media Center Edition
Version 2002
Service Pack 3

In reading the rules and such, I see where HijackThis is pretty obsolete these days, but since I don't have any virus/malware issues, I figured this would be good enough to just do some clean up from. The items in question are the "bold" ones.

Mod Edit: HJT is a malware tool, not a troubeshooting tool for general pupose use or system issues. Such logs are not permitted in this forum and I have deleted your malware log data reported ~ Hamluis.


Thanks very much for your time and help!
Jay Getsinger

Edited by hamluis, 05 September 2011 - 11:23 AM.


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Posted 05 September 2011 - 12:36 PM

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and I regularly use CCleaner and Advanced System Care to clean up the junk and registry


Registry cleaners/optimizers are not recommended for several reasons:

  • Registry cleaners are extremely powerful applications that can damage the registry by using aggressive cleaning routines and cause your computer to become unbootable.

    The Windows registry is a central repository (database) for storing configuration data, user settings and machine-dependent settings, and options for the operating system. It contains information and settings for all hardware, software, users, and preferences. Whenever a user makes changes to settings, file associations, system policies, or installed software, the changes are reflected and stored in this repository. The registry is a crucial component because it is where Windows "remembers" all this information, how it works together, how Windows boots the system and what files it uses when it does. The registry is also a vulnerable subsystem, in that relatively small changes done incorrectly can render the system inoperable. For a more detailed explanation, read Understanding The Registry.
  • Not all registry cleaners are created equal. There are a number of them available but they do not all work entirely the same way. Each vendor uses different criteria as to what constitutes a "bad entry". One cleaner may find entries on your system that will not cause problems when removed, another may not find the same entries, and still another may want to remove entries required for a program to work.
  • Not all registry cleaners create a backup of the registry before making changes. If the changes prevent the system from booting up, then there is no backup available to restore it in order to regain functionality. A backup of the registry is essential BEFORE making any changes to the registry.
  • Improperly removing registry entries can hamper malware disinfection and make the removal process more difficult if your computer becomes infected. For example, removing malware related registry entries before the infection is properly identified can contribute to system instability and even make the malware undetectable to removal tools.
  • The usefulness of cleaning the registry is highly overrated and can be dangerous. In most cases, using a cleaner to remove obsolete, invalid, and erroneous entries does not affect system performance but it can result in "unpredictable results".
Unless you have a particular problem that requires a registry edit to correct it, I would suggest you leave the registry alone. Using registry cleaning tools unnecessarily or incorrectly could lead to disastrous effects on your operating system such as preventing it from ever starting again. For routine use, the benefits to your computer are negligible while the potential risks are great.


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Posted 05 September 2011 - 02:01 PM

I know what HJT is for, but why can't it be used to get rid of some junk as well? Just curious. That is why I posted it under the XP forum. As for the registry cleaning, I have been using CCleaner for ~10 years on half a dozen computers and never had a problem. I appreciate the advice and info just the same though. Also, thanks for the MiniToolBox and QuickStartUp links. Haven't seen either of those before. Neat programs.

Here are the requested log files.

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Ran by Administrator (administrator) on 05-09-2011 at 14:42:37
Microsoft Windows XP Service Pack 3 (X86)

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=========================== Installed Programs ============================
















Adobe AIR (Version: 2.6.0.19140)
Adobe Anchor Service CS4 (Version: 2.0)
Adobe Bridge CS4 (Version: 3)
Adobe CMaps CS4 (Version: 2.0)
Adobe Color - Photoshop Specific CS4 (Version: 2.0)
Adobe Color EU Extra Settings CS4 (Version: 2.0)
Adobe Color JA Extra Settings CS4 (Version: 2.0)
Adobe Color NA Recommended Settings CS4 (Version: 2.0)
Adobe Color Video Profiles CS CS4 (Version: 2.0)
Adobe Community Help (Version: 3.0.0)
Adobe Community Help (Version: 3.0.0.400)
Adobe CSI CS4 (Version: 1)
Adobe Default Language CS4 (Version: 2.0)
Adobe Device Central CS4 (Version: 2)
Adobe Download Manager (Version: 1.6.2.60)
Adobe Drive CS4 (Version: 1)
Adobe ExtendScript Toolkit CS4 (Version: 3.0.0)
Adobe Extension Manager CS4 (Version: 2.0)
Adobe Flash Player 10 ActiveX (Version: 10.1.52.14)
Adobe Flash Player 10 Plugin (Version: 10.3.183.7)
Adobe Fonts All (Version: 2.0)
Adobe Linguistics CS4 (Version: 4.0.0)
Adobe Media Player (Version: 0.0.0)
Adobe Media Player (Version: 1.1)
Adobe Output Module (Version: 2.0)
Adobe PDF Library Files CS4 (Version: 9.0)
Adobe Photoshop CS4 (Version: 11.0)
Adobe Photoshop CS4 Support (Version: 11.0)
Adobe Reader 7.0 (Version: 7.0.0)
Adobe Search for Help (Version: 1.0)
Adobe Service Manager Extension (Version: 1.0)
Adobe Setup (Version: 2.0)
Adobe Shockwave Player 11.5 (Version: 11.5.9.620)
Adobe Type Support CS4 (Version: 9.0)
Adobe Update Manager CS4 (Version: 6.0.0)
Adobe WinSoft Linguistics Plugin (Version: 1.1)
Adobe XMP Panels CS4 (Version: 2.0)
AdobeColorCommonSetCMYK (Version: 2.0)
AdobeColorCommonSetRGB (Version: 2.0)
Advanced SystemCare 4 (Version: 4.1.0)
Akamai NetSession Interface
AnVir Task Manager Free (Version: 6.3.1)
Apple Application Support (Version: 2.0.1)
Apple Mobile Device Support (Version: 3.4.1.2)
Apple Software Update (Version: 2.1.3.127)
Bonjour (Version: 3.0.0.2)
BufferChm (Version: 53.0.13.000)
BurnAware Free 3.3.1
CCleaner (Version: 3.08)
Connect (Version: 1.0.0.1)
CustomerResearchQFolder (Version: 1.00.0000)
DCE Tools 1.0
DCETools - Color! Color! 1.0
DCETools - ReDynaMix HDR 1.01
Defraggler (Version: 1.21)
Destinations (Version: 53.0.13.000)
DeviceFunctionQFolder (Version: 1.00.0000)
DeviceManagementQFolder (Version: 1.00.0000)
Digital Media Reader (Version: 2.01.00.02)
DVD Solution
eSupportQFolder (Version: 1.00.0000)
FrostWire 4.21.5 (Version: 4.21.5.0)
GIMP 2.6.8
Gimp Themes v1.0 (Version: 1.0.0)
Google Chrome (Version: 13.0.782.220)
Google Update Helper (Version: 1.3.21.65)
gtw_logo
GWCares (Version: 1.10.0000)
HiJackThis (Version: 1.0.0)
HijackThis 2.0.2 (Version: 2.0.2)
HP Deskjet 3900 series (Version: 5.0)
HP Extended Capabilities 5.0 (Version: 5.0)
HP Image Zone Express (Version: 1.5.1.29)
HP Imaging Device Functions 5.0 (Version: 5.0)
HP Solution Center & Imaging Support Tools 5.0 (Version: 5.0)
HP Update (Version: 5.002.001.004)
HPDeskjet3900Series (Version: 1.00.0000)
Imagekind Uploader (Version: 1.0.3)
Intel Audio Studio 2.0 (Version: 2.00.00128)
Intel® Management Engine Interface
Intel® Matrix Storage Manager
Intel® PRO Network Connections Drivers
Intel® Quick Resume Technology Drivers
Intel® Viiv™ Software (Version: 1.5.2)
IObit Malware Fighter (Version: 1.0)
iResizer 1.0
IrfanView (remove only) (Version: 4.28)
iTunes (Version: 10.4.1.10)
Java Auto Updater (Version: 2.0.2.1)
Java™ 6 Update 19 (Version: 6.0.190)
JetDrive (Version: 5.63)
kuler (Version: 2.0)
Learn2 Player (Uninstall Only)
Macromedia Flash Player 8 (Version: 8)
Malwarebytes' Anti-Malware version 1.51.1.1800 (Version: 1.51.1.1800)
Microsoft .NET Framework 1.1 (Version: 1.1.4322)
Microsoft .NET Framework 1.1 Security Update (KB2416447)
Microsoft .NET Framework 1.1 Security Update (KB979906)
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Microsoft .NET Framework 3.0 Service Pack 2 (Version: 3.2.30729)
Microsoft .NET Framework 3.5 SP1
Microsoft .NET Framework 3.5 SP1 (Version: 3.5.30729)
Microsoft ActiveSync (Version: 4.5.5096.0)
Microsoft Base Smart Card Cryptographic Service Provider Package
Microsoft Compression Client Pack 1.0 for Windows XP (Version: 1)
Microsoft Digital Image Library 10 (Version: 10.0.0612)
Microsoft Digital Image Library 9 - Blocker (Version: 9.00.0000)
Microsoft Digital Image Pro 10 (Version: 10.0.0612)
Microsoft Digital Image Suite 10 (Version: 10.0.0612)
Microsoft Internationalized Domain Names Mitigation APIs
Microsoft National Language Support Downlevel APIs
Microsoft Office 2007 Service Pack 2 (SP2)
Microsoft Office Access MUI (English) 2007 (Version: 12.0.6425.1000)
Microsoft Office Access Setup Metadata MUI (English) 2007 (Version: 12.0.6425.1000)
Microsoft Office Enterprise 2007 (Version: 12.0.6425.1000)
Microsoft Office Excel MUI (English) 2007 (Version: 12.0.6425.1000)
Microsoft Office File Validation Add-In (Version: 14.0.5130.5003)
Microsoft Office Groove MUI (English) 2007 (Version: 12.0.6425.1000)
Microsoft Office Groove Setup Metadata MUI (English) 2007 (Version: 12.0.6425.1000)
Microsoft Office InfoPath MUI (English) 2007 (Version: 12.0.6425.1000)
Microsoft Office OneNote MUI (English) 2007 (Version: 12.0.6425.1000)
Microsoft Office Outlook MUI (English) 2007 (Version: 12.0.6425.1000)
Microsoft Office PowerPoint MUI (English) 2007 (Version: 12.0.6425.1000)
Microsoft Office Proof (English) 2007 (Version: 12.0.6425.1000)
Microsoft Office Proof (French) 2007 (Version: 12.0.6425.1000)
Microsoft Office Proof (Spanish) 2007 (Version: 12.0.6425.1000)
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Microsoft Office Proofing Tools 2007 Service Pack 2 (SP2)
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Microsoft Office Word MUI (English) 2007 (Version: 12.0.6425.1000)
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Microsoft Works (Version: 08.05.0818)
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Microsoft_VC80_CRT_x86 (Version: 8.0.50727.4053)
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Microsoft_VC80_MFCLOC_x86 (Version: 8.0.50727.4053)
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Microsoft_VC90_CRT_x86 (Version: 1.00.0000)
Microsoft_VC90_MFC_x86 (Version: 1.00.0000)
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MSXML 6.0 Parser (KB933579) (Version: 6.10.1200.0)
Neat Image v6 Demo (with plug-in)
nik Color Efex Pro 2.0 Promo II
Noiseware Community Edition (Version: 2.6.0.1)
NVIDIA Drivers
Online Armor 4.0
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PDF Settings CS4 (Version: 9.0)
PhotoFiltre
Photoshop Camera Raw (Version: 5.0)
Power2Go 4.0
PowerDVD
Protected Folder
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RealPlayer Basic
Recuva (Version: 1.40)
SigmaTel Audio (Version: 5.10.4811.0)
SIW version 2010.03.11 (Version: 2010.03.11)
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Sonic Encoders (Version: 1.00)
Spyder2express
Status (Version: 53.0.13.000)
Suite Shared Configuration CS4 (Version: 1.0)
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Topaz InFocus (Version: 1.0.0)
Topaz DeJPEG (freeware) (Version: 1.3)
TrayApp (Version: 53.0.13.000)
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WebReg (Version: 53.0.13.000)
Windows Defender (Version: 1.1.1593.21)
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Windows Imaging Component (Version: 3.0.0.0)
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Windows Management Framework Core
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WinRAR archiver

========================= Memory info: ===================================

Percentage of memory in use: 66%
Total physical RAM: 1005.64 MB
Available physical RAM: 333.36 MB
Total Pagefile: 2420.26 MB
Available Pagefile: 1662.44 MB
Total Virtual: 2047.88 MB
Available Virtual: 1993.36 MB

========================= Partitions: =====================================

1 Drive c: () (Fixed) (Total:144.61 GB) (Free:49.66 GB) NTFS
2 Drive d: () (Fixed) (Total:4.43 GB) (Free:1.71 GB) FAT32

========================= Users: ========================================

User accounts for \\JAY1

Administrator ASPNET Guest
HelpAssistant IUSR_NMPR SUPPORT_388945a0


**** End of log ****

Startup List report created on 9/5/2011 by Startup Manager


Name: Recguard
Path: %WINDIR%\SMINST\RECGUARD.EXE
Location: HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Run
Status: Enabled
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Name: IntelAudioStudio
Path: "C:\Program Files\Intel Audio Studio\IntelAudioStudio.exe" TRAY
Location: HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Run
Status: Enabled
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Name: IAAnotif
Path: C:\Program Files\Intel\Intel Matrix Storage Manager\Iaanotif.exe
Location: HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Run
Status: Enabled
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Name: CCUTRAYICON
Path: C:\Program Files\Intel\IntelDH\CCU\CCU_TrayIcon.exe
Location: HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Run
Status: Enabled
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Name: NMSSupport
Path: "C:\Program Files\Common Files\Intel\IntelDH\NMS\Support\IntelHCTAgent.exe" /startup
Location: HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Run
Status: Enabled
------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------

Name: nwiz
Path: nwiz.exe /installquiet /keeploaded /nodetect
Location: HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Run
Status: Enabled
------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------

Name: Windows Defender
Path: "C:\Program Files\Windows Defender\MSASCui.exe" -hide
Location: HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Run
Status: Enabled
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Name: @OnlineArmor GUI
Path: "C:\Program Files\Tall Emu\Online Armor\oaui.exe"
Location: HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Run
Status: Enabled
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Name: AdobeCS4ServiceManager
Path: "C:\Program Files\Common Files\Adobe\CS4ServiceManager\CS4ServiceManager.exe" -launchedbylogin
Location: HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Run
Status: Enabled
------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------

Name: ctfmon.exe
Path: C:\WINDOWS\system32\ctfmon.exe
Location: HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Run
Status: Enabled
------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------

Name: AnVir Task Manager Free
Path: "C:\Program Files\AnVir Task Manager Free\AnVir.exe" Minimized
Location: HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Run
Status: Enabled
------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------

Name: H/PC Connection Agent
Path: "C:\Program Files\Microsoft ActiveSync\wcescomm.exe"
Location: HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Run
Status: Enabled
------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------

Name: Advanced SystemCare 4
Path: C:\Program Files\IObit\Advanced SystemCare 4\ASCTray.exe
Location: HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Run
Status: Enabled
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Name: ColorVisionStartup
Path: C:\PROGRA~1\COLORV~1\Utility\COLORV~1.EXE
Location: C:\Documents and Settings\All Users\Start Menu\Programs\Startup
Status: Enabled
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Total 14 Items

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Posted 05 September 2011 - 02:10 PM

I have been using CCleaner for ~10 years on half a dozen computers and never had a problem

Just saying...cleaning registry is totally unnecessary and it doesn't bring any gains to a computer performance, so why to tease the devil?

Your computer specs look good.

I don't really see any unnecessary startups.

One question...
I see OnlineArmor and Avira.
Is OnlineArmor just a firewall?

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Posted 05 September 2011 - 03:59 PM

...so why to tease the devil?


:wink: I'm just hard headed like that.


One question...
I see OnlineArmor and Avira.
Is OnlineArmor just a firewall?


Online Armor is AV and Firewall. Best one I have ever used. It let's NOTHING in. Of course that can be kind of a pain in the butt sometimes, but better safe than sorry. I don't have Avira. It's "Anvir" Task Manager. Much better than the Windows version.

Thanks a lot for your timely and thorough help Broni! Good to know everything is in order. Think I'll hang around here and learn a few things. I bookmarked your site as well.

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Posted 05 September 2011 - 04:37 PM

It's "Anvir" Task Manager

Ooops :)

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