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#1 safetybeef

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Posted 15 June 2014 - 10:21 AM

I just bought a used lenovo pc from a dude off of craigslist and I'm currently going through the startup list.  I found a strange startup program called "TODO (followed by three japanese characters).  I have no idea what this is and can't find a single site that mentions this startup item.  Anyone know what it might be?



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Posted 15 June 2014 - 10:43 AM

 I did a Google search for todo and got 680 million hits.  You could remove it from the startup list and see what difference it makes.  You could also restore that computer to factory settings - I think that's what I'd probably do.

 

Good luck.


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Posted 15 June 2014 - 11:19 AM

It looks like Todo is organization software,

 

I agree that your best solution would be to use the recovery partition to return the operating system to the condition it came out of the box.  By doing this you will deleted any programs which were installed from a disc or download.  It will remove any personal data left on the hdd by the original owner.  If there is an infection this will remove it.  

 

If you don't do this you will need to remove any programs which you don't want manually.  You will need to run scans to determine if the computer is infected or not.  You will need to run a program like AdwCleaner to remove any unwanted toolbars and other trash which may have been installed from a download embedded with third party software which it isn't declined will automatically install itself.  You will need to run scans like sfc /scannow and chkdsk /r to determine the condition of the operating system files and the hdd.  There are other things which probably should be done, but I believe you get the point.


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Posted 15 June 2014 - 11:43 AM

Hi

Just as a heads up I have the same program in my startup on my Lenovo. I know it is from them as I did a full Lenovo Recovery a week after I got the computer. I was trying out the various Windows 8 Restore options and when I was done I Put it back to as delivered.

 

FWIW I disabled it shortly afterwards and do not see any difference in operation.

 

Good Luck

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Posted 15 June 2014 - 05:12 PM

Thanks to everyone.  I think I'm going to disable it and note any difference in operation.  If it hampers processing speeds or crashes, I'll restore it to the original setting.  I just have no idea where and what this startup item operates as. 

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Posted 15 June 2014 - 06:48 PM

Good Luck

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Posted 15 June 2014 - 11:35 PM

EASEUS Todo Backup Free Edition

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