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Weird "Program" on Task Manager Startup


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#1 AnthonyY

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Posted 04 February 2015 - 10:34 PM

Hi, I was looking at the Startup section on Task Manager, and something caught my eye. There's a program literally just called "Program", the icon is only the generic blank white page one, and there's no name on the publisher. It has a startup Impact of "Not Measured" and I cannot open the file location or select the properties option. I have the option of disabling it but I have not just in case it's something important. Some help on what it is and how I can see its properties? Could it be just leftover from programs I uninstalled?



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Posted 04 February 2015 - 11:28 PM

Not sure what that program would be, but you shouldn't see irreversible changes made by removing a program from startup. I'd go for removing it from your startup items. If you're really worried, try running rkill and seeing what happens when you open up programs, because in the event that that program not running has disastrous consequences on your computer, that should be able to end the process without removing it from your startup items and a reboot should set your computer back to normal.



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Posted 05 February 2015 - 06:36 AM

Hi AnthonyY :)

From my experience, Program is left in the Start-up when you uninstall a program that didn't manage to remove that entry correctly. In fact, that entry is now empty and doesn't call anything, but just stays there in the Task Manager. Usually, running JetClean from BlueSprig fixes that issue (if you decide to install it, be careful not to accept the BlueSprig toolbar!)

http://www.bluesprig.com/jetclean.html

I wouldn't worry much about it since that entry is "orphean" and therefore harmless. You can simply remove it.

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Posted 05 February 2015 - 06:01 PM

Hi AnthonyY :)

From my experience, Program is left in the Start-up when you uninstall a program that didn't manage to remove that entry correctly. In fact, that entry is now empty and doesn't call anything, but just stays there in the Task Manager. Usually, running JetClean from BlueSprig fixes that issue (if you decide to install it, be careful not to accept the BlueSprig toolbar!)

http://www.bluesprig.com/jetclean.html

I wouldn't worry much about it since that entry is "orphean" and therefore harmless. You can simply remove it.

Thanks, much appreciated  :bounce:



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Posted 05 February 2015 - 06:08 PM

Just don't clean the registry with it, or you'll end up "cleaning" everything with a reformat and a Windows reinstall... That type of software will not improve PC performance. There are ways to remove orphan entries manually, safely...

 

http://www.bleepingcomputer.com/forums/t/526247/tune-up-utilities-2014-problem/?p=3303494


Edited by Phantom010, 05 February 2015 - 06:11 PM.


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Posted 05 February 2015 - 06:14 PM

Hi AnthonyY :)

From my experience, Program is left in the Start-up when you uninstall a program that didn't manage to remove that entry correctly. In fact, that entry is now empty and doesn't call anything, but just stays there in the Task Manager. Usually, running JetClean from BlueSprig fixes that issue (if you decide to install it, be careful not to accept the BlueSprig toolbar!)

http://www.bluesprig.com/jetclean.html

I wouldn't worry much about it since that entry is "orphean" and therefore harmless. You can simply remove it.

Thanks, much appreciated  :bounce:


No problem :) For proof, someone had the same issue here and it was a program that didn't uninstall correctly:

https://answers.microsoft.com/en-us/windows/forum/windows_8-winapps/need-help-to-remove-windows-startup-entry-in-task/85ef473e-5bb9-47b5-86c0-de0032bf8d5c

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Posted 05 February 2015 - 06:49 PM

Autoruns would have helped you as well, and doesn't require any installation. Run the program, select the Logon tab, find your program, right-click and delete the entry.


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Posted 06 February 2015 - 04:38 PM

Autoruns would have been my recommendation as well.
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Posted 06 February 2015 - 05:18 PM

I would had recommended Autorunsc if I had thought of it before, mostly because a common user might not be able to use Autoruns to identify the right program to remove, even thought "missing" ones are tagged in yellow and "unsigned" ones are tagged in red/pink.

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Posted 06 February 2015 - 05:33 PM

Pointed in the right direction, anybody can use Autoruns. For those having trouble, I usually ask for a text log.

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Posted 06 February 2015 - 05:36 PM

Or provide specific instructions as to what they should look for.
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