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#1 oskar117


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Posted 10 June 2016 - 12:11 PM

Yesterday something named ACServer appeared in startup programs in taskmgr. I can do anything with it. Im using Windows 10 EDU.

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Posted 10 June 2016 - 12:27 PM

Do you have an application known as AlfaCleaner on your system? You may have inadvertently downloaded it by it being bundled with something else. That is the application for a legitimate entry for ACServer. If you don't see AlfaCleaner installed you may have some form of malware. I would then suggest you post a new topic in the Am I infected? What do I do? forum for further investigation on that startup entry.

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Posted 10 June 2016 - 12:38 PM

Which particular item do you want to know more about?
One thing I would advise is downloading ccleaner, it is mostly a temp file cleaning program (never use it's registry cleaning functions though), but of relevance her is that it has a nice interface for showing you startup tasks, not just the main ones but also scheduled tasks and those which happen when particular programs are opened. You can use it to enabled disable and delete startups.

As for trying to guess about your system's particular startups:

ACserver, not a clue what this is, might be some sort of updater for a program you have, or a background service for a program you have. I've never heard of it but Animal suggests it might be something unwanted, so you should look into removing it.

f.lux, again no clue, someone else might know, otherwise look it up on google, see if it is something being used any programs you have

Microsoft onedrive, this causes onedrive related services to automatically start. You could disable it (don't delete, disable. disabling can be undone should you ever want to, deleting can't be undone) if you never use onedrive, or if you never use onedrive's "syncing" stuff and instead use it ONLY through the webpage interface. If neither of those apples to you leave this as it is.

NVidia (both of them), these are for your graphics card and other such things, drivers and the like. leave these as they are.

Java Update scheduler, do you ever use java? If you never use it then you can remove java entirely, this startup task will vanish when you do. if you do use java make sure to have this running, keeping ajav up to date is very important. Also as a general tip with java, disable java's "in the browser" components like described below, it's good for security.

Menedzer realtek audio, this is some sort of audio driver. leave it as it is.

Skype, disable if you don't use skype. otherwise leave enabled.

Spotifywebhelper, do you use spotify? If not you can disable this, if you do then you might need it, or it might just be for a part of spotify's functions, a part you might not use. If you use spotify at all you would be best to check for more information before doing anything to this.

Steelseriesengine 3 core, not a clue. Maybe a background task for a program you have?

Steam client bootstrapper, do you use steam? If not you can probably disable this. If you do use steam then best to leave this as it is.

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Posted 10 June 2016 - 12:56 PM



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Posted 10 June 2016 - 01:10 PM

The first three items in the above list are disabled at startup.

If ACserver is from some bundleware it still might do harm.

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Posted 11 June 2016 - 05:13 PM

Disable it.  If it doesn't affect your computing, then leave it disabled.

Make sure that you scan for malware also:

Could you be infected?  It's possible that malware has corrupted your current protection, so please try a couple of these, independent scans (from this link: https://www.us-cert.gov/ncas/alerts/TA15-286A ).  This is in case your current protection is compromised by malware and giving false results:

           https://www.f-secure.com/en/web/home_global/online-scanner (link is external)

           http://www.mcafee.com/uk/downloads/free-tools/stinger.aspx (link is external)

           http://www.microsoft.com/security/scanner/en-us/default.aspx (link is external)

           https://www.sophos.com/en-us/products/free-tools/virus-removal-tool.aspx (link is external)

           Trend Micro
           http://housecall.trendmicro.com/ (link is external)

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