Orange Blossom, Thanks for the info. I haven't learned to read the registry yet; but can I assume that if the same program is on there twice, that one of the entries would have to be removed? And if a program was deleted the registry entry should be deleted as well? All I've ever really looked at is is HKEY and non-meaningful characters that follow it. I'm sure I should look at it and try to figure it out.
That brings me back to Eagle's problem with the programs running in the background that have to be shut down manually. I am no expert on services either, no idea why I have 40 of them, but... maybe when you did your restore your program did not delete all necessary programs before reinstalling them? Also, why did you do the reload in the first place? If it was virus or spy, I don't guess you wiped it out 'cause you didn't wipe the disk. I bet its nice to have your data, though (boo hoo for me)
C'mon y'all techies, what's up with services and the registry in 25 words or less?
Shouldn't Eagle's problem have a couple of possible solutions besides clean-up?
Eagle, I do know how to read is my add/remove programs list; and today I did see one program on there twice. I had recently upgraded it; and I did run the program (part of the upgrade program) to remove the old version but didn't check it before I reloaded. Since both files were the same size I just deleted one of them. However, I am not having any phantom programs needing to be shut down manually...
All those boxes are programs running seem to be out of the control of the o/s. You are having to shut them down manually which should only happen when a program crashes or you're shutting down while a background scan is running and .. . maybe something else? If you recognize some of the programs, did you execute them or did they start by themselves? I could only guess that's a multiple install of the same program or some kind of malware.
Weed, I haven't thought of fixdisk since my MS DOS days. Is it different from the system clean up and defrag? Is it run from the start - run box? My win98 machine gets messages from System Mechanic Pro 6 but that program cannot fix the "disk error" it gives me. But it does regularly recover fragmented memory which makes it all good again albeit slower than the new machine as expected.
Click y'all later,