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#1 bluesjunior


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Posted 03 April 2007 - 07:15 AM

I recently downloaded and ran the program Autoruns from here and together with the startup list header posted here I have cleaned up my PC a bit. However two programs explorer.exe and ctfmon.exe which according to the startup list are genuine but not necessary startup programs being designated (U), keep reattaching to startup every time I reboot. Is there another way to make sure that they do not reattach or is it indeed better just to leave them alone as they do not seem to use much resources either way.

On another tack I have just finished installing a new Epson D78 printer this morning and noticed that it had also attached to startup. I did a search on the startup list for( e_fatibge.exe) but there is no information available on it. It is used for a task bar icon called Epson Status Monitor 3. I seldom use a printer but have it available for when I do. Do I need this on startup or should I untick it in the Auto runs log?. Thanks for any advice regarding these questions.
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Posted 03 April 2007 - 07:19 AM

If you stop explorer.exe from running, you won't have a Desktop (it's the shell that runs your Desktop).

CTFMON.EXE isn't needed unless you use Alternative Text Input. But it's a bear to stop at times - give it a whirl but don't be surprised if it respawns.

Do you use the Epson Status Monitor in the system tray? Check it out and see if you want that extra load on your system. If not, then remove it.
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Posted 03 April 2007 - 07:21 AM

The two programs explorer.exe and ctfmon.exe are very important and I would leave them alone.

The printer startup is the opposite. It is not needed at startup.

You did right by asking before deleting or removing something you weren't sure of.

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Posted 03 April 2007 - 07:24 AM

To completely stop ctfmon.exe go to Control Panel, Regional and Language Options, Languages, Details, Advanced, and check the box that says "Turn off advanced text services."

I don't think this always works as ctfmon is a persistent bugger.
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Posted 03 April 2007 - 08:08 AM

ctfmon.exe is a process belonging to Microsoft Office Suite. I have it disabled so it won't run at startup and haven't had any problems because it is disabled. The only things I have enabled to run at startup are my antivirus and firewall.

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