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Programme running in the background

By saboltech ·
Apart from Virus that slows down a system i believe programmes that runs as the system starts also disturb the performance of a system,

Pls how can i identify the programmes that starts as i boot up my computer and also to stop or choose the one i want . ( Windows XP )

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MSCONGIF utility

by mjd420nova In reply to Programme running in the ...

From the desktop, click on start, run and enter MSCONFIG. From there, click on the startup tab and you'll see the list of programs that load on startup. You can then un-check the box for the ones you don't want to start and then from the general tab, click on the selective startup box. Beware that some programs are needed and will result in a failure of some functions if you un-check them.

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I'm not convinced that would be a good idea ...

by OldER Mycroft In reply to Programme running in the ...

If you want to do so, you can access everything that starts at system boot by navigating to:

Start > Run > type msconfig and press [ENTER]. You will have access to the various component stages of the system boot and you can disable any entry by removing the [TICK] from the relevant boxes.

However, and this may just be my unfounded suspicions, if you cannot properly spell PROGRAM - I suspect that your level of computer awareness is yet to approach basic.

The danger in using MSCONFIG is that you could disable certain components and the system would continue to run quite happily - UNTIL you shut it down - at which point it might NEVER boot again.

It might be better if you were to describe WHY you want to investigate the startup components and we could perhaps talk you through what should be disabled by using MSCONFIG.

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Autoruns

by IC-IT In reply to Programme running in the ...

Be very careful using this, you don't want to delete something that is needed for a successful boot. It is often better to Google an unknown process prior to removal.
Also uncheck the item first rather than deleting it altogather.

http://technet.microsoft.com/en-us/sysinternals/bb963902.aspx

Spybot Search and Destroy - Advanced Mode also allows you to see a lot of the non-essential startup items and can scan your system for any malware.

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While there are many Processes that run with Windows

by OH Smeg In reply to Programme running in the ...

I's not always a good idea to stop them.

Things Like Real Time AV and Malware Products need to run in the background to protect the system from Infections. Some of these can adversely affect performance when they are running but disabling them is a far worse alternative and while for a few minutes may lead to improved performance the long term result is the the system will grind to a halt as the count of infections increases.

Basically if you don't have a use for the software loaded uninstall it and leave the rest alone to do what it was put there to do.

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