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Windows 7: How To Remove Unwanted Processes


15 Dec 2009   #1

Windows 7 Professional 64 bit
 
 
How To Remove Unwanted Processes

I recently removed a Brother printer from my computer and removed the device in "Devices & Printers", but I've noticed that there are still a couple of Brother processes running when I look in Task Manager. How do I permanently remove these processes from starting up?

So far I've tried msconfig/startup but there are no entries for Brother. I've looked in "Programs and Features" but there are no programs by Brother to uninstall. I've downloaded and run the Brother removal tool but it didn't do it either and the processes still load up and run after every reboot. I can kill them in Task Manager but I would like a more permanent solution.

Thanks.

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15 Dec 2009   #2

Windows 7 Pro & Vista Home Premium
 
 

That;s because you did't uninstall it from Programs and Features.
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15 Dec 2009   #3

64-bit Windows 8.1 Pro
 
 

Check startup programs in msconfig and disable any Brother programs...
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15 Dec 2009   #4

Win7 ultimate
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Peregrine View Post
I recently removed a Brother printer from my computer and removed the device in "Devices & Printers", but I've noticed that there are still a couple of Brother processes running when I look in Task Manager. How do I permanently remove these processes from starting up?

So far I've tried msconfig/startup but there are no entries for Brother. I've looked in "Programs and Features" but there are no programs by Brother to uninstall. I've downloaded and run the Brother removal tool but it didn't do it either and the processes still load up and run after every reboot. I can kill them in Task Manager but I would like a more permanent solution.

Thanks.
If all else files, just delete the files from within safe mode
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15 Dec 2009   #5

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Windows 7 Home Premium SP1, clean install, upgrade disc
 
 

If you will not lose too many other programs, use system restore to go back to a date prior to installation.
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15 Dec 2009   #6

Windows 7 x64 Ultimate
 
 

Try RegHckrs suggestion first, look in add/remove files and see if there isn't a "Brother..." software package there to delete first. Just removing the printer from the printer device list doesn;t necessarily uninstall all the software.

If that doesn't work then use msconfig so travk and kill the programs.
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15 Dec 2009   #7

Windows 7 Ultimate x86-64
 
 

SInce you x86 use revo uninstaller if the package is in add/remove programs.
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15 Dec 2009   #8

Windows 7 Professional 64 bit
 
 

Thanks to all for the replies ...

@ reghakr, Tews, & fseal ... as I stated in my original post there are no programs to uninstall in "Programs and Features" and there are no start up items in msconfig related to Brother.

@ richc46 ... the printer was around a long time and predates any restore points.

@johnhoh ... won't that create problems at start up if some registry setting is looking for an executable that isn't there?

@ Frostmourne ... Thanks for that suggestion, I'll have a look at the Revo uninstaller and let you know how I made out.

Cheers.
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15 Dec 2009   #9

Windows 7 Pro & Vista Home Premium
 
 

Try tr-installing the printer, then downlaod Revo Uninstaller

Use this program to inunstal lthe Printer drivers and software, Look in Programs and Features first.

If it's not there, let us know
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15 Dec 2009   #10

Windows 7 Professional 64 bit
 
 

It's not there. Still looking at Revo Uninstaller. I'll let you know.
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