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Windows 7: Program runs on Startup?

14 Sep 2010   #1
DirtRider

Windows 7 Pro 64 bit
 
 
Program runs on Startup?

I have a program installed that runs a monitor application on start-up. I have had a look at my start-up options using Chameleon Startup Manager 3 but I cannot find this application in the list at all. Any ideas on how this is being launched at start-up?


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14 Sep 2010   #2
Orbital Shark

 
 

Hi DirtRider,

It's no doubt being run from the registry or hidden by Windows from 3rd party apps.

You could try running 'msconfig' from the start menu and see if it's present there.

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14 Sep 2010   #3
SledgeDG

Windows 7 Ultimate x86
 
 

If msconfig doesn't show it I would check it with autoruns (Part of the Sysinternals Suite) that shows you basically everything that starts.
No matter where it comes from.

-DG
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14 Sep 2010   #4
Bill2

Windows 7 x64 pro/ Windows 7 x86 Pro/ XP SP3 x86
 
 

Check in the program configuration window, running the monitoring app at startup could be enabled in the preferences there itself.
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14 Sep 2010   #5
Vertex

Windows 7 Ultimate 32 Bit, Windows Developer Preview, Linux Mint 9 Gnome 32 Bit
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Bill2 View Post
Check in the program configuration window, running the monitoring app at startup could be enabled in the preferences there itself.
I agree with this one.

There are applications that are too persistent on being automatically launched on startup and disabling them using the msconfig>>Startup option or third party startup managers would not help unless you disable the program at startup on its very own settings.

Yahoo! Messenger for one is one of those naughty apps. I tried disabling it on msconfig>>Tabs and I even used CCleaner's startup manager but after I restart and then re-check the enabled startup applications, Yahoo! Messenger always gets listed among those enabled. That is until I found a checkbox on its settings that says something like "start Yahoo Messenger when the computer starts". I unchecked that box then OK and Yahoo! Messenager doesn't bother my startup anymore.

I personally prefer only my antivirus and desktop sidebar to launch at startup cause I want the minimal startup delay as possible.

I have seen a lot of poorly tweaked computers with maybe a dozen or more enabled startup applications. Its not pretty.
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19 Sep 2010   #6
Maxxwire

Windows 7 x64 Home Premium
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Vertex View Post
I personally prefer only my antivirus and desktop sidebar to launch at startup cause I want the minimal startup delay as possible.
Yes, the fewer programs that start the quicker the computer will start. I trimmed my Win 7 Desktop down to a 21 second start by trimming unneeded programs some of which were being launched daily from Services and several other Microsoft information gathering programs which were pre-scheduled to continue launching for years to come were being launched from Task Scheduler.

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19 Sep 2010   #7
MilesAhead

Windows 7 32 bit
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by DirtRider View Post
I have a program installed that runs a monitor application on start-up. I have had a look at my start-up options using Chameleon Startup Manager 3 but I cannot find this application in the list at all. Any ideas on how this is being launched at start-up?
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AutoRuns is fine but it's kind of cluttered. Sometimes it's easier to find it using WinPatrol.
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20 Sep 2010   #8
karlsnooks

MS Windows 7 Ultimate SP1 64-bit
 
 

Use AutoRuns. This program is well documented. Has Help. Is written by an extremely knowledgeable person. Is free. Is the most complete software of this type.

Autoruns is a program which can be downloaded from Microsoft.

Here is the link:
Autoruns for Windows

As you might have surmised, I'm a great fan of this program. Also a good program for spotting virus plants.
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20 Sep 2010   #9
DirtRider

Windows 7 Pro 64 bit
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by SledgeDG View Post
If msconfig doesn't show it I would check it with autoruns (Part of the Sysinternals Suite) that shows you basically everything that starts.
No matter where it comes from.

-DG

Sorry guys for not replying sooner have been a bit busy over the last week. I found it using the autorun and it sits in the task scheduler
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20 Sep 2010   #10
Maxxwire

Windows 7 x64 Home Premium
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by DirtRider View Post
I found it using the autorun and it sits in the task scheduler
There are a lot of programs that choose Task Scheduler to launch from. I once found a piece of the Ask Toolbar which had sneaked in on a Foxit Reader install launching from there.

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