Remove Programs Running Background

Sony Vaio
June 30, 2008 at 01:06:09
Specs: Windows XP, 512MB
My computer is currently running very slowly, and I am
trying to speed it up by removing many programs running
in the background. Under Processes in Task Manager, I
see that programs such as iTuneshelper.exe,
iPodService.exe, hpcmpmgr.exe and
photoshopelements.exe and using some memory. Is there
any way I can stop these from running in the background,
but without uninstalling them from the computer? Some
programs, such as iTuneshelper.exe dont seem to open to
be allowed to change settings! Thanks for any help.

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June 30, 2008 at 01:17:26

You can use a microsoft product that is built into windows, its called msconfig.

Click start, run.
Type msconfig
press enter or ok.

Goto the startup tab and there you will see a list of everything that runs when the machine starts. Untick the ones you dont want to start. Apply the settings, click ok then reboot. If you find that something doesnt work properly then go back and put a tick back into whichever program you need to run.



Unknown has caused an error in unknown and unknown needs to restart.

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June 30, 2008 at 05:50:46
Items on the Startup tab are not needed for normal operation of the computer.

To find out what each Startup(or Process) item
does or means, and any recommendation as to if you should close the process:
Task List Programs
Computer Speed and Performance May Decrease

When you open, then close programs,
programs may not free up RAM memory.
That is called "Memory Leak".
Restarting computer will clear out its RAM memory.
install more RAM memory.
Description of the Disk Cleanup Tool in Windows XP
How to Defragment Your Disk Drive Volumes in Windows XP
Do you check for, and remove, Spyware ??
Spyware includes ----
Adware, Dialers, Browser Hijackers, Trojans, Cookies,
Key Loggers, Trackware, and other Malware while browsing the internet.

Most Virus and Spyware scans are likely to work better in Windows Safe-Mode.
Spyware and Virus info.from Microsoft

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June 30, 2008 at 07:52:24

Also, if you don't have CCleaner installed on your system, I highly suggest you get it & use it regularly. If your click on Tools, then Startup, you'll find the same list available by using MSCONFIG. You can enable/disable an entry by right clicking on it.

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