Startup list: adobe entries

March 16, 2007 at 21:29:44
Specs: XP SP2, P4/2GB

Hello Members
Here is part of the HijackThis startup list of my machine:
Listing of startup folders:

Shell folders Common Startup:
[C:\Documents and Settings\All Users\Start Menu\Programs\Startup]
Adobe Acrobat Speed Launcher.lnk = ?
Adobe Acrobat Synchronizer.lnk = C:\Program Files\Adobe\Acrobat 8.0\Acrobat\AdobeCollabSync.exe
Adobe Gamma.lnk = C:\Program Files\Common Files\Adobe\Calibration\Adobe Gamma Loader.exe
Acrobat Assistant 8.0 = "C:\Program Files\Adobe\Acrobat 8.0\Acrobat\Acrotray.exe"

What I wonder is ; do all Adobe entries have to be in the startup list or could I do away with less?
Any light on this is very much appreciated.



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March 17, 2007 at 06:18:40

I don't think that any of them are necessary. Go to Start-Run. Type msconfig, go to startup tab and uncheck all Adobe entries.

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March 17, 2007 at 10:21:47

Have you tried it? I guess there is no harm in trying and if it does not work well just check it again?

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March 17, 2007 at 14:28:22

I always remove all Adobe startup entries. They are unneeded items that are using resources.

Please let us know if you found someone's advice to be helpful.

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March 17, 2007 at 16:04:35

Do you have a scanner installed or an all in one machine? If so the adobe stuff may be needed to use the bundled software. Adobe acrobat isn't freeware so if you have it on there you probably use it. Wheather you need it to run at startup is a different question.
On another note, Hijack this is kind of long in the tooth and isn't going to help much with viruses. I don't think it is updated or supported any longer.

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March 17, 2007 at 16:22:19

Have you a link about HJT no longer being supported? Google didn't find much - plenty about CWShredder.


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March 17, 2007 at 16:29:25

I am not positive about that statement, that is why I used the word think. However, I just Googled and found that Trend Micro has taken the program over. He is a link to the article I found. It appears to be a new DL.

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March 17, 2007 at 17:01:18

Did you mean the Authors link from Major Geeks? This one:

If it goes the way of CWShredder then we'll hear no more unless it gets incorporated into a pay-for package.

Another one gone it seems so thanks for the tip.

It will still be useful to note anything new that arrives (I keep all my good entries on HJT ignore list so that I can spot anything new immediately).


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March 17, 2007 at 17:04:41

Derek, here is the correct direct link.

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March 17, 2007 at 17:58:14


Yep, just downloaded it from Trend website (via authors link I gave). In fact I think it will remain useful even if the freebie is not updated. It still immediately shows any changes and does not have to be kept updated in the same way as an AV. Version 2 is little different from 1.99.1

CWShredder is a different matter because the old versions will not pick up the latest variants. I don't bother with it any more.


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March 18, 2007 at 03:22:19

Luregn wrote:

Have you tried it?"
No, i don't got Adobe. IMO, it just one big memory hog. There's much lighter alternatives, like Foxit Reader:

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March 18, 2007 at 10:26:31

I have taken all Adobe startup entries out except speed launcher and it seems to work just fine.
I will have a look at your suggestion of foxit...
Thanks and keep well.

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