Ekkards Blog
Thursday, October 07, 2004
 
AutoRuns
Always the same: As the months pass, my computer gets slower. A check with task manager showed that 200-250 MByte are consumed directly after the start. There are a number of processes of which I do not know what they are good for. Killing them is of no use, one has to get them at startup. And surely I did not want to install yet another program to get rid of unneccessary programs.

Fortunately there is a small, free tool from Bryce Cogswell and Mark Russinovich: AutoRuns. you can get it from SysInternals http://www.sysinternals.com/ntw2k/freeware/autoruns.shtml.
It starts right away and for example shows that on every startup a Tomcat is started, just for managing the HP printer. If you switch on all options the otherwise spartanic tool is getting really luxurious. Result: Consumed only 150 MByte and startup is much quicker. And more secure, too.

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