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I am finding Windows XP load time is becoming ... 'long-winded'. I recognize both that programs insert themselves in this area and that some can be taken out.
I would like to speed up the load time but NOT sacrifice the safety of the computer or completely eliminate the programs needed.
THE PROBLEM: Knowing what to 'delete' and what to 'maintain'.Here is What is in the taskbar at the bottom right:
Toshiba Virtual Sound (on)
Wireless Network Connection
Synaptics Pointing Device
I Touch (Mouse?)
Torjan Hunter Guard
Toshiba touch and Launch
Norton Anti Virus Auto Protect
Microsoft Anti Spyware
Local Area Connection
Quick Time
CD/DVD Acoustic Silencer
Windows Messenger (Not signed In)
Current Power Source
Toshiba Zooming Utility
Quick Time

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Toshiba Virtual Sound (on)-keep

Wireless Network Connection-keep if you want it, to remove from taskbar see local area connection instructions

Synaptics Pointing Device- i think you might need this if you use pointing devices other than a mouse

I Touch (Mouse?)- logitech mouse?? right click and hide the icon unless you use configuration a lot

Torjan Hunter Guard- keep

Toshiba touch and Launch- digital camera software? if not needed right away, right click and look for an option to not start with windows

Norton Anti Virus Auto Protect- keep

Mouse- if its a mouse icon, disable in control panel. common with logitech mice.

Microsoft Anti Spyware- i'd keep this but i've never had MS antispyware so i dont know if it actually monitors your computer or just hangs around. if it just hangs around, i'd stop it from appearing at startup.

Local Area Connection- if you want you can hide this icon using network connections, show all connections, properties, uncheck show icon when connected. but it does no harm if you leave it.

Quick Time- disable this from starting with windows using control panel, quicktime in classic view

CD/DVD Acoustic Silencer- this seems to be an app to quiet down your optical drive. if you wish to have it be quiet then leave it.

Windows Messenger (Not signed In)- stop this from starting up by using the preferences menu

Current Power Source- what's this?

Toshiba Zooming Utility- I'm not sure what that is, digital camera software?

Volume- you can hide this if you want, though its nice to have handy. control panel, sounds and audio devices

Quick Time- duplicate entry, see above.

Edited by Thef0rce, 10 November 2005 - 02:01 PM.

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a little bit better info would be to download hijackthis and post a start up list for us

Download HijackThis and extract it to a permanent location..like your c drive. start the program, when it starts up click the "do nothing just start the program" button, then click config > misc tools.

now up there you should see a generate startuplist log button with two check boxes next to it...leave those empty and press the generate startup button. copy the contents of the file it creates into your next post

Edited by dsenette, 10 November 2005 - 02:14 PM.

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Hope this is what you wanted.

StartupList report, 11/10/2005, 4:28:54 PM
StartupList version: 1.52.2
Started from : C:\My Downloads\HijackThis.EXE
Detected: Windows XP SP2 (WinNT 5.01.2600)
Detected: Internet Explorer v6.00 SP2 (6.00.2900.2180)
* Using default options

Running processes:

C:\Program Files\Common Files\Symantec Shared\ccSetMgr.exe
C:\Program Files\Common Files\Symantec Shared\SNDSrvc.exe
C:\Program Files\Common Files\Symantec Shared\SPBBC\SPBBCSvc.exe
C:\Program Files\Common Files\Symantec Shared\ccEvtMgr.exe
C:\Program Files\Adobe\Photoshop Elements 3.0\PhotoshopElementsFileAgent.exe
C:\Program Files\TOSHIBA\ConfigFree\CFSvcs.exe
C:\Program Files\ewido\security suite\ewidoctrl.exe
C:\Program Files\ewido\security suite\ewidoguard.exe
C:\Program Files\Common Files\Microsoft Shared\VS7Debug\mdm.exe
C:\Program Files\Norton AntiVirus\navapsvc.exe
C:\Program Files\Norton AntiVirus\IWP\NPFMntor.exe
C:\Program Files\Adobe\Photoshop Elements 3.0\PhotoshopElementsDeviceConnect.exe
C:\Program Files\Analog Devices\SoundMAX\SMAgent.exe
C:\Program Files\Common Files\Symantec Shared\CCPD-LC\symlcsvc.exe
C:\Program Files\TOSHIBA\TOSHIBA Applet\TAPPSRV.exe
C:\Program Files\Analog Devices\SoundMAX\SMax4PNP.exe
C:\Program Files\Synaptics\SynTP\SynTPLpr.exe
C:\Program Files\Synaptics\SynTP\SynTPEnh.exe
C:\Program Files\Toshiba\Tvs\TvsTray.exe
C:\Program Files\TOSHIBA\ConfigFree\NDSTray.exe
C:\Program Files\TOSHIBA\TOSHIBA Zooming Utility\SmoothView.exe
C:\Program Files\TOSHIBA\Touch and Launch\PadExe.exe
C:\Program Files\Toshiba\Toshiba Applet\thotkey.exe
C:\Program Files\TOSHIBA\TOSHIBA Controls\TFncKy.exe
C:\Program Files\Common Files\Symantec Shared\ccApp.exe
C:\Program Files\Logitech\MouseWare\system\em_exec.exe
C:\Program Files\TrojanHunter 4.2\THGuard.exe
C:\Program Files\Logitech\iTouch\iTouch.exe
C:\Program Files\Common Files\Real\Update_OB\realsched.exe
C:\Program Files\Hewlett-Packard\HP Share-to-Web\hpgs2wnd.exe
C:\Program Files\QuickTime\qttask.exe
C:\Program Files\Hewlett-Packard\OrderReminder\OrderReminder.exe
C:\Program Files\iTunes\iTunesHelper.exe
C:\Program Files\TOSHIBA\TOSCDSPD\toscdspd.exe
C:\Program Files\Messenger\msmsgs.exe
C:\Program Files\iPod\bin\iPodService.exe
C:\My Downloads\HijackThis.exe


Listing of startup folders:

Shell folders Common Startup:
[C:\Documents and Settings\All Users\Start Menu\Programs\Startup]
Adobe Gamma Loader.lnk = ?
RAMASST.lnk = ?


Checking Windows NT UserInit:

[HKLM\Software\Microsoft\Windows NT\CurrentVersion\Winlogon]
UserInit = C:\WINDOWS\system32\userinit.exe,


Autorun entries from Registry:

SoundMAXPnP = C:\Program Files\Analog Devices\SoundMAX\SMax4PNP.exe
SoundMAX = C:\Program Files\Analog Devices\SoundMAX\Smax4.exe /tray
SynTPLpr = C:\Program Files\Synaptics\SynTP\SynTPLpr.exe
SynTPEnh = C:\Program Files\Synaptics\SynTP\SynTPEnh.exe
Tvs = C:\Program Files\Toshiba\Tvs\TvsTray.exe
NDSTray.exe = NDSTray.exe
dla = C:\WINDOWS\system32\dla\tfswctrl.exe
SmoothView = C:\Program Files\TOSHIBA\TOSHIBA Zooming Utility\SmoothView.exe
PadTouch = C:\Program Files\TOSHIBA\Touch and Launch\PadExe.exe
THotkey = C:\Program Files\Toshiba\Toshiba Applet\thotkey.exe
TFncKy = TFncKy.exe
NvCplDaemon = RUNDLL32.EXE C:\WINDOWS\system32\NvCpl.dll,NvStartup
nwiz = nwiz.exe /install
TPSMain = TPSMain.exe
Symantec NetDriver Monitor = C:\PROGRA~1\SYMNET~1\SNDMon.exe /Consumer
Logitech Utility = Logi_MwX.Exe
ccApp = "C:\Program Files\Common Files\Symantec Shared\ccApp.exe"
THGuard = "C:\Program Files\TrojanHunter 4.2\THGuard.exe"
zBrowser Launcher = C:\Program Files\Logitech\iTouch\iTouch.exe
TkBellExe = "C:\Program Files\Common Files\Real\Update_OB\realsched.exe" -osboot
Share-to-Web Namespace Daemon = C:\Program Files\Hewlett-Packard\HP Share-to-Web\hpgs2wnd.exe
QuickTime Task = "C:\Program Files\QuickTime\qttask.exe" -atboottime
OrderReminder = C:\Program Files\Hewlett-Packard\OrderReminder\OrderReminder.exe
iTunesHelper = "C:\Program Files\iTunes\iTunesHelper.exe"


Autorun entries from Registry:

TOSCDSPD = C:\Program Files\TOSHIBA\TOSCDSPD\toscdspd.exe
ctfmon.exe = C:\WINDOWS\system32\ctfmon.exe
MSMSGS = "C:\Program Files\Messenger\msmsgs.exe" /background


Shell & screensaver key from C:\WINDOWS\SYSTEM.INI:

Shell=*INI section not found*
SCRNSAVE.EXE=*INI section not found*
drivers=*INI section not found*

Shell & screensaver key from Registry:

drivers=*Registry value not found*

Policies Shell key:

HKCU\..\Policies: Shell=*Registry key not found*
HKLM\..\Policies: Shell=*Registry value not found*


Enumerating Browser Helper Objects:

(no name) - C:\Program Files\Adobe\Acrobat 7.0\ActiveX\AcroIEHelper.dll - {06849E9F-C8D7-4D59-B87D-784B7D6BE0B3}
(no name) - C:\PROGRA~1\SPYBOT~1\SDHelper.dll - {53707962-6F74-2D53-2644-206D7942484F}
(no name) - C:\Program Files\Yahoo!\Common\yiesrvc.dll - {5BAB4B5B-68BC-4B02-94D6-2FC0DE4A7897}
(no name) - C:\WINDOWS\system32\dla\tfswshx.dll - {5CA3D70E-1895-11CF-8E15-001234567890}
(no name) - C:\Program Files\Yahoo!\Common\YIeTagBm.dll - {65D886A2-7CA7-479B-BB95-14D1EFB7946A}
NAV Helper - C:\Program Files\Norton AntiVirus\NavShExt.dll - {BDF3E430-B101-42AD-A544-FADC6B084872}
(no name) - C:\Program Files\Yahoo!\browser\YSidebarIEBHO.dll - {F2AA9440-6328-4933-B7C9-A6CCDF9CBF6D}


Enumerating Task Scheduler jobs:

Norton AntiVirus - Scan my computer - Douglas Ritchie.job
Symantec NetDetect.job


Enumerating Download Program Files:

[HouseCall Control]
InProcServer32 = C:\WINDOWS\DOWNLO~1\xscan60.ocx
CODEBASE = http://housecall60.t...all/xscan60.cab

[VerifyGMN Class]
InProcServer32 = C:\WINDOWS\Downloaded Program Files\hpobjinstaller_gmn.dll
CODEBASE = http://h20270.www2.h...staller_gmn.cab

[Office Update Installation Engine]
InProcServer32 = C:\WINDOWS\opuc.dll
CODEBASE = http://office.micros...ntent/opuc2.cab

[Symantec RuFSI Utility Class]
InProcServer32 = C:\WINDOWS\Downloaded Program Files\rufsi.dll
CODEBASE = http://security.syma...n/bin/cabsa.cab

[Get_ActiveX Control]
CODEBASE = https://h17000.www1....loadManager.ocx

[Shockwave Flash Object]
InProcServer32 = C:\WINDOWS\system32\macromed\flash\Flash.ocx
CODEBASE = http://download.macr...ash/swflash.cab

[CTAdjust Class]
InProcServer32 = C:\WINDOWS\Downloaded Program Files\clearadjust.dll
CODEBASE = http://download.micr...04/clearadj.cab


Enumerating ShellServiceObjectDelayLoad items:

PostBootReminder: C:\WINDOWS\system32\SHELL32.dll
CDBurn: C:\WINDOWS\system32\SHELL32.dll
WebCheck: C:\WINDOWS\system32\webcheck.dll
SysTray: C:\WINDOWS\system32\stobject.dll

End of report, 9,049 bytes
Report generated in 0.120 seconds

Command line options:
/verbose - to add additional info on each section
/complete - to include empty sections and unsuspicious data
/full - to include several rarely-important sections
/force9x - to include Win9x-only startups even if running on WinNT
/forcent - to include WinNT-only startups even if running on Win9x
/forceall - to include all Win9x and WinNT startups, regardless of platform
/history - to list version history only
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yes that is what i wanted...ive me a little while to look through it and we'll see what you can do to speed up that boot
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Thank you and I will be patient.
PS If it helps (and you haven't already guessed) the computer is a Toshiba M40 laptop and any of the toshiba software 'came with it'.
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ok...you didn't really have too many memory hogs in there...nothing critical in start up...so...let me identify the things that (through my research) show as unneccsary at boot, then we can decide what to do from there.

SoundMAXPnP = C:\Program Files\Analog Devices\SoundMAX\SMax4PNP.exe <----SoundMax integrated sound. Required if you have custom settings for your sound, such as effects and environments, so if you haven't done anything special on your sound profile...this isn't neccessary at start up..and can be accessed if it needs to be

SoundMAX = C:\Program Files\Analog Devices\SoundMAX\Smax4.exe /tray <----unless you change sound settings alot this can be accessed from control panel instead of at startup

NDSTray.exe = NDSTray.exe <---you shouldnt need this unless you switch networks alot (between wireless and wired, changing alot of network settings all that jazz)

ctfmon.exe = C:\WINDOWS\system32\ctfmon.exe <-----not neccessary...xp language stuff
MSMSGS = "C:\Program Files\Messenger\msmsgs.exe" /background <---- Windows Messenger utility. If you don\'t use Windows Messenger, this can be annoying. Available via Start -> Programs. Go to Windows Messenger > Tools > Options > Preferences and uncheck "Run this program when Windows starts"
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1. SoundMaxPNP ... DON'T USE (Just listen to CD's volume up/dwn of lft rt) Once set. leave.

2. SoundMAX ... no problem to use C Panel

3.NDSTray ... DO USE This more often since it is a laptop and the computer changes locations.

4. ctfmon.exe OK get rid of ...

5. MSMSGS ... NEVER USE MSmessenger

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This has nothing to do with the issue. Like the quotes at the bottom of the page. (See some of us do read them)!
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ok let's get started where the starting starts....

do start > control pannel > add remove programs

click on the windows components button.. look for microsoft messenger...uninstall it..

for the ctfmon go to start > control pannel > text and speach services..look for the CTFmon and disable it (if this stuff doesn't exist...i have another method)

start > run > msconfig
click the startup tab

uncheck these
1. SoundMaxPNP
2. SoundMAX
3. ctfmon (if the above method didn't work

click apply and then ok

restart and see if it moves any faster
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Made the requested changes. Loadtime now was 2 minutes and 2 seconds. I think that was a little faster.
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