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    Startup Services

    Hi all,

    The old PC's been running a little sluggish lately and I'm trying to cut down on the stuff it's running. I'm fairly happy with the startup programs tab in MSconfig and I've got it down to:

    Windows Defender
    AVG 8
    Touchpad Driver
    Seagate Backup software
    Spybot S&D

    However I've recently had a look at the services tab and I'm seeing quite a lot of stuff running. After hiding all the MS stuff I end up with this lot:

    Andrea ST Filters Service
    Apple Mobile Device
    AVG Free8 Email scanner
    AVG Free8 Watchdog
    Bonjour Service
    Flexnet Licensing servive
    Seagate Service
    Google Software Updater
    iPod service
    MozyHome Backup service
    Sigmatel Audio Service
    Dell Wireless WLAN Tray Service

    Can anyone tell me which of those are safe to disable? Do they work like startup programs, where if I don't run say my Mozybackup at startup, I suffer no ill-effects if I/a program run(s) it later?

    In particular I believe that Bonjour is only used for allowing Itunes to play music over a network (I never do this) and I'm not sure my Google software needs updating all that often (google earth, think that's it). Any reccomendations, on either my services or my startup programs?

    Cheers all!

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    Re: Startup Services

    Can't give any specific advice, but if I find a service I'm unsure of I simply google the executable's name, within the first few results I usually find out if its safe to remove it from startup.
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    Re: Startup Services

    download this
    http://www.mlin.net/StartupCPL.shtml
    i prefer it to MSconfig
    you can turn off the auto start and reboot if you have problems use it to start them again
    if you disable the service your pc will not start it later if it needs it.
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    Re: Startup Services

    Bear in mind that it's far better to alter the services that your computer runs by running services.msc than using msconfig.

    You can also safely disable some of the windows ones if you don't use their functionality, there's a fair few guides around on the net to tell you what each one does. With third-party services I tend to operate a try-and-see technique - if it doesn't need to be on all the time, eg ipod service, then set it to manual instead of automatic. Boot up your PC with it on manual, try to sync the ipod, see if it works. If not, put it back to automatic. If it does, sorted. Tends to work reasonably well.

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    Re: Startup Services

    Just my opinion...

    Quote Originally Posted by brammers View Post
    Windows Defender <<Don't need. It's provides "real time" protection, which is useless in my eyes.
    AVG 8
    Touchpad Driver
    Seagate Backup software
    Spybot S&D <<Don't need. It's provides "real time" protection, which is useless in my eyes.
    Quote Originally Posted by brammers View Post
    Andrea ST Filters Service
    Apple Mobile Device
    AVG Free8 Email scanner
    AVG Free8 Watchdog <<Don't need. It's provides "real time" protection, which is useless in my eyes.
    Bonjour Service <<Get rid of, useless service from Adobe.
    Flexnet Licensing servive <<Set to manual, needed when you run any Adobe program.
    Seagate Service
    Google Software Updater <<Turn off, you can manual update.
    iPod service <<Turn off, you don't use iTunes all the time do you?
    MozyHome Backup service
    Sigmatel Audio Service
    Dell Wireless WLAN Tray Service

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    Re: Startup Services

    Quote Originally Posted by brammers View Post
    Apple Mobile Device
    Bonjour Service
    iPod service
    Uninstall Apple Mobile Device support, Apple Automatic Update and Bonjour from add / remove programs. You can disable the iPod service in the services.msc but iTunes will re-enable it (or maybe that's because I'm lazy and running everything / logging in as admin). You may have issues as and when you upgrade iTunes (it will re-install these bits at a minimum I would say)
    Last edited by malfunction; 17-04-2009 at 02:47 PM.

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    Re: Startup Services

    Take a look at the Black Viper site, http://www.blackviper.com/, it explains what services are needed and which are not.

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    Re: Startup Services

    Thanks guys, those tips were very handy. I've decided not to take your advice Singh and I've left Defender and Spybot on - I'm not educated about 'real time' protection and Spybot occasionally blocks start-up adds so I'm happy with it.

    One point - I couldn't get a working version of Mlin's startup control panel. His site doesn't work from China and the sites like majorgeeks that host his app don't specify that it runs on vista... Could someone give me a different link to that, or reccomend something else?

    Cheers!

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