Programs in MSCONFIG

Dear Computer Lady:

I just read your last newsletter and I’m so glad you mentioned the letter from Pam concerning her computer running slow.

I have 256.0 MG of RAM and Windows 98 2nd edition.  The only time my computer runs slow is when I’m online but not all the time though.

My question pertains to your reply about the programs running on the start up menu.  When I went to msconfig in the Run dialog box I was surprised with all the programs checked on the start menu that do not show on my system tray.  My problem is I don’t know what these programs are so I’m afraid to remove the check marks. When I right click on them it says “what’s this” When I click on that it just tells me it’s on the start up menu.  No help at all! 🙁

Is there some way to find out what those programs are?

I have learned so much from your informative newsletters and continue to do so with each edition.

Thanks for your help,
 Ann from Ohio

Dear Ann,

My e-mail was flooded with questions about this!

There are really only a few things that you need to keep running. They are ScanRegistry, TaskMonitor, SystemTray, LoadPowerProfile, and your antivirus program. You can usually identify your antivirus program, AVG for instance has the initials AVG in each entry. Most antivirus programs have more than one thing running in MSCONFIG.

For the rest of the entries, you can try researching them in this huge online database:

It might take a little time, but it will be worth it to know exactly what is running on your computer.



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