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Does anybody know what any of these startup programs do?

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  • Started 3 years ago by GTW
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GTW
Posts: 31

I've Googled some of these already but I am unsure if I can turn any of the following off and get away with it.

IAStorIcon.exe
Apoint.exe
SysTrayApp (sttray64.exe)
nwiz.exe
NvCplDaemon (RUNDLL32.exe)
NvHotkey
UseService (BCMDeviceAndTaskStatusService.exe)
msseces.exe
TdmNotify.lnk

The rest I know about (I had a few more than what's listed here) but I'm not sure about these. Can anybody help?

Thanks.

Posted 3 years ago
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raphoenix
raphoenix
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GTW,

Leave above alone and let them auto start.

There's 1 or 2 that are "iffy" but they don't hurt anything.

The rest are needed.

Rick P.

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ispalten
ispalten
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For something like this question, I direct you to these sites,

http://www.bleepingcomputer.com/startups/
http://www.tasklist.org/
http://www.pacs-portal.co.uk/startup_content.php

The one starting with IA is from Intel for the SATA drive, the ones starting with N are for you NVIDIA display driver. Apoint is for your touchpad, Systrayapp is OK from Intel, check the first link for the rest.

Irv S.

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raphoenix
raphoenix
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@Irv,

That's why I posted to leave them alone.

I know what they ALL do.

Rick P.

Posted 3 years ago
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ispalten
ispalten
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@Rick, know that. I posted info he can use for the future and any other programs he has questions about. You may know, but he doesn't.

I believe in the old addage, "Give a man a fish and he eats for a day. Teach him to fish and he eats for a lifetime" (or something like that?). References to solve the problem are always good.

Irv S.

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raphoenix
raphoenix
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@Irv,

Oh, OK. SORRY for my short fuse this morning.

Just having a bad day. (LOL) (LOL)

It will get better. :) :)

Rick P.

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ispalten
ispalten
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@Rick, no problem... I just hope the team you root for wins the Super Bowl, that should make you feel better <VBG>.

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GTW
Posts: 31

Well I've narrowed down the list and still don't know what the following do.

IAStorIcon.exe
SysTrayApp (sttray64.exe)
UseService (BCMDeviceAndTaskStatusService.exe)
TdmNotify.lnk

And do I really need all those services for the nvidia card running?

The fact is it's taking me almost 90 seconds to boot into Windows and I think these have something to do with it. Everybody knows the OEMs put crapware on their machines (especially through msconfig) and I just want to know what I can safely turn off and what I can't, that's all.

If you know what they are then please share it with us. Thanks.

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StringJunky
StringJunky
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The only one you REALLY need is mssce...MS Security Esserntials. Download and install Ccleaner and click Tools > Startup. Disable all of them except the MS entry and then run your computer for a few days and see if you miss anything. It will at least help you determine the extent of the slowdown with these programs starting. Nothing critical to the running of a PC is in there...it just means those start up programs won't start...they can be started on-demand elsewhere . Antimalware apps should always be enabled in startup like MSE.

TDMNotify is to do with something called Trusted Drive Manager which is some sort of drive encryption program..it can be removed in add/remove programs if you don't need it.

http://www.ehow.com/how_734339.....tware.html

Tony

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marks100
marks100
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I think the drive encryption manager or bit-locker drive encryption is only available in enterprise & ultimate versions of win7 (not sure if they are the same thing)

mark.

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StringJunky
StringJunky
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Mark

TDMNotify seems to be associated with this commercial program from what I could find and not a Windows one:

http://www.tvtonic.com/products/tdm.asp

Tony

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marks100
marks100
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sorry Tony will the program you linked do the same thing as the windows one ? the pic above gives a list of pre-installed programs of the different win7 versions for ref,

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ispalten
ispalten
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I'd suggest using MSCONFIG's STARTUP TAB and turn EVERYTHING off. Then time the boot to even see if any are a real cause. Of course some 'things' may not work, but you can start putting startup items back and re-time.

However, that said, I'd also suggest getting Soluto ( http://soluto.com/ ) and running it. It WILL answer a lot of your 'time' questions. I did have it installed and removed it. I did find it useful, but overall, it might not have done much but give me data.

Irv S.

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GTW
Posts: 31

Mark,

I have Win7 Professional 64bit which unlike Win7 Ultimate 64bit, does not have a built-in encryption system. I don't really think I need it so I will probably disable this "TdmNotify.lnk" one.

~

I'll probably turn the nvidia ones off as well. They seem geared more towards pinging the internet for an updated driver for the video card I already have installed, instead of the actual operation of the video card on the machine itself. If I'm not mistaken. Yes? No?

As far as "IAStorIcon.exe", "SysTrayApp (sttray64.exe)" and "UseService (BCMDeviceAndTaskStatusService.exe)" is concerned, I am still clueless about those three.

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ispalten
ispalten
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http://www.systemlookup.com/St.....n_exe.html
http://www.file.net/process/sttray64.exe.html
http://www.whatsrunning.net/Qu.....cess=22574

A simple GOOGLE for anyone of those would get you the info.

Irv S.

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GTW
Posts: 31

Link one tells me it's IntelĀ® Matrix Storage Technology. Ok, good to know. But is it necessary considering I have a non-RAID setup.

Link two tells me it's a part of IDT audio, but the only thing appearing down in my service tray is the standard Windows 7 audio control slider. If I disable this, will I lose audio?

Link three doesn't tell me much of anything. Broadcom deals with nic cards and ic devices. This should be a plug-and-play device, not something that would appear in the msconfig startup tab.

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StringJunky
StringJunky
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GTW

When you remove something from the Startup list you are not disabling it permanently...you are just not letting it start with the computer. Manual start options are always around somewhere.

Uncheck the entries and see what happens ..,it's reversible. :)

Tony

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ispalten
ispalten
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Yes, the Intel one is also for SATA drives.

Who makes your audio device? It could be the speaker on the Systray, only way to tell is turn it off and see what happens.

Broadcom is your Network device. Turn it off, probably can't get on the Internet. It could be just an app to use it too and run diagnostics.

Experiment is the best way.

Irv S.

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