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Computer IconWe all know that modern programs like to use the resources of our computers. Normally when we install something, you don’t just install one executable–the program usually puts programs in your bootup sequence.

The most incredible part of this is that Windows, since XP, comes with a feature, Fetch and later SuperFetch, that tries to improve load time of applications, making most of these programs useless.

The question is, why does every great company want a process running in your computer?  The answer I suppose is to have statistic of usage, but at least for me this is not an option.

You can read another article about speeding up your boot time:

Slow boot problems, How To Deal With It?

Usually thes programs can be removed using msconfig.

Press the WinKey + R, type msconfig and press Enter:

Run msconfig

Go to the Startup tab and deselect every program you do not want to be loaded.

System Configuration Startup


1. AdobeArm.Exe

This program is part of new adobe versions. It looks for updates in internet. If you are planning to do this by yourself, you do not need this program. As Always is your choice.

2. Reader_sl.exe

This is a speed up launcher, which means that Adobe load files before it uses. This technique makes your boot slower. It is safe to quit this program from the start.

Java Sun

3. Jusched.Exe

As Adobe does, Java Sun has a program to look for updates over internet. For a normal user this cannot be a problem, but for enterprise users, with corporative software, is very common that an update of Java create problems of incompatibility.


4. GoogleUpdate.Exe

As you can see it seems that every big corporation want your resources. This is an auto updater and of course, you can remove it safely.


5. PCSuite.exe

Frankly, how many times do you connect your mobile to the PC? So, why having a program using memory and CPU time always in your computer. You can just start it when you need and the effect is the same.


6. PcSuite.exe

This program does the same as Nokia Software. So better, start it when you need it.

Microsoft Office

7. Ctfmon.Exe

Maybe this is the most annoying boot program in the history of Pc. This program starts the Alternative user input and the language bar. This program cannot be disabled using msconfig so:
In Windows XP, go to control panel, Regional and Language Options, Language Tab, Advanced and check “Turn off advanced text services”.

8. Osa.Exe

The office start-up application that tries to load office programs faster.


9. ItunesHelper.exe

Do you need a program waiting for you to plug your Ipod ? The alternative of using this program is just go and start iTunes and then connect your Ipod.

10. QTtask.exe

Creates an icon on the tray, and then you can open Quick Time in a fast way. Therefore, the functionality of this program is just a shortcut.

11. TomTomHomeRunner.exe

This application is checking if you connect your TomTom. It also let you start TomTom Home from the tray. It uses resources and you can do the same with a shortcut.


12. CliStart.exe

Other shortcut to an application, of course you can just quit from the start.
There are hundreds of these applications and I find useful to have a list for checking before removing one of this. For me is not an option using my computer resources for this sort of things.
Do you know more ? Just live a comment.

About Angel Luis

I am an Engineer of Telecommunications that love computers. My first computer was a Commodore 16kb, about 25 years ago and since then I am always fighting computers problems. Please visit my entries and ask me about whatever problem you have, I will be pleased to help you. My email is discoveryourpc [at] gmail [dot] com. You can follow me on twitter @agenlu or read my blog www.discoveryourpc.net

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4 thoughts on “12 Programs You Can Remove From Boot Right Now”

  1. Scott says:

    Here is a useful site I found that lists startup entries and tells you if they are needed or not – http://www.sysinfo.org/startuplist.php.

  2. Angel Luis says:

    Thanks for the comment.

    The problem with that sort of sites is that you don't really know what you should do. The idea for the list is to not get into complications.

  3. Tune Up says:

    Interesting post. Speeding up your boot time is an issue often mentioned these days. There are also a lot of different solutions available. We recently performed a test that shows disabling Super Fetch is not beneficial at all. I was hoping you could take a look to our test results and compare them with yours. Together we can find the best solution for curing slow boot up speed.

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