Disabling helper apps in systray

  1. DaveC426913

    DaveC426913 16,541
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    disabling "helper" apps in systray


    How do I disable these "helpful" apps in my systray (such as Real, or Quicktime or iTunes)?

    It's Run: boot.ini - or something like that?
  2. jcsd
  3. Is it running msconfig.exe what you are thinking of? You can disable processes that start up with your system there. I've only ever fiddled with the stuff on the 'startup' tab. However my quicktime seems to have a habit of coming back even when disabled.
    Last edited: Aug 2, 2005
  4. robphy

    robphy 4,472
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    Some of those applications are :grumpy: nice enough to set some "Preferences" for you... like whether they start with Windows or have a tray icon.

    If you want to just control what gets started with Windows, go get http://www.sysinternals.com/Utilities/Autoruns.html, which looks in numerous places for commands that startup and allows you to disable [and re-enable] them. This and other very useful utilities are available from the homepage. Oh, yeah... they are freeware.
  5. I prefer to use Spybot (in advanced mode), as it also includes other utilities and helps clean out malware properly.
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