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Question: background program or service interrupts active program

I bought a HP Pavilion Sleekbook 15 which came with Windows 8. My problem is that in both Windows 8 and 8.1 when I have a program open, something is interrupting the program. The title at the top of the program dims showing it's not the active program for about half a second before resuming. It does this all the time and interferes when I try to type anything. I have not figured out what the problem is. I thought at first it was 8.1 so reverted to windows 8 and then reinstalled the entire system. It still happens. I cannot figure out what is causing the interference. Someone suggested it might be a compatibility issue with Windows 8 and 3rd party programs.

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Answer: background program or service interrupts active program

Please download MiniToolBox from here http://www.bleepingcomputer.com/download/minitoolbox/ and run it with the following boxes checked:
 
List last 10 Event Viewer Errors
 
List Installed Programs
 
List Users, Partitions, and Memory size
 
Copy the resulting log and paste into a reply here.

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Until recently, whenever I opened a program by clicking on the program icon pinned to the taskbar, that icon was replaced by the active program button. This is the behavior I want in order to keep the taskbar uncluttered. However, I recently mistakenly unpinned an icon for Mozilla Thunderbird and after re-pinning the program start icon, now the active program button appears in addition to the startup icon rather than replacing it. I have pinned and unpinned the program several times, and even after a restart of the machine, the same result persists. The problem seems to be limited to Thunderbird, at least in my limited research.

If I pin other new programs to the taskbar, the expected replacement behavior occurs, even after un-pinning and re-pinning, e.g for Microsoft Word.

If I un-pin and re-pin programs that have been pinned to the taskbar from before the time this issue occurred with Thunderbird, the expected replacement behavior occurs, e.g Mozilla Firefox

Answer:Program icon pinned to taskbar not replaced by active program button

I had a similar problem. Try to re-install the program (Thunderbird)

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Hello,
I have this problem - when I start any program its window appears in background - behind others. Even it is the first program I start its windows is not active and I need to click it to make active.
That issue appeared when I was with Windows 8.1 and after upgrade to Windows 10 remains.

What I have tried - changing the register value of ForegroundLockTimeout to 0 but it didn`t work.

Please if anybody can help with this problem...

Answer:Starting new program opens program window in background

Hello toc Welcome to the Ten Forums!

With most programs you will find the option to "keep on top of other windows" you check off. That keeps the active window for the particular laying over the top of any others.

Otherwise you may see the top or bottom edge depending on where you have the task bar set for underneath the task bar. If at the top you may have to right click on the task bar properties to check off the auto hide option long enough to either close up or minimize an open window when that happens.

Now as far as going into the registry to start changing things that can lead to more serious problems in a fast hurry. Settings in there often effect multiple things not just one or two programs you may having problems with. Hopefully you create system restore points before proceeding.

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Hello,
I have this problem - when I start any program its window appears in background - behind others. Even it is the first program I start its windows is not active and I need to click it to make active.
That issue appeared when I was with Windows 8.1 and after upgrade to Windows 10 remains.

What I have tried - changing the register value of ForegroundLockTimeout to 0 but it didn`t work.

Please if anybody can help with this problem...

Answer:Starting new program opens program window in background

Hello toc Welcome to the Ten Forums!

With most programs you will find the option to "keep on top of other windows" you check off. That keeps the active window for the particular laying over the top of any others.

Otherwise you may see the top or bottom edge depending on where you have the task bar set for underneath the task bar. If at the top you may have to right click on the task bar properties to check off the auto hide option long enough to either close up or minimize an open window when that happens.

Now as far as going into the registry to start changing things that can lead to more serious problems in a fast hurry. Settings in there often effect multiple things not just one or two programs you may having problems with. Hopefully you create system restore points before proceeding.

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Hello,
I have this problem - when I start any program its window appears in background - behind others. Even it is the first program I start its windows is not active and I need to click it to make active.
That issue appeared when I was with Windows 8.1 and after upgrade to Windows 10 remains.

What I have tried - changing the register value of ForegroundLockTimeout to 0 but it didn`t work.

Please if anybody can help with this problem...

Answer:Starting new program opens program window in background

Hello toc Welcome to the Ten Forums!

With most programs you will find the option to "keep on top of other windows" you check off. That keeps the active window for the particular laying over the top of any others.

Otherwise you may see the top or bottom edge depending on where you have the task bar set for underneath the task bar. If at the top you may have to right click on the task bar properties to check off the auto hide option long enough to either close up or minimize an open window when that happens.

Now as far as going into the registry to start changing things that can lead to more serious problems in a fast hurry. Settings in there often effect multiple things not just one or two programs you may having problems with. Hopefully you create system restore points before proceeding.

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I just built a pc for a friend. Intel mobo with Celeron D at 2.53mhz. I installed win2k. When I boot it up...I get the following message:

Service program is not active
Does anyone know what this error message is referring to?
 

Answer:Error msg: "Service program is not active"

Check the event viewer - that should tell you which app is having issues.
 

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Hey guys,

I need a little help. I have 2 mp3s that are about 30 min long a piece, the problem is they are a work out tape thingy. They are boxing tapes and one has 2 min rounds w/ breaks and the other has 3 min rounds with breaks. I wanna break each mp3 into the rounds, so if I have to pause or start on a different one I can. I'd also like to add a background track w/ some music (Some heavy metal ), because listening to a guy yell combinations for 10 - 30 mins gets to be a bit boring. The reason I need this is because I want to burn the routines to a CD so I can play them on the stereo in my garage where my heavy bag is. I've tried using audacity, but I can't seem to get it to do what I want and it always crashes. Any suggestions?

Thanks
-Matt
 

Answer:Needed: A program to split large mp3, and possibly add background background track

Audacity can do that easily. Just make sure you also install the LAME .dll file so it can save out the data as an mp3 after the edits are in place.
 

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My 2 towers are both using Yahoo Mail, FIREFOX 2.2. In tower one the Yahoo icon is in the START menu which I dragged onto the desktop. It also appears on the PROGRAMS list. For tower two none of this is true/ How do I find the missing icon for the Yahoo mail so I can drag it onto the desktop? I NEED to be able to open it without using FOX, which has and continues to have issues lately. Very annoying. I need a solution! Apparently I cannot "OVERWRITE" the program nor can I find a way to create an icon. Generaly I would remove and reinstall a program. In this case I cannot do that. It is NOT in the programs list, and www.yahoo.com automatically displys YAHOO MAIL. From there I can sign up as a new used. When done I am asked to sign in, NO icon. YET AGAIN! Help me!
 

Answer:icon for an active program

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i need a way to run a program in the background so it doesnt use a window and can just be seen in the windows task manager.
 

Answer:Run a program in background?

Nope, I'm almost sure it's not possible via the manager. The program has to have that option
 

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Question: Background Program

I'm trying to figure out how to run a quick program that will change my desktop background from the current image to another selected image. Searches have come up with poor results. Sorry if this is in the wrong section but much appreciated!!
edit: I'm looking for a script, not a program!
 

Answer:Background Program

Why can't you just right click on image and click on "set as background". I thin it is the fastest way.
 

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Aight well i got styleXP right now which is an awoemse program for my aperances, bkgs, and logons, right now it changes my logon between 3 of em and my display scheme between colors everytime i logon and my background everytime i logon between like a bunch of bkgs, well i am not satisfyed right now with the bkgs, lmao i wasnt moooore! I really like all the bks and i was wondering if theres a program that will switch through all my bkgs, like maybe every minite it changes my bkg to the next in line! that would be awesome, if anyone knows anytihng abotu this in anyway, PLZ dont heitate to reply! thx so much in advance to anyone trying to help me! THX

-Chris
 

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At the moment program windows activate when the mouse pointer passes over the window. How do I set it so that the window will not activate until I actually click on it?
 

Answer:Solved: Active Program Window

http://www.kellys-korner-xp.com/xp_tweaks.htm

#171. Disable Active Window Tracking

To use the Regedits: Save the REG File to your hard disk. Double click it and answer yes to the import prompt. REG files can be viewed in Notepad by right clicking on the file and selecting Edit.
 

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I am trying to create a web style active desktop with Dreamweaver 4 with links to start programs from my hard drive (I don't want to use icons) but I cannot get around windows asking me whether to open file from current location or to save to disk - is there any way to link directly to a programs exe file without this web style prompt or is it just impossible????????????????
 

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After downloading MarketBrowser from the internet, I have tried to remove it, but each time, I try I receive the message that C:\ProgramFiles\MarketBrowser\jmt\mktbrws.exe is in use and that I should close the applicatiog using this file and launch uninstall again. This I am unable to do. How can I remove MarketBrowser? I have Windows XP.
 

Answer:Solved: How to remove a program with an active exe

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Hello --

I am new to this forum, but I would like to ask for help. I have been with you all since Seven Forums.

I am using a program that is no longer being further developed or supported by the developer. It is called PS3 Media Server and is basically the best program that I have found for serving media (streaming videos) from my PC over the network to my PS3.

For what it's worth, I have not found a better program that streams from the PC to the PS3 or ROKU which allows me to browse and view the files on the system remotely and then play the files by transcoding them so that even seemingly incompatible file formats will still play because of the CODECs that I have installed.

The problem is that when my computer goes to "sleep", this program also stops, rather than preventing the PC from sleeping and letting me continue to stream my videos. I realize that I could change the Sleep / Wake settings each and every time I want to view a video on my TV, but that seems tedious.

Is there a way to tell Windows 10 to not sleep when this specific program, PS3 Media Server, is running and / or being used?

Thanks for your consideration of my issue. I appreciate any help or feedback that you can give me to shed light on this problem.

~Antonio

P.S. Any idea what happened to Windows 9? Usually, 9 comes after 8 but I guess the folks at M$ did not learn this in Kindergarten.

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Can any one please help me i need to find out a way of bringing up a list of what programs i have running in the background on my pc as it seems to be running really slow, Iam currently using windows xp thanx wud be very gratefull of your help

Answer:program running in background

Press CTRL+ALT+DEL to bring up the Task Manager and click on the Processes tab.

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Hi,
As requested, have attached the file require.

Kindly help to look throigh and advice if there is anything wrong with my system.

System seem to be running very slow and internet explorer alway fail to load up. Will only works after i end process in task manager a few time.


DDS (Ver_10-11-27.01) - NTFSx86
Run by USER at 11:28:34.56 on Sun 11/28/2010
Internet Explorer: 8.0.6001.18702
Microsoft Windows XP Professional 5.1.2600.3.1252.1.1033.18.2047.1342 [GMT 8:00]

AV: AntiVir Desktop *On-access scanning enabled* (Updated) {AD166499-45F9-482A-A743-FDD3350758C7}

============== Running Processes ===============

C:\WINDOWS\system32\nvsvc32.exe
C:\WINDOWS\system32\svchost -k DcomLaunch
svchost.exe
C:\WINDOWS\System32\svchost.exe -k netsvcs
svchost.exe
svchost.exe
C:\WINDOWS\system32\spoolsv.exe
c:\program files\idt\ecsxpv_5902_012208\wdm\STacSV.exe
C:\Program Files\Avira\AntiVir Desktop\sched.exe
svchost.exe
C:\Program Files\Avira\AntiVir Desktop\avguard.exe
C:\Program Files\Common Files\Apple\Mobile Device Support\AppleMobileDeviceService.exe
C:\Program Files\Bonjour\mDNSResponder.exe
C:\Program Files\Java\jre6\bin\jqs.exe
C:\WINDOWS\system32\svchost.exe -k imgsvc
C:\Program Files\Compact Wireless-G USB Adapter Wireless Network Monitor\WLService.exe
C:\Program Files\Compact Wireless-G USB Adapter Wireless Network Monitor\WUSB54GC.exe
C:\WINDOWS\Explorer.EXE
C:\Program Files\Avira\AntiVir Desktop\avgnt.exe
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Answer:Background program running?

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* IMPORTANT - Disable your AntiVirus and AntiSpyware applications, usually via a right click on the System Tray icon. They may otherwise interfere with our tools. If you have difficulty properly disabling your protective programs, refer to this linkDouble click on ComboFix.exe & follow the prompts.
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I have run hi-jack this and this file keeps reappearing what do I need to do???

O4 - HKCU\..\Run: [msnmsgr] "C:\Program Files\MSN Messenger\msnmsgr.exe" /background

I scan and remove but it keeps reappearing.
 

Answer:program running in background???

rusmindy said:



I have run hi-jack this and this file keeps reappearing what do I need to do???

O4 - HKCU\..\Run: [msnmsgr] "C:\Program Files\MSN Messenger\msnmsgr.exe" /background

I scan and remove but it keeps reappearing.Click to expand...

It's a valid Mircrosoft Product. Why do you want to remove it? Use Add/Remove programs and uninstall MSN Messenger if you don't want it.
 

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I Have An Older Friend Running Windows Xp Home Edition And There Is A Screen Which Pops Up For One Second In The Background Saying "administration Password" And A Group Of Numbers. I Take It This Is Running In The Background And Using Resources Making The Computer A Little Slower. How Can I Find Out What This Is And Stop This Problem For Her?

Thanks,
Reid
 

Answer:Remove Program In Background

Does this program pop up when the computer first boots up?
 

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Hi,Win XP MCESP2My computer refused to close because there was a program running in the background ... oeappnotify_window_classI cant figure out what it is.Any help appreciated.

Answer:Program Running In The Background

Determining whether a file is malware or a legitimate process sometimes depends on the location (path) it is running from. One of the ways that malware tries to hide is to give itself the same name as a critical system file. However, it then places itself in a different location on your computer. A file's properties may give a clue to identifying it. Right-click on the file, Properties and examine the General and Version tabs.You can download and use Process Explorer or System Explorer to investigate all running processes and gather additional information to identify and resolve problems. These tools will show the process CPU usage, a description and its path location. If you right-click on the file in question and select properties, you will see more details about the file. Anytime you come across a suspicious file which you cannot find any information, the file has a legitimate name but is not located where it is supposed to be, or you want a second opinion, submit it to jotti's virusscan or virustotal.com. In the "File to upload & scan" box, browse to the location of the suspicious file and submit (upload) it for scanning/analysis.-- Then post back with the results of the file analysis.

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Just recently I noticed a program that runs at the bottom bar but I can't right click and close etc, I checked programs in Control Panel cant find it there either nor in task manager. I have a feeling its a virus. I have the latest Norton but it is not finding anything....any help would be appreciated...thanx....dano
 

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So if I am playing Left 4 Dead and listen to iTunes...my iTunes gets quiet automatically while playing Left 4 Dead. When I click on the iTunes it gets louder again and Left 4 Dead gets quiet. Is there any way to disable that feature?

Answer:background program volume?

Go to control panel > Sound > communications tab and select "Do Nothing"

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Whenever I start up Adobe Acrobat (any version) or even Adobe Reader it does now start up, except it sort of does in that when I open the Task Manager it is listed in the Processes tab. When this happens it only proceeds to ramp my CPU usage to much higher than normal levels. The Adobe splash screen never comes up and I've left the computer alone for at least an hour once to see if it was just taking and awfully long time to load, but it wasn't. Has anyone else enountered this? I've cleaned my system using Ad-Aware, Spybot, and Windows Defender thinking I may have had a piece of malware on my computer, but after I ran all three of them the problem remained. Any help with this issue is greatly appreciated.

Answer:Program opens but only in the background

try reinstalling it

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Recently i had problems with spyware but managed to fix it by using system restore and also anti-spyware. However i still think there are some programs running in the background. Please check the log below and advice me if there is anything wrong. Help is very much appreciated.
Thanks.


Logfile of Trend Micro HijackThis v2.0.2
Scan saved at 2:31:07 AM, on 1/3/2008
Platform: Windows Vista (WinNT 6.00.1904)
MSIE: Internet Explorer v7.00 (7.00.6000.16546)
Boot mode: Normal

Running processes:
C:\Windows\System32\smss.exe
C:\Windows\system32\csrss.exe
C:\Windows\system32\wininit.exe
C:\Windows\system32\csrss.exe
C:\Windows\system32\services.exe
C:\Windows\system32\lsass.exe
C:\Windows\system32\lsm.exe
C:\Windows\system32\svchost.exe
C:\Windows\system32\svchost.exe
C:\Windows\system32\winlogon.exe
C:\Windows\System32\svchost.exe
C:\Windows\System32\svchost.exe
C:\Windows\System32\svchost.exe
C:\Windows\system32\svchost.exe
C:\Windows\system32\SLsvc.exe
C:\Windows\system32\svchost.exe
C:\Windows\system32\svchost.exe
C:\Windows\System32\spoolsv.exe
C:\Windows\system32\svchost.exe
C:\Windows\system32\Dwm.exe
C:\Windows\Explorer.EXE
C:\Windows\system32\taskeng.exe
c:\Program Files\Common Files\LightScribe\LSSrvc.exe
C:\Windows\system32\svchost.exe
C:\Program Files\Spyware Doctor\pctsAuxs.exe
C:\Program Files\Spyware Doctor\pctsSvc.exe
C:\Program Files\Spyware Doctor\pctsTray.exe
C:\Windows\system32\svchost.exe
C:\Windows\System32\svchost.exe
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Answer:Program running in background

Please help

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Hello there,

I'm new here and this is what brought me.

I have a peskie program that seems to be running in the background and taking up 35%-85% of my CPU. Needless to say it slows my computer to the point of freezing at times.
If I reboot my computer it shuts the program down, and I can come back without it running for a little while. Then it starts back up by itself. I can't seem to nail down when it starts, but it isn't showing in the Task Manager under processes.
Is there any way I can get into a place where I can see what is running in the background, and maybe shut it down?

Oh and for some strange reason, when the program starts to run, it takes out my sound. Everything registers, but there is no sound coming out of the speekers or headphones. They are restored as the system is shuting down for a reboot (I can hear the system shutdown, and start up tune), and stay good again till the program starts back up.

I've had this problem since I bought this computer 4 years ago, but it only now just started taking out the sound.

Thanks for your help.

Answer:Background program taking up too much of CPU.

You can try Process Explorer. It's a little more "in depth" than Task Managerhttp://technet.microsoft.com/en-us/sysinte...s/bb896653.aspx

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Im running windows xp on a really old computer(15 Years). Recently i have noticed that whenever i start Internet explorer, or a new tab, there is (for a brief sec) a smaller window that appears and then dissapears. Since my comp is sooooo slow, sometimes it freezes. This has allowed me to write down what it says. It says "c:\program files\java\jre1.6.0_07\bin\ssvagent.exe" Can anyone tell me what this is?
I also have noticed on my process explorer that i have two internet explorers running. one is "internet explorer.exe.7480" and the other is "internet explorer.exe.7004"
The later of the two appears to be the functioning one. the first one is, i believe, related to the java-ssvagent exe.
Should i be concerned about either or both of these things? if yes, how do i go about stopping them?

Thank you for your support and information.
 

Answer:wierd background program(s)

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For the past few days, while my computer is shutting down, I've been getting a pop-up "Ending Program" box. The program's name appears to be a bunch of Japanese characters. It doesn't show up in my task manager, and I don't know what it is or how it got here. I'm hoping a HijackThis log will provide some clues.
Logfile of HijackThis v1.99.1
Scan saved at 10:10:20 PM, on 2/25/2006
Platform: Windows 2000 SP3 (WinNT 5.00.2195)
MSIE: Internet Explorer v6.00 SP1 (6.00.2800.1106)

Running processes:
C:\WINNT\System32\smss.exe
C:\WINNT\system32\winlogon.exe
C:\WINNT\system32\services.exe
C:\WINNT\system32\lsass.exe
C:\WINNT\system32\ibmpmsvc.exe
C:\WINNT\system32\Ati2evxx.exe
C:\WINNT\system32\svchost.exe
C:\WINNT\System32\svchost.exe
C:\WINNT\system32\spoolsv.exe
C:\INSIGHT\TOOLS\Aiclient.EXE
C:\Program Files\EnergyDesktopProtection\blackd.exe
D:\PROGRA~1\GECONT~1\SDB_SE~2\DBServer.exe
C:\PROGRA~1\SYMANT~1\SYMANT~1\DefWatch.exe
C:\WINNT\system32\LckFldService.exe
C:\WINNT\System32\tcpsvcs.exe
C:\PROGRA~1\SYMANT~1\SYMANT~1\Rtvscan.exe
C:\WINNT\system32\regsvc.exe
C:\PROGRA~1\SYMANT~1\SYMANT~1\SavRoam.exe
C:\WINNT\system32\MSTask.exe
C:\Program Files\Analog Devices\SoundMAX\SMAgent.exe
C:\WINNT\System32\WBEM\WinMgmt.exe
C:\WINNT\system32\svchost.exe
C:\WINNT\system32\Ati2evxx.exe
C:\WINNT\Explorer.EXE
C:\PROGRA~1\ThinkPad\UTILIT~1\EzEjMnAp.Exe
C:\Program Files\Synaptics\SynTP\SynTPLpr.exe
C:\Program Files\Synaptics\SynTP\SynTPEnh.exe
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Upon startup and for about an hour to maybe 90 minutes more, I seem to have a program or something running in the background. I can hear the "clicking" sounds even though I am not doing anything. Then, whatever it is has finished doing whatever it does, I heard an a sound very similar to the sound I hear when my computer completes its normal shutdown---after Windows shuts down and the screen goes dark.

I don't think it is a scan because the scan for my McAfee Anti-Virus and my Webroot SpySweeper are both activated by me, manually. I have checked my Start-Up menu and I don't see anything suspicious.

I do get automatic updates from McAfee and Webroot but I am aware of these at the time they are occurring. I am also set for automatic Windows updates---is there someway I could tell if these were source of the problem? The only way I can tell if it was a Windows update is at the time I shutdown I see the Windows Shield by "turn off" my computer.

Further, I do routine scans for virus and spyware every 5 days or so.

Any suggestions?

Running Windows XP Home Edition, service pack 2, on my Dell Inspiron 2600 laptop. Currently using a wireless network but same problem occurs on my home DSL via Verizon.

Answer:Program Running In The Background?

Gene, when you hear these background sounds and clicks, etc., have you thought to do a ctrl-alt-delete to bring up the task manager so you can check the processes running and see what is taking up your cpu cycles. This might shed some light on what is running that you may not be aware of or that is causing the sounds and the use of your cpu...Try that and see what it might offer up as far as what is running when you hear the sounds you speak of...Best to you...

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Hello guys
I was wondering is there a program where I can remote onto someone's machine in the background, but so they can still carry on working?
So I could setup a printer while they carry on reading emails

Answer:Program to take control in background

Why?

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How to stop a program from taking priority from an active window? If I'm typing something in word, and I have something running in the background, say a program installing or something downloading, suddenly a dialog box pops up infront of my document in word and I am typing and unwittingly press a key and accept whatever the box was aksing. Very frustrating. How to stop this crap from happening?

Answer:Pop up dialog box taking control of active program

Either change the settings in the program that's popping up - or get rid of it. That sort of behavior is unacceptable in well-behaved software.

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I have about 10 programs Pinned to my Taskbar, but when i'm working at speed i keep clicking the wrong ones due to some of the Icons being quite alike

The programs that are active highlight these buttons by making it slightly white in one corner, is there any way to change the appearance of the buttons on the Taskbar when it is in use? So the ones that are 'active' have a bright red background or something so they stand out more ? it would be such a help!

Answer:Highlight Active Program Button on Taskbar

Welcome to Seven Forums zhunter71. Have a look at this thread, there are several msstyles in it that should serve your purpose.

Solved - active and inactive windows too similar in Aero

A Guy

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Hello, this is my first time using this forum so I apologize if I do something wrong.

So normally, whenever I hover my mouse over a program located on the taskbar, I get a preview screen showing what is currently being viewed on that program. I can still get that, however, it never shows itself above the active program (last program I've clicked).

This happens with each and every program I have opened and tried. I tested the method of having the active program sitting in a place where it would only slightly conceal the preview (not maximized). Then having inactive programs (I've clicked on something else besides them last) behind the active one and the preview. Then I can see that that the preview will cover all inactive programs but the active program will still cover the preview.

I hope I've detailed what's happening well enough. I don't remember when this first started happening but I do know that it is not supposed to function like this. The preview should always be visible and on top no matter if there are active programs or not.

I also tried to get a picture of it happening, but it's kinda hard to take a picture of something that requires the active program to not hide itself (like snipping tool does).

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Hello All,

I am running a WIN XP 32 SP2. For about a month now I have been noticing that several of my commonly used programs such as Outlook, Word, IExplorer, and PixInsight - an astrophotography processing program - still have active processes in the Program Manager after I have successfully closed the program via the "X" GUI.
After there are two to three process ghosts running I am no longer able to start the same program again until I manually end all of the processes in Program Manager or reboot.
I have had it suggested that it is the cause of a Win32 virus but I do not seem to have the added 60 to 70 kb tacked on to the process - not that I would know if there were extra resources being used in the first place.
I run Norton 360 on a daily basis and the best it has ever come up with are various low risk tracking cookies. It will "fix" the threats but I will see them reappear a few days later. I am thinking several of these are associated with ads and the like. There is one cookie that is not identified however.

I, of course, would very much like to not have to reinstall Windows if at all possible.

Thanks for taking a look!

Cheers,
Adam
 

Answer:.EXE processes remain active after program is closed

Try running Spybot Seach & Destroy (FREEWARE). YOu may find something tying up your CPU (trojan).

Also try SSI (System Spyware Interogator).
I have experienced lags in my shutdowns. One biggest lag is Spybot takes time to shut down.LOL How much memory do you have? Low memory, with many porgrams open causes lags in shutdowns. What is your Virtural Memory SET at.? Not having enough virtual memory can cause lagging in the system. Do you run a registry cleaner every other day? Try Eusing Free Registry Cleaner. Try Argente FREE Registry cleaner (BETTER). Try a Registry Defragger.. Perhaps your CPU is failing, cause it too hot? Perhaps your Memory is failing and losing values of stored data. Perhaps you have virus/trojan/spyware. Why do you use OUTLOOK. I only use it to send out, but never receive. People Hack it to easily, and it is a trojan/Virus bomb waiting to happen..

Before I got on the web the first time, I found windows delaying shutdowns. Increasing my virtual mem two to three times as much has improved my computer response. Some of The programs you are running, put a burden on the cpu, and if you are running virus software, antispyware, etc all at the same time, you will see delays in processes shutting down. I personally go into TaskManager and END processes.. Regardless, there are many things that can cause your Windows to run badly.. Or respond slowly. And one is shutting your computer off, or losing power and not having a normal shutdown, with the WRi... Read more

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I've been using an OCR program (Abbyy FineReader 6.0 Sprint Plus) for scanning and pdf'ing old files for months with no problems. But now, when I try to run it, I get the opening banner, then nothing. Windows task manager shows the program under processes, but not under applications.

MY OS is XP home, which is completely up to date. Everything was working fine until a couple of days ago. I don't think I've changed any settings. I think there were some recent automatic microsoft updates, but I can't recall whether those were just before or just after this problem arose.

Any suggestions very much appreciated! Below is a list of what I've tried so far.

Tom
1. Original problem: When I ran the program, I got this error message:

"Internal Program Error:

C:\FineReader6\StartUp\Batch\BatchDoc.cpp, 185."

It gave me two options: OK and Cancel.

If I clicked on OK, nothing happened. Program didn't load.

If I clicked on cancel, I got a runtime error ["This application has
requested the Runtime to terminate in an unusual way. Please contact the
application's support team for more information.)

Contacted Abbyy technical support and they recommended uninstalling and then re-installing from an url they gave me. Did that. It got rid of the error message, but the program still doesn't run.

2. Tried running the program with virus checking software turned off. No difference.

3. Spent all day ye... Read more

Answer:Program Not Visiible but shows as an active Process

Have you tried to go the the "Processes" tab of Task Manager, find the process that is the program you are trying to kill, then End the Process?

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there are so many anti-spyware programs out there. being a cheapskate, i would like to know, in the opinion of the major geeks assembled here on this forum, which is the best free active anti-spyware program out there today? please feel free to share your valued and varied opinions.
 

Answer:help me choose an active anti-spyware program

Please read this: How to Protect yourself from malware!
 

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I'm looking for a progam like these that change desktops background to a different picture every couple of days. I searched all I could find was shareware trials.

Whats a good free low-mem background changer? (also vista 64 capable) Thanks
 

Answer:Alternating desktop background program?

I was looking for the same thing recently for two different systems, my netbook (running WinXP) and my main system (running two displays with two different resolutions), here's all the details of what I found:

http://www.hardforum.com/showthread.php?p=1034118240#post1034118240

To sum it up a bit, the Microsoft Powertoy Wallpaper Changer is probably the leanest out of all the different programs I've tried for this... But I'm not positive it works on Vista, in fact I think it doesn't. The next best alternative I've found was John's Background Switcher which is not quite as lean but it works very well, has some nice extra functionality, and it's completely freeware. The dev is still pretty active even (I e-mailed him with a question and got a response within a few days). It'll even work with multiple displays, though not quite so well if your displays run at different resolutions. Windows 7 will actually have a built in random wallpaper switching feature too.

For details on some of the extra features it has see the thread I linked or the program's site.

If you run multiple displays, particularly if they're not the same res, you should really try something like DisplayFusion... The free version doesn't have all the wallpaper functionality but the paid version is well worth the $15 for heavy multi-taskers with multiple displays. It's equivalent to Ultramon if you've heard of that, it gives you a taskbar on your s... Read more

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I am looking to find a freeware program to get rid of unwanted processes in the background. Today all of a sudden things are running slow when trying to bring screens up eg; double clicking on my computer and there being a longer delay then usual. I just defragged the hardrive so I know it isn't from that. I am a little suspicious of unwanted background programs because I ran ad-aware a few days ago and had 12, but now I have 15 and have no clue what they are. Doing a ctrl-alt-del doesn't bring them up and only brings up teh ones that I do want running. I have run a virus scan as well and nothing was turned up. So if anyone knows of a freeware program to show me and allow me to get rid of unwanted background programs I would greatly appreciate it!

LoneGreyWolf20
 

Answer:Looking for a program to get rid of unwanted background processes...

Hi Lone Wolf
What operating system are you using
 

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I am running some software on XP that occasional will end up gone from the display, but still running in the background. Is there any way to bring it back to the display?I can only have 1 instance of the software running at any time. I can kill the background process and restart the software, but then I lose the data.

Answer:Unhide a program moved to the background?

have you tried toggling via alt tab? You hold the alt down and tap the tab key to cycle thru open programs.How to properly post a question: http://tinyurl.com/2fsqqmu

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Hey, so I have had this problem from the start. It's a new computer, no upgrades. When I am in a program, Windows will automatically move that program to the background.
It happens in different ways;
--it's like an automatic alt-tab program switch
--program is minimized so desktop comes up or
--the program stays up but control is lost (essentially the program is moved to the background).
It is not me, I will be typing and poof, I'm typing in another program or I get dings meaning you can't do that. It's not a program I'm using, it happens with every program. Firefox, mail, games (especially annoying) and even the calculator. Any ideas?

ps oh and it's seems random. It doesn't happen at a certain time of day or after a prolonged period of use. Sometimes its multiple times an hour and sometimes it won't happen that day.

Answer:Program moves to background automatically

Win+DownArrowKey is a key stroke shortcut to Minimize to the taskbar...
Any chance your accidentally hitting this key combo (for like Ctl+Downkey is keycombo shortcut for "End")

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Hi,

When i shutdown my notebook, sometime i saw that box ..
Waiting for background program to close..
But i didnt' see any services in below..
how can i solve it?
how can i see which service is running?
I want to know which service is running.

thanks.
wekhine

Answer:Waiting for background program to close

  
Quote: Originally Posted by wekhine


Hi,

When i shutdown my notebook, sometime i saw that box ..
Waiting for background program to close..
But i didnt' see any services in below..
how can i solve it?
how can i see which service is running?
I want to know which service is running.

thanks.
wekhine


Hi, what box.

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Greetings Geeks.

Awhile back I remember downloading, installing, and running a program that shuts down unwanted program files, even those not visible from the processes menu. I want to say it was designed specifically for games. I did not get to use it much due to the fact I upgraded shortly after I installed it.

I know there must be more than a few, but can anyone make some suggestions or point me to a specific place? My quick search revealed came up empty. Going to search more now.

Thanks for any help!
 

Answer:Help -Can't Remember Background Shutdown Program Name

You talking about this?

http://majorgeeks.com/Iobit_Game_Booster_d5952.html
 

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Something that has been bugging me, is that when installing a program, the setup wizards and their subwindows open in the background, rather than on top as is normal. Being absent minded, I will sit and wait for several seconds, until I get impatient and look at the taskbar to see new tabs, which I must select to bring the setup on top. How can I set the OS to always bring these on top by default?

Answer:Program Setups Opening In Background

  
Quote: Originally Posted by seekermeister


Something that has been bugging me, is that when installing a program, the setup wizards and their subwindows open in the background, rather than on top as is normal. Being absent minded, I will sit and wait for several seconds, until I get impatient and look at the taskbar to see new tabs, which I must select to bring the setup on top. How can I set the OS to always bring these on top by default?



I have the same problem too. I think it's a Win 7 bug. Just keep an eye on your taskbar when installing programs I guess. At least til they release a fix or service pack that fixes it.

Snarks

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Hi, I only noticed this recently but if I switch users on winxp, there is a "1 program running" notification on my username even though there are no applications open at that moment. I have avast running in the background all the time and I did a scan and it showed no infections.
DDS (Ver_09-02-01.01) - NTFSx86
Run by Compaq_Owner at 9:10:11.25 on 15/02/2009
Internet Explorer: 7.0.5730.13 BrowserJavaVersion: 1.6.0_11
Microsoft Windows XP Home Edition 5.1.2600.3.1252.1.1033.18.2494.1906 [GMT -5:00]

AV: avast! antivirus 4.8.1296 [VPS 090215-0] *On-access scanning enabled* (Updated)

============== Running Processes ===============

C:\WINDOWS\system32\svchost -k DcomLaunch
svchost.exe
C:\Program Files\Windows Defender\MsMpEng.exe
C:\WINDOWS\System32\svchost.exe -k netsvcs
C:\WINDOWS\system32\svchost.exe -k WudfServiceGroup
svchost.exe
svchost.exe
C:\Program Files\Alwil Software\Avast4\aswUpdSv.exe
C:\Program Files\Alwil Software\Avast4\ashServ.exe
C:\WINDOWS\system32\spoolsv.exe
C:\Program Files\Bonjour\mDNSResponder.exe
C:\WINDOWS\System32\svchost.exe -k HTTPFilter
C:\Program Files\Java\jre6\bin\jqs.exe
C:\Program Files\Common Files\LightScribe\LSSrvc.exe
C:\Program Files\Common Files\Microsoft Shared\VS7DEBUG\MDM.EXE
C:\WINDOWS\syst... Read more

Answer:Unknown program running in background

Hello and welcome to Bleeping ComputerWe apologize for the delay in responding to your request for help. Here at Bleeping Computer we get overwhelmed at times, and we are trying our best to keep up. Please note that your topic was not intentionally overlooked. Our mission is to help everyone in need, but sometimes it takes just a little longer to get to every request for help.If you have since resolved the original problem you were having, we would appreciate you letting us know. If not please perform the following steps below so we can have a look at the current condition of your machine. If you have not done so, include a description of your problem, along with any steps you may have performed so far.Upon completing the steps below another staff member will review and take the steps necessary with you to get your machine back in working order clean and free of malware.If you have already posted a DDS log, please do so again, as your situation may have changed.Use the 'Add Reply' and add the new log to this thread.Thanks and again sorry for the delay.We need to see some information about what is happening in your machine. Please perform the following scan:Download DDS by sUBs from one of the following links. Save it to your desktop.DDS.comDDS.scrDDS.pifDouble click on the DDS icon, allow it to run.A small box will open, with an explaination about the tool. No input is needed, the scan is running.Notepad will open with the results.Follow the instructions that pop up for p... Read more

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Hello,

win xp sp3 32 bit

every now and then i hear voices in the background of my pc but not coming from any program.

things i've tried:
scan with anti virus, tdsskiller, rogue killer, hitman, malware bytes... all caught nothing and resolved nothing. tried rkill, nothing changed.

what could it be?

thanks

ps: can i send the logs in private?
 

Answer:voices in the background no program o associate with

If you would like us to check your system for malware, please do the following:

READ & RUN ME FIRST. Malware Removal Guide
 

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Hi Guys,

this is my hijackthis Log.
i suspect there's something running in the background that's causing PC to hang halfway thru running.
i've done the usual Adaware, Trendmicro and AVG scan.
I also have spybot S&D running.
could you point me to a program that i can use? to scan for hidden TSR?
Thanks


Logfile of HijackThis v1.99.1
Scan saved at 12:45:24 PM, on 5/21/2005
Platform: Windows XP SP2 (WinNT 5.01.2600)
MSIE: Internet Explorer v6.00 SP2 (6.00.2900.2180)

Running processes:
C:\WINDOWS\System32\smss.exe
C:\WINDOWS\system32\winlogon.exe
C:\WINDOWS\system32\services.exe
C:\WINDOWS\system32\lsass.exe
C:\WINDOWS\system32\svchost.exe
C:\WINDOWS\system32\svchost.exe
C:\WINDOWS\Explorer.EXE
C:\HJT\HijackThis.exe

R0 - HKLM\Software\Microsoft\Internet Explorer\Main,Start Page =
R1 - HKCU\Software\Microsoft\Internet Connection Wizard,ShellNext = http:///
O2 - BHO: AcroIEHlprObj Class - {06849E9F-C8D7-4D59-B87D-784B7D6BE0B3} - C:\Program Files\Adobe\Acrobat 5.0\Reader\ActiveX\AcroIEHelper.ocx
O2 - BHO: (no name) - {53707962-6F74-2D53-2644-206D7942484F} - C:\PROGRA~1\SPYBOT~1\SDHelper.dll
O4 - HKLM\..\Run: [AVG7_CC] C:\PROGRA~1\Grisoft\AVGFRE~1\avgcc.exe /STARTUP
O4 - HKLM\..\Run: [AVG7_EMC] C:\PROGRA~1\Grisoft\AVGFRE~1\avgemc.exe
O4 - HKLM\..\Run: [GSICONEXE] GSICON.EXE
O4 - HKLM\..\Run: [DSLAGENTEXE] DSLAGENT.EXE
O4 - HKLM\..\Run: [QuickTime Task] "C:\Program Files\QuickTime\qttask.exe" -atboottime
O4 - HKLM\..\Run: [SunJavaU... Read more

Answer:Hidden (Sith) program in background?

I dont think you will find anything but give this ago.


Download SILENT RUNNERS to a new folder,... Unzip if Zipped, and run the Silent Runners.vbs file.
Open the "Startup Programs.txt" file it creates, and copy/paste the contents to this post, please.
The "Startup Programs.txt" file will be in the folder you ran the "Silent Runners.vbs" file from.

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What method would you use to load a prgram ie Photoshop into the backgound at startup so that It will load faster when I click the desktop Icon. I really only use PS and GoLive but I do not want the program to auto start and fully load at start up. ie, put icon in start up folder.
 

Answer:Load program at Startup in background

I'm not sure there is a way.

But, to load a program at startup minimized, would be to have the following in use:

Start /min program_name.exe
 

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Greetings all,

I've been having a problem with my computer since yesterday. I am running XP sp3. My wife tried to log on to her user account and it said "it was unable to find her account" in layman's terms. She was able to get on with but her user profile looked like a windows 98 desktop and none of her files were there. I run Zonealarm antivirus. There was an antivirus popup saying "Iaccess is trying to change the desktop background. The new background may contain a web page with executable code." It was associated with wp.exe. I clicked deny. I checked both mine and my daughters user profiles and they seemed normal. I ran several online virus scans and spybot. Nothing was found. I performed a smitfraudfix after researching online. I didnt notice a difference. My wife's user profile was still corrupted. I tried system restore from 3 different days and each time it said unable to restore. Today I created a new profile for my wife and transferred her old profile to her new profile. Now on each of our user profiles we get a popup saying "Microsoft (R) html application host is trying to change the desktop background. The new background may contain a webpage with executable code." This time it is associated with mshta.exe. I am unable to find any info on this. I am posting a hijackthis log. Thank you for your help.

Logfile of Trend Micro HijackThis v2.0.2
Scan saved at 08:28:49 PM, on 5/6/2009
Platform: Windows XP SP3 (WinNT 5.01.26... Read more

Answer:program trying to change desktop background

thanks for all your help
 

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Hi everyone,

Just a quick question, since I'm still adjusting to Win 7 Professional (even after a few months). Is it normal for some programs to launch quietly, do something, and then quickly close? I usually have Process Explorer open so I can monitor all running applications at all times, and this evening while my machine was idle, I noticed three programs pop up as daughter processes to services.exe. One of them was dllhost, but the other two I couldn't get a good look at. I'm pretty sure it was NOT the defrag, because that runs daughter to scvhost.exe

Anyhow, I'm just wondering, is there a list anywhere of what tasks launch themselves, what to look out for? MBAM and ESET's NOD32 say my system is clean, but programs running themselves without approval always makes me jittery. Thanks!

Answer:Normal background program behavior?

  
Quote: Originally Posted by Carbonyl


Hi everyone,

Just a quick question, since I'm still adjusting to Win 7 Professional (even after a few months). Is it normal for some programs to launch quietly, do something, and then quickly close? I usually have Process Explorer open so I can monitor all running applications at all times, and this evening while my machine was idle, I noticed three programs pop up as daughter processes to services.exe. One of them was dllhost, but the other two I couldn't get a good look at. I'm pretty sure it was NOT the defrag, because that runs daughter to scvhost.exe

Anyhow, I'm just wondering, is there a list anywhere of what tasks launch themselves, what to look out for? MBAM and ESET's NOD32 say my system is clean, but programs running themselves without approval always makes me jittery. Thanks!


It's probably random services that run to keep the machine running properly. IE windows update, indexing and stuff like that. If your antivirus and antimalware don't report anything, it's probably nothing to get worked up over. I don't know of any lists of services just yet. Will probably become public soon with the official release of 7 impending.

I have found that disabling services that I think I don't need will randomly break things with the O/S. So I wouldn't go that route. If it ain't broke, don't try to fix it.

Snarks

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i use ad-aware but this is for a user, that probaly wont remember to run the scan ever...lookin for something that will run in the background
 

Answer:spyware program that runs in background

This sounds like what you are looking for:
Webroot Spy Sweeper
 

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My secondary PC (Windows XP 2002 Service Pack 2) has started to slow down. This slow down is most apparent when I use ImgBurn to burn a DVD-R. Often the CPU over-load causes an unrecoverable error.

I've been using this PC to burn DVD-Rs since 2003 and never had this particular unrecoverable error problem. I thought it might be the DVD burner drive. The original drive started to fail about 18 months ago and I replaced it. Then when I started to get these unrecoverable errors I thought it might be the drive. I have replaced that drive 4 times since then and the problem has only become worse.

I suspect there is a program(s) running in the background that causes the yellow CPU busy light to come on at a constant one second interval. Blink, blink, blink ...

I checked the Task Manager List (33 Processes listed, none running) and it indicates that nothing is running (99% idle).

I've used AVG anti-virus, Malwarebytes anti-malware and Avast to scan my system memory and C: drive and all report nothing amiss.

Is there any sofware that I can use to detect what is running in the background and causing a constant interupt of the CPU?
 

Answer:Detecting program(s) running in background

For he programs running investigation, use Process Explorer from Microsoft.
http://technet.microsoft.com/en-us/sysinternals/bb896653

I'm kind of an expert with Imgburn. One thing you can do to prevent these unrecoverable errors is to increase Imgburn's buffer size. Go to
Tools>Settings>I/O>Page2 and drag the buffer slider all the way to the right. This will give you a big buffer so you'll be less likely to run into underrun errors.
 

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Well, I had 2 3rd gen x1 carbon in 3 month. the first one was totally defected, so I got the replacement. but first one and secone one has same problem that programs in background or minimized randomly pop up. second one does it less frequently, but still interferes my typing sometimes. is there any solution for this problem?

Answer:random background program pops up

I have noticed same on my 3rd gen as well when i do stuff the program "MalwareBytes" poped up on me every 5 mins or less i minimized it then shortly after it poped up again and it keep going on but after closing it a few times it has begun to stop poping up like it did so lately it's been staying minimized all time and doesent popup anymore.

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Hello, First let me start by saying that what you all do for "tech illiterate" people like me is very much appreciated!!!! OK, here is my problem; My ie keeps redirecting (marchex??) and I cannot seem to find what is doing it.Also, I have some program (I think) that is running in the back ground, because every 10 minutes a "bar" opens on bottom bar next to the start button. It opens and closes so fast that I cannot click on it to find out what it is. I do not think it is my AV program or anything because I have switched products a couple of times.I have run spybot, CA anti virus, stinger, pest patrol, I have CA firewall and have used windows firewall, panda anti virus, the list goes on. Needless to say that the many dectection programs that I have used and tried have not helped. I am running windows xp.Would someone mind taking a look and this "hijackthis" log to see if I have something going on?Thank youmalipLogfile of Trend Micro HijackThis v2.0.2Scan saved at 4:38:08 PM, on 7/19/2007Platform: Windows XP SP2 (WinNT 5.01.2600)MSIE: Internet Explorer v6.00 SP2 (6.00.2900.2180)Boot mode: NormalRunning processes:C:\WINDOWS\System32\smss.exeC:\WINDOWS\system32\csrss.exeC:\WINDOWS\system32\winlogon.exeC:\WINDOWS\system32\services.exeC:\WINDOWS\system32\lsass.exeC:\WINDOWS\system32\svchost.exeC:\WINDOWS\system32\svchost.exeC:... Read more

Answer:Ie Redirect, ?program Running In Background

Welcome to the BleepingComputer HijackThis Logs and Analysis forum malip My name is Richie and i'll be helping you to fix your problems.Please download Combofix and save to your desktop:Note: It is important that it is saved directly to your desktop Close any open browsers. Double click on combofix.exe and follow the prompts. When it's finished it will produce a log. Post the entire contents of C:\ComboFix.txt into your next reply. Note: Do not mouseclick combofix's window while it's running. That may cause the program to freeze/hang. --------------------------------------Download SmitfraudFix (by S!Ri), to your desktop.Double click on Smitfraudfix.cmdSelect option 1 ? Search, by typing 1 and press "Enter"; a text file will appear, which lists infected files (if present).Please copy and paste the content of that report into your next reply.*IMPORTANT* Do NOT run any other options until you are asked to do so!Also post a new Hijackthis log please.

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I think my computer has been used recently to look at some dicey sites, and am concerned there might be some dodgy software now on my system.

The main reason I think this is because I sometimes get sounds coming out of the speakers that aren't related to any of the programs I am running. The sound is a clicking sound which goes off twice and then repeats a few minutes later.

I've run Spybot, Adaware and AVG, which seem to indicate the all-clear. However, if someone could take a look through my HijcakThis log to set my mind at rest, that would be much appreciated.

Cheers.

Logfile of Trend Micro HijackThis v2.0.2
Scan saved at 19:45:22, on 03/02/2008
Platform: Windows XP SP2 (WinNT 5.01.2600)
MSIE: Internet Explorer v6.00 SP2 (6.00.2900.2180)
Boot mode: Normal

Running processes:
C:\WINNT\System32\smss.exe
C:\WINNT\system32\winlogon.exe
C:\WINNT\system32\services.exe
C:\WINNT\system32\lsass.exe
C:\WINNT\system32\svchost.exe
C:\WINNT\System32\svchost.exe
C:\WINNT\Explorer.EXE
C:\WINNT\system32\spoolsv.exe
C:\Program Files\Common Files\Seagate\Schedule2\schedul2.exe
C:\Program Files\Adobe\Adobe Version Cue CS2\bin\VersionCueCS2.exe
C:\Program Files\Common Files\Apple\Mobile Device Support\bin\AppleMobileDeviceService.exe
C:\WINNT\ATKKBService.exe
C:\PROGRA~1\Grisoft\AVG7\avgamsvr.exe
C:\PROGRA~1\Grisoft\AVG7\avgupsvc.exe
C:\PROGRA~1\Grisoft\AVG7\avgemc.exe
C:\Program Files\Bonjour\mDNSResponder.exe
C:\WINNT\system32\CTsvcCDA.exe
C:\WINNT\System32\svchost.exe
C:\Prog... Read more

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Hello, every time I start up my laptop this program starts running. I do not know what it is and can't figure out what it's called so I can't close it.

I can see it running when I switch between tabs. Here is a screenshot of it in between of Chrome and my desktop:

Does anybody know what it is and how to get rid of it?

Answer:Some weird program running in the background

... can't read it...

Screenshots and Files - Upload and Post in Eight Forums

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I suspect my brother(yes, my brother) put some background programs on my PC. Obviously I can't find them because they're hidden. There's nothing under the startup folder. I know that I found some keylogger programs on his computer. I suspect maybe those are the applications he's running on mine.

Well I didn't mind it back then, but now this newest thing or whatever he's running in my background is slowing my PC down. I want to remove this sh!t.

Any advice, help? I want to sniff out these things. Thanks in advance.
 

Answer:need help. need program that can sniff out background programs

If you're looking for keylogers, give HijackThis a try.
 

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I am running a Amilo M1425 with windows XP laptop.I can still use it by conecting to another monitor. My local coputer repair shop says it sounds like the back light can anyone advise

Answer:Screen Black can see program in background

I agree. Backlight or possibly the Inverter. Either way it`s probably a repair shop task. Is it still under warranty?

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Did a chkdsk and defrag but still PC randomly ruins at 100% and cannot find background pgm causing it. It is not listed in msconfig. Any suggestion greatly appreciated

Answer:Background program using 100% CPU. PC slow at startup.

Welcome to Seven Forums!

What shows in Task Manager? Might be AV at boot, what AV do you run?

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Currently the laptop computer I'm using is running Windows XP. The last time I used the Tab+Alt function, I noticed that there seemed to be two more applications in the list of programs that pops up when Tab+Alt is used. They had the same icon, yet they didn't show up on taskmgr. I can't seem to delete them, yet Windows Defender scans indicate no viral infections. I'm still suspicious, so could anybody tell me if its a dormant virus?

I tried to run the gmer, but whenever I opened it(three times!) my computer would hang. So, I am only able to provide the logs from the DDS.


DDS (Ver_10-03-17.01) - NTFSx86
Run by User at 1741.00 on Sun 05/16/2010
Internet Explorer: 8.0.6001.18702 BrowserJavaVersion: 1.6.0_18
Microsoft Windows XP Home Edition 5.1.2600.3.1252.1.1033.18.1013.264 [GMT 8:00]

AV: AVG Anti-Virus Free *On-access scanning enabled* (Updated) {17DDD097-36FF-435F-9E1B-52D74245D6BF}

============== Running Processes ===============

C:\WINDOWS\system32\svchost -k DcomLaunch
svchost.exe
C:\WINDOWS\System32\svchost.exe -k netsvcs
svchost.exe
svchost.exe
C:\Program Files\AVG\AVG9\avgchsvx.exe
C:\Program Files\AVG\AVG9\avgrsx.exe
C:\WINDOWS\system32\spoolsv.exe
C:\Program Files\AVG\AVG9\avgcsrvx.exe
svchost.exe
C:\Program Files\Common Files\Apple\Mobile Device Support\bin\AppleMobileDeviceService.exe
C:\Program Files\AVG\AVG9\avgwdsvc.exe
C:\Program Files\Bonjour\mDNSResponder.exe
C:\Program Files\Hotspot Shield\bin\openvpnas.exe
C:\Program ... Read more

Answer:Program running in the background, yet it can't be closed

Hello and welcome to TSF.


Quote:




I noticed that there seemed to be two more applications in the list of programs that pops up when Tab+Alt is used




What applications are they?

I would like to see a GMER log before we can proceed. Let's try this special version of gmer.

Download GMER Rootkit Scanner from here to your desktop. Double click the exe file. If asked to allow gmer.sys driver to load, please consent .
If it gives you a warning about rootkit activity and asks if you want to run scan...click on NO.



Click the image to enlarge it


In the right panel, you will see several boxes that have been checked. Uncheck the following ... IAT/EAT
Drives/Partition other than Systemdrive (typically C:\)
Show All (don't miss this one)

Then click the Scan button & wait for it to finish.
Once done click on the [Save..] button, and in the File name area, type in "Gmer.txt" or it will save as a .log file which cannot be uploaded to your post.
Save it where you can easily find it, such as your desktop, and post it in reply.

**Caution**
Rootkit scans often produce false positives. Do NOT take any action on any "<--- ROOKIT" entries

If you still have trouble, try running the scan in Safe Mode.

Restart your computer and boot into Safe Mode by tapping the F8 key repeatedly until a menu shows up (and choose Safe Mode from the list). In some systems, this may be the F5 key, so try that if F8 do... Read more

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Compaq laptop, Win 7. IE, FireFox, Thunderbird, Office 2003, Notepad are the most common programs I run. IE, FireFox and Thunderbird are running at all times. Background programs are Skype, YahooMessenger, CoffeeCup LockBox. AVG free, MalwareBytes free, CCleaner, with AVG running its overview but not its toolbar.

I sometimes notice a program show up when I shut down called "SOUND." It does not usually show in the Windows Task Manager when I hit ctrl/shift/esc. It has been in the Task Manager Applications a few times, however. When shutting down, it flashes so fast, I can't always tell if it is there, but usually I can spot the large square icon announcing it. It doesn't appear to be affecting the operation of the computer.

What is it and should I take steps to get rid of it? Thank you.

Pops

Answer:A background program called SOUND

use process explorer( a free handy program) to track its address and property.

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Hello,
I have a problem with background noise, it's like a "sssssssssssssss" thing.
It only appears when I have a game open, my web browser or any other program.
Here's a list of my sound drivers ^
Gyazo - 6ccee2f5fb6e5535c4d202b35eae61bc.png
Any solutions or suggestions on how to fix the background noise?

EDIT: I just found out that even when my speakers are on 0(or even muted), I still hear the noise.

Answer:Background noise while running any program

Is your microphone maybe set to sensitive(loud) and maybe your getting feedback... happened to me before when I set cortana up in Windows 10TP.

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well i just bought a old computer, installin window xp proff with service pack 2, and then, I dont know what happen,

i just cant seem to load and run any programs anymore... plus i cant have a desktop background...i manage to install some program like spybot, ccleaner and make them run...but it doesnt solve the problem. i need help...

oh and i have an anti-virus its norton internet security plus with the window anti-virus protection....
thank you all for the support.
(sorry for the english, not my first language)

Answer:cant run program/cant load desktop background

Please download Malwarebytes Anti-Malware and save it to your desktop.alternate download link 1alternate download link 2MBAM may "make changes to your registry" as part of its disinfection routine. If using other security programs that detect registry changes (ie Spybot's Teatimer), they may interfere or alert you. Temporarily disable such programs or permit them to allow the changes.Make sure you are connected to the Internet.Double-click on mbam-setup.exe to install the application.When the installation begins, follow the prompts and do not make any changes to default settings.When installation has finished, make sure you leave both of these checked:Update Malwarebytes' Anti-MalwareLaunch Malwarebytes' Anti-MalwareThen click Finish.MBAM will automatically start and you will be asked to update the program before performing a scan.If an update is found, the program will automatically update itself. Press the OK button to close that box and continue.If you encounter any problems while downloading the definition updates, manually download them from here and just double-click on mbam-rules.exe to install.On the Scanner tab:Make sure the "Perform Quick Scan" option is selected.Then click on the Scan button.If asked to select the drives to scan, leave all the drives selected and click on the Start Scan button.The scan will begin and "Scan in progress" will show at the top. It may take some time to complete so please be patient.When the scan is finished, a message box will say "The... Read more

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Hello Seven Forums,

As you can see or maybe not all of my program backgrounds, task other windows in Administrator area everything it seams have changed to white after i ran the 5 step process that runs only on a restart, took about 6 hours to do a 1.5 TB drive, then I checked defrag, only found 1 frgmented so I did not defrag. the desktop looks pretty good but the big thing that sticks out is the task bar being pure white, have re-installed the Nvidia drivers, no change, any ideas. Somehow got back had no go back dates except today at an earlier time, this stated yesterdsy.

Answer:baxic program background suddenly changes

Um I ma having difficulty in keeping up with you JM do you mean the desktop wallpaper or just with personalising the machine as a whole.

If it is the latter go into Control Panel > Display > Personalise > see pic

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Hi.

My computer is running pretty slow. But more importantly, I think there may be a program running in the background all the time. Every few minutes or so a new program pops up on the taskbar. It's just the generic windows blue and white, no name. And i can't click on it. It stays for about 2 seconds and then goes away. I've run anti-virus and various spyware/malware programs and haven't found anything.

Here is my HJT log. Hope you can help me.... thanks.



Logfile of HijackThis v1.99.1
Scan saved at 3:23:53 PM, on 4/6/2007
Platform: Windows XP SP2 (WinNT 5.01.2600)
MSIE: Internet Explorer v7.00 (7.00.6000.16414)

Running processes:
C:\WINDOWS\System32\smss.exe
C:\WINDOWS\system32\winlogon.exe
C:\WINDOWS\system32\services.exe
C:\WINDOWS\system32\lsass.exe
C:\WINDOWS\system32\svchost.exe
C:\WINDOWS\System32\svchost.exe
C:\WINDOWS\Explorer.EXE
C:\Program Files\Common Files\Symantec Shared\ccSetMgr.exe
C:\Program Files\Common Files\Symantec Shared\ccEvtMgr.exe
C:\Program Files\Common Files\Symantec Shared\SNDSrvc.exe
C:\Program Files\Common Files\Symantec Shared\SPBBC\SPBBCSvc.exe
C:\Program Files\Common Files\Symantec Shared\CCPD-LC\symlcsvc.exe
C:\WINDOWS\system32\spoolsv.exe
C:\Program Files\Symantec\LiveUpdate\ALUSchedulerSvc.exe
C:\Program Files\TOSHIBA\ConfigFree\CFSvcs.exe
C:\WINDOWS\System32\DVDRAMSV.exe
C:\Program Files\Norton AntiVirus\navapsvc.exe
C:\Program Files\Norton AntiVirus\IWP\NPFMntor.exe
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Answer:Mysterious program running in background

Hi.

I posted this problem about a week ago and didn't get a response. Gonna try posting again.

I have a mysterious program that seems to be running in the background. It pops up in the task bar about every hour, lasts for a couple seconds then disappears from the taskbar. There is no title and i can't click on it. I think this may have to do with the incredible slowness and random errors on my computer. also, there are a couple of programs when I shut down that I have to "end program" for. I think one of them is called ccApp.

I'd really appreciate is someone can help me. thanks...



here is my HJT log:

Logfile of HijackThis v1.99.1
Scan saved at 2:51:30 PM, on 4/16/2007
Platform: Windows XP SP2 (WinNT 5.01.2600)
MSIE: Internet Explorer v7.00 (7.00.6000.16414)

Running processes:
C:\WINDOWS\System32\smss.exe
C:\WINDOWS\system32\winlogon.exe
C:\WINDOWS\system32\services.exe
C:\WINDOWS\system32\lsass.exe
C:\WINDOWS\system32\svchost.exe
C:\WINDOWS\System32\svchost.exe
C:\Program Files\Common Files\Symantec Shared\ccSetMgr.exe
C:\WINDOWS\Explorer.EXE
C:\Program Files\Common Files\Symantec Shared\ccEvtMgr.exe
C:\Program Files\Common Files\Symantec Shared\SNDSrvc.exe
C:\Program Files\Common Files\Symantec Shared\SPBBC\SPBBCSvc.exe
C:\Program Files\Common Files\Symantec Shared\CCPD-LC\symlcsvc.exe
C:\WINDOWS\system32\spoolsv.exe
C:\Program Files\Symantec\LiveUpdate\ALUSchedulerSvc.exe
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i believe i currently have a program running in the background and was wondering if its doing any harm. my hi-jack this log is as follows:

Deckard's System Scanner v20070905.67
Run by Adam Symons on 2007-09-18 00:10:22
Computer is in Normal Mode.
--------------------------------------------------------------------------------

-- System Restore --------------------------------------------------------------

Successfully created a Deckard's System Scanner Restore Point.


-- Last 3 Restore Point(s) --
3: 2007-09-17 23:10:40 UTC - RP3 - Deckard's System Scanner Restore Point
2: 2007-09-17 22:53:01 UTC - RP2 - Software Distribution Service 3.0
1: 2007-09-17 22:42:02 UTC - RP1 - System Checkpoint


Backed up registry hives.
Performed disk cleanup.



-- HijackThis (run as Adam Symons.exe) -----------------------------------------

Logfile of Trend Micro HijackThis v2.0.2
Scan saved at 12:13:34 AM, on 9/18/2007
Platform: Windows XP SP2 (WinNT 5.01.2600)
MSIE: Internet Explorer v6.00 SP2 (6.00.2900.2180)
Boot mode: Normal

Running processes:
C:\WINDOWS\System32\smss.exe
C:\WINDOWS\system32\winlogon.exe
C:\WINDOWS\system32\services.exe
C:\WINDOWS\system32\lsass.exe
C:\WINDOWS\system32\svchost.exe
C:\WINDOWS\System32\svchost.exe
C:\Program Files\Lavasoft\Ad-Aware 2007\aawservice.exe
C:\WINDOWS\system32\spoolsv.exe
C:\Program Files\Common Files\Apple\Mobile Device Support\bin\AppleMobileDeviceService.exe
C:\PROGRA~1\Grisoft\AVG7\avgamsvr.exe
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Answer:strange program running in background

Please download FixWareoutSave it to the Desktop and run it.
Click Next, then Install, and make sure Run fixit is checked
Click: Finish

The program starts...follow the prompts.
If a security alert appears, allow the program to run.
When asked to reboot the computer, please do.
If the system takes longer than usual to load, this is normal.

When the Desktop loads please post the text that opens: report.txt

~~~~
Next, download ComboFix.exe

Save it to the Desktop

Double-click combofix.exe to run the program
Follow the prompts.
(Don't click on the window while the program is running, it may cause your system to stall.)

When finished, a log, ComboFix.txt, is produced.

~~~~
Now, run HijackThis once again to obtain a new log.

~~~~
Please post the FixWareout report.txt, the ComboFix.txt, and a new HijackThis log in your reply.

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when i go to install any program , it keeps telling me to let the other installer finish? How do I find it and stop it?
 

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I'm trying to find a program that will change my desktop wallpaper using pictures from a folder and it's subfolders. I was using the Windows 7 desktop manager but I just organized the folder of pictures into subfolders and I now cannot change the pictures unless I only use one subfolder.

Any suggestions for a free program that I could use for this? Thanks
 

Answer:Wallpaper/Desktop Background program??

For up to 300 images you can try Bionix-lite free version.Just drag your folder to the playlist and enjoy.
http://www.bionixwallpaper.com/downloads/download.html

or try a better one below!!!!!!!!!!!

http://jamesgart.com/wallpaperchanger/WallpaperMasterV2.16.exe
good luck!!!
 

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Hello, i have been having an issue with music playing the in background, not sure what is causing it, but any help would be greatful... here is my log..
MBRCheck, version 1.2.3
(c) 2010, AD
Command-line:
Windows Version: Windows 7 Home Premium Edition
Windows Information: Service Pack 1 (build 7601), 64-bit
Base Board Manufacturer: FOXCONN
BIOS Manufacturer: American Megatrends Inc.
System Manufacturer: Hewlett-Packard
System Product Name: p6653w
Logical Drives Mask: 0x000127fc
Kernel Drivers (total 171):
0x02E1B000 \SystemRoot\system32\ntoskrnl.exe
0x03403000 \SystemRoot\system32\hal.dll
0x00BA9000 \SystemRoot\system32\kdcom.dll
0x00CCF000 \SystemRoot\system32\mcupdate_AuthenticAMD.dll
0x00CDC000 \SystemRoot\system32\PSHED.dll
0x00CF0000 \SystemRoot\system32\CLFS.SYS
0x00C00000 \SystemRoot\system32\CI.dll
0x00D4E000 \SystemRoot\system32\drivers\Wdf01000.sys
0x00CC0000 \SystemRoot\system32\drivers\WDFLDR.SYS
0x00E9A000 \SystemRoot\system32\drivers\ACPI.sys
0x00EF1000 \SystemRoot\system32\drivers\WMILIB.SYS
0x00EFA000 \SystemRoot\system32\drivers\msisadrv.sys
0x00F04000 \SystemRoot\system32\drivers\pci.sys
0x00F37000 \SystemRoot\system32\drivers\vdrvroot.sys
0x00F44000 \SystemRoot\System32\drivers\partmgr.sys
0x00F59000 \SystemRoot\system32\drivers\volmgr.sys
0x00F6E000 \SystemRoot\System32\drivers\volmgrx.sys
0x00FCA000 \SystemRoot\System32\drivers\mountmgr.sys
0x00FE4000 \SystemRoot\system32\DRIVERS\amdsata.sys
0x00E00000 \SystemRoot\system32\DRIVERS\storport.sys
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Today, I downloaded a StickyNotes program from cnet. It came with instructions for installing and uninstalling it. For whatever reason (aka, it didn't work or open, really), I decided to uninstall it, and I was instructed to delete the files containing the program- which I supposed was logical, considering it didn't show up in the "uninstall a program" section of the Control Panel. Now though, in the Notification Areas Icon drawer-thing, the program StickyNotes.exe is still running. I can't find where it is on my laptop otherwise. How do I get rid of it?
 
Windows 7. (I also currently have 2 working StickyNotes programs on my laptop that I wish to keep)

Answer:Background program still running even though it's been "uninstalled?"

Cnet installs adware with their downloads. You should run the programs below to remove the adware.
 
You can use Revo uninstaller to remove the program you downloaded and installed.
Download Revo Uninstaller Freeware - Free and Full Download - Uninstall software, remove programs, solve uninstall problems
 
download AdwCleaner by Xplode onto your desktop.
Close all open programs and internet browsers.
Double click on adwcleaner.exe to run the tool.
Click on Delete.
Confirm each time with Ok.
You will be prompted to restart your computer. A text file will open after the restart.
Please post the contents of that logfile with your next reply.
You can find the logfile at C:\AdwCleaner[S1].txt as well.
 
download Junkware Removal Tool to your desktop.
Shut down your protection software now to avoid potential conflicts.
Run the tool by double-clicking it. If you are using Windows Vista, 7, or 8; instead of double-clicking, right-mouse click JRT.exe and select "Run as Administrator".
The tool will open and start scanning your system.
Please be patient as this can take a while to complete depending on your system's specifications.
On completion, a log (JRT.txt) is saved to your desktop and will automatically open.
Post the contents of JRT.txt into your next message.
Run the ESET Online Scanner.
Hold down Control and click on this link to open ESET OnlineScan in a new window.
Click the button.
For alternate browsers only: (Microsoft Internet Explorer users can skip thes... Read more

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Hi all, even if the icons and texts on the desktop are ok, if I open quite any program on my PC the windows show really small and messed icons and microscopic text so they are anusable.I attach some picture to explain better what I mean.I tried all my best to change any Win10 visual parameters, with no success.Any fast info is REALLY appreciated, thanks! MZ 

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On this page <_ http://www.bleepingcomputer.com/forums/t/407147/answers-to-common-security-questions-best-practices/ _> I see this sentence: “Even if one of them is disabled for use as a stand-alone on demand scanner, it can affect the other and cause conflicts.”  The antecedent for "one of them" is "anti-virus program".
 
 I would like to ask if the author, or anyone, has a link to a published paper (or papers) that shows test results that outline the above sentence.
 
I'm not new to the Net, hardware, software, or security and have read many times about two active anti-virus products running simultaneously being a danger, and I have always taken that as true without asking for specific research papers on that point, but this one of an inactive product conflicting with an active product (anti-virus product, that is) — the concept/idea/contention that an inactive anti-virus product conflicting with an active anti-virus product I would like to see supported by research.  I have to assume that somebody has done the testing or research and I have been looking very hard for such, but so far have come up with no results.  Now I'm starting to ask around.
 
Thank you for your attention to my question, and I chose this forum because of the part in the title "Protection Methods".  If I erred in my choice of forum, please excuse me.
 

Answer:Inactive Anti-virus Program Conflicts with Active One

Hello ManyQs and Welcome -
I am not the author of the article, but I can quote one line, that from memory is from AVG or avast! -
 
Antivirus programs must install their drivers deep into the operating system for them to be effective... so even disabled antivirus programs can and will affect others that are installed.
 
If you read the reasoning behind loading installed drivers, this alone can also cause problems, and this is why we make sure you use the correct tool to remove all drivers from old Antivirus programs.
 
Also if you have more than one Antivirus installed, it is of no use unless it has been fully Updated, and to do this you would need to fully disable or uninstall the other program.
 
Online Antivirus scanners do not need to install in the same manner, since you install only half a program and the drivers are no longer active when the program has completd its job.
 
I do hope that this in some small way offers at least a part answer to your question -
 
Thank You for your question -
 
Please, do post back if you wish for more information, and you are more than welcomed at this forum -

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Hello all,

I have been experiencing some window focus loss and it's especially noticeable while gaming.
I would be gaming and then I would lose focus on the game and have to click back in manually.

Sometimes it doesn't happen but then sometimes it occurs very often within 10 seconds apart.

I ran Malwarebyte and window defender and came back empty. It has to be some external program that is making windows lose focus but I can't seem to find what it is. I thought it was pingzapper so i removed it but the problem still occurs.

I did have some Malware previously that made utorrent not work and mute my mic but those have been removed.

PS note: I would also hear the windows chime from time to time but have nothing on the screen shows up.

Any help is appreciated.

Thanks,

Nataku

Answer:Active program Window Losing Focus Issue

FYI.

I have already tried disabling windows error reporting and disabling windows for checking solutions but still the problem persisted.

I don't have any wireless programs either which sometimes causes these problems.

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Stick with me here and read the whole thing before responding, por favor.

I use Meedio to watch and record TV programs. When you initially start the program, meedio.exe appears in the task manager. When you close the program, meedio.exe continues running in the background (ie. Itís still in the task manager even though Iíve closed it). [side note: If you restart the program again, it still has to load the program and usually opens another instance of meedio.exe in the task manager (which tends to cause stability problems).] When you restart the computer, itís no longer running in the background.

So hereís the problem. When you schedule a recording, meedio.exe must be running in the background to record the program. If you have a TV show schedule to record Friday evening and you restart the PC Friday morning, it wonít record the show unless you remembered to reopen and close Meedio after the reboot.

Now I know I could just drop my Meedio shortcut in the ďstartupĒ folder, but this opens the whole program (which takes a little time to load) at every startup. I just want to run the background service at startup. Itís not listed in the ďservicesĒ list either.

Any ideas?
 

Answer:How do make a background program startup at boot?

It's up to whoever makes the software to provide the option. So if it was there, you would put a shortcut that for example says "meedio.exe /minimized". But if it's there and what you'd put after the slash is determined by them.
 

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Hi, I'm not sure how to describe this except to say that I have something running on my computer that I'm not sure what it is or how it got there. It comes through my speakers....sometimes it's talking, sounds like radio or TV commercials. Sometimes it's music; sometimes it sounds like a bunch of people talking in the background, the way it might sound in a restaurant...? Might I also say that this is at random times and not all the time. I use Windows Media Player mainly for my music and when this whatever it is comes on, I just have to turn off my speakers until it stops. I need help! I have no idea what program it is or how it is doing this.

Answer:program running in background causing problems

Are you surfing the internet when this happens?Don't double post.

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Hi! I would like to ask if how can I know if a software/program is connecting to internet in the background? I
 

Answer:Question: How to know if a program is connecting to internet in the background?

By installing a 3rd party firewall.
 

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Hi,
I have Windows 7 installed on my client's laptop computer. This computer formerly belonged to my clients son, and had a previous version of Windows on it. There are 3 different logins, but I do have access to the administrator login.

When I try to shut down windows, the computer hangs on "shutting down", and then I have to manually turn it off. When I turn on the computer, I always get the 'windows did not shut down properly' screen.

Once, when an update was installed and subsquently tried to reboot the computer, I received the error 'program running in the background, force shutdown?'

I don't see any programs in the task manager, so how do I go about finding out what this program is, and turning it off?
 

Answer:Can't shut down Windows 7 background program running

Without admin access, you can't change much. You can try re-installing fresh copy of windows or restoring it to factor state if it's a Dell or HP or something similar.
 

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Hi, I'll try to be short, since it's strange and hard to explain.

Had windows 8.1, upgraded to Windows 10, everything normal.
After a few months, one program I use for a long time started giving me problems - plays.tv.
It''s a client app that allows recording of in-game footage for gamers. The problem I started experiencing was that whenever I clicked the shortcut or the exe of plays.tv, instead of opening the program window, nothing would happend. Upon clicking again after a while, I would get the usual "The program is already running". So, checking the task manager I could see there was indeed a process open for it. But nothing I could do would make it show up, there's not even an icon in the task bar. So, only solution would be to end the process in the task manager and restart again. Usually at the second attempt it starts normally. Not always.
Now, this problem started hapening rarely, to occasionally, to frequently, to always. And soon, it was affecting also another program, also related to video recording - OBS Studio. They didn't start at the same time, OBS just started more recently. Contacted support for plays.tv, they never seen anything like it.
Now, the most recent windows update changed the display a bit for the the task manager. So now when that happends, I can clearly see that the processes are indeed running in the task manager, but not in the apps tab where they were supposed to be, the process will be in the background processes instead.

Th... Read more

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Specifically, Celtx, a free screenwriting word processor. I'm getting eyestrain from staring at its white screen all day, and it has no background color change options.

I've tried brightness/contrast/etc settings for my monitor and for the NVIDIA control panel, but they hardly affect whites at all. Windows appearance settings (i.e. colors for backgrounds, scrollbars, highlighted icons, etc.) don't affect Celtx either.

Right now I'm using F.lux, a lovely program that darkens the monitor based on the time of day, but I'm looking for a way to darken a single program instead of my entire display. Maybe there's some other third-party program/hack that does what I'm looking for?

Thanks

Answer:How do I change an obscure program's background color?

If it's using a standard windows window template for the application (which 99% of everything does)
the only way to change it is to actually change the color scheme for your windows.
This gets tricky though as all text is black in windows by default, and menus, message boxes, and many other things will have to be changed so you can still read system text.

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How do I set Windows background colors like those used in a text box? I want to change from white to a medium blue, so that when I am using a word processing program, I can set it to use Windows colors and thus have a blue background.

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Hi, I'll try to be short, since it's strange and hard to explain.

Had windows 8.1, upgraded to Windows 10, everything normal.
After a few months, one program I use for a long time started giving me problems - plays.tv.
It''s a client app that allows recording of in-game footage for gamers. The problem I started experiencing was that whenever I clicked the shortcut or the exe of plays.tv, instead of opening the program window, nothing would happend. Upon clicking again after a while, I would get the usual "The program is already running". So, checking the task manager I could see there was indeed a process open for it. But nothing I could do would make it show up, there's not even an icon in the task bar. So, only solution would be to end the process in the task manager and restart again. Usually at the second attempt it starts normally. Not always.
Now, this problem started hapening rarely, to occasionally, to frequently, to always. And soon, it was affecting also another program, also related to video recording - OBS Studio. They didn't start at the same time, OBS just started more recently. Contacted support for plays.tv, they never seen anything like it.
Now, the most recent windows update changed the display a bit for the the task manager. So now when that happends, I can clearly see that the processes are indeed running in the task manager, but not in the apps tab where they were supposed to be, the process will be in the background processes instead.

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In the last few weeks ,whenever I shut down my PC, I always get a message to the effect that a background program is preventing shutdown and do I want to force shutdown.
I allow the PC to shut down (normally only a few extra seconds) but I'd like to find out which background program is being referred to so I can disable it if necessary.
Do members know how I can establish which programs are running in the background and which of those may be unnecessary?
This message has started appearing since I had the Nvidia video driver updated. Might this be the culprit?
I'm running Windows 7.

Answer:Background program prevents Windows shutdown

Hi I have exactly the same problem but have not altered my laptop in any way at all.
Am also on windows 7

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i feel like i have a unknown program or something is running in the background. this started about 2 days ago. i am not too sure too but the little blue light is flashing off and on like crazy. anyone know what is going on? please help. thank you
 

Answer:Solved: unknown program running the the background

Is it in the middle of your screen? try to check by pressing ctrl+alt+del, task manager under applications. Check the status of running application. Try close all by choose end task.
 

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My second post (I apologise for the previous post, wasn't reading correctly).

Basically there's this weird program running and I can't seem to kill the process. I downloaded a keylogger INTENTIONALLY, and I can't find a way to remove it. It hasn't caused any damage so far (hopefully), so I would like to have some assistance in removing the program.

I found a process running as denoted by the DDS log (was waiting for malware scan to finish), and it definitely looks out of place as I don't recall having installed that program (C:\Program Files\Vzumqeatmyqcw\hjniaes.exe). Trying to locate the program by the directory did not work, as it did not exist.

Also, Firefox seems to crash for no apparent reason (showing the technical problem dumprep from windows) or whenever I tend to visit a website or search for Spy ware Doctor (intentionally spaced just in case I cant visit this thread again). Could it be that I need to update Firefox? Technical report states an error with msvcr80.dll.

Here is the log :
DDS (Ver_09-01-19.01) - NTFSx86
Run by user at 13:57:52.75 on Tue 01/27/2009
Internet Explorer: 6.0.2900.2180 BrowserJavaVersion: 1.6.0_11
Microsoft Windows XP Professional 5.1.2600.2.1252.1.1033.18.1023.564 [GMT 8:00]

AV: AVG Anti-Virus Free *On-access scanning enabled* (Updated)

============== Running Processes ===============

C:\WINDOWS\system32\svchost -k DcomLaunch
svchost.exe
C:\WINDOWS\System32\svchost.exe -k netsvcs
svcho... Read more

Answer:Weird Program Running in Background/FF problems

Hello. I am PropagandaPanda (Panda or PP for short), and I will be helping you with your log.Please tell me what program you installed.I apologize for the delay in response. We get overwhelmed with logs at times, but we are trying our best to keep up. If you have since resolved the original problem you were having, we would appreciate you letting us know. If not please perform the following so I can have a look at the current condition of your machine.You may want to keep the link to this topic in your favourites. Alternatively, you can click the button at the top bar of this topic and Track this Topic, where you can choose email notifications. The topics you are tracking are shown here.Download and Run ATFCleanerPlease download ATF Cleaner by Atribune. This program will clear out temporary files before we run OTScanIt. You will likely be logged out of the forum where you are recieving help.This program is for XP and Windows 2000 only.Double-click ATF-Cleaner.exe to run the program.Under Main Select Files to Delete choose: Select All.Click the Empty Selected button.If you use any other browsers, select them appropriately from the top and empty all items.Download and Run OTScanItDownload OTScanIt by OldTimer to your Desktop and double-click on it to extract the files. It will create a folder named OTScanIt on your desktop.Open the OTScanIt folder and double-click on OTScanIt.exe to start the program. If you are running on Vista then right-click the program and choose Run as A... Read more

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Any ideas on how to tweak the colour of the menu background of W7 applications?

To be specific - as I'm not sure of the correct name - I'm talking about the pale blue colour which appears behind "File Edit View History " on Firefox (and other programs), below the title header. It is used as the unselected tab background too.

I don't like it!

I want this colour to appear uniformly grey, as in XP, and without the light slim horizontal embellishment cutting through the words.

Thanks!

Answer:How do I change the basic program background colour?

Why don't you just download a skin for it, there are skins called XP on Vista and it should be exactly what you are looking for.

https://addons.mozilla.org/en-US/firefox/addon/7119

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I have a bunch of audio tracks from a set of shows and I want to filter out the background noise of people screaming and talking ... is there a program that will help me get rid of that noise and be able to focus on the music instead??

I'm a total newbie when it comes to audio software but am a very fast learner.

Will appreciate any suggestions.

Please and Thank you?
 

Answer:Program To Remove Background Noise In Audio Track?

There is an open source program called audacity that may work for you:

http://audacity.sourceforge.net/about/features
 

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Is there a way of killing a process automaticaly when launching a program.
For example when launching a game, kill the anti-virus/spyware checker etc...

Or a program to kill several processes in one go?
 

Answer:Kill background process's automaticaly when launching a program.

You could write up a batch file that uses taskkill (or taskill) to end the process and then have it kick off the game's exe file.

If you need to kill AV or Anti-Spyware software just to run a game, perhaps it's time for a computer upgrade? I have MS Anti-Spyware and Symantec Corporate AV running, and doesn't affect the performance of my system in any game.
 

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I downloaded some program I thought was necessary to watch streaming video from a website, and ever since then my computer has been seriously infested with malware. I've run several programs removing them but they always keep coming back -

there's some program that seems to access and maybe download malware from different sites. Randomly when I do a google search or go to a website I'll get a popup that warns me of unauthorized connection attempted to some website that's known to distribute or infest with malware (always a different site)

Please help if you can - thank you so much
 

Answer:Background program downloading/accessing sites and malware

1. Important Notice: A new version of SUPERAntiSpyware is available.

Please uninstall your current version (this is necessary).
Then download this SUPERAntiSpyware
Install this new version. It may tell you that you need to reboot to complete the installation. You must reboot at this time.
After the reboot, run SUPERAntiSpyware and immediately click the Check for Updates button to get more updates for the database.
Now run a new full scan of your system. And attach this log later.


2. If you do not use Windows Messenger Run this Disable/Remove Windows Messenger to remove Windows Messenger. Do not confuse Windows Messenger with MSN Messenger because they are not the same. Windows Messenger is a frequent cause of popups.

3. Please disable all anti-virus and anti-spyware programs while we do the following (re-enable when you are finished):

Run C:\MGtools\analyse.exe by double clicking on it (Note: if using Vista, don't double click, use right click and select Run As Administrator). This is really HijackThis (select Do a system scan only) and select the following lines but DO NOT CLICK FIX until you exit all browser sessions including the one you are reading in right now:


O2 - BHO: (no name) - {5C255C8A-E604-49b4-9D64-90988571CECB} - (no file)
O4 - HKLM\..\Run: [UserFaultCheck] %systemroot%\system32\dumprep 0 -u
O4 - HKLM\..\Run: [KernelFaultCheck] %systemroot%\system32\dumprep 0 -k
O4 - Startup: LimeWire On Startup.lnk = C:\Program ... Read more

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Someone is using my internet connection to upload and download data. I usually use perhaps 10 GB of internet usage per month on average, but for the last couple of months, my connection has been racking up 40 plus GB's, and I have to pay extra for it. I've disabled every program I can detect that isnt necessary, and I've run both SuperAntiSpyware and Malwarebyte Anti Malware programs as well as my own Bit Defender Anti Virus program in deep, full system scans to try to detect the cause, but they all come up with a clean report. I am attaching a HiJackThis log from a scan I took yesterday for your perusal and also an "Activity scan" I completed from advice on another source. This is driving me nuts! Sure hope someone can help me get to the bottom of it.
 

Answer:unknown program running in background using up my internet allowance

Do you use a router? Perhaps you have not secured it correctly. (Not topic for this forum, but you could further discuss it in the software forum)

To completely check for any malware, we ask that you do slightly more than you have done: READ & RUN ME FIRST. Malware Removal Guide
 

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Hi, I am not sure exactly when this started to occur, but I recently downloaded Daemon tools from download.cnet.com; thinking it was a safe site. And immediately after running the program - it changed my startup webpage and added a bunch of toolbars. I forgot the name of the website and toolbars when I installed them. And then I started to get random messages saying that "A serious error has been detected and Adobe Acrobat 8 Standard cannot continue. Please reinstall the application and try again" even though adobe was working fine. Multiple messages came up, but I just clicked OK and didn't reinstall it. I also just installed 2 pirated games (i know, really bad), and then I restarted my computer. Adaware pops up a message saying it detects a malicious program running in the background and will start a scan. So here is the DDS log. Thank you for the help and msg me if you need anything. 
 
 
DDS (Ver_2012-11-20.01) - NTFS_AMD64 
Internet Explorer: 9.0.8112.16476  BrowserJavaVersion: 10.9.2
Run by Vincent Lee at 0:51:29 on 2013-04-14
Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium   6.1.7601.1.1252.1.1033.18.4073.1104 [GMT -4:00]
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AV: Lavasoft Ad-Watch Live! Anti-Virus *Enabled/Updated* {9FF26384-70D4-CE6B-3ECB-E759A6A40116}
AV: Symantec Endpoint Protection *Enabled/Updated* {63DF5164-9100-186D-2187-8DC619EFD8BF}
AV: AVG Anti-Virus Free Edition 2012 *Enabled/Updated* {5A2746B1-DEE9-F85A-FBCD-ADB11639C5F0}
SP: AVG Anti-Virus Free Edition 2012... Read more

Answer:Malicious Program running in background picked up by Ad-aware

Hello xadorus I would like to welcome you to the Malware Removal section of the forum.Around here they call me Gringo and I will be glad to help you with your malware problems.Very Important --> Please read this post completely, I have spent my time to put together somethings for you to keep in mind while I am helping you to make things go easier, faster and smoother for both of us!Please do not run any tools unless instructed to do so.We ask you to run different tools in a specific order to ensure the malware is completely removed from your machine, and running any additional tools may detect false positives, interfere with our tools, or cause unforeseen damage or system instability.Please do not attach logs or use code boxes, just copy and paste the text.Due to the high volume of logs we receive it helps to receive everything in the same format, and code boxes make the logs very difficult to read. Also, attachments require us to download and open the reports when it is easier to just read the reports in your post.Please read every post completely before doing anything.Pay special attention to the NOTE: lines, these entries identify an individual issue or important step in the cleanup process.Please provide feedback about your experience as we go.A short statement describing how the computer is working helps us understand where to go next, for example: I am still getting redirected, the computer is running normally, etc. Please do not describe the computer as "the same",... Read more

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Hello!
I have no idea what is the problem is it. That is why I only attach a sreenshot of my desktop. If anyone knows what is going on please let me know. Thanks in advance.
 
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I have a simple program which doesnt require any administrations rights or anything to run.I know the method to autostart it; placing shortcut in startup menu. I want it, after the autostart, to go in system tray or run in background. I dont want it to pop up when windows start.message edited by amidoini

Answer:Program autostart and hide to system tray, or background.

AutoHotkey should do it, as given. Shortcuts to exe files do not produce the command screen (minimised or not) that you get with batch files. You won't see it anywhere.It is very easy to do, just a couple of mouse clicks then use the exe instead:http://www.autohotkey.com/See either item 1 or 2 here:http://www.autohotkey.com/docs/Scri...Always pop back and let us know the outcome - thanksmessage edited by Derek

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