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What do the programs do????

Does anyone know of a good (and inexpensive) utility that can tell you what programs are running on your PC and what they do? I'm so tired of seeing all these random files that I suspect of being malicious, without really knowing for sure. I have Webroot Spy Sweeper and SpyBot S&D but there are still things that are running on my system that I'd like to know about.

Any help?


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Sure can and it is free...

In reply to: What do the programs do????

Follow the link below and download Process Explorer by Mark Russinovich of System Internals.

He has been writing tools for Windows for years.

Be sure that you download the proper file for YOUR Operating System (which you seem to have felt was not important enough to mention). If you get a message about missing symbols just ignore it as it is not important for your purposes. You can right click on the column headings and add additional info columns for viewing.


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If you're runnning XP then you can.....

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check out a site called: Blackviper.com (Goggle it) as he has a start up list which describes many progs running in background and whether necessary.

If you're running 95/98/ME then try a site called : Pacmansportal .com (out of England ) who runs a pretty extensive start-up list and also describes them along with necessity of them running all the time.

Your Spybot has a tool for "system startup" which lists start up items running and allows you to turn them off or on by checking/unchecking each items box and on far right side gives a breif description of each.

Good Luck! Happy

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and if you are running Linux

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then go to our Linux forum.

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Tobeach wrote:

Your Spybot has a tool for "system startup" which lists start up items running and allows you to turn them off or on by checking/unchecking each items box and on far right side gives a breif description of each.

I knew about the SB "system startup", but could someone explain to me the significance of the red, yellow and green highlighing of some of the programs?


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(NT) (NT) Start a new thread please.

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I do not understand...

In reply to: (NT) Start a new thread please.

The initial question was asking what programs do. I assumed that this was not only due to inquisitiveness but also a fear that some of the programs might be malicious. I also assumed that the colour coding of programs in SB S&D gives us further indication of the special nature of the highlighted items, thus whether they are desirable or not. Hence the question under this heading.

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Hi Basil

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I'm not sure where you are talking about as far as the "red, yellow and green highlighing of some of the programs". If something is found in a scan itself this is what it says in the Spybot Help file.(everything that is bold is a copy and paste from the Spybot help file)

If the scan has found something, the list will show it. There are two basic kinds of results:

Red entries indicate spyware problems that should be fixed to avoid security and/or privacy problems. This is the only kind of problem that is preselected to be fixed.

Green entries indicate usage tracks. It can do no harm to remove these

As far as startup entires, they are either regular black print or black print that is bold which is explained here.
System startup
This tool lists all programs that are started at Windows startup. If those items are in the database coming with Spybot-S&D, it will display some more information about them. It also allows you to disable (and enable) items, as well as delete them, change them or insert new items.

On Windows 9x and ME, the user has full access to this list. On Windows NT/2000/XP, the list will display the global and the current user entries. For some functions like seeing all entries or even changing some, the user may need admin or power user rights.

New feature added in version 1.3: entries that have changed since the last snapshot (the first snapshot is created when you started Spybot-S&D for the first time, later on you can create snapshots by right-clicking the list and selecting the corresponding menu item) are displayed in bold letters. This allows you to see changes to the list at once.

I hope this answers some questions.

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Thanks Roddy

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I will explain in detail. I have SB 1.3.1 TX.
Using "Advanced mode" I access "system startup". In the list all HK_LM:RUN entries are highlighted green or yellow.

AVG,PrevX, Zonelabs are all green.
MS AntiSpy, Internet Sweeper, Sound man,VT Timer all yellow.

One item HK_CU:RUN ctfmon.exe (WIND.SYST. 32) is red.

All the rest are on the normal white background.

Changes are indicated by the black lettering being bold, as normal.

Is this just a querk of my SB or do others have it?

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It must be a quirk Basil because

In reply to: Thanks Roddy

I have exactly the same version and all mine are in "system startup" are either regular black or bold if they have been changed just like it says in the help file. I don't know why yours are colored although I don't think you have anything to worry about.

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