Windows 10: Computer tries to start program that's no longer installed. Solved

  1.    08 Sep 2016 #1

    Computer tries to start program that's no longer installed.


    First off, I want to say that this is not a problem, but only an annoyance.

    After upgrading from Win 7 to Win 10 on my sister-in-law's laptop, the computer tries to start up this program about every 2 minutes:
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    As you can see, it is no longer installed, so maybe it was a toolbar or some such that was attached to Internet Explorer, and was abandoned with the upgrade. I really don't know. That path no longer exists. I suspect that it's calling some kind of malware. I have done deep scans with both Windows Defender (lots of malware found) then Malwarebytes (no malware found) I have been unable to find where this program is being called from. It's not being called with the normal startup programs and I've looked at the start up programs called up from the registry (using regedit32) also, but I suspect it is indeed being called from the registry and there is probably more than one place to look, but I don't know where that is.
    If anyone has some insight into how to get rid of this annoyance, I would really appreciate any advice. Thanks in advance.
      My ComputerSystem Spec

  2.    08 Sep 2016 #2

    Welcome to the forum. Check to see if it's running as a task
      My ComputerSystem Spec


  3. Posts : 3,305
    10 Home x64 (1703) (10 Pro on 2nd pc)
       08 Sep 2016 #3

    Autoruns from the Microsoft Sysinternals suite can be used to remove this.
    Instructions on using for this type of problem here:
    http://answers.microsoft.com/en-us/p...a-d02161d8bc19
      My ComputersSystem Spec


  4. Posts : 25,184
    Triple boot - Win 10 Pro, Win 10 Pro Insider (2) - (and a sprinkling of VMs)
       08 Sep 2016 #4

    Bree said: View Post
    Autoruns from the Microsoft Sysinternals suite can be used to remove this.
    Instructions on using for this type of problem here:
    http://answers.microsoft.com/en-us/p...a-d02161d8bc19
    Just a quick add.... AUTORUNS must be executed with Admin Privileges or it will error. TC
      My ComputersSystem Spec

  5.    08 Sep 2016 #5

    Samuria said: View Post
    Welcome to the forum. Check to see if it's running as a task
    Correction:

    Yes! You were exactly right!

    Thanks for the welcome as well as the quick reply. I checked the task scheduler with the help of Microsoft Sysinternals, as suggested by Bree, and was able to delete this as well as other tasks that were pointing to items that were no longer installed. Thanks for the suggestion. Spot on!
    Last edited by Asymmetric; 08 Sep 2016 at 16:25.
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  6. Posts : 25,184
    Triple boot - Win 10 Pro, Win 10 Pro Insider (2) - (and a sprinkling of VMs)
       08 Sep 2016 #6

    Asymmetric said: View Post
    Thanks for the welcome as well as the quick reply. I checked the tasks and this is not one of them. Next, I'm going to install Microsoft Sysinternals, as suggested by Bree. This looks promising.
    You really don't need the entire suite, just Autoruns.


    Autoruns for Windows
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  7.    08 Sep 2016 #7

    Bree said: View Post
    Autoruns from the Microsoft Sysinternals suite can be used to remove this.
    Instructions on using for this type of problem here:
    http://answers.microsoft.com/en-us/p...a-d02161d8bc19
    Thanks for the suggestion! It worked fantastically, as you knew it would.
      My ComputerSystem Spec

  8.    08 Sep 2016 #8

    f14tomcat said: View Post
    You really don't need the entire suite, just Autoruns.


    Autoruns for Windows

    Thank you for your suggestions. It never hurts to have fun tools to play with.
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  9. Posts : 25,184
    Triple boot - Win 10 Pro, Win 10 Pro Insider (2) - (and a sprinkling of VMs)
       08 Sep 2016 #9

    Asymmetric said: View Post
    Thank you for your suggestions. It never hurts to have fun tools to play with.
    You like fun tools? This makes a breeze out of installing suites of progs that come in ZIP format. Or any prog that comes as a ZIP. Does all the hard work for you. Been using it for years.


    http://www.nirsoft.net/utils/zipinst.html
      My ComputersSystem Spec

  10.    08 Sep 2016 #10

    f14tomcat said: View Post
    You like fun tools? This makes a breeze out of installing suites of progs that come in ZIP format. Or any prog that comes as a ZIP. Does all the hard work for you. Been using it for years.


    http://www.nirsoft.net/utils/zipinst.html
    Thanks, I'll give it a shot.
      My ComputerSystem Spec


 

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