Monday, February 13, 2006

Why do programs...

Why do programs install bits of themselves to run during startup.  I hate that – every time I upgrade something or install a new application – I have to seek out and destroy their little startup bits.  

Case in point, Adobe reader just informed me that there was a patch while I was reading some documentation.  Great, downloaded – installed patch.

Now the Adobe “fast startup” program is part of my startup.  Adobe would appear to be “faster” – at the expense of my machine startup time, memory, whatever.  I hate those little bits that infest my machine over time.

I have for a long time used a little shareware program ‘autoruns” to track down these beasts and zap them.  At least the anti-spyware I’m running informs me ever time some application injects their startup stuff into my registry.  That way I can eradicate them no problem.

Also, why the heck would I need to reboot after patching Adobe?  That just doesn’t make sense – yet it wanted to do just that.  Thankfully it asked me first.  

Oh well, random rant of the day.
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16 Comments:

Anonymous Anonymous said....

You can use msconfig to view and disable those annoying startup apps. I was amazed at all the crap that was starting when I booted my machine.

Mon Feb 13, 10:18:00 AM EST  

Blogger Rjamya said....

Another thing that is handy on winders platform is one utility that is embedded inside "spybot sd". It it called tea timer, a resident program, but intercepts all registry changes and let's you decide if that change should be made. Very handy in cases like 'Real Player', which everytime you invoke insists on checking and making registry entry for its schedular program to run on startup.

BTW Adobe Acrobat reader upgrades used to insist on installing Yahoo Toolbar ... maybe they stopped.

Tea Timer is very very handy IMO.
Raj

Mon Feb 13, 11:09:00 AM EST  

Anonymous Bob Rochford said....

I always love when Acrobat tries to insatll the yahoo bar by default.

Also, and fyi for the antispyware users on corruption of norton anti-virus:
http://it.slashdot.org/article.pl?sid=06/02/11/2259232

-Bob

Mon Feb 13, 11:17:00 AM EST  

Anonymous Harry Li said....

Speaking of Adobe reader, I really don't like it. Getting bigger and bigger after each relese and costing too much memory.
I already abondoned that monster and switched to FoxitReader. Much smaller and faster. Tom, you got to try it.

Mon Feb 13, 01:36:00 PM EST  

Anonymous Anonymous said....

Raj,
Please feel free to post a link for the tea timer that you were mentioning

Thanks

Mon Feb 13, 02:46:00 PM EST  

Blogger Niall said....

my favourite linux moment, coming from an windows background.
"Yep to install that game we'll need you to recompile the kernel to a current version",
"what really?"
"well yes if you want sound, 3d graphics and the game to be playable"
"so I have to compile a 3rd party driver into my kernel to play a game?"
"yes"
"and linux is more stable and performant than windows"
"oh yes, how could you imagine otherwise?"

I was so tempted to say that I was a child and my parents had the root password.

Mon Feb 13, 05:15:00 PM EST  

Blogger Thomas Kyte said....

why would you play games on a perfectly good linux machine? I thought they were for databases.

I didn't even know you could play games on a database server.

:)

Mon Feb 13, 05:25:00 PM EST  

Blogger Doug Porter said....

Autoruns available Here from Sysinternals.com

Mon Feb 13, 07:52:00 PM EST  

Blogger Roderick said....

I always thought it was bit rot that causes my laptop to feel slower over time. :-)
Even after disabling all the startup items, it still takes longer to boot Windows than it did when the laptop first arrived. Other than after installing software programs (with the biggest impact probably coming from antivirus software), the degradations do seem to correlate with monthly windows updates.

Mon Feb 13, 07:57:00 PM EST  

Anonymous Anonymous said....

go to download.com and get 'startup manager'. Its free.

you can turnoff startups at the click of a button.

Ryan

Mon Feb 13, 08:37:00 PM EST  

Anonymous Anonymous said....

Hello

May you are using wrong operating system ;) There are alternatives... and some of those are quite good.

Tue Feb 14, 02:14:00 AM EST  

Blogger yas said....

Harry Li said....
I already abondoned that monster and switched to FoxitReader. Much smaller and faster. Tom, you got to try it.

Definitely. FoxitReader is just a small exe file and does the job well. I do not open Adobe anymore.

Tue Feb 14, 02:32:00 AM EST  

Anonymous Leo Mannhart said....

I didn't even know you could play games on a database server.


I always thought playing with the database server IS the game.
:)

Tue Feb 14, 03:04:00 AM EST  

Blogger Stephen Booth said....

I didn't even know you could play games on a database server.

Wasn't it Forms 4.5 that came with a chess game as a demo?

Stephen

Tue Feb 14, 03:38:00 AM EST  

Anonymous Anonymous said....

Please feel free to post a link for the tea timer that you were mentioning

TeaTimer is part of "Spybot - Search & Destroy" (the link points to the English download page; there is support for multiple languages).

One of the pages during the installation process has a check-off labeled "Use system settings protection (TeaTimer)".

I've used it in the past, but found that occasionally I was getting dunned by "nag" messages when various applications needed to make Registry updates. Your results may vary.

Enjoy!

Bob Shepard

Tue Feb 14, 10:30:00 AM EST  

Anonymous Anonymous said....

Don't know if you'd be interested, but here's a tool that will tell you if you REALLY need to reboot after installing an application . . . Why Reboot

Fri Feb 24, 02:42:00 PM EST  

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