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Disable Unnecessary Services
Because Windows XP has to be all things to all people it has many services running that take up system resources that you will never need. Below is a list of services that can be disabled on most machines:
 

  • Alerter
  • Clipbook
  • Computer Browser
  • Distributed Link Tracking Client
  • Fast User Switching
  • Help and Support - (If you use Windows Help and Support leave this enabled)
  • Human Interface Access Devices
  • Indexing Service
  • IPSEC Services
  • Messenger
  • Netmeeting Remote Desktop Sharing (disabled for extra security)
  • Portable Media Serial Number
  • Remote Desktop Help Session Manager (disabled for extra security)
  • Remote Procedure Call Locator
  • Remote Registry (disabled for extra security)
  • Remote Registry Service
  • Secondary Logon
  • Routing & Remote Access (disabled for extra security)
  • Server
  • SSDP Discovery Service - (Unplug n’ Pray will disable this)
  • Telnet
  • TCP/IP NetBIOS Helper
  • Upload Manager
  • Universal Plug and Play Device Host
  • Windows Time
  • Wireless Zero Configuration (Do not disable if you use a wireless network)
  • Workstation

To disable these services:

  1. Go to Start and then Run and type “services.msc”
  2. Doubleclick on the service you want to change
  3. Change the startup type to ‘Disable”

 

Constantly running in the background of XP are services--processes that help the operating system run or that provide support to applications. Many of these services launch automatically at start-up. While you need many of them, some are not required, and they can slow down your system when they run in the background.

You can disable services at start-up by using the system configuration utility, similar to the way that you halt programs from running at start-up, except that you use the Services tab instead of the Startup tab. But the system configuration utility doesn't necessarily list every service that launches on start-up. A bigger problem is that disabling services is more of shot in the dark than disabling programs. When you disable a program, you can get a sense of what the program does. But when you disable a service through the system configuration utility, there's often no way to know what it does.
 
  • A better way of disabling services at start-up is via the Services computer-management console. Run it by typing services.msc at the command prompt. The Services computer-management console includes a description of all services so that you can know ahead of time whether a particular service is one you want to turn off. It also lets you pause the service so that you can test your machine and see whether that service is needed.

     
  • After you run the console, click the Extended tab. This view will show you a description of each service in the left pane when you highlight the service. The Startup Type column shows you which services launch on start-up--any with Automatic in that field. Click that column to sort together all the services that automatically launch on start-up. Then highlight each of those services and read the descriptions.

     
  • When you find a service you want to disable, right-click it and choose Properties. In the Properties dialog box that appears, choose Manual from the Startup Type drop-down list. The service won't start automatically from now on, but you can start it manually via the console. If you want the service disabled so that it can't be run, choose Disabled. To test the results, turn off any services that you don't want to run by clicking Stop The Service in the left pane, or by right-clicking the service and choosing Stop.

     
Here is a list of some common services you might want to stop from running at start-up. 
 
Service What it does
Portable Media Serial Number Retrieves the serial number of a portable music player attached to your PC.
Task Scheduler Schedules unattended tasks to be run. If you don't schedule any unattended tasks, turn it off.
Uninterruptible Power Supply Manages an Uninterruptible Power Supply (UPS) connected to your PC.
Automatic Updates Automatically checks for Windows updates. (You can check manually by going to http://windowsupdate.microsoft.com/.)
Telnet (service available on XP Pro only) Allows a remote user to log in to your computer and run programs. (This will not be found on all versions of XP Pro.)
Wireless Zero Configuration Service Automatically configures a Wi-Fi (802.11) network card. Disable this only if you're not using a Wi-Fi network card.

 

 


 

 

Processes Status TYPE DESCRIPTION Recommendation Check Status
         
00stthk.exe acKeep Non-essential 000stthk.exe is a process installed alongside Toshiba Notebooks and provides additional configuration options for these devices. This program is a non-essential process, but should not be terminated unless suspected to be causing problems. Check that 000stthk.exe is stable on your computer. 000stthk.exe is not a critical component. It is highly recommended to run a FREE performance scan to automatically optimize memory, CPU and Internet settings.  
00thotkey.exe     00thotkey.exe is a process installed alongside Toshiba hardware which enables additional support and configuration access to keyboard settings and special keys. This program is a non-essential process, but should not be terminated unless suspected to be causing problems. 00thotkey.exe should not be disabled, required for essential applications to work properly. It is highly recommended to run a FREE performance scan to automatically optimize memory, CPU and Internet settings. Check that 00thotkey.exe is stable on your computer.
1.exe          
1xconfig.exe          
a.exe          
aawservice.exe          
acaas.exe          
acaegmgr.exe          
acais.exe          
acals.exe          
acasp.exe          
acctmgr.exe          
acer.empowering.
framework.launcher.exe
         
acrord32.exe          
acrord32info.exe          
acrotray.exe          
acs.exe          
acsd.exe          
acstart16.exe          
actalert.exe          
adeck.exe          
adefragctrl.exe          
adhelper.exe          
adm4005.exe          
admserv.exe          
admtray.exe          
adobe gamma loader.exe          
adobecollabsync.exe          
adservice.exe          
adskscsrv.exe          
adsser~1.exe          
adusermon.exe          
agent.exe          
agentdp2.dll          
agentdpv.dll          
agrsmmsg.exe          
agrsmsvc.exe          
ahnsdsv.exe          
ahui.exe          
aim.exe          
ainap.exe          
alcmtr.exe          
alcwzrd.exe          
alcxmntr.exe          
alertmodule.exe          
alg.exe          
aluschedulersvc.exe          
amsg.exe          
andreavc.exe          
aniserv.exe          
aniwzcsds.exe          
aolacsd.exe          
aoldial.exe          
aolsoftware.exe          
aolsp scheduler.exe          
aolssc.exe          
aoltpspd.exe          
apache.exe          
apdproxy.exe          
apntex.exe          
apoint.exe          
application launcher.exe          
appservices.exe          
appsvc32.exe          
apvxdwin.exe          
aq3hel~1.exe          
arp.exe          
arupld32.exe          
ashdisp.exe          
ashmaisv.exe          
ashserv.exe          
ashwebsv.exe          
asm.exe          
asmonitor.exe          
asr_fmt.exe          
asr_ldm.exe          
asr_pfu.exe          
aswupdsv.exe          
at.exe          
ati2evxx.exe          
atiptaxx.exe          
atirw.exe          
atkkbservice.exe          
atkosd.exe          
atl70.dll          
atl71.dll          
atmadm.exe          
atmclk.exe          
attrib.exe          
auditusr.exe          
aupdate.exe          
avengine.exe          
avgamsvr.exe          
avgas.exe          
avgcc.exe          
avgemc.exe          
avgnt.exe          
avgrssvc.exe          
avguard.exe          
avgupsvc.exe          
avkservice.exe          
avkwctl.exe          
avscan.exe          
avtask.exe          
azmixersel.exe          
azureus.exe          
backweb.exe          
backweb-8876480.exe          
bargains.exe          
basfipm.exe          
bcmsmmsg.exe          
bcmwltry.exe          
bdss.exe          
belkinwcui.exe          
bellsouthalertmanager.exe          
belt.exe          
bgsvcgen.exe          
bigfix.exe          
bil.exe          
bittorrent.exe          
bjmyprt.exe          
bjpsmain.exe          
blaero start orb.exe          
blastcln.exe          
bmupdate.exe          
boinc.exe          
bootcfg.exe          
bootok.exe          
bpk.exe          
brctrcen.exe          
brss01a.exe          
brstdvpt.exe          
brsvc01a.exe          
btntservice.exe          
bttnserv.exe          
bttray.exe          
btwdins.exe          
cacls.exe          
caissdt.exe          
calmain.exe          
cap3swk.exe          
cappactiveprotection.exe          
cappswk.exe          
carpserv.exe          
cavrid.exe          
cavtray.exe          
ccapp.exe          
ccc.exe          
ccevtmgr.exe          
cclaw.exe          
ccleaner.exe          
ccmexec.exe          
ccproxy.exe          
ccregcli.exe          
ccsetmgr.exe          
ccsvchst.exe          
cctray.exe          
cdac11ba.exe          
cdaengine0500          
cdantsrv.exe          
cds.exe          
ceekey.exe          
cfd.exe          
cfgbkend.dll          
cfmon.exe          
cfosspeed.exe          
cfsserv.exe          
cfsvcs.exe          
cftmon.exe          
chdaudpropshortcut.exe          
check.exe          
chkdsk.exe          
chkmail.exe          
chkntfs.exe          
chkrzm.exe          
cidaemon.exe          
cimwin32.dll          
cintlcfg.exe          
cisvc.exe          
ckcnv.exe          
clamtray.exe          
cli.exe          
clientsm.exe          
clipbrd.exe          
clistart.exe          
clmlserver.exe          
clmlservice.exe          
cloaker.exe          
clptray.exe          
clsched.exe          
cmd.exe          
cmdagent.exe          
cmdl32.exe          
cmesys.exe          
cmmon32.exe          
cmrss.exe          
cmstp.exe          
cmucreye.exe          
cnbjmon.dll          
cocimanager.exe          
communications_helper.exe          
communicator.exe          
comp.exe          
compstui.dll          
comrepl.exe          
comrereg.exe          
connect.exe          
connmngmntbox.exe          
convert.exe          
core.exe          
corel photo downloader.exe          
cpqset.exe          
crss.exe          
crsss.exe          
crypserv.exe          
cryptdlg.dll          
cryptfg.exe          
cscui.dll          
csrrs.exe          
csrss.exe          
ctdetect.exe          
ctdvddet.exe          
ctfmon.exe          
ctfmon32.exe          
cthelper.exe          
ctsvccda.exe          
ctsvolfe.exe          
ctsyncu.exe          
ctsysvol.exe          
cvpnd.exe          
czfmdser.exe          
dadapp.exe          
daemon.exe          
dao360.dll          
datalayer.exe          
dataserver.exe          
davclnt.dll          
dbnetlib.dll          
dcomcfg.exe          
dcomcnfg.exe          
dcsuserprot.exe          
ddcman.exe          
ddeshare.exe          
defrag.exe          
defragactivitymonitor.exe          
defwatch.exe          
delay.exe          
deletesatellite.exe          
desktop.exe          
desktopsearchservice.exe          
desktopweather.exe          
devdet~1.exe          
devdtct2.exe          
devenv.exe          
devldr32.exe          
dfrgntfs.exe          
dfrgsrv.exe          
dfssvc.exe          
diantz.exe          
digstream.exe          
ding.exe          
dinst.exe          
directcd.exe          
directdb.dll          
discover.exe          
discupdatemgr.exe          
diskpart.exe          
diskperf.exe          
dit.exe          
dkservice.exe          
dlactrlw.exe          
dlbfbmon.exe          
dlbxcoms.exe          
dlbxmon.exe          
dlccmon.exe          
dlg.exe          
dlhost.exe          
dllhost.exe          
dllhst3g.exe          
dllml.exe          
dlpwdnt.exe          
dmadmin.exe          
dmxlauncher.exe          
docmgr.exe          
doskey.exe          
dotnetinstaller.exe          
dplaysvr.exe          
dpnsvr.exe          
dpvacm.dll          
dpvsetup.exe          
dragdiag.exe          
drgtodsc.exe          
driverquery.exe          
drives~1.exe          
drprov.dll          
drwatson.exe          
drwtsn32.exe          
dsagent          
dsagnt.exe          
dsentry.exe          
dsidebar.exe          
dsncservice.exe          
dssagent.exe          
dthtml.exe          
dtsrvc.exe          
dtsslsrv.exe          
dumprep.exe          
duser.dll          
dvdcheck.exe          
dvdlauncher.exe          
dvdplay.exe          
dvdramsv.exe          
dvpapi.exe          
dvzincmsgr.exe          
dw.exe          
dwtrig20.exe          
dwwin.exe          
e_fati9aa.exe          
e_fatiada.exe          
e_fatiaie.exe          
e_s4i2r1.exe          
eabservr.exe          
easyshare.exe          
eausbkbd.exe          
eclipse.exe          
ectaskscheduler.exe          
edonkey2000.exe          
ehmsas.exe          
ehrecvr.exe          
ehsched.exe          
ehtray.exe          
elkctrl.exe          
elnk_pcc.exe          
em_exec.exe          
emproxy.exe          
eouwiz.exe          
eventcreate.exe          
eventvwr.exe          
evrep.exe          
evteng.exe          
ewido.exe          
ewidoctrl.exe          
exec.exe          
exp.exe          
explore.exe          
explorer.exe          
explorere.exe          
exshow.exe          
extrac32.exe          
ezejmnap.exe          
ezi_hnm2.exe          
ezsp_px.exe          
fameh32.exe          
fbguard.exe          
fbserver.exe          
fc.exe          
fdm.exe          
feedback.exe          
find.exe          
finger.exe          
firefox.exe          
fixmapi.exe          
flashget.exe          
flashutil9b.exe          
fldrclnr.dll          
fltmc.exe          
fnkeyhook.exe          
fnplicensingservice.exe          
foldersizesvc.exe          
fotomatdeviceconnect.exe          
fph.exe          
frameworkservice.exe          
fservice.exe          
fsguidll.exe          
fsqh.exe          
fsquirt.exe          
fsrw.exe          
fssm32.exe          
fwcagent.exe          
fwcmgmt.exe          
fwupdate.exe          
fxssvc.exe          
fxsvr2.exe          
gbpoll.exe          
gbtray.exe          
gcasdtserv.exe          
gcasserv.exe          
gdi.exe          
gearsec.exe          
gestionnaireinternet.exe          
ggviewer.exe          
ghosts~2.exe          
gmt.exe          
googledesktop.exe          
googledesktopcrawl.exe          
googledesktopindex.exe          
googletoolbarnotifier.exe          
googleupdaterservice.exe          
googlewebaccwarden.exe          
gpresult.exe          
gpupdate.exe          
groovemonitor.exe          
gstart.exe          
gui.exe          
g-vga.exe          
gwmdmmsg.exe          
halsv.exe          
hamachi.exe          
harmonyclient.exe          
hbtv.exe          
hcontrol.exe          
hdashcut.exe          
hddhealth.exe          
hddsvc.exe          
help.exe          
helpsvc.exe          
hh.exe          
hidserv.exe          
hidservice.exe          
hkcmd.exe          
hmmapi.dll          
hnetcfg.dll          
hnm_svc.exe          
hostname.exe          
hotfixq0306270.exe          
hotsync.exe          
hp connections.exe          
hpcmpmgr.exe          
hpconfig.exe          
hpdarc.exe          
hpgs2wnd.exe          
hpgs2wnf.exe          
hphc_scheduler.exe          
hphipm09.exe          
hphipm11.exe          
hphmon05.exe          
hphmon06.exe          
hpoevm08.exe          
hposts08.exe          
hpotdd01.exe          
hpovdx05.exe          
hppapml0.exe          
hpqcmon.exe          
hpqgalry.exe          
hpqste08.exe          
hpqtoa~1.exe          
hpqtra08.exe          
hpqwmiex.exe          
hpsysdrv.exe          
hpwamain.exe          
hpwirelessmgr.exe          
hpwuschd.exe          
hpwuschd2.exe          
hpzinw12.exe          
hpzipm12.exe          
hpztsb07.exe          
hpztsb09.exe          
hpztsb10.exe          
hpztsb12.exe          
hrtzzm.exe          
hscupd.exe          
hsockpe.exe          
hsvcmod.exe          
httpd.exe          
hwapi.exe          
iaanotif.exe          
iaantmon.exe          
iap.exe          
ibm00001.exe          
ibmpmsvc.exe          
ico.exe          
icwrmind.exe          
idrivert.exe          
ie4uinit.exe          
iedw.exe          
iemaximizer.exe          
iexplore.exe          
iexplorer.exe          
iexpress.exe          
ifrmewrk.exe          
igfxpers.exe          
igfxsrvc.exe          
igfxtray.exe          
imapi.exe          
imapp.exe          
imjpmig.exe          
imscinst.exe          
incd.exe          
incdsrv.exe          
inetinfo.exe          
inetwiz.exe          
inst.exe          
install.exe          
integrator.exe          
intelmem.exe          
internat.exe          
ioctlsvc.exe          
iolodmvsvc.exe          
iolosgctrl.exe          
ipclient.exe          
ipconfig.exe          
ipodservice.exe          
ipsmsnap.dll          
ir.exe          
isafe.exe          
isamini.exe          
isamntr.exe          
isamonitor.exe          
isass.exe          
isbmgr.exe          
ispnews.exe          
issch.exe          
issvc.exe          
istsvc.exe          
isuspm.exe          
itouch.exe          
ituneshelper.exe          
iuservice.exe          
iyuv_32.dll          
java.exe          
javaw.exe          
js3250.dll          
jsdaemon.exe          
jucheck.exe          
jusched.exe