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Is there a way to stop a program from running?

By STK
Jul 16, 2004
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  1. Is there any way to totally stop a program from running, like to prevent the program from ever running?
  2. Goalie

    Goalie TS Rookie Posts: 703

    Delete it.
  3. Vehementi

    Vehementi TechSpot Paladin Posts: 3,199

    Or quarantine it with an antivirus program.

    Remove it from startup too with msconfig.
  4. Rick

    Rick TechSpot Staff Posts: 6,304   +52 Staff Member

    Well, the best method (I've found) to disable a program is you make that program your most important one. If you rely on it and really, really need it... It will never open again.

    Never fails. ;)

    You could also set security permissions that restrict a certain user account or disable access all together. This *may* work. You'll need your drive formatted in NTFS and be using Windows 2000 or XP Professional.
  5. iss

    iss TechSpot Chancellor Posts: 2,896

    if you are trying to stop a program that is starting with wndows and runing in the background there is a good freeware tool called WinPatrol that will do this.

    http://www.winpatrol.com/news.html
  6. SturmteK

    SturmteK TS Rookie Posts: 63

    Why use programs, there is a easy way to get rid of startup programs.
    The solution : msconfig.
    Go to run, and msconfig, and then startup.
  7. Rick

    Rick TechSpot Staff Posts: 6,304   +52 Staff Member

    That program can still run though. Unless that's what he meant...
  8. ---agissi---

    ---agissi--- TechSpot Paladin Posts: 2,383   +15

    I have this really cool (free) program called Process Guard, or PG. It finds every process that trys to start up, and you can Allow, Allow Once, Block, Always Block.

    Its great, when spyware/virus's/trojans download and attempt to run, it finds them and asks you what to do. You could just block your program in this case.

    At first its annoying, because everytime you try to start a new program you havnt ran before with PG isntalled, it asks you, but after you say Allow (as in always) on all your apps, its great.
  9. alphnumeric

    alphnumeric TS Rookie Posts: 209

    Not all Microsoft operating systems have msconfig.
  10. alphnumeric

    alphnumeric TS Rookie Posts: 209

    uninstall it, or
    remove it's shortcut from the startup folder, or
    remove it's program entry from the
    HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Run
    or
    HKEY_CURRENT_USER\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Run
    registry key
    Also programs like ad-aware and spybot search and destroy are good at removing unwanted programs.
  11. Goalie

    Goalie TS Rookie Posts: 703

    I think he meant keep it running from general. Of course HiJack This and msconfig and alphnumeric's advice will keep it from the startup, but not forever.

    I like the process guard suggestion, haven't tried it yet. Delete of course is a guarenteed way of killing it (unless it's viral or rolled back) Quarentien might work. Yeah, I know, nice spelling, so sue me.
     
  12. Rick

    Rick TechSpot Staff Posts: 6,304   +52 Staff Member

    Quarantine, Goalie.... Quarantine. :p
  13. alphnumeric

    alphnumeric TS Rookie Posts: 209

    ieSpell is a free Internet Explorer browser extension that spell checks text input boxes on a webpage. It should come in particularly handy for users who do a lot of web-based text entry (e.g. web mails, forums, blogs, diaries). IEspell ;)
  14. Goalie

    Goalie TS Rookie Posts: 703

    Hey, I wouldn't be a hick without my accent. :p

    I found another thing that will keep a program from running.. it's called SirCam. ;)

    *sigh* I woulda hoped all my clients had patched their machines. I was wrong.
  15. fredgodfrey

    fredgodfrey TS Rookie

    Add/Remove programmes in Control Panel. To completely remove any trace you will probably need to Edit the Registry but be careful, make a Registry Backup first.
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