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Disabling MS Windows updaters and other unwanted features

Disabling MS Office Upload Center


  • To disable the Office 2010 Upload Center you can run msconfig, click Startup and remove the check next to “Microsoft Office 2010” that references MSOSYNC.EXE.
  • Go to C:\Program Files\Microsoft Office\Office14 (or whatever your program files folder is) and rename MSOUC.exe and MSOSYNC.exe into something non-execeutable (e.g. MSOUC.exe-original and MSOSYNC.exe-original).
  • Open regedit > Go to HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Run > Delete the entry for MSOSYNC.
  • Use Autoruns to disable use of MSOSYNC (HKCU\Software|microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Run\OfficeSyncProcess) at the boot time


Other update and fast starter pests

  • Adobe:
    • Adobe updater: AdobeARM: c:\Program Files\Common Files\Adobe\arm\1.0\adobearm.exe
    • AdobeARMservice: c:\program files (x86)\common files\adobe\arm\1.0\armsvc.exe
    • Flash player update: C:\Windows\SysWOW64\Macromed\Flash\FlashUtil10q_ActiveX.exe -update activex
    • Adobe Flash Player Updater service: c:\windows\syswow64\macromed\flash\flashplayerupdateservice.exe
  • Google:
    • Google Installer:
      • GoogleUpdateTaskMachineCore: c:\program files (x86)\google\update\googleupdate.exe
      • GoogleUpdateTaskMachineUA: c:\program files (x86)\google\update\googleupdate.exe
    • Google update service:
      • gupdate: c:\program files (x86)\google\update\googleupdate.exe
      • gupdatem: c:\program files (x86)\google\update\googleupdate.exe
  • Microsoft Office 10 Sync: BCSSync: c:\Program Files\Microsoft Office\Office 14\bcssync.exe
  • MozillaMaintenance: c:\program files (x86)\mozilla maintenance service\maintenanceservice.exe
  • Oracle Java Update scheduler: SunJavaUpdateSched: c:\Program Files\Common Files\java\java update\jusched.exe

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