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Stopping programs from starting at startup and running in the background???


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When I installed the software that came with my printer, a program is now running in the background that starts on start-up. It doesn't appear on the list of Startup Items in my Account settings doesn't show the program. It is really annoying because it keeps telling me the paper is low but the printer is a network printer that isn't even close to me so I don't really care. I have killed the process and I can still print just fine. So I want to know how to keep it from starting up, Any Ideas?
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check these places:
mac hd>library startup items>if its in here, delete it,
mac hd>users>your username>library>startup items>if its in here, delete it,
that should do it.
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mac hd>library startup items>if its in here, delete it,
It isn't there


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mac hd>users>your username>library>startup items>if its in here, delete it,
That locations doesn't exist
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hmm, there cant be a startup items folder in the system, but check there, if not, the only other place it can be is if you open that app, and open its preferences, it may have n option to start at startup, if not, its in your accounts settings somewhere.
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Must be there somewhere, maybe as a different name

I dread to think that it uses the equivalent of "The Registry" *shudder*
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thats an idea, or it may be under the name of the manufacturer.
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I found the application under /Library/Printers/hp, so I deleted it to keep it from starting up

I started a new thread to see if anyone knows how to fix the problem I was having with the application so it isn't a problem
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check these places:
mac hd>library startup items>if its in here, delete it,
mac hd>users>your username>library>startup items>if its in here, delete it,
that should do it.
Also check /System/Library/StartupItems/
(That's Macintosh HD:System:Library:StartupItems: for the old-timers among us.)

There's usually a lot of things in there, most of them very important.

If you're feeling adventurous, you could open the Terminal and type
Code:
SystemStarter -n -D > StartupOutput.text
(return)
wait for it to finish, and then type
Code:
open StartupOutput.text
(return)
And see what comes up. (This will leave a StartupOutput.text file in your home folder, which you can Trash when you're done.)

Reference
http://www.kernelthread.com/mac/osx/arch_startup.html
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