It took a while but I found it here; http://www.pacs-portal.co.uk/startup_pages/startup_full.htm#S Spyware utility installed by the manufacturers of some laptops (Sony) used to monitor browsing habits and send them back to whoever installed it - released by SoftBank. ~~~ http://www.fixup.net/tips/sr7k/sony_sr7k_super_slim_notebook.htm 2/3 of the way down the page When SR7K is running, it takes away more than 100 MB memory and it has almost no free memory left for you to run your own programs! This is ridiculous as Windows 2000 usually needs only (!) 56 MB to run. We have to remove all the junks from starting every time you turn it on. 2) Now let's remove other junk. Still in regedit, go to this key: [HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Run] "Synchronization Manager"=3D"mobsync.exe /logon" "Apoint"=3D"C:\\Program Files\\Apoint\\Apoint.exe" "HKSERV.EXE"=3D"C:\\Program Files\\Sony\\HotKey Utility\\HKserv.exe" "JOGSERV2.EXE"=3D"C:\\Program Files\\Sony\\Jog Dial Utility\\JogServ2.exe" "Smart Label OServer"=3D"C:\\Program Files\\Sony\\Smart= Label\\SSLOServ.exe" "SBWatchDog.EXE"=3D"C:\\WINNT\\System32\\SBUtils\\SBWatchDog.EXE /l" "PRPCMonitor"=3D"PRPCUI.exe" "Synchronization Manager" is installed by default of Win2000. If you have enabled some offline files, this synchronizes them every time you login. You can leave it there as it only runs once and will not stay in the background. "Apoint" is the enhanced mouse pad driver. It sucks, but you do need it if you need the scrolling feature. "HKSERV" is for you to define and use hot keys and I simply delete it. As you see, "JOGSERVER2" is for the jog dial and I delete it because I don't like the jog dial at all. I wish Sony will replace this jog dial with a MP3 play button that let's us play MP3 while driving. Also delete the "Smart Label OServer" and "SBWatchDog" but leave the "PRPCMonitor" which supports Intel's SpeedStep --- slows CPU speed from 600 MHz down to 500 MHz that consumes only one watt. Mike ~ It is a good day if I learned something new. Editor MikesWhatsNews see a sample on my web page http://www3.telus.net/mikebike <mikeswhatsnews-request@xxxxxxxxxxxxx?Subject=3Dsubscribe> See my Anti-Virus pages ~ http://virusinfo.hackfix.org *********** REPLY SEPARATOR *********** On 15/05/2002 at 11:15 PM Ron Allen wrote: >I don't know if it means anything, but I have a >new Soundblaster Live! card, but no such file in >the system. Yeah, it was just a guess. I have a SB Live too, and no watchdog file. Also nothing about it on the Creative web site. Or anything useful from a Google search. That's why I suggested the properties test to see if a company name is there, that would potentially tell us a lot about what it might be or at least where to start looking for answers. I thought it might be a Creative file, possibly from a leftover old AWE or SB16 installation; I seem to remember that my old AWE32 driver install did create a directory named SBUtils, so it rang a bell for me. Ron - Users can unsubscribe from this list by sending email to 24hoursupport-request@xxxxxxxxxxxxx with 'unsubscribe' in the Subject field OR by logging into the Web interface at http://web.tampabay.rr.com/spider1/24hrsupport.htm.