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    Hidden scheduled task in Vista?

    Hi - I have some scheduled tasks in windows vista, to pop up web pages I want to check every morning. I had one on sundays, for a sunday comic that I wanted to read every week. I recently converted all of these tasks to start up chrome instead of internet explorer. But, on every sunday I still have an IE window pop up with that comic - in addition to the one that appears in chrome! The problem is, I can't find ANY task in the task scheduler that still uses IE! They all use chrome like I changed them to do.

    I'm guessing I must have set this task up another way, but now I can't find it anywhere - does anyone have any ideas where I could look?

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    Hi HTRon, welcome to the lounge.
    It all depends on what is set as your default browser.
    O wad some Power the giftie gie us, to see oursels as ithers see us!

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    that's firefox...

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    I assume you opened Task Manager and expanded Task Library and looked at Microsoft then Internet Explorer? This is based off of Windows 7 which I assume is similar to Vista.
    You could also open Regedit and searh the Resistry for the URL.

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    Quote Originally Posted by jwitalka View Post
    I assume you opened Task Manager and expanded Task Library and looked at Microsoft then Internet Explorer? This is based off of Windows 7 which I assume is similar to Vista.
    You could also open Regedit and searh the Resistry for the URL.

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    I looked through every single thing in task manager! I thought I clicked on every item. I will check again, though, under your suggestion. I will also look at the registry when I get home.

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    Sorry, I meant Task Scheduler not Task Manager. My bad.

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    Quote Originally Posted by jwitalka View Post
    Sorry, I meant Task Scheduler not Task Manager. My bad.

    Jerry
    actually, I did too - is there a "task manager"? I did go through task scheduler previously. Will check again when I get home.

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    Yes, there is a Task Manger but I don't think it will help in this case. When you open Task Scheduler, the items I mentioned are in the tree structure on the left side that you have to expand.

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    okay, I looked through task scheduler again. I did not see an "internet explorer" entry under windows, and I did not see any entry that referred to internet explorer, and I did click through them all.
    also looked in the registry for the url as suggested, and the only places I found it seemed to refer to the task scheduler entry for chrome - though I did find one that appeared to be in the bookmarks or history for internet explorer (it had other urls along with it).

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    Have you used something like Autoruns or Whatin Startup to check what is being started when you boot the system?

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    I do have autoruns, though I didn't check it on that pc. remember too, this only runs on sundays.

    I'll take a look at autoruns just in case.

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    well, it ran again last sunday...still can't find anything! I do still have to check autoruns, though I remain dubious on that front.

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    Hi Ron. If it is opening in IE and Chrome, it must be easier to just delete one than spent a lot of time searching for the reason. Just a thought.

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    Quote Originally Posted by georgelee View Post
    Hi Ron. If it is opening in IE and Chrome, it must be easier to just delete one than spent a lot of time searching for the reason. Just a thought.
    sure, of course I just close the ie instance, but it's annoying to have to do so every sunday, and it's even more annoying not knowing where it's coming from! I still can't find it...

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    Hi, just a thought, did you check if there are entries when you execute the command "at" in a command line? These don't show up in the Scheduled Tasks, as they are defined using a different API.

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