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Author Topic: IDEA: run programs first of the month  (Read 4452 times)

techidave

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IDEA: run programs first of the month
« on: May 06, 2010, 09:12:01 PM »
I have an idea for a coding snack that I put on client's computers who have problems "maintaining" their computers like I think they should.

The idea would be to have a program that would start Malwarebytes, check and install updates, and then do a quick scan of the local hard drive.
Once Malwarebyes is done then it would then it would empty the recycle bin, empty temp internet files and run the defrag program.

I know alot of these could be scheduled but then I would have to set that up and I have no guarantee that it will even run on schedule like it should.  So I was thinking of putting a folder on the desktop that says run this 1st of the month and it would then have the shortcuts in there that they would run.
But the problem is they are technology illiterate. 

not sure how to search google for this but I thought maybe it wouldn't be too difficult for someone to whip something up. 

Any takers?

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Re: IDEA: run programs first of the month
« Reply #1 on: May 06, 2010, 10:35:42 PM »
For something like this to work and, since you've already stated you don't want to use the built in Task Scheduler, it would have to stay running in the background.  Is that acceptable?

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Re: IDEA: run programs first of the month
« Reply #2 on: May 06, 2010, 11:03:31 PM »
do you have a firm list of the app's you want to run?

this is important if you want them to run specific actions instead of just starting up...

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Re: IDEA: run programs first of the month
« Reply #3 on: May 07, 2010, 05:28:13 AM »
Running in the background would be ok if the footprint was small enough.

No Target, I don't have a "firm list" yet but this is what I was thinking.

Malwarebytes
Superantispyware
spyware blaster
empty recycle bin
defrag

Windows updates can run on its own as can Microsoft's Security Essentials. 

At the moment I cannot think of anything else.

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Re: IDEA: run programs first of the month
« Reply #4 on: May 07, 2010, 05:31:18 AM »
Running in the background would be ok if the footprint was small enough.

A typical basic AHK script uses between two and five megs of RAM...

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Re: IDEA: run programs first of the month
« Reply #5 on: May 07, 2010, 05:37:01 AM »
ok, go for it

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Re: IDEA: run programs first of the month
« Reply #6 on: May 07, 2010, 05:44:24 AM »
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A typical basic AHK script uses between two and five megs of RAM...
Ehm, you know that two megs are as much as 31 complete C64 memsets? For a simple wait timer & list executer? We throw memory away like never before - unbelievable.
Start taskschd.msc and create your tasks with the system. There´s all you need and it´s really simple.
« Last Edit: May 07, 2010, 05:48:57 AM by Crush »

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Re: IDEA: run programs first of the month
« Reply #7 on: May 07, 2010, 06:37:55 AM »
Start taskschd.msc and create your tasks with the system. There´s all you need and it´s really simple.

The original poster has already mentioned that he doesn't want to use the built-in Windows Task Scheduler.  Target, you seem interested in this one...you want to take it?

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Re: IDEA: run programs first of the month
« Reply #8 on: May 07, 2010, 03:23:23 PM »
Ok, haven´t read this correctly. But he said
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I have no guarantee that it will even run on schedule like it should
You will never have the guarantee that it will run anyway.
« Last Edit: May 07, 2010, 03:27:38 PM by Crush »

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Re: IDEA: run programs first of the month
« Reply #10 on: May 08, 2010, 05:01:21 AM »
Start taskschd.msc and create your tasks with the system. There´s all you need and it´s really simple.

The original poster has already mentioned that he doesn't want to use the built-in Windows Task Scheduler.  Target, you seem interested in this one...you want to take it?

happy to have a crack - it'll be monday before i can look at it though

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Re: IDEA: run programs first of the month
« Reply #11 on: May 08, 2010, 11:19:56 AM »
Thanks guys!