> I have an unknown running process on my computer called "Andrea RT Filters
> Service". It runs as a Windows servce on start up. I googled it and come
> with "Andrea Electronics Corporation". When I contacted them to see if I
> could get some information about the application. they replied that the do
> not own or distrubute any application by this name. I have stopped the
> service and disabled it and there seems to be no side effects. Can
> someone please tell me what this process is?
I have seen something similar on a client's machine and it was related to
some third-party speech recognition software preinstalled by the computer
mftr. Can't remember offhand exactly what it was, but since he never used
the speech recognition program we turned it off.
If you have an OEM machine and this scenario might be applicable to you,
manage your Startup matrix and turn off the program that requires the
service. Then Start Orb>Search Box>type: services.msc (run the result that
will appear) and change the service from "Automatic" to "Manual" if not
already that way.
Start Orb>Start Search box>msconfig [enter]
If you are prompted for an administrator password or for a confirmation,
type the password, or click Continue. Then see what is on the Startup tab.
You don't need to restart immediately, but the next time you do you'll get
a dialog saying you've used the Utility. Usually in Vista this will be
blocked by Windows Defender and you'll need to allow it so you can then
tick the box that says in effect, "don't bother me about this again".
Important - Do not use the System Configuration Utility to stop processes.
Instead, use Start>Run>services.msc [enter] and do not stop any services
unless you really, really know what you're doing.
The free Autoruns program is very useful for managing your Startup -
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