monitor program icon

Posted on 2004-11-04
Last Modified: 2013-12-27
What is it? It's on my toolbar at the bottom. Looks like a camera icon, which leads me to believe it came with the Digital Imaging CD that came with my Digital camera. I downloaded it last nite, true? I tried to google it but the explantion wasn't plain enough!
Any ideas why I had to download an Acrobat Reader with it?
Question by:jujujules
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    Mouseover the icon to get a description of the program running.
    Or trying right-clicking the icon to get at the programs availaible options.
    Or double-click the icon to open the program running.

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    All it says is enable monitor or close or disable monitor
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    When you say that this camera icon is on your "toolbar", do you mean the Quick Launch Toolbar immediately to the right of the Start button, or the System Tray at the right of that bottom toolbar in which the clock is situated?

    If it is on the Quick Launch Toolbar, then RIGHT-Click on it and select "Properties".  Icons in the Quick Launch Toolbar are shortcuts to programs just as they would appear on your start menu.

    In the "Properties" dialog box of a windows shortcut, you will find a tab named "Shortcut".  Click on that tab and you should see a field named "Target".  It will probably already be highlighted in blue, and pressing the Ctrl and C keys together will copy it and allow you to "paste" it into Notepad (edit > paste or Ctrl and V keys together) as a reference.

    Does this relate to the Digital Imaging program you installed?

    IF so, then look to see if there is a corresponding shortcut in the start menu under a program group created for the program.  If you don't want it on the Quick Launch Toolbar, and have a duplicate in the Start menu, then just RIGHT-Click on it and select "Delete" to delete it to your recycle bin.

    It does sound, from your description, that this icon is in the "System Tray".
    I have a feeling that "Monitor" means that the imaging program has a file which is loaded as your system starts up, and is waiting (monitoring) for you to connect your digital camera to the USB socket.  In that event, it would probably immediately open the imaging program and display the images on the Flash card memory of the camera.

    NikonView is such a utility that is often bundled with Nikon digital cameras, and works in the same way.  It can be set so that it immediately brings up a "Sync" (synchronize) box and optionally will create a new sub-folder in a folder reserved by the program for its own use, and will then copy or move the files from the camera to that folder.  If set in the program's configuration, it will also create new sequential file names for the images according to a naming convention of your choosing or some default naming method.

    My Nikon camera has the older compact flash card that, after the proper drivers are installed and allow it to interface with Windows, I can use Windows Explorer to see the files on the flash card just as if they were files on my hard drive.  In other words, while connected and the camera is switched on, the camera's memory card is treated as an additional "drive" from which I can copy or move the images.

    I don't need, or want, anything waiting for this connection and automating a connection, so I don't have it loading at startup (more about this in a second), but not all camera memory is treated or seen as a removeable drive.  Some of them need the program to allow the images to be seen and copied from the camera.

    Most usually, these background monitoring processes are launched from an entry in your Windows Registry, or otherwise add a shortcut to themselves in the Start menu > programs > Startup folder.

    It would seem, from the 2 options available when you right-click it (enable monitor / disable monitor), that you can decide whether you want this to launch when Windows starts.  What I DON'T know, is whether the icon will remain in the System Tray as a "greyed-out icon" with the same right-click options.

    The easiest way to disable anything from starting up automatically when Windows starts is by doing the following:

    1. Start menu > RUN option > and type MSCONFIG > click "OK"
    2. Go to the "Startup" tab of the "System Configuration" utility window
    3. Find the name of the program and untick the box to its left
    4. Click the "Apply" button
    5. Close MSCONFIG and any other program windows
    6. Shut down and reboot

    This temporarily disables the program from startup, and you can easily enable it again by ticking it, Applying, and rebooting.

    The difficulty is in knowing the name of the program that is showing its icon in the System Tray.  Personally, I would first get a list of the programs that are starting up when you start your computer so that I could find out the name of the program.

    Use the Start Menu as follows:

    1. Start > Run > and type MSINFO32
    2. In the left pane, find "Software Environment"
    3. For each of the following sections, click on it and then use the menu as follows:
           Edit > Select All > Edit Copy
    4. Paste each into NotePad and save by the name of the section in MSINFO32
    5. Copy and paste the details here ONLY if they are brief enough

    Software Environment\
                                      Startup Programs
                                      System Hooks

    Your list of startup programs will help you or us to identify this program that is showing in the System Tray.

    A helpful page to assist you in identifying common Startup items is:

    I hope this helps
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    Thank you for that list, juju.  I have asked for an administrator to delete that last posting of yours, because it contains some details that COULD be used by an unscrupulous person, and it also gives names in it.  Experts-Exchange has a policy of allowing anonymity, and having that comment deleted will respect your privacy.

    Instead, here's a cut-down version of all the entries.  ALL of them can easily be stopped from starting up when the computer boots up, and I will explain these shortly:

    List to replace an MSINFO32 list previously posted

    c:\program files\aim\aim.exe -cnetwait.odl


    c:\program files\broadjump\client foundation\cfd.exe

    Corel Painter 8f
    c:\program files\common files\corel\registration\en\registration.exe /title="corel painter 8" /date=103004 serial=<removed by CetusMOD>

    Dell AIO Printer A940
    "c:\program files\dell aio printer a940\dlbabmgr.exe"

    Digital Image Monitor

    c:\program files\common files\dell\eusw\support.exe



    c:\program files\musicmatch\musicmatch jukebox\mm_tray.exe

    "c:\program files\msn messenger\msnmsgr.exe" /background
    "c:\program files\dell\media experience\pcmservice.exe"

    QuickTime Task
    "c:\program files\quicktime\qttask.exe" -atboottime

    SM1BG     c:\windows\sm1bg.exe

    Sonic RecordNow!

    "c:\program files\webroot\spy sweeper\spysweeper.exe"

    c:\program files\java\j2re1.4.2_05\bin\jusched.exe

    "c:\program files\common files\real\update_ob\realsched.exe"  -osboot

    "c:\program files\common files\sonic\update manager\sgtray.exe" /r    


    c:\program files\aws\weatherbug\weather.exe

    "c:\program files\winamp\winampa.exe"

    Yahoo! Pager
    c:\progra~1\yahoo!\messen~1\ypager.exe -quiet

    "c:\program files\common files\symantec shared\ccapp.exe"

    "c:\program files\common files\symantec shared\ccregvfy.exe"




    "c:\program files\msn messenger\msnmsgr.exe" /background

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    It seems that the DELETE Button didn't quite work as intended, CetusMOD.  I've asked for it to be looked at again.

    Here's my appraisal of your Startup items, Jules.  Sorry if it's long, but it covers all those things listed by MSINFO32., including the "Monitor.exe" you asked about:

    You have WAY TOO MANY things automatically being loaded at startup.  There are actually NO programs that are NEEDED to run at startup (apart from the System Tray) for Windows to boot properly and work.

    There are, however, ones that are important to load at startup eg. AntiVirus Program and ones that allow functionality that you have grown to expect as being immediately available.  Read the notes and determine this for yourself.

    The first place you should look, to disable programs from startup, is within the "User Options" of the program itself.  Programs that DON'T afford this option are, in my opinion, not really telling you the full story about what the startup program does with your system, or are nuisance programs that you are probably as well without.

    The 2nd option is to disable the programs or processes from startup using MSCONFIG as detailed earlier in this question.

    Where you really don't want the program at all, you should uninstall from Control Panel > Add/Remove Programs, but there are the ones like "Weatherbug" that you should probably first disable from startup using MSCONFIG BEFORE uninstalling to ensure that they are uninstalled.

    Always try to UNINSTALL a program that is regarded as a pest BEFORE running a removal tool designed to rid your system of it.  These utilities will get rid of remnants that disn't uninstall properly or fully.


    ccApp (ccapp.exe) - Norton AntiVirus or Norton Internet Security

    ccRegVfy (ccregvfy.exe) - Norton AntiVirus or Norton Internet Security


    dla (tfswctrl.exe) - Drive Letter Access Component from Hewlett Packard, Veritas, or Sonic Solutions.  This is required when using the Drag, Drop, and Burn facility afforded by Sonic RecordNow! which has the Veritas Backup Program included.  It is similar to Roxio/Adaptec's DirectCD.  Without this program loading from startup, the end user will be able to burn CD's but wont be able to read them.

    ** Read notes about Sonic RecordNow to see if you really need this to load from startup **


    Weather (weather.exe) - *** ADWARE TO GET RID OF ***
    Related to WeatherBug and WeatherCast.
    Strangely, Microsoft seem to condone it:
    Other related products include:
    WhenUSearch Toolbar, WeatherCast, WhenUShop, WhenUSearch SideFinder, ClockSync, Save!/SaveNow, PriceBandit, and WhenUSearch BEST.

    I suggest disabling this from MSCONFIG and then looking to see if you can uninstall any of the related utilities from Control Panel > Add/Remove Programs.  Look particularly for "WeatherBug" and uninstall it.

    You should then delete the folder c:\program files\aws and all contents.

    I would then run HIJACK THIS and see what files, settings, and registry entries it finds.
    *** More about this at the end ***


    TkBellExe (realsched.exe) - RealOne Player from RealNetworks installs this and it is a "RealPest" in terms of persistence, bordering on spyware.  GET RID OF IT!!
    Full details here:
    Extrat:  "...uninstall RealOne Player and either install the classic RealPlayer, or something else such as WinAmp. If you absolutely want to keep RealOne Player, we suggest you disable it from startup in MSCONFIG and then rename EVNTSVC.EXE to EVNTSVC.EXE.OLD (or REALSCHED.EXE to REALSCHED.OLD).  This is the only way to make absolutely certain that it never runs, because it will reinstate the startup status when it detects changes to the registry.  RealOne Player works fine without it".  You already HAVE WinAmp installed, so I would just uninstall the RealOne Player and allow WinAmp to acquire the association with the media file types previously acquired by RealOne Player.


    QuickTime Task (qttask.exe) - I hate the way QuickTime always insists on starting up on computers, and then keeps reminding the user to check for updates.  It adds an icon to the System Tray and is non-essential to your Windows system.  Most often, Apple QuickTime insists on associating itself with .MOV and .QT video file types, but you will probably find that Windows Media Player is able to handle .MOV  multimedia files quite well.  My advice is to open Media Player and then go to the View > Options Menu and open the "Formats" tab.  Place a tick in what is often the last entry (QuickTime File).  Click "Apply" and then close media Player.  Now find the Start menu entry to launch Quick Time Player.  If it isn't there, then you should find that the file C:\Program Files\QuickTime\QuickTimePlayer.exe opens it.  Use the menu option "Edit > Preferences > Connection Speed" and then click the small drop-down box and select "File Type Associations".  I suggest unticking all the boxes in there, particularly the option to tell you when other programs have acquired file associations for the file types.  QuickTime will still usually insist on opening to play videos if you click on a web page link to a .MOV or .QT file.
    If you prefer WinAmp to be the default program for most multimedia file types, then this is your choice.


    BJCFD (cfd.exe)
    Part of "BroadJump Client Foundation" software that is bundled with toolkits provided by some ISPs when you install . It is used to check your system settings and network settings associated with your computer and send these information to its controlling server ( or I would say that this is NOT needed, and I don't like anything checking out my system.


    Corel Painter 8f (registration.exe) - Debris left over from uninstallation of Corel painter version 8 which has been uninstalled.
    Disable from startup and then delete the file:
    c:\program files\common files\corel\registration\en\registration.exe to the recycle bin.  Reboot.  IF you do NOT have any other Corel applications installed, then you could probably also delete the folder:
    c:\program files\common files\corel
    and ALL of its content.
    I have to wonder, though, whether the uninstallation was fully successful.  Corel Applications normally install to C:\Program Files\Corel, and then create sub-folders for the named Corel Applications.  Check to see if this folder still exists, and also if there is still an entry in Control Panel > "Add/Remove Programs" for any Corel applications.  It might be the case that reinstalling Corel painter, and then uninstalling it again might work to remove this startup item and remaining folders/files.


    DwlClient (support.exe) - Download manager for Dell support alerts.  Unless you have a particular interest in wasting resources while your system constantly checks for updates at Dell sites, then disable this from startup.


    HotKeysCmds (hkcmd.exe) - Intel Hotkey command activator. Installed along with Intel multimedia devices (eg. for Intel Graphics Contollers) and allows configurable options for these devices.
    Put it this way, if you don't know what it does, then you don't need this to be loaded at startup.


    IgfxTray (igfxtray.exe) - Allows you to access access the Intel Graphics configuration and diagnostic application for the Intel 810 series graphics chipset. This program is a non-essential system process and places an icon in the System Tray for instant access.  If you have never used this option before, then disable it from startup.

    PCMService (pcmservice.exe) - Part of "Dell Media Experience" software installed on some Dimension and Inspiron systems. This is a  non-essential system process, but might interfere with the way you use multimedia on your computer if you were to disable it from startup.
    The Dell Media Experience solution allows easy usage when handling music, images and video. No harm in temporarily disabling with MSCONFIG to see if it affects your computer usage.


    SunJavaUpdateSched (jusched.exe) - I assume that you installed Windows XP SP1a update.  The original SP1 update came with Java Virtual machine packaged, but there was a dispute from the owners Sun MicroSystems, and it was removed from SP1 leaving SP1a.  Sun's Java could then be downloaded and installed separately and then configured to replace Java Virtual Machine.  The best way to disable this automatic update checker from starting up with Windows is from the Control Panel > Java icon. Open the "Updates" tab and untick "check for updates automatically".
    Alternatively, use MSCONFIG.


    WService (wservice.exe) -
    Quoted on some online resources as being a "Tablet Client Driver for UC-Logic Pen/Graphics Tablet" OR "WindowsScheduler-System Scheduler Service" which is a system process in Windows XP.

    You will have an idea whether you have had a graphics tablet connected to the PC at some time.

    I would have expected a Windows SERVICE to run from the registry key:
    HKLM\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\RunServices rather than from the "RUN" key, but I would have to check this on an XP computer.
    It HAS, however, also been associated with Trojan Viruses:

    Temporarily disable this item in MSCONFIG and run a full Virus Scan to eliminate the possibility.


    WinampAgent (winampa.exe) - Creates a System Tray icon for quick access to Winamp and settings. Allows for quick reassociation of file types where programs like RealOne Player acquire them for their own use. It isn't needed at startup to use WinAmp, so leaving it enabled is a user preference.


    AIM (aim.exe ) - AOL Instant Messenger. NOT needed at startup, you can launch it manually when required. (See notes about "Trillian" at end).


    MsnMsgr (msnmsgr.exe) - Microsoft Messenger.  This can be disabled from the Tools > Options in messenger, or using MSCONFIG.  From the messenger tools > options, you can have it load to the System Tray at startup, but not automatically open or login.  Look also at Outlook Express setting in Tools > Options > "general" tab, and untick the option to have Messenger automatically log in.  (See notes about "Trillian" at end)


    Yahoo! Pager (ypager.exe) - Creates a System Tray icon like the Instant Messenger services above. NOT needed at startup, you can launch it manually when required. (See notes about "Trillian" at end).


    Digital Image Monitor (monitor.exe) - already explained in my previous comments, and this is the core of your question.  Try temporarily disabling it from startup and see what happens when you connect your digital camera.  I'm assuming it is for a camera, but Digital Imaging is also an integral part of scanning, so it could relate to that.


    SpySweeper (spysweeper.exe) - Leave this enabled at startup if you rely on it scanning your system when windows starts.  If you just use it as and when you wish to scan the system for spyware, then disable it with MSCONFIG.


    MMTray (mm_tray.exe) - System Tray icon for MusicMatch Jukebox which  gives instant access to MusicMatch Jukebox settings. It is a non-essential process, and disabling or enabling this from startup is your choice depending how often you access it.  If you never use MusicMatch Jukebox, then uninstall it from Control Panel > "Add/Remove Programs".


    ctfmon.exe - Part of the Microsoft Office suite. It activiates the Alternative User Input Text Input Processor (TIP) and the Microsoft Office XP Language Bar.  Fully Explained here:

    (Read Notes Carefully)

    BCMSMMSG (bcmsmmsg.exe) - Background task required by some Broadcom Voice Modems to work properly. If you will terminate it manually, you MAY NOT be able to use your modem as intended.

    NOTE:  I have a feeling that this acts as the driver for what is known as a "Software Modem" or "WinModem".  A Hardware modem has all the facilities built into it, whereas a Software Modem needs software to function.  I suggest that, if this is the case, you change it for a standard PCI or external USB modem.  56K V90/V92 PCI Card Modems are amazingly cheap these days, and the change would dispense with the background processes and software required for a Software Modem to work.

    NOTE: from the BJCFD (cfd.exe) entry (Not Required), it seems that you have A DSL Broadband connection, and therefore probably an external usb modem.  If this IS  the case, then you probably have an existing old WinModem that is still installed in one of the slots on the motherboard, and the software still installed for it. It's hard to know this for certain, but if so I would go to Control Panel > open the "System" icon, and then open the "Device Manager" tab.  Normally if you click on the Modem entry and select "Remove", it also uninstalls the software for it, but not always.  The Control Panel > "Add/Remove Programs" probably lists the software for the Software Modem, and this would be the correct way to uninstall it, but the risk is that you might end up uninstalling software for the Broadband Modem.


    Sonic RecordNow! (executable not known) -
    I think that this may be needed at startup to allow the "Drag, Drop, & Burn" functionality in a similar way to Windows XP's inbuilt CD-Burning software.  Whether this is required at startup, I don't know, but no harm in temporarily disabling it from startup with MSCONFIG and testing functionality.  You can always re-enable it again.


    UpdateManager (sgtray.exe) - The Sonic RecordNow! software is quoted as being ideal for making backups by dragging, dropping, and burning.  The software includes the components for the Veritas StorageGuard Backup Program (integrates with Backup MyPC, Simple Backup and MS Backup), and the purpose of this startup item is to create a System Tray icon that will pop up and keep reminding you to create backups.  Some places refer to it as an update manager, or spyware, but I am not absolutely sure of whether it DOES look for updates.  If you like to be reminded, then leave it enabled, otherwise disable from startup with MSCONFIG.
    It HAS been quoted as causing shutdown freeze ups.


    SM1BG (sm1bg.exe) - Associated with the Cypress Semiconductor USB Mass Storage Adapter. It is installed with iTunes, Napster and some USB devices like a Flash Memory Reader.  My guess is that it was installed by your digital camera software, and disabling it MIGHT cause problems with accessing the Flash Card or memory of your camera.  It is also possible that it was installed by driver software for one of those USB Pen devices.  No harm in temporarily disabling it from startup with MSCONFIG and testing functionality, but it definitely won't stop Windows from working as it isn't a system process.


    Dell AIO Printer A940 (dlbabmgr.exe) - I wonder what a dlbab manager is?  My guess is that it is like the Epson Printer Status Monitor which launches at startup, and enables feedback about the printer status eg. How much ink is left in the cartridges.  The only way to test if you need this to run from startup is to temporarily disable it and see if it interferes with print jobs.



    Place in its own folder and run the .exe file.

    Running this program will produce a report that splits the findings into categories with prefixes.  NOT ALL items found are rogue items, and some may be useful like some that will show as "BHO's".  Norton AntiVirus and Adobe Acrobat Reader might be found and listed.  A good way of knowing whether they are unwanted programs, processes, or registry entries is to copy and paste the report into the field provided on the following web page.  Take note of the ones that it calls "NASTY" and then select them for "Fixing".

    Hijack This tutorials available here:


    I also advise you to download, install, and run CWShredder (CoolWeb Shredder)

    This searches for things associated with CoolWebSearch Web Page HiJackings, Trojans, and other variants, and removes them.  TIP: If it stops and tells you that it has detected a file with an apparently random file name that MIGHT be associated with a particular thing, then do a file search for that file and ascertain, from its properties and what folder it is in, whether this seems to be a legitimate file.  You have the option to FIX it or Skip it and later run the program again to remove it.

    Details of CoolWebSearch Here:

    Adaware is also a very useful program.

    Turorial Here:

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    Just to recap on the MSCONFIG procedure again:

    1. Start menu > RUN option > and type MSCONFIG > click "OK"
    2. Go to the "Startup" tab of the "System Configuration" utility window
    3. Find the name of the program and untick the box to its left
    4. Click the "Apply" button
    5. Close MSCONFIG and any other program windows
    6. Shut down and reboot

    This temporarily disables the program from startup, and you can easily enable it again by ticking it, Applying, and rebooting.

    In Windows XP you also have what are known as "Services" that run when the computer boots.  Some are required, while others are not required.  It depends on what the computer is used for, and whether one service is dependent ON another or vice-versa.

    From the page:

    Windows XP Tips - Disabling unnecessary services

    To get a good idea what can and can't be removed check out for a very detailed list.
    Remember, you can always turn the service back on if you find out that you need it in the future. Below is the procedure to turn off a service.

    1. Click the start button.
    2. Click on Control Panel.
    3. Click on Administrative Tools.
    4. Click Services.

    Once the services window has loaded you are now able to turn off any  unneeded services. For instructional purposes we are going to turn off the Printer Spooler  (Which isn't needed if you don't have a printer installed) service.

    5. Find this service in the list and select it with the mouse.
    6. Right click and select Properties
    7. Check the "Dependencies" to ensure that another service doesn't need this
    8. Find the Start up type drop down box and select disable.
    9. Repeat for any other services
    10. Click ok
    11. Reboot

    One that can interfere with CD-Burning is the integral Windows XP CD-Burning Service.

    Hope this all helps to configure your system as you would like it to run.

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    Sorry about my comment >>> "It seems that the DELETE Button didn't quite work as intended, CetusMOD.  I've asked for it to be looked at again". <<<

    I forgot to "Reload the question" to refresh the page.


    Author Comment

    TY 4 all your help. I'm concerned about what is and should be starting up or in the background, but when I tried to disable the 1's I thought should be, things got a little....different. Had probs with my "beloved" Paint Shop Pro Program!!   LOL Anyway, thatnks to all your help I know where to look up all this stuff before I go messing around with it again. Which I'm sure I Appreciate it.
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    There shouldn't have been any Startup processes, either in the registry or from a shortcut in the Startup folder of your start menu, that would have caused problems with Paint Shop Pro.  That's puzzling.

    I use version 7 Anniversary edition and it doesn't add any startup processes as far as I remember.  If it DID, then it would probably have been something like digital camera support.  Aaaah, yes, did you disable StillImageMonitor" (c:\windows\system\STIMON.EXE) from MSCONFIG's Startup list ?

    If so, then enable it again if the Paint Shop Pro problems are concerning scanning or downloading images from a digital camera.  Do a file find for it and you will see by the icon that it is a scanner with the lid up, and a camera in front of it.  That's because it is the "Microsoft Still Image Devices Monitor".  Some programs need it to be running to detect those devices.

    My PC doesn't need it running, but perhaps yours does.

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    Thank you, Jules.  Hope you got PsP working again.

    Author Comment

    Oh yeah, it's working fine now. Couldn't "live" w/o it!!!   lol
    TY for all your help.

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