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program to identify and remove duplicate device drivers is

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program to identify and remove duplicate device drivers?

is there a program that does this? preferably free
Submitted: 5 years ago.
Category: Computer
Expert:  Tom K replied 5 years ago.
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Hi I am here to help, let me know when youre ready.

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hi tom, im ready

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the reason i have posted this question is because my computer is running sluggish, i have no spyware, viruses or anything like that, and there are no unused or temp files, i had identified 1 duplicated device driver, but i believe it is linked to multiple other device drivers, so i was just wondering if there's an easy way to uninstall duplicated drivers, also, here is a list of programs i have, maybe some of those are conflicting somehow?, also a startup list

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Program List:

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360Share Pro(remove only)
ABBYY FineReader 6.0 Sprint
Acer eDisplay Management
Adobe AIR
Adobe AIR
Adobe Community Help
Adobe Community Help
Adobe Flash Player 10 ActiveX
Adobe Flash Player 10 Plugin
Adobe Media Player
Adobe Media Player
Adobe Photoshop CS5
Adobe Reader 9.3.3
Aiseesoft Streaming Video Recorder
Aiseesoft Total Video Converter
Alien Swarm
Alien Swarm - SDK
AllMyNotes Organizer
Any Audio Converter 3.0.4
Any Video Converter 3.0.5
Apple Application Support
Apple Software Update
Ashampoo Burning Studio 10.0.4
Ashampoo Burning Studio 9.21
Ashampoo HDD Control 1.11
Ashampoo Magical Defrag 3
Ashampoo Magical Optimizer 1.22
Ashampoo Movie Shrink & Burn 3 3.03
Ashampoo MyAutoplay Menu 1.0.3
Ashampoo Office 2010
Ashampoo Photo Commander 8.3.1
Ashampoo Snap 3.50
Ashampoo Snap 4.1.0
Ask Toolbar
Audacity 1.3.12 (Unicode)
AutoIt v3.3.6.0
Beat Hazard
Boost Windows Version 2.1
Cafe Mahjongg
Call of Duty 4: Modern Warfare
Call of Duty(R) - World at War(TM)
Call of Duty(R) - World at War(TM) 1.2 Patch
Call of Duty(R) - World at War(TM) 1.4 Patch
Call of Duty(R) - World at War(TM) 1.5 Patch
Call of Duty(R) - World at War(TM) 1.6 Patch
Call of Duty(R) - World at War(TM) 1.7 Patch
CamStudio Lossless Codec v1.4
Company of Heroes
Corel VideoStudio Pro X3
Counter-Strike: Source
Counter-Strike: Source Beta
CryEngine(R)2 Sandbox(TM)2
CyberLink PowerBackup
CyberLink PowerDirector
CyberLink PowerDirector
CyberLink PowerDVD Copy
CyberLink PowerProducer
CyberLink PowerProducer
CyberLink YouCam
CyberLink YouCam
DOOM 3: Resurrection of Evil
DOOM II: Hell on Earth
Download Manager 2.3.10
Driver Genius Professional Edition
Driver Magician 3.5
Driver Robot
Ecuador's AVI Bitrate Calculator 2.91 DX
Epson Easy Photo Print 2
Epson Event Manager
Epson Stylus SX110_TX110 Manual
Error Fix
FacePaint Plugin
Fallout 3 - Game of the Year Edition
File Sorter
FileZilla Client
Final DOOM
Fraps (remove only)
Free File Viewer 2010
Free Pascal 2.4.0
Free Sound Recorder 2010 v9.0.1
FreeMem Professional Version 5.3
Garry's Mod
GIMP 2.6.10
Google Earth Plug-in
Google Talk Plugin
Google Update Helper
HijackThis 2.0.2
HP USB Disk Storage Format Tool
iComment 2.0.2
Inkscape 0.47
Internet Download Manager
iolo technologies' System Mechanic
iroha Note
iroha Note
Java(TM) 6 Update 20
Java(TM) 6 Update 21
Jenkat Games Arcade
K-Lite Codec Pack 6.1.0 (Full)
Knoll Light Factory EZ Studio
LAME v3.98.2 for Audacity
Learn Touch Typing
Live TV
livetvbar Toolbar
Magic Bullet Looks Studio
Malwarebytes' Anti-Malware
Mass Effect
Master Levels for DOOM II
Memware 2.1.005
Microsoft .NET Framework 1.1
Microsoft Chart Controls for Microsoft .NET Framework 3.5
Microsoft Choice Guard
Microsoft Games for Windows - LIVE Redistributable
Microsoft Silverlight
Microsoft Visual C++ 2005 ATL Update kb973923 - x86 8.0.50727.4053
Microsoft Visual C++ 2005 Redistributable
Microsoft Visual C++ 2005 Redistributable
Microsoft Visual C++ 2005 Redistributable
Microsoft Visual C++ 2008 Redistributable - x86 9.0.21022
Microsoft Visual C++ 2008 Redistributable - x86 9.0.30729.17
Microsoft Visual C++ 2008 Redistributable - x86 9.0.30729.4148
Microsoft XNA Framework Redistributable 3.1
MotioninJoy ds3 vibration driver version 0.100
Mozilla Firefox (3.6.10)
MSXML 4.0 SP2 (KB954430)
MSXML 4.0 SP2 (KB973688)
Mumble and Murmur
Nokia Connectivity Cable Driver
Nokia PC Suite
Nokia PC Suite
NVIDIA Stereoscopic 3D Driver
OpenDNS Updater 2.2.1 3.2
PC Connectivity Solution
PFConfig 1.0.290
Pinnacle Studio 14
Pinnacle Studio Ultimate Collection Plugins
Pivot Software
Playalot Games
PriceGong 2.1.0
Rainmeter (remove only)
Realtek High Definition Audio Driver
Realtek USB 2.0 Card Reader
Red Giant ToonIt Studio
Samsung PC Studio 3
Samsung PC Studio 7
Samsung PC Studio 7
SimCity 4 Deluxe
SixaxisDriver 0.91
Skype Toolbars
Skype™ 4.2
SmartSound Common Data
SmartSound Common Data
SmartSound Quicktracks 5
SmartSound Quicktracks 5
SmartSound Quicktracks Plugin
Software Informer 1.0 BETA
SolarWinds Real-time NetFlow Analyzer
Soldat 1.5.0
Soldat PolyWorks
SopCast 3.2.9
Source SDK
Source SDK Base 2006
Source SDK Base 2007
Spotlight on Windows (freeware)
Spybot - Search & Destroy
Star Wars - Battlefront II
Star Wars: Knights of the Old Republic
Startup Faster!
Strikeball (remove only)
StrikeBall2 Deluxe (remove only)
Team Fortress 2
The KMPlayer (remove only)
The Ultimate DOOM
TidySongs (remove only)
Tom Clancy's H.A.W.X.
Total Screen Recorder Gold 1.5
Trapcode 3DStroke Studio
Trapcode Particular Studio
Trapcode Shine Studio
TuneUp Utilities
Turtix (remove only)
Turtix Rescue Adventures (remove only)
Unlocker 1.8.9
Unreal Development Kit
Unreal Tournament
Vegas Pro 9.0
VLC media player 0.9.8a
Windows Live Call
Windows Live Communications Platform
Windows Live Essentials
Windows Live Essentials
Windows Live Messenger
Windows Live Sign-in Assistant
Windows Live Upload Tool
Windows Media Encoder 9 Series
Windows Media Encoder 9 Series
WinPcap 4.1.2
WinRAR archiver
Worms Reloaded
Yahoo!7 Toolbar
Your Uninstaller! 2010
Zortam Mp3 Media Studio 11.10

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Startup List:

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with currently running programs

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StartupList report, 24/09/2010, 3:19:45 PM
StartupList version: 1.52.2
Started from : C:\Program Files (x86)\Trend Micro\HijackThis\HijackThis.EXE
Detected: Unknown Windows (WinNT 6.01.3504)
Detected: Internet Explorer v8.00 (8.00.7600.16385)
* Using default options

Running processes:

C:\Program Files (x86)\Common Files\Microsoft Shared\Ink\TabTip32.exe
C:\Program Files (x86)\Ashampoo\Ashampoo HDD Control\HDDControlGuard.exe
C:\Program Files (x86)\Ashampoo\Ashampoo Snap 4\ashsnap.exe
C:\Program Files (x86)\FreeMem Professional\fmempro.exe
C:\Program Files (x86)\iTunes\iTunesHelper.exe
C:\Program Files (x86)\Common Files\Java\Java Update\jusched.exe
C:\Program Files (x86)\Ashampoo\Ashampoo Magical Defrag 3\defragmonitorservice.exe
C:\Program Files (x86)\Internet Download Manager\IDMan.exe
C:\Program Files (x86)\Ashampoo\Ashampoo Office 2010\smash.exe
C:\Program Files (x86)\Unlocker\UnlockerAssistant.exe
C:\Program Files (x86)\Startup Faster\sfAgent.exe
C:\Program Files (x86)\Ashampoo\Ashampoo Magical Defrag 3\defragtaskbar.exe
C:\Program Files (x86)\Internet Download Manager\IEMonitor.exe
C:\Program Files (x86)\Acer Display\eDisplay Management\DTHtml.exe
C:\Program Files (x86)\Software Informer\softinfo.exe
C:\Program Files (x86)\OpenDNS Updater\OpenDNSUpdater.exe
C:\Program Files (x86)\ 3\program\soffice.exe
C:\Program Files (x86)\ 3\program\soffice.bin
C:\Program Files (x86)\Mozilla Firefox\firefox.exe
C:\Program Files (x86)\Mozilla Firefox\plugin-container.exe
C:\Program Files (x86)\Ashampoo\Ashampoo Magical Defrag 3\defragActivityMonitor.exe
C:\Users\Ron\AppData\Local\Google\Google Talk Plugin\googletalkplugin.exe
C:\Program Files (x86)\Steam\Steam.exe
C:\Program Files (x86)\Trend Micro\HijackThis\HijackThis.exe


Checking Windows NT UserInit:

[HKLM\Software\Microsoft\Windows NT\CurrentVersion\Winlogon]
UserInit = userinit.exe


Autorun entries from Registry:

StartupFaster = "C:\Program Files (x86)\Startup Faster\startuploader.exe" -run SFAURUN SFCURUN SFAUSTARTUP SFCUSTARTUP


Autorun entries from Registry:

FlashPlayerUpdate = C:\Windows\SysWOW64\Macromed\Flash\FlashUtil10i_Plugin.exe -update plugin


Autorun entries in Registry subkeys of:


*No values found*


File association entry for .HTA:

(Default) = C:\Windows\SysWOW64\mshta.exe "%1" %*


Shell & screensaver key from C:\Windows\SYSTEM.INI:

Shell=*INI section not found*
SCRNSAVE.EXE=*INI section not found*
drivers=*INI section not found*

Shell & screensaver key from Registry:

SCRNSAVE.EXE=C:\Program Files (x86)\Ashampoo\Ashampoo Magical Defrag 3\md3s.scr
drivers=*Registry value not found*

Policies Shell key:

HKCU\..\Policies: Shell=*Registry key not found*
HKLM\..\Policies: Shell=*Registry value not found*


Enumerating Browser Helper Objects:

IDM Helper - C:\Program Files (x86)\Internet Download Manager\IDMIECC.dll - {0055C089-8582-441B-A0BF-17B458C2A3A8}
(no name) - C:\Program Files (x86)\Yahoo!\Companion\Installs\cpn\yt.dll - {02478D38-C3F9-4efb-9B51-7695ECA05670}
SuggestMeYesBHO - C:\Program Files (x86)\AutocompletePro\AutocompletePro.dll - {0FB6A909-6086-458F-BD92-1F8EE10042A0}
PriceGong - C:\Program Files (x86)\PriceGong\2.1.0\PriceGongIE.dll - {1631550F-191D-4826-B069-D9439253D926}
AcroIEHelperStub - C:\Program Files (x86)\Common Files\Adobe\Acrobat\ActiveX\AcroIEHelperShim.dll - {18DF081C-E8AD-4283-A596-FA578C2EBDC3}
(no name) - C:\Program Files (x86)\Real\RealPlayer\rpbrowserrecordplugin.dll - {3049C3E9-B461-4BC5-8870-4C09146192CA}
(no name) - C:\PROGRA~2\SPYBOT~1\SDHelper.dll - {53707962-6F74-2D53-2644-206D7942484F}
iComment - "C:\Program Files (x86)\iComment 2.0.2\iComment.dll" (file missing) - {9005D5D6-4DD4-4D15-B550-2CCE057D6E86}
(no name) - C:\Program Files (x86)\Common Files\Microsoft Shared\Windows Live\WindowsLiveLogin.dll - {9030D464-4C02-4ABF-8ECC-5164760863C6}
LastPass Browser Helper Object - C:\Program Files (x86)\LastPass\LPBar.dll - {95D9ECF5-2A4D-4550-BE49-70D42F71296E}
(no name) - mscoree.dll (file missing) - {A15C7D2D-9A4C-4c9a-9BD4-CC4815B28EBC}
(no name) - C:\Program Files (x86)\livetvbar\tbliv1.dll - {ad55c869-668e-457c-b270-0cfb2f61116f}
SkypeIEPluginBHO - C:\Program Files (x86)\Skype\Toolbars\Internet Explorer\skypeieplugin.dll - {AE805869-2E5C-4ED4-8F7B-F1F7851A4497}
(no name) - C:\Program Files (x86)\Java\jre6\bin\jp2ssv.dll - {DBC80044-A445-435b-BC74-9C25C1C588A9}
(no name) - C:\Program Files (x86)\Yahoo!\Companion\Installs\cpn\YTSingleInstance.dll - {FDAD4DA1-61A2-4FD8-9C17-86F7AC245081}


Enumerating Task Scheduler jobs:

Driver Robot.job
Error Fix Scan.job
Free File Viewer Update Checker.job
RegInOut Scheduled Scan - Ron.job


Enumerating Download Program Files:



Enumerating Winsock LSP files:

NameSpace #1: C:\Windows\system32\NLAapi.dll
NameSpace #4: C:\Windows\system32\napinsp.dll
NameSpace #5: C:\Windows\system32\pnrpnsp.dll
NameSpace #6: C:\Windows\system32\pnrpnsp.dll
NameSpace #7: C:\Program Files (x86)\Bonjour\mdnsNSP.dll
NameSpace #8: C:\Windows\system32\wshbth.dll
Protocol #1: C:\Windows\system32\idmmbc.dll
Protocol #2: C:\Windows\system32\idmmbc.dll
Protocol #3: C:\Windows\system32\idmmbc.dll
Protocol #4: C:\Windows\system32\idmmbc.dll
Protocol #5: C:\Windows\system32\idmmbc.dll
Protocol #6: C:\Windows\system32\idmmbc.dll
Protocol #7: C:\Windows\system32\idmmbc.dll
Protocol #8: C:\Windows\system32\idmmbc.dll
Protocol #9: C:\Windows\system32\idmmbc.dll
Protocol #10: C:\Windows\system32\idmmbc.dll
Protocol #24: C:\Windows\system32\idmmbc.dll


Enumerating ShellServiceObjectDelayLoad items:

WebCheck: *Registry key not found*

End of report, 7,855 bytes
Report generated in 0.047 seconds

Command line options:
/verbose - to add additional info on each section
/complete - to include empty sections and unsuspicious data
/full - to include several rarely-important sections
/force9x - to include Win9x-only startups even if running on WinNT
/forcent - to include WinNT-only startups even if running on Win9x
/forceall - to include all Win9x and WinNT startups, regardless of platform
/history - to list version history only

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thanks in advance, lists made with Trend Micro HijackThis

Expert:  Tom K replied 5 years ago.

In most cases its no really possible to have multiple drivers for one device. Typically you may see drivers that have the same name, but are actually for different devices.


Can you tell me what driver it is that you think is duplicate?

Customer: replied 5 years ago.
well i found 2 drivers with an identical Hardware ID in the drivers properties

USB Composite Device, the duplicate hasnt reinstalled itself since i removed it, thats how i found the duplicate, been learning to troubleshoot drivers and system slowdowns so identifying the duplicate was a breeze, hope this helps :D

looking forward to your reply :)

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