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After installing the drivers for Windows the following program is always open:

annoying program

I can't right-click it, when I hover over it it says nothing, and it's always on top of other windows. When minimized it also gets in the way.

I think it comes from the ASUS driver but not sure, any way I can find out without uninstalling everything?

Thanks to Doktoro Reichard's answer I found this thread.

To remove the ASUS AI Suite 3 desktop gadget right-click on the ASUS Suite icon in the icon tray and deselect "ASUS Mini Bar".

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Open Task Manager (Ctrl-Alt-Delete), look for Applications running, then you right click the application. Go to "Go to process" you should have the application name.

EDIT: Blessed Google Image Search, searched your pic and first result was the ASUS driver page - AI Suite II / III. Seems like it is this, isn't it?

EDIT + UPDATE: Searched a little more, found this answer written by TwoCables at overclock.net. After reading it seems to be written for AI Suite II but it should work for III as well. Quoting the relevant parts:

1 - Open Task Scheduler (in Vista and 7, open the Start Menu, type task scheduler, and then press Enter)

2 - On the far left side, expand Task Scheduler Library

3 - Select "ASUS"

4 - In the middle, you'll see two Tasks named "ASUS AI Suite II Execute", and "ASUS DigiVRM Help"

5 - Right-click them and choose "Disable" (you can select both by holding down either Shift or Ctrl and left clicking them)

6 - Close Task Manager

So now AI Suite II will no longer start with Windows! The best part is that AI Suite II will not automatically undo these changes any time you open it, so now it's just like any other program. You can also Shut Down or Restart while AI Suite II is running, and it will still not cause it to start with Windows.

However, there are still a bunch of processes running in the background! Fortunately, you can easily disable all of them and never have to worry about it! Here's how:

1 - Open Services.msc (open the Start Menu, type services.msc, and then press Enter)

2 - Look for the following services:

  • ASUS Com Service
  • ASUS HM Com Service
  • ASUS System Control Service

3 - Change both "ASUS Com Service" and "ASUS HM Com Service" to Manual.

4 - Change "ASUS System Control Service" to Disabed.

So now when you open AI Suite II, it will still be able to start both "ASUS Com Service" and "ASUS HM Com Service" (both of these start up a few other processes at the same time). I mean, if these were set to Disabled, then you'd get an error.

Note: every single process that gets started by these two services will continue running even after completely exiting AI Suite II. Fortunately, they do not automatically start with Windows! So if you wanted to be in complete control and always stop them right after exiting AI Suite II, then go into Services.msc, right-click the two services we set to "manual", and then choose "Stop". Although, you'll have to remember to do this every single time if you are a person like me who likes to keep everything under control. hehe

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Hi, it's not under applications. –  mind.blank Aug 21 '13 at 3:35
    
Well, you "could" try to check under Processes. If it is an Asus driver, then it "should" have some name starting with asus*. If you think you found the culprit, try Ending Process, although I advise caution, as you might shut off essential parts of the system. –  Doktoro Reichard Aug 21 '13 at 3:38
    
D'oh. Seems like you answered the last part. My update will be of use if you would want to disable permanently the application altogether. –  Doktoro Reichard Aug 21 '13 at 3:53

To directly answer the question in the topic (for posterity sake):

"How to find which program a window belongs to so I can disable/uninstall it?"

The excellent Process Explorer is an alternative task manager. In it, there's a crosshair icon on it's toolbar. Click-hold and drag that icon to any window and it will hilite the process in it's task list.

While hilited, you can use the Process menu > Search Online menu entry for more info about that specific task. it basically just throws the executable name at google. Nonetheless, it's very handy.

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(for posterity's sake) you could link to Process Explorer instead of sending all people that come by this to google. Guessing that this question is indeed worded at something like a Wiki page or a Q/A, except I would switch "this" for "any". –  Doktoro Reichard Aug 21 '13 at 4:10
    
gaaaah... allow me to be lazy... ok fine. (= Linked. –  monsto Aug 21 '13 at 4:53

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