Removing unwanted AutoPlay Handlers in Windows XP and WindowsVista

Published: July 30, 2004
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CleanHandlers - AutoPlay cleanup utility

When you right-click a CD drive or any removable drive and choose Properties, the AutoPlay tab lists all the AutoPlay Handlers for each Event. In some cases, an orphaned entry might appear there, as a result of incomplete uninstall of a software (such as Music match Jukebox, Nikon View etc). CleanHandlers helps you remove the invalid entries from the listing. In addition, this utility can find invalid AutoPlay entries (see Note #1 and #2 below) and also remove them automatically.

Download CleanHandlers v2.4
(For Windows XP and Windows Vista systems)

You may use this utility in the following situations

  1. A junk entry appears in the AutoPlay window, sub-titled as <need provider> ( Fig 1)

  2. Select an action to perform box is completely blank for an event (Fig 2)

  3. To remove unwanted entries from the AutoPlay window.


Command Description
Delete Deletes the chosen Autoplay handler
Refresh Refreshes the list of Autoplay handlers
Scan Scan for invalid Autoplay handers and creates a report
Scan and Fix invalid entries Fixes invalid Autoplay handlers automatically. Registry backup is done before fixing the entries.

AutoPlay Handlers registry location

If you plan to remove the invalid handlers directly from the registry, backup the key before modifying. The Autoplay handlers are present in the following locations:

HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE \ Software \ Microsoft \ Windows \ CurrentVersion \ Explorer \ AutoplayHandlers \ Handlers \ <handler>

HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE \ Software \ Microsoft \ Windows \ CurrentVersion \ Explorer \ AutoplayHandlers \ EventHandlers \ <Event Name>

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