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START -> RUN
type MSCONFIG in the RUN box
then click OK
Click on the startup TAB
Look at each line that has a check in the box, these are startup items. Uncheck the ones you do not want ot run at startup.
Click OK and reboot.
You should also do an antispyware scan.
Download and install ewido.
Update it and do a full system scan.
how to disable startup items
thanks for your help and interest.
I have Spybot S&D installed and run that frequently.
That is an anti-spyware, I believe.
Is ewido something different? and will I need it in addition to Spybot?
It is different
Its for worms,trojans,and so on.Very good program.Click EWIDO
If you run your SpyBot S&D in "advanced" mode, it has a handy tool that allows you to disable startup items. As a plus, it tells you what they are and if disabling them is recommended.
how to disable unwanted startup items
I am so happy to have received two answers and so promptly - THANKS!
is where I got the whole list, but then didn't know how to proceed.
I will check out the second link you provided as well.
I understand you can use msconfig in windows XP, but how do you the same in windows 2000.
Disable Startup in 2000
Thanks Tufenuf Will try to download Msconfig. H3709
(NT) H3709: Gor For It
Thanks for the links - but I have a question
One of the lines in my MSCONFIG file is blank. Totally blank in the startup item and command section but has HKLM . . . in the last column. What is this? Any ideas?
I can't answer specifically,
but I would remove the tick and see what happens.
If your computer becomes unstable, then we investigate more.
As a matter of interest does the Command column only show HKLM? What happens if you pull aside to the right the divider between the Command and Location column headers? Do you see more of the entry?
If you disable this Startup item, and click Apply/OK, you will get a warning message that the change will only take effect when you next start the computer. Then, when you do restart it, as Windows loads you will get an information window saying that you have chosen selective startup. You can suppress that window by ticking the option within the window.
An great manager for identifying start ups and managing them
When i last used Windows (98se and Xp) i regularily made use of the PcForrest Startman program and found it exellent.
It allows easy management of starting programs and provides a back up if you disable any and;
If you right click a start up on the startman list you can go off to the site and get the startup identified.All for free although donations are possible.
Answers that work also a great site.
Best Wishes all,Chris
Must admit though ive changed to Ubuntu GNU/Linux awhile now and no regrets for general computer use.This machine is now used as it is meant to be and not as a battle ground against virus's and spyware.I do run a firewall in GNU/Linux also a virus scanner but just get NO probs.
I use a small program that sits in the system tray called WinPatrol. It can be downloaded at http://www.winpatrol.com/
It also does a lot of other nice things.
WinPatrol is a wonderful program! I think it is really worth getting the "Plus" edition for the small fee. It also helps you determine other applications that may be running on your computer that you don't need or want.
The best utility for disabling start-up application...
My opinion is that the best utility for disable application, is CodeStuff Starter (http://CodeStuff.mirrorz.com).
You can disable startup applications, and then enable if you like.
I have modified my msconfig - start up applications and some of my programs did not work correctly.
Example. I have a wireless Logitech keyboard and mouse and after modifying the start up application, some of the buttons on the mouse did not work as they did during the initial installation. I had to go back in and try and decipher what program did what and check the appropriate box. In doing so, my mouse is fully operational again.
The easiest and simplest startup utility
have you guys even ever heard of the Startup folder or MSConfig?????????
You don't need to spent thousands of dollars on programs doing the same thing that MSconfig does....
Tutorial for Dummies... (hint hint)
Click start, programs then, "startup" folder, whatever is in there will run on startup, delete or move the stuff you want gone.
Next, click start, then Run now type:
go to the startup tab, there are a list of programsthat run on startup, REMOVE (click on the box with the checkmark in it, it should disapear, OH MY GOD IT'S POSSESED, CALL THE PRIEST!!!)
Click apply. Voila....
if the programs are just ads
"AD-AWARE SE PERSONAL EDITION"
People ask questions and don't need "for dummies" added to your answer.
Adaware alone is not sufficient to clean up spyware.
Ewido does the best that I have found, but I usually run Spybot and Adaware as well.
As far as startup programs, msconfig will show "most" of what is starting up but if spyware is on your machine it may not show in msconfig. Some other startup management programs can show more and some of them explain what those items are.
If you just want to use msconfig, but what to know what each item is, then look for a file or exe name and search for it on google. You can determine the origin of almost everything quickly.
If they are HP (hewlitt packard) or Logitech you can tell where they belong already. Many others may not be as obvious, but unchecking them does not remove them, you can always go back and check them again.
It's not the question it's the answers that were ridiculious
Excuse me if I'm not the queen of england, I don't look in a throne
None of these answers are rediculous.
You will find with Windows that there is generally more than one way, more than one answer. Often, no "single" answer is the correct one.
Your initial post suggests you have not realised that yet.
Please modify your responses.
Shutting Down Startup Stuff
I use Startup Mechanic. It gives you a brief description of the various startup items, and you can shut them off or leave them on, if you aren't certain or know they are necessary.
It's free, and less than a meg.
downloaded startup mechanic,did a scan,"mechanic" is telling me 'windows defender' is harmfull !!!!
whats up with that ??
Easy to use startup control
I have used a free program from Mike Lin, called "Startup Control Panel". It is easy to use, doesn't overwhelm you like MSCONFIG, and doesn't nag like MSCONFIG does either.
He also has another program called "Startup Montior" which will warn you and ask for approval when a program registers a startup change.
His programs can be found at his home page:
Sounds Great ...... But
Everytime I try to install them I get a notice from Spybot that it has detected a registry entry. Then I get a popup that says registry change denied. Checked Spybot and it's been blocking all my downloads (which explains why they're not working) I've spent the last 3 hours trying to resolve this but now I call "uncle" Can anyone help?
You should create a new discussion on this.
It doesn't seem to apply to the original question.
Stopping Programs at startup (The Easy way)
To start and stop Programs at startup. You might be best off using a program called 'Desktop Armor' formerly this program used to be 'Geek superhero'.
I recommend this program to all new users because it is very simple to use, has a great deal of Security features and gives you the ability to toggle whether Programs run at startup or not.
I have been using these programs for over 3 years, you may well be impressed with the functionality and Security features, as I am.
removing items out of start up in windows xp home/pro
All you have to do is click on start go to run then
type in msconfig a window will open up with a few tabs
at the top choose startup and deslect the itmes you
do not want to run at start up click apply or ok
choose not to reboot and you are done no other software
Startup Cop Pro
Startup Cop Pro cost a little bit but it works evertytime..only one I have used for 3 years now and it works...............
Re: how to disable unwanted startup applications
I have used and still use articles that are posted on BLACK VIPER Website: (http://www.dead-eye.net/WinXP Services.htm).
He shows 5 different setup configurations.
REAd THE WARNINGS as some configs may bring UNDESIRED Results with some computers.
1. "SAFE" general Windows XP, Internet Gateway Config
2. DEFAULT Pro (Win XP Pro)
3. Internet Gateway (Mainly Internet Use)
4. Gaming (Serious Gaming setup)
5. Mine (Black Viper's personal machine Setup)
Hope this helps
Cheers and Goodluck