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9/10/04 Safely getting rid of those Windows msconfig start-up programs

by Lee Koo (ADMIN) CNET staff/forum admin / September 9, 2004 4:46 AM PDT

Thank you Lucien and all the participants in this past week?s question! Make sure you all check out the honorable mention and the reference websites and utility recommendations by our members following this post. I encourage all of you who have more tips or questions on this topic to post below. This way we can all learn more together.

Thanks again everyone!
-Lee Koo
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(WARNING: Some of this week's honorable mentions may suggest the task of editing your Windows registry, MAKE SURE back up your registry in case you do something wrong and also be that you are familiar with files you are planning to delete. You don't want to delete a file that is critical to your system; that can really wreak havoc in your computer. So be cautious and know what you are deleting before proceeding! Delete files and edit the Windows registry at your own risk. Thank you.)


I have a lot of things listed in Windows start-up through Msconfig. Is there a way to safely delete things other than going to Web sites and going through the long, agonizing search process? What would you recommend?

Submitted by: Nikki K.


You must be careful when working in here because the start-up area is where Windows places certain drivers and other items that it needs to work properly. It is not necessarily a bad thing to see many items here, but it is worth examining the list for things that could be removed. This is also where certain pieces of other applications are loaded, and although these items may not be essential to the operation of the system (or even to that program), they have been placed here for a reason, and removing them by hand could cause unexpected behavior in your system. For example, all (or nearly all) of the icons in your system tray (near the clock) are there because of entries in the start-up settings. You are correct that the only safe way to remove items by hand from here is to research each one to learn what it does and whether it needs to be here, but as this is not an option for you, here is what I suggest.

First, install a good antivirus program, if you have not already. Virus programs also use this area to ensure that they are running when the system is up. Scan the entire system and be sure it is clean. Next, install an adware/spyware removal tool, such as Ad-aware or Spybot Search and Destroy, to ensure that no other undesirable software is being loaded automatically. Again, scan the entire system and resolve all problems before moving on to the next step.

Open the Control Panel and double-click "Add or remove programs." Work your way through the list carefully, removing any items that you no longer use. Do not remove something simply because you don't recognize it; some office suites and antivirus programs install multiple components that show up as separate entries in this list. You should be free of pop-up loaders and other adware programs at this point, but many of them will place entries here, so watch for words such as buy, search, and helper in items that you can't remember installing yourself.

Finally, examine the icons in your system tray and check the settings for items that you use rarely or not at all. For example, both RealPlayer and QuickTime multimedia programs load components here that enable their respective players to start more quickly (and to check for updates) when they are launched, but if you rarely use them or need a little more performance from your system at other times, you can turn them off here. Instant-messenger programs load here, but so do some printer and antivirus control panels, so do not simply turn everything off.

If you run msconfig now, you should see fewer items in the start-up area, but it is unlikely that it will be empty. However, you can have some assurance now that anything that is here is here for a good reason, an you probably want it to stay. Certainly, there could be extraneous or undesirable entries remaining, but these can be removed by hand only after some informed research, so we have done as much as possible without going to that extra effort.

Submitted by: Lucien J. of Crumpton, Maryland. USA

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by Lee Koo (ADMIN) CNET staff/forum admin / September 9, 2004 4:47 AM PDT

****** HONORABLE MENTIONS**********

(WARNING: Some of this week's honorable mentions may suggest the task of editing your Windows registry, MAKE SURE back up your registry in case you do something wrong and also be that you are familiar with files you are planning to delete. You don't want to delete a file that is critical to your system; that can really wreak havoc in your computer. So be cautious and know what you are deleting before proceeding! Delete files and edit the Windows registry at your own risk. Thank you.)


the question is deceivingly simple. So, I suspect more than a simple answer is best.

If you need to remove shortcuts from the Windows startup folder, simply go to start, all programs, startup. Right click on the icon and choose delete.
This only stops the program from loading automatically. The programs remain installed and functional.

Now for the not so simple answer. First and foremost make sure your machine is fully up to date on patches and virus definitions. Many viruses load under randomly created file names.

Second, check for spyware. I use a combination of "SpyBot Search and Destroy" and "Adaware". Both are free downloads and find different problems. So I use both.

Now comes the easy (or hard) part. If you are inexperienced with the registry and it's function, it's time to be very cautious. Probably best to consult an experienced technician.

In the startup window within msconfig there is a list of registry keys that load programs. 90+% of the progams don't need to autostart. Stretch out the "command" box. Identify the anti-virus and firewall files. Leave them alone. Everything else can go.
Check the box by the rest of the startup items, then click disable all. This method allows you to change your mind in the future by clicking and enabling things you really want.

Restart and see how things work. The difference shoulld be dramatic.

Submitted by: Jim D.



The answer depends on what you want to retain for startup, and which windows OS you are running.
One thing for sure, you do not want to remove the SystemTray, ScanRegistry, or Taskbar Display Controls entries. On a Notebook computer, do not remove LoadPowerProfile. If you have a printer installed, do not remove the task for that printer. Other than these, any virus monitor, device driver, or anything else you feel you need for productivity or safety should not be removed.

Make a list of everything you want to keep and uncheck everything else in the Startup tab.

Once you remove an entry (by unchecking it), you will be required to restart windows to make the changes permanent in Windows98 or previous OSs. You may also need to edit the registry. There are quite a few instructions on CNET Forums Q&A archives for this, so I will not repeat them here.

I could have answered more succinctly, if you had provided more information, such as a list of what is in the Startup tab in msconfig. I hope this list of do nots will be sufficient.

Be aware that every entry in the Startup tab reduces the amount of resources available for your productivity applications.

James S. of Freehold, NJ USA

Submitted by: James S. of Freehold, NJ USA



I'm a little confused as to what your particular question is, but if you mean how does one remove items (programs) and keep them from running when Windows starts (the items shown from the run tab in system configuration (msconfig)), you can easily edit that particular registry key, first things first:

After that said, here are the steps,

Step 1 (MOST IMPORTANT): Back up the registry! This can easily be done by left clicking START > RUN and type REGEDIT in the run/open text box and hit ENTER or left click run or open. The registry editor should open and you then want to left click on My Computer 1 time to highlight it, then left click "File" (upper left corner) then click "Eport" (this will allow you to export a copy of the registry) a dialog box will open allowing you to save the registry file copy, gerally you can save it in My Documents but it can be saved wherever you want. Type a name for the backup and left click Save. See it sounds harder than it really is.

Step 2: With the Registry Editor still open, left click the + sign next to My Computer to expand it, it might already be expanded in which case left click the + sign next to HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE to expand it, then expand the SOFTWARE folder, then MICROSOFT, then WINDOWS, then CURRENTVERSION, and then the folder named RUN, left click the RUN folder one time to highlight it and in the right hand pane you will see all of the programs (keys)that load on Windows startup. There are certain entries in here that you probably do not want to remove (such as entries that refer to printers, anti virus, etc.), so if you know which programs you want to remove then click your right mouse button on the the key referring to the desired program you want removed and a shortcut menu will popup, from there left click on DELETE or press Delete on the keyboard afterwhich a dialog box will open asking you to confirm deletion, select Yes or OK. After you are done, left click on "File" again and then "Exit".
This will close the Registry Editor and you then want to restart the computer. Snot that hard is it?

Now, to safely delete "things" (programs), you should always go to Add/Remove Programs in the Control Panel first or see if the program has an uninstall link usually found when navigating to the program from the All Programs/Programs list, sometimes you can click the right mouse button on the START icon and then left click Explore in the shortcut popup menu which in turn will open Windows Explorer, then you can see if the program is listed on the C:\ drive (or partition if you have such, I have one 20Gb partition for Windows, one 25Gb for programs, and one 30Gb for Data; (pics, downloads etc.)), anyhow, also look for the Programs/Program Files folder and open the folder for the program you want to remove, you can look in here for an Uninstall file, it should have an extension such as .exe, .bat, .com, jar, or you can use the Search tool, either way, You can double click on the file and generally the programs uninstall will start. If you still have problems then you can always delete the file by going to Windows Explorer or use Search, as I stated earlier, locate the program, select and delete it, then go back to the Registry Editor as described earlier (remember to BACK UP THE REGISTRY BEFORE EDITING IT), left click on EDIT (next to File), then left click on FIND, in the text box next to "Find What", type all or part of the program name you want removed and click Find Next, if your program is found you can delete the Folder referring to said program (NOT THE MAIN FOLDER CONTAINING IT), you will then want to click Edit > Find Next (below Find) and a search will be performed for any more instances of the program. After you are done, close the Registry Editor and restart you computer. If you didn't delete the wrong Keys, you are good to go.


Also, generally if you open the Registry Editor and use FIND to see if a program has been registered and you don?t find any instances of said program, you can search for and safely delete the program from it's location on the hard drive, but you this is becoming rare these days as this method mostly pertains to some DOS based programs.

It all sounds harder than it really is, I hope I was of some help and correctly understood and answered your

Thanks for the opportunity to help and good luck!,

Submitted by: Joseph M.



Dear Nikki

I suggest you to visit this link and browse to "The Programs" . You may download or start_ups.exe. offers database of common msconfig entry with meanings of each one, which program contributes to this particular entry, whether it can be unchecked at start up etc. This database is provided to you in downloadable version i.e you may read it offline.
You may read the link above for additional information
This site has also maintained database of msconfig entry in dictionary format i.e you don't have to search for meaning of msconfig entry using search engine.
Just visit the above two sites to learn the meaning of your required terms Programs like win task can help you to get rid of unwanted entry in msconfig

This site has maintained good list of what is required at startup & what can be unchecked (delete) at start-up safely

This site will help you to get all the required information about msconfig start-up list from the single place on internet. I mean you will not have to search internet for different msconfig entry.

Please click on link what loads at startup & what to uncheck at startup

*If you don't wish to go online, you may search for the required entry's folder on your pc. Entry that belongs to Window/System folder are usually required.

You may read the documentation (readme file) supplied with your peripherals like key board & mouse etc. This may inform you about the files required at sartup for working of this device.

Followings are list of common entry required on my Window Me system scan registry , task monitor, sys tray,- yes

Entry that belongs to your Virus scan & internet security softwares are required.

load power profile - no, unless you use the standby/hibernation features on your pc

country selection - no


EM_EXEC - no, unless you have a Logitech mouse

multimedir KBD - no, unless you have a multifunction keyboard and use the additional keys

algoserv - no (Yes , if you use Mcafee Virus scan 6 )

bpcpost.exe - no, unless you have tv viewing software

file scan - no (unless you wish your backup software to scan for file changes at every startup)

iusage- no, unless you need to calculate the time you are on the internet

scheduling agen - no, unless you run scheduled tasks such as defrag, scandisk, etc


statemgr - no unless you use System Restore

encoder agent - no

If you suspect for Spyware, you may visit the site listed below and download a program called 'Ad-aware', it is a very good spyware detection program and will highlight all instances on your machine. Once you have downloaded it, run the installation file and when the program is set up, use it to do a 'deep scan' of your system. When it has finished the scan, make a note of what instances of spyware it found and then let the program remove those entries.

Please note that the application which installed spyware might not work once you use Ad-aware to scan spyware.

You may delete obsolete entry in ms config as follow

First you MUST back up your registry as we are going to edit it.

Click Start, click Run, type scanregw, and then click OK.
When you receive a prompt to back up the registry, click Yes.
When you receive the "Backup complete" message, click OK.

Now click Start, Run, type regedit.

Navigate to HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion|Run-

The last little - is important as there will be a number of Run and RunOnce files.

This will be a list of unchecked entries in the Startup Group, now it is just a case of selecting each entry and deleting it.

Once you have deleted these entries, fire up msconfig again and they will no longer be there

(if you are not sure about the process, please leave the obsolete entry as it is. Just uncheck those you don't wish to load at start-up)

*you may visit site . This site has maintained database of spyware, adware, malware

With Best Regards

Submitted by: Ashar B.



Judging by your reference to the useful msconfig command, I assume that you are somewhat familiar with Windows. The first thing you are going to want to do is set a system restore point. You can do this through the Start menu: Start>All Programs>Accessories>System Tools>System Restore. This is your backup in case you stop a process that won?t startup again, or in case stopping a program or process has a negative effect to your system.

There are a couple of places in the msconfig console, at least in Windows XP where you can prevent commands from running when Windows starts. If you go over to the ?Services? tab, it will show processes that are generally useful to the computer at startup and may be things such as virus protection, firewall service, pop-up killers, etc. The safest way to work with this section is to check the box that says, ?Hide all Microsoft services.? This will prevent you from stopping a service that is essential to the proper startup of Windows.

The other tab that is more useful, but also more risky, is the ?Startup? tab. This tab has a list of all the programs that start when your computer starts. This is generally things such as temperature monitors, media player ?fast-start? centers, some display driver features, just to name a few. The safest, albeit slowest, way to find out what is essential or useful to you and what is not is to turn one off at a time, restart and see what happened. Some of the programs are easy to identify, such as qttask.exe is for the QuickTime fast-start center. Most programs on the ?Startup? list are not essential to the operation of Windows, so you can basically experiment as you need to.

When you restart, your computer will show you a dialogue that tells you that you are running a selective startup of Windows, and open the msconfig dialogue box so you can make changes if necessary. If you play around with your computer for awhile and don?t notice any problems, that process was probably something behind the scenes that you may or may not need in the long run. If nothing is messed up, you can leave the process disabled and move on to disable another one. Obviously, if your computer is not running something that you want it to at startup, you need to enable that process again on the ?Startup? tab, and move down the list.

Once you have disabled the startup programs that are unnecessary for your computer, you can click the checkbox on the dialogue box when Windows starts so it will stop telling you that you are running a selective startup. If you need to enable any processes afterwords, just use msconfig. The processes will stay on the list until you uninstall the program that put them there. Enjoy your faster starting computer!

Submitted by: Stephen S.



The answer to your question about removing processes from the startup can not be answered in 35 words or less.( At least not the way I would go about fixing your problem). You can run "Regedit" to delete the start up files. This can be done by clicking on the "Start" bar and then click on "Run". Type in Regedit and click "OK". When the Registry Editor box pops up, on the left hand side click on the (+) next to HKEY_CURRENT_USER, then click the (+) next to Software, then the (+) next to Microsoft, then the (+) next to Windows, then the (+) next to CurrentVersion. Now scroll down the list until you find "Run" and right click on the folder and click "Export". Name the file "Run Old" and place it somewhere you can find it if it is ever needed.(In case you delete something from the "Run" folder that should not have been deleted." Now on the right hand side there should be a list of programs that are starting with Windows. If you don't know what something is you can write down the name of the file listed under "Data", (usually it is an (.exe) file, and go to to get an explanation of what the file is or what program it is associated with. You can also go to or . If you go to answers that work, just click on the letter the filename starts with and it will take you to the correct page. You can right click on anything under "Name" and then click "Delete". Once you are finished in the "Run" folder, you need to look in the left hand box again and click on any folder that has "Run" in its name.(Like RunOnce or RunOnceEx.) Follow the same procedure as previously mentioned. Remember to first right click on the folder in the left hand box and click "Export". This is important in case you ever want to restore the registry back to its original condition. After you have gone through all the "Run" folders, you then need to go back to the top of the list in the left hand box and click on HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE. Follow the same path as before to find the "Run" folders there. (HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion). Repeat the same steps as before with regards to deleting the files. In the "Run" folders, you will find a lot of programs you never knew were running, or how they got there. After deleting any unnecessary files, you will notice that Windows will start up a lot faster and run a lot smoother. If you have any problems when rebooting, go into Windows in "Safe Mode", find the file you exported,(remember the one I told you to name "Run") , right click on the file, and click "Merge". When the box pops up asking if you are sure you want to do this, click "Yes". This will put all the files back in that folder. Most of the time you shouldn't have a problem. I hope this helps and is not too technical for you.

Submitted by: Robert


Quite frankly, the less the better in MSCONFIG. In fact the only two items that should be starting with your system are your firewall and your virus protection. Some video cards insist on loading their drivers and tools and this is OK if you are into video games, video editing, VHS conversion, etc. The only other things that you might need checked in MSCONFIG is power management for a laptop and a memory manager.

As a guideline, if more than 4 or 5 items are checked in MSCONFIG you probably have too much starting. Remember, everything can be started when it's needed, like Media Player, Internet Explorer, Mail, Office and/or the Office tool bar, and QuickTime. Some programs like QuickTime of insidious in that every time you run them it places itself back in MSCONFIG (what else would you expect from a MAC product?).

Other than the your firewall and virus protection, just about everything else can go. But there could be exceptions so uncheck 1 or 2 items at a time and run for a day two. If no problems, repeat the process until you whittle the list down to the barest minimum. If something breaks, just recheck it in MSCONFIG.

Also note that MSCONFIG tells you where the start up command resides and where it is located in the registry. Many times programs you uninstalled never came out all the way and they are still starting or trying to start. With this info you can go right to the folder and/or registry key and delete the garbage. Word of Warning, do a system backup (checkpoint) before doing this so you can undo anything you did - just in case.

Remember, you need to check the MSCONFIG periodically because software vendors are notorious for adding things to it. Also make sure your favorite applications, in their set-up, have "Start with Windows" unchecked. Finally, check Start-Programs-Startup to see if anything is in there you don't want to start when you boot up.

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Joe P. of Clarks Summit, Pa.

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Reference sites and utility recommendations by our Members
by Lee Koo (ADMIN) CNET staff/forum admin / September 9, 2004 4:49 AM PDT
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Not wanting to re-invent the wheel, and also wanting to know what these vast hordes of services were really doing in Windows XP I set out on a quest.
Fortunately I found a great site that explains all and even gives you outstanding advice on what services you can live without.
The first major no-no is don't use MSCONFIG to disable services, you could actually shut something off that Windows needs to operate and that could cause you a major problem. Use the SERVICES.MSC program instead, as is explained fully at the following web site.
Tons of useful information about the services, what they are, and if you can live without them based on how your system is configured.
Submitted by: Chuck B.


Hey, Go To In the left side of the page is a few systems you can click on ! when you get to that page scroll down and there you will find the best msconfig for your system !

Submitted by: Lonesome Cowboy


I recommend you to immediately go to

It has been proven by many people. (see for yourself)
Note: Once your on the webpage, read very carefully.
Submitted by: Ryan

The very best site to find out just what the services are which run on your system is

This man has done all of the "footwork" for you & describes, in detail, what the service does & doesn't do.

He even presents three main configurations & explains the procedure for setting up different hardware profiles- so you can choose, at boot, which profile suits your intended purpose for your PC at that time. This is especially nice when doing any sort of CPU/RAM intensive work such as DVD rendering/editing or Photoshop.

Hope this is just what you were looking for?

Submitted by Tracy F.


If you go to this web site you will find a list of the programs that run on windows start up that can be disabled safely. These are his instructions. Do NOT use "msconfig" to disable services, type "services.msc" in the Run box instead! (WHY?)
Why can't I use msconfig to change my services?
The reason is because with msconfig and Hardware Profiles, you can disable services that may be vital to boot your system. With the management console (services.msc) you cannot. Also, msconfig, while unchecking the box, is disabling the service.
The "Disable All" button also scares me. It should not even be there as no reason exists to justify disabling "everything."
Not "allowing" people to use msconfig reduces the flames and technical support questions in my inbox from people that fail to read the descriptions I offer with each service and the warnings I attach to them.
Submitted by Ronald W.


These are members who recommended

there are web sites that list them all, making the search process much less painful. Here's one:

On this one, you can doenload the list and put it on your desktop:

There are also many shareware and freeware utilities that allow you to turn these items on and off with ease. A quick Google using "startup manager" will find them for you.

Marian B. of New City, NY


Hello,Go to Google and put in startups?And then go to t 3 one down(Startups - Full .... redirecting.) and look up whats in msconfig. Great site

Submitted by: John O.


A full list is kept updated here


Submitted by: Matt D.


For an answer to next weeks question concerning MsConfig and Start up programs

I use Pac-Man Portals site at www. produced by Paul Collins. And its free.
His has a huge chart that list applications, details them, and whether they can be removed from startup.
In Feb. 2004 there were 4346 objects, latest update is Sept 3rd with 4771 objects I have used his suggestion for 2-3 years with no problems.
He does request if you may have an application not listed to notify him
so he will be able continue to build his inventory.

Submitted by: R. O.---------------------------------


Windows startup info. , I would go to " " I think you will find what you are looking for there , it's a pretty good place to look lots of info. and it's free..............

Submitted by: The Seer


These are members who recommended

Try running a program called The Ultimate Troubleshooter available from It will tell you all you ever need to know about start up programs,etc.

Submitted by: Wayne C.


Hello Nikki K,
I know what you mean about going through a long search process, but it's a method I found very useful, and managed to get rid of a number on uneccesary startup programs. I tried looking at the list at , it is helpful. Sorry, cant think of a better way, but maybe someone else can.

Submitted by: Gary


There is no quick fix answer however I find going to this web page, Answers That Work, very easy and quick (not long and agonizing!). It is sorted alphabetically so it makes looking up a item very quick and easy, it gives you a description in easy terminology, and advises you as to keep it or stop it.

Submitted by: Cindy B.


I'm not sure if you mean delete the programs, or just find out what they are to stop some from booting. If you want to get rid of the programs alltogether, just use add/remove programs in the control panel. But if you are trying to figure out what ones are safe to uncheck in msconfig, try the website It has a task list that shows just about every possible program listed both in msconfig, as well as the task manager. It explains what program the process is associated with and tells you if it's safe to uncheck/remove/delete. Hope this helps!

Submitted by: Angela G.


Other recommendations by our members

Whenever I see something in my startup list that I'm not sure about I go to and find the item there. They'll give you good information to help you decide if you can or can't or should or shouldn't remove it.

Submitted by: Will P.


One of the best

Submitted by: Jerry S.


There is no best tool for startup programs control in MsWindows than Mike Lin's Statup.cpl free tool.
This is a neat, small, but safe, easy and highly effective tool tha rests on MsWindows Control Panel. Check boxes let you start or suspend programs on start but more than this you can run them once your OS is running if not started with it.
You do not have to wander with Registry keys or else and you have a central point of Start-up Control where it should be. It works fine or better say superb in all Ms. Windows 9x/2K/XP and maybe 2003, but I have not tested on it yet.

Submitted by:Eng. B of Havana Cuba.


I Found a wonderful program called "Advanced Uninstaller Pro". This program will scan your start up and then you can clean all the unwanted stuff out safely. As always you must be careful with what you remove as it may cause undesired results. This program is pretty user friendly and their online support is great. The program can be downloaded for trial period from "www,". There are other features in this program that are very useful in removing unwanted programs and cleaning up your registry.

Submitted by:Ken O. .

----- follow this link to a website where you can find, among other items, a neat little utility program that is free that you can use to adjust the adjustable things that are in WINDOWS systems. It is a tool for tweaking your system that comes with warnings and describes what you are tweaking and why. This can also be used to turn off the run-on-start-up feature that comes with many programs. And not all programs come with an uninstaller. This is in response to the question "I have a lot of things listed in Windows start-up through Msconfig. Is there a way to safely delete things other than going to Web sites and going through the long, agonizing search process? What would you recommend?" GOOD LUCK AND HAVE FUN!

Submitted by: John T.


This is for Nikki who was wanting info on MSCONFIG and what you can uncheck safely.
The answer is the extensive list here
You can search the list by typing in what appears in MSCONFIG and find out if you can safely disable it.

Hope that helps,
Submitted by: Rick E.


This is the solution I used:

While in MSCONFIG, turn of ALL software EXCEPT Scan Registry and System Tray.

You don't need all those other programs running at startup (just because the egos of their producers can't be salved sufficiently with cash). All of your programs should be available on the START> PROGRAMS (Win 98 and ME). (For Win XP, these unwanted programs are usually run as services, not programs, which are more difficult to remove unless you really know what you are doing.)

Put youself in charge of your computer. If you have software that is starting that ISN'T in your program list, you have bigger potential problems (probably spyware).

In the case of the latter, get yourself SPYBOT-SEARCH AND DESTROY version 1.3. It's free (shareware) and works great.

Submitted by: Clyde B. of Normal, IL


Hi Nikki K
I would recommend purchasing of a Spyware/Anti-Advertising program such as ADWARE 6. This will eliminate many of the unwanted advertising startups.
Any programs you don't use should be uninstalled through the Control Panel
Add/Remove Programs If you know which ones you installed ?
Within MsConfig, you can also remove the checkmark in the Startup bar, this will stop the loading of those particular programs that you un-checked.
Be careful, not to uncheck any required programs like Explorer if you have it loaded. In many cases a good Adware elimination program will get rid of many unwanted start-ups.
If you have WIndows XP, some programs are also run automatically at start-up that are located in the C:Windows\Prefetch directory.
If you find an programs in there such as GATOR, Perfectnav, ISTsvc, these should be deleted from the Prefetch.
They are advertising and pop-ups.
Warning: Some like GATOR are generated through Kazaa and Kazaa will not run if these are deleted.
Good Luck

Submitted by: John M.
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I have to echo Eng. B's recommendation for Mike Lin's startup utilities. Check out what he offers at . One of the first utility programs I install on new systems is his startup monitor program. It runs in the background and gets your approval every time some software tries to add programs to your start up list. His Startup Control Panel clearly shows you what applications are registered and active in the startup panel. It is easy to see which support legitimate applications you want (virus, mouse, network, etc) and those that are annoying memory hogs and spyware.

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by ludo / September 9, 2004 7:55 PM PDT

A program I have found very usefull is The Ultimate Troubleshooter (TUT). Rather than going into msconfig and trying to understand what seems impossible (sometimes) this program tell you whats good and not good about your system in Tasks Running, Services and much more. Download from Good Luck.

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Re: 9/10/04 Safely getting rid of those Windows msconfig sta

Try to find a copy of Startup Cop, published by Ziff-Davis in 1999; try a Google search. It will allow you to add or subtract startup programs at will. That way you can temporarily disable startup items to determine if there is any effect on your system. Then if everything works out well (there is no bad effect on your system) you can make the changes permanent.

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I have used a programme called "Codestuff Starter". You can set which progs you want to run at startup and save the registry list as your prefered startups. If your going to be doing something that requires more memory you can temporarily disable some or all and save this list again. You have to restart your pc for it to take affect. It's just a matter of deciding to laod your preferred startups or your disabled startups.

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I just want to get rid of what was called TSR programs in Windows 98 from running by the clock in my system tray. I did what you said to do and could not get config to work.. What am I doing wrong????

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by R Wiese / September 10, 2004 1:59 AM PDT

I know how to uncheck them so they don't load, but how do I delete the items from the start up menu? I have some duplicate entries, entries from programs that have been uninstalled, etc.

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I'd like to thank you Lucien for the help....i have an anti virus program as well as spybot and adware programs now to continue writing down what i have in there and what all i need to remove....again TY Happy
Nikki k

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Glad to see you in the discussion Nikki!
by Lee Koo (ADMIN) CNET staff/forum admin / September 10, 2004 6:58 AM PDT

Thank you for following up with the Q&A!

Best regards,
-Lee Koo
CNET Community

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by misty2 / September 10, 2004 6:44 AM PDT

my problem is that if I take anything out of misconfig as soon as I re-boot or click on the general tab it all just gets clicked on again. I can't find my way around this

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by TBearr / September 10, 2004 7:44 AM PDT

You might want to try a copy of System Mechanic ( It's a nifty utility which, among its many features, allows you to _disable_ as well as remove items in the Windows StartUp file. The disable option makes it easy to re-enable it should you discover you made a boo boo.

And no, I have no connection to Iolo or System Mechanic other than being a long time satisfied user of that utility.


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by mokemoke / September 10, 2004 9:22 AM PDT

The answer was intersting but very dangerous. Dont delete programs unless they are causing you problems and / or if you are running out of disk space. Go to the sys information and check what is being loaded up when you start windows. If there is stuff there you are unsure of uncheck it one at a time then reload windows and see what happens and weather or not it improves windows performance. If you uncheck something that is critical reboot in safe mode and re-check it. Many programs you install seem to work themselves into the start up configuration and take up memory.

michael (Sydney)

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by afcorona / September 10, 2004 11:16 AM PDT

This solutions is geared to Window 98 users as Window 2000 does not support the MSCONFIG command. Moreover, I've found that Spybot Search and Destroy leaves the startup entries associated with the offending spyware executables, which may indicate its failure to completely destroy.

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by indica / September 11, 2004 3:20 PM PDT

I have tried and tried to do something about the start up program.. I have gone to the add/remove in control panel.. and when I click remove on most of them..nothing happens. So now what do I do?

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