Follow the instructions in the link below and see if it starts in Safe Mode easily.
How To Start In 'Safe Mode'
If it starts safely in Safe Mode, then I recommend disabling the startup of those multiple programs.. While in Safe Mode, click on Start-Run, type "msconfig". When the System Configuration Utility loads, then click on the 'Startup' tab, then UNCHECK the boxes next to all the unnecessary programs including all the spyware removal tools. Once that's done, then restart the computer and see if it loads normally.
As an example of icons in the system tray, I currently have THREE, total.. Speaker icon, McAfee icon, ZoneAlarm icon..
Hope this helps and let us know how it goes.
For the last few months after starting my op system (XP home)only one icon comes up in tool bar space by clock. Then Nothing will work! My only option is shut it down with the restart button on tower. When it reboots it has all comeback except for last night when it took several tries. I also posted question about active X errors but this started way before that! It just seemed to get worse after that.
I haven't written in awhile because things have been going well until this started. Can anyone identify whats happening? I had read on the forums that icons by the clock should be kept to under 5, Does this include all the hidden icons as well? Or just those showing?? It looks like Grif had posted he didn't run his spy programs as active protectors I guess I should turn that part off? Help!!! Steve