cooljew, The link below shows you how to use Start Up Control Panel.
Hi. I have built a small militia to protect my computer from outside influences and also (hopefully) to keep it running smoothly. I have ME to which I've added AVAST for my virus protection and ZONE ALARM for my firewall. They both seem to be adequate. I have also added AD AWARE and SPYBOT. Yesterday some new recruits completed basic training and have joined the battalion. I have EASY CLEANER for my registry and WINDOW WASHER for: (here I'm stumped. I don't know what its for). I also have STARTUP CPL to supposedly manage my startup and help exclude wasteful programs that slow me down. But after installing the startup program I don't know what to do with it. It says it was installed but no panel appears. Does it work in the background? There has been no error message. I presumed there would be an actual startup panel with options to choose from. Am I incorrect? Also, have I overdone my protection? Are some of these programs redundant? I tend to go with any suggestions from those more knowledgable than me (everyone!) and therefore I may have loaded far more protection programs than I actually need. Any advice would be greatly appreciated. Sorry for the long post.
PS. I have broadband for my ISP and my computer is usually left on all of the time.