If they are there, they are being loaded, check either MSCONFIG/STARTUP tab or allprograms/starup to see if you have programs that you don't need are being loaded.
Scan for spyware also since some may be unwanted programs.
You can hide the ones you need loaded but don't want to look at.
side of my task bar?
Where the Hide Inactive Icons thing is?
I have a bunch of them there that link to programs I never use and I would like to know how to get rid of these?