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removing programs that automatically run when you boot up

by kinseeker / May 26, 2007 4:51 AM PDT

I have an XP Pro and I know there is some place I can go to remove all of the darn icons in the lower right hand corner. All I need there is my fire wall and my antivirus. It takes so darn long for the computer to boot and wondering if this is part of the problem. If I just delete them are they still running in the background some where? Thanks.

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You gave your own best answers!
by R. Proffitt Forum moderator / May 26, 2007 4:54 AM PDT
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startup programs
by biggeo65 / May 26, 2007 11:01 AM PDT

You have many ways to remove a program from start when windows start.

1)the most safe and easy: use startupmechanic, FREE, NO ADAWARE, you can get it from here:

2)go to start/run and when box open, type in there MSCONFIG, and click OK. A new window will open, from there you can manage start up items.

Also before you disable anything be sure that you really want to do this.
And as Proffitt wrote, make a Google search you can find an instant answer.


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removing programs that automatically run when you boot up
by kinseeker / May 26, 2007 11:42 AM PDT
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I would have never thought to use google for this purpose. I seem to only use it when I'm searching for a product or ?

Thanks to all who have gotten back to me on this issue. I will make sure this is what I really want to do.

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This List of Start-Up Items May Help Also (Link)....
by tobeach / May 26, 2007 3:08 PM PDT
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Startup Mechanic - Adware?
by llewyn / June 1, 2007 11:48 PM PDT
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One of the user reviews states that Startup Mechanic contains adware that infects your computer. I presume Cnet staff reads these posts and wonder why they have not confirmed this? I also wonder why this program would be free if it does not have something like an adware virus hidden in it's depths? This is obviously a professionally written program, not a home project like many of these types of programs. I would like Cnet to confirm whether this program is adware free or not!

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Your Almost There
by ronreina / June 1, 2007 3:22 PM PDT

Yes, you can do ms config. But there are many programs that will go
right back to your start up without your knowledge. Next thing you know, your pc is taking forever to boot. For a while I was getting a hand on this by checking my start ups. But you're very likely seeing
files with names, that are foriegn to you at best! So, you copy &
paste it into Google to see what the file really is. You will quickly run into sites calling everything adware, malware. etc.. I have been
using a program called WinPatrol.It's a watchdog, literally! There's a free version and paid version(I liked it well enough to pay) The reason I stay with it is because it has saved me more time than I can say. Bottom Line is you can keep looking into reappearing files on Google, or have a watch dog,that uses Google and proceed with confidence.

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winpatrol ........ free utility
by mark04276 / May 26, 2007 7:10 PM PDT

does that and alot more

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removing programs that automatically run when you boot up
by kinseeker / May 27, 2007 2:36 AM PDT

Thanks to all of you how came to my rescue. I will check out the webpages that have been suggested and pick the one that I think will be the easist for me to use. Lorelee

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Give this a shot....
by kiplinght / June 3, 2007 10:06 AM PDT

It's called StartupCPL (which stands for control panel). When you install it, it puts a thing in the control panel.

From there you can just un-tick things that you don't want to open. If you decide you want them again, just tick them and they will run again on startup.

This is the easiest.

Another program you can install is called Startup Delayer, what it does it makes your computer wait before it runs the programs so that your computer doesn't run like a snail when you turn it on.

Good luck!

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by tomron / May 27, 2007 12:25 PM PDT

icons in the lower right hand corner in the taskbar can be hidden.

Right click start button>properties>taskbar tab>customize>current items>under behavior use drop down menue to select always hide.

I don't think this option will increase speed.


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removing programs that automatically run when you boot up
by kinseeker / May 27, 2007 1:32 PM PDT
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Hi Tom, I knew how to hide all of the icons but just because they are hidden did not mean they weren't running in the background on start up. I was able to get rid of a lot of programs that were running during start up that were not on the task bar. Thanks for your interest in helping me. Lorelee

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Unnecessary at startup
by tallin / May 27, 2007 2:19 PM PDT
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removeing startups
by rsternb / June 1, 2007 5:48 PM PDT

I use CCleaner. one of its funtions lists all the pgms that run
at start up.
most are recognizeable. video cards etc. HP puts a bunch in ther
that i always get rid of. I dont need that 'instant' start when
I can click on the desktop shortcut and it starts just as fast.
the wierd named ones - be careful there - like others above - check
them out
I keep a tight ship and dont like things runing in the background
that I am not useing at that time.

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Removing startups.
by oldator1940 / June 1, 2007 11:00 PM PDT
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Go to start- run-type "services.msc" minus the quotes. You can disable
some of them, or change them to manual, or automatic. I would do a search to find out which ones you really need. Be very careful which ones you disable, others may depend on them.

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Removing Startups
by mchmj1 / June 5, 2007 1:00 AM PDT
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Tried the Start button and then typed services.msc and it list everything except the flashing icon that takes me to It's not in the list and I can't get rid of it. Can anyone help me out with this one?


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by tomron / June 5, 2007 3:07 AM PDT
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Spy Doctor Dilemma
by mchmj1 / June 5, 2007 3:23 AM PDT
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I just read on C-Net not to download anything free from anyone but C-Net and downloaded Spy Doctor there only to find out it is a rogue product. Is there any trusted site we can count on. I have to get the Spylocked problem off my PC. Everything I found so far says Free, but after the scan they want you to buy the full version to delete the spyware. I don't want to buy something that is going to clash with Symantec.


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Clarence, Follow Tomron's Link for Rogue Remover &
by tobeach / June 6, 2007 6:44 PM PDT
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choose to download the "regular" Rogue Remover on the left side. This should not ask for you to buy to remove! The Remover Pro on right side is a "trial" version which towards end of trial period may ask you to buy but even that should remove without purchasing during trial period.
I suggest regular as it's free and less complicated to use than the pro version(which has more user choice options).

NEVER buy a product that says "found XYZ please purchase license to remove". This is (IMHO) a hallmark of bad business & likely a scam.

Please note, once installed, Rogue Remover will need to update its definitions before doing first scan. After update probably best you physically remove cable connection to modem to be sure you are off the internet before attempting removal. You may also need to empty system restore files if scan indicates a copy is in them. Removal may require you re-scan & run removal in Safe Mode to stop Spylocked from running (being in use) during removal process.

Norton should not give you a problem installing RR if you download, save and open locally. If it does, perhaps you can disable Norton/Symantec "auto-protect"(?) background guard during install & update & scan/remove. If you also have their firewall, you may need to tell Norton to allow RR access to internet.RR WILL remove Spylocked!

I'm a little surprised Norton allowed this Potentially Unwanted Program (PUP)to land in first place!! Remember to re-enable Norton after removal and to turn back on System Restore & create new point once clean.
Good Luck! Grin

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Another program to use.
by Gypsy848 / June 2, 2007 5:38 AM PDT

I use the Spybot - Search and Destroy free program to watch my computer. In the "Tools" section is a "Start Up" button. The "Start Up" section allows you to deselect individual programs to start when you turn on your computer. Spybot has information on some of the programs so you can make more informed decisions. After you have changed the settings in the "Start Up" menu and decide you like your decisions you can check the "Add / Remove Programs" in the "Control Panel" to remove progams listed there. For programs not listed there you need to check/search your directory listing and delete the folders. Good luck and Happy hunting.

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removing programs that automatically run when you boot up
by kinseeker / June 2, 2007 1:24 PM PDT

Wow, I didn't know my one little question would get such a dialoge going. It's nice to know there are so many options and just pick the one that suits your needs at the time. One other thing, I also have heard that Norton AntiVirus also can slow down the computer. I am paid up until Feb but may try one of the free ones like AVG

Because of all of your replies I have gotten rid a lot of programs like H P that would run during start up. With what I have done it is booting up faster and also the computer is running faster too. Thanks. Lorelee

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by tomron / June 2, 2007 1:33 PM PDT

"I also have heard that Norton AntiVirus also can slow down the computer"

I had norton and my computer was much slower,in fact I've read many complaints regarding this.


"I am paid up until Feb but may try one of the free ones like AVG"

Yes,just don't have both anti virus programs enabled simultaneously which could cause a conflict,the same for firewalls.


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We're Pleased to Have Been of Help!!! If You....
by tobeach / June 9, 2007 3:36 PM PDT

have further problems, don't hesitate to post back. There really is a tremendous amount of knowledge available here. Grin

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responding to programs automatically running
by Lateeda / June 6, 2007 9:42 AM PDT

Go to run, type in msconfig and system config utility will pop up, go to start up, uncheck any you don't want to run, hit apply and a screen will pop up and ask you to restart. When your computer reboots it should be only the ones you want running and naturally what ever you are using will come up, when in use.

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by nwviking / June 7, 2007 5:07 AM PDT

How do I get the norton program totally off of my laptop?

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Download and run the Norton Removal tool, link only
by MarkFlax Forum moderator / June 7, 2007 5:12 AM PDT
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Try this one!
by adonp / June 7, 2007 6:18 AM PDT

I find the best site to use is (and always has been) Pacs Portal

Download the Start_ups.exe - self-executable file with in-built browser and search capabilities

THen run msconfig and search the database for each application to check out what it is if its needed!!

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You don't need a special add-on program. You already...
by Jack Ammann / June 17, 2007 7:10 PM PDT

...have one onboard. Try this:

Go to <Start>...<Run>...type in <msconfig> <OK>...go to the <startup> tab...put check marks on programs you want to start-up and not those you do not want to start. Click <apply> and <OK>. On the next screen, reboot the computer.

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