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I have a program which launches automatically at startup that I want to stop.
It is apparently in the startup file. How do I get rid of it - other than
deleting the application. Thanks.

Bill
 
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That depends on what 'the program' is.

If it's a virus or spyware, only antivirus or antispyware software can help
you.

If it's a legitimate program, you have three options:
1. Open the program and go through its menus until you find the selection
that starts the program with Windows;
2. Check your Startup folder and remove the shortcut to the program if you
see one there; or
3. Contact the program's author.

Ted Zieglar

"Bill" <xxx@yy.zz> wrote in message
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>I have a program which launches automatically at startup that I want to
>stop. It is apparently in the startup file. How do I get rid of it - other
>than deleting the application. Thanks.
>
> Bill
>
 

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On Mon, 23 May 2005 04:56:42 GMT, "Bill" <xxx@yy.zz> wrote:

>I have a program which launches automatically at startup that I want to stop.
>It is apparently in the startup file. How do I get rid of it - other than
>deleting the application. Thanks.

Startup Control Panel
http://www.mlin.net/StartupCPL.shtml
 
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"Bill" <xxx@yy.zz> wrote in message
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>I have a program which launches automatically at startup that I want to
>stop. It is apparently in the startup file. How do I get rid of it - other
>than deleting the application. Thanks.
>
> Bill

http://www.mlin.net/StartupCPL.shtml
 
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Bill wrote:
> I have a program which launches automatically at startup that I want to stop.
> It is apparently in the startup file. How do I get rid of it - other than
> deleting the application. Thanks.
>
> Bill
>
>
Before you go download a startup manager, you can try msconfig.
Depending on the type of program, it's likely going to be contained in
the last two tabs (it will most likely be under Startup unless it's a
Service).
 
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"Nick Cleevely" <postmaster@127.0.0.1> wrote:
>http://www.mlin.net/StartupCPL.shtml

Another vote for Mike Lin's stuff!
 
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"Bill" <xxx@yy.zz> wrote:

>I have a program which launches automatically at startup that I want to stop.
>It is apparently in the startup file. How do I get rid of it - other than
>deleting the application. Thanks.
>

Go to www.winpatrol.com download Winpatrol. This free program allows
you to control what program can start. It also does a number other
control items as well. But in addition it offers a lot of registry
protection. If a program trys to modify the registry Winpatrol will
stop it and pop up a window telling you what is going on and asking it
you want to OK the change. One place I find this invaluable is during
a new program install. It seems everyone want to have a spot in the
system tray. After a while it is half way across the screen. During
the installation Winpatrol will ask if you want that, just say no and
carry on with the install. I have this program running on all of the
computers on my network.

Bill
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You forgot option 4. Run msconfig and disable the program in the startup
tab.

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"Ted Zieglar" <teddyz@notmail.com> wrote in message
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> That depends on what 'the program' is.
>
> If it's a virus or spyware, only antivirus or antispyware software can
> help you.
>
> If it's a legitimate program, you have three options:
> 1. Open the program and go through its menus until you find the selection
> that starts the program with Windows;
> 2. Check your Startup folder and remove the shortcut to the program if you
> see one there; or
> 3. Contact the program's author.
>
> Ted Zieglar
>
> "Bill" <xxx@yy.zz> wrote in message
> news:eodke.398$2u1.118@newssvr19.news.prodigy.com...
>>I have a program which launches automatically at startup that I want to
>>stop. It is apparently in the startup file. How do I get rid of it - other
>>than deleting the application. Thanks.
>>
>> Bill
>>
>
 
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No, I didn't forget "option 4". The System Configuration utility was
designed for troubleshooting. You can temporarily disable startup items and
then re-enable them one by one if you suspect that startup items are
interfering with your computer's operation. The System Configuration Utility
was not intended to be a permanent solution.

Removing startup items with msconfig interferes with the otherwise normal
startup process. The correct way to to prevent something from starting is by
using the three options I provided. The alternative is to uninstall the
program, if possible.

Ted Zieglar

"David Nimon" <dnimonREMOVE@sympatico.ca> wrote in message
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> You forgot option 4. Run msconfig and disable the program in the startup
> tab.
>
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> dnimonREMOVE@##sympatico.ca
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> "Ted Zieglar" <teddyz@notmail.com> wrote in message
> news:rp-dnTBD6axC6AzfRVn-sQ@comcast.com...
>> That depends on what 'the program' is.
>>
>> If it's a virus or spyware, only antivirus or antispyware software can
>> help you.
>>
>> If it's a legitimate program, you have three options:
>> 1. Open the program and go through its menus until you find the selection
>> that starts the program with Windows;
>> 2. Check your Startup folder and remove the shortcut to the program if
>> you see one there; or
>> 3. Contact the program's author.
>>
>> Ted Zieglar
>>
>> "Bill" <xxx@yy.zz> wrote in message
>> news:eodke.398$2u1.118@newssvr19.news.prodigy.com...
>>>I have a program which launches automatically at startup that I want to
>>>stop. It is apparently in the startup file. How do I get rid of it -
>>>other than deleting the application. Thanks.
>>>
>>> Bill
>>>
>>
>
>
 
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Ted Zieglar wrote:

> No, I didn't forget "option 4". The System Configuration utility was
> designed for troubleshooting. You can temporarily disable startup items
> and then re-enable them one by one if you suspect that startup items are
> interfering with your computer's operation. The System Configuration
> Utility was not intended to be a permanent solution.
>
> Removing startup items with msconfig interferes with the otherwise
> normal startup process. The correct way to to prevent something from
> starting is by using the three options I provided. The alternative is to
> uninstall the program, if possible.
>
> Ted Zieglar
>
I've never ran into problems controlling startup programs in the long
term with just msconfig (although I definitely agree the first step is
to check the program itself).

However your step 2 only lists one (and probably the least common) place
where programs can be called to startup from. People also ought to
check (but be aware this is in the registry and if you don't know what
you're doing you can seriously mess things up):

HKEY_CURRENT_USER\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Run
HKEY_CURRENT_USER\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\RunOnce
HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Run
HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\RunOnce
HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\RunOnceEx
HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\RunServices
HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\RunServicesOnce
HKEY_USER\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Run

Also be sure to check Services (Under Control Panel -> Administrative
Tools in XP Pro, I'm not sure about Home). You can also control
services from a command prompt (sc --help for more info).
 

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