Avira anti-virus free has a splash screen on startup as opposed to the nag screen to upgrade to paid version. I tried to find a way of disabling the startup splash screen using the Techspot Search FAQs option, but it only seemed to cover the nag screen rather than the startup splash screen. Therefore I Googled it and found the following link from Avira telling how to disable it... here. It listed the following three steps: When I did this, it did not stop the splash screen without the following modification. In step 3, I had to replace the letters min at the end of the key with nosplash, rather than just add /nosplash. Would appreciate anyone else's feedback on this.