Unwanted icons popping up....

By tizerist
Sep 16, 2007
  1. hi.
    i am getting quite frustrated at the various BOTTOM RIGHT icons that keep coming up upon startup (next to the time), yet there is nothing in my startup list.
    i only want my antivirus and firewall to come up, any other apps can wait till i open them.

    how can i change this?
  2. evilfantasy

    evilfantasy Banned Posts: 428

    Check out StartUp
  3. tizerist

    tizerist TS Rookie Topic Starter Posts: 90

    thanks that will probably do it.
    is there nothing in windows which will do the job though? im baffled.
  4. evilfantasy

    evilfantasy Banned Posts: 428

    Start > Run > type MSCONFIG > Startup Tab

    You can use that, but it only disables items from starting. The StartUp Tool actually removes the entries. Then you just launch them as needed.
  5. evilfantasy

    evilfantasy Banned Posts: 428

    I should add msconfig is normally used for troubleshooting. Not as a startup manager.
  6. Bobbye

    Bobbye Helper on the Fringe Posts: 16,335   +36

    The area you are speaking about is called the Notification Area- renamed from the 'Systray' in earlier versions of Windows.

    Pop-ups in this area can indicate many things: an alert of some kind from your firewall, an update for something is needed, or frequently spyware that has gotten on your system an is trying to get your attention.

    But my mind reading abilities are on vacation today! Unless you give some information about the pop-up(s) we can't determine the cause or the 'fix'.
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