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Unwanted startup

By harry37
Jul 4, 2009
  1. Hi All...My problem is, after updating 'REGCURE' I find that when I startup the computer the program is started automatically, while I like the program I don't want to do a scan every time I start. I've looked in the 'MSCONFIG' but cannot see any connection and I'm wary of going into the 'REGISTRY' . Can anyone help?

    My system := windows XP pro
  2. Matthew

    Matthew TechSpot Staff Posts: 5,288   +98

    Try using Autoruns to find and disable it: http://technet.microsoft.com/en-us/sysinternals/bb963902.aspx

    Just as a word of advice, the commercial registry optimization utilities are mostly snake oil. If you paid for that software, I'd recommend you try and get your money back and just use one of the more recognized free utilities if you *must* run a registry cleaner.

    CCleaner can "clean" the registry, has a host of other great features and it's free. Check it out: http://www.techspot.com/news/32570-download-of-the-week-ccleaner.html
  3. deanlaing12

    deanlaing12 TS Enthusiast Posts: 127

    just go to start menue and go to the folder called startup which you probobly never seen befour?

    then delete that shortcut

    or type msconfig and go to startup and mak sure it dosnt have a tick next to it.
  4. LookinAround

    LookinAround Ex Tech Spotter Posts: 6,491   +183

    Autoruns is a great tool to use. Only possible drawback depends on the extent of your computer experience and if you're comfortable examing/following the LOTS of data entries it provides.

    If the autoruns ouput seems a bit overwhelming, i'd suggest trying Mike Lin's Startup Control panel. It's fairly easy to use (and intuitive) and it limits its output to only certain startup types (which includes the ones you've addressed in your post)

    I also 100% agree with Mathew about registry cleaners. And in addition to many charging for "snake oil" there are also many that are way too aggressive in trying to clean a registry. In theory that might sound good..but in practice that can often lead to registry corruption when it mistakenly "cleans" and/or moves something it should have left alone! Personally, the ONLY registry cleaner i use is the one for free included in CCleaner (also recommended by Matthew). And in all my years of using it, I haven't had a single registry problem either!
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