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Tip: Eliminate rogue startup programs in Windows


If you have been around Windows for awhile, you know that when you load software funny things happen. One such example is when you load software and the software decides it can run in Windows on startup. No one in there right mind wants to do this and continually bog down their Windows box.  Why on earth is there not a checkbox to prevent this? I have even found that if there is a checkbox, it doesn't work. Glorious!

Let's now introduce Software Explorer which is a neat utility of Windows Defender that allows you to find these rogue programs and disable them. Let's walk through it.

Click the Start Orb and type Windows Defender in the Instant Search textbox (Figure A).

Figure A.

Click Tools | Software Explorer (Figure B).

Figure B.

Change the Category to Startup Programs and highlight a rogue program and click either the remove or disable button to eliminate it from Startup (Figure C).

Figure C.
10 comments
hevans
hevans

We use the free program WinPatrol on our home LAN computers, but Windows Defender is available as a free download from Microsoft for XP SP-2 users who are vetted by Windows Genuine Advantage, such as we are.

rstcyr
rstcyr

Does this work in Windows XP?

mikehaywarddesign
mikehaywarddesign

Xp users can go start -- run -- type "msconfig" from there you can get a list of things running at startup and enable or disable them

alex850
alex850

If you have Windows Defender installed, it should be in your (All) Programs list. If you don't see it there, check for C:\Program Files\Windows Defender. If it's not there, you don't have it. Assuming you DO have it, you can follow the directions in the article.

CharlieSpencer
CharlieSpencer

And although the article never specifies a Windows version, it looks like it applies exclusively to Vista. You may want to remove the 'XP' tag.

s31064
s31064

MSConfig isn't meant to disable anything permanently. It's main use is to help diagnose what program is causing your problem. This is why it will haunt you with a popup everytime you login. (Yes, I know you can disable the popup, but that's not the point.) When you disable a startup in MSConfig, you do just that -- DISABLE it. It doesn't really go away. It gets shunted to the side to make way for a temporary boot process. Windows Defender, on the other hand, will allow you to actually remove the program permanently from the boot process.

Steven Warren
Steven Warren

Can you check an XP box? If you download windows defender for XP, I wonder if the same applies. I will test and get back to you.

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