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minimize start up items

By lmhloca ·
I was told that if there are many start-up items(e.g. 10 items appears on the manual bar) which are not used and let it stand to run, it slowes the computer operation and takes up virtual memory which is not worth it. Is this true? If so, please advise how to minimize this or how to do the procedures in order to make sure they don't get run if they are not used during operation. many thanks for your help.

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by TheChas In reply to minimize start up items

Yes, it is true that applications that reside in the system tray use system resources.
If you were running PCs with DOS, think of these as T.S.R. programs.

To clean up your system:

Start by right clicking on the applications that you do not need.
Many of these have options or preference menus where you can change the startup behavior of the application.

Next, run msconfig from the run box on the Start menu.
Click on the startup tab, and un-check the applications that you still need to disable.

Click on apply.

Finally, run a spy-ware checker such as AdAware www.lavasoft.de
or Spybot Search and Destroy
www.download.com

Chas

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