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Msconfig: Startup choices

By brifd1 ·
Hello--

I had a spyware or ? populate my startup list with a bunch of junk. I'd like to remove these entries from even appearing in this list. How can I do this? Thanks.

Windows 98SE

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by ReWrite In reply to Msconfig: Startup choices

The msconfig app will only enable/disable startup items. To remove them completely you will need to edit the registry. There are 2 registry keys to look at:

HKLM\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion
and
HKCU\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion

Look for keys underneath each of these keys designated as Run-. These will be the keys holding any startup items that you have disabled through msconfig. You can either delete the values or just delete the Run- keys (they will be recreated automatically if needed in the future).

You should backup your registry before doing any editing (just in case).

Cheers.

RW

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by brifd1 In reply to Msconfig: Startup choices

I could give Answer #1 partial credit, and even though their answer was a little cryptic...luckily, I was able to figure it out. Still, I also needed to delete the items in:

Run Services-

as well as those items in Run- and Run Services- that were "" (I believe that's what they were referring to when they were saying the answer would regenerate).

Now, however, I have a new program: I had a process called "Scheduler daemon" that tries to launch something that's no longer supposed to exist. Unfortunately, I accidently chose "Yes" when prompted to linking the "Scheduler daemon" to a setup program it "thought" was the logical link. Now, it launches that setup program. I ended up deleting that setup program. The "Scheduler daemon" still tries to launch even though I've unchecked it and restarted (multiple attempts). However, I've been unsuccessful in locating this. Help!!!

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by Oz_Media In reply to Msconfig: Startup choices

Try downloading a startup manager, tweaker, there are many.

http://downloads-zdnet.com.com/3120-20-0.html?qt=startup+manager&tg=dl-2001

In order to remove the Run= references, you will need to know where they reside. Whether in the Boot.ini, system.ini etc. SOME of the start up managers will allow to to edit or view these entires with ease and backup your changes.

Best of luck,
OM

Post back with details if you need more help once you get digging.

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by brifd1 In reply to Msconfig: Startup choices

Sorry. I wrote the wrong word in the last paragraph. I have a new PROBLEM. The program was there before. It was ironically placed there by a spyware/etc. fighting program. In msconfig, I click the checkbox to stop it from running at startup, yet it still does, then I made the error of linking it to a setup program, which it goes ahead and launches. I'll try poster #2's suggestion. You two are great (seriously) - helping me to learn as I muddle through this.

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by mikex In reply to Msconfig: Startup choices

AD-Aware clean will clean all of the Junk

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