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By mgosselin ·
Someone posted how you can find the startup programs in your registry by going to HKLM/software/microsoft/windows/currentversion/run.

now that i'm there and i see a bunch of stuff that i don't want to start when i boot, how can i edit those entries. is it as easy as deleting the entries? or do i need to modify the entries?

thanks for your help

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by SyscoKid In reply to Registry Edits

Sure just delete them. The next time your computer starts, those programs won't.

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P.S. If any of those programs do return, it may be an indication of a virus or spyware/adware.

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Also, you can get a copy of msconfig for Windows 2000 that makes the process easier- just uncheck unwanted programs on the Startup tab. (Be sure to delete any spaces from this url):

http://www2.whidbey.com/djdenham/Msconfig.htm

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by jschein In reply to Registry Edits

1st of all... editting could be dangerous... Now the warning is out of the way...

Before you modify that registry key, highlight, then go up to the top and select EXPORT. Export that key to your desktop (this is just in case you remove something you didn't want removed).

Delete those entries, reboot. Everything fine? Then you're good to go. If not, goto that file you created on your desktop and double-click it to re-install the registry the way it was... reboot.

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by djrampant In reply to Registry Edits

I agree with above 2 answers, but would like to know why you need to edit the registry in the first place?

If it is because you are having problems with applications running at startup and you cant stop them check out the following URL

http://www.lavasoftusa.com/software/adaware/

AdAware is perfect for this sort of thing. It will strip out any spyware on your machine and can be kept up to date using definition files.

If the apps that are running are written by a reputeable firm they should have a configuration option to stop them running at startup anyway.

Good Luck

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