Yep, that would be my first suspect.
by MarkFlax - 5/13/10 4:02 AM
In Reply to: Yes by ac1818
Remove that from startup, (just remove the tick), and see if that improves startup times.
Google, Adobe, Real products, Quicktime, and perhaps many others, all want your system to connect to the internet immediately to check for updates to their products, and so in my view, if there is no viable internet connection yet, loading of Windows stalls. Or, if there is a viable internet connection, Windows waits for the updater to check before continuing to load. Whether stalls or waits, or just slows down loading, the effect is often the same.
The only way to find out for sure is to try it and see if startup improves.
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