by Daniel32 - 1/7/05 7:14 AM
Another option is to use another utility to select which programs are enabled at startup. I use Spybot S&D; if you start it in Advanced, it has several other utilities, and Startup is one of them. It lists all programs that are presently enabled at startup. Clicking on any one listed usually provides a description of that program's source and function. Checking that program's box prevents it from running at next startup. The descriptions help me, because the names of some of the Microsoft [required] routines sound suspicious, where some of the spyware / malware programs have adopted names that sound like they are native to the computer, perhaps with a letter changed or added from an original routine.
The program is free; contributions are welcomed, but not required, for the advanced version. [This was the first freeware I ever sent a contribution for, after using it ~6 months.]