You have another way to control those icons, pondering.
Spt-bot S&D>(mode>advanced)>Tools>System Startup>(show more information)
The information is clear and straight-forward. All programs that are started in windows when you power on are listed. Each is shown with it's
- Key (registry entry)
- Value (a recognizable name)
- Command Line (shows "location" ie.C:\Program Files\...)
You can figure out which is the one(s) you don't want to start everytime you boot
- most are obvious. some are not quite so.
- those you are not familiar with, leave with a check in the box to the left
- click the rollout menu to the right of the window...
- showing futher identification (many have no info, though)
Unchecking the box will stop the icons from appearing on your tray. You would then typically Start>(short cut icon) or (all programs>your program name) to use the program you want.
Highlighting any particular one will allow you to use the "delete" (as well as other buttons) at the top of the window. I've done this to about half the list, but usually only after I've unchecked it first and ran for a while to make sure no problems occur.
For example, on mine there are:
- HK_LM:Run, AVG_CC C:\ Progra~2\Grisoft\ etc.
- HK_LM:Run, myNetWatchman C:\ Program Files\myNetWatchman etc.
- HK_LM:Run, SmcService, etc.
- HK_LM:Run, SpybotSD Tea Timer, etc.
- HK_LM:Run, Eraser, etc.
- Startup [comman] InstallRite.Ink, etc.
- startup [user] Folding@home 4.00.Ink, etc.
- startup [user] SpywareGuard.Ink, etc.
2 of these have unchecked boxes, so 6 tray icons appear when I boot
- my anti-virus program
- a firewall reporting service
- sygate firewall
- spybot resident download blocker/log feature
- folding@home project
- spyware guard
the Eraser and InstallRite are entirely optional, I'll remove them since it's been long enough to know they can be, without affecting their functionality.
BTW, those that do not show additional info, you can often find by googling or the same way you search for TM tasks. (and pay attention to the downloads, like CGM says)