Posted 26 January 2009 - 09:36 PM
Thanks for your response usasma. Before I was able to answer my own question, I followed your advice and got the autoruns program, which I actually really liked. Whether HJT was intended as a cleanup utility or not, I've never had any problem using it to remove registry entries for legit programs in the past (on XP). I assume (without 100 percent confidence) that autoruns does the exact same thing....namely, delete the run or runonce registry entry that launches many programs (plus a whole lot more).
Long story short, in order to do this in Vista....HJT must be right clicked and "run as administrator"....or it won't work. This is also true of many other programs in Vista...which I didn't know. Of course, you do need to know what you're doing....or the consequences of removing a specific entry may be....but assuming you do, this works like a charm.
thanks again as I really like the program you suggested and will definitely keep it as well, JB