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startup utilities will not get disabled


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#1 canatan

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Posted 16 April 2009 - 02:24 AM

problem : i disable a startup utility using msconfig but when i reboot the system they're back.

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Posted 16 April 2009 - 10:33 AM

In order to assist you effectively and identify the offending malware, we need more specific information.
Please read Before you post about a problem, Some simple guidelines, then reply back here.

What OS (Win 2K, XPsp1, XPsp2, Vista) are you using?
What are you trying to disable in msconfig?

MSConfig (System Configuration Utility) is a troubleshooting utility] used to diagnose and fix system configuration issues. In the Summary section Microsoft says "The System Configuration utility helps you find problems with your Windows XP configuration. It does not manage the programs that run when Windows starts."

Although it works as a basic startup manager, msconfig should not be used routinely to disable auto-start programs. It is a temporary solution and not a good practice for the following reasons:
  • When uninstalling programs while disabled with msconfig, they may not be uninstalled properly and manually editing the registry will be required to remove everything.
  • Msconfig will often leave orphaned entries when software is uninstalled. When used to switch back to normal startup mode, these orphan entries can result in boot up errors.
  • Msconfig allows malware related items to hide in your registry which you may not see or affect your computer until switched back to normal startup mode. This could then result in reinfection of the computer.
  • Msconfig does not list all applications loaded in all possible startup locations (some entry points are hidden and unknown to the user) and does not allow the complete removal of disabled entries from its list.
You should not use msconfig to disable startup applications related to services. Doing so alters the registry and there are services that are essential for hardware and booting your system. When you uncheck a service in msconfig, you completely disable it. If you uncheck the wrong one, you may not be able to restart your computer. You should only disable services using the Services Management Console (services.msc) where you cannot disable services that may be vital to boot your system.

Black Viper's warning: Why can't I use msconfig to change my services?
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