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How can I disable a startup item?


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#1 LZJustin

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Posted 29 June 2009 - 11:20 AM

So I deleted winupdate.exe a long time ago , now I thought it was something to do with windows update so I started it up again using CCleaner. So I restarted my computer and it gives me two popup messages about how winupdate.exe cannot be found in the registry or windows. I search it up and I see its undesirable. I try to go into CCleaner to disable it but I cannot find it.

My question is can it be under another name?
and if not how can I disable it?

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Posted 29 June 2009 - 12:08 PM

Its not unusual to receive such an error after using specialized fix tools.

A "Cannot find...", "Could not run...", "Error loading... or "specific module could not be found" message is usually related to malware that was set to run at startup but has been deleted. Windows is trying to load this file but cannot locate it since the file was mostly likely removed during an anti-virus or anti-malware scan. However, an associated orphaned registry entry remains and is telling Windows to load the file when you boot up. Since the file no longer exists, Windows will display an error message. You need to remove this registry entry so Windows stops searching for the file when it loads.

To resolve this, download Autoruns, search for the related entry and then delete it.

Create a new folder on your hard drive called AutoRuns (C:\AutoRuns) and extract (unzip) the file there. (click here if you're not sure how to do this.)
Open the folder and double-click on autoruns.exe to launch it.
Please be patient as it scans and populates the entries.
When done scanning, it will say Ready at the bottom.
Scroll through the list and look for a startup entry related to the file(s) in the error message.
Right-click on the entry and choose delete.
Reboot your computer and see if the startup error returns.
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