This frequently happens when your anti-virus or anti-spyware software removes an infected file but leaves the registry startup entry. While MSConfig
is a great diagnostic tool, it is not recommended that you leave start-up items or any items permanently unchecked with this utility. Try either of the below programs, instead.
- To remove the registry entry, download Nirsoft's Whatinstartup.zip to your desktop.
- Right mouse click on the zip file and select "Extract All."
- Double click on "WhatsInStartup.exe."
- Highlight the offending file, then either select the "red" button from the top menu to disable the entry or the "X" to permanently delete the entry.
If the entry doesn't appear in the above program, try Windows Sysinternals Autoruns.zip
for a more comprehensive startup list.
Edited by Artrooks, 15 January 2012 - 11:00 AM.