Startup Inspector is much easier to use as it identifies the aps the startup entries are connected with (which is difficult to determine withg msconfig) and doesn't alter the start mode as msconfig sometimes does if you are not careful to set it back to normal startup.
Download and install Startup Inspector freeware here:http://www.windowsstartup.com/download.php
While you're there, download Startup Monitor (freeware) as well. It is a small ap that prevents items from being installed on your startup menu without your consent.
By the way, you do not have an overabundance of processes running.
What determines if they should be running is if they are necessary to run what you have set up on your computer. Many of what you see there are normal system processes and others are used by Windows to facilitate running of other essential aps like a firewall or anti-malware - anti-spyware aps.
Determine what the start menu has starting when you start Windows and eliminate aps that are not essential to run Windows such as office, word, realplayer, excel, etc but be careful not to disable your anti-spyware ap which may have several processes running, or your firewall, or necessary Windows components.
Use Adaware and Spybot Search and Destroy updating regularly before each use. Be sure to enable "Teatimer" in Spybot for real time protection.
Windows Defender is also good realtime protection.Anti-malware freeware
(You can run as many of these as you wish. Generally there is no conflict between these and you should always run several since each may find malware that the others may not find)
Ad-Aware SE Personal - freeware http://www.lavasoft.com/
Click on Adaware SE Personal in “Products” on the left side of the page
Or it may be easier to find it here:http://fileforum.betanews.com/detail/Adawa...nal/965718306/1
Spybot S&D: http://www.safer-networking.org/en/index.html
Be sure to enable “Teatimer” which gives you realtime protection against malware invasion. (absolutely necessary)
Microsoft Windows Defender http://www.microsoft.com/athome/security/s...re/default.mspx
This also provides realtime protection. (absolutely necessary)
Another good preventative automatic updating tool is the Microsoft Malicious Software Removal Tool (Win XP and Win 2000):http://www.microsoft.com/security/malwareremove/default.mspx
Edited by Enthusiast, 26 April 2006 - 10:06 AM.