You also may find useful information at Windows Startup Online
. Tips in using this site are:
- Start with the search just below the main heading.
- use: filename: enter only the xxxxxxx.exe
- use: program title: the name seen directly following the Program Files in a filepath. ie: C:\Program Files\blahblahblah\newone\ohboy.exe
- program name is also the word(s) or lettters between the [xxxxx] in your HJT listings...those in the O4 section. ie: O4 - HKLM\..\Run: [QOELOADER] "C:\Program Files\CA\eTrust EZ Armor\eTrust EZ Anti-Spam\QSP-188.8.131.52\QOELoader.exe"
- use: program name: always include brackets or your search will fail [xxxxx].
- search for either filename or program title or both. Try all combinations for best results
- It is a huge database, and being updated frequently, so a "very many page" situation exists.
- it'll take time.
- when facing a search result that gives you 175 pages at the bottom of the page, well... patience, my friend.
- pick a number to start with, and remember it is alphabetically arranged always.
- sometimes "m" is in the middle of the total number of pages.
- sometimes it's two thirds through the list...it all depends on factors. Just pick a page to start with and go from there. It gets easier with practice.
- All searchs turn up the best info I've found on any particular startup .exe and some really off-the-wall programs. Good source for identifying interesting freeware...
- You'll learn exactly why 25% of those startups in your log should be ended, too.
- another 25% you should manually start using your start menu instead of letting 'em start/run constantly.
- (same info at Answers That Work, in many cases). Just more extensive in it's scope.
Do not forget you can sinply cut & paste those filepaths directly to the google search field when the well runs dry at either AnswersThatWork or WindowsStartupOnline. You'll likely find info at several sources about nearly any program/executable file you'll find on your PC. Then theres the Microsoft Help & Support Center... but enough is enough, huh?
Now, once you find ones you don't want to startup, I'd recommend using the TOOLS in Spybot S&D advanced mode. Un check'em first, to see if it's goin' work for ya. If a couple days of runnin' under all the circumstances you'd likely experience presents no problems, then go back and delete them.
Take your time in trial & error. There is really no substitute for it, since everyone's got different computer use preferences.