Here's my latest find. Use this to check what programs start up at boot - and check what they are too.
It's a free start-up clean-up program called Quick Startup.
Here's the link - Quick StartUp at Glarysoft
It looks like this...
"Quick StartUp organizes applications that auto-run using Registry, Startup folders in the Start menu and Win.ini file.
Do you have a ton of programs that start automatically each time Windows starts? Surely you are not using all of them right away, so there is no sense waiting for all of them to load and to start at the hourglass. Quick Startup allows you inspect, edit, temporary disable or delete such programs.
When you select a startup entry in the list, Quick StartUp displays detailed information on the program in the Details box at the bottom of the window.
You can easily determine whether or not you wish to have the program started on the basis of the Product name and Company. If you have never heard of the company or the product, then the entry is probably not needed.
Click the check box in front of an entry to clear it, and the program will no longer be started the next time you start Windows. In this way, you can find out for certain whether the entry is needed."
If you click the link at the very bottom that says "More Information", it will take you to an online library of most known programs and how relevant they are to your start-up.
Go get it. It's essential stuff.
Checked April 2014 for link and relevance. Still valid for Windows XP and Windows 7 - I used this just two days ago. Still a very useful program with peer voted context.
This is my site for links to Genuine Free Stuff as well as some useful advice. I use most of these programs regularly. It's good gear. It's all worth having.
** April 2014. Major revamp and update for relevance happening, especially now that support for Windows XP has ended, and now that we all are addicted to our Android phones. A lot of old stuff is going.
This post in particular started this whole website...
I have been building and using computers since about the Ice Age, from DOS 3 through to Windows 7.
I have been mucking about with mobile phones for quite some time, using Symbian S60 and then Android.
Press F8 at boot to start in safe mode - Windows XP and 7
To see the details of you computer, download, install and run 'Speccy' - shows Operating System, Firewall, Anti-virus and hardware.
If you think you have a virus, start here 'Free Online Virus Scan'. Try any or all, and be patient.