Application Autostart


You have an application that starts everytime you logon. Why? The obvious place
to check is the Startup folder: right-click Start, Open, double-click Programs,
double-click Startup folder. If its not in Startup, there are several places
that a hidden application can autostart:


  • HKCU\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows
    NT\CurrentVersion\Windows
    contains a Run Key.
  • A similar structure is in HKEY_USERS\.DEFAULT.
  • Additionally, HKLM\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows
    NT\CurrentVersion\Winlogon
    will have a Shell Key. Be very
    careful here. The default entry contains EXPLORER.EXE. A comma separates
    any additional data. If you edit this entry, be sure to remove the referencing
    file, and the comma just preceding it.

    Another Key in this same area is UserInit. Again, be very cautious,
    the default entry is USERINIT, NDDEAGNT.EXE. Do not
    remove this value.

A good solution is to download AutoStart Guard, the Freeware Autostart Viewing, Alerting
& Control System for Window.

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