|How to Control Startup Programs
If your computer is running slower than ever it could be because of Startup Programs using up system resources.
As the name implies, Startup Programs are the programs that start automatically every time you turn on your computer. Some of these
startup programs will be visible in the System Tray (lower right hand corner of your computer). Many startup programs, particularly malicious Spyware
and Adware will not be visible in the System Tray.
|Instead, the Startup Programs will be running in the background eating into your system memory
and causing your computer to run slower. Many Startup programs are critical to running your
computer - don't disable them unless you know for sure they're not necessary.
Here's how I check the Startup Programs Running on my computer:
Go to Start (lower left corner)
Click on Run
Type in msconfig
Hit Enter or OK
You will now see a screen called the System Configuration Utility like the
picture below. You should be on the General tab so click the Startup tab to see
what programs are scheduled to run at startup. If you have had your computer for quite some
time and never checked on your Startup Programs before you'll probably be shocked to see how
many are running.
|Finally, to prevent programs from enabling at startup without your
permission you can install the Free WinPatrol program. You can
also use WinPatrol to remove the startup programs instead of using
the msconfig method. Another nice feature of WinPatrol is that it will
allow you to move some items to a delayed startup. The reason you
would want to delay startup is to speed up your computers start time
by delaying for 3-5 minutes when certain startup programs would
begin to run. I have Mozy, Google Update (for the Chrome Browser),
ScreenPrint 32, and Windows Sidebar all on a delayed status so my
Vista PC starts faster.
|If the programs are checked then they run at Startup. The
picture is from my old computer and show the programs I had
disabled at Startup to improve overall system performance.
If you're finding Spyware, Adware, Malware or any other malicious
programs in Startup then go to my Free Virus Scan and Removal
page to find the resources you need to remove the malware.
Unchecking these malicious programs in the Startup panel probably
won't stop them from running as they'll just enable themselves again
the next time you start your computer. I suggest using Malwarebytes
and running a Full Scan of your computer just to be safe.
You can go to the Startup Control Panel site if you want to use a
program to help manage the Startup items and learn more about
them. It was created by Mike Lin, a MIT graduate, and yeah, he's
much smarter than Big Geek Daddy.