Longtime subscriber Don Musso wrote to ask about an auto-starting Outlook:
I put Office 2007 Outlook in the start up so it would start automaticly when I turned the computer on.
I then decide to take it off and I did remove it from the start up but it still starts.
I looked in the msconfig but it is not there. I even went into the registry to remove it but no success. Do you have any idea how I can keep Outlook from starting when I boot up my computer?
I answered Don to say that many large, slow-starting programs, as well as many other programs that simply want to be run all the time, set themselves up to start automatically. Examples include MS Office, OpenOffice.org, Adobe Reader, iTunesHelper, GoogleUpdater, and a lot more.
One of the disadvantages of msconfig.exe is that it doesn’t show all the programs that start automatically, and doesn’t give you many options.
I use and recommend WinPatrol to get control of the programs that autostart on a Windows computer. WinPatrol itself it free.
I use the enhanced version WinPatrol Plus, which has a few additional functions and, more importantly, provides access to their information database that identifies programs and makes recommendations about whether they’re safe, optional to remove, should be removed, what they do, etc. Without a trustworthy resource, you could search Google, but then have to decide whether an article you find is trustworthy or not.
You can also search my site for some of the articles I’ve written about WinPatrol. I do not have an affiliate link for WinPatrol — I just like it and use it.