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What is causing these programs to start on boot

There are   programs starting up every time I boot my PC that I do not want.  They show up as checked when I run "MSConfig-System".  I can uncheck them, but the next time I boot, they are back.  I have run sysedit and looked for D:\lotus\register\remind32.exe and also D:\lotus\wordpro\ltsstart.exe.  Where else can I look and how do I keep these? programs from running on bootup?
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rdaves
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rdaves
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menitoCommented:
There are generally three places to launch apps on startup.  It looks like you checked two of them:

There is, of course, the startup folder generally found in c:\windows\start menu\programs\startup

There is also c:\windows\win.ini. In the [windows] section it can have the load= or run= lines.

Although files can be launched from other locations (ini files of other programs etc) most likely your files are being called from the registry.  Use regedit to go to the key:

\hkey_local_machine\software\microsoft\windows\current version\run

There you will find where many items like antivirus files are loaded.  I WOULD NOT DELETE ANYTHING FROM THIS SECTION RIGHT AWAY.  Be safe.  To disable an entry, double-click the entry and add a semicolon to the front of it.  This will esentially REM out the line and prevent it from loading.  If you disabled something in error you can easily go back and remove the semicolon.

If you chose to remove the line entirely, wait until after you know your machine boots properly and everything functions well.
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rdavesAuthor Commented:
Thanks for the help.  The files were in c:\windows\start menu\programs\startup
I forgot to look there.
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