I was recently trying to help a distant friend over the telephone. Evidently he downloaded a program (EXE) to his StartUp group (yes, this was dumb...but he didn't ask my opinion beforehand) or he created a shortcut to the download in his Startup group. As you can guess, everytime he boots his PC, this EXE (an installation wizard) launches.
I was able to (over the phone) find the EXE that was being launched (it was in his C:\ root), however, now when he boots his PC, an error message appears after the animated flashlight scans for the missing file. The error basically says, "The file that this shortcut is pointed to cannot be found". So obviously we have a (broken) shortcut in his Startup group.
Thinking that this would be simple, I told him to open My Computer and go to c:\windows\start menu\startup
He found 4 files there, but none of them were the culprits.
I then had him search his hard disk for the word "StartUp". This turned up MANY files/folders. When I asked him to read off what he found, many of the found items were like:
I asked him if he had Microsoft Plus! themes installed on his PC. He answered 'yes'.
At this point it becomes muddled. Since I do not use "themes", I'm lost in helping him.
Can someone explain whether there is some Microsoft trickery going on that allows multiple StartUp groups to exist based upon a desktop theme? If so, how does one get to the proper StartUp group so that we can get rid of this annoying broken shortcut?