Programs automatically starting up

Posted on 2005-04-21
Last Modified: 2010-05-18
When I start up my Windows 2000 Server normally it starts to hang because 4 processes that use Perl.exe start up that each take exactly 25%. Takes me about 10 minutes load up ANY program. I then restart the computer in safe mode and those processes don't start up and the server runs in normal speed but problem is I need my IIS and stuff to run. How can I find out what is starting up these perl processes and hanging my server?

I checked in Start -> Programs -> Start Up and didn't find anything there and didn't find what I was looking for in the registry. HELP!!!!
Question by:e-b

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    Yeah that registry area was... HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Run .
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    Using the Windows System Configuration Utility (startup)

    Windows 98, ME, and XP have MSCONFIG

    Windows 2000 doesn’t have msconfig but you can use it, if you...
    Download the two files here

    If annoying programs are popping up every time you boot into windows XP or log in, you can disable them with the System Configuration Utility.

    Press START > RUN > type MSCONFIG to launch

    When the application starts you will need to click the startup tab.

    This lists all the applications that will start when you boot up or log in, you can simply untick the ones you don’t want to start and reboot (if a problem occurs you can simply re-tick it)

    Most programs launch from the following registry Key
    Once you are sure you no longer need the application you can launch REGEDIT and go and delete a programs value from this key (DON’T DELETE THE ENTIRE KEY!!!)
    NOTE the startup list in msconfig is populated from here
    HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\Software\Microsoft\Shared Tools\MSConfig\startupreg

    Any software that is listed as "Common Startup" is being launched from the startup folder (click START >PROGRAMS >STARTUP to view them.  You can delete the Icons from here  <by right clicking it and selecting delete> to stop it launching.) This only deletes the shortcut; it does not uninstall the application.



    System32 Folder Opens When Logging on to Windows;EN-US;Q170086

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    download Process Explorer from
    Process Explorer shows you information about which handles and DLLs processes have opened or loaded.
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    Hijackthis is a tool primerily for stopping spyware from rumming on bootup, but it can be used to stop other applications.

    It can be found easily with a google search, just scan the system and remove anything you don't want. Be very carefull what you remove though as many of the applications in the list will be required by the operating system
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