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Hello, what's the best approach to remove a program that automatically starts during logon? It resides locally in C:\Program Files (x86)\XXXXX.  Is there a script I can utilize? Ideally, I'd like to push it out using GPO.

Thank you!

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by:RobSampson
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If the program starts at Logon, it is (most commonly) either a shortcut in one of the following locations:
%APPDATA%\Microsoft\Windows\Start Menu\Programs\StartUp
C:\ProgramData\Microsoft\Windows\Start Menu\Programs\Startup
HKCU\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Run\<nameofprogram>
HKLM\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Run\<nameofprogram>

Check which of those it is in, then remove it with a startup or logon script.

Regards,

Rob.
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by:Ja Che
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Hi Rob, thanks for the response. I checked each location and the program resides in C:\programdata\microsoft\windows\start menu\programs\StartUp.
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by:RobSampson
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OK no problem.  As a StartUp script you should be able to run this VBS:
Set objFSO = CreateObject("Scripting.FileSystemObject")
objFSO.DeleteFile "C:\ProgramData\Microsoft\Windows\Start Menu\Programs\StartUp\YourLink.lnk", True

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Rob.
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You can also use Group Policy Preferences to delete the shortcut from that folder as well.

Rob.
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by:Ja Che
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Rob that was extremely helpful and works well. 1 question, though.

If the program has already been removed from startup, how can it be specified to ignore the file?

I receive a WSH runtime error saying "File not found". Attached is the error.

Thank you.
WSH-Error.JPG
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Hi, that will just be a matter of checking whether the file exists before attempting to delete it.

strFile = "C:\ProgramData\Microsoft\Windows\Start Menu\Programs\StartUp\YourLink.lnk"
Set objFSO = CreateObject("Scripting.FileSystemObject")
If objFSO.FileExists(strFile) Then objFSO.DeleteFile strFile, True

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Rob.
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by:Ja Che
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Thanks, Rob. Quick and helpful!
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No problem. Thanks for the grade.

Rob.
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You're welcome.
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