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    I recently removed Super Anti-Spyware, and removed all traces from the Registry and left over files were manually deleted. That was Sat. April 18th, this morning on boot a message appeared that said: Windows cannot find C:ProgramFiles\SuperAntiSpyware\SuperAntiSpyware.e xe"

    I have searched the following places for the missing exe file: Add/Remove; Did a search; Registry Editor (again) Your Uninstaller; My Computer; Services and Event Viewer with no success.

    Finally I looked in Running Processes and found the missing file. I Googled: How to remove a program from Running Processes and found Ezlan.net that pointed me to a program named Startup Control Panel, I downloaded the Stand Alone version and it's sitting on my desktop.

    I would like to know if that's the way to go or if there's something else I should try first?

    Please help me, I've tried every thing I know with no success.

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    [quote name='Duchess843' post='771262' date='19-Apr-2009 14:02']C:ProgramFiles\SuperAntiSpyware\SuperAntiSpyware.e xe"

    I would like to know if that's the way to go or if there's something else I should try first?

    Please help me, I've tried every thing I know with no success.
    Gloria[/quote]


    Download and run AUTORUNS
    A long list of startup programs will be displayed. Scroll down and UNCHECK any that pertain to the SuperAntiSpyware program.
    By just unchecking the entry. you will just prevent it running on boot but it can still be re-enabled by checking the box.(s)
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    [quote name='viking33' post='771263' date='19-Apr-2009 19:15']Download and run AUTORUNS
    A long list of startup programs will be displayed. Scroll down and UNCHECK any that pertain to the SuperAntiSpyware program.
    By just unchecking the entry. you will just prevent it running on boot but it can still be re-enabled by checking the box.(s) [/quote]
    To add to Bob's suggestion, you will probably find the offending entry more easily if you click the Logon tab, to restrict what's shown.
    In addition to unticking the box, you can also right-click on the entry and choose Delete from the menu.
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    [quote name='Duchess843' post='771262' date='19-Apr-2009 13:02']That was Sat. April 18th, this morning on boot a message appeared that said: Windows cannot find C:ProgramFiles\SuperAntiSpyware\SuperAntiSpyware.e xe"

    Finally I looked in Running Processes and found the missing file.[/quote]

    If Windows could not find the program, how could it be running?

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    [quote name='Duchess843' post='771262' date='19-Apr-2009 14:02']I would like to know if that's the way to go or if there's something else I should try first?

    Please help me, I've tried every thing I know with no success.

    Gloria[/quote]

    Have you looked in C:\Documents and Settings\yourname\Start Menu\Programs\Startup
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    [quote name='viking33' post='771263' date='19-Apr-2009 14:15']Download and run AUTORUNS
    A long list of startup programs will be displayed. Scroll down and UNCHECK any that pertain to the SuperAntiSpyware program.
    By just unchecking the entry. you will just prevent it running on boot but it can still be re-enabled by checking the box.(s) [/quote]

    I will certainly give Autoruns a try, thanks for the link.
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    [quote name='DocWatson' post='771364' date='20-Apr-2009 10:30']Have you looked in C:\Documents and Settings\yourname\Start Menu\Programs\Startup[/quote]

    Yes Doc, that was one of the first places I checked. I can't believe that the message came up after the program was completely removed.
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    [quote name='Duchess843' post='771441' date='20-Apr-2009 16:12']I will certainly give Autoruns a try, thanks for the link.[/quote]
    In addition to what Bob said, if you highlight an entry and right-click it will give you the opportunity to go to the location of the "call" in the registry. But, un-checking the entry in Autoruns should be enough to prevent the attempt to run it.

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    [quote name='joeperez' post='771355' date='20-Apr-2009 09:52']If Windows could not find the program, how could it be running?

    Joe[/quote]

    That's the 64 thousand dollar question and one I'd like answered.
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    [quote name='Duchess843' post='771446' date='20-Apr-2009 15:21']That's the 64 thousand dollar question and one I'd like answered.[/quote]

    Are you absolutely sure it is the same name?

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    [quote name='BATcher' post='771316' date='20-Apr-2009 00:54']To add to Bob's suggestion, you will probably find the offending entry more easily if you click the Logon tab, to restrict what's shown.
    In addition to unticking the box, you can also right-click on the entry and choose Delete from the menu.[/quote]

    Now you're talking

    I want that program GONE, it was the 15 day pro trial version which I removed before it expired. I liked the program and I wanted to install the free version for home users. That I couldn't do while the trial was still somewhere on my system.
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    [quote name='Duchess843' post='771456' date='20-Apr-2009 16:40']I want that program GONE ...[/quote]
    Well what are you waiting for - run Autoruns! We're all sitting on pins and needles to see what you find! (I can't help but wonder if Joe might be right!)

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    [quote name='Duchess843' post='771456' date='20-Apr-2009 16:40']Now you're talking

    I want that program GONE, it was the 15 day pro trial version which I removed before it expired. I liked the program and I wanted to install the free version for home users. That I couldn't do while the trial was still somewhere on my system. [/quote]

    I'm assuming that you didn't monitor the installation wit Total Uninstall ??? This sort of thing wouldn't happen if you did.
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    [quote name='DocWatson' post='771473' date='20-Apr-2009 18:01']I'm assuming that you didn't monitor the installation wit Total Uninstall ??? This sort of thing wouldn't happen if you did. [/quote]

    I have too many programs installed as it is, I'm going to do some serious house cleaning one of these days.

    Now for the subject at hand: I did not install Sys Internals, because I thought of a way to fix the can't find error. I simply installed the free for Home Users version that I wanted and no more message. Windows had found what it was looking for, it only wanted the .exe file and now Windows was satisfied.
    That, to me, was the simplest solution which I should have thought of in the beginning.

    I thank Bob, Batcher, Doc Watson, Bigaldoc and all others who submitted posts with links and suggestions.
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    [quote name='Duchess843' post='771621' date='21-Apr-2009 16:59']... I simply installed the free for Home Users version that I wanted and no more message ...[/quote]
    BUT, I thought from the very first post of this thread that you were trying TO GET RID OF IT! Why now, did you decide to re-install it?

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