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    Having a senior moment here
    A friend has XP and when he boots up he gets a advertisement every time.
    Forgot how to find and remove unwanted items from the Start-Up.

    Little memory jog please.

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    I would attempt to track down the software, or more precisely, the adware that is causing this.
    1 look through your start menus' "startup folder".
    2 Look through msconfig for reference to the program creating the "boot" ad.
    3 Look through your "Add/Remove Programs" list in control panel and uninstall the program associated with the "boot" ad.
    4 Run a thorough antimalware and antivirus scan with a number of different tools at least twice.
    (malware will do this sort of thing, I would have a difficult time trusting the system after seeing adware shortly after boot-up).

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    The easiest way is with msconfig or What's In Startup. This program has gotten good press on this forum.

    Look in Start/All Programs/Startup for an area where apps start.

    If you feel comfortable in the registry (always back up the registry before making any mods) there are a couple of keys to check. Run Regedit

    HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE/SOFTWARE/MICROSOFT/WINDOWS/CURRENT VERSION/Run If you find the startup key for the app in question, in the right hand window, right click on the key in question and choose delete.

    HKEY_CURRENT_USER/SOFTWARE/MICROSOFT/WINDOWS/CURRENT VERSION/Run If you find the startup key for the app in question, in the right hand window, right click on the key in question and choose delete.

    These keys are areas where many apps load their startup info, especially the first. When you use msconfig to disable apps at startup, these are the keys that are affected.
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    Thanks to all.
    I did find the problem in the "start-up folder" and deleted it.
    Did not find anything that looked like it in ?Add/Remove" programs.
    Not real comfortable with msconfig at this point in time, but will check out the supplied info.

    Did install CCleaner and Spybot - Search & Destroy" which I think should cover the situation.

    As usual the group covers all the bases and really is treasure chest of knowledge.
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