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    Stop Outlook form Starting ... (Outlook 2003 SP2)

    When I start my computer Outlook does not open but Outlook.exe loads and I would like to stop it from doing so at Startup (I can see Outlook.exe under "Processes" in the Windows Task Manager eventhough the program itself is not open). I looked in the Startup Tab of the System Configuration Utility and cannot see any item that this program is connected with although I do not know what all the items are so I only mess with the ones I recognize. Thanks, in advance, for any help in this matter !!!!!

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    Re: Stop Outlook form Starting ... (Outlook 2003 S

    This article from slipstick may give you some clues.
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    Re: Stop Outlook form Starting ... (Outlook 2003 S

    Thanks for the link. After reading that article it seems that there are MANY programs that could be causing this situation and several of them are on my system. I think I am probably better off just closing it from the Task Manager when I need to rather than mucking aroud in the seemingly endless combinations and permutations of programs that might not be releasing this .exe. The gain does not seem comensurate with the complications that might arise. Thanks again for the effort !!!!!

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    Re: Stop Outlook form Starting ... (Outlook 2003 S

    > I think I am probably better off just closing it from the Task Manager when I need to

    I hope you won't need to do that very often. It could lead to file corruption if you happen to shut it down at an inopportune moment. Does the attached work to close a "hidden" instance of Outlook.exe? (You'll need to rename the attachment with a .vbs extension to run it.)

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    Re: Stop Outlook form Starting ... (Outlook 2003 S

    I am sorry to say that I have no idea what the following means or what to do with it or how to do it: "Does the attached work to close a "hidden" instance of Outlook.exe? (You'll need to rename the attachment with a .vbs extension to run it.) " Any help appreciated !!!!!

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    Re: Stop Outlook form Starting ... (Outlook 2003 S

    Right-click the attachment in Jefferson's reply (the link above his user picture).
    Select "Save target as..." from the popup menu.
    Select "All Files" from the 'Save as type' dropdown list.
    Change the File name to QuitOutlook.vbs.
    Click Save.
    Open Windows Explorer and navigate to the folder where you saved QuitOutlook.vbs.
    Open (double click) QuitOutlook.vbs.

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    Re: Stop Outlook form Starting ... (Outlook 2003 S

    Thanks for the instructions ... that worked nicely !!!!!

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    Re: Stop Outlook form Starting ... (Outlook 2003 S

    Thanks, Hans. Apparently I am very cryptic today. <img src=/S/smile.gif border=0 alt=smile width=15 height=15>

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    Re: Stop Outlook form Starting ... (Outlook 2003 S

    When I booted my system this morning I checked to see that Outlook.exe was in the Task Manager. After closing Task Manger and running QuitOutlook.vbs, I got the error message below. However, after I opened Outlook and THEN ran QuitOutlook.vbs, it ran fine. Any thoughts ?

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    Re: Stop Outlook form Starting ... (Outlook 2003 S

    Sorry, I don't understand why that happens. As long as there is an instance of Outlook.exe running (whether it's visible or not), GetObject should work.

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    Re: Stop Outlook form Starting ... (Outlook 2003 S

    I wonder whether there is some piece of malware masquerading under the name outlook.exe? If you search your hard drive for that file name, are there any surprises?

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    Re: Stop Outlook form Starting ... (Outlook 2003 S

    I searched Outlook.exe and came up with the following below (As I am not sure what each entry means I will leave it your interpretation):

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    Re: Stop Outlook form Starting ... (Outlook 2003 S

    My Application History has no entries for Outlook, even though I have Outlook running. I'm not sure how to interpret that.

    If you haven't tried it already, maybe the SysInternals program Autoruns can help uncover whatever is starting up Outlook.

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