How to Remove Programs or Virus from Windows Start-up

Windows start-up is a primary target of Trojan, virus, spyware and malware to load themselves during boot-up. So it is important for us to know how to remove unwanted executable and programs from Windows start-up. There are various possible ways to load a program and run them automatically on Windows boot-up. Attackers may take advantage of MSConfig and Start Menu of Windows.

Obviously, you can reverse the changes on this settings to stop the malware from loading on Windows start-up. See the guide below.


To remove unwanted program from starting up, you can edit msconfig of Windows.
1. Go to Start > Run and type msconfig
2. A System Configuration Utility will appear
3. Go to Startup tab
4. Remove the check mark from Startup Item you wanted to disable
5. Press OK the Apply to save.
6. After bootup, it will prompt you about the changes, just tick a box to ignore the warning.

There were times that a program is called via Windows Start Menu. To remove any unwanted programs from this menu please follow these:
1. Open you Windows Explorer and go to C:\Documents and Settings\All Users\Start Menu\Programs
2. Look for the folder Startup and remove entries you don’t want to run when Windows is started.

1 Comment

  1. jhonny adeniyi

    On my Acer / Aspire 15 laptop’s Startup, (it’s installed Windows 10) it attempts preparing automatic repair by itself, but turns off within few seconds.

    I’ve already tried F4 in order to boot into safe mode, though unsuccessfully – It looks like the laptop cannot read F4 at that early stage; the same thing happens with Shift F8, Shift F10 and Win R.

    It happens to be, that F2 & F12 are enabled; so, for example this way, I can now access the Windows Boot Manager’s first screen. However, after I select Option #1, the system attempts that, but again the laptop ? turns itself off within few seconds.

    I can see the battery looks OKAY ?!

    So, please, do you know any tip (or have any suggestions maybe) for me, that may help me boot my laptop into Safe mode with Command Prompt or boot it from USB or boot it to any other advanced Startup option? Also, do you think there might be a virus in the Windows 10 Startup Folder?

    In advance, thank you so much for your time and help.

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