Have you checked the registry startup keys or the startup folders?HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Run
C:\Documents and Settings\All Users\Start Menu\Programs\Startup
C:\Documents and Settings\xxxx\Start Menu\Programs\Startup
of course, xxxx = any user name other then All Users
Anytime I am looking to figure out what runs on startup, I check these 4 places. If there is something there that I don't know what it is for, I research it (go to the actual directory, do a google search on the directory name or exe name, etc) and figure out if I really need it or not. I may go as far as actually running whatever command I see, to figure out what it does.
Personally for me, I try to keep the items in these places as low as possible. Both of my startup folders are empty. The Registry keys listed above for me only have a total of 6 things (all in the HKLM key). And, I know exactly what each command does, and why it is there. Again for me, the less I have here the better.
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