my Window is stuck

[b][red]This message was edited by Bitdog at 2003-11-26 10:57:49[/red][/b][hr]
I know this isn't a programming question, but I didn't know where to go.

I can't remove items from STARTUP
in the STARTUP tab, programs that load at start up are listed.
I can check the box so they load at startup, or
I can uncheck the box so they don't load,
BUT, I want to remove items and I haven't been able to find a way to do that.
Once a week Win reconfigures it's self some how
and checks all the boxes in the STARTUP list.
plz help...........

Also, a smut site sent me junk mail that altered my c:win98system.dat & user.dat files. (along with everything else)
and now my internet explorer has their site listed everywhere,
it decided that it should be my home site,
and it's worse than a virus.
Where do I turn them in ? (I tried their site and there's no contact addr where I can ask for civility.)
How can I get that junk removed from my system. ?

Is there a Win program that allows me to edit my system.dat & user.dat files???
(they are system,hidden,read_only files.)
plz help #1.........

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Thanks much xkgdiam
Your reply fixed the problems that plauged me for years.
The key to the fix turned out to be your advice and the regedit string search,
which check the regs for all the occurances of my problems.
They were scattered about and also where you stated they would be.


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    to edit system.dat and user.dat, just open regedit.exe

    the first startup programs for all users is in the key :
    1- HKLMsoftwaremicrosoftwindowscurrent version
    2- HKLMsoftwaremicrosoftwindowscurrent version
    un services

    and the startup info for every user is at
    1- HKCUsoftwaremicrosoftwindowscurrent version

    check here what you don't want to run at start-up and follow this trick
    (i use this several years and never fails ...)
    dont delete the entry of start-up program but add an semicolon ';'
    before its command line i.e change:
    entryname = "pathprog.exe /args"
    entryname = ";pathprog.exe /args"
    that dont run because is error(without an error mesg or something)
    and if its app read the registry to find if its there or not
    it'll find its entry so no recreation will take place.

    For the second thing you say,i have that problem too with
    TurboFtp or WebZip i dont know exactly but when i run some of them
    the the home page change.
    the solution is temporaly until now cause when i run a program of
    them in the next boot the problem comes up again.
    Asuume the windows folder as win,
    there is a file c:winwebwin.def , it's RDONLY & HIDDEN
    (all that happens in my PC,)
    delete this if so,
    open registry at HKLMsoftwaremicrosoftinternet explorerstyles
    and delete also theese values :
    Use My Stylysheet=1
    User Stylesheet=""

    that fix the problem,

    i'll try to let win.def but delete its contents
    maybe a recreation not happen again,(???)

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