Further Autostart locations in Windows
Now you are able to look up a number of autostart locations in Windows and to configure and troubleshot basic entries, yet please note that you have so far only seen the tip of the iceberg. There are close to 100 potential autostart locations in Windows, and it doesn’t take much for a Vista or XP computer to have a total of 1000, or more, entries for all kind of auto-started software and their components.
Depending on your experience and the time you can spend tweaking or troubleshooting autostart locations in Windows you may want to consider using specialized malware removal tools such as free Spybot - Search & Destroy and aforementioned Windows Defender in scan-mode, for example:
Start → All Programs → Windows Defender → Scan.
To look further under the hood of autostart locations in Windows download free Autoruns, a comprehensive and capable tools when it comes to enumerating or scrutinizing pertinent Registry locations and similar objects. Then make a backup of your Windows computer system partition (C:\) or the entire Registry, as with this very powerful tool wrong action can lead to your computer become unstable or damaged.
Under option you can hide Microsoft or Windows items. Given that they are signed, this is safe to narrow the list of autostart locations where malicious or annoying software can hide. Before scrutinizing autostart locations and their entries uncheck "Include empty locations" unless, of course, you want to see them too. Check out the help sections to learn more about the categories.