Startup Methods

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Directories

%windir%\Start Menu\Programs\StartUp (English)

%windir%\All Users\Start Menu\Programs\StartUp (English)

%windir%\Menu Démarrer\Programmes\Démarrage (French)

%windir%\All Users\Menu Iniciar\Programas\Iniciar (Portuguese, Brasilian)


Any file or shortcut in the directories above will start when Windows is booted.

Registry

This Autostart Directory is stated in these keys:

Config Files (Windows 9x)

system.ini

Another way to start a file is use the shell method. The file name following explorer.exe will start whenever Windows starts:

  %windir%\system.ini: Shell=explorer.exe example.exe

win.ini

load= line

run= line

This is a autostart method that trojan authors have been using for years. You need to be sure that the 'load=' line in %windir%\win.ini (without the quotes) has no other file names next to it. Such as 'load= pic.exe', if you see a file name next to the load= you'd better delete it. File names can be hidden by placing them to the far right of one of these lines. Some AOL password capture parograms do that.

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