You should uninstall Windows Search 4.0 from your Add or Remove programs. It's a system resource hog.
You have too many Startup applications loading with Windows and too many processes running in the background. This can significantly increase your Startup time and affect overall performance.
You should definitely trim down your Startup list. Other than your security software, very few applications need to load with Windows at Startup.
Click on Start > Run > and type msconfig.
Under the Startup tab, uncheck all unnecessary applications.
For more detailed information, you can also download Autoruns.
Run Autoruns and select the Logon tab.
Under HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Run, you'll see all the applications running at Startup. Simply uncheck the items you don't need.
Use these three websites to help you decide which items to uncheck:
Simply copy and paste the .exe files you see at the end of your HijackThis log's 04 (Startup) entries one by one. Ignore any 04 entries with HKUS or RunOnce. They won't show in msconfig. RunOnce entries will show in Autoruns though.
1- System Lookup(my favorite - for this one, you can paste the whole 04 entry)
Remember, a lot of applications can be started manually when needed.
A list of names and files will appear. At the end of each entry, you'll notice a symbol:
Y = Normally leave to run at start-up
N = Not required - often infrequently used tasks that can be started manually, if necessary
U = User's choice - depends whether a user deems it necessary
X = Malware, spyware, adware, or other potentially unwanted items
? = Currently unknown status
Make sure to choose the correct information in the list, relating to the actual programs installed on your computer. Do not be alarmed by red "Xs" pointing to malware, especially if I haven't seen any in your HijackThis log. I do check before recommending this trimming.
Copy the following entry from your HijackThis log:
Now here is what you get. On line #7, you'll see the Name (QuickTime Task), the Filename (Qttask.exe), the Description and at the end of the line, you'll see a N, meaning Not required - often infrequently used tasks that can be started manually, if necessary. So, you can without a doubt uncheck it from your Startup list.
After rebooting, when the small System Configuration Utility window appears, ignore the message. Put a check mark in that window, then click OK.
Some Services may also be disabled.
Simply paste your HijackThis log's 023 (Services) entries in the following website:
Scroll down to the chosen service and double-click on it. Change the Startup type from Automatic to Manual.
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Thank you very much for your comprehensive response and advice!
I have gone through my start-up and cut it right back. Although this improves start-up considerably, it did not solve the problem with IE8 Blue Screens.
I then went on to clean boot and the same thing happened. I saved a Hijack This Log and compared it to the log from a Safe-Mode boot when IE8 did not cause a blue screen. The logs were identical, so do I assume the problem lies with a driver?
If so, any tips on which drivers usually cause problems? I am guessing display drivers are a key cause?
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