"See Techie101's three files used at start up (mentioned in his post above). From the Windows Start button, run "msconfig" and look at the startup tab to makes sure those three files are listed." I answered that question in my post just before yours, or tried to
see the second paragraph, I only have the one file I mentioned on the startup tab.
As I mentioned also, I already uninstalled and reinstalled Avast. I went through the control panel to the install/uninstall utility which led me to the Avast uninstall utility (but not to the website).
"Now, you can run misconfig again and check off (remove the check mark) one or more of these three files so they don't start with Windows without having to actually remove them from the start up routine." After the reinstall I still only have the one file listed on the startup menu. I can see I didn't use the right words to explain
I have been unchecking the check marks to make avast not start at boot up, not removing the program altogether from the menu, sorry for the miscommunication (I didn't know you could even take the program off the menu, duh)
"Also, you can perform a search of this forum for these three files to get a better understanding of them." Great idea! hadn't thought of that, thanks!
"Nevertheless, I would like to talk you out of it if possible."
I agree with you. Normally I would always want to start all components of Avast at boot up. However I have been having a terrible conflict between this program and my CallWave internet answer machine and the only way I could listen to my messages was to restart my computer without starting Avast Thankfully, my son came home from college yesterday and was able to find a work around for this problem so that I no longer have to uncheck avast on the startup menu and reboot (yea!!!), although he could not resolve the conflicts.
Also, when I download and install new programs I have been told to disable my anti-virus. Also I always backup my anti-virus program when I do backups (thinking this would backup recent dat files). For some reason with McAfee I had to uncheck McAfee from the start up menu to disable it completely. Maybe Avast is not that way.
Thanks a big bunch, Culpeper!