Removing check mark will stop that auto start Helpline

February 19, 2004|By James Coates | James Coates,CHICAGO TRIBUNE

Since I opened the Microsoft Money Express personal finance software, it has been automatically running every time I reboot or switch on my computer. The program is not listed in the Startup folder with the other stuff that runs at boot-up without asking. So where does it come from, and how can I stop it?

The trick is to look in the system tray collection of tiny icons in the lower right-hand screen and find the one that looks like a blue circle with a big white M for Money stamped on it. Give this icon a single right-click, and you'll get a little pop-up box with several options, including the one to automatically load the software at boot-up. Remove the check mark from that option, and the uninvited intrusions will stop.

The latest versions of Money please some customers with this auto-start feature because it allows folks with online banking accounts and stock portfolios to get an instant readout of checking balances and stock values at the start of every session.

The Chicago Tribune is a Tribune Publishing newspaper. Contact James Coates at jcoates@tribune.com.

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