if you have uninstalled these programs and the folders are still there even if there are some files left in the folders then you can just delete them as the programs themselves have been uninstalled.
If they are icons on your desktop then just delete them
If they are not listing in Add\remove or either Uninstaller program then what you need to do is go into the folder for that program and look for a uninstall exe file. If none exists you can simply delete the folder and all its contents.
If the program is starting on bootup then delete it from your startup folder.
If it is not there
Please click on
Start>>Run>>Type in msconfig>>>press enter
Now click on Startups
Then uncheck everything that you are saying is starting automatically on bootup, then click Apply and then Ok
The system should restart on it's own then, if not then restart.Post back with the results
As far as making Vista Startup folder act like XP startup folder I am not sure. I will research it and try to find out.
The popups you are having is either you have gotten a virus or you have entered a site that is using some kind of adware
Make sure your IE is up to date or go to Firefox browser. It is more secure and you can import all your IE favorites into Firefox's bookmarks with a few clicks of the mouse.
What antivirus, spyware,malware,firewall programs are you running?
Are all the above up to date
Depending on your version of IE you can go to the options and enable the internal popup blocker
By the description you gave on the popups you very well may be infected with some type of adware virus. I would strongly suggest since there is a possibility of this
Please go to the "Malware Forum" link in my signature below and follow the instructions at the top
Especially the "You Must Read This Before Posting A HijackThis Log".
That will give you several steps that will help you clean up 70 percent of all problems by yourself.
If at the end of the process you are still having difficulty start a topic and post the requested logs in THAT forum
Once the malware technicians have cleared out any infection and given you a clean bill of health, and if the problem continues then feel free to post back here and we can investigate the problem even more.
Edited by rshaffer61, 11 April 2009 - 07:27 AM.