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I know that MSConfig is used to check and prevent programs from starting up (from boot), as explained in the answers to this question, but I want to know how to check the programs that open when my computer wakes from sleep.

Specifically, every time my computer wakes up, Norton Internet Security asks me if I'd like to upgrade....

What program or utility can help me with this?

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Just to make sure I get it right, you mean wakeup from standby / sleep mode? If so, the operating system just restores the previous session, speaking only the programs that ran before are restored. Or am I not getting the question? –  hasgarion Feb 26 '12 at 15:09
    
terms: not starting, but resuming –  user539484 Feb 26 '12 at 16:02
    
Norton Internet Security is asking you to upgrade to what? It is the "ultimate" security product they have and it should not ask you to upgrade it. Are you sure you have Internet Security installed and not another product? –  Corporate Geek Feb 27 '12 at 16:18
    
Not really an answer to your question (hence why it's a comment) but have you considered/ are you able to consider another antivirus program? I've had nothing but problems with Norton over the years and their constant whinging about upgrading wasn't helping my attitude toward them. There is a list of antivirus partners here: microsoft.com/windows/antivirus-partners/windows-7.aspx I use AVG at home, Work uses Eset, I have tried Avast and a lot of people like it but it's not for me. –  Robotnik May 24 '12 at 3:58
    
@Robotnik I'll look into it, thanks. –  wizlog May 25 '12 at 21:38

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Get free Winpatrol from same domain. Its free and allows you to disable and then kill if app is active (prompt option). It also allows you to configure Scheduled tasks, services, startups (disable or delete), tracks changes in associations and much more. Very low resource and CPU bandwidth used. No reboot needed to activate changes. It is very good. Another is Mike Lin's startup mgr. I recommend you uninstall Norton and stick with MS Antimalware with Winpatrol and use a sandboxed browser like Chrome Opera or IE9 and use a browser addon such as WOT (Web of trust, & No script ) for additional security consideration.

I consider a well tuned PC with minimal but adequate security one to boot with < 20 processes shown in same tab of taskmgr in XP after boot. 25 for Vista and 30 for Win7.

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If I'm getting your problem right, there isn't any special registry entry for all programs. Mostly I think when it comes to Norton IS it simply checks the last time it displayed this dialog and after your PC slept, this dialog is triggered because it has been to long.

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Norton IS displays the dialog every time I wake up my PC. It doesn't matter if its been one minute or twenty. –  wizlog Feb 26 '12 at 16:17

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