It might be silly and I trully apologize if the question is not apropriate here, but I have really tried and got to nowhere. I have a windows xp startup error which indicates something about asmonitor.exe program from the ActualSpy keylogger. I had installed but removed ActualSpy keylogger using Superantispyware or something close. I have searched the registries and found a asmonitor entry deleted. I looked at startup programs and can not find the asmonitor program. In addition, I searched the c: drive using regular explorer search and searched using ESET NOD32 antivirus. In each case I cannot find the application... I have even looked at startup programs using msinfo32 command. msconfig->startup NOTHING! it drives me crazy! I can't get rid of it. it is still showing up at windows startup! Where do I find this little program? where is it located? I don't want it to keep showing up. I don't want programs that can do it.. or maybe free ones. But I prefer manual solutions. aren't are any?
For a manual solution, you should check the registry for the offending file itself, or check the "run-on-startup" locations for suspicious files (in case it's not launching directly from asmonitor.exe). These can include:
There may be more as well, depending on your system configuration. I usually do a search for "RunOnce" and check all the keys that show up around each occurrence that it finds.
Personally, for changing the startup options, I prefer to use the Startup Control Panel program. It's free, stand-alone (no installer necessary) and it checks all the main areas that a program could start from and allows you to disable or delete them.
You mentioned having already looked at MSConfig, but you can also double check if it is running as a service by launching
It's probably still in the Run section of your registry. Start regedit and look in:
There's probably an entry for asmonitor.exe in there, which you can remove.
If that's not it, then there's probably another program running that is adding asmonitor.exe back in again.
NOTE: The usual warnings about changing your registry directly apply - the registry is at the core of Windows and inadvertently changing the wrong thing can leave your application or Windows setup unusable