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What are startup programs?

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Startup programs are programs that begin to load when the computer is turned on and Windows begins to load. Some startup programs are necessary for the computer to function normally; however, some programs are not necessary and may even harm the computer.

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The Windows operating system has some of the startup programs built in. Other programs are installed when the user installs new programs, such iTunes or antivirus software. Although most of these programs do not cause real problems, they consume computer memory and slow down performance. To improve the performance of the computer, it helps to remove or disable a few unnecessary startup programs.

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