I have a puzzling problem in XP Pro. I installed Eudora as my e-mail program, and made it the default. It would launch at startup even though it wasn't int he startup folder. If I'd close it, it would re-launch every couple of minutes. Changed every setting I could find, but no luck, so I uninstalled it and tried Netscape in it's place. Now Netscape is doing the same thing. If I use Outlook Express as the default e-mail program, this does not occur. I much prefer Netscape for e-mail, but this is really pissing me off. I've checked several places with no hints on solving this. There's nothing in the Startup folder, nothing in msconfig, and nothing obvious in the registry (though I wasn't about to start messing there too much) that would point to the source of the problem.
Help! It's driving me nuts.
The PC is my own construction, with a clean HD and a clean (legal) install of XP Pro. ABIT IT7, P4 2.4B, 1x512MB PC2700, 80GB HD, ATI 64MB video, Antec 330W TruPower, DVD-ROM, CD-RW, etc
Check your services from start run menu and type in services.msc. Find whether any of the program services is running automatically. You might want to set it to manual enable if it is there... Just a suggestion, not necessary to be there cos I never use netscape...
I checked services, but could not find anything that clearly pointed to Netscape (or anything even close). I disabled auto-check for e-mail, but it had no effect. Interestingly it always auto-launches the browser, not the e-mail app, but if I have any type of Netscape window open, it does not launch an additional window. Only if I close out of all Netscape windows. Again, I had the same problem with Eudora, so I question if the problem is in Netscape, and not in the OS somewhere. The only time I avoid this auto-launching is if Oulook Express is the default e-mail app. Another plot by Bill Gates!
The most current downloads in both cases: Netscape 7.0 and Eudora 5.2. I've checked every place for settings and preferences that I could find, and there is nothing that has worked. It's such an irritating "feature" that I am sure it is some sort of a bug, and not a preference you can select or not.