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What is the 'RunNever' key in the registry?

What is the "RunNever" keywork used for in the systems registry "HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINESOFTWAREMicrosoftWindowsCurrentVersionRunNever?" There are a lot of entries in there and I was wondering if these are what are slowing down my start up.
For detailed information about this and all other registry items, obtain the REGENTRY.CHM file from the Windows 2000 (or XP) Resource Kit. However, I don't seem to be able to find information about a Reg key named "RunNever". There is Run and RunOnce, but no Run Never. This could be a remnant from a virus or Trojan horse.

It could be contributing to startup sluggishness, but any Microsoft Windows system will take considerable amount of time to boot and give you desktop control even if you only have minimal items installed such as Office, an anti-virus software, a firewall and task scheduler.

This was first published in August 2002

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