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    I cannot believe this nightmare won't end. The only place I can see the gpu-z program is in the registry, but when I think I've deleted it, it starts up again after the reboot. Plus, it's now causing my Windows Explorer to shut down and restart.

    This is complete nonsense. I just want the damn thing to go away. Sheesh.

    Of course, I'm shaking my fist at the clouds, 'cause I'm aware that no one here is to blame for my problems. This is just so frustrating, I can't believe such an unobtrusive program could give me such grief. I've never had this kind of problems with spam programs, much less a valid, much used one.

    I sure hope someone can help me, 'cause I'll be one very upset camper if I have to spend $75/$100 dollars for a tech to get rid of this for me.
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    see if you can use system restore to restore your system to a time before you had gpu-z
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    Its a stand alone. Just search your hard drive and delete it.

    And did you check your Startup folder in Start Menu -> All Programs for a shortcut?
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    There is nothing wrong with GPU-Z its not spam or any sort of dodgy program.

    Sound to me like you set it to run at StartUp so i sugest trying what Wile E said first, If that dont work you could try going into msconfig and see if its in the startup tab in there and if it is take the tick out the box.
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    Thanks for the suggestions, everyone.

    I have been trying to delete this program for 2 days solid. I've gone into the Admin. Tools>Startup, I've tried the Norton Start up list, I've combed all through the hard drive, but it is not there. It is in the registry, but it will NOT DELETE! I can't believe this. Not even deletion through the registry can take this thing off my system. I'm gonna try a restore, because that's about the only thing I haven't tried yet. But if it can't be deleted through the registry, I'm not that hopeful for Restore to affect it. I'll post my results.
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    See here's the problem . . .

    The registry is essentially a database with Windows configuration information. Though it's technically possible to store all the bits of a program in the registry, GPU-Z most assuredly does not do this. If GPU-Z has anything in the registry then it's some software configuration information and perhaps a run entry.

    Is it possible you could post an HJT log? (Without it we're basically in the dark.)
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    How do I post a HJT to the thread?

    I hope this is what you need. I know that copy/pasting is not usually how this is done, but I'm a moron.
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    Logfile of Trend Micro HijackThis v2.0.4
    Scan saved at 12:05:05 AM, on 6/19/2011
    Platform: Windows 7 SP1 (WinNT 6.00.3505)
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    Thanks, D007, but that's one of the first things I tried.
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    Yep, done that, too. Although I was glad to use it anyway, as it got rid of a lot of files I didn't need
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    Dammit..lol.. Then scour the registry and remove everything you find in there I guess..
    I wouldn't write off system restore though. Could do the trick.
    Also maybe you could reinstall the program then try uninstalling it in safe mode.
    Or just try to uninstall it again in safe mode.
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    not sure if this has been suggested yet but...

    when gpu-z loads on startup don't close it. Instead pull up the task manager. click the processes tab. Then find the GPU-Z.exe that's running. Right click and select "Open File Location". once the folder opens and points to the file, close gpu-z then delete the file.

    also, make sure there's no reference to it in Start > All Programs > Startup. as if there's a shortcut there windows will try to find a similarly names gpu-z.exe and open it.

    oh, and run CCleaner again and its reg. tool afterwords. after that, download the standalone version of it and just create a shortcut instead of a startup entry
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    gpuz installs itself into scheduled tasks on systems with uac (vista or newer)

    suggestion: start gpuz and untick the "start on windows startup" option and it will go away

    gpuz shouldn't do anything to windows explorer
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    Wizzard, that's why I think there's something wrong; I have to right-click on the upper pane of the gpu-z screen for the "load on startup" to be seen, and it's already unchecked.

    I also found the iteration of gpu-z in Scheduled Tasks and deleted it, with no result.

    I realize that there might be other problems that are causing this, but I just re-installed the OS less than 2 weeks ago, and 50+gigs of game files plus the install plus all the updates takes a loooong time. I really don't sit through that again if I don't have to.
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    you click the top left of the window to open the system menu of the window, that's normal Microsoft Windows behaviour.

    try checking and unchecking the load on startup to see if that solves the problem
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    as far as i know the only ways to start programs at startup are
    - task scheduler
    - run entry in registry
    - service (can't show a gui then i think)
    - startup folder in explorer
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    Oh, I didn't see you, there. hehe. I'll try that, as it occurred to me, but I thought it silly.
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    Okay; something that occurred to me was that I hadn't shut down the computer, but instead merely restarted it, and gpu-z did NOT start up this time.

    Now, I'd still like to un-install it, until I can find out what else is wrong here. How do I do this?

    Sorry, not enough sleep. I mean, I hadn't shut it down all the times before now. In this case, I shut it down and waited about 3 minutes, and no gpu-z start up
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    if it doesnt start on a restart then it wont start after a power off either

    delete the gpuz executable and if you really want to be thorough remove HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\techPowerUp\GPU-Z
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    In case I've mangled my intent; every time I'd only restart, gpu-z would start up. Only now, with a shut down did the program not start up at loading.

    I have the registry open now, and there is the Tech Power up main folder, and the GPU-Z sub, which indicates "LoadOnStartup". Is it the case that, now that the program did not start up at loading, deleting it in the registry will work this time? And, where would I find the .exe?
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    Thank you so much, W1zzard. It did not reoccur when I restarted, and it is not listed in the Registry. Perhaps the Shut Down was all that was needed.
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    I just want to say thank you to everyone here for their persistent help and suggestions. As an incompetent with way more computer than he knows what to do with, I couldn't get anything running without the help of people like yourselves. I know I'll be back with more inane problems, so just remember my login, thus knowing to use small words and pictures for me to color!

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