|Items on the Startup tab are not needed for normal operation of the computer.|
To find out what each Startup(or Process) item
does or means, and any recommendation as to if you should close the process:
Task List Programs
Computer Speed and Performance May Decrease
When you open, then close programs,
programs may not free up RAM memory.
That is called "Memory Leak".
Restarting computer will clear out its RAM memory.
install more RAM memory.
Description of the Disk Cleanup Tool in Windows XP
How to Defragment Your Disk Drive Volumes in Windows XP
Do you check for, and remove, Spyware ??
Spyware includes ----
Adware, Dialers, Browser Hijackers, Trojans, Cookies,
Key Loggers, Trackware, and other Malware while browsing the internet.
Most Virus and Spyware scans are likely to work better in Windows Safe-Mode.
Spyware and Virus info.from Microsoft