I recently updated my Adobe Reader and immediately started having issues where if my mouse even comes close to a pdf file in explorer, reader launches completely blanking out everything else on the screen. The help file tells you how to deactivate/remove it, by removing reader_sl.exe from specific startup folders. Since the file didn't appear in "any" start up directory, I tried deactivating it in msconfig, I removed it from my registry and even moved the file from the program directory to another directory that I made, and restarted the computer. The problem still exists. I can't have it blocking up the My Documents folder when the mouse simply moves near any PDF file. If Adobe can't provide a solution, I will have no choice but to delete Adobe Reader and go to a third party reader. It's a shame because I always liked reader. Now that it is crippling my computer, it's really not worth having! Does anyone have any suggestions on how to fix this???
It is better not to manually remove startup items, but use a procedure / application that is safe to use, e.g. Startup Inspector. I have disabled that Speed Launcher using Startup Inspector for many years, and I never had any problems with it. (You may actually find quite a number of other useless startup items this way.)