Prevent Programs from Starting (Windows 10)

Quick directions:

For Windows 10, here’s how you can change application startup behavior:

  • Hit the Windows key on your keyboard to open the Start menu.


  • Then click or tap the little cog wheel to access your settings.



  • Once in settings, open “Apps”, then look for the Startup option in the menu along the left.


  • There you’ll find a list with a little toggle button to turn the startup behavior on or off.

A few programs that I’d prevented from starting after logon reappeared after upgrading to Windows 10. That may be happening for some of you, too, but you may have been unfamiliar with where to go to make changes in Windows 10.

There is a helpful article from HowToGeek (Link to How To Geek article) about preventing Microsoft Teams from starting automatically. I have an Office 365 subscription through my school, and all my Windows devices had begun annoying me with a popup to sign in to Teams (which I don’t use).

I share the article here because it has useful info about preventing programs in general from starting after you first log on to Windows. Many of you may just be upgrading to Windows 10 as support for Windows 7 drops off after this month. Some of the layout and settings may be confusing. That article shows you a quick way to access your Windows Settings.

If you’re unfamiliar with Windows 10, you also may find yourself confused when looking for the Control Panel. Most every setting can be found by typing in the search area with Windows 10. Hit the Windows key on your keyboard to bring up the start menu, then click the magnifying glass and enter your search term. Start typing Control Panel and you’ll find a match appear for the “Control Panel app”.


Chrome settings show “Managed by your organization”. But there’s no organization!?

After reading some articles about a Chrome update, I looked into my Chrome browser settings to check which version I was using. When I did, an unfamiliar message caught my eye:

Screenshot of the message in Chrome settings that reads
Screenshot of the message in Chrome settings that reads “Managed by your organization”.

An employer can manage software on a computer that you may use for work, applying restrictions and monitoring usage. Since I was on my personal device that isn’t a part of an organization, I found this odd.

I found several articles online discussing the issue, but none had any conclusive advise as to why this happens if your device isn’t supposed to be managed by an outside entity. The general thought is that a recent Chrome update causes this message to be shown if software on your computer controls some Chrome settings. I won’t get into the details here, but links to the articles are at the end of this post for your further reading.

If you’ve seen this message as well and would like to get rid of it, try out some of the suggestions below. (Instructions are for devices running Windows).

  • Browse to chrome://management/ in order to see if you can glean any information about what is being managed. If there’s no help there, go to the next step.
  • Go to chrome://policy/ to see any settings that may be affecting how Chrome operates. When I viewed this page, I didn’t recognize any of the items listed under the “Policy name” column; also, the “Policy value” column was blank.  You can do a search on any policy name you find to see if that gives you any insight into what program may be setting a policy. My searches didn’t yield any good info, so I went to the next step.
  • Check out any extensions you have enabled in your Chrome browser at this link: chrome://extensions/ I recognized all of the items, but disabling them and removing them didn’t get rid of the “managed by your organization message”.
  • I found another solution that involves making changes to your system registry. Making registry changes can be risky, so only proceed if you’re comfortable working with the registry. Make a backup before proceeding.
    • search or run “regedit” to open the registry editor
    • Go to the Chrome folder under HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE — SOFTWARE — Policies — Google (Computer\HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Policies\Google\Chrome)
    • Delete the offending keys there.

The registry edit solved the issue for me. As noted above, I didn’t find any conclusive evidence as to why I was getting the message; it may have been a completely harmless policy. Also, editing the registry is risky. Apply this solution at your own risk.

Articles for further reading:


Update your WhatsApp Messenger app!

WhatsApp icon on phone screen

If, like me, you have the auto-update feature turned off on your mobile device, and you use WhatsApp for text messenging, you may have a version vulnerable to malware.

A bug affecting WhatsApp has been identified for older versions. You can read about the bug here: ZDNet article about WhatsApp spyware

This bug affects both Android and iPhone users, so if you use WhatsApp, update to the latest version now. The latest update includes a security fix for this bug.

iPad Pro split screen

If you have an iPad Pro, especially the larger screen models, you may it useful to employ the split screen feature whereby you can work in two apps at once. It’s especially useful to have a video playing (in YouTube for example) but have a browser window open for internet searches.

For my iPad Pro 2015 model, I enable this feature by first swiping up from the bottom of the screen to bring up the app dock.

Next, choose an app in the dock and drag it up. In the example below, I chose to open Chrome browser with the Blue Letter Bible website open in order to view it along side my app for editing this blog:

If you tap the small line at the top of the browser window (or whatever app window you’ve chosen) then you can resize that window:

You’ll see a line between the windows that you can drag to the left or right to resize each window:

Hope you found this picture tutorial helpful. What are your favorite iPad Pro features?

iOS 12 Security

A Forbes article popped up in my Google app feed warning that devices running iOS 12 have a security flaw that allows the screen lock to be compromised. (I won’t post a link to the article as the site has numerous annoying popups and auto-running videos). The article didn’t give much detail and gave no advice for protecting your device.

An article from states that the data recovery company that is exploiting the flaw in iOS devices, offering an expensive service to unlock devices,  is also claiming it can unlock devices running Android and Windows.

Maybe instead of getting too deep in fear, the best advice is to follow sound security practice, no matter the device you have or the operating system it runs. Check out this Tech Crunch article on iOS security settings you should employ.

Tech Services

*Punks Post Home Care is now Punk’s Post, LLC, offering web design, online business brochures, and computer training for individuals.

(If you are looking for quality help around the house, home health, personal errands, and home cleaning for yourself or for an elderly loved one, please seek help in your local Christian church or send me a message by clicking here and I’ll help you find someone in your area.

Thank you for visiting here!




Pill Identifier

If you take multiple medications, it can be difficult to keep track of them. Ever drop some pills, find them later, and are unable to identify them?

There is a link at WebMD that may help identify pills by their imprints, size, and color. Click here to use the WebMD pill identification form.

Good News!

As you celebrate the holidays, what does this season mean to you? Does a baby in a manger factor into your reflections on the meaning of the season? And, if so, what is the meaning of that baby born in Bethlehem?

Perhaps it is just another cultural holiday for some. So, why is the Christmas season so special for Christians?

The Bible, God’s word, tells us that “through fear of death” we are “subject to lifelong slavery”.  All of us have violated God’s laws and our own God given conscience. We will face God on Judgement Day. How will you fare on that day?

Have you ever told a lie? Have you committed murder? Remember, Jesus likened the hate of a brother to murder! Have you taken the Lord’s name in vain (for example, saying “Oh my G-d”)? Have you ever stolen anything? The Bible tells us that “whoever keeps the whole law but fails in one point has become accountable for all of it”!

We have all rebelled against God and are all deserving of God’s condemnation. We wouldn’t call a judge “good” who simply forgave criminals without a fine or some punishment.

We are also unable to save ourselves from the penalty of sin. However, the Gospel (which means “good news”) tells us “…God has done what the law…could not do. By sending His own Son in the likeness of sinful flesh…he condemned sin in the flesh, in order that the righteous requirement of the law might be fulfilled in us…”

The Lord Jesus paid the penalty for our sin by His death on a cross. He then rose again to life which proves His word can be trusted. His sacrifice is applied to our debt to God in only one way–through repentant faith in Him, the Lord Jesus Christ.

And true faith will show itself real in repentance from dead works,  or following our own selfish desires, and being wise in our own eyes.

Turn to Christ today, while you still have the opportunity. It is by no accident that you are reading this note today!

Please see the following scripture references for further study:
2 Timothy 3:16; Hebrews 2:14-15; Romans 2:15; Hebrews 9:27; Revelation 21:8; Exodus 20:13; Matthew 5:22; 1 John 3:15; Exodus 20:7; James 2:10; Romans 8:3-4; Romans 3:21-25 (English Standard Version)

Or go to this website to read them all: Biblegateway online bible with all verses noted above.

Thank you for reading and Merry Christmas!

A Gift Everyone Should Hear

I loved watching this on my local news!!! Such a nice story, especially after the farce with the bogus signer at the Mandela memorial.

Grandma Says..

Little Claire is a KODA, which is an acronym for Kids Of Deaf Adults.  She wanted her parents to share in the fun of her school Christmas Recital so she signed as she sang. This little angel is only five years old, but has managed to capture the world’s heart!  I can’t watch this without thinking that with all the negative news reports, Claire has saved the Christmas Holidays by providing a gift that everyone should see and hear!

Signing is easy to learn, as Claire demonstrates by being adept at the skill at the tender age of five, but the special facial expressions that she adds are precious and priceless!  Enjoy!



View original post

%d bloggers like this: