Ignore this thread! I'm leaving it in place temporarily for historical reasons - and will mod this out with a pointer to the right links when I sort this out. If you're running a stable Android - DO NOT follow this advice. Thank you, EarlyMon ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ignore!~~~~~~~~~~~~ OK. I've expressed my view here: http://androidforums.com/htc-evo-4g/101548-apps-loading-automatically-how-stop.html#post943009 This is so important, I wanted to start a new thread to get attention, with no disrespect intended to the many others posing the question: How do I get rid of startup apps I just don't want on my Evo? 1. I've taken the time to read at length, and understand, the many good threads explaining why using things like APK is a bad idea for Android - and to just let Android do its job. I'm ok with that. 2. Coming from a _very experienced_ unix background, I still believe that I own this phone and I should be able to control (some) things. I don't do social networking. I will never care about NASCAR or the NFL - my primary use is for work. I don't want to root my phone and uninstall apks from Sprint. I want Sprint TV - I've been in airports when breaking news hit and I couldn't hear the public TVs, for example. Girls and boys, I think I've found the answer: Startup Cleaner 2.0 by Bright Wallace He also makes Startup Cleaner - I tested both, you want 2.0 for your Evo. He also makes Advanced Task Cleaner Pro - that you can run in Background mode to do kills at startup. I'm using Startup Cleaner 2.0 - AND IT WORKS. It just won't assassinate that Amazon MP3 Store. For that, I launch APK - have turned off autostart of APK, btw - and I kill the Amazon MP3 Store - and APK at the same time. Now - arguments abound about CPU time, the Android scheduler, and the battery. I've used EVERY battery trick in this forum, believe me. BUT - using SystemPanelLite Task Manager by NextApp, Inc. I've been monitoring things. Before Startup Cleaner 2.0 - my free memory was below 20%, with all of the app killing and so forth. With Startup Cleaner 2.0 - my free memory at startup is 48%, and drops to just over 40% with the browser and email launched, and a few other apps launched and quit, imitating my normal usage. The Android developers have done a FANTASTIC job doing task management and I've come to agree - don't run task killers in the background, let Android do its job. But - I say give Android a chance to do its job - remove the cruft you don't need or want, like Sprint goodies, and who knows? Maybe you'll see an improvement, too. Use the Startup Cleaner 2.0 _judiciously_ -- if you're unsure of an app, leave it alone. It gives you dangerous powers. Only remove those high-level apps you're sure of. Bye bye, resource hogs - bye bye, memory hogs, bye bye any uncertainty as to whether the Sprint apps waste your battery or Android is perfect at controlling that. I sure hope others find this suggestion useful. PS - BEFORE, on reboot, my wallpaper selection was always lost. Now it's not.