Finally remembered what that thing was Al... go to your start menu, click 'run', and type in msconfig. Choose the 'startup' tab. On there you will see a list of all the programmes which automatically run when the system boots up. It can be a long drawn out process, but look for anything which sounds familiar, and try disabling one programme at a time and then restarting the system to see if this cures the problem. Remember to re-enable the programmes afterwards though.
Have fun - Patrick.