So I made the stupid mistake of letting Nero install Scout. Now instead of taking 30 seconds to start up, it takes nearly 3 minutes. Yeah, thanks Ahead. And I loved the way your config app asked me if I wanted to enable auto-updates, to which I clicked no, and then when I asked it to manually check for updates, it turned on auto-updates too but didn’t update the checkbox until the next time I switched to that tab.
To disable Nero Scout:
Open a command prompt (Start -> Run -> Cmd; if you don’t have a ‘Run’ option under your start menu, sucks to be you), and enter (or right-click on the little ‘C:\’ icon top left of the window, Edit -> Paste) the following commands (the first or second may fail depending if you have Nero 7 or Nero 8, but it’s safe to do both):
regsvr /u “%commonprogramfiles%\Ahead\Lib\MediaLibraryNSE.dll”
regsvr /u “%commonprogramfiles%\Nero\Lib\MediaLibraryNSE.dll”
net stop NMIndexingService
sc config NMIndexingService start= disabled
Don’t worry about “NMIndexStoreSrv” – that will go away once you reboot.
But you’ll now have “NMBgMonitor” running, use “msconfig” (Start -> Run -> msconfig) to remove this from the startup list.
Alternatively, you can reinstall Nero and this time don’t say “yes” when it asks if you want to install Nero Scout :)