I have found the Glary Utilities http://sharewareonsale.com/s/glary-utilities-pro-sale
to be quite useful. The startup items manager tool helped with finding a number of interesting things I didn’t want running at my startup including google updates and a lot of windows media center apps.
It is free for a limited time, and contains many other tools that are potentially useful.
Speaking of google updates, I can’t figure out why even if you follow Google’s recommended steps for disabling auto-updates the google update app still runs. Maybe it is not doing anything, but I don’t like useless processes hanging around.