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Find all the programs that start when Windows is loaded

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  • Additional program information is provided with one click
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This utility, which has the most comprehensive knowledge of auto-starting locations of any startup monitor (A starting list of auto-run locations was obtained from David Solomon's "Windows Internals" seminar), shows you what programs are configured to run during system bootup or login, and shows you the entries in the order Windows processes them.

These programs include ones in your startup folder, Run, RunOnce, and other Registry keys. You can configure Autoruns to show other locations, including Explorer shell extensions, toolbars, browser helper objects, Winlogon notifications, auto-start services, and much more. Autoruns goes way beyond the MSConfig utility bundled with Windows Me and XP.

Autoruns' Hide Signed Microsoft Entries option helps you to zoom in on third-party auto-starting images that have been added to your system and it has support for looking at the auto-starting images configured for other accounts configured on a system. Also included in the download package is a command-line equivalent that can output in CSV format, Autorunsc.

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An excellent program. everyone should have some idea of the registry, what it looks like, what it does, and so. That's the good news. The bad news, it's not really for the techno-mechno challanged. What exactly am I looking for? How do I tell the "good guys" from the "bad guys"? Who/what are the forces of evil and what supports the computers functionality. If I get a virus, where in the registry do I go to delete it? And so on. Computer security is too imporant to be left to by guess or by golly. Banking, paying bills, communicating with Social Security, identity, etc all can be compromised when the computer gets hijacted. So in theory Autoruns is a good idea, without a user freindly manual to interpret the data, then it's just data. I'm glad I have it and feel I better understand the computer and its operation. But it presents a sharp leaning curve.

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