AutoRuns

AutoRuns 11.50

Find all the programs that start when Windows is loaded

AutoRuns can be used to view all the programs that load automatically on your PC during start-up. View full description

PROS

  • Many ways to filter your results
  • Additional program information is provided with one click

CONS

  • Help file does not open

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AutoRuns can be used to view all the programs that load automatically on your PC during start-up.

Some programs such as anti-virus software, for example, are useful to load every time your PC starts. Others are less necessary. And if enough of them automatically load at once, it can substantially slow down your PC's start-up process.

AutoRuns quickly scans your computer and provides a list of all programs that load every time you turn your computer on. You can filter the results on AutoRuns by a number of different categories. These include print monitors, network providers, and scheduled tasks, among others. You can also just simply view everything at once.

Click on an individual program and AutoRuns will provide further information on it in a panel below the full list. The size of the program is one of the most important things to note, as it will help you determine if that particular program should not be loaded upon start-up for the best results. From there AutoRuns lets you opt to prevent certain programs from loading on start-up.

Unfortunately, AutoRuns' help file didn't work during our test, so if you have questions about how to use the program, you'll be out of luck without a further internet search.

AutoRuns provides an easy way to see what programs load during your PC's start-up.

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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User reviews about AutoRuns

  • "AutoRuns and then some"

    An excellent program. everyone should have some idea of the registry, what it looks like, what it does, and so. Tha...   More.

  • elbartoli

    by elbartoli

    "Basic but practical utility"

    Here is a tool that might double your startup time in a flash. If you don't take much notice of installation processe...   More.