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Release Date:
2015-01-30 | Changelog
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Windows XP/2003/Vista/7/8
User Rating

(113 Votes )

FreewareFiles Editor's Review

 Editor´s Rating

 Reviewed on May 20, 2014

Some of the things that slow down computers are the programs that start automatically during boot-up. Unfortunately, some of the applications that launch during startup are unnecessary while others are downright harmful. How do you stop such programs? The best way to manage startup programs is through the use of Sysinternals Autoruns, which provides comprehensive details about programs in different locations.

Using Sysinternals Autoruns

Sysinternals Autoruns is a portable application that launches and runs fast. Its interface may appear cluttered and even a bit confusing to inexperienced users, but seasoned users like IT professionals will immediately love what they see.

The application starts by displaying the tab called “Everything,” which provides autorun details about Drivers, Services, Scheduled Tasks, Internet Explorer, Explorer and Logon. You can click individual tabs that will show you details pertaining to that feature only. It provides different details about the applications found, including their descriptions, publishers, image paths and timestamps.

In addition to showing auto-start applications, Sysinternals Autoruns displays a complete list of file system and Registry locations that can be configured for auto-start. Viewing auto-starts from different categories is as easy as clicking different tabs.

We found it easy to identify sections with errors, as Autoruns marked them in a different color. Clicking on an entry displayed details of the application on the lower part of the program window, including application name, size, time, version and full path. Right-clicking displayed a context menu that gave us the option to delete, copy, jump to entry, jump to image, search online, process explorer or check properties.

The program displays autoruns in the order in which Windows processes them. We could include the areas we wanted the program to list and display only third-party programs by hiding Windows entries. If you want to perform some functions like deactivating specific applications, then you must run Sysinternals Autoruns as administrator.

The filters we could use were for:

  • Including empty locations
  • Showing only per-user locations
  • Verifying code signatures
  • Hiding either all Microsoft entries or only Windows entries
We restarted our computer after tweaking it the way we wanted to see the results. There was slight improvement, but we believe the improvement could have been more significant had it not been that the system was already optimized relatively well.


If you want to know the systems that are configured to launch when you boot up your computer, then Sysinternals Autoruns is an ideal application to use. The application makes it easy to find, deactivate or even delete selected auto-start applications, and it provides more details and options than the stock MSConfig utility.

Software Product Description

Autoruns, which has the most comprehensive knowledge of auto-starting locations of any startup monitor, shows you what programs are configured to run during system bootup or login, and shows you the entries in the order Windows processes them.

What´s New in version 13.0:

  • This major update to Autoruns, an autostart execution point (ASEP) manager, now has integration with to show the status of entries with respect to scans by over four dozen antimalware engines. It also includes a revamped scanning architecture that supports dynamic filters, including a free-form text filter, a greatly improved compare feature that highlights not just new items but deleted ones as well, and file saving and loading that preserves all the information of a scan.
FreewareFiles Clean Award FreewareFiles tested Sysinternals Autoruns 13.0 on 2015-01-30 using leading antivirus scanners and found it 100% Clean.

User Reviews
"v- 11.21"

Reviewer: -mweizer    Review Date: 2012-01-15
Average Rating (113 Votes )
Pros:  It's well-organized, portable (no install), and small It has a handy right-click feature that opens selected found run item to its registry entry location and a look up online function

Cons:  None

Other Thoughts:  Besides the right-click option of delete, maybe it should have a do not load option with a separate section listing what user disabled;
There, user can either reinstate or delete it later

4 to 4.5
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