Sysinternals Autoruns 13.51 Pick
FREEWAREFILES EDITOR'S REVIEW
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
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.
Review Date: 2015-01-31
Pros: Program is portable with a well organized GUI. It makes finding and disabling/deleting items that start with your computer a breeze. I would recommend that everyone have this program in their computer repair toolkit.
Cons: The program can look a bit scary because of its many options.Someone could possibly get in a little trouble if they accidentally deleted an entry for a program they needed but, as mentioned in another comment, the program has the option to right click on an entry and search for it online first to keep from making that type of mistake.
Other Thoughts: This is a great program that I highly recommend. I use this program sometimes on a daily basis as part of cleaning & removing viruses from other people's computers.