Disclaimer: This tool may useful only for technically accomplished users, who can handle the intricacies of Windows well.

SysInternal’s Autorun – A Useful SystemTool from Microsoft

If you are looking for a reliable tool to manage all of the windows processes, services, DLLs, startup applications and programs, then Microsoft provides you a free tool. It is a great utility, which lets you manage virtually everything with just a few mouse clicks. You can easily disable and enable any entry just by clicking on checkbox against each entry.

I am yet to find any tool better than this. It is probably 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. 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.

You can right-click any active entry and choose to delete, copy or verify the item. SysInternal’s Autorun also allows you to search online for more information about that entry using a single click, view an entries properties and more from the resulting pop-up menu.

Just like MsConfig utility in Windows, 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.

How to use AutoRun

Simply run Autoruns and it shows you the currently configured auto-start applications as well as the full list of Registry and file system locations available for auto-start configuration. Autostart locations displayed by Autoruns include logon entries, Explorer add-ons, Internet Explorer add-ons including Browser Helper Objects (BHOs), Appinit DLLs, image hijacks, boot execute images, Winlogon notification DLLs, Windows Services and Winsock Layered Service Providers.

It come from the reliable source Microsoft, that too absolutely free. It doesn’t require any installation, and is in the form of an executable file, which you can run in standalone mode. It is the perfect tool for network administrators, system analysts and IT experts to track down and eliminate strange looking and hidden windows processes and services. It can also be of great help in manual removal of malware processes.

What more a Windows user will ask for.

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For knowing more about the this useful tool and sharing the user experience, you can also visit the Sysinternals Autoruns Forum.