AutoRuns is a comprehensive and straightforward tool that enables you to view and disable entries of apps that automatically run at Windows startup, in the attempt to boost system boot time.
In some cases, it can even help you block malware agents that initialize as soon as you log into the operating system.
Portable tool with a simple UI
Installing this app is not necessary, since it's wrapped in a portable package. You can drop it anywhere on the disk to run it, as well as keep in safe on a pen drive to run it on any PC and fix any autorun issues. More importantly, it doesn't affect the Windows registry settings.
If you are a novice user, the standard interface will probably appear cluttered with all sorts of technical terms. This is only good news for experts, though, as they can dive into numerous components of the computer that feature autorun entries.
Study autorun entries, save them to file, and apply filters
These areas include the logon, Windows or Internet Explorer, scheduled tasks, services or drives, codecs, boot execution items, image hijacks, app initialization objects, known DLLs, Winsock providers, print monitors, LSA or network providers, along with sidebar gadgets. The first panel shows all of them.
You can view the name of the autorun entry, along with a description, publisher name and image path. It's possible to disable or remove entries from the list, submit them to VirusTotal for malware analysis, open their location in the registry or Explorer, or search for more information online.
Information can be exported to text documents or captured as Autoruns snapshots, in order to compare two snapshots with different settings concerning enabled and disabled entries. What's more, you can include empty locations in the list, hide Microsoft or just Windows entries, and verify code signatures.
Evaluation and conclusion
We haven't come across any unpleasant surprises in our tests as far as stability goes. CPU and RAM consumption was minimal. Taking into account its versatility toward system components with autostart entries, Autoruns should meet the requirements of advanced PC users.
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