AutoRuns

by Mark Russinovich

Software which controls what startup programs run immediately after bootup

Operating system: Windows

Publisher: Mark Russinovich

Antivirus check: passed

Last revision: Last week

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This tool, which checks more autorun locations than any other autorun monitor, shows which programs are configured to run during the boot or logon process, and these programs are displayed in the order in which Windows handles them. Such programs can be located in the autoload folder or be registered in the registry sections of Run, RunOnce and others. Autoruns can also be configured to display other locations, such as shell extensions, toolbars, browser support objects, Winlogon notifications, automated services, and many more. Autoruns has a wider range of features than the MSConfig utility, which is included with Windows Me and XP.

The Autoruns feature in Hide Signed Microsoft Entries lets you focus on automatically running third-party items if they have been added to your system. You can also view the objects that you have configured to automatically run for other accounts in the system. The download archive also includes a command line program, Autorunsc. The output data of this tool can be obtained in CSV format.

You'll probably be surprised how many executable files run automatically! Autoruns runs on all versions of Windows, including Windows XP 64-bit Edition (for x64) and Windows Server 2003 64-bit Edition (for x64). The Brand article in the November 2004 issue of Windows IT Pro Magazine describes additional methods of working with Autoruns. If you have any questions or problems, please visit the Sysinternals Autoruns forum. Simply launch Autoruns and it will show you which applications are configured to run automatically and provide a complete list of registry partitions and file system directories that can be used to set up automatic startup. The items shown in Autoruns belong to several categories: objects that start automatically when you log on, additional Explorer components, additional Internet Explorer components (including browser support module (BHO) objects), application initialization DLLs, item spoofing, objects that are executed in the early stages of loading, Winlogon's DLL notification libraries, Windows services, and multi-level Winsock service providers. To view the automatically launched objects of the required category, just select the necessary tab.

To view the properties of the executable object configured for automatic launch, you should select this object and use the menu item or the button of the Properties toolbar. If the Process Explorer program is running in the system and the selected executable file is used by some active process, then if the Process Explorer item is selected in the Entry menu, a dialog box of properties of the process using the selected object will appear.

To go to the registry section or the file system directory displayed in the program window or to set up the object to be launched automatically, just select the necessary item and use the menu command or the Jump toolbar button.

To disable an object that is launched automatically, clear the check box corresponding to it. You can delete such an object using the menu command or the Delete toolbar button. To view the automatically launched items for other user accounts, simply select the desired User menu item. For more information on display options and other useful information, see the Quick Start Help.

- Download manager. Recently, this utility has been indispensable, as many programs add their applications to the list of automatically downloaded programs during installation without the user's knowledge. And sometimes the user simply does not know what is happening on the computer, and, as experts assert, such applications are not always harmless and they need to be ruthlessly fought. That's exactly what Autoruns is for. Its developer is the famous SysInternals.

- The Auto Download Manager has a lot of information about what you have running automatically on your computer: services, applications, drivers, network providers and more. In the hands of an inexperienced user, this utility can leave only memories of the computer, but if it is taken in the hands of a professional, it will serve him well.

- The utility allows you to save the current results of everything that happens to a text file. First of all, it is done to be able to compare the results of the system at different times. Developers have tried to make the utility so that with an incredible amount of information, thanks to the reasonable placement of interface elements, to work with Autoruns is a pleasure.

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Michael
AutoRuns is a system tool that shows every process that is automatically ran when windows is started but it also has some other cool features like a malware detector and can spot malicious programs however it can cause some errors by disabling some features that windows needs
Arran
I like being able to see what programs are set to autorun on my computer. This program lets me even see if there are third party programs running on my system. I was able to find a lot that was running that I didn't even know about!
Daniel
Autoruns is very effective in helping with startup time of your pc by being able to eliminate or otherwise find out what autostarts when you start your pc. This tool is very effective and can save so much time in just removing autorunning applications you might not have been able to find otherwise
Benjamin
AutoRuns is the software which helps us to count the programs that is automatically started when the computer is turned on. It helps us to disable the programs in order to reduce the system memory.
Ollie
AutoRuns for Windows is the software I was looking for this whole time. It shows me the programs that will run at startup. I like learning about the explorer shell extensions and toolbars. It also keeps Signed Microsoft Entries hidden. Which is great. It shows me all the executables that are run automatically.
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