Autoruns for Windows Overview

Posted by Muhammed Posted on Sunday, September 09, 2012

AutoRuns - This utility, 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 what extension load into various Windows processes, including Explorer and Internet Explorer. A "Hide Signed Microsoft Entries" option helps you to zoom in on third-party auto-starting images that have been added to your system. This is an effective tool to identify the start up problems on windows operating systems.


Disabling and Deleting Entries

If you don't want an entry to active the next time you boot or login you can either disable or delete it. To disable an entry uncheck it. Autoruns will store the startup information in a backup location so that it can reactivate the entry when you recheck it.  For items stored in startup folders Autoruns creates a subfolder named Autorunsdisabled. Check a disabled item to re-enable it.

You should delete items that you do not wish to ever execute.  Do so by choosing Delete in the Entry menu. Only the currently selected item will be deleted.If you are running Autoruns without administrative privileges on Windows Vista and attempt to change the state of a global entry, you'll be denied access. Autoruns will display a dialog with a button that enables you to re-launch Autoruns with administrative rights. You can also use the -e command-line option to launch initially launch Autoruns with administrative rights.

Getting More Information about an Entry

There are several ways to get more information about an autorun location or entry. To view a location or entry in Explorer or Regedit chose Jump To in the Entry menu or double-click on the entry or location's line in the display. You can view Explorer's file properties dialog for an entry's image file by choosing Properties in the Entry menu. You can also have Autoruns automatically execute an Internet search in your browser by selecting Search Online in the Entry menu.

Note: - Autoruns works on Windows XP and higher, including 64-bit Windows. Click here to download and test it.