How to check what programs are running in your startup? [Windows]

Recently, I found a very neat tool that will enable you to list out all the programs that is running in your startup in Windows. From DLLs, Services, Registry, Internet Explorer, and more.

The program is called ‘Autoruns’ from Sysinternal, which Microsoft brought.

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 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.

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.

You’ll probably be surprised at how many executables are launched automatically!”

Click picture to Visit Microsoft site to download Autoruns and other Sysinternal tools.

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