Once upon a time we knew exactly what was running on our computer no matter if you were starting up, shutting down or just typing away at your autobiography. These days though it seems like there are a million and one things running on my current computer and it is really hard to tell what I do need and what I don’t need. Autoruns 8.31 works as a good helping hand to see what exactly is running when my computer boots up.

Here is what the author of Autoruns had to say about the program:

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. Switch tabs to view autostarts from different categories.

Now I wouldn’t say use this tool and this tool alone. Autoruns should be used as a helping hand in figuring out what is running when your computer starts. You might want to shut down some programs and you might want to keep some going.

Before you start switching things on and off though, it is always good advice to do some more searching on the program in question. Autoruns is what the MSConfig in Windows should be doing for you and showing you.

[264KB] [Win98/ME/NT/2k/XP] [FREE]

[tags]freeware,msconfig,autoruns,start up[/tags]