I use Startup Control Panel and Startup Monitor from http://www.mlin.net/ Thay are free, simple, do not use to much resources and I have never had any troubles on XP.
Very possibly the best of the current freeware, with mention also of WinPatrol Free and some more below
. Apparently no more active development or support, Michael Lin has moved in other directions the last few years. (This was on another DC thread.) When I tried it I found the two programs instead of one a bit awkward and preferred Startup Organizer.
DONATIONCODER threads, for those who want to come up to speed. http://www.donationc...ex.php?topic=13925.0
In need of a "system startup manager" 07/2008 - 1 pg. http://www.donationc...ex.php?topic=12743.0
IDEA? simple startup manager with timer 03/2008 - 1 pg. (delay feature)http://www.donationc...ex.php?topic=12356.0
AnVir - Task manager. Startup manager. Speed up boot time and performance. - 1 pg.http://www.donationc...dex.php?topic=7879.0
To manage the startup procedure 03/2007 - 1 pg (StartRight)http://www.donationc...dex.php?topic=7882.0
Startup manager 03/2007 - 1 pg (mentions about 10 programs)http://www.donationc...dex.php?topic=7301.0
Chameleon Startup Manager - discount - 2007- 3 pages - (discussion with Evgeni - developer)http://www.donationc...dex.php?topic=4420.0
Good programs for helping you manage what programs start with windows? 06/2007 3 pgs
(Good wide-ranging discussion)
Two of the Software Organizer mentions by Mouserhttp://www.donationc...dex.php?topic=5577.0
All MetaProducts Software - 30% Discount - 10/2006 1 pg.http://www.donationc...ex.php?topic=12052.0
February 2008 Discounts and Shareware Giveawayhttp://www.donationc...ndex.php?topic=686.0
startup/tasks manager? - 02/2006
Generally the ones toward the top have more pizazz than the ones toward the bottom. There is a wide range here, from the simple to intermediate to the techie to helping with problems, an interesting assortment.
Note that some may find programs that others miss, rather a critical issue if you are trying to be 100%. (And their handling of 'services' will vary -- knowing that the distinction between services and applications can be gray.) Looking around, some of these surprised me in various ways .. sleepers and unexpected authors of quality that have startup programs. The first three are in both the free and paid sections.
WinPatrol Free (features compared to Plus) - Bill Pytlovany (BillP Studios, Scotia, NY, USA)http://www.winpatrol...m/whyplus.html?index
The Plus difference is HIPS, malware detection.
Recommended unless you have this well handled by other programs.
Chameleon Startup Manager Free - Evgeni Shmakov (Russia) - see next post below
StartEd Lite - Outertech - (Germany) Linkman developers (StartEd Pro = $20)http://www.outertech...age=product&id=9
"StartEd Lite, a special edition of StartEd without the backup feature, but completely free for private non-commercial use as well as for use in charity organizations and educational use."
(Microsoft Vista product available for XP)http://www.microsoft...g=en&mg_id=10134
Startup Control Panel - CPL - Mike Lin (NJ, USA) - excellent rep .. no updates for some yearshttp://www.mlin.net/StartupCPL.shtml
RunAlyzer (from Spybot Search & Destroy - Patrick M. Kolla - PepiMK - Germany)http://www.safer-net...runalyzer/index.html
Autoruns - Sysinternals - Mark Russinovich and Bryce Cogswell, (now Microsoft, small outfit in WA, USA)http://technet.micro...ernals/bb963902.aspx
In Gizmo's "Cleanup Kit" (01/2009)http://www.techsuppo...hant-cleanup-kit.htm
With recommendation to use the bleepingcomputer database (below)
Starter - Codestuff - (09/2006 last update) - ADDED: Updates May 2009http://codestuff.tripod.com/
Forum (active in 2009)http://codestuff.7.f...ceb3a589c39fa2593d7f
Runscanner - Geert Moernaut (Belgium) Freeware startup and hijack analyzerhttp://www.runscanner.net/
Autostart and Process Viewer (APV) - Konrad Papala - (Poland) http://www.konradp.c...-and-process-viewer/
ASViewer - Diamond CS - (Perth, Australia)http://www.diamondcs...ilities/asviewer.php
(Autostart locations below in techie and articles section)
a-squared HiJackFree - Emsi (Austria) - (Pro==Biz or support $20) updated 05/2008http://www.hijackfree.com/en/
StartRight - JoeJoe's (Jan 2007 Beta, active with ArsClip and other freeware)http://www.joejoesof...showpage.php?cid=113
Startup Delayer - r2 Studios - Cliff Cawley - (Brisbane Australia)http://www.r2.com.au...&show=startdelay
Auto Run Manager - Revo (Bulgaria) with the fine uninstaller "VS Revo Group"http://www.revounins...startup_manager.html
OSAM - Online Solutions AutoRun Manager (Russia, v 4.0 released 09/2009)http://www.online-so..._autorun_manager.php
StartupList - Merijn Bellekom (Holland) author of Hijack This - 2006http://22.214.171.124...~merijn/programs.php
StartupListUI - (front-end by R2 of Long Beach, CA)http://www.dslreport...security,1~mode=flat
(HijackThis in special security section below.)
Jockersoft Startup Delayer - (Italy - updated 09/2008) Donationwarehttp://www.jockersof...tupdelayer_index.php
Mischel Autostart Explorer (2002) - Magnus Mischel, (British company)http://www.misec.net...s/autostartexplorer/
Forum (active support - 2009)http://www.misec.net/forum/board/AExp
Startup Manager by Brad Stowers (2003) (Australia)http://f2.org/archiv...ware/startupmgr.html
A-spy v.0.09 - Xiaoyu Zhang (Denmark) http://vipmeister.com/dl/aspy/aspy.html
Quick Startup - GlarySoft (China) (from their utilities suite)http://www.glarysoft.com/quick-startup/
Startup Guard - Acelogix - (India)http://www.acelogix.com/freeware.html
Informs of new entries, not full manager, can be used in tandem with the freebies
here that do not have a warning feature, as mentioned by a DC poster.
And there is an Auto-Start Manager in the commercial Acelogix Utilities package "Ace Utilities"
Mz StartUp Manager - Michael Zacharias (Greece)http://www.mztweak.com/MzStart.html
Mz Services Managerhttp://www.mztweak.com/MzServices.html
XenCare Startup Blaster (2008) - main product Softlock http://www.xencare.c..._startup_blaster.php
"Seattle, USA based software security solution provider .. offshore development site in Dhaka, Bangladesh."
Gives addy and phone # - forum is online and spammed (call and tell them !)
Startup Manager - Where's James (pic is unimpressive, tho some niceties)http://www.wheresjam....php?page=startupmgr
Startup Apps listhttp://www.wheresjam...om/index.php?page=sa
st-m (Startup Manager) - Open Source - Glenn Van Loon - rereleased December 2008http://startupmanager.org/
This last is quite unusual, first as Open Source and as Google ads lead to :http://files.uberdow...up_manager/index.php
Startup Manager - Uber Downloads
And uber downloads is dubious.
That that may not be the st-m problem, simply a commercial venture taking advantage of open source. More research suggested, such as correspondence with Glenn and SourceForge. Also loading for comparison, as the only open source in the group. (Followup: further research has not found any significant concern with uberdownloads nor any connection with Glenn.)
Windows XP Startup Tracker v3.8 - Updated 10/31/2003 http://www.dougknox....ls/xp_starttrack.htm
Doug Knox has a good tweaks and fixes website. The program has not been updated from 5+ years yet still was mentioned respectfully in the Bytes post since it creates a log file. (Discussed below.)
WinStartup v1.00 (2005)http://www.rjlsoftwa...tartup/default.shtml
Startup Xpert - Enplase Research - (Ukraine) - screen pic looks too simplehttp://enplase.com/p...ert+description.html
Five other titles on Giveaway of the Day http://www.giveawayo...esearch-corporation/
Ashampoo StartUp Tuner 2 http://www2.ashampoo...uct_2_0117___USD.htm
Startup Manager by Ali Keshavarz (Iran) (2007)http://www.vcldevelo.../startup_manager.htm
Startup Manager Snapshotshttp://www.vcldevelo...er.serverheaven.net/
Startup Inspector (2007) - William Yang (London, England)http://www.windowsst...startupinspector.php
Snapfiles reviews -- database is insufficient, program is sound. This is a Pacman's Portal database however the last entry given is 2007. And note that the "Forum" link is busted. This program is mentioned positively in the Byte forum post below without these caveats.
StartupRun v1.22 - Nir Sofer (USA) (2004) - replaced by WhatinStartup above (2009)http://www.nirsoft.net/utils/strun.html
Top Task/Process Managers Freeware with Startup module
System Explorer (Czech Republic)http://systemexplorer.mistergroup.org/
Anvir Task Manager Free (Russia)http://www.anvir.com...-windows-startup.htm
(features of free and Pro)
Windows Startup, Startup Manager, Windows XP Startup, Startup Programs http://www.anvir.com...rtup-programs-xp.htm
To receive stronger Anvir: http://dottech.org/headline/7292
dotTech Exclusive: Free AnVir Task Manager!
Cleaners (and Utility Suites) with startup managers or helps.
ccleaner - http://www.ccleaner.com/
nCleaner - http://www.nkprods.com/ncleaner/
Boghiu Andrei (Romania)
Comodo System Cleanerhttp://system-cleaner.comodo.com/
(Apparently this module was on, off, and is back on again.)
Advanced SystemCare Free v3 - Iobithttp://www.iobit.com...dwindowscareper.html
(Some concerns that Iobit is becoming more commercial-oriented.)
ProCleaner Freeware System Optimizer & Privacy Toolhttp://procleaner.net/procleaner/
Not much info, 2007 launched and last update, carried by Major Geeks, have dll library
Company "Emergency Soft" sells History Killer, actively updated in 2009, and other softwares and recent webforum.
Note that Major Geeks warns that ccleaner simply uses msconfig, which would make it a limited tool. The lighter programs in general may miss entries that are in less likely places. Even Mike Lin's program was said to miss the (usually unused) windows.ini file. This is one reason why you might want to go heavier weight and why a comparison can be very helpful -- startup programs are here and there and under the rug.
Autostart and other listers http://www.diamondcs...tostartlocations.php
Diamond CS - Autostart Locations
Freeware HIPS with some STARTUP Guardhttp://www.donationc...cle/watcher/misc.htm
Tiny Watcher - (see the Startup Review) 2006 - Olivier Lombart
Leans towards techie oriented.
Hijack This - Trend Micro current versionhttp://www.trendsecu...ity_tools/hijackthis
Greatis Software - Russian Federation (USA Phone # listed)
SpyHolesLists - RegRun http://www.greatis.c...ity/spyholeslist.htm
Regrun's Startup Monitor and Startup Optimizer are part of their:
RegRun Security Suite (various editions)http://www.greatis.c.../security/detail.htm
FreeFixer - Kephyr Software - Roger Karlsson
Based on Startup locations analysis and makes a log with large whitelist component.http://www.freefixer.com/
- nice manual and blog info
Google is apparently the active forum, rather than SecurityWonks.http://www.securityw...board/Itemid,26.html
Wilders - FreeFixerhttp://www.wildersse...wthread.php?t=197385
Keep in mind that such log programs as this one or HijackThis do not look at the actual files, size, hash #s or anything, only the names, so counterfeit names are not caught. For that you need to catch them with HIPS, or perhaps when they try to install themselves with a startup manager. (Although clearly a simple cross-reference that the program is actually running and functioning sensibly can be very helpful and a prima facie case for security for that entry.) And if you are walking into an existing puter cold the situation is a bit different. In fact this caveat exists more-or-less for startup analysis in general.
Lists 38 forums that help with HijackThis logs, which are often startup malware issues
(Note: HijackThis was sold to TrendMicro in 03/2007)
Similarly Wilders recommends "SpywareInfo, Bleeping Computer, Geeks to Go, Gladiator Security, Malware Removal, WhattheTech (formerly TomCoyote)"http://www.wildersse...owthread.php?t=42148
Returning to general Startup Programs
FREE vs. PURCHASE
The paid niche still stands strong, imho, with the StartEd program also worthy of careful consideration, since Linkman is a good recommendation.
WinPatrol Plus (shortly WinPatrol 2009)
Chameleon Startup Manager
Startup Organizer - Metaproducts
Would be the three paid I would most recommend for comparison.
StartEd Pro is in consideration as well, based on knowing that Linkman is a very fine program. However I do not see that it gives an immediate warning about added programs.
The Ultimate Troubleshooter - $30http://www.answersth.../TUT_information.htm
Is involved in the task lists and related issues and have a good rep.
The PC Mag - Startup Cop Pro (SCP) has gotten a bunch of discussion too, since those who have a PC Mag magazine software subscription get it in their bundle. However it seems to have stumbled a bit.
There may be a couple of gems in the other dozen or more paid programs. Absolute Startup Manager, Arrange Startup (avoid-Avanquest related), Innovative Startup Firewall, Startup Guru, Startup Juggler, Startpro, Startup Genie and others. However few of these have been noted as feature-rich and competitive to date, a couple had nice pics and explanations. Special caution on the Google ads .. they can lead to rogueware products like Regcure. Or they may lead to a mediocre product for some $.
Also some quality software might have a startup manager in their commercial product.
eg. Regrun was mentioned above, since they also have a free startup program.
Here is one that many like.
jv16 PowerTools 2009 - Macecraft - (Finland and USA office)http://www.macecraft.com/
The paid-for program should have most or all of these features.
1) Good interface - Usability - Stability
2) Alerts and rollback on Startup Changes
3) Multiple Configuration, preferably with an option to allow choosing config at startup
4) Startup Delay capabilities
5) Complete analysis of startup places, including the arcane
6) Direct interface with startup-file database
7) Developer Support (and web-forum or email forum community/support is excellent)
With ongoing enhancements.
SOLID REVIEW ARTICLES (Jonathan, Gizmo, Lifehacker)
Returning to the main crew:
Oh, Jonathan looked at three ( Mike Lin's, WinPatrol and Starter from Codestuff ) at:http://jonathanstool...l-your-startups.html
#11 Control Your Startups
And Gizmo looked most at WinPatrol, Mike Lin's, Codestuff Starter, Autorun and StartupRun from Nir Sofer.
And a bunch of good comments.http://www.techsuppo...-startup-manager.htm
Gizmo - Best Free Startup Manager - 7/21/2008
And Lifehacker had many good comments.http://lifehacker.co...-up-your-pcs-startup
The Complete Guide to Speeding Up Your PC's Startup - Gina Trapani - 11/2008
GENERAL STARTUP TECHhttp://forums.majorg...wthread.php?t=149804
Major Geeks - How to deal with startup processes - do not use MSconfig - 01/2008http://www.softwaret...ions/howtoremove.php
How to Remove Startup Applications - By Pacman's Portalhttp://www.pacs-port.../startup_content.php
Pacman's Portal Start Up Tipshttp://www2.whidbey....m/djdenham/index.htm
How to disable programs that run when you start Windows XP Home Edition or Windows Vistahttp://www.smartcomp...%2F13s02%2F13s02.asp
Manage Your Startup Programs - Quicken Your PC’s Pace From Start To Finish (2006)
WHY A HIGH-CLASS TOOL IS BESThttp://gladiator-ant....php?showtopic=24610
A Collection of Autostart Locations
Tony Klein 2005-last updated 2008
Recommend this be at least skimmed. You will learn a lot about why most of the programs are insufficient as startup tools. It would be an interesting test to see how well these are covered by various HIPS and Startup programs.
Note: Tony Klein also is involved in the program and malware lists at:http://www.systemlookup.com/lists.php
SystemLookup - Browse by List
And here is a similarly comprehensive list developed from the "Silent Runners" script labours.
Silent Runners - Launch Pointshttp://www.silentrun...sr_launchpoints.html
"Here are the registry keys, INI-file sections, files and folders that are checked by Silent Runners and the Operating Systems (O/S's) to which they apply"http://www.systemloo...com/lists.php?list=2
This is related to the sysinfo.org Paul Collins (Pac-man) lists mentioned below.
And here is a discussion in 2003 about these locations involving Merijn of StartupList and with a graph that can be compared to the later Tony Klein "Collection"http://www.dslreport...2~days=9999~start=80
Startup Reprised - but not completed...
(AutoStart Explorer, AutoRuns, Autostart Viewer also in the graph.)
AND STARTUP DATABASES THAT APPEAR TO BE CURRENT AND ACTIVE http://www.sysinfo.org/startuplist.php
"Paul Collins (aka Pacman), a British engineer, runs this site and maintains its more than 10,000 startup items."
Mentioned many places .. quote from Manage article above.
Startup Applications List - Pacman's Portal - Paul Collins (formerly hosted on now-defunct Castlecops)
"Just thought I'd let you know that throughout 2009 and in the foreseeable future I'm going to be personally verifying many of the Y, U, N & ? entries in the startup list. As far as I'm aware, most of the others lists that have sprung up out there since I started aren't doing this." - Paul Collinshttp://www.bleepingc...mputer.com/startups/
BleepingComputer.com -> Startup Programs Database
Greatis (Regrun) - Application database
Note: some additions made through 3/13/09 AM .. later will use added posts.