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Autoruns

Download Editors' Rating:
3.5
Very good
Average User Rating:
4.1
out of 60 votes

Quick Specs

  • Version:
    13.4
  • Total Downloads:
    261,410
  • Date Added:
    May 27, 2015
  • Price:
    Free
  • File Size:
    537.69KB
  • Downloads Last Week:
    891
  • Platform:
    Windows
  • Product ranking:

Editors' Review

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Autoruns displays everything that runs automatically when Windows starts -- and we mean everything. It displays location, association, and order of autorun entries in boot and log-in sequences, including Registry keys and other locations, such as shell menu extensions and browser helper objects. It can disable unneeded items for faster, smoother system booting.

Pros

Microsoft: Since it's freeware from Microsoft Sysinternals, you can be sure Autoruns is safe to use and fully compatible with Windows.

Many choices: Autoruns offers a high degree of specificity in its 19 category tabs; for example, Codecs, Winsock Providers, KnownDLLs, LSA Providers, Image Hijack, Sidebar Gadgets, Scheduled Tasks, and Logon -- even Everything.

Scan options: We could set Autoruns to scan only per-use locations, verify code signatures, and check results online.

Cons

Busy layout: The multiple rows of tabs on many Microsoft dialogs can be visually crowded and annoying to click through. Autoruns has 19 tabs spread over three rows in its default size. Each tab has its own icon and label, too, adding to the bustle.

Use with care: Autoruns is a powerful tool that can disable the wrong things if you let it, so use it with care. You can prevent accidents by hiding Microsoft and Windows entries on the Options menu.

Bottom Line

Autoruns is much more complex than the startup managers typically included in Windows utility bundles, and casual users may find it daunting. But in experienced hands, few startup managers can match it.

 
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User Reviews
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2 stars

"Keep your eyes open"

March 08, 2015  |  By Trailesque

 |  Version: Autoruns 13.01

Pros

Interesting program that really analyzes and lists what runs at startup on your pc.

Cons

Downloads an unwanted, no-name antivirus program - ProPCCleaner - which is difficult to remove. Thanks for that!

Summary

I ended up removing this because of the persistent, unwanted antivirus program that came bundled with it.

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5 stars

"Love the product, but hate the lack of release notes"

August 23, 2014  |  By hershey444

 |  Version: Autoruns 12.02

Pros

Only sane way to disable/enable multitude of apps

Cons

can't think of any general cons. Maybe more info on various programs.

But this review is specific to the current potential update: "What's new in this version: Version 12.02 may include unspecified updates, enhancements, or bug fixes."

That is useless information!!!! I make it a practice to not update anything, unless I have a good reason to. More often than not, bugs or unwelcome design changes creep in, often with regressive behavior. If you want to share what was changed, updates will be considered.

Summary

Fine program. Should be builtin to Windows somehow. But I will not consider an update unless I can read release notes. See Cons.

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5 stars

"Does everything you could require"

February 26, 2014  |  By pprocter56

 |  Version: Autoruns 11.70

Pros

Simple to use

Cons

No easy guidance of what the item does

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5 stars

"best start up manager out there"

June 08, 2013  |  By 686166233

 |  Version: Autoruns 11.6

Pros

dioes what it says far better than ms config/selective start
allows you to allocate start up resources in depth very well

Cons

None love it use it with process explore as well and you are all set

Summary

Must have for any power user or repair diag tech

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5 stars

"Works great and is free !"

April 07, 2013  |  By pawpaw70

 |  Version: Autoruns 11.5

Pros

I have used this product for several years and find it to be convienient and easy to use. With one click, you can see what exactly is running at startup.

Cons

The only con is that once you see what all is in operation, I am a litle cautious as to what Ishould change and what to leave alone ! Some programs , I could probably eliminate from startup and use shortcuts later, if needed, but I think maybe some of these little bits, might be used by my primary startup programs. Some information might be added to the program to help users decide what to limit on startup.

Summary

Except for the comments in the box above, I would recommend this program to anyone. It is easy to use and I have found no software glitches to mess up the computer, it is good and free !

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5 stars

"A fantastic program for somewhat advanced users."

March 29, 2013  |  By LarryLamp1

 |  Version: Autoruns 11.5

Pros

Gives you a complete look at everything that autoruns on your machine. If you haven't used Autoruns or a similar program before, you'll be amazed at how many things run without your knowledge.

Cons

A fuller explanation of what each file is would be nice, but this information is available at other places online.

Summary

This is a great program if you are a somewhat advanced user. Learning this program will help you to become that "somewhat advanced user"! Don't be afraid to take a look. Just set a System Restore Point before you begin. If things get out of hand, restore to the System Restore Point you created. (And if you are uncomfortable with System Restore, well, you're not quite ready for this program yet. But you can get there!)

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5 stars

"Great utility for folks with knowledge and experience."

March 17, 2013  |  By Dave4506

 |  Version: Autoruns 11.42

Pros

Tremendously useful and straightforward utility that simply shows everything that is "running" on the computer.
Even gives right-click shortcut to help figure out what each process is.

It simply gives you access to turn on or off each process.

Cons

Not for novices or folks with no confidence or bravery. Does not "automatically fix" everything, or anything for that matter.

It simply gives you access to turn on or off each process.

Summary

Phenomenal utility if you know how, or are willing to learn how, to use it.
It shows you every process that is on your computer, helps you figure out what it is and what it does, and allows you to enable or disable it.

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1 stars

"I hate zipped files!!!"

February 02, 2013  |  By jlfujs

 |  Version: Autoruns 11.42

Pros

None. See below...

Cons

I hate apps downloaded in zip form. (I'm from the older generation!)

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4 stars

"Easily shows what's running and what's not."

August 13, 2012  |  By pawpaw70

 |  Version: Autoruns 11.33

Pros

Plenty of tabs for each catagory of software and programs, and you can see what is running on startup and what is not.

Cons

As a novice, i am a little cautious about stopping some programs as I am unsure if they are critical to operation or not. I would like more guidance on what is important to operation and what is just convenient !

Summary

I certainly would recommend this sortware to anyone, but for the novice operator, I would use caution if you wish to stop a program. You might want to do some research, before cutting a program.

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1 stars

"Useless, space-consuming software!"

May 28, 2012  |  By Maxadol

 |  Version: Autoruns 11.31

Pros

Can't tell until it is able to perform alleged function.

Cons

Every time download attempted get told to associate Autorun with another program. Info on how to do this does not apply to Vista 7. Neither does it advise on which programs to associate with. But program still downloaded. Totally useless in a functional sense because of the association issue.

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Full Specifications

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What's new in version 13.4
  • Supports Office addins.
  • Adds several additional autostart locations.
  • No longer hides hosting executables like cmd.exe, powershell.exe and others when Windows and Microsoft filters are in effect.
General
Publisher Microsoft
Publisher web site http://www.microsoft.com/
Release Date May 26, 2015
Date Added May 27, 2015
Version 13.4
Category
Category Utilities & Operating Systems
Subcategory System Utilities
Operating Systems
Operating Systems Windows XP/2003/Vista/Server 2008/7
Additional Requirements None
Download Information
File Size 537.69KB
File Name Autoruns.zip
Popularity
Total Downloads 261,410
Downloads Last Week 891
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License Model Free
Limitations Not available
Price Free

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