Autoruns

Download Editors' Rating:
4
Excellent
Average User Rating:
4.1
out of 59 votes

Quick Specs

  • Version:
    12.03
  • Total Downloads:
    225,757
  • Date Added:
    Sep. 12, 2014
  • Price:
    Free
  • File Size:
    499.64KB
  • Downloads Last Week:
    920
  • Platform:
    Windows
  • Product ranking:

Editors' Review

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There are few things more frustrating that an unwanted program that launches every time you start your computer, especially when the normal means of preventing this from happening--like checking for it in the Startup folder--don't work. What's worse is when numerous unneeded and invisible processes launch, slowing down both start-up and your computer's performance as a whole. AutoRuns is a simple program that lets users view--and disable--everything that runs on startup, saving both time and irritation.

The program's interface is a little cluttered, with 17 tabs that display the various programs and processes that run on startup. These are separated into categories, such as Print Monitors, Codecs, Windows Explorer, and so on, and there's also a tab that shows everything. Disabling an unwanted process is as simple as unchecking the box next to it. AutoRuns lets users optionally hide Windows entries or Windows and Microsoft entries, helping to prevent users from disabling critical processes. For the most part the program was quite easy to use, but novices may feel a little nervous about messing around with unfamiliar processes. We had hoped that the program's Help file would provide some guidance on this front, but we were disappointed to find that although there is a built-in Help file, none of its contents would load. This is the only significant drawback to AutoRuns, and users who are already comfortable in this arena should find that AutoRuns meets their needs just fine. Beginners will likely want to do some research before they start making too many changes.

AutoRuns comes as a ZIP file and is accessible after extraction with no need for installation. We recommend this program to all users.

 
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User Reviews
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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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4 stars

"convenient at-a-glance tool"

March 03, 2012  |  By hershey444

 |  Version: Autoruns 11.21

Pros

simple, untuitive interface with nice detail. Comprehensive.

Cons

Would like a column for file date (modified? created?) to be able to easily identify new files. Sorting by publisher would also be useful, but hard to do in a tree structure.

Summary

I only used it once to do a thorough review of my system and it was great. I could probably find most of the info in other places in W7 and with several other tools, but this was convenient. In many cases, the lingering question persists: "do I really need this service/driver, what does it do and what depends on it" (in layman's speak), but admittedly that's beyond the scope of the tool.

I am a techie so that may be why I liked it. Maybe too much for casual users.

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Full Specifications

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What's new in version 12.03
Version 12.03 may include unspecified updates, enhancements, or bug fixes.
General
Publisher Microsoft
Publisher web site http://www.microsoft.com/
Release Date September 11, 2014
Date Added September 12, 2014
Version 12.03
Category
Category Utilities & Operating Systems
Subcategory System Utilities
Operating Systems
Operating Systems Windows XP, Windows Server 2008, Windows, Windows Vista, Windows 7, Windows 2003
Additional Requirements None
Download Information
File Size 499.64KB
File Name Autoruns.zip
Popularity
Total Downloads 225,757
Downloads Last Week 920
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License Model Free
Limitations Not available
Price Free

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