Autoruns

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

Quick Specs

  • Version:
    11.5
  • Total Downloads:
    209,741
  • Date Added:
    March 29, 2013
  • File Size:
    499.64KB
  • Downloads Last Week:
    1,118
  • Operating Systems:
    Windows XP/2003/Vista/Server 2008/7

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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    General
    Publisher Microsoft
    Publisher web site http://www.microsoft.com/
    Release Date March 27, 2013
    Date Added March 29, 2013
    Version 11.5
    Category
    Category Utilities & Operating Systems
    Subcategory System Utilities
    Operating Systems
    Operating Systems Windows 7, Windows, Windows 2003, Windows Server 2008, Windows Vista, Windows XP
    Additional Requirements None
    Download Information
    File Size 499.64KB
    File Name Autoruns.zip
    Popularity
    Total Downloads 209,741
    Downloads Last Week 1,118
    Pricing
    License Model Free
    Limitations Not available
    Price Free

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