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Startup Guard

CNET Editors' review

Startup Guard provides a simple tool for managing a computer's start-up procedure. By allowing some programs and disabling others, this user-friendly device helps improve your computer's performance.

We were impressed by Startup Guard's interface, with its professional look, and its few commands all felt intuitive to operate. While the program offers no Help file or instructions, we never felt lost without them. Startup Guard's main job is to help you organize which programs do and do not open when your PC boots up. By managing separate menus for each option, it lets you pick and choose the specific programs you want to start when you boot. This is a simple matter of clicking and dragging the appropriate icons into Startup Guard's interface. The result was a streamlined start-up that was faster than before. However, since nothing in the program can tell you how much memory or RAM a process that isn't running uses, we had to guess which programs were causing our system to act sluggish. Startup Guard also provides a brilliant feature that can undo commands and restore your computer to its previous settings. Overall, this program offers an easy-to-use and effective method for customizing your start-up procedure.

Startup Guard is freeware. It installs desktop icons without permission. We recommend this program.

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All User Reviews

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  • 1.0 stars

    "NOT FREE !!!!!!!!!!!!! Froze Vista Computer"

    October 9, 2010  |   By Red_Kangaroo

    Version: Startup Guard 3.25

    Pros

    None that I can see....................

    Cons

    Will not work until you pay.

    Summary

    Don't Bother with this one..................

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  • 2.0 stars

    "Can be Problematic"

    October 5, 2010  |   By Trentmarsh

    Version: Startup Guard 3.25

    Pros

    It is a good utility to have when it works properly. It warns when a program gets added to your start-up folder and it is free

    Cons

    I have found it to be unstable and buggy. This may be due to overly aggressive virus app. I have but I have uninstalled it each time after using it for awhile.

    Summary

    Fine if it doesn't cause conflicts

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  • 4.0 stars

    "It does what it says"

    September 18, 2010  |   By yahpete

    Version: Startup Guard 3.25

    Pros

    I'm able to stop certain applications from starting up without having to restart.

    Cons

    I could probably get by without it.

    Summary

    Good for the free price.

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  • 2.0 stars

    "Bug...Bug....Bug...."

    July 30, 2010  |   By apitzhnu

    Version: Startup Guard 3.25

    Pros

    Block any program you like with one click.
    Light.
    Free.
    It's improve my Win startup, but

    Cons

    My Win Can't shut down, it's just freeze at shut down screen.
    Always giving notify for "no decision" product which is so annoying (but you can turn off that)

    Summary

    The programs good, I like it, cuz it's improve my Windows StartUp, but I don't why, once after I've installed this software, My PC can't shut down. It's just freeze at shutting down screen, and nothing happens.
    After I uninstall this software, My PC can shut down as normal.

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  • 2.0 stars

    "I'm not impressed."

    May 18, 2010  |   By steelrabbit

    Version: Startup Guard 3.25

    Pros

    Easy to use & understand; links to find out about processes running.

    Cons

    A lot of annoying unecessary alerts.

    Summary

    You could do the same job with msconfig & Google.

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  • 4.0 stars

    "Does what it says, however it leaves a fealing of dread"

    March 2, 2010  |   By Mijo2much

    Version: Startup Guard 3.25

    Pros

    It speeds up the start up sequence, after you reboot, by not starting the programs that I told it not to start.

    Cons

    I have no idea about the implications of what I told it not to run. There is no real way to find out if I told it the right thing. I may have done a great thing and have my computer start up faster, or I may have screwed something up....I do not know

    Summary

    This is easy to use.. maybe too easy. It lines out all the programs that are in your start up routine. Things like "QuickTime".. ok I can figure out I do not need it all the time (my wife has an IPod) but some of the line items I can click and they are not started up. The background that they give you is a Google search of the startup file, which may be useful, if you believe all the advice you see on the internet.... (pause for irony to set in). Anyway, yes, this speeds up my start up, however I do not know if my start up is safe any more, and if I turn off something I should not have, I am not sure how to get my computer booted up again.

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  • 5.0 stars

    "does what it was made for faster start up"

    February 14, 2010  |   By jeff-

    Version: Startup Guard 3.25

    Pros

    start up is faster ...

    Cons

    non happy to pay $5 to get it ....

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  • 4.0 stars

    "e software is doing its duty admirably"

    December 4, 2009  |   By capitanflorius

    Version: Startup Guard 3.25

    Pros

    I like the fact that alerts you when some program or some variation is to be made to the system

    Cons

    nothing to tell

    Summary

    my experiece with tris product is veru good

    Updated on Dec 4, 2009

    all is all right

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