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12Ghosts StartupGuard

By 12Ghosts Free to try Editors' Rating

Editors' Review

Download.com Staff Jan 7, 2009

More-experienced users not happy with Windows' Startup Manager will appreciate this simple but effective utility. 12Ghosts StartupGuard's simple two tab interface combines the familiarity of the Windows tool with a few fixes. Anyone with an understanding of Startup management will immediately comprehend this program's operation.

The program's main tab merely lists all programs set to open at Windows Start. A quick click on a column sorts the list by description, Registry location, or Command Line instruction--three options that are unavailable in the default Windows tool. With a simple check-box click, you easily set an item to not open on next system start, or press a button to delete the item from the list. The program's General tab includes a few minor functions to control when an app loads itself and where to place shortcuts.

This isn't a tool for new users. There is little hand-holding, and 12Ghosts StartupGuard doesn't offer links to more information about each listed startup app. Intermediate users and above, however, should give this useful utility a test drive.

Full Specifications

What's new in version 9.70


Release February 8, 2010
Date Added February 9, 2010
Version 9.70

Operating Systems

Operating Systems Windows 2003, Windows 2000, Windows Vista, Windows 98, Windows, Windows XP, Windows NT
Additional Requirements None


Total Downloads 808
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Developer's Description

Did you ever wonder why some programs are already running when Windows starts up? Now you can manage these programs easily. No matter from where in the Windows settings the program is started, they are all listed with the exact start path. To remove any entry just select it in the list and hit DELETE.