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Startup Guard

By PrivacyRoot Free Editors' Rating

Editors' Review

Download.com Staff Jan 3, 2010

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.

Full Specifications

What's new in version 3.51

Version 3.51 includes security patch for activation of PRO version.


Release March 29, 2013
Date Added March 29, 2013
Version 3.51

Operating Systems

Operating Systems Windows 8, Windows Vista, Windows, Windows 7, Windows XP
Additional Requirements None


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Developer's Description

PrivacyRoot Startup Guard is a free, easy tool to choose programs to allow to run on Windows startup. You can specify approved applications, close unwanted or find more about unknown. Startup Guard catches new startup records, so you can even remove a virus or spyware. You can disable unwanted system processes to get maximum computer performance. Startup Guard includes "undo" function to roll back any changes you have made. You will get full information about all programs that automatically start on your PC. If you're not sure what is the program you have running Startup Guard will provide you with links to help you make a decision.
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