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Startup Inspector for Windows

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Key Details of Startup Inspector for Windows

  • Manage start-up applications and improve your system performance.
  • Last updated on 12/2/2009
  • There have been 6 updates
  • Virus scan status:

    Clean (it's extremely likely that this software program is clean)


Editors' Review

Download.com staff

This free program scans start-up applications to differentiate the necessary programs from any potential spyware threats. We found its user interface awkward to read and its results mostly inconclusive.

Startup Inspector for Windows features cartoonish icons, and the overuse of colors makes it hard on the eyes. The interface can be resized to full screen, and you can resize the information columns, but we still had problems with the Comments section getting cut off. A tree menu gives you the option of displaying all of your start-up programs or drilling down to only reveal specific Registry folders. The few command buttons offered were vague but, on a hunch, we clicked the Consult button hoping it would start the scan process and that turned out to be the right guess. The program very quickly scanned and produced results for each of our start-up programs; however, most of the scan results came up inconclusive. The program could not produce any viable information regarding most of the start-up programs' spyware threat status. For a few programs, Startup Inspector for Windows was able to tell us what, exactly, those programs did, the memory used, and whether they were necessary. The Apply button seems to serve no purpose. We were able to deselect a start-up program simply by unchecking the box, so there was nothing to apply.

The program contains links to the publisher's Web site, and a so-called information guide, but we were unable to find any real help there. We recommend you keep looking for a more effective and user-friendly start-up manager.


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Full Specifications

WHAT'S NEW IN VERSION 2.2
Changed graphics and logo; Fixed some minor errors and display problems.
GENERAL
Release
January 19, 2009
Latest update
December 2, 2009
Version
2.2
OPERATING SYSTEMS
Platform
Windows
Operating System
Windows 2000, Windows 95, Windows 10, Windows NT, Windows 98, Windows ME, Windows XP
Additional Requirements
None
POPULARITY
Total Downloads
840,960
Downloads Last Week
2
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Developer's Description

Manage start-up applications and improve your system performance.
Startup Inspector for Windows helps manage your startup applications and provides information on programs that run when you start up Windows. It can tell whether a program is necessary to the system or if it is spyware. The application scans all programs in the Windows startup folder and registry, and provides you with background information. There are more than 4,300 programs in the database. The application's features also include the ability to remove harmful programs such as spyware, viruses, and dialers, as well as remove unnecessary programs like reminders and monitors, thus improving your system's performance and health.