One of my favourite free utilities for Windows received an update a couple of months ago. This is a really useful tool, so I thought I would share the details with you.
The other day my PC started behaving strangely. Whenever Windows starts up, it was giving me an error message about being unable to load a particular feature. The feature was clearly related to a printer driver which I'd recently uninstalled. So I quickly deduced that one part of the printer was still trying to load itself at boot time, and failing.
Windows makes it hard to track down programs that load when the operating system starts up. The details are spread across multiple parts of the registry, as well as various folders and directories. And that's why I like a tool called Autoruns. It collects all the information from the various locations and gives you a list of every file and feature that gets loaded on startup. You can then delete the one that is causing the problem.
Autoruns is a download of less than 2 MB, which contains versions for 32- and 64-bit Windows in both graphical and command-line incarnations. They're portable, and rated reputable by Web of Trust. They're also malware-free according to VirusTotal.
You can download the latest version of Autoruns at https://technet.microsoft.com/en-us/sysinternals/bb963902.aspx
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