Download: Autoruns 9.36 - Configure Windows autorun
PC Games Hardware offers the latest version of the autorun optimizer for download.
Windows doesn't just start itself when booting, but quite a load of additional application and services. This slows the startup down and costs performance by stressing memory and CPU - and often these aren't even necessary. But it is not enough to check the Windows autorun folder once in a while, because Windows knows a lot of places to hide Registry entries. Without special programs those aren't easy to find - and here Autoruns enters the game.
The program from Microsoft's Technet can be run without an installation and is able to list anything automatically started by Windows - you will be surprised. The option "Hide Microsoft Entries” is quite useful - if activated Autoruns only shows programs of third parties. But be careful when removing unwanted entries, because some programs depend on such background processes. Especially the virus scan is important.