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        Susan Bradley

        [Youtube here] This week we’re following up with June 5th’s  look at programs that launch on startup  and this time we’re looking at the “uber” versio
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        Susan Bradley Patch Lady

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      • #2371086
        AskWoody Lounger

        Autoruns is a FANTASTIC app. I’ve found and killed quite a few malware startup tasks with this, (then cleaned it off properly with MalwareBytes).

        It’s also great for just cleaning up all the random stuff that generic apps (Adobe!), updates, installers and the rest that you may not care about, but the publisher decided to run on startup EVERY DAY.

        Great search function, too.

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      • #2371099
        AskWoody Plus

        Indispensable application!

        I have been running it for years. Don’t overlook the feature that sends a file hash of all the startup objects to VirusTotal, so you get a nearly instant read from 60+ AV engines on just how clean all of those hidden startup tasks, drivers, services, and codecs, etc. really are. 🙂

        [Options > Scan Options > Check VirusTotal]

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      • #2371206
        AskWoody Plus

        For more information about Autoruns, the How-To Geek website has a very nice tutorial about using the Autoruns utility which is included in their School about using Sysinternals Tools Like a Pro, that has 10 Lessons, and the Autoruns Lesson is Number 6.

        Using Autoruns to Deal with Startup Processes and Malware
        By Lowell Heddings – Updated Apr 30, 2019

        For a complete set of portable utilities and tools be sure to review WSCC Windows System Control Center that not only includes Autoruns and all of the Sysinternals tools, but also NirSoft utilities/tools, MiTec Tools, and more:

        Windows System Control Center Overview – Latest version: – (May 17, 2021)

        To get the Portable versions, and choose 32-bit or 64-bit, visit:

        Windows System Control Center Downloads

        How to use Windows System Control Center
        By Kaya Ismail – (No Date Found)

        “Windows System Control Centre’s ability to install, update, execute and organize the utilities from various system utility suites, creates a perfect solution for utility and general computer maintenance.”

        A little more information about WSCC from PhotM February 7, 2017 here at AskWoody Tools Forum:

        I hope someday Susan can do a write up and You Tube on WSCC.

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      • #2371256
        AskWoody Lounger

        sysinternals are great. Tools are simple, functional, understandable. Would be great to have them implemented in Windows itself.
        Not all, of course. I do not recommend to run NotMyFault 🙂
        But things like procexp, autoruns, autologon, or even ZoomIt are excellent. Most of apps are even updated regullary.

        Dell Latitude E6530, Intel Core i5 @ 2.6 GHz, 4GB RAM, W10 20H2 Enterprise

        HAL3000, AMD Athlon 200GE @ 3,4 GHz, 8GB RAM, Fedora 29

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