Recommended software to watch MSCONFIG?

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  1. shnabz

    shnabz Member

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    Hello, does anyone know of any software that watched the MSCONFIG list? I'm sick of going in there and finding software that has enabled itself to startup.
     
  2. BurrWalnut

    BurrWalnut Extraordinary Member

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    Although it will not inform you, Microsoft’s Autoruns does a nice job of listing which programs start up and from where they start.
    Download it from the right pane here http://technet.microsoft.com/en-us/sysinternals/bb963902It doesn’t need installing. Run it and go to the Logon Tab and remove the tick alongside the programs you don’t want to start. Right-click an entry and choose Search online for more information about it. It is completely reversible if you unintentionally stop a program from starting up.

    The built-in system configuration utility, msconfig’s primary function is to troubleshoot start up errors. Note that some programs use a service to start them running.
     
  3. patcooke

    patcooke Microsoft MVP
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    It's not so much about software enabling itself, rather software installations accepting default install parameters. Whenever anything is installed care should be taken to run "advanced" installs or whatever other options is needed to opt out of automated installation of trial, software, add-ons etc. Care also needs to be exercised in opting for auto-updates and so on. Downloading of many drivers, utilities etc (including fro instance the autoruns I detail below) are often packaged with other software by many distributors. When downloading such packages you should take care to ensure, as far as is possible, that you are downloading from the developer's site rather than someone who has hijacked it and piggy-backed a load of junk on it. You might find it useful to run autoruns - free download from MS which gives a much more in depth view of startups with the facility to temporarily suspend any dubious startups befor deciding whether or not to delete them.

    http://technet.microsoft.com/en-us/sysinternals/bb963902.aspx
     
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  4. Fixer1234

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    If you haven't already done it, download the free Winpatrol program (http://www.winpatrol.com/). It monitors any attempted changes, including startup programs.
     
  5. uniqueguy35Egypt

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    http://www.nirsoft.net/
    It called a whatinstartup as it is so simple and easily in checking and disable or enable or check what program start with your computer start up :).
     
  6. Pauli

    Pauli Extraordinary Member
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    Just to be a nitpicker, the best safety is between your ears: be careful with what you download and start. To learn the function of one's Security Programs is not a bad thing. Like diving in strange waters, did you have a thought of what might encounter you?

    Best wishes. Do stay alert. :ohno:
     

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