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StartupMonitor


Startup Monitor - an old solution for unexpected startups

review from ClifNotes, Jun 2007, permalink PC Activity Monitoring

 

One of you recently wrote me with an excellent question:

Clif-

 

I'm not sure where to post my question, so I'm going to give this a try. Being a relatively new subscriber to your newsletter, I may have missed this discussion.

 

I'm looking for a freeware application that alerts me when any application tries to load itself so it launches when I start my PC. I would like to be able to accept/reject the application's intentions. Therefore, the application would need to monitor the start-up files so that nothing can be slipped in there, without my approval.

 

For example... my daughter uses AIM instant messaging. She launches the program, uses it, and then closes it. The next time I re-boot, AIM is loaded, and displays on my screen. I alter the settings, but it still launches the next time I reboot (after she uses it). Another example is Yahoo pager... this application is constantly loading itself when I re-boot.

 

Any suggestions?

 

Thanks.

 

Wolfe

 

I love easy questions. Here's one of my favorite solutions to this problem. I've been using StartupMonitor since about 1996. You may use other programs that monitor the startup folder and startup registry locations, but not many give you immediate notice that a new program has placed itself as an automatic startup. It does this while using only a tiny amount of system resources. You won't even know it's running.

 

Quote from the website

StartupMonitor is a small utility that runs transparently (it doesn't even use a tray icon) and notifies you when any program registers itself to run at system startup. It prevents annoying programs from registering themselves behind your back.

http://mlin.net/StartupMonitor.shtml

 


 

StartupMonitor - a watchdog against auto-starts

Website - Freeware

review by ClifNotes

 

This a great "watchdog" program, it doesn't allow any programs to "auto start" without you knowing about it. It does the one of the many things that WinPatrol and other watchdogs do, but is much smaller and faster. It's good on it's own but I recommend a full IDS suite in addition to this program.


Quote from the website** - StartupMonitor is a small utility that runs transparently (it doesn't even use a tray icon) and notifies you when any program registers itself to run at system startup. It prevents those utterly useless tray applications from registering themselves behind your back, and it acts as a security tool against trojans like BackOrifice or Netbus.