Startup protection utility

  Ptolemy 13:25 07 Sep 2006

Can Anyone recommend an application that "locks" or otherwise guards the program set to run at startup in XP?

MS Anti-spyware used to do this fine, but Defender doesn't offer the same utility. I have been using Spybot's resident Tea-timer protection, but its notification of a "change" rather than addition or removal of an item is far from helpful.


  Curio 17:36 07 Sep 2006
  Ptolemy 17:51 07 Sep 2006

Curio - thanks for the response, but that is a browser homepage protector, I'm looking for something that stops new programs being added to the startup settings.

Incidentally, Spybot handles the task of locking your homepage very adequately.

  GaT7 17:58 07 Sep 2006

I use the free & excellent StartupMonitor click here.

It runs constanly in the background (using a miniscule amount of system resources), & gives a popup warning whenever any entries are added to Windows Startup. You can allow/disallow the change(s). G

  Fruit Bat /\0/\ 18:01 07 Sep 2006

Startup Managers:-
WinPatrol click here
Startup Contorl Panel 2.8 click here

winpatrol is excellent "scotty" locks your homepage and warns if anything is trying to install itself as an autostart item

  Coff 18:05 07 Sep 2006

Does Startup Monitor notify you if you place a shortcut into one of the Startup folders? It notified about other startup areas but I could never get it to work for the startup folders.

  GaT7 18:30 07 Sep 2006

"Does Startup Monitor notify you if you place a shortcut into one of the Startup folders?..."

Yes, no problem. I manually added a shortcut of an executable to see what would happen, & sure enough I got an immediate popup - see screenshot click here.

Sorry, my initial link was to different 'Startup Monitor'! I meant THIS StartupMonitor click here. G

  Coff 18:45 07 Sep 2006

Thanks for that.

  Audeal 19:12 07 Sep 2006

StartUp Monitor is highly recomended and so is StartUp Control Panel. Both are here. click here

  Ptolemy 20:54 07 Sep 2006

Thanks for all the replies.

At the moment I'm trying out Startup Monitor - small and simple.

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