What’s starting on your PC?

Managing and/or viewing the programs, processes and services on your PC when the operating system is loaded (boots) can be a real challenge even for the seasoned user or tech. There are many apps out there that allow you to visualize and troubleshoot startup issues. The first app out of my toolbox, for this purpose is called “Starter”.  Starter, can be installed on your PC or installed on your flash drive as a portable app. In my instance, I prefer the portable app version so that I can take it from PC to PC.

The feature I like the most with Starter is that you can right click on any of the startup entries and perform an internet search to identify and determine the credibility of any of the entries (startup, processes & services). This is most useful when tracking down malware issues.


Starter allows one to view and manage all the programs that are starting automatically whenever the operating system is loaded. It enumerates all the hidden registry entries, startup folders´ items and some of the initialization files, so that the user can choose to temporarily disable selected entries, edit them, create new, or delete them permanently.

Secondary purpose is to list all the running processes with possibility to view extended process’ information (such as used DLLs, memory usage, thread count, priorities etc.), and to terminate selected process (even a Windows NT service, having enough access rights).  Another one is Windows’ services (and drivers) manager with some advanced features.

Other Features worth mentioning is that you can edit, disable, delete, and launch entries; as well as, determine the file properties of those entries.  You can even dig deeper to explore the actual file path and registry location of the entries.  With Starter you can export the entire registry or sections of the registry to analyze issues even further.  The “Help” selection on the file menu even provides external internet resources that you can go to for researching those more troublesome and complex problems.

This is one app that I highly recommend that you place on your flash drive; especially if you are someone that is called upon to help others with issues on their PC.  You can get Starter [ HERE ] .


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8 thoughts on “What’s starting on your PC?

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    1. Rarst,

      Autoruns, also on my flash drive; but, for whatever reasons I go right to Starter… Just a matter of preference.



    1. Jon E,

      AnVir Task Manager, which is an excellent app, is a “task manager” similar to the Windows Task manager with additional features that is designed to monitor specific operations on your PC. It can be run in a portable mode, but you have to jump through hoops to get it to that point. Starter is geared more for the mobile tech. Its’ primary purpose is to view and manage all the programs that are starting automatically whenever the operating system loads (for troubleshooting purposes) Not geared toward the monitoring aspect, as AnVir is.

      Thanks for commenting and visiting…



  1. Steve M,

    Definitely is one of my favorites… As Rarst mentioned Autoruns is another nice app in this category.

    Thanks for visiting.



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