WinPatrol is one of my favorite tools for keeping my computer running efficiently, by controlling which programs are allowed to run automatically.
Although it has a number of different capabilities, the most significant from my point of view is that it will show me which programs are set to automatically start up (many more than the few Startup folder on the Start button).
It lets me disable a program from autostarting, without me actually changing the Windows settings. WinPatrol does that — and let’s me enable something I’ve previously disabled (as long as I used WinPatrol to disable it). Of course, Remove is also an option.
If you have programs that you want to run all the time, so you need them to auto-start, you can move them from the Startup Programs tab to the Delayed Start tab. That way, you can set something like Karen’s Replicator to start up to 99 minutes later, and still make sure it starts automatically to do the daily backups of files that changed. Meanwhile, you’ve made the boot/startup process a little faster.
WinPatrol has two versions — the free WinPatrol and the paid WinPatrol Plus. The program is the same, but some additional features are enabled for the paid version.
The most prominent difference with Plus is the integrated access to the WinPatrol information database about the programs and Windows Services. Without Plus, you have to research using Google or other search engines to find information you can trust.
I don’t get any commission or other compensation if you buy a WinPatrol Plus license, and this is not an advertisement. I like WinPatrol and use WinPatrol Plus on all my Windows computers.
Download and try the free version of WinPatrol. You can always upgrade to the paid version later. WinPatrol Plus is a one time purchase, not an annual subscription.