Autoruns has always been one of the most useful programs to keep in your troubleshooting toolkit, so it's worth knowing that an update to this popular utility was released last week. Version 13.2 includes various fixes and additions since version 13 was introduced a couple of months ago.
As well as giving you total visibility over which programs and services get automatically run when your PC starts up, you can also virus-check any suspicious file against VirusTotal with just a single right-click. So not only can you keep track of which programs your PC is running behind the scenes, you can also check them for malware too.
Autoruns 13.2 is available from https://technet.microsoft.com/en-gb/sysinternals/bb963902.aspx and the download is around 0.5 MB. It runs on all recent versions of Windows and is portable - just unzip the download and run the single .EXE file. There's also a command-line version in the zip download, for advanced users. The program is free and is malware-free according to both VirusTotal and Web of Trust.
If you've never heard of VirusTotal before, it's definitely worth knowing about. Upload any suspicious file (such as one received by email from someone you don't know) to www.virustotal.com and it'll scan it with around 50 leading products. And in case you weren't aware, the policy of this web site is that nothing gets recommended by Gizmo's team unless it achieves a perfect score of zero warnings with VirusTotal.
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