Man Malwarebytes are launching new products and updates like crazy these days. After pushing out a major update to one of our favorite antivirus programs Anti-Malware and the first Android version of the product, the company has released another program that you can download for free from the official website. [Update: it is actually an old application]
Malwarebytes StartUpLITE scans the PC's autostart locations for programs that do not really need to be started with the operating system.
The idea here is to provide you with recommendations to speed up the start of the system.
As you may know, it is not really necessary to start any third-party program with Windows. While it makes sense to start some, security programs come to mind, it does not really make a whole lot of sense to start others with Windows.
Programs that fall into the category are quickstarters that aim to improve the startup time of programs. If you only run those programs occasionally, you may want to consider removing the quickstarter from the system's startup process.
Malwarebytes StartUpLITE is a portable application. Just download it and run it from any location right away. It has a size of only 200 Kilobytes and is as lightweight as it gets.
The application scans the startup locations of the Windows PC for unnecessary items and displays those in its interface.
Depending on how you have configured the operating system, you may see startup items here or none at all.
It is interesting to note that StartUpLite uses a fixed list of programs to determine unnecessary startup items. You can access the whole list here. It contains programs such as Adobe Reader Speed Launch, AIM, CTFMON.exe, HP Software Update, IntelliPoint, Logitech Software Updater, jusched, Microsoft Office or Realsched.
Many of the listed programs are designed to speed up the start of programs they are associated with, while others are used to look for updates on the Internet.
It is up to you to disable programs that StartUpLITE displays to you. While it may be a good idea to remove quick start applications from system start, you may want to keep update applications running.
The program has been designed for Internet users with little computing experience. If you are tech-savvy or a veteran user, you know that you can use tools like msconfig.exe or Autoruns to go through the list of startup items manually to disable those that you do not want loaded during startup.
And now that you have seen the list on the Malwarebytes website, you can use it to manually check the items that are started on your system against it.
The developers should consider adding more functionality to it. This could be a community powered reputation engine for all start up items for example.