Disable Startup is a free program for the Windows operating system that enables you to manage startup entries but also to block attempts to add new programs to the operating system's autostart.
The Windows operating system does not offer options to block new startup programs by default. Any program that gets executed can add startup programs which in turn means that these programs get run whenever you power up your computer.
The free application Disable Startup improves the process. It supports options to remove programs that are already in the list of startup applications, but that is not the main reason users might want to use the software especially since there are other software programs like Autoruns that provide a lot more options and settings in this regard.
The main use of Disable Startup is that it enables you to disable all new startup entries and Internet Explorer start page changes. New entries are automatically blocked without warning message by default if the program is running in the background.
Users who prefer more control can change the default options so that warnings are displayed when a program tries to add a new startup entry or change the Internet Explorer startup page.
The startup blocker needs to be running in the background which can be done by clicking on the Start Disable Startup button. This moves the program in the system tray where it uses roughly 10 Megabytes of computer memory.
The update frequency can be modified in the program's option as well. This seems to be the interval in which the program checks the startup locations for new entries.
While you may like the added option to control startup items that exist already on the system, the real strength of Disable Startup is that it blocks new entries from being added to the system during program installations or updates.
It is suggested that you switch to displaying warnings when programs try to add new entries as you may want some to be started during system boot.
This is for instance the case for security software that you install anew, but may also be valid for other programs that you use regularly or that require to be started with the operating system to function at all.
Disable Startup is compatible with Windows XP as well as 32-bit and 64-bit editions of Windows Vista, Windows 7 and newer versions of Windows. It can be downloaded from the developer's website.Advertisement
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