Startup Guard: Review, Manage, Control Windows startup applications

Is your PC slow to start-up? Then you must try Startup Guard. Startup Guard is a free utility that lets you manage applications that automatically start with Windows. There are some hidden applications that may automatically start with Windows and may use the resources thus making the Windows start-up time longer. But with Startup Guard you can remove or disable all those unwanted programs and files, that slow down your PC.

Startup Guard

Startup Guard lets you review all the startup applications and approve them or reject them. You can also save the data in the form of databases too. When you run Startup Guard, you will see a fresh and clean interface. The left panel has links to certain operations that you can carry out, and the right panel shows you the applications that run when Windows boots.

Startup Guard

From the right panel you can click any of the program to view details and review it. After you open a particular program you can see options like:

  • I have made no decision yet: If you go for this option, the program will perform as it was doing earlier. No changes may occur in its functioning.
  • I approve it, leave it as is: This option lets you approve the program to run at startup. Now this program would run every time Windows Starts.
  • I reject it: This option lets you reject the program and disable it from running in the startup. This option has further two more operations that are, you can delete startup record for that file and close the file if it is currently running.
  • Just Now: Delete startup record: With this option you can immediately delete the startup records for that application.

No worries if you have mistakenly deleted the startup record or done something wrong, you can Undo your changes from the undo option available in the left panel. From the left panel you can also view the file properties and find according answers on the internet.

By default, the application creates two databases, one that contains information about the approved applications (white list) and the other one for rejected applications (black list). From the database menu you can clear these lists, or you can remove some files from them. Removing files from the database will again make their status as ‘Unknown’.


You can also create your own startup records from EXE files. And under Settings, you can manage when the program should monitor startup records. There are some other simple settings too.

Startup Guard is a great application that has a lot of use in this world full of crapware, toolbars and malware that installs secretly with some other programs on your PC making your PC’s startup time slower than anything.

Click here to download Startup Guard.

Speaking of Windows startup programs, these links may also interest you:

  1. How To Delay Startup Programs in Windows
  2. What is location or path of the startup folder in Windows
  3. Disable or Manage Startup programs using MSConfig.
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Lavish, when not attending school, loves to follow up on the latest happenings in technology. He loves to try out new Windows based software and gadgets and is currently also learning JAVA. He also loves to develop new software for Windows. Creating a System Restore Point first before installing a new software is always recommended, he feels.
  • Gregg L. DesElms

    StartupGuard has been around for a while… and it’s pretty good… no argument, here.

    However, AutoRuns…

    SEE |

    …is better… best-of-breed, in fact. That said, AutoRuns is more techie-oriented. At least StartupGuard could be more easily used by a novice.

    So, then, good tip!

    Gregg L. DesElms
    Napa, California USA
    gregg at greggdeselms dot com

  • Anand Khanse

    Thats true, AutoRuns is great for advanced users. WinPatrol is nice too and lets you manage or delay startups.

  • Grumpigeek

    Does it have the option to delay startup of a process?
    If not, it should have.

  • Lavish Thakkar

    @Grumpigeek:disqus No, it doesn’t seem that it has some thing like that but it would be great if they add such feature to it.

  • Admin

    I totaly agree!
    Also the setup is useless to install it. Use universal extractor and run it by copy sys files to the program bin folder.
    Of course it want u to buy the PRO version

  • Gregg L. DesElms

    Starup Delayer

    Gregg L. DesElms
    Napa, California USA
    gregg at greggdeselms dot com

  • Anand Khanse
  • Doc

    when you say “it”, what program are you referring to–AutoRuns or WinPatrol?? Ditto for “Grumigeek” below…

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