Intercept changes to your startup folder with StartupEye


Tired of programs adding themselves to your Windows startup, or making changes to your system’s registry? Then check out StartupEye, a program that lives in the background and alerts you whenever other programs try to add (or remove) entries to the startup folder and/or registry, and optionally upload and scan these programs using VirusTotal.

StartupEye is a free small program that takes only about 10 megs in memory.

This program works really well to intercept changes to your startup folder in real time (for both adding and removal of entries). The user can then (a) approve the change, (b) delete it, or (c) upload the file and scan via VirusTotal.

Strangely, once installed this program intercepted itself being added to the startup folder. I am not sure if this is a bug or if the program author was trying to make a point 😉

The verdict: a nice little program that doesn’t consume to many resources and can potentially be very useful. One thing to be aware of if you’re going to use it, though, is to verify that any security software that you may already have installed on your machine doesn’t already offer this functionality, as some of them do.

[Thanks go to reader Panzer for the tip about this software].

Compatibility: Windows XP, Vista, Server 2003-2008, Windows 7.

Go to the program home page to download the latest version (approx. 763K).

  • For those who want a real good startup monitor then get “startup monitor” at I’ve been using it for years and this little pup is a very very good at monitoring the startup entries and does not intercept itself in the startup folder (LOL). And combine it with “Startup Control Panel” which can be found at same site, you’ll have overcome these pesky annoying startup programs which do not ask at all if you want to allow it during installation!!! Don’t take my word for it…just look at your taskbar on the bottm right…I have two progys and three which are windows by default.

  • I agree with woody – StartupMonitor is nice little program (60kB!).

  • Roman ShaRP

    What about ol’ good WinPatrol, guys? Did you try it? Is any of mentioned programs better than Winpatrol, or worse, and what are differences?