Intercept changes to your startup folder with StartupEye

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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).