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Giveaway of the Day - Startup Defender 1.9.5

October 13, 2009
This giveaway is not available any more.

Startup Defender is a small program that sits in your Windows tray and constantly monitors in real time the startup locations on your PC to help prevent programs from auto starting up behind your back. If a program tries to write itself into any startup location Startup Defender will popup a windows and ask if the program is allowed to place itself to start automatically with Windows.

Also you can disable/enable any programs that are currently installed to startup auotmatically. If there is an entry you are not sure what it is then you can Google it to see if it is needed or even harmful and choose if you want it to load it at startup or not. For the annoying programs that try to repeatedly place themselves in the autorun for Windows you can click the auto block so that Startup Defender stops them with out you having to bother with them any more.

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System Requirements: Windows 2003, XP, 2000, 98, Me, Vista; Microsoft .NET Framework 2.0
Publisher: Zards Software
Homepage: http://www.zardssoftware.com/s...
File Size: 1.21 MB
Price: $19.95

This software was available as a giveaway on October 13, 2009, this giveaway is not available any more.

You can download the trial version of this software at http://www.zardssoftware.com/s....

Terms and conditions

Please note that the software you download and install during the Giveaway period comes with the following important limitations: 1) No free technical support; 2) No free upgrades to future versions; 3) Strictly personal usage.

THIS SOFTWARE PRODUCT IS PROVIDED "AS IS" WITHOUT ANY WARRANTY OF ANY KIND, EITHER EXPRESS OR IMPLIED. WITHOUT LIMITATION, TO THE FULLEST EXTENT ALLOWABLE BY LAW, END USER ASSUMES THE ENTIRE RISK AS TO THE QUALITY AND PERFORMANCE OF THE DOWNLOADED SOFTWARE PRODUCT.

Key features:

  • Speedup your PC by removing unwanted programs from Windows autorun.
  • Auto block programs from starting.
  • PC startup optimizer, makes your computer boot much faster.
  • Automatically detects programs trying to auto launch at Windows startup.
  • Easy and fast interface.
  • Helps remove Trojans or adware that starts automatically with your computer.

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  • Comments
  1. The Good
    * Easy to use.
    * Monitors start up programs, current running processes, and services.
    * Monitors startup folder and registry and notifies user when a new program has been added to autorun on Windows boot.
    * Allows user to delete, block, or perma-block (‘auto block”) any program that autoruns on Windows boot.
    * Allows user to manually run any startup program on demand.
    * Allows user to manually kill or “ban” any processes so they are automatically killed/closed whenever Startup Defender detects them.
    * Allows user to start, stop, pause, or resume services.
    * Displays basic information on a startup/autorun program.
    * Nifty “Google it” button to Google any program/process.

    The Bad
    * “Explore Program Location” for startup programs just opens up my desktop instead of the program folder.
    * No feature to delay autorun programs.
    * Can’t “auto block” start up programs after the initial detection and prompt.
    * Not particularly clear what the “PC startup optimizer” feature is or what it is supposed to do.
    * Uses Google.com.au instead of Google.com or region-relative Google >.>’.

    Free Alternatives
    AnVir Task Manager
    WinPatrol

    For final verdict, recommendations, and full review please click here.

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  2. There are more Freeware Tool to do this, not a good giveaway…

    Alternative:

    Acelogix Startup Guard http://www.acelogix.com

    Startup monitor http://www.mlin.net

    Comment by Ishaan — October 13th, 2009 at 3:08 am
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  3. IK haven’t tried this program, but there is a free one that I have used for many years and it has never failed me. I am speaking of Mike Lin’s Startup Monitor. His Startup Control Panel is also a gem.

    Comment by Stephen Cohen — October 13th, 2009 at 3:11 am
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