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Zards Startup Defender 3.9 Giveaway

Giveaway of the day — Zards Startup Defender 3.9

Startup Defender - Startup Manager and Startup Firewall.
User rating: 232 (27%) 617 (73%) 71 comments

Zards Startup Defender 3.9 was available as a giveaway on March 29, 2012!

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Startup Defender is a small Windows startup manager 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 pop up 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 automatically.

System Requirements:

Windows XP/ Vista/ 7


Zards Software



File Size:

1.62 MB



Comments on Zards Startup Defender 3.9

At this hour the ratings are at 50/50 % ...and I think its just that, a 50/50 program. Its good to have it but it wouldn't really matter if I don't :)

Reply   |   Comment by luis  –  Mar 29th, 2012 at 07:10 am
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Open downloaded ZardsStartupDefender.zip archive. Run setup.exe. Before you start the program, also run Activate.exe.

When activated, also Launch the program.

On Vista, this will give the following error, given by setup:
Unable to execute file:
C:\Program files\startup defender\startupdefender.exe

CreateProcess failed; code 740.
You don't have the required permissions for this action
(translated roughly...?)

Now start the program from the Start Menu. Handy Start Menu-program will place it under Utilities\Startup Defender.

All will be ok.

I know this program from a previous giveaway and it actually was quite good! Which I did not expect, for it looks very very simple. It also does not show many entries (if you have the latest GOTD for AnVir Taskmanager, I guess you should keep using that one).

If you don't have a startup defender running, catch this one. It's light in resources, and stable. It also has a task manager to (batch) kill processes.

Really, don't be fooled by it's basic appearance. It will save you many times (for example, when you forgot to uncheck one of those bundled-softwares...)

Price: Free to try (30-day trial); $9.95 to buy - so fair price.

Read more: Startup Defender - Download.com http://download.cnet.com/Startup-Defender/3000-2094_4-10822194.html#ixzz1qUHPgvF4

Very curious if anyone knows a real GOOD alternative (other than firewall software, which I hate - they keep nagging!).



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Reply   |   Comment by devnullius  –  Mar 29th, 2012 at 07:13 am
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@2: I've never really looked for this type of program. For ages on
WinXP I've used Mike Lin's StartupMonitor (http://www.mlin.net/StartupMonitor.shtml).
One of those things I keep in my toolbox. I have not, however, installed it onto a 64-bit OS. Not sure if or how well it will work.
It's very tiny, a 60K download.

Reply   |   Comment by Marc Williams  –  Mar 29th, 2012 at 07:31 am
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