Startup Defender 2.8 was available as a giveaway on February 8, 2011!
Startup Defender - Startup Manager and Startup Firewall. 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. 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 without you having to bother with them anymore. Also you can now view all processes and services then selectively start/stop each one.
Windows XP/ Vista/ 7
It is presumptous of the person suggesting this software should be free. I am sure the creator(s) of SD2.8 put a lot of time and resources into their software. I doubt the critic has even used the software considering what time it is. If I comment
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