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Startup Defender Giveaway
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Giveaway of the day — Startup Defender

Prevent programs from starting automatically.
$9.00 EXPIRED
User rating: 238 (27%) 640 (73%) 89 comments

Startup Defender was available as a giveaway on April 13, 2008!

Today Giveaway of the Day
$29.95
free today
A light and powerful software that can change your voice in real time.

Startup Defender is a small program that sits in your Windows tray and constantly monitors 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 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 with out you having to bother with them any more.

System Requirements:

Windows XP/Vista

Publisher:

Zards Software

Homepage:

http://www.zardssoftware.com/startup/startup.html

File Size:

535 KB

Price:

$9.00

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#89

Definitely a problem softward for me. Made my computer more sluggish, and really was unnecessary. don't get it.

Reply   |   Comment by Daniel Gonzalez  –  12 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (0)
#88

Simply not good. It seems to have added to sluggishish of my computer like many of these unnessecessay ad ons. These functions are better done by already existing functions and managers.

Reply   |   Comment by Daniel Gonzalez  –  12 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (0)
#87

I should check what acr recommended first before spent $9 for it...

Reply   |   Comment by spartax  –  12 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (0)
#86

And which leads us to the irony of one of the more frequent spelling errors on the net .. "mispells"

Shalom,
Steven

Reply   |   Comment by Steven Avery  –  12 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (0)
#85

@59

Your debut post in this forum (the one that addresses spelling errors) mispells "and" in "spelling ang grammar." Thanks for the EverNote "keeper." May I suggest www.tinySpell.06.net .

~Hawk~

Reply   |   Comment by HawkPunk  –  12 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (0)
#84

Winpatrol.com, a program worth using and does more than this one

Reply   |   Comment by Me  –  12 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (0)
#83

Loads and runs OK along side others in the stable, WinPatrol, Anvir, etc. A little quirky; use the arrow for "about" button instead of the word, but I'll test drive it on my XP SP2 AMD-2 for a while does'nt look to spectacular or exotic, basic startup monitor, there are others, maybe better for less

Reply   |   Comment by BOB  –  12 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (0)
#82

Tumbs down.
No comment.
Deleted !

Reply   |   Comment by Alain Vanhentenryck  –  12 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (0)
#81

my thumbs down has one simple explanation:

See the end of this message for details on invoking
just-in-time (JIT) debugging instead of this dialog box.

************** Exception Text **************
System.ArgumentOutOfRangeException: startIndex cannot be larger than length of string.
Parameter name: startIndex
at System.String.InternalSubStringWithChecks(Int32 startIndex, Int32 length, Boolean fAlwaysCopy)
at Startup_Defender.Utilities.Stripper(String FilePath)
at Startup_Defender.Form1.MyGetIcon(ListView ListV, ImageList imlFolders)
at Startup_Defender.Form1.RefreshAll()
at Startup_Defender.Form1.Form1_Load(Object sender, EventArgs e)
at System.EventHandler.Invoke(Object sender, EventArgs e)
at System.Windows.Forms.Form.OnLoad(EventArgs e)
at System.Windows.Forms.Form.OnCreateControl()
at System.Windows.Forms.Control.CreateControl(Boolean fIgnoreVisible)
at System.Windows.Forms.Control.CreateControl()
at System.Windows.Forms.Control.WmShowWindow(Message& m)
at System.Windows.Forms.Control.WndProc(Message& m)
at System.Windows.Forms.ScrollableControl.WndProc(Message& m)
at System.Windows.Forms.ContainerControl.WndProc(Message& m)
at System.Windows.Forms.Form.WmShowWindow(Message& m)
at System.Windows.Forms.Form.WndProc(Message& m)
at System.Windows.Forms.Control.ControlNativeWindow.OnMessage(Message& m)
at System.Windows.Forms.Control.ControlNativeWindow.WndProc(Message& m)
at System.Windows.Forms.NativeWindow.Callback(IntPtr hWnd, Int32 msg, IntPtr wparam, IntPtr lparam)


************** Loaded Assemblies **************

Reply   |   Comment by sergio  –  12 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (0)
#80

Then there's the excellent Revo Uninstaller which has a startup manager:

http://www.revouninstaller.com/auto_run_manager_startup_manager.html

Reply   |   Comment by zhuk  –  12 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (0)
#79

WinSonar 2007 is an excellent free program that does this and much more!

Also, WinPatrol is great too!

Reply   |   Comment by DigitalDevo  –  12 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (0)
#78

Alex in comment #38 said Mike Lin's Startup Monitor does not work on Vista. Mike Lin's Startup Monitor and Startup Control Panel both work just fine on my PC with Vista Home Premium.

Reply   |   Comment by Karen  –  12 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (0)
#77

I use AnVir Task Manager AND MAMUTU THEY seem to do great

Reply   |   Comment by bugg  –  12 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (0)
#76

I use StartUpRight. I'm pretty sure every startup manager doesn't do anything about services, so I still check msconfig for that (Bitkinex adds itself as a service, not startup program, but to the same effect).

Reply   |   Comment by tobylane  –  12 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (0)
#75

This program caused several of my programs not to work, do not download.

Reply   |   Comment by Sharon  –  12 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (0)
#74

# 30 - just type startup cop in google and it brings you several pages to choose a download from.

It doesn't seem to be freeware so I now think that's what you meant when you said "But it's no longer available anywhere"?

Thank you everyone for your informative comments for those of us who are basically users and not too computer saavy also thank you for naming other freeware out there that you know works well!

I feel it's better air on the side of caution today and not download this software...I don't want to have to "blow away my existing setup" because I've gotten myself into something I can't get out of any other way.

Reply   |   Comment by turkishvan007  –  12 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (0)
#73

I downloaded this product tried it out and several of my programs refused to work Mozilla Firefox being just one of them. Had to remove program and re-download Firefox so be careful. Shari

Reply   |   Comment by Sharon  –  12 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (0)
#72

Thank you GAOTD for today's offer, but I am passing ... maybe the creator can make some improvements and try again?

I agree with #66 and many of the other comment today: msconfig is helpful, I already have AnVir Task Manager from the download offered here, and I was referred to CCleaner from this forum. I am currently happy. Thanks!

Reply   |   Comment by Kim  –  12 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (0)
#71

Thanks for the offer, GAOTD, but WinPatrol does the job for me (running on Vista HP). I valued the freeware version so much that I shelled out the money for the registered version. Excellent value for the money.

Prior to WinPatrol, I just periodically ran msconfig and googled any items that I didn't recognize. That method worked fine, too. :)

Reply   |   Comment by DownTheShore  –  12 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (0)
#70

Here's another accolade for Mike Lin's utilities. I had been using the "Startup Commander" in System Suite 8 to eliminate programs from starting at boot time, but it refused to eliminate the clipboard manager 101 clips. Mike Lin's Startup Control Panel had no trouble eliminating 101 clips.

It is vital to have a program installed like Mike's Startup Monitor. You would be amazed at the number of installed programs that try to add something to startup. Startup Monitor catches them and allows you to decide whether to allow them to become part of startup or not.

Reply   |   Comment by Stephen Cohen  –  12 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (0)
#69

I too, will pass on this one. I agree with Kevin (#7), and am passing on today's offering mainly because of the contents of the firm's web site.

@#23: A commercial firm's web site should be treated like a resume -
after all, just like a resume's purpose is to sell a job-seeker's abilities, the web page's purpose is to sell products. Spelling errors in the primary language are inexcusable when many freeware spellcheck programs exist (many web contruction tools also have them built-in). While I may not use perfect grammer myself, (especially in my third language) the errors on this firm's web page are very serious ones. Would you hire a salesperson with spelling/grammer errors of that type on his/her resume?

@#60: Software does not need to be large to be "powerful" - Spinrite 6 for example is only 265KB in size. Not many firms however, go to assembler level (like Gibson Research did) to write utilities.

Reply   |   Comment by Jim  –  12 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (0)
#68

Who would pay 9 bucks just for a configured MSCONFIG?

Reply   |   Comment by OMG!  –  12 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (0)
#67

In my previous post, (#53) I thought that I liked this program. My computer almost never locks up. But, while havint this program running as a TSR it has locked up 2 times. The first time, it locked up just as soon as I closed Startup Defender. I went on the internet in search of similar probles. I found plenty of complaints about conflict and the error "microsoft.net". Also, complaints about added entries in the Windows registry. I went and looked. Sure enough SD put some junk entries in the registry. I have decided that this is not much better than Task Manger. The problesm, and the addons in my registry makes this program very unacceptable! I have done uninstalled it, and good riddens. I wished that I had saited and read some of the comments here before trying it myself. I now wish that today giveaway had been a screensaver. That way I wouldnt have wasted my tiem downloading and trying it out.

Reply   |   Comment by chuck  –  12 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (0)
#66

I use AnVir Task Manager but I also use CCleaner.
CCleaner can show you which programs will start at windows start up and you can disable or delete the unwanted.

Reply   |   Comment by John Chow  –  12 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (0)
#65

this GAWOTD site getting borring - you visit it every day just to vind noting usefull. wheres the games - seems no company believe in this tipe of marketing strategy any more ????????

Reply   |   Comment by pin  –  12 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (0)
#64

Well, I just made another %15 donation to SpyBot S&D because this offer reminded me to do the right thing :-) Thanks

Reply   |   Comment by PassingBy  –  12 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (0)
#63

looks nice, but Anvir Task Manager already does this. sorry, but I'm gonna need to pass on this one.

Reply   |   Comment by Chammy  –  12 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (0)
#62

Sorry but too many errors on load up!!!!! This one is not worthy of a Thumbs up.

Reply   |   Comment by rvfox  –  12 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (0)
#61

Defender of the Faith, Message 23--- Great point about criticizing spelling and grammer errors in the forum. The posting come from throughout the world. Would those being critical be happier if the messages were all written in the writers' native languages?

Here in South East Texas, there are many native Vietnamese speakers. When I hear people being critical of their English, I point out that they speak better English than you do Vietnamese.

Reply   |   Comment by Captain Ozone  –  12 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (0)
#60

Yeah, there are many start up programs out there for free, including one that everyone already has, msconfig, just hit start, run, then type that in. To pay 9 bucks for this program is alittle crazy now? And it's less then 1 mega byte, so really, it isn't that powerful. It's from Australia, hmmm. Sounds more like retardsoftware.com! I don't really like it!

Reply   |   Comment by Dan  –  12 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (0)
#59

Thank you to all of those that commented on this product. Someone brought up a good point that people should include in their comment what operating system they are using (i.e. - XP, Vista, ME, etc.). What works for one OS may not work for another OS.

I, for one, will not be trying this software due to the number of negative comments about it. Thank you, anyway, GAOTD. I do appreciate your efforts.

Just as and FYI, and off the subject of the software: To the one who went off about spelling errors. Yes, the point can be received by those reading comments with many misspelled words and grammatical errors, but how much easier is it to understand the EXACT meaning of the person leaving the comment if the spelling and grammar are correct to begin with. Many times, one is left to wonder EXACTLY what the poster is trying to communicate because the spelling ang grammar errors do NOT make it clear about what is being said. I've never posted here before, but I did have a problem following some of the posts due to spelling and grammatical errors. When I post, I choose to use proper spelling and grammar, as it is MUCH easier for people to understand what I'm saying.

Reply   |   Comment by wrja  –  12 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (0)
#58

#22 and 29
22 your right. Microsoft has already announced a new Windows for release in I think 2009-2010.
So that's where vista and Xp will be if they can come out with an OS without the issues of Vista. Unlikely as the more they try to make the software mode complex, they will never be able to cover ALL the issues.

Reply   |   Comment by Randall Staggers  –  12 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (0)
#57

I'm thinking who will pay $9 for this program...

Reply   |   Comment by Knight  –  12 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (0)
#56

i like full control better full control is the father of all hips systems and its perfectly free. and it does bla include a task manager that can detect rootkits and super stealth trojans. and the ability to perform a shell repair if your computer should get infected with a browser hijacker etc.

Reply   |   Comment by Camille  –  12 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (0)
#55

According to CallingID, Acelogix hides its identity.

Reply   |   Comment by Manuel Barnes  –  12 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (0)
#54

Thanks GAOTD for your service.

Unfortunately this program is not at all useful. Highly acclaimed and respected Freeware like Spybot Search and Destroy (with TeaTimer enabled) and Winpatrol (free version) does the same thing and also provides other necessary security related protections. All malwares do not add StartUp entries, so having one program just to do that just taxes the resources more.

Reply   |   Comment by SRC  –  12 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (0)
#53

It isnt quite up to the standards of their other utility that they make, Cleanse Uninstaller, which I use. Startup Defender got rid of a few regitry entries which would prevent them from starting...AKA Qiucktime, etc. Only time will tell if this is a good program or not. I like to play games on my XP, so I dont generally have but 2 or 3 TSRs on my taskbar running. I wonder if this program is capable of making sure itself wont startup. I know, that defeats the purpose. Will have to try and see. Thanks GAOTD.

We are all happy at least that this wasnt another screensaver Sudnay! GAOTD: How about just one screensaver a month, for those that actually like suck usless things?

Reply   |   Comment by chuck  –  12 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (0)
#52

I down loaded a program named "IN CONTROL" a few months ago.
Does anybody know how it compares to this one?

Reply   |   Comment by lyn  –  12 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (0)
#51

Thanks #1 contributor for the "heads up". There's something ugly and very suspicious about a company that either allows this or doesn’t bother monitoring its forum. There is software available that can filter out most of what is currently posted in their forum. Me depending on their program to prevent unauthorized startups in my PC is like letting a fox into the hen house.

Reply   |   Comment by DmF  –  12 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (0)
#50

Thanks #1 contributor for the "heads up". There's something ugly and very suspicious about a company that either allows this or doesn’t bother monitoring its forum. There is software available that can filter out most of what is currently posted in their forum. Me depending on their program to prevent unauthorized startups in my PC is like letting a fox into the henhouse.

Reply   |   Comment by DmF  –  12 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (0)
#49

it could be fun testing this with a super stealth trojan upstarter thanks goatd.

Reply   |   Comment by Camille  –  12 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (0)
#48

I downloaded and tried this out, but I think I will stick to the AnVir Task Manager for now. With regards to Wildbill 38's comments about the old program StartUp Cop - I had that for years and loved it on my old 98SE system. I still have a copy, but wasn't sure it was XP compatible, so have never tried it on this computer. With regards to Ardwych's comments re Vista and XP - the scuttlebut in some of the techie forums is that Microsoft looks to be moving up the estimated release date for the as yet unnamed Windows 7, as they realize many people, especially in the business community, have shunned Vista. At the same time, they keep extending the availability dates for XP due to demand. So with Vista, it looks like they may be realizing they have another Windows ME situation on their hands, where people shunned ME, but made the jump directly from 98SE to XP. They may be hoping to coax people who refused Vista to make the jump directly to the new OS when it is released.

Reply   |   Comment by Goldielover  –  12 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (0)
#47

I see I'm late to the party today, so I can't add much to previous comments. Mike Lin's Startup Monitor alerts you to new startup programs while his Startup Control Panel manages startups similarly to Msconfig. (Read about it in my blog post #11.) To have both functions (and many more), I second the above recommendations of WinPatrol and AnVir Task Manager. (Read my brief paean to AnVir in my blog post #57.)

Reply   |   Comment by JonathansToolBarAndGrill  –  12 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (0)
#46

These people may have opinons they are entitled to, but why post a lengthy analysis of all the wonderful freeware out there, when you haven't even tried this software. The comment of maybe I will try this program later, is really dumb. Try it first and then comment. I like steak and you like hamburger.Unless you have tried steak how can you determine which one is better? I think Bubby was right in stating over and over, some come on here just to see their written messages, before it drops down the list. How exciting that must be to get up early in the morning and see your words in print.

Reply   |   Comment by Bubba  –  12 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (0)
#45

Regarding the forum issues, the offending posts were posted today, so one must assume they are spam posts and will be removed once the company sees the posts.

Unfortunately, evil and sick people find forums and post this kind of crap all day long. It happened to a forum I ran and it happens all the time on another forum I visit, this one devoted to the treatment of certain medical ailments. The posts are always removed once the admin sees them. It most often happens over the weekend.

As far as this program goes, I DL'd it and am using it. I like it and am glad it was offered. It does what it says and is something all computer users should have. I often shut down my computer only to see new icons in the windows tray when I reboot. I have to go to MSCONFIG to remove the program. This application will actually let me know when another program decides to add itself to my start up list. I can kill the monster right then and there.

Reply   |   Comment by Mike Rowe  –  12 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (0)
#44

I use Advanced Windows Care Personal. Have for a long time (even before GOTD offered the professional version (for was it a 3 month run). CHECK IT OUT www.iobit.com . it offers a list of your start up programs , among other features, it was also highlighted in Computer Shopper magazines recent list of 25 must have free programs.

Reply   |   Comment by CBO  –  12 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (0)
#43

I too use WinPatrol and have installed it on over fifty computers because it is free and works brilliantly. It monitors every program that you install and tells you if any file associations are being changed, if it is going to start up with windows amongst other things. You can check and delete programs that autostart, see what has a delayed start, check processes running and more. In short it does everything that this giveaway does and more but more importantly, it has a long proven history over several years which this giveaway appears to lack.
This is not knocking the giveaway but I have had several that suddenly change to a version needing payment after two or three weeks that now I look to see if there is a genuine free product out there that does the same job before trying the giveaway.

Reply   |   Comment by John L  –  12 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (0)
#42

In my opinion Winpatrol is a far better free program
http://www.winpatrol.com/

Reply   |   Comment by Magna  –  12 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (0)
#41

Wow is this a truley start up company or what went to the web sites forum and it's nothing but a advertising site for everyones naked pics and web sites. Don't think I will trust this one to be installed today. Sorry GAOTD you didnt research this one.

Reply   |   Comment by Bobh64  –  12 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (0)
#40

Hi All

After reading the sensible comments about this software I am not going to risk my computer by running this program.
I did not vote because I have not installed it.
I think a comment from the Company would be interesting after such a bad review from the subscribers here.
I always object to the petty moaning that I see here every day but these comments are not petty.
Suggestions about alternative programs are in my opinion always very welcome and as a result I have been lead to some great items that I would never have known about.
Cheers guys and thanks to GAOTD!!

Reply   |   Comment by Christopher  –  12 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (0)
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