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Detect Spyware or Rootkit on your system…

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We sometimes think that with some antivirus application and spyware removal tools, we are totally invincible from all the threats that comes from outside.

But every once in a while, by our own negligence, we let them through and worst still, when they are in, they are undetectable by your very own anti virus programs and spy ware removal tools.

Well, check out Autorun from Microsoft (formerly from Sysinternals which got acquired by Microsoft last year) which is a powerful tool to list / display / filter out everything that start when Windows starts.

If you detect some funny names or publisher which you have not heard of before… take note and check it out online… Take a look at the program path… and you will be able to take action against the threats.

Here are the descriptions found on Microsoft site:

This utility, which has the most comprehensive knowledge of auto-starting locations of any startup monitor, shows you what programs are configured to run during system bootup or login, and shows you the entries in the order Windows processes them. These programs include ones in your startup folder, Run, RunOnce, and other Registry keys. You can configure Autoruns to show other locations, including Explorer shell extensions, toolbars, browser helper objects, Winlogon notifications, auto-start services, and much more. Autoruns goes way beyond the MSConfig utility bundled with Windows Me and XP.

AutorunsHide Signed Microsoft Entries option helps you to zoom in on third-party auto-starting images that have been added to your system and it has support for looking at the auto-starting images configured for other accounts configured on a system. Also included in the download package is a command-line equivalent that can output in CSV format, Autorunsc.

You’ll probably be surprised at how many executables are launched automatically!

Autoruns works on all versions of Windows including 64-bit versions.

Really great stuff… for Windows user. 🙂 

Written by gooddealz

September 27, 2007 at 3:45 pm

Posted in Great Stuff

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