|WinPatrol: Startup Programs
WinPatrol's top feature is how it monitors and allows you to review the programs that automatically launch when you start Windows. Any type of program determined to infect your system will most likely appear on Startup Programs list. This list is essential to detecting nasty software such as trojans, worms, spyware, adware or other programs that may insert themselves into your PC's auto-startup locations.
Many of the programs you see in the Startup Programs list may have come pre-installed by your computer manufacturer. Others may have been installed at a later point by spyware, adware, or some other malicious program. Whenever a new program is added to the Startup Programs list, Scotty will warn you of the change. You will then see the name of the new program and can decide if this program is ok, or if it is suspicious.
WinPatrol monitors and displays more locations then your typical programs of its type including MSConfig. To view a complete list of locations monitored by WinPatrol, check the box which says "  Include Secret Startup Locations".Additional Startup Locations monitored by WinPatrol PLUS click here.
Configuring Startup Programs
In addition to the main list of Startup Programs, WinPatrol includes several buttons to help you get more information about the programs that start with Windows and configure them as you see fit.
As it is often difficult to tell just from a file name or company name whether a program is legitimate, you can click the Free Info... button to review a list of common, well-known malicious programs on the WinPatrol web site. PLUS members can click the PLUS Info... button to search the online WinPatrol database for more information on the specific program itself.
This feature can be handy because some programs have a bad habit of returning after they have been removed from the Startup Programs list. For example, we discovered many programs like QuickTime, RealPlayer, and MSN Messenger who think they're so important they put themselves in the Startup Programs list every time they run.
If you notice a Startup Programs entry keeps coming back after you disable or remove it, you should take a peek at the Active Tasks currently running. Sometimes malicious programs will come in pairs or groups that protect each other to prevent you from removing them. WinPatrol can help by killing multiple tasks with one step. In such cases, you will want to find all the suspicious tasks on the Active Tasks list and use the Kill Task feature to shut down each one before removing the suspicious entry from the Startup Programs list.
Once the programs are no longer active you should be able to remove them from the Startup Programs list and also from the list of IE Helpers. Once everything is successfully removed you can reboot.
"Delete File on Reboot"
There is no way to recover the file once it is deleted, so use this feature only when you are absolutely sure you want to remove the file.
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