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Autorun Angel 1.0.50

Quickly highlight potentially suspect Windows startup programs

by Mike Williams

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License: Freeware
Operating Systems: Windows 10, Windows 7 (32 bit), Windows 7 (64 bit), Windows 8, Windows Server, Windows Vista (32 bit), Windows Vista (64 bit), Windows XP
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Languages: English
Software Cost: Free
Date Updated: 13 July 2018
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Developer: NictaTech Software
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Autorun Angel
Quickly highlight potentially suspect Windows startup programs

Autorun Angel is a handy tool which will quickly check your Windows startup programs for potentially unwanted files.

When we launched Autorun Angel on a test PC, it identified 277 files which needed to be checked. And to do this, all we had to do was click "Scan". The program then checked each of these files against a whitelist held on NictaTech's Anti-Virus Cloud Engine, removing each of the "known good" files in turn, until only unrecognised files remained.

And it's important to keep in mind that this is all the final report tells you: that these are files NictaTech hasn't whitelisted as safe. It's not a virus detector, it's not looking for malware. Rather, the program is identifying known safe files so that you can then look at and research whatever is left, and - if necessary - remove them (Autorun Angel doesn't have any file removal tools itself).

This approach obviously has its limitations, because there are a lot of files to whitelist. And sure enough, the program did leave some safe files on our test PC, like a VMware Workstation component, and our Cloudmark spam filter.

But, on the other hand, Autorun Angel did manage to reduce its original list of our 277 startup programs down to a final unrecognised 8, and all in just a few seconds. If you think your PC has been infected by something nasty then that could be very useful information.

And if you find Autorun Angel doesn't recognise a component on your PC, you can always click the "Send unknown for analysis" button, which will send the executable to the authors. With any luck anything safe will be whitelisted within a few days, making your next report even more helpful.

Verdict:

It doesn't specifically detect malware and it can't remove files, but Autorun Angel is still a useful research tool, helping you pick through your startup programs to identify any which might (perhaps) be dangerous

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Windows 10 October 2018 Update (build 1809)

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This is the latest version of Windows October 2018 Update. it's a media creation tool that can be used to upgrade an existing installation of Windows or create installation media for another PC. Just make your choice after launching the tool and it'll do the rest.

What was new in Windows 10, when it was released? The OS brought back the Start Menu, though with a Windows 8 twist: live tiles keep you up-to-date with the latest news while also providing an easy way to launch apps. (Don't worry if you prefer the Start Screen, it's still there and you can boot into it if you prefer.)

Apps now work much more like regular desktop programs. They have minimise, maximise, restore and close buttons, and can be resized (to a degree) and organised however you like.

If you've still lost track of a program in the mass of open windows, a new Task Spaces feature can help. Click its taskbar button and you'll see thumbnails for everything running now, a little like OS X's Mission Control - just click something to switch to it.

Better still, Task Spaces also supports virtual desktops. Add extra desktops as required and it'll display thumbnails of each one, making it easy to identify whatever you're after and switch to it.

There's also smarter snapping, new customisation options, and even a bunch of experimental additions to the command prompt.

Fall Creators Update brings a whole host of new features for Windows 10. See the Microsoft Blog for more information.

The Windows 10 ISO here will give you build 1809 which is the October 2018 Update.

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