As a companion piece to the previous software recommendation, Starter, we bring you StartupMonitor.
Mike Lin, the software author, probably does the best job of explaining the usefullness of this indispensable little application, so it’s over to him…
StartupMonitor is a small utility that runs transparently (it doesn’t even use a tray icon) and notifies you when any program registers itself to run at system startup. It prevents annoying programs from registering themselves behind your back.
StartupMonitor does not require Startup Control Panel, but it complements it nicely. When you choose not to allow a program to register itself, the program’s entry becomes disabled in Startup Control Panel, so you can go back and enable it later if necessary. StartupMonitor watches the Start Menu’s Startup folders and the Run entries in the registry.
StartupMonitor works on all modern versions of Windows through XP. I haven’t tried it on Windows Vista yet.
→ StartupMonitor can be found here.