Support for Windows® Defender Startup Programs

How can you control startup programs with Windows® Defender?

Windows® Defender is a free antispyware program made by Microsoft®. It helps in protecting your computer against pop-ups and security threats. The software application deals in the detection and removal of spyware from your PC. It assists in minimizing interruptions and enhancing productive levels. Windows® Defender infiltrates your computer and allows you to schedule scanning.

Following article discusses about ways in which you can control startup applications:

  • What is a Startup Program?

  • Controlling through Windows® Defender

  • Getting rid of malicious programs

What is a Startup Program?

A startup program is a software application that automatically gets loaded into the memory of computer system. When the computer is turned on the startup programs start running along with it. These programs are necessary for the smooth operation of your computer or could be automatic update applications for third-party programs. Almost all applications that you install using default installation options automatically start up when your Windows® begins. If the number of these applications keeps increasing, you can end up with a situation where your computer would slow down.

Controlling through Windows® Defender

Fortunately, Windows® Defender allows you a great deal of control over startup programs in your computer system. Window® Defender lets you view the complete list of programs that are set to run when Windows® starts. Hence, you can disable unknown entries if desired. You can also permanently remove these unwanted entries. Windows® Defender automatically goes through each and every startup program registered on your computer and tries to verify its legitimacy against a comprehensive list of known and trusted programs. Once done, it provides you with simple options to remove an entry from your startup program list.

Getting rid of malicious programs

The more startup programs you remove or disable, the quicker would be the booting time of your computer. It also helps in getting rid of adware and malware that might start hampering your system the moment you log onto Windows®. You need to be careful while disabling or removing any startup applications. In case if you remove any important startup application that helps in the smooth functioning of PC, your system might crash.

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