Microsoft began using VirusTotal in its popular utility Process Explorer last year. VirusTotal is now also integrated with Autoruns in version 13.0. Autoruns is a power-user’s favorite tool for displaying items that are configured to run during the start-up of the Windows. With Autoruns, you can monitor and control start-up items much easier than using Windows Task Manager. With the addition of VirusTotal, Autoruns is now more powerful than ever.

Use Autoruns To Scan Startup Programs

Once you download Autoruns, all you have to do is launch the autoruns.exe file to launch the application. There is nothing to install.  You will immediately see a list of programs that load when you boot up your computer. You will see the program name, description of the program, publisher name and the path where the program resides.

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To scan a suspicious program, simply right-click it and select Check VirusTotal. You will initially be taken to a Virustotal page where you need to accept their Terms of Service, but you will never see that page again once it closes.

You can also activate the scan option for all entries. To do this, go to Options>Scan Options and then select Check VirusTotal.com and Submit Unknown Images. This will give the scan result for all entries.

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Once you scan a file, the results will appear in the far-right column of Autoruns under Virus Total. In the example above, zero out of fifty-seven sources claim the program we scanned was malware. If you click that link, you are taken to the VirusTotal website.

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Here you’ll see a list of the sources that claim this program is either safe or not to be trusted. There are also other tabs that give you more details about the program including registered user votes that can give the program a thumbs-up or thumbs-down based on security risks.

Overall, VirusTotal is a great addition to AutoRuns and gives you the ability to detect and remove shady programs that may have crept onto your computer.