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I'm running XP professional with SP3. I was wondering if there are any free apps or programs that can lock my start-up programs. Like if a program tries to add a start-up item, it will notify me and let me choose if I want it to run or not.

It would be great it has the function that if I choose to block a program, it will never ask about it again. (Some programs try to add stuff every time I run it)

Thank you very much.

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You may want to look at Spybot Search and destroy. It has an add-on called Tea-Timer which pops up with warnings whenever a system change is made.

Also, for any items that are already set, I advise you look at Microsoft / Sysinternals Autoruns.

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WinPatrol takes a snapshot of your critical system resources and alerts you to any changes that may occur without your knowledge.

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Link-> – ukanth Nov 23 '09 at 7:50