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  • *** FAQ: Common Autoruns Issues ***

    Though this FAQ has been started a while ago, the list is far from being complete. New threads will be added.

    1. Where can I download the latest Autoruns version?

      Please visit the Autoruns webpage.
      The download links are at the bottom of the page.

    2. Where can I download previous Autoruns versions?

      Sorry, at the time of writing Sysinternals do not offer an archive of old programme versions.
      Just follow this procedure before downloading a new version:
      E.g. your current version is v8.43 and you are about to download v8.50. Backup your current download file as before downloading the new

    3. How do I install Autoruns?

      Please read D/L and Launching Autoruns Problem.

    4. How do I UNINSTALL Autoruns?

      Please read How to uninstall Autoruns???.

    5. How can I create an Autoruns logfile and post it in the forum?

      If you use the GUI programme, i.e. Autoruns.exe, please read this post.
      If you prefer to use a simple commandline, i.e. AutorunsC.exe, then please read this post.

    6. Why does the Autoruns help not work?

      Please read autoruns help displays file not found.

    7. Is there a command line version of Autoruns?

      Please read Autoruns in CMD version....

    8. My Autoruns hangs on startup or shortly after startup

      If you are using ZoneAlarm, please read Autoruns 8.41 hang fixed!.

    9. Autoruns hangs while scanning

      If you are using ZoneAlarm, please read Autoruns hangs while scanning.

    10. Autoruns crashes

      If you are experiencing Autoruns crashes and are using an AMD Athlon, please read Autoruns crashes.
      Also cf. this thread, user bottom's report starting in the middle of thread page 1,
      Some Athlon users reported problems, but it is still unsure whether Athlon and Autoruns go together well or not.
      Therefore, no workaround or solution reported so far.

    11. Autoruns: Services & Drivers tabs empty

      Your services and drivers tabs in autoruns are empty? Not even default Windows services show up!? You have got .NET Data Provider for SqlServer installed? Then watch out for a WiseOldDuck in this thread, please: Services & Drivers tabs empty.

    12. Autoruns: System32 Drivers Not Found

      Starting with Autoruns v8.72 (and above) you may notice that the "Drivers" tab will hold a number of driver entries which point to the "%windir%\system32\drivers" folder, but state "File not found".
      This need not indicate a problem on your machine as long as you see these 9 driver files listed:
      File not found: C:\WINDOWS\System32\Drivers\Changer.sys
      File not found: C:\WINDOWS\System32\Drivers\i2omgmt.sys
      File not found: C:\WINDOWS\System32\Drivers\lbrtfdc.sys
      File not found: C:\WINDOWS\System32\Drivers\PCIDump.sys
      File not found: C:\WINDOWS\System32\Drivers\PDCOMP.sys
      File not found: C:\WINDOWS\System32\Drivers\PDFRAME.sys
      File not found: C:\WINDOWS\System32\Drivers\PDRELI.sys
      File not found: C:\WINDOWS\System32\Drivers\PDRFRAME.sys
      File not found: C:\WINDOWS\System32\Drivers\WDICA.sys

      So before panicking, please, follow this thread: System 32 Drivers Not Found.

    13. Autoruns: What to uncheck and what not?

      You want a concise, simple answer? Please read What to uncheck and what not..

    14. Autoruns: "USERINIT" deleted, how to recover?

      So you did not listen to an old man's advice (cf. item above) and unticked or removed the HKLM\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows NT\CurrentVersion\Winlogon\Userinit key?
      Here are 5 links to threads/articles which will hopefully help you recover your system without re-installing from the scratch:
      + Help ???
      + I just unchecked Userinit... am I totally screwed?
      + Fixing disabled userinit.exe entry
      + My big mistake with Autoruns! which will lead you to the 5th link
      + My big mistake with Autoruns! which holds a detailled description on how to recover.

    15. Autoruns: Will disabled items never loaded?

      Please, find a concise answer in this thread: disabled items never loaded?

    16. Autoruns: Why does disabling Run-Keys inside Windows 2000 not work?

      On Windows 2000, you disable an autostart item under HKCU\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Run or under HKLM\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Run, but nevertheless Windows will automatically launch the disabled items. Please read these 2 threads explaining what is wrong:
      + Cannot prevent startup of Organize Quick and Easy
      + Autoruns Bug - Win2K non-disable RUN.
      Actually, you are experiencing an unexpected behaviour shown by Win2000 only, call it a bug if you like. A workaround is explained in the first of the 2 threads.

    17. Autoruns: Why do I only see 4 tabs?

      If you still use Win9x or WinME, please read Autoruns tabs.

    18. Autoruns: Why does Autoruns not show browser helper object WINBRUME.DLL?

      BHO (winbrume.dll) has got no name, so Autoruns misses it. Might be fixed in the next release (v8.52?).
      Please read winbrume.dll.

    19. Autoruns: Why does Autoruns sometimes show all of C drive contents?

      Please read AutoRuns, startups, etc..

    20. Autoruns: Is there a way to change the web search URL used by the "Search Online" feature?

      Yes, starting with Autoruns v8.71, there is. Please read
      + Configure online search
      + autoruns doesn't launch online search in Firefox
      + autoruns does not run online search in IE7
      + Autoruns Launches "Search Online" in Opera Fine

        If this FAQ and the Autoruns webpage disagree on anything assume the Autoruns webpage to be right.
    Wednesday, March 8, 2006 10:20 PM