I just came across this really cool tool called AutoRuns from Microsoft’s Sysinternals team, and this is definitely one of the best tools they’ve got. I’ve been looking for something like this for years. Although there have always been process explorers and tools like msconfig, this takes it to a whole new level and gives you everything from services to shell extensions to browser hooks and plugins all in one interface. The best thing about it is the integration with Process Explorer, which allows you to get in depth information about the process if it is running such as memory usage, TCP/IP usage, threads, and so on. Now I finally have an easy way to see exactly what’s being started up and get rid of those pesky performance sucking apps! Are you using any tools from Sysinternals or do you have any good OS-level performance tools you’d like to share?