#5 AutorunsYou know how malware likes to invade the startup folder and other locations on infected systems? Seems that these are the hardest things to find and get rid of when trying to clean up spyware/malware/ infections. Autoruns can help with that. It looks through all possible locations where applications can be listed to automatically start when Windows starts and displays them to you in a tabbed, easy-to-follow GUI. You can hide Microsoft-signed entries to eliminate the good items from the list of things that start up on your system.
Derek Schauland has been tinkering with Windows systems since 1997. He has supported Windows NT 4, worked phone support for an ISP, and is currently the IT Manager for a manufacturing company in Wisconsin.