(Prevent start up programs loading.) This page was updated 10th April 2021.

How to prevent start up programs on your Computer - Clean my PC Free.

Prevent start up programs from loading to speed up a computer.

When you first turn your computer on, the system will boot up. Once the initial boot-up has completed, the system then loads windows. Windows then proceeds turn load up all of the system files that are needed to run your machine. All this loading of system files can take some time. When you install some software onto a Windows machine, the software such as your anti-virus program and your V.P.N. if you have it installed will generally set itself up to run on windows startup

These also take some time to load up, slowing the startup procedure by several seconds or minutes if you have a lot of startup applications. Windows has an option to prevent certain software from starting when Windows boots. Wisecare however, makes the task of preventing startup applications from running from boot much easier. You will need to start up Wisecare and click the link System Tuneup.

Next, we need to run the Startup manager. Do this by clicking the link on the left.

Wisecare will now load all the startup applications running on your PC. At the top of the screen, you will see four options, Speedup, Startup, Services and Records. Both Speedup and Records are the Pro version only. If you decide to purchase the software, these will be two more options you can set to speed up the system. For now, click on the Startup link.

Again, Wisecare will show you the applications that are set to run on Windows startup.

Wisecare then shows you the time it takes for each application to load. This is your opportunity to prevent these applications from running on startup. Different peoples computers will have different items on their list. My system shows NVNatteryBoostCheckOnLogon as green for yes do load this on startup and this will take 3.30 seconds to load up.

My system is a desktop PC, if it was a laptop I would probably leave this set to on. My PC does not require checking on the status of the battery so I will save 3.30 seconds boot up time. Uncheck this option.

There is no save option as Wisecare will automatically turn this off when you move on. I use Surfshark VPN on my system. I get annoyed when my system boots up and Surfshark is right in my face. Not only is it annoying but, takes time to load. I will uncheck this option too. It will save me a 0.10 second saving of my boot time, maybe not a lot but, every little counts. When I do need to use Surfshark, I can run it from the desktop.


You will have to decide which applications you want to prevent from running on startup. Just be aware that your anti-virus and firewall needs to be checked along with your graphics card and sound devices.

Click the Services tab, this allows even more options to speed up the PC but, at this point, I would not recommend you change any of these because most of the items listed are system files required for the correct functioning of your machine.

That’s it for this section, now it's time to delete any unwanted applications that you don’t use so, move on to the next section.