One of my favorite programs on Windows is Anvir Task Manager. While it does many things, I find its most useful features to be:
- its disk and resource monitoring
- more practical replacement for Windows Task Manager
- the recently used folders button that appears in open/save dialogs
The Pro version, aside from monitoring and notifying, has a full startup/autorun program manager including the ability to delay starts.
You can also “Auto-block” startup programs that continually add themselves to the startup list even though you blocked them the first time. If you suspect the presence of malware on your system, a handy feature is the ability to generate a “HiJack This” log that can be posted on various sites for expert analysis.
I recommend that you give it a try. A free download is available from here.