Evading Autoruns, or: don’t rely solely on Autoruns for security-Ghacks.net Autoruns is a popular program for Windows to analyze all the different files, programs, and other items that run on system startup. "It is probably the most used tool for that purpose, and includes lots of nice to have features such as scanning files on Virustotal, hiding Microsoft entries, or management of autorun files to disable or delete items directly from within the program." "One of the issues that arises in Autoruns is that many users have configured the program to hide Microsoft entries as they are considered save by many. The problem is that hiding Microsoft entries may hide these command constructs. As far as things are concerned that you may do to make it more difficult for attackers to hide something, the following is helpful: Don't hide Microsoft and Windows entries in Autoruns. You find the option under Options > Hide Microsoft Entries and Options > Hide Windows entries. This displays more data, but it is important to see it from a security point of view. Enable the "verify code signatures" and "check virustotal.com" options in Options > Scan Options. Review any cmd.exe, pcalua, or SyncAppvPublishingService entries. Go through all entries and look for nested commands (may be easier to use the command line options to enumerate all and use find operations to go through the listing).