How to Disable or Delete Startup Programs in Windows Using CCleaner

Download CCleaner for your PC or Mac – Updated

CCleaner has both a free and professional version for Windows or Mac. The steps I’m going to outline however are all taken from the free Windows version which works just fine. If however you’re looking for some additional features, the Pro version includes the following added benefits over the free version:

  • Real-time Monitoring
  • Scheduled Cleaning
  • Automatic Updates
  • Premium Support

Use CCleaner to Disable Startup Programs for Windows

Step 1 – Launch CCleaner and Click Tools > Startup > Windows Tab



Step 2 – Click the App(s) you want to disable and Click Disable.

Note: If you don’t recognize an app, use the Publisher and File path to help identify it. This is a great feature by CCleaner that helps identify all the apps in the startup list.


In most cases, you should be able to disable most apps without causing any issues to your system. That said, be sure to reboot after you disable a few apps. If your apps are not working correctly, repeat the steps above and re-enable the app. Do be cautious however if you delete an app from the startup. If you delete an entry, there is no undo button, and it can be a real pain if the program doesn’t have the option to add itself back.

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