Startup Applications List

Unfortunately, due to a change in my circumstances, the startup programs database here at will no longer be updated and the off-line downloads are no longer available. The version at Pacman's Portal will, however, continue to be updated and it's recommended that you refer to that site for more up to date information. The reason for this change in policy cannot be disclosed at this time but I hope you have enjoyed using the database here and thank you for your support and kind comments over the years.

Paul Collins

If you're frustrated with the time it takes your Windows 7/Vista/XP PC to boot and then it seems to be running slowly you may have too many programs running at start-up - and you have come to the right place to identify them. This is the original startup programs (as opposed to processes/tasks) list - one of the most accurate and comprehensive. Services are not included - see below. The database is mirrored in a slightly different format at Pacman's Portal.

"Name or Startup Item" in the table below refers to how an entry is displayed in MSConfig, Windows Defender or the registry "Run" keys. "Command or Data" refers to the program the entry runs. For further information on this and how to identify and disable startup programs you may want to also visit this page.

For further information on random startup entries please visit the Startups Info page.

Last update :- 29th July, 2011
24133 items listed

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Name or Startup ItemStatusCommand or DataDescriptionTested?
ABBYY Screenshot Reader BonusNBonus.ScreenshotReader.exeBonus version of the ABBYY Screenshot Reader utility available to users with registered versions of ABBYY FineReader and ABBYY PDF Transformer. ABBYY Screenshot Reader allows you to 'Create your own "snapshots" of images and texts from opened documents, file menus, Web pages, presentations, or PDF files with just several clicks'No
ABBYY Screenshot Reader RetailNBonus.ScreenshotReader.exeABBYY Screenshot Reader allows you to 'Create your own "snapshots" of images and texts from opened documents, file menus, Web pages, presentations, or PDF files with just several clicks'No
acdllib3Xbcdlmem.exeAdded by the MAILBOT-BA TROJAN!No
ActivSurfNbackweb*****.exePackard Bell ActivSurf - automatically detects an internet connection and downloads any available updatesNo
Ad BlockerUblocker.exeAd Blocker - blocks popups, and also removes banners, image ads and flash adsNo
Adobe Bridge CS5NBridge.exeAdobe Bridge - part of Adobe CS5 products which "lets you organize, browse, and locate the assets you use to create content for print, the web, DVD, video, and mobile devices. Adobe Bridge keeps native Adobe files (such as PSD and PDF) as well as non-Adobe files available for easy access"Yes
AntiVituSXBase.exeAdded by the BAS.A WORM!No
ASDPLUGINXbelgium_nm.exeAsdPlug premium rate adult content dialerNo
ATI Video Driver ControlXbtorrent.exeAdded by a variant of the IRCBOT TROJAN!No
ATI Video Driver ControlXbtorrent.exeAdded by the RBOT.BLL BACKDOOR!No
B'sCLiPNBSCLIP.exeCD recording utility that comes with a lot of CDR/CDRW drives and isn't requiredNo
b.exeXb.exeAdded by the SDBOT.BND WORM!No
b3dXBDEsecureinstall.exeB3d Projector foistware - periodically trys to access the internet. (1) Uninstall it via Start -> Settings -> Control Panel -> Add/Remove Programs. (2) Remove the BDEsecureinstall.exe if still present in the "System" directory. (3) Disable and ideally delete it from the registry. (4) Remove the "BDE" directory and all its contentsNo
b4aOTBUb4aOTB.exeSupports the "one-touch" backup button on external hard drives for versions of Backup4all that support this feature. "Some USB enclosures have a button to start the execution of an associated program. If you have such a device, you can configure Backup4all to execute a backup job or a backup group when this button is pressed (works only with certain USB enclosures)"Yes
Babylon ClientNBabylon.exeCore program for the Babylon translation and dictionary toolNo
Babylon TranslatorNBabylon.exePart of an older version of the Babylon translation and dictionary toolNo
BabylonToolbarNBabylonToolbarsrv.exeToolbar installed with the Babylon translation and dictionary toolNo
Back2zipUBack2zip.exeBack2zip is a simple and elegant backup solution which uses the industry's most powerful ZIP and ZIP-64 technologies to constantly monitor your documents and make sure that they are always properly backed upNo
BackgroundSwitcherUbgswitch.exeOriginally included with Microsoft's XP PowerToys (but now withdrawn - see here, Background Switcher allows your desktop background to periodically changeNo
BackgroundSwitcherUBackgroundSwitcher.exeJohn's Background Switcher (or JBS for short) periodically changes the background image on your computer (like every hour or every day) to something interestingNo
Backpack UDFNbpudfmon.exeBackpack UDF packet writing software for Microssolutions' Back Pack external CD-RW drive. Similar to DirectCD. Run manually before insert an appropriately formatted CD-RW diskNo
Backup ServiceXbackup.svcUnidentified adwareNo
Backup4allUBackup4all.exeBackup4all by Softland SRL - "is a backup program for Windows that protects your data from partial or total loss. It automates the backup process saving you time, compresses the data to save storage space (using standard zip format) and encrypts your backup to protect from unauthorized usage"Yes
BackupExecSchedulerUbesch.exeVeritas "Back Up My PC" softwareNo
BackupManagerTray?BackupManagerTray.exeAcer Backup Manager, Packard Bell MyBackup and Gateway MyBackup - OEM backup software by NewTech Infosystems, Inc, makers of NTI Backup Now EZ and NTI Backup NowNo
BackupNotifyNbackupnotify.exeSystem Tray "balloon" backup reminder for HP Image Zone PlusNo
BackWebNbackweb.exeAutomatically detects an internet connection and downloads any available updates. Typical on Compaq and HP PC's but not restricted to those OEM's. Resource hog and often causes malfunctions. Available via Start -> ProgramsNo
BackworkNBackwork.exeBackwork trojan detectorNo
BACPI10Ubacpi10a.exeKnown as "PowerKey" - a minimalist keyboard driver that allows power management keys on BTC keyboards to function properly in older OS's (i.e. Win9x/NT4). Also adds an icon to the system trayNo
BacsTrayNBacsTray.exeBroadcom Advanced Control Suite - for modems and set top boxes based upon Broadcom chipsets. Not required unless you have networking problemsNo
Baigoo.exeUBaigoo.exeBaigoo surveillance software. Uninstall this software unless you put it there yourselfNo
bandmonUbandmon.exeRokario Bandwidth MonitorNo
Bandwidth Monitor ProUBandwidth Monitor Pro.exeBandwidth Monitor Pro - utililty to track your current download/upload limit that may be set by your ISP No
Banpopup by PratikUBanpopup.exeBanpopup - popup killerNo
bantoolXbantool.exeMalware installed by different rogue security software including SpyKillerProNo
bargainsXbargains.exeBargainBuddy adwareNo
bargainsXbargainbuddy.exeBargainBuddy adwareNo
BarThemeXbartent32.exeAdded by the AGOBOT-UG WORM!No
bascstrayNBascsTray.exeBroadcom Advanced Control Suite - for modems and set top boxes based upon Broadcom chipsets. Not required unless you have networking problemsNo
BatSrvXbatserv2.exeDetected by Kaspersky as the LOCKSY.M WORM!No
Battery ScopeUbatmgr.exeMonitors battery levels on a notebook/laptop PCNo
BatteryBarUbatterybar.exeBatteryBar - displays battery usage, and the current percentage of battery power leftNo
batterymiserYbatterymiser.exeBattery Miser power management utility for LG NotebooksNo
BatteryMiser 5YBatteryMiser5.exeBattery Miser 5 power management utility for LG NotebooksNo
BatzBackXBatzBack.scrAdded by the BACKZAT WORM!No
BAUSBUBAUSB.exeBoston Acoustics Audio, USB driverNo
bawindoXbawindo.exeAdded by the BEAGLE.AR or BEAGLE.AU WORMS!No
BayswapUbayswap.exeHot-swappable drive management on Compaq Notebooks which allows you to swap drives without closing down Windows. Only required if you frequently swap bay devicesNo
Bb-SegXBbSeg.exeAdded by the AGENT-JVW TROJAN!No
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Notes & Warnings


DISCLAIMER: It is assumed that users are familiar with the operating system they are using and comfortable with making the suggested changes. We will not be held responsible if changes you make cause a system failure.

WARNING: This is NOT a database of tasks/processes taken from Task Manager or the Close Program window (CTRL+ALT+DEL) but a database of startup applications, although you will find some of them listed via this method. Pressing CTRL+ALT+DEL identifies programs that are currently running - not necessarily at startup. For a list of tasks/processes you should try the Process Library from Uniblue, the list at PC Pitstop or one of the many others now available. Therefore, before ending a task/process via CTRL+ALT+DEL just because it has an "X" recommendation, please check whether it's in MSConfig or the registry first. An example would be "svchost.exe" - which doesn't appear in either under normal conditions but does via CTRL+ALT+DEL. If in doubt, don't do anything.

To avoid the database becoming too large, all virus entries are only shown using the registry version which is common to all Windows versions. Otherwise there would be multiple entries for popular filenames that viruses often use - such as "svchost" above for example. Multiple viruses can also use the same startup entries, in this case only those with significant differences (such as file location) are repeated in this database.

NOTE: There are a number of virus and malware entries listed in this database where specific removal instructions haven't been given. If this is the case then you could try ComboFix, a program written by sUBs that can remove many different types of Trojans and Worms. See here for a tutorial on how to use the program

IMPORTANT: A number of entries are repeated due to the way that different operating systems display startup items. For example, WinMe lists "POPROXY.EXE" as "Norton eMail Protect" in both MSCONFIG and the registry whereas WinXP lists it as "Poproxy" in MSCONFIG and "Norton eMail Protect" in the registry.

SERVICES: "Services" from the NT/2K/XP/Vista/7 operating systems are not included. I fully understand that some programs with these OS's use "Services" as an alternative to load their component parts at startup but these are handled in a different way. We recommend you try BlackViper for information on services for the relevant operating systems.


If you're looking for a startup manager then why not try Spybot - Search & Destroy (by Safer Networking Ltd) as the startup programs section (select the Advanced mode) includes descriptions from this database. You might also want to try their RunAlyzer and FileAlyzer tools.

As there are more than 10,000 entries in this database related to viruses, trojans, worms and other malware we recommend you use a quality internet security package. Which ever you choose, keep it updated.

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Presentation, format & comments Copyright 2001 - 2011 Pacman's Portal
Portions Copyright Peter Forrest, Denny Denham, Sylvain Prevost, Tony Klein, CastleCops & Bleeping Computer
Database creation and support by Patrick Kolla
Software support by John Mayer
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