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?
\tools.exeXtools.exeFastFind adware variantNo
(Default)Xtwunk_32.exeAdded by the BLACKMAL.C WORM! Note - this malware actually changes the value data of the "(Default)" key in HKLM\Run in order to force Windows to launch it at boot. The name field in MSConfig may be blankNo
00TCrdMainYTCrdMain.exeRelated to the flash card slot on a Toshiba laptop. Ending this process will disable access to the flash cardsNo
1A:MacVisionTrayMonitorUTrayMonitor.exePart of MacVision by Jeff Bargmann - an discontinued program that makes your PC's desktop look and feel incredibly like that of a Macintosh OS8 computer. Handler that puts the icons that are in your system tray into the MacVision taskbar, beside the clockNo
1A:Stardock TrayMonitorYTrayServer.exeFor monitoring tray icons - if disabled icons will not be displayed in ObjectBar or DesktopXNo
32-bit Thunking serviceXthunk32.exeAdded by the DERDERO.A WORM!No
AAATraySaverNTraySaver.exeSystem Tray management utility from Mike Lin which allows you to hide, show, restore icons that are lost in an Explorer crash, remove dead tray icons, minimize any window to the System TrayNo
Acronis True ImageUTimounterMonitor.exePart of Acronis True Image backup software. Monitor for the backup archive explorer for moving and viewing files within an archiveNo
Acronis True Image MonitorNTrueImageMonitor.exePart of Acronis True Image - backup software. Can be disabled without affecting TrueImageNo
Acronis TrueImage MonitorNTrueImageMonitor.exePart of Acronis True Image - backup software. Can be disabled without affecting TrueImageNo
Acronis*True*Image MonitorNTrueImageMonitor.exePart of Acronis True Image - backup software. Can be disabled without affecting TrueImageNo
AcronisTimounterMonitorUTimounterMonitor.exePart of Acronis True Image backup software. Monitor for the backup archive explorer for moving and viewing files within an archiveNo
AcronisTrueImage MonitorNTrueImageMonitor.exePart of Acronis True Image - backup software. Can be disabled without affecting TrueImageNo
AdslTaskBarsXtaskmng.exeAdded by the RBOT-AXZ WORM!No
AdwareKiller_trayXtray.exeEAdwareKiller rogue spyware remover - not recommendedNo
AGEIA PhysX SysTrayNTrayIcon.exeSystem Tray access to display properties for AGEIA PhysX graphics cards. Unless you change your desktop resolution, etc, regularily use Control Panel -> Display Properties or right-click on the desktopNo
AicaXtuaa.exePurityScan adwareNo
AidaXttuh.exePurityScan adwareNo
aldefr ere serviceXtay0x.exeAdded by the RBOT-XS WORM!No
AlienAutopsyNTest_BS.exeAlienware computer technical support softwareNo
All Sea screen saverXTaskTray.exeFree screensaver, installs lots of foistware - remove itNo
Anti Trojan EliteYTJEnder.exeAnti Trojan Elite (ATE) anti-malware toolNo
ASDPLUGINXturkey.exeAsdPlug premium rate adult content dialerNo
ASDPLUGINXtemp532.exeAsdPlug premium rate adult content dialerNo
ATI Technology StartupXtechstart.exeAdded by the RBOT-AEU WORM!No
Atomic Time SynchronizerUTimeSync.exeTimeSync - lets you synchronize your computer's clock with any internet atomic clockNo
Auto SwitchUTASKBAR.exeRelated to 2-port Bitronics AutoSwitch kit from BelkinNo
Auto WinUpdateXtaskmrg.exeAdded by the RBOT-AFA WORM!No
avastXtroyan.exeAdded by the SMALL.CZ TROJAN!No
AXIS Print System TrayIconUTrayIcon.exeSystem Tray access to AXIS Print System from AXIS Communications - "adds printer discovery, printer driver installation printing on Windows platforms. Printing is enabled by AXIS Print Monitor, which is one of the components. Another component in AXIS Print System is AXIS IP Installer." Now discontinuedNo
Banyak_KerjaanXTukang.exeAdded by the SILLYFDC.BDM WORM!No
Bayswap2UTbUpdate.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
BJPD HID ControlUTVMon.exeRelated to Canon Photo viewerNo
blah serviceXtazkmgr.exeAdded by the RBOT.UA WORM!No
BONZI Task SwitcherXTaskswitch.exeAdded by the SPYBOT.DTR WORM!No
BrctXtrdb.exeDetected by Kaspersky as the PURITYSCAN.Y TROJAN!No
CacheBoostUtrayicon.exeCacheBoost "optimizes the System Cache-Management of Windows XP/2000/NT and Windows .Net Servers, resulting in a performance boost"No
Camera Assistant SoftwareUtraybar.exeCamera Assistant Software utility for Toshiba laptops - allows you to take pictures with and control the integrated WebCamNo
candynetXTaskmsg.exeAdded by the RBOT-NA WORM!No
CentralProcessorXtaskimgr.exeAdded by the BANCOS.J TROJAN!No
cftmon32Xtaskmgr*.exe [* = number]Added by the SOWSAT.C and SOWSAT.J WORMS!No
CheckItUToolBox.exeCheckIt Toolbox from WinCheckIt Diagnostic Software. Toolbox automatically backs up critical system files (such as .ini files and the Windows Registry), and performs a check on various system parameters at intervals you specifyNo
Clik Status MonitorNtoolsclickstat.exePart of Iomega Tools to let you know whether an Iomega PocketZip (nee Clik) removable drive cartridge is installedNo
ComcastSUPPORTNtgkill.exeComcast struck a deal with Tioga to provide an "enhanced" support and self-repairing tool. This "beta" release was made available to download by mistake and should be removed via Start → Control Panel → Add/Remove ProgramsNo
Common FilesXtwain.exeAdded by the AGENT.BEA TROJAN!No
ComPlus ApplicationsXtwain.exeAdded by the AGENT.AQO TROJAN!No
ComponentTRIEDITXtriedittriedit.exeAdded by the TRITE-A WORM!No
ComStartXTrojan Guarder.exeTrojanGuarder rogue security software - not recommendedNo
ConfigXTaskUpdate.exeAdded by the MDROP-BRO TROJAN!No
ControlPanelXtwink64.exe internat.dll,LoadKeyboardProfileAdded by the DLOADER-BW TROJAN. Note - the "twink64.exe" file is found in %System%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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Database creation and support by Patrick Kolla
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