Startup Applications List

Unfortunately, due to a change in my circumstances, the startup programs database here at Sysinfo.org 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?
MSysDrvXmsdrv.exeAdded by the VB.WF TROJAN!No
ms[random numbers]X[path to file]WinBo adwareNo
ms_anti_spywareXmwfirewall.exeAdded by the GAMQOWI TROJAN!No
ms_anti_spywarebxpXmwfirebpx.exeAdded by the SURILA-D TROJAN!No
ms_anti_spywarebxpXmwfibpx.exeAdded by the SURILA-J TROJAN!No
MS_LARISSAXMS_LARISSA.exeAdded by the ASSIRAL WORM!No
MS_NETD_WIN32Xnetd32.EXEAdded by the RANDEX.F WORM!No
MS_SETUP.EXEXMS_SETUP.EXEAdded by the CHARGE TROJAN!No
MS_Update CheckXwdfmgr.exeAdded by the AGOBOT-TB WORM!No
MS_update_0704_KB74073.exeXMS_update_0704_KB74073.exeAdded by a variant of the UPDATEKB TROJAN!No
MtdAcqNMtdAcq.exeCreative MediaSource "Media Sniffer" - monitors the drive for new media files then automatically adds them to the media libraryNo
MtdAcqu?MtdAcqu.exeMetadata monitor part of Creative MediaSource™ player/organizer - which "enables you to manage your entire digital music collection on both your computer and your Creative portable music player effortlessly." Collects information on the songs. Is it required?No
Mtr2Xmtr2.exeAdded by the KRYPTONIC GHOST TROJAN!No
MTRVEHNTXMTRVEHNT.exeAdded by the PWS-BQO TROJAN!No
MUALUmual.exeMillesky video mail updater and launcherNo
muamgrNmuamgr.exeUsing MicroAngelo On Display, you can easily select the icon images that you prefer rather than the default icons displayed by Windows. On Display provides a consistent and elegant method to customize the icon display for almost every icon on your systemNo
muBlinderXmuBlinder.exeProgram that bypasses Microsoft Update's Genuine Windows ValidationNo
Mufix?mufix.exePart of INFOConnect, web-based, enterprise client configuration, management, and deployment software, as used by ABSS (a financial management system used by the US military which will allow purchase request packages to be electronically submitted to contracting, and which also facilitates electronic receipt of items and EFT) - what does it do and is it requiredNo
MUI StartMenu Application?MUIStartMenu.exePart of various video and audio utilities from CyberLink - including (but not limited to) LabelPrint, Power2Go, DVD Suite, PowerProducer and PowerDirector. The exact purpose of this entry is unknown at present but it unloads from memory once run. The command line varies depending upon the productYes
mule_st_keyXflec006.exeAdded by the BAGLE.AV TROJAN!No
Multi-function keyboardUGWHotkey.exeSoftware that sets up the Gateway AnyKey keyboard shortcuts (a series of buttons that allow one-click access to e-mail, browser, volume and CD/DVD controls, etc)No
MultiCAM InitializerUMCamBoot.exeThe MultiCAM Initializer is part of the MultiCAM software package provided by Vista Imaging in order to run up to 10 USB ViCAM or 3Com Home Connect PC Digital cameras on a single computer. Clears itself from memory once initialized but can also be safely disabledNo
MultimediaXwindebug.exeAdded by the VB-ERB WORM!No
Multimedia CodecsXmcc.exeAdded by the DLOADER-MB TROJAN!No
Multimedia extensionsXmservice.exeEasySearch adwareNo
Multimedia extensionsX[path to trojan]Added by the SMUTSRCH-A TROJAN!No
Multimedia extensionsXmservice1.exeAdded by the DLOADR-AWD TROJAN!No
Multimedia KBDUMMKeybd.exeMultimedia keyboard manager. Required if you use the additional keysNo
MULTIMEDIA KEYBOARDUMMKeybd.exeMultimedia keyboard manager. Required if you use the additional keysNo
MULTIMEDIA KEYBOARD88Xsmss.exeAdded by the SILLYFDC WORM! Note - this is not the legitimate smss.exe process which should not normally figure in Msconfig/Startup!No
MultiplicityYmultipl.exeMultiplicity from Stardock Corporation - "a new program that lets you control multiple computers with a single keyboard and mouse"No
multiranXmultiran.exeAdded by the COSIAM-E TROJAN!No
MultiResUMultiRes.exeMultiRes - system tray utility allowing quick access to changing desktop resolutions and has the ability to lock the screen refresh rate in WinNT/2K/XPNo
mumserviceNmumservice.exeSoftware updater for Motorola productsNo
MUPS?MUPS.exePart of Belkin Bulldog Plus UPS management software. Exact purpose unknown at presentYes
MUPS.exe?MUPS.exePart of Belkin Bulldog Plus UPS management software. Exact purpose unknown at presentYes
murphy shieldYlmgui.exeFirewall part of BitDefender virus scanner/firewallNo
musicXmusic.exeAdded by the AUTORUN-BP WORM!No
Music01 ServerNMusic01 Server.exeJ River Media JukeboxNo
MusIRC (irc.music.com) clientXmusirc4.71.exeAdded by the RANDEX.Q WORM!No
MustafxXmustafx.exeAdded by a variant of the VIRANTIX.B TROJAN!No
Mustek MDC 3000?Mounter.exeRelated to software for the Mustek MDC 3000 digital camera - what does it do and is it required?No
MutexServiceExNSys32Smm.exeWebroot software's discontinued "Privacy Master"No
mv2Xcrasos.exeAdded by the DROPPS-A TROJAN!No
MVRescueUmvrescueRelated to Multivision Computers back up/restore program. Multivision Computers ceased operating in 2004 No
MVS SplashNSplash.exeSplash screen for the now obsolete McAfee Managed VirusScan anti-virus and anti-spyware security tool for small businessesNo
mvsyswinaXacsysiom.exeAdded by a variant of the SDBOT WORM!No
MW1HelperStartUpUMw1helper.exeScreenScenes "Magic Waterfall" screensaver. The freeware version comes with GAIN branded ads (pop-ups and others). ScreenScenes do however offer you the option of doing away with the ads by purchasing the screensaver for a whopping $30. Please note that Claria Corporation no longer support GAIN-Supported software - see hereNo
MW1HelperStartUpUMW1HEL~1.EXEScreenScenes "Magic Waterfall" screensaver. The freeware version comes with GAIN branded ads (pop-ups and others). ScreenScenes do however offer you the option of doing away with the ads by purchasing the screensaver for a whopping $30. Please note that Claria Corporation no longer support GAIN-Supported software - see hereNo
mwavscanUmwavscan.comMicroWorld Anti Virus Toolkit is a free anti-virus scanner that runs on-demand. You can choose to scan your entire system, including memory, services, starup items and registry, or only scan files in a specified folder or driveNo
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Notes & Warnings

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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.

RECOMMENDATIONS:

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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Copyright

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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