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?
NVmaxYNVmax.exeNVmax is a old tweaking utility for NVidia graphics cards. In the startup list if the user chooses to overclock their cardNo
NVMCTRAYURunDLL32.exe NvMCTray.dll,NvTaskbarInitInstalled with display drivers for NVIDIA based graphics cards since late 2002, this entry allows the System Tray icon to be displayed - which gives access to (amongst others) the display settings (such as Antialiasing, Rotation and Colour) and the Desktop Manager (nView). If you don't change display settings very often then this is not required and settings can be changed manually via display properties. No tray icon option is available in Vista. May be required for some 3D applications to recognize your card correctly - such as the game "Everquest"Yes
NvMediaCenterURunDLL32.exe NvMCTray.dll,NvTaskbarInitInstalled with display drivers for NVIDIA based graphics cards since late 2002, this entry allows the System Tray icon to be displayed - which gives access to (amongst others) the display settings (such as Antialiasing, Rotation and Colour) and the Desktop Manager (nView). If you don't change display settings very often then this is not required and settings can be changed manually via display properties. No tray icon option is available in Vista. May be required for some 3D applications to recognize your card correctly - such as the game "Everquest"Yes
NVMixerTrayNNVMixerTray.exeSystem Tray access to audio controls from nVidia's motherboard ForceWare softwareNo
NVMonitorUNVMonitor.exeNVIDIA System Monitor - part of NVIDIA System Tools. Utility for monitoring and logging system statistics (such as temperatures, voltages, clocks and fan speeds) of NVIDIA based motherboards and graphics cardsYes
nvmsgdwnXNVMSGDWN.EXEAdded by the GRABER-D TROJAN!No
NvMsnWXIsass.exeAdded by the BROPIA.K WORM!No
nvpatchXnapatch.exeAdded by the SASSER-F WORM!No
NvPvrNetMonUNvPvrNetMon.exeNetwork monitor for the Personal Video Recorder function of the NVIDIA ForceWare Multimedia application - "makes sure you don't miss your favorite show. If you won't be home to watch the show, just use the PVR to set future recordings"No
NVQuickTweakNrundll32.exe NvQtwk.dll, NvTaskbarInitSystem Tray icon used to manage settings for nVidia based graphics cards. May be required for some 3D applications to recognize your card correctly - such as the game "Everquest". Otherwise, settings can be changed manually via Display PropertiesNo
NVRaidServiceUnvraidservice.exePart of NVIDIA® MediaShield™ Storage - NVIDIA's management utility for creating and monitoring hard disk RAID arrays for the controllers integrated on their motherboards. Includes a Disk Alert System for troubleshooting with notifications via the System Tray. Not required if you don't have a RAID array or if you created the array at the BIOS level. Some users complain that it can report false errorsYes
NvRegisterMCTrayYRUNDLL32.EXE NVMCTRAY.DLL,NvMCRegisterApp NvCpl.dllRegisters the NVIDIA Control Panel (NvCpl.dll) via the NVIDIA Media Center Library (NVMCTRAY.DLL) on the first reboot only after the installation of NVIDIA graphics drivers on Win Me/XP. Added with nVidia graphics drivers since GeForce/ION Driver - Release 186. Both files are located in %System%Yes
NvRegisterMCTrayNviewYRUNDLL32.EXE NVMCTRAY.DLL,NvMCRegisterApp nView.dllRegisters the NVIDIA Nview Desktop Manager (nView.dll) via the NVIDIA Media Center Library (NVMCTRAY.DLL) on the first reboot only after the installation of NVIDIA graphics drivers on Win Me/XP. Added with nVidia graphics drivers since GeForce/ION Driver - Release 186. Both files are located in %System%Yes
NVRotateSysTray?nvsysrot.dllRelated to NVIDIA nView Control Panel. What does it do and is it required?No
NVRTNnvrt.exeNVRefreshTool is a utility that will automatically detect the maximum refresh rate at each resolution that your monitor supportsNo
NVRTClk?NVRTClk.exeRelated to a Gigabyte video card. What does it do, and is it required?No
nvsv32.exeXnvsv32.exeAdded by the FORBOT-DI WORM!No
nvsv32.exeXcstr.exeAdded by a variant of the SDBOT WORM!No
nvsv32.exeXasr_fnt.exeAdded by the WOOTBOT.GE WORM!No
nvsv32.exeXnvsv33.exeAdded by the WOOTBOT.FP WORM!No
NvSvcNnvsvc.exeNVIDIA Driver Helper Service - installed when you change from the WDM drivers to nVidia's latest versions but not requied. Extreme shutdown delays can be encountered with this service active, but no adverse side effects with it disabled. NOTE: If using drivers other than nVidia's, such as Asus, this service may have been renamed to reflect thatNo
nvsvcXnvsvc.exeAdded by the BANKER-HQ TROJAN! Note - this is not the valid NVIDIA Driver Helper Service and is located in %System%No
NVSVCXnvsvc.exeAdded by the AGOBOT.ALX WORM! Note - this is not the valid NVIDIA Driver Helper Service and is located in %System%No
NvSvcURUNDLL32.EXE nvsvc.dll,nvsvcStartInitially installed with Vista display drivers for NVIDIA based graphics cards. This entry replaced the "NVIDIA Display Driver Service" or "NVIDIA Driver Helper Service" in XP - which was used in part to maintain overclocked display settings. In a GeForce 8800GT test system this isn't the case. Disabling it caused no ill effects but it's exact purpose isn't known - hence the "U" recommendationYes
nvsvc16Unvsvc16.exeMySuperSPy surveillance software. Uninstall this software unless you put it there yourselfNo
nvsvca32Xnvsvca32.exeAdded by the TACTSLAY.E TROJAN!No
nvsvca32Xclfmon.exeAdded by the TACTSLAY.E TROJAN!No
NVSystem32Xnvscv32.exeAdded by the AGOBOT-NO WORM! No
Nvt32Xcomplaint_7251.exeAdded by the ARTIEF.B TROJAN!No
NvUpdaterXnwiz32.exeAdded by a variant of the RBOT WORM!No
nvviddrv32X[random filename]Added by the RBOT-HT BACKDOOR!No
NvVideoCenterXNvVid.exeAdded by the HAXDOOR-DO TROJAN!No
NvXplDeamonXxstyles.exeAdded by the SMALL.AJ VIRUS!No
NWEReboot?dummy.exe??No
nwizUnwiz.exePart of NVIDIA's NVIEW Display Management Software - included in drivers for consumer and professional graphics products. This entry runs the "NVIDIA Display Setup Wizard" if you connect (or already have connected) an additional display once the drivers have been installed. In later drivers it also loads the "nView Desktop Manager" (if you enable it via Control Panel → NVIDIA nView Desktop Manager) if you want to use features such as Hot Keys and Zoom. In both cases nwiz.exe doesn't remain in memoryYes
nwizXKHATRA.exeAdded by the ORBINA-A WORM!No
nwiz.exeUnwiz.exePart of NVIDIA's NVIEW Display Management Software - included in drivers for consumer and professional graphics products. This entry runs the "NVIDIA Display Setup Wizard" if you connect (or already have connected) an additional display once the drivers have been installed. In later drivers it also loads the "nView Desktop Manager" (if you enable it via Control Panel → NVIDIA nView Desktop Manager) if you want to use features such as Hot Keys and Zoom. In both cases nwiz.exe doesn't remain in memoryYes
nwiz32Xnwiz32.exeAdded by the SINBANK-A TROJAN!No
NwpopupYNwpopup.exeBroadcast message handler part of Novell Netware that displays server, printer and other messagesNo
nwrecmsgUnwrecmsg.exeBroadcast message handler part of Novell Netware that displays server, printer and other messages - can cause crashesNo
nwssUSp0.exeSpyOutside surveillance software. Uninstall this software unless you put it there yourselfNo
NWTRAYYnwtray.exeNovell Netware. Displays the red "N" tray icon which can be disabled (by right-click on the icon) but is also needed by the clientNo
nxgsvcXrundll32.exe nxgsvc.dll,startAdded by the AKBOT.BA WORM! Note that rundll32.exe is a legitimate Microsoft file used to launch DLL file types and shouldn't be deleted. The "nxgsvc.dll" file is found in %System%No
nxosysXrundll32.exe nxosys.dll,startAdded by the AKBOT.BD WORM! Note that rundll32.exe is a legitimate Microsoft file used to launch DLL file types and shouldn't be deleted. The "nxosys.dll" file is found in %System%No
nxpclientUsprtcmd.exe /P nxpclientNetExpert - "India's first ever automated Broadband care technology." Identifies and automatically fixes typical problems that may occur with your high-speed internet serviceNo
NxvstXcssrs.exeAdded by the GAOBOT.CD WORM!No
NxvstXlsas.exeAdded by the GAOBOT.CD WORM!No
Nyet.exeXNyet.exeAdded by the DELF.MP TROJAN!No
NZ01XNZ01.exeAdded by the SCAR-K TROJAN!No
oadaemon?oadaemon.exeBackground process that establishes connection with a C3-1000 scanner and watch general status of the device and for scanner button presses. Can it be started manually?No
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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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