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?
AQ3HelperStartUpUAQ3HEL~1.EXEScreenScenes "Aquatica Water Worlds" 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
aqadcupXaqadcup.exeAdded by the AGENT.BG BACKDOOR!No
Aqua DockYAqua Dock.exeAqua Dock - 'free program that allows you to have an "OS X" style, nice animated launchbar/taskbar on your screen that reacts to your mouse when you mouse over it. Users can customize the look of each item on the dock and set various animation options for when the mouse is over an item on the dock. It is very easy to configure'No
Aquarium DesktopUAquariumDesktop.exeAnimated desktop gadget included with the Aquarium Desktop theme for MyColors from Stardock CorporationNo
Aquarium DesktopUAquariumDesktop2006.exeAnimated desktop gadget included with the Aquarium 2006 theme for MyColors from Stardock CorporationNo
AqujyjaxX[path to file]Added by the RANCK-CQ TROJAN!No
AqujyjaxXaqujyjax.exeAdded by the SDBOT-YC WORM!No
ara-keyX[random filename]Added by the ANTINNY WORM!No
ArabLionZ Drive?ArabLionZ.Drive.exeArabLionZ Drive - part of ArabLionZ XP Tools. What does it do and is it required?No
ArcaCheckYArcaCheck.exePart of the ArcaVir antivirus suite from Polish company Arcabit. What does this part do?No
ArcadeDeluxeAgentNArcadeDeluxeAgent.exePart of the re-branded version of CyberLink's PowerCinema digital home entertainment software included on some Acer systems. Equivalent to the PCMAgent.exe entry and speeds up the launch of the main program. Only required on slower/older systems and if disabled it loads when required via an instance of svchost.exeNo
arcaderockstarXarcaderockstar32.exeArcade Rockstar (now Gamevance) - free arcade games and prize tournaments. The program itself is clean, but the TOS and privacy statement say that you agree to allow the program to track/report your surfing and put popup advertising on your computerNo
ArchiveXarchive.exeAdware - detected by Kaspersky as the CENTIM.A TROJAN!No
ARCHIVE CONTROLXfixupdattr.exeAdded by the MYTOB.GU WORM!No
ArcSoft ConnectNACDaemon.exeUsed to serve notice of product information and updates when running ArcSoft products such as TotalMedia, PhotoStudio 6 and Print Creations. Set the associated ArcSoft Connect Daemon (ACService.exe) service to Manual (via Start → Control Panel → Administrative Tools → Services) and run this entry manually via the Start menu when requiredYes
ArcSoft Connection ServiceNACDaemon.exeUsed to serve notice of product information and updates when running ArcSoft products such as TotalMedia, PhotoStudio 6 and Print Creations. Set the associated ArcSoft Connect Daemon (ACService.exe) service to Manual (via Start → Control Panel → Administrative Tools → Services) and run this entry manually via the Start menu when requiredYes
ARCSolo RecoveryNN/ABackup software by Computer Associates - no longer supportedNo
ArctosaUrazerhid.exeRazer Arctosa gaming keyboard driver - required if you use the additional features and programmed keys/macrosNo
Ardamax KeyloggerUakl.exeArdakey keystroke logger/monitoring program - remove unless you installed it yourself!No
aresNares.exe"Ares is a free open source file sharing program that enables users to share any digital file including images, audio, video, software, documents, etc"No
aresliteNAresLite.exe"Ares is a free open source file sharing program that enables users to share any digital file including images, audio, video, software, documents, etc"No
Argentum BackupUab.exeArgentum Backup - a small backup program that lets you easily back up your documents and foldersNo
argq32Xcsrss_32.exeAdded by the RBOT-CPM WORM!No
AritimaXaritima.exeAdded by the ARITIM WORM!No
ArmanX[path to worm]Added by the IRCBOT-TG WORM!No
ARMOR2NETUArmor2net.exeRelated to Armor2net personal firewall (possibly contains or is related to a product known as ArmorWall - which is a known rogue, see here - hence the "U" recommendation)No
ArmorDefenderXArmorDefender.exeArmorDefender rogue security software - not recommended, removal instructions hereNo
army logoUreadmename.exeTorrent101 potentially unwanted torrent client application that installs a Browser Helper Object and displays advertisementsNo
aromisXaromis.exeAdded by the NUWAR.JQ WORM!No
AROReminderNaro.exeAdvanced Registry Optimizer - "scan, identify, clean and repair errors in your Windows registry with a single click". Reminder that states that you are in trial modeNo
Arovax AntiSpywareUarovaxantispyware.exePart of Arovax AntiSpyware from Arovax, LLC - that offers an "innovating, powerful, speedy and extremely easy to use Spyware protection program". Runs a system scan when Windows starts and adds a System Tray iconYes
Arovax ShieldYArovaxShield.exePart of Arovax Shield from Arovax, LLC - that "detects and notifies you about all major online threats trying to penetrate your system, isolates & blocks them". Runs the main program in the background and adds a System Tray iconYes
arovaxantispywareUarovaxantispyware.exePart of Arovax AntiSpyware from Arovax, LLC - that offers an "innovating, powerful, speedy and extremely easy to use Spyware protection program". Runs a system scan when Windows starts and adds a System Tray iconYes
ArovaxShieldYArovaxShield.exePart of Arovax Shield from Arovax, LLC - that "detects and notifies you about all major online threats trying to penetrate your system, isolates & blocks them". Runs the main program in the background and adds a System Tray iconYes
ARPWRMSGUARPWRMSG.EXE"Away Mode" feature added with Update Rollup 2 for Windows XP Media Center Edition 2005 that allows the computer to appear off to the user while it continues to perform tasks that do not require user input, such as recording television and viewing Media Center Extender sessions. For more information see hereNo
ArteraUarteraui.exeArtera Turbo Internet Accelerator - "surf faster, boost download speed". Only required if you find it helps improve your performanceNo
ArucerXrundll32 Arucer.dll,ArucerProvides support for the Energizer UsbCharger (Energizer UsbCharger.exe) utility that detects and shows the charging status for the Energizer® Duo USB/mains battery charger. Note - it appears that the product has now been withdrawn from the Energizer product line-up after it was discovered that this file contains the ARUGIZER TROJANNo
Arucer Dynamic Link LibraryXrundll32 Arucer.dll,ArucerProvides support for the Energizer UsbCharger (Energizer UsbCharger.exe) utility that detects and shows the charging status for the Energizer® Duo USB/mains battery charger. Note - it appears that the product has now been withdrawn from the Energizer product line-up after it was discovered that this file contains the ARUGIZER TROJANNo
AS00 Gear511?Gear511.exeSoftware for Netgear wireless network cards. Unknown whether it is required for the wireless card to run but does not seem to be a resource hog. Not required for laptop to run if the wireless network card will not be used. Is it at all required?No
AS00_WN511BUWN511B.exeNetgear RangeMax NEXT wireless adapter configuration utilityNo
AS00_WPN511?WPN511.exeNetgearRev MFC Application - software for Netgear wireless network cards - what does it do and is it required in startup?No
ASA.exeYASA.exeBell Aliant Servicepoint Agent tool installed when you choose to install their internet security suite - sourced by Radialpoint. Apart from downloading the suite installation files, the exact purpose is unknown at this time but it may be used to source critical updates and alerts so should therefore be left enabledNo
asamXasam.exeAdded by the FAKEAV-BGU TROJAN!No
ASC-AntiSpywareXWinCleaner.exeWinCleaner 2009 rogue security software - not recommended, removal instructions hereNo
ASC-AntiSpywareXWinAntivirus.exeWin Antivirus Vista/XP rogue security software - not recommended, removal instructions hereNo
asc32Xasc 2.1.exeAntiSpyCheck rogue spyware remover - not recommended, removal instructions hereNo
asccacAXasacsqgl.exeAdded by the MULTIDRP.AA TROJAN!No
AsCmdNAsCmd.exePart of the AI Direct Link data transfer utility included with some ASUS motherboards. "Lightning Fast Data Linkage between Your PC & Laptop AI Direct Link can easily and efficiently transfer large amounts of data via the network cable - saving up to 70% of the total time taken. With AI Direct Link, it becomes easy to backup or share large data files like movies or other media content". The exact purpose it unknown and it doesn't remain in memory. Loading AI Direct Link via Start → All Porgrams runs this file which loads the associated System Tray entry (AsShare.exe)Yes
AsCmd.exeNAsCmd.exePart of the AI Direct Link data transfer utility included with some ASUS motherboards. "Lightning Fast Data Linkage between Your PC & Laptop AI Direct Link can easily and efficiently transfer large amounts of data via the network cable - saving up to 70% of the total time taken. With AI Direct Link, it becomes easy to backup or share large data files like movies or other media content". The exact purpose it unknown and it doesn't remain in memory. Loading AI Direct Link via Start → All Porgrams runs this file which loads the associated System Tray entry (AsShare.exe)Yes
ASDdXASDd.exeAntiSpywareDeluxe rogue security software - not recommended, removal instructions hereNo
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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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