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?
pdexploNPDEXPLO.EXEPowerDesk Pro by PowerDesk Pro by Ontrack. Enhanced desktop and file manager. Available via Start -> ProgramsNo
PDF CompleteUpdfsty.exe"PDF Complete is a high-quality PDF document creation tool that operates much like the Acrobat® PDF Writer solution. Almost any document can be converted to a pdf file by simply printing the document to the PDF Complete printer"No
PDF Converter Registry Controller?RegistryController.exePart of PDF Converter Professional version 2 from Scansoft (now Nuance). what does it do and is it required?No
PDF4 Registry Controller?RegistryController.exePart of PDF Converter Professional version 4 from Scansoft (now Nuance). what does it do and is it required?No
PDF5 Registry Controller?RegistryController.exePart of PDF Converter Professional and PDF Create (both version 5) - from Nuance. what does it do and is it required?No
PDF6 Registry Controller?RegistryController.exePart of PDF Converter Professional version 6 from Nuance. what does it do and is it required?No
pdfFactory Dispatcher v1Ufppdis1a.exeFinePrint pdfFactory Dispatcher - background task which handles the creation of PDF files when you print to the FinePrint pdfFactory printer. Version 1.x of the software. "pdfFactory products offer a unique approach to PDF creation that is simpler, more effective and less expensive than that offered by other programs"No
pdfFactory Dispatcher v2Ufppdis2a.exeFinePrint pdfFactory Dispatcher - background task which handles the creation of PDF files when you print to the FinePrint pdfFactory printer. Version 2.x of the software. "pdfFactory products offer a unique approach to PDF creation that is simpler, more effective and less expensive than that offered by other programs"No
pdfFactory Pro Dispatcher v1Ufppdis1.exeFinePrint pdfFactory Pro Dispatcher - background task which handles the creation of PDF files when you print to the FinePrint pdfFactory PRO printer. Version 1.x of the software. "pdfFactory products offer a unique approach to PDF creation that is simpler, more effective and less expensive than that offered by other programs"No
pdfFactory Pro Dispatcher v3Ufppdis3a.exeFinePrint pdfFactory Pro Dispatcher - background task which handles the creation of PDF files when you print to the FinePrint pdfFactory Pro printer. Version 3.x of the software. "pdfFactory products offer a unique approach to PDF creation that is simpler, more effective and less expensive than that offered by other programs"No
PDFHookUpdfcreate5hook.exePrevents the "Trial Version www.Nuance.com" watermark appearing in PDF documents created by PDF Create version 5 (from Nuance) when the product has been installed but not activated properly. See here for more informationNo
PDFHookUpdfpro5hook.exePrevents the "Trial Version www.Nuance.com" watermark appearing in PDF documents created by PDF Converter Professional version 5 (from Nuance) when the product has been installed but not activated properly. See here for more informationNo
PDFHookUpdfpro6hook.exePrevents the "Trial Version www.Nuance.com" watermark appearing in PDF documents created by PDF Converter Professional version 6 (from Nuance) when the product has been installed but not activated properly. See here for more informationNo
pdfMachine dispatcherUmapisnd.exepdfMachine Windows print driverNo
pdfSaver3NpdfSaver3.exePDF-XChange - create Adobe compatible PDF files from virtually any Windows software such as MS Word, Excel, AutoCAD, MS Publisher etcNo
pdibmNpdibm.exePart of the IBM customized version of SafeGuard PrivateDisk from Utimaco - which provides secure area of hard disk where files and folders are encrypted. This entry loads the associated IBM wizard to create the initial secure area once the program has been installed and will no longer be loaded (but remains as a startup entry) once it is completedYes
PDIBM ApplicationNpdibm.exePart of the IBM customized version of SafeGuard PrivateDisk from Utimaco - which provides secure area of hard disk where files and folders are encrypted. This entry loads the associated IBM wizard to create the initial secure area once the program has been installed and will no longer be loaded (but remains as a startup entry) once it is completedYes
PDIBM.exeNpdibm.exePart of the IBM customized version of SafeGuard PrivateDisk from Utimaco - which provides secure area of hard disk where files and folders are encrypted. This entry loads the associated IBM wizard to create the initial secure area once the program has been installed and will no longer be loaded (but remains as a startup entry) once it is completedYes
PDirectNPDirect.exeIBM Presentation Director softwareNo
PDNotesNPDNotes.exePost-it® Digital Notes from 3M - "simple to use software that lets you make and organize lists, plan projects step by step, sort your notes by category, personalize messages with photos, even set alarms to remind you of appointments or key dates". Not required unless you use the alarm featureYes
pdp ServerUctpdpsrvr.exeIncluded and setup with the drivers for my Compaq A3000 all-in-one printer/scanner - maybe for networking. Works fine without it - but may be needed when used over a networkNo
pdserviceNpdservice.exePart of SafeGuard PrivateDisk from Utimaco - which "securely and transparently protects sensitive files on notebooks and desktop computers, regardless of their location (local hard disk, removable media, network file servers), all the time without forcing the user to think about security." As well as providing System Tray access to the main program GUI, this entry also mounts the secured virtual drive(s) when the system boots if you have configured them this way and set the "Automatic Login at Startup" option. This entry isn't required if you mount them manuallyYes
PDService.exeNpdservice.exePart of SafeGuard PrivateDisk from Utimaco - which "securely and transparently protects sensitive files on notebooks and desktop computers, regardless of their location (local hard disk, removable media, network file servers), all the time without forcing the user to think about security." As well as providing System Tray access to the main program GUI, this entry also mounts the secured virtual drive(s) when the system boots if you have configured them this way and set the "Automatic Login at Startup" option. This entry isn't required if you mount them manuallyYes
PDTrayUPDTRAY.EXESystem Tray access to Presentation Director for IBM/Lenovo Thinkpad notebooks - which allows you to create and quickly select between various single and mulitple display options. Scheme selection and settings are also available via Fn+F7 key combination on some modelsYes
PDTRAY.EXEUPDTRAY.EXESystem Tray access to Presentation Director for IBM/Lenovo Thinkpad notebooks - which allows you to create and quickly select between various single and mulitple display options. Scheme selection and settings are also available via Fn+F7 key combination on some modelsYes
PDUiP6000DMonUPDUiP6000DMon.exeMemory Card Utility for the Canon PIXMA iP6000D photo printer - which allows "your computer to access the memory card reader feature of your printer"No
PDUiP6000DTskbrUPDUiP6000DTskbr.exeMemory Card Utility for the Canon PIXMA iP6000D photo printer - which allows "your computer to access the memory card reader feature of your printer"No
PDUiP6210DMonUPDUiP6210DMon.exeMemory Card Utility for the Canon PIXMA iP6210D photo printer - which allows "your computer to access the memory card reader feature of your printer"No
PDUiP6220DMonUPDUiP6220DMon.exeMemory Card Utility for the Canon PIXMA iP6220D photo printer - which allows "your computer to access the memory card reader feature of your printer"No
PDUiP6600DMonUPDUiP6600DMon.exeMemory Card Utility for the Canon PIXMA iP6600D photo printer - which allows "your computer to access the memory card reader feature of your printer"No
PDUiP6700DMonUPDUiP6700DMon.exeMemory Card Utility for the Canon PIXMA iP6600D photo printer - which allows "your computer to access the memory card reader feature of your printer"No
PDVD10ServUPDVD10Serv.exeRemote Control background application for version 10 of Cyberlink's PowerDVD. Enables you to use a remote control with your Blu-ray or DVD drive if your drive came with one. Not required if you don't have a remote control, or don't wish to use oneYes
PDVD8LanguageShortcutNLanguage.exePart of version 8 of CyberLink's PowerDVD Blu-ray and DVD player. Detects the Windows language version at startup and changes some of the language settings in PowerDVD accordingly. Although it unloads after running, unless the PC has multi-national users then leave it disabled. Also rebranded as ASUSDVD 8 for ASUSTek based systemsYes
PDVD8ServUPDVD8Serv.exeRemote Control background application for version 8 of Cyberlink's PowerDVD. Enables you to use a remote control with your Blu-ray or DVD drive if your drive came with one. Not required if you don't have a remote control, or don't wish to use one. Also rebranded as ASUSDVD 8 for ASUSTek based systemsYes
PDVD9LanguageShortcutNLanguage.exePart of version 9 of CyberLink's PowerDVD Blu-ray and DVD player. Detects the Windows language version at startup and changes some of the language settings in PowerDVD accordingly. Although it unloads after running, unless the PC has multi-national users then leave it disabledYes
PDVD9ServUPDVD9Serv.exeRemote Control background application for version 9 of Cyberlink's PowerDVD. Enables you to use a remote control with your Blu-ray or DVD drive if your drive came with one. Not required if you don't have a remote control, or don't wish to use oneYes
PDVDDXSrvUPDVDDXSrv.exeRemote Control background application for Cyberlink's PowerDVD DX - a Dell specific version of their standard PowerDVD product. Enables you to use a remote control with your DVD drive if your drive came with one. Not required if you don't have a remote control, or don't wish to use oneNo
PDVDLaunchPolicyNPDVDLaunchPolicy.exeRuns CyberLink's PowerDVD Blu-ray and DVD player at startup. If enabled, PowerDVD will automatically play a disc when inserted. Launch manuallyYes
PDVDLaunchPolicy ApplicationNPDVDLaunchPolicy.exeRuns CyberLink's PowerDVD Blu-ray and DVD player at startup. If enabled, PowerDVD will automatically play a disc when inserted. Launch manuallyYes
PDVDServUPDVDServ.exeRemote Control background application for Cyberlink's PowerDVD from version 5 thru 7. Enables you to use a remote control with your Blu-ray or DVD drive if your drive came with one. Not required if you don't have a remote control, or don't wish to use oneYes
Pe2ckfnt SENchkfont.exeUsed to check whether the fonts are installed properly on your computer or not for a scanner. If you don't want to execute it, you can uncheck it in the startup menuNo
PeachtreePrefetcher?PeachtreePrefetcher.exeRelated to Peachtree accounting software by Sage Software. What does it do and is it required?No
PeachtreePrefetcher.exe?PeachtreePrefetcher.exeRelated to Peachtree accounting software by Sage Software. What does it do and is it required?No
PECarlinXPECarlin.exeAdware - see here No
Peer ManagerXpeere32.exeAdded by the SDBOT-JX BACKDOOR!No
Peeramid?PService.exeIn a "Koptimizer" folder in Program Files. What does it do and is it required?No
PeerBlockUpeerblock.exe"PeerBlock lets you control who your computer 'talks to' on the Internet. By selecting appropriate lists of 'known bad' computers, you can block communication with advertising or spyware oriented servers, computers monitoring your p2p activities, computers which have been 'hacked', even entire countries!"Yes
PeerGuardianUPeerGuardian_1.99b_pr14.exePeerGuardian - IP blocker for Windows. Used to protect privacy on P2P networks by blocking IP addresses specified in blocklists. Features support for multiple lists, a list editor, automatic blocklist updates, and blocking all of IPv4 (TCP, UDP, ICMP, etc)No
PeerGuardianUpg2.exePeerGuardian - IP blocker for Windows. Used to protect privacy on P2P networks by blocking IP addresses specified in blocklists. Features support for multiple lists, a list editor, automatic blocklist updates, and blocking all of IPv4 (TCP, UDP, ICMP, etc)No
Pent@VALUE 3.2UPent@VALUE.exePent@VALUE Digital Satellite Internet PC ReceiverNo
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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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