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
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Name or Startup ItemStatusCommand or DataDescriptionTested?
PFM3.0UPFM30.exeManagement software for the Philips 8FF3WMI/27 digital PhotoFrame. Used to configure the device, transfer photos from a PC by drag and drop and on this wireless model, you can also use it to download RSS feeds to and display Internet photos on the device. Only required if you use the wireless features - otherwise it can be started when you manually connect the device. May also be included with other models but currently only available for this oneYes
PFM30UPFM30.exeManagement software for the Philips 8FF3WMI/27 digital PhotoFrame. Used to configure the device, transfer photos from a PC by drag and drop and on this wireless model, you can also use it to download RSS feeds to and display Internet photos on the device. Only required if you use the wireless features - otherwise it can be started when you manually connect the device. May also be included with other models but currently only available for this oneYes
PFW_CfgEngine?PFWCFG~1.EXEPersonal Firewall related?No
PFW_PullSrv?PULL.EXEPersonal Firewall related?No
pgUpg.exePrivacy Guardian from PC Tools - which "is a safe and easy-to-use privacy protection tool that securely deletes online Internet tracks and program activity records that are stored in your browser and other hidden files on your computer". Also included in PC Tools Desktop Maestro (which incorporates Privacy Guardian)Yes
PghistYPgHist.exePart of Privacy Guardian from PC Tools - which "is a safe and easy-to-use privacy protection tool that securely deletes online Internet tracks and program activity records that are stored in your browser and other hidden files on your computer". This startup entry runs only on the next reboot if the "Cache, History and Address Bar" option is selected under "Browsers" when the users selects "Clean Your Computer" and is only created when Privacy Guardian is installed on XP. Also included in PC Tools Desktop Maestro (which incorporates Privacy Guardian)Yes
PgHist.exeYPgHist.exePart of Privacy Guardian from PC Tools - which "is a safe and easy-to-use privacy protection tool that securely deletes online Internet tracks and program activity records that are stored in your browser and other hidden files on your computer". This startup entry runs only on the next reboot if the "Cache, History and Address Bar" option is selected under "Browsers" when the users selects "Clean Your Computer" and is only created when Privacy Guardian is installed on XP. Also included in PC Tools Desktop Maestro (which incorporates Privacy Guardian)Yes
PGPSDKSVCYpgpsdkserv.exePGPsdkServ.exe is the new SDK service which is responsible for performing all PGP key management and cryptographic functions. This functionality was moved into a service to allow multiple modules simultaneous read/write access to the keyrings, among other things. As you can imagine, it is necessary for PGPsdkServ to be running in order to perform practically any PGP functionalityNo
PGPSERVICEUpgpservice.exePGPservice.exe has two main purposes: (1) it handles a large part of the PGPnet functionality (along with the PGPnet driver) and (2) it allows efficient access to the PGP preferences database. The individual PGP modules normally access the preferences through PGPservice, but they are capable of a "fall-back" mode where they can handle such access on their own. Thus, if you are not running PGPnet, you may not immediately notice much of a difference if you disable PGPservice. If you are running PGPnet, you will notice a big differenceNo
PGPtrayNpgptray.exePGP 7.x. Provides icon tray shortcuts to PGP programs from Network Associates. Available via Start -> ProgramsNo
PGQLXpgql.exeAdded by the BCKDR-PQN BACKDOOR!No
PGStub.exeX[path to adware]Delfin PromulGate adware. The most common filename is "pcsvc.exe"No
pgtaffXpgtaff.exeAdRotator adware variantNo
PgzuwhzfnXcomma.exeAdded by the AGENT-QTH TROJAN!No
Phase One Media ReaderUDCIMImp.exePhase One Media Reader Capture imagesNo
phc700Uvphc700.exeRelated to the Philips SPC700NC web cameraNo
PhiBtnYPhiBtn.exeSnapshot and Launch button application from Philips belonging to Philips SPC 900NC CameraNo
Philips Intelligent AgentUPhilips Intelligent Agent.exePhilips Intelligent Agent searches automatically the correct update for your recordable drive in only three simple stepsNo
Philips PhotoFrame ManagerUPFM30.exeManagement software for the Philips 8FF3WMI/27 digital PhotoFrame. Used to configure the device, transfer photos from a PC by drag and drop and on this wireless model, you can also use it to download RSS feeds to and display Internet photos on the device. Only required if you use the wireless features - otherwise it can be started when you manually connect the device. May also be included with other models but currently only available for this oneYes
PhilipsDMNDeviceManager.exeDevice manager for Philips portable media players such as the GoGearNo
PhilipsLime?LimeAlive.exeAssociated with some Philips portable media players such as the GoGear. What does it do and is it required?No
PhilipsRemoteUPhilipsRemote.exeRemote control support for MusicMatch Jukebox on Philips audio players such as the AZ2555 Sound Machine - see hereNo
PHIME2002AUTINTSETP.EXEMicrosoft's Input Method Editor for Asian languages which is used to both display and enable the input of characters in e-mails, documents and other files - should you need to. Found on PCs where Asian languages (e.g. Chinese, Hindi, Japanese, etc) have been installed through the Regional and Language options icon in the Control PanelYes
PHIME2002ASyncUTINTSETP.EXEMicrosoft's Input Method Editor for Asian languages which is used to both display and enable the input of characters in e-mails, documents and other files - should you need to. Found on PCs where Asian languages (e.g. Chinese, Hindi, Japanese, etc) have been installed through the Regional and Language options icon in the Control PanelYes
PHIME2004CXCTFMDN.exeAdded by the DLOADR-AMV TROJAN!No
PHIME2OO2ASystX[path to trojan]Added by the DBDOOR-B TROJAN!No
Phone Connection MonitorUaudevicemgr.exeConnection monitor part of the Sony Ericsson PC Suite mobile phone management utility for some models, including the P800 and P910iYes
PhoneFree version 6.2UPHONEF??.EXEAn Internet telephony application. Complicated registration and ad banners tailored to your profile - see hereNo
PhotoXAV[random char]SEQ01.DAT.exeAdded by the NAMSALA TROJAN!No
Photo Express Calendar CheckerNcalcheck.exeUlead Photo Express 2 (now Corel) includes the option to create multiple Weekly/Monthly/Yearly calendars to use as your wallpaper and this entry automatically replaces them at the specified intervals. Not required - change them manuallyNo
Photo Express Calendar Checker SENcalcheck.exeUlead Photo Express 2 SE (now Corel) includes the option to create multiple Weekly/Monthly/Yearly calendars to use as your wallpaper and this entry automatically replaces them at the specified intervals. Not required - change them manuallyNo
Photo Loader supervisoryNPlauto.exeCasio's Photo Loader software. Hook up your camera to the USB port, and it pops up and asks you if you want to load your picturesNo
PhotoCAL StartupNPhotoCAL.exePhotoCAL wizard driven monitor calibration software from ColorVision for beginners and photo enthusiastsNo
PhotoExplosionCalCheckUcalcheck.exeCalendar management feature of Nova Development's Photo ExplosionNo
PhotoJoyNPhotoJoy.exePhotoJoy by IncrediMail Ltd - utility to turn photos into PhotoToys, 3D Screensavers and Wallpaper CollagesNo
PhotoManagerUPhotoManager.exeManagement software for Philips digital PhotoFrame range. Used to edit photos and transfer them directly from a PC via a USB cable. Start manually when you connect the deviceYes
PhotoshopXsvchost.exeAdded by the CDOPEN-E TROJAN! Note - this is not the legitimate svchost.exe process which is always located in %System% and should not normally figure in Msconfig/Startup! This one is located in %ProgramFiles%No
PhotoshopElementsSyncAgentUPhotoshopElementsSyncAgent.exePart of Adobe Photoshop Elements products in the US. "When you sign in with your Adobe ID, you can back up your albums and catalogs to Photoshop.com servers. Backing up and synchronizing your albums and catalogs are essential for protecting your photos and media files"No
PhotoShow Deluxe Media ManagerNmssysmgr.exeSimple Star PhotoShow Deluxe photo editing and organizing software, makes it easy to send and share digital photos. Bundled with software from Nero, ComCast, SnapFish, MacroMedia and othersNo
PhotoWise QuickLinkNquicklnk.exeAgfa PhotoWise - "PhotoWise QuickLinkTM lets you drag and drop photos right from the camera into your document (applications must be OLE-compliant). Use PhotoWise to print contact sheets and photographic prints. Create slide shows, screen savers, wallpaper and more."No
photo_idXphoto_id.exeAdded by the AGENT-LTF TROJAN! The file is located in %System%No
PhraseExpressUphrase.exe"PhraseExpress organizes your frequently used text phrases and allows pasting them into any application"No
PI NotifyNPINotify.exeProperty Intellect from Wild Rabbit Software Ltd - "is widely used in the residential lettings markets to help landlords, investors and managing agents deal with the day-to-day aspects of looking after property"No
PIC SYSTEMXpicx.exeAdded by the MYTOB.LL WORM!No
PicabooNPicabooMain.exePicaboo - "Easily create stunning photo books and cards with your digital photos"No
Picasa Media DetectorNPicasaMediaDetector.exeMedia detector for Picasa's automatic photo organizerNo
PicasaNetNHello.exeHello is an application that allows Blogger users to post digital photos and captions directly to their personal weblogs, or blogsNo
PickatagNpickatag.exePick-a-tag - "freeware utility for random selection of your taglines. This utility randomly picks a tagline out of a list of taglines. It will create a signature file which your mailer can use to place under your messages"No
PicoZipUPicoZipTray.exeSystem tray access to PicoZip - "an easy to use Zip and UnZip utility that runs on all 32-bit Windows platforms such as Windows 95, 98, ME, NT4, 2000 and XP"No
PICPRTRNPICPRTR.EXEProgram for viewing and measuring a variety of 3D CAD data formatsNo
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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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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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