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?
ProcessSupervisorGUIUProcessSupervisor.exeGraphical user interface (GUI) for Process Lasso from Bitsum Technologies - "a state-of-the-art, highly optimized, automated Windows process (program) management tool. Through managing the programs running on your computer, Process Lasso increases system responsiveness"No
ProcessTamerUProcessTamerTray.exeMouser's Software Process Tamer "is a tiny (140k) and super efficient utility for Microsoft Windows XP/2K/NT that runs in your system tray and constantly monitors the cpu usage of other processes"No
procmonXprocmon.exeAdded by the BIONET.40A TROJAN!No
Prodigy DSL?EnterNetDUN.ExeProdigy EnterNet DUN PPPoE Client - is it required?No
ProdikeysAutorunNProdload.exeCreative Prodikeys software - 'an interactive music entertainment device which not only functions as a full-featured, ergonomic "QWERTY" keyboard but also comes equipped with 37 touch-sensitive music keys and accessible music controls for endless entertainment at your desktop. Coupled with the Sound Blaster audio card, you can explore a wide array of realistic instrument sounds and have non-stop fun making music right at your desktop'No
ProDslNProDsl.exeSystem Tray access to the connection manager for Intel ADSL modems - such as the ProDSL 3200 and ProDSL 2100. Allows you to monitor a number of parameters for you DSL connection and modemNo
ProfileXProfile.vbsAdded by the WHITEHO VIRUS or TRAPPY WORM!No
ProfilerNProfiler.exeSaitek SST (Saitek Smart Technology) Profile Launcher - allows System Tray access to the "Profile Editor" (to edit and load profiles) and "Control Panel" for their range of game controllers. Run manually via Start → All Programs → Saitek SST Software → Launch Profile LauncherYes
profilerXliteout.exeAdded by the ZAPCHAS-G WORM!No
profilerXprof.exeAdded by the ZAPCHAS-G WORM!No
ProfilerNProfilerU.exeSaitek SST (Saitek Smart Technology) Profile Launcher - allows System Tray access to the "Profiler" and "Control Panel" for their range of game controllers. Run manually via Start → Programs → Saitek SD6 Programming Software → ProfilerNo
ProfilerUNProfilerU.exeSaitek SST (Saitek Smart Technology) Profile Launcher - allows System Tray access to the "Profiler" and "Control Panel" for their range of game controllers. Run manually via Start → Programs → Saitek SD6 Programming Software → ProfilerYes
ProgXcsrss.exeAdded by the WEBUS TROJAN! Note - this is not the legitimate csrss.exe process which should not normally figure in Msconfig/Startup!No
ProgXlsass.exeAdded by the WEBUS.B TROJAN! Note - this is not the legitimate lsass.exe process which should not normally figure in Msconfig/Startup!No
Program Access ServiceX[10 random letters].exeAdded by the RBOT.GJJ WORM!No
Program FileXProgmon.exeAdded by the PEEPER TROJAN!No
Program in WindowsXIEXPLORE.exeAdded by the LOVGATE.AB WORM!No
Program Neighborhood AgentUpnagent.exeCitrix Program Neighborhood AgentNo
Program sieciowy dla SAGEM Wi-Fi 11g USB adapterUWLANUTL.exeSAGEM wireless LAN configuration utilityNo
ProgramControlXProgramControl.exeAdded by the DLOADR-BAG TROJAN!No
ProgramWindow?more comp.exe??No
Progressive TouchUSynTPEnh.exeSynaptics TouchPad Enhancements - included with drivers for Synaptics based TouchPads, which are common on many laptops. Required to display the System Tray icon and support enhanced features such as Tap Zones, Virtual Scrolling and EdgeMotion. If you don't use these features this can safely be disabled. Required on IBM Thinkpads with UnltraNav (pointstick and touchpad combo) if you don't want to loose the advanced pointstick features such as scrollYes
Progressive TouchUSynTPLpr.exeSynaptics TouchPad driver helper - included with drivers for Synaptics based TouchPads, which are common on many laptops. Works in conjunction with SynTPEnh and is required if you use any of the enhanced features such as Tap Zones, Virtual Scrolling and EdgeMotionYes
ProjectWhoisUProjectWhois.exe"Project Whois loads the domain names from all open Firefox and Internet Explorer windows into the one-click menu and gives easy access to the whois records from the System Tray"No
projselectorNprojselector.exeRoxio Project Selector - can be started manuallyNo
Promon.exeNpromon.exeSystem Tray icon for Intel PRO series ethernet adapters giving access to the diagnostic featuresNo
PromoRegX[path to worm]Added by the WALEDAC.C WORM!No
PromoRegXalt.exe.exeAdded by a variant of the AGENT.DOM TROJAN!No
prompt driveX[random filename]Added by the SDBOT.AMF WORM!No
PromptCastUPromptCast.exePromptCast by NOP World for Surveys.com. Automatically downloads short films and movie trailers in the background for reviewing in surveys. A valid Surveys.com account is requiredNo
PromulGateXPgMonitr.exeDelfin PromulGate adwareNo
PRONoMgr.exeNPRONoMgr.exeSystem Tray icon for Intel PRO series ethernet adapters giving access to the diagnostic featuresNo
PRONoMgrWiredUPRONoMgr.exeIntel's Pro 100 Ethernet card managerNo
Proof Defender 2009Xpdfndr.exeProof Defender 2009 rogue security software - not recommended, removal instructions hereNo
Propel AcceleratorUPropelAC.exePropel Internet AcceleratorNo
ProPort StartupUProPort.exeProport is a port monitor/protector. Monitors an infinite amount of ports for trojans and nukes. Some additional features are auto connection-kill, and IP resolvingNo
prosesX[5 random letters].exeAdded by a variant of the RBOT WORM!No
ProSiteFinderXprositefinder.exeProSiteFinder adwareNo
ProSystemXProsystem.exeAdded by the MDROP-BPZ WORM!No
Proteção de telaXssmaze.scrAdded by the BANCBAN-FB TROJAN!No
protecseXnavapss32.exeAdded by the SDBOT.AFE WORM!No
ProtectUSHVRTF.EXEPC Angel takes a 5-second snapshot of the current system registry each time the PC boots up. In the event of a crash, PC ANGEL will retrieve everything up to the minute before the crash or the last known stable registryNo
protectXprotect.scrAdded by the DLOADER-TQ TROJAN!No
ProtectXPCoptimizer2010.exePCoptimizer 2010 rogue security software - not recommended, removal instructions hereNo
ProtectXPrivacyGuard2010.exePrivacyGuard 2010 rogue security software - not recommended, removal instructions hereNo
ProtectDefenderXProtectDefender.exeProtectDefender rogue security software - not recommended, removal instructions hereNo
Protected StorageXRUNDLL32.EXE MSSIGN30.DLL ondll_regAdded by the LOVGATE-W WORM! Note that rundll32.exe is a legitimate Microsoft file used to launch DLL file types and shouldn't be deletedNo
protectinfoXprotectinfo.exeProtectInfo rogue security software - not recommendedNo
ProtectingToolXSysRep.exeProtectingTool rogue system error and cleaning utility - not recommended, removal instructions here. A member of the ErrClean familyNo
ProtectionX[path] runtask.exe [path] protection.exeAdded by a variant of the AGENT.3.AU TROJAN! 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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