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

"Status" key:

- show all
all  others  A  B  C  D  E  F  G  H  I  J  K  L  M  N  O  P  Q  R  S  T  U  V  W  X  Y  Z  
Page No.: 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 20 21 22 23 24 25 26 27 28 29 30 31 32 33 34 35 36 37 38 39 40 41 42 43 44 45 46 47 48 49 50 51 52 53 54 55 56 57 58 59 60 61 62 63 64 65 66 67 68 69 70 71 72 73 74 75 76 77 78 79 80 81 82 83 84 85 86 87 88 89 90 91 92 93 94 95 96 97 98 99 100 101 102 103 104 105 106 107 108 109 110 111 112 113 114 115 116 117 118 119 120 121 122 123 124 125 126 127 128 129 130 131 132 133 134 135 136 137 138 139 140 141 142 143 144 145 146 147 148 149 150 151 152 153 154 155 156 157 158 159 160 161 162 163 164 165 166 167 168 169 170 171 172 173 174 175 176 177 178 179 180 181 182 183 184 185 186 187 188 189 190 191 192 193 194 195 196 197 198 199 200 201 202 203 204 205 206 207 208 209 210 211 212 213 214 215 216 217 218 219 220 221 222 223 224 225 226 227 228 229 230 231 232 233 234 235 236 237 238 239 240 241 242 243 244 245 246 247 248 249 250 251 252 253 254 255 256 257 258 259 260 261 262 263 264 265 266 267 268 269 270 271 272 273 274 275 276 277 278 279 280 281 282 283 284 285 286 287 288 289 290 291 292 293 294 295 296 297 298 299 300 301 302 303 304 305 306 307 308 309 310 311 312 313 314 315 316 317 318 319 320 321 322 323 324 325 326 327 328 329 330 331 332 333 334 335 336 337 338 339 340 341 342 343 344 345 346 347 348 349 350 351 352 353 354 355 356 357 358 359 360 361 362 363 364 365 366 367 368 369 370 371 372 373 374 375 376 377 378 379 380 381 382 383 384 385 386 387 388 389 390 391 392 393 394 395 396 397 398 399 400 401 402 403 404 405 406 407 408 409 410 411 412 413 414 415 416 417 418 419 420 421 422 423 424 425 426 427 428 429 430 431 432 433 434 435 436 437 438 439 440 441 442 443 444 445 446 447 448 449 450 451 452 453 454 455 456 457 458 459 460 461 462 463 464 465 466 467 468 469 470 471 472 473 474 475 476 477 478 479 480 481 482 483
Name or Startup ItemStatusCommand or DataDescriptionTested?
PS2Ups2.exeMultimedia Keyboard companion on HP computers. If this is prevented from starting, then some keyboard functionality will be lost.No
psaload32Xpsaload32.exeAdded by the RBOT-ADL WORM!No
PSC mainXsttool32.exeAdded by the OBFUSCATED.EV TROJAN!No
PSCastorXPSCastor.exeAdded by the PSCASTOR TROJAN!No
PSCMainXpscmain2.exeAdded by the OBFUSCATED.EV TROJAN!No
PSD Tools ChannelXChannelUp.exeBuddyLinks adwareNo
PSDiagnosticMUPSDiagnosticM.exeDiagnostic utility for the Linksys Wireless-G PrintServerNo
PSDrvCheckYPSDrvCheck.exePart of Pinnacle Systems InstantCD/DVD and InstantCopy CD/DVD copying software that verifies drive settings. Once loaded it doesn't use any resources so you can leave it enabledNo
PsecurityXpsecurity.exePersonal Security rogue security software - not recommended, removal instructions hereNo
PServiceXsvcnow32.exeAdded by the SPYBOT-DJ TROJAN!No
PSFreeUPSFree.exePop-Up Stopper Free from Panicware. Pop-up blocker integrated into the IE toolbar. Note that the Pro version doesn't load in startup as it is installed as an Internet Explorer toolbar. Can cause problems with IE if you use WinXP and uninstall Service Pack 1. Uninstalling the software leaves it in the startup groupNo
PSGuardXPSGuard.exePSGuard rogue security software - not recommendedNo
PSGuard spyware removerXPSGuard.exePSGuard rogue security software - not recommendedNo
pshowerXpshwr.exeSafeSurfing adware variant No
PSIMSVCYPSIMSVC.exePart of Panda Antivirus and Internet SecurityNo
PSIWin2.3 Connection ServerNPsconsv.exeAllows connectivity between a PC and a Psion device. Access can be gained from the Desktop or Start -> ProgramsNo
psklUkeyspy.exeKeyboardLogger keystroke logger/monitoring program - remove unless you installed it yourself!No
PSListerXPSLister.exePurityScan C adwareNo
PsMFCardUPsMFCard.exeComponent of the Toshiba Controls. Provides power-saving functions for the PCMCIA slots. Through the Power Save Mode Properties dialogue, the user can select from 3 PCMCIA power options - On, Auto1 and Auto2. Disabling this item has no adverse effects, except disabling the ability to reduce power consumption by powering-down the PCMCIA slots when not in useNo
PsnLiteNPsnLite.exePost-it® Software Notes Lite from 3M - now replaced by the more advanced Post-it® Digital NotesNo
PsnLite.exeNPsnLite.exePost-it® Software Notes Lite from 3M - now replaced by the more advanced Post-it® Digital NotesNo
PSNotifyYpsnotify.exePharos SignUp Vx - "PC reservation and management application that addresses the PC scheduling needs of public libraries and higher education labs and libraries"No
PSof1XPSof1.exePacerD Media/Pacimedia.com adware installerNo
PSoft1Xpsoft1.exePacerD Media/Pacimedia.com adware installerNo
PsPCCardYPsPCCard.EXEBackground Power Saving task found on Toshiba laptops and which handles turning Power Saving ON and OFF on any inserted PC Card (PCMCIA card). Only ever disable if you do not use any power saving or hibernation settings (ie: they are all OFF)No
PspContrUpspcontr.exeDriver/controller for the Philips SpeechMike 6174. As the Philips FreeSpeech application is no longer supported it can be disabled but the Mike can still be used for certain functions using this driverNo
PspUsbCf?PspUsbCf.exe??No
PSPVideo9NpspVideo9.exe"PSP Video 9 is a free PSP video converter that converts video files, YouTube videos, movies and DVD's so you can play them on your PSP"No
PSQLLauncherYlauncher.exeProtector Suite and Protector Suite QL fingerprint recognition software from UPEK, Inc. As used by IBM/Lenovo (and possibly others) on some of their laptopsNo
PsSoundUPsSound.exeOn a Toshiba laptop. Operates your sound in one of 4 modes, off, on , on only with powerr, same as #3 but longer delayNo
pstUmemaker2.exeSpymodePCSpy surveillance software. Uninstall this software unless you put it there yourselfNo
PSTORES?PSTORES.EXEPart of Windows Services Protected Storage?No
PSwitchUProxySwitcher.exe"Proxy Switcher offers full featured connection management solution" as different internet connections often require completely different proxy server settings and it's a real pain to change them manuallyNo
psybnc server 3.1Xpsybnc321.exeAdded by the RBOT.ENI BACKDOOR!No
psyBNC-2.1.4 Client ServerXpsyBNC215.exeAdded by a variant of the RBOT WORM!No
ptaskXptask.exePart of VirtualPCGuard, VirusGuardPlus and other members of the AVSystemCare family of rogue security software suites. See here for more examplesNo
PTBSyncUPTBSync.exePTBSync from ElmüSoft - a tool to synchronize your PC time with an an atomic clock via the internetNo
PTFBUPTFB.exeOlder, freeware version of the PTFB PRO (Push the Freakin' Button) utility from Technology Lighthouse - which "sits quietly in the system tray until a task comes up that it can help you with. It then springs to life taking care of repetitive tasks, eliminating workflow interruptions, restoring program preferences, responding to prompts and popups and so on"Yes
PTFB Pro Launch AppUPTFBStart.exeLoads the main executable (PTFBPro.exe) for the PTFB PRO (Push the Freakin' Button) utility from Technology Lighthouse and exits. PTFB "sits quietly in the system tray until a task comes up that it can help you with. It then springs to life taking care of repetitive tasks, eliminating workflow interruptions, restoring program preferences, responding to prompts and popups and so on"Yes
PTFBStartUPTFBStart.exeLoads the main executable (PTFBPro.exe) for the PTFB PRO (Push the Freakin' Button) utility from Technology Lighthouse and exits. PTFB "sits quietly in the system tray until a task comes up that it can help you with. It then springs to life taking care of repetitive tasks, eliminating workflow interruptions, restoring program preferences, responding to prompts and popups and so on"Yes
PTHOSTTRUPTHOSTTR.EXESystem Tray access to HP ProtectTools Security Manager - "can be configured to prevent unauthorized access using Smart Cards, TPM Embedded security chips, USB tokens and other security technologies"No
Ptipbmf?rundll32.exe ptipbmf.dll,SetWriteCacheModeInstalled with the miniport drivers for Promise hard drive controllers in both RAID and non-RAID installations. May be necessary in order to maintain preferences applied to the RAID array connected to the Promise controllerNo
PtiuPbmdURundll32.exe ptipbm.dll, SetWriteBackInstalled with the miniport drivers for Promise hard drive controllers in both RAID and non-RAID installations. Tells the drivers that the connected Drives should use the "Write Back" Caching. You can disable this if you don't want to use "Write Back" Caching or if you have not connected any driver to your Promise Controller No
PTRGMYGKXrundll32.exe ptmg1v.dll, DllRunMainAdded by an unidentified TROJAN, WORM or other malware! Note that rundll32.exe is a legitimate Microsoft file used to launch DLL file types and shouldn't be deletedNo
ptrun32Uptrun32.exeParentTools surveillance software. Uninstall this software unless you put it there yourselfNo
PTRUN32Uptr32w.exeParentTools surveillance software. Uninstall this software unless you put it there yourselfNo
PtsnoopNPtsnoop.exeThese descriptions I've come across - all valid as far as I can see :- (1) Program installed with some modems that monitors the COM ports for the modem driver. Not required from what I've read - may need a registry edit to get rid of it (2) Backdoor trojan virus that copies itself as PTSNOOP.EXE -see here for more info(3) Apparently the people who put it out claim it's a driver for a Voice modems (don't know who they are though - Ed) Note: If using AOL and you disable this you may lose your connection or lock up (4) Can also be an older Logitech scanner program. Remove from the Win.ini tab under Load='path'PTSNOOP and the System.ini tab under drivers='path'ptrtkr.drb. Can cause parallel port conflicts big time dragging system resources way down when a conflict exists (5) Allows audio monitoring of modem phone dialling tones and can be useful if you have connection problems (6) Karen Kenworthy's Snooper - "logs the start and stop time of all programs run under Windows"No
PTSShellXPTSShell.exeAdded by the WINKO.AO WORM!No
pttrunUpttrun.exeTransmeta Crusoe processor related. Reduces application launch times and makes the computer "more responsive"No
PtUDFAppNPtUDFApp.exeSony abCD program, included on the CD Xtreme install CD, used to format CD-RWs for packet writing (similar to DirectCD). Available via Start -> Programs. Note that you must add a /T switch to the command line to get it to load to the taskbarNo
all  others  A  B  C  D  E  F  G  H  I  J  K  L  M  N  O  P  Q  R  S  T  U  V  W  X  Y  Z  
Page No.: 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 20 21 22 23 24 25 26 27 28 29 30 31 32 33 34 35 36 37 38 39 40 41 42 43 44 45 46 47 48 49 50 51 52 53 54 55 56 57 58 59 60 61 62 63 64 65 66 67 68 69 70 71 72 73 74 75 76 77 78 79 80 81 82 83 84 85 86 87 88 89 90 91 92 93 94 95 96 97 98 99 100 101 102 103 104 105 106 107 108 109 110 111 112 113 114 115 116 117 118 119 120 121 122 123 124 125 126 127 128 129 130 131 132 133 134 135 136 137 138 139 140 141 142 143 144 145 146 147 148 149 150 151 152 153 154 155 156 157 158 159 160 161 162 163 164 165 166 167 168 169 170 171 172 173 174 175 176 177 178 179 180 181 182 183 184 185 186 187 188 189 190 191 192 193 194 195 196 197 198 199 200 201 202 203 204 205 206 207 208 209 210 211 212 213 214 215 216 217 218 219 220 221 222 223 224 225 226 227 228 229 230 231 232 233 234 235 236 237 238 239 240 241 242 243 244 245 246 247 248 249 250 251 252 253 254 255 256 257 258 259 260 261 262 263 264 265 266 267 268 269 270 271 272 273 274 275 276 277 278 279 280 281 282 283 284 285 286 287 288 289 290 291 292 293 294 295 296 297 298 299 300 301 302 303 304 305 306 307 308 309 310 311 312 313 314 315 316 317 318 319 320 321 322 323 324 325 326 327 328 329 330 331 332 333 334 335 336 337 338 339 340 341 342 343 344 345 346 347 348 349 350 351 352 353 354 355 356 357 358 359 360 361 362 363 364 365 366 367 368 369 370 371 372 373 374 375 376 377 378 379 380 381 382 383 384 385 386 387 388 389 390 391 392 393 394 395 396 397 398 399 400 401 402 403 404 405 406 407 408 409 410 411 412 413 414 415 416 417 418 419 420 421 422 423 424 425 426 427 428 429 430 431 432 433 434 435 436 437 438 439 440 441 442 443 444 445 446 447 448 449 450 451 452 453 454 455 456 457 458 459 460 461 462 463 464 465 466 467 468 469 470 471 472 473 474 475 476 477 478 479 480 481 482 483

Notes & Warnings

Variables:

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.

Fight spyware with SpybotSD

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
All rights reserved