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?
WallMasterUwallmast.exeWallMaster - "The free and easiest way to master your desktop wallpaper!"No
WallPaperXtaskimgr.exeAdded by the BANKER-GX TROJAN!No
WallPaperUWALLPA~1.EXEWallpaper Changer - wallpaper manager that can change your background images on every startup No
WallpaperChangerUWallpaper.exeA wallpaper changer and manager utility. There is the Freeware version and the Pro version. The freeware version is completely free. The Pro version is 30-day trialware, and after the 30 days some of the more advanced features will be disabled unless you register it No
WallpaperSSUWallpaperSS.exeWallpaper Slideshow LT from gPhotoShow.com - "a great utility for displaying your favorite photos as your desktop wallpaper"No
Wanadoo Messenger.exeNWanadoo Messenger.exeWanadoo ISP instant messenger clientNo
wanman.exeXwanman.exeAdded by the RBOT.HDO WORM!No
WanMPSvcYWanMPSvc.exeAn AOL component, the Wan miniport (ATW) service. If you delete this and logon, AOL reports a problem with your internet connection, and reinstalling AOL doesn't helpNo
WAPIXwts**.exe [* = random char]PurityScan adwareNo
wappXWapp.exeAdded by the BANKER.MTG TROJAN!No
War FTPD Tray IconNwartray.exeWar-ftpd - FTP serverNo
war-ftpd.exeNWAR-FTPD.EXEWar FTP Daemon from JGAA's Internet - FTP clientNo
WardoXsyslaunch.exeAdded by the ADCLICKER.G TROJAN!No
WareOutXWareOut.exeWareout rogue spyware and dialer remover - not recommended, removal instructions hereNo
warezNwarez.exeWarez P2P file-sharing client based upon the open-source Ares Galaxy. No longer available. As peer-to-peer clients are used to distribute large amounts of data between multiple users make sure you have good, up-to-date virus protection and check any downloadsNo
Warga KompTiXKOMPTI.exeAdded by the PITKOM-A TROJAN! No
WarnerUwarner.exeAlso known as "CyberWarner". From G-Tek Technologies and pre-installed on some Packard Bell PCs. Protects critical filesNo
WarnetUwarnet.exeWarnet - system cleanup softwareNo
Warning: do not remove it!Ufpplock.exePart of Folder Password Expert by ZQS Software Team - "a software program to restrict access to the folders that contain your sensitive data"No
Warning: do not remove it! (system)Ycfpsys.exeFolder Password Protect - a program that lets you set a password on folders of your choiceNo
WarReg_PopUpNWarReg_PopUp.exeAcer warranty registration popupNo
WARSVRNwar-ftpd.exe"War FTP Daemon - the original free FTP server for windows"No
was6cwXwas6cw.exePart of the WinAntiSpyware 2006 rogue spyware remover - not recommended, removal instructions hereNo
was7cwXwas7cw.exePart of the WinAntiSpyware 2007 rogue spyware remover - not recommendedNo
WashAndGo - Cleanup of old BackupfilesUchecker.exeWashAndGo - temp file cleanerNo
WasherUwasher.exeWindow Washer from Webroot Software. Useful utility that deletes safe to remove files, cookies, browsing history, etc. Available via from Start -> Programs. Disable within the program options - otherwise it is re-enabled in MSCONFIGNo
Washerie.exeNwasherie.exeCookie Washer for Internet Explorer from Webroot Software. Light version of Windows Washer, specific for cleaning the IE cache and cookies. Available via Start -> ProgramsNo
washindexUwashidx.exeWindow Washer from Webroot Software. Useful utility that deletes safe to remove files, cookies, browsing history, etc. Available via from Start -> Programs. Disable within the program options - otherwise it is re-enabled in MSCONFIGNo
WastXwast.exeGrokster ads updaterNo
was_checkXPASmon.exePart of the ErrorSafe rogue system error and cleaning utility - not recommendedNo
WatchNwatch.exeFound to be used by a Trust USB scanner for auto starting the scanning software when the lid is liftedNo
WatchU1200UBWATCH.EXEButton press monitor for the Mustek 1200 UB ScannerNo
Watch Dog ProgramNwatchdog.exeFor Compaq PC's. Associated with Compaq's internet services. Not required if you don't use services provided by them and may not be required even if you doNo
WatchdogNWatchdog.exeDefinitely part of the Mustek scanner drivers and software (for 600 III EP Plus and maybe others), launches from the Startup folder in the Start Menu, but not required as they give instructions on removing it on their webpageNo
WatchDog?watchdog.exePart of Motorola "Mobile Phone Tools" v3 - in a "Mobiile Phone Tools" sub-directory of Program FilesNo
WatchDog?DVDCheck.exeRelated to an Intervideo program. What does it do and is it required in startup?No
WatcherHelperUWaHelper.exeSierra Wireless Watcher™ - wireless configuration utilityNo
WatchWANNWatchWAN.exeWatchWAN keeps an accurate account of the data that is flowing between your computer and the Internet at any given moment. This readout is presented in both numerical and graphical format, in real timeNo
Watson Subscriber for SENS Network NotificationsUdwtrig20.exeUsed to launch Microsoft Error Reporting (DW20.exe) - if, for example, there have been an error downloading malware definition updates for Windows Defender - which gives the user the chance to send the error report to Microsoft to improve their softwareYes
waultsXwaults.exeAdded by the BIFROSE.L BACKDOOR!No
waumgrXwaumgr.exeAdded by a variant of the IRCBOT TROJAN!No
WaveFramerYWaveFramer.exePart of SafeSpace (from Artificial Dynamics) which "protects computers from Internet malware infection without the need for signature updates or regular maintenance"No
WaveTop LauncherNWaveTop.exeWaveTop - "Get push content from TV without an Internet connection" - now possibly a defunct system in the US included as an optional part of WebTV in Win98No
WaveTop Receiver 1NN/AWaveTop - "Get push content from TV without an Internet connection" - now possibly a defunct system in the US included as an optional part of WebTV in Win98No
WaveTop Receiver 2NN/AWaveTop - "Get push content from TV without an Internet connection" - now possibly a defunct system in the US included as an optional part of WebTV in Win98No
WaveTop Upload ManagerNN/AWaveTop - "Get push content from TV without an Internet connection" - now possibly a defunct system in the US included as an optional part of WebTV in Win98No
WavXMgrYWavXDocMgr.exePart of Wave Systems Corp. Embassy Trust Suite. "Document Manager uses the hardware security provided by the TPM to provide strong protection for data. Files encrypted by Document Manager cannot be located or viewed by others"No
WAWifiMessageUWiFiMsg.exe"HP Wireless Assistant is a user application that provides a method for controlling the enablement of individual wireless devices (such as Bluetooth or WLAN devices) and that shows the state of the radios for these wireless devices"No
WbcmgrXwbcmgr.exeAdded by the SLENFBOT.AW WORM!No
wben?wben.exeAppears to be related to Desktop Notifier from Starfield Technologies. What does it do and is it required?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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Portions Copyright Peter Forrest, Denny Denham, Sylvain Prevost, Tony Klein, CastleCops & Bleeping Computer
Database creation and support by Patrick Kolla
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