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?
websearchXwjview [path to code]Ebates "Web Savings" adware - aka TopMoxie adware. "wjview.exe" is an MS file located in %System% and is used to view window-based Java applications from the command line. The associated "Web Savings" files are located in %ProgramFiles%\websearchNo
WebSecureAlertNWebSecureAlert.exeWebSecureAlert - "helps to protect your browser security by monitoring for unauthorized tampering with Internet Explorer's security settings, and can help to protect your privacy by deleting your web surfing history on a regular basis". Not recommended as it bundles GAIN adware. You can get the adware free version for a whopping $30. Please note that Claria Corporation no longer support GAIN-Supported software - see hereNo
WebServer?VBI_SE~1.EXERelated to a Pinnacle sound card. What does it do and is it needed?No
WebshotsUWebshots Tray.exeWebshots - software that displays photos as your screensaver and wallpaper, and provides tools for sharing your personal photos on the webNo
WebshotsUwebsho~1.exeWebshots - software that displays photos as your screensaver and wallpaper, and provides tools for sharing your personal photos on the webNo
WebshotsULauncher.exeWebshots - software that displays photos as your screensaver and wallpaper, and provides tools for sharing your personal photos on the webNo
WebshotsUWebshotsTray.exeWebshots - software that displays photos as your screensaver and wallpaper, and provides tools for sharing your personal photos on the webNo
Website Administrator InfoXwebadmin.exeAdded by the FORBOT-FY WORM!No
WebSpecialsXrundll32 [path] webspec.dllWebSpecials spyware. Note that rundll32.exe is a legitimate Microsoft file used to launch DLL file types and shouldn't be deletedNo
WebSpyShieldXWebSpyShield.exeWebSpyShield rogue security software - not recommendedNo
WebSUpdaterXwupda.exeAdded by the STARTPAGE.C TROJAN!No
WebsxXInt*****.exeAdult content dialler - where ***** are randomNo
WebTrap.exeYWebTrap.exePart of Trend Micro web-security products - PC-cillin 2000 and Virus Buster 2001. Checks web-sites for malicious Java and ActiveX elements in a similar way to McAfee WebScanX. A few users find it infuriatingNo
WebTrapNT.exeYWebTrapNT.exePart of PC-Cillin anti-virus software. Checks web-sites for malicious Java and ActiveX elements in a similar way to McAfee WebScanX. A few users find it infuriatingNo
WebVaccineMainXWebVaccine.exeWebVaccine rogue security software - not recommended, removal instructions hereNo
WebWasherUwwasher.exeFree Pop-up/ad/javascript filter program from Siemens. If not running then browsers will not be protected but will still work. Available via Start -> ProgramsNo
WegVonVirenXpgs.exeWegVonViren, Swedish rogue security software - not recommended. A member of the AVSystemCare familyNo
WeirdOnTheWebXWeirdOnTheWeb.exeWeirdOnTheWeb adwareNo
WelcomeNWelcome.exeLaunches the "Welcome to Windows" tutorial on a Windows 98 boot upYes
WelcomeXwinconfig.exeAdded by the GIP.113.B1 TROJAN!No
WelcomeXCONFIG.EXEAdded by the PSWGIP.B TROJAN!No
WEPstat?Wepstat.exeCisco Aironet 340 Series PC Card driver. If it can be started manually it shouldn't be required if you don't use the PC card facility regularily - hence the status could be "U". Can anybody confirm this?No
wersdsXdoriot.exeAdded by the JECT.C TROJAN!No
wersds.exeXdoriot.exeAdded by the BAGLEDI-A TROJAN!No
wescmvX[random filename]Added by a variant of the SLAPER TROJAN!No
wesumuXwiustv.exeAdded by the QQPASS-L TROJAN!No
WetSockNwetsock.exeRoboMagic Wetsock - weather reporting in the System TrayNo
wextract_cleanup0Nadvpack.dll, DelNodeRunDLL32 [path] [filename].TMPWextract Cleanup0 is valid and legal software included or sold to help clean up temporary or cab files created by the installer software for a wide variety of software. It should disapear after a restart of the system. If not fix it No
WF2KUWF2K.EXESystem Tray application that starts up the Winfox utility for a Leadtek Winfast graphics card to restore settings. Can be started manually via Start → Control Panel → Display. Only needed if you wish to run things like the hardware monitor or overclock your cardYes
WFGStartupNWFGStartup.exeWorldFlash news ticker which "proactively delivers your news and information about the latest global events"No
WFGStartupNWFGStartupU.exeWorldFlash news ticker which "proactively delivers your news and information about the latest global events"No
wfipsUiphider.exeICQ (messaging/chat program) anti-bomb software. "WFIPS is anti-bomb software for safeguarding ICQ Bomb before the bombing. 'ICQ Defoolder' is a tool for removing ICQ bomb after being exposed." For more information about ICQ bombs see hereNo
WFXCTL32.EXENWFXCTL32.EXEFrom WinFax 10.0 and possibly earlier versions. Appears if you chose to have WinFax appear in the taskbar (System Tray) during installation and displays a yellow fax/telephone icon. Available via Start -> ProgramsNo
wfxloadUwfxload.exeWindowFX from Stardock Corporation - "a special effects program for Windows that allows users to add a variety of opening and closing, transition and other visual effects to the user interface" such as shadows, transparency and menu animations. Required for the selected special effects to work. Also part of the Object Desktop suiteYes
wfxsnt40Ywfxsnt40.exeWinFax 10.0 and maybe earlier versions. Used to initiate the WinFax port to enable printing to the WinFax printer (send a fax) from any applicationNo
WFXSwtch?WFXSWTCH.exeRelated to WinFax. What does it do and is it required?No
WG111v2 Smart Wizard Wireless SettingURtlWake.exeConfiguration utility for the Netgear WG111 54 Mbps Wireless USB 2.0 Adapter that "provides wireless access to your desktop or notebook PC through the computer's USB port"No
WG511WLUYWG511WLU.exeNetgear configuration programme for the 54g wireless lan card - required to monitor and manage the lan card No
wgeaxXwgeax.exeAdded by the IRCBOT-TM WORM!No
wgs3Xwgs3.exeAdded by the LEGMIR-AQH TROJAN!No
WGVXWGV.exeAdded by the ZIPPIE TROJAN!No
WGWLocalManagerUWGWLocalManager.exePart of Flash-Networks NettGain2000 product. NettGain 2000 is a combined hardware/software networking solution, which is designed to improve performance of satellite networks by increasing data transmission speeds and maximizing the existing bandwidth for complete utilization when sending TCP/IP applications over a satellite. It is needed when connecting to the internet via satellite to provide speed faster than 60k or so. It could be started by creating a shortcut, running it only when connecting to the internet. If internet is used often, it's recommended to leave it in startup so it starts with the systemNo
WgwMngrYWgwMngr.exePart of Flash-Networks NettGain2000 product. NettGain 2000 is a combined hardware/software networking solution, which is designed to improve performance of satellite networks by increasing data transmission speeds and maximizing the existing bandwidth for complete utilization when sending TCP/IP applications over a satellite. It is needed when connecting to the internet via satellite to provide speed faster than 60k or soNo
whagentXwhagent.exeSystem Tray application that starts up Webhancer software. Software that optimizes your web browser and is also advertising spyware that you can find out about hereNo
what everXdecom.exeAdded by the RBOT-SC WORM!No
What FrenzXFriendEQUALsuX.exeAdded by the BHARAT.A WORM!No
WhatPulseUWHATPU~1.EXEWhatPulse collects statistics on how much you type on your computer and sends this information to a server. It is not a keylogger which monitors your keystrokes and what you type - it only counts the number of keystrokesNo
WhatPulseUWhatPulse.exeWhatPulse collects statistics on how much you type on your computer and sends this information to a server. It is not a keylogger which monitors your keystrokes and what you type - it only counts the number of keystrokesNo
WheelMouseU4DMAIN.EXEMouse software for "Fellowes" Wheelman mouse. Has caused some users problems but shouldn't be needed if you don't use any enhanced features it may provideNo
WheelMouseUAMOUMAIN.EXEA4Tech wireless mouse driver and utility - required if you use non-standard Windows driver featuresNo
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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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