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?
wincfgXsyscnfg.exeAdded by an unidentified VIRUS, WORM or TROJAN! "syscnfg.exe" is found in %Windir%\fonts\font2 where no *.exe files should resideNo
WINCHATXWINCHAT.EXEAdded by the SPECFIX BACKDOOR!No
WinCheckXWinCheck.exeAdded by the PWS-CY TROJAN!No
WinCheckXservices.exeAdded by the SOBER.S WORM! Note - this is not the legitimate services.exe process which is always located in %System% and should not normally figure in Msconfig/Startup! This one is located in %Windir%\ConnectionStatus\MicrosoftNo
WinCheckXcheck.exeAdded by the DELBOT-Y WORM!No
winchkUwinchk.exeRemoteSpy surveillance software. Uninstall this software unless you put it there yourselfNo
winchostXwinchost.exeAdded by the DLOADER-PO TROJAN!No
WinCinema ManagerNWinCinemaMgr.exeWinCinema Manager is needed when using the WinDVD Remote Control for WinDVD from Intervideo. Available via Start → ProgramsNo
WINCINEMAMGRNWINCIN~1.EXEWinCinema_Manager is needed when using the WinDVD Remote Control for WinDVD from Intervideo. Available via Start -> ProgramsNo
WinCinemaMgrNWinCinemaMgr.exeWinCinema_Manager is needed when using the WinDVD Remote Control for WinDVD from Intervideo. Available via Start -> ProgramsNo
WINCINEMAMGRUWinRemote.exeInterVideo WinCinema Manager - needed for the use of WinDVD Remote ControlNo
wincleanXwinclean.exeAdded by the AGENT.GXR TROJAN!No
winclsXrundll32.exe wincls.dll,startAdded by the AKBOT-AR WORM! Note that rundll32.exe is a legitimate Microsoft file used to launch DLL file types and shouldn't be deleted. The "wincls.dll" file is found in %System%No
wincmapXwincmapp.exeCasClient adware variant - also detected as the CMAPP TROJAN!No
WinColorReminderUWinColorReminder.exeThe Microsoft Color Control Panel Applet for Windows XP "helps you manage Windows color settings in one place." Part of the Pro Imaging PowertoysNo
wincomXvbrun6win.exeAdded by the AGOBOT-AFK WORM!No
winconfigXwscript winconfig.jsAdded by the CHAFPIN TROJAN! Note that wscript.exe is a legitimate Microsoft file used to launch script files and shouldn't be deleted. The "winconfig.js" file is found in %Temp%No
winconfigXwscript.exe winconfig.jsAdded by the CHAFPIN TROJAN! Note that wscript.exe is a legitimate Microsoft file used to launch script files and shouldn't be deleted. The "winconfig.js" file is located in %Temp%No
WinConfig9324Xwincfgkop9.exeAdded by the RBOT.BVD WORM!No
winconnXvbrun6nt.exeAdded by the AGOBOT-AEI BACKDOOR!No
WinCore32.exeXWinCore32.exeAdded by the CLICKER-EN TROJAN!No
wincrt.exeX[path to worm]Added by the STRATIO-HA WORM!No
WinCRT32Xwincrt32.exeAdded by the DOGBOT-D WORM!No
WinCSRSSXMSGRT32.EXEAdded by the REWINDO-A TROJAN! No
winctlXwinctl.exeAdded by the IRCBOT-YI TROJAN!No
WINCXXwincore332.exeAdded by the AGOBOT-MG WORM!No
WindXWind.exeAdded by an unidentified VIRUS, WORM or TROJAN! See here - the file is located in %Windir%\DebugNo
Wind Logd FileXservicelogd.exeAdded by a variant of the RBOT WORM!No
Wind OptimizerXWindOptimizer.exeWind Optimizer rogue system optimization tool - not recommended, removal instructions hereNo
Wind River SystemsXvxworks.exeAdded by the ACKANTTA WORM! Note that this is not related to the VxWorks platform from Wind RiverNo
Wind SecurityXmswi32.pifAdded by the RBOT-ARH WORM!No
wind.exeXwind.exeAdded by the MITGLIEDER.BD TROJAN!No
WIND0WSXWIND0WS.exeAdded by the SPYBOT.DQ WORM!No
WIND0WSXmella.batAdded by the ALLEM WORM!No
Wind0wsXwordpad.exeAdded by the AGOBOT-TL WORM! Note - this is not the legitimate Windows application wordpad.exe (which is found in the %ProgramFiles%\Accessories folder) which should not normally be seen in Msconfig or as a Startup item. This one is Located in %System%No
Wind0ws Ser7ice AgentXcolwindos.exeAdded by the RBOT-GQO WORM!No
Wind0ws SharingXssprotecter.exeAdded by the RBOT-AHW WORM!No
Wind32XWind32.exeIdentified as a variant of the Backdoor.Win32.Poison.avs malwareNo
windateXwindate.exeAdded by the AGOBOT-ZC WORM!No
WinDatesNwindates.exeWinDates is a calendar, date organizer and event reminder program from Rockin' SoftwareNo
windbsXwinxtc.exeAdded by the AGOBOT-WD WORM!No
WindeXwinde.exeAdded by the DLUCA TROJAN!No
windefXWin32sp.vbsAdded by the ANPES WORM!No
windefXwindef.exeAdded by the WURMARK-O WORM!No
WinDefenderXwicfte.exeAdded by the SCAR-AG TROJAN!No
WinDefender 2008XWDefDemo.exeWinDefender 2008 rogue privacy program - not recommended, removal instructions hereNo
windefender.exeXwindefender.exeAdded by the AGENT.BYH TROJAN!No
WinDefender2009Xwindef.exeWinDefender 2009 rogue security software - not recommended, removal instructions hereNo
Windeows NetStart Service2Xtesakrmger.exeAdded by the RBOT-AMY WORM!No
WinDevilsXWinDevils.exeAdded by the BRONTOK-BS WORM! 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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