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
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Name or Startup ItemStatusCommand or DataDescriptionTested?
Windows Data ServerXautodisc.exeAdded by the SPYBOT-CB WORM! No
Windows Data ServerX[random name].exeAdded by the SPYBOT-DS WORM!No
Windows DatabaseXWinDat.exeAdded by an unidentified WORM or TROJAN!No
Windows DatabaseXwiinsvc.exeAdded by the AGOBOT-RU WORM!No
Windows Dcom2 FixXmscom32.exeAdded by the RBOT-QT WORM!No
Windows DDE LoaderXwindde32.exeAdded by the SDBOT-UZ WORM!No
Windows debug loggingXwinlogg.exeAdded by the RBOT-OY WORM! No
Windows debug loggingXwinloggs.exeAdded by the RBOT-QN WORM!No
Windows DebuggerXwindbg.exeAdded by the FORBOT-BY WORM!No
Windows DebuggerXmsdbg32.exeAdded by a variant of the RBOT WORM!No
Windows DebuggerXwindbg32.exeAdded by the ZOTOB.L WORM!No
Windows Debugging ToolsXupdatecfg.exeAdded by the RBOT-AXU WORM!No
Windows Default ConfigurationXsvchost.exeAdded by the DLOADER-U TROJAN! Note - this is not the legitimate svchost.exe process which should not normally figure in Msconfig/Startup!No
Windows Default ServerXwfdmgrsp.exeAdded by the IRCBOT.BCX BACKDOOR!No
Windows Default ServerXwinampa.exeAdded by the IRCBOT.AUN WORM! Note - this is NOT associated with the popular Winamp media player. The valid file for the Winamp Agent resides in a "Winamp" subdirectory of %ProgramFiles% whereas this file is located in %Windir%No
Windows DefenderYMSASCui.exeMain user interface for Microsoft's Windows Defender on XP/Vista - which "helps protect your computer against pop-ups, slow performance, and security threats caused by spyware and other unwanted software by detecting and removing known spyware from your computer". Used in conjunction with the associated service, this entry is always running and the user also has the option to always display the System Tray icon and monitor/control new startup programsYes
Windows DefenderXwdc*.exeAdded by a variant of the FakeAlert TROJAN! This infection displays fake Windows Defender alerts which link to spyware-kicker.comNo
Windows DefenderXWinDefender.exeAdded by the FAKEAV-CLZ TROJAN! Note - this is not the legitimate Microsoft Windows Defender whose filename is MSASCui.exeNo
Windows Defender AddsXwda*.exeAdded by a variant of the FakeAlert TROJAN! This infection displays fake Windows Defender alerts which link to spyware-kicker.comNo
Windows Defender MonitorXwdm*.exeAdded by a variant of the FakeAlert TROJAN! This infection displays fake Windows Defender alerts which link to spyware-kicker.comNo
Windows Defender UpdaterXwdu*.exeAdded by a variant of the FakeAlert TROJAN! This infection displays fake Windows Defender alerts which link to spyware-kicker.comNo
WINDOWS DENEMEXdeneme.exeAdded by the MYTOB-CR WORM!No
Windows DesktopXservices.exeAdded by the DWNLDR-JAN TROJAN! 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%No
Windows Desktop ControlerXwindesktop.exeAdded by the SDBOT-XH WORM!No
Windows Desktop DaemonXwinpadg.exeAdded by a variant of the SPYBOT WORM!No
Windows Desktop SearchNWindowsSearch.exeSystem Tray access to Windows Desktop Search for XP from Microsoft - which adds additional search options including a search box on the Taskbar. On earlier versions this entry also runs the indexing function at startup which indexes files and e-mails items so you can quickly find words and phrases (replaced by a service in later versions). Disabling this entry does not affect the normal operation and indexing will occur when you next perform a searchYes
Windows Dialup ServiceXdialup.exeAdded by the AGOBOT.AAH WORM!No
Windows Disk DefragmenterXwpabaln32.exeAdded by the BANCOS-ASJ TROJAN!No
Windows Disk ManagerXcmnvc.exeAdded by a variant of the IRCBOT TROJAN!No
Windows Display CouplerXdisplay.exeAdded by the IRCBOT-YS TROJAN!No
Windows DLL hostXwinupd32.exeAdded by a variant of the SPYBOT WORM!No
Windows DLL HostXdllhost32.exeAdded by an unidentified WORM or TROJAN!No
Windows DLL LoaderXRUNDLL16.EXEAdded by the DOMWIS TROJAN!No
Windows DLL LoaderXdefragfat32z.exeAdded by the LINKBOT.A WORM!No
Windows DLL LoaderXrundll32.exeAdded by the WHIPSER-B WORM! Note - this is not the legitimate rundll32.exe processNo
Windows DLL LoaderXdefragfat32pi.exeAdded by the RBOT-QQ WORM!No
Windows DLL LoaderXdefragfat39.exeAdded by the POEBOT-C WORM!No
Windows DLL LoaderXdefragfatz.exeAdded by the LINKBOT.H WORM!No
Windows DLL LoaderXdefragfat32.exeAdded by the SDBOT-SS WORM!No
Windows DLL LoaderXdefragfat32abc.exeAdded by the RBOT-RG WORM!No
Windows DLL LoaderXwdevice.exeAdded by a variant of the SDBOT WORM!No
Windows DLL LoaderXSYSCFG16.EXEAdded by the DOMWIS-N WORM! No
Windows DLL LoaderXWINCFG32.EXEAdded by the AGOBOT-TE WORM!No
Windows DLL LoaderXdefragfatx.exeAdded by the POEBOT-F WORM!No
Windows DLL ServicesXwinsvc32.exeAdded by the RBOT-ZF WORM!No
Windows DLL ServicesXsvchost.exeAGENT.H spyware. Note - this is not the legitimate svchost.exe process which is always located in %System% and should not normally figure in Msconfig/Startup!No
Windows DLL ServicesXsystem.exeAGENT.H spywareNo
Windows DLL TrackerXspoolsrv.exeAdded by a variant of the WOOTBOT WORM!No
Windows DLL VerifierXxptl.exeAdded by a variant of the RBOT WORM!No
Windows DLL VerifierXwindlls.exeAdded by the RBOT-AZQ 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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