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?
CTxfiHlpNCTXFIHLP.EXEAdded by the installation of a Creative Labs X-Fi sound card. This particular process provides the help functionality for your card No
CTXFIREGNCTxfiReg.exeCreative Labs sound card driver related. It appears that it isn't required and maybe registration relatedNo
CtykdX[path to file]SMALL.SN spywareNo
CTZDetec.exeNCTZDetec.exeAuto-detect feature of Creative Media Lite which assists you in managing your music, ripping CDs and transferring other stored music to your Zen Stone MP3 playerNo
CU1XVCClient.exeAssociated with the Surf Sidekick adware and should be removedNo
CU2XVCMain.exeAssociated with the Surf Sidekick adware and should be removedNo
cuagentExeYCuagent.exeCommand Antivirus relatedNo
CueX44XDago.exeAdded by the PUNYA-B WORM!No
CueX44_stil_hereXWINLOGON.EXEAdded by the PUNYA-A WORM! Note - this is not the legitimate winlogon.exe process, which should not appear in Msconfig/Startup!No
cuoXcuo.exeAdded by the BUGBEAR.A WORM!No
CurrencyUwindowsintd.exeIntruder keystroke logger/monitoring program - remove unless you installed it yourself!No
Current Security ConfigXcsecure.exeAdded by the RBOT-AMO WORM!No
Current32Xmsnpla.exeAdded by the SDBOT-DIS WORM!No
CurrentVersionXrecyclebin.exeAdded by the AUTORUN-AZX WORM!No
CurseClientNCurseClient.exeCurseClient add-on manager for World of Warcraft and Warhammer Online gamesNo
cursorNScreendragon_VS_Taskbar.exeScreenDragon video playerNo
CursorFXUCursorFX.exeCursorFX from Stardock Corporation - cursor editing and management utility. Required if you use any cursors or effects supplied with or created by CursorFXYes
CursorGizmoUCursorGizmo.exeCursor Gizmo - cursor management utilityNo
CursorXPUCursorXP.exeCursorXP (now replaced by CursorFX) from Stardock Corporation - cursor editing and management utility. Required if you use any cursors or effects supplied with or created by CursorXPYes
CurtainUCurtain.exeCurtain (from Chaotic Visions) - "is a Windows utility which gives you the power to hide any window or group of windows to your system tray"No
Customizer2000Ulogon.exeAutomatic logon feature of Customizer 2000 - "a special utility which is designed to optimize Win9x/ME performance. The program lets you explore the many hidden settings in Windows, and make changes"No
CuteMXNCuteMX.EXEFile sharing utilityNo
CvfjxXANACON.EXEAdded by the NACO.A WORM!No
cvhnykzxXkeepSafe.exeAdded by the KILLAV.KAX TROJAN! Note - this is not the legitimate KeepSafe from Stardock Corporation which shares the same filename and is normally located in a %ProgramFiles%\Stardock subfolder. This one is found in %System%No
cvmonitor.exeXcvmonitor.exeAdded by the SDBOT.BV WORM!No
cvmsyslpdXsdservss.exeAdded by the MAILBOT-BY TROJAN!No
CVPNDYcvpnd.exeSub-system used by Cisco VPN client for making a connection to a remote IPSec serverNo
CWUcw4.exeChat Watch "is a monitoring and logging software for online chat and instant messaging programs"No
CWatchUcw.exeChatWatch - chat monitoring toolNo
cwbckverNcwbckver.exePart of IBM's iSeries (nee As/400) Client Access - communications suite that allows desktop, browser and wireless access to iSeries servers. Checks the software version on your PC to that of the iSeries it is connected to. Not required - and can be turned off in the Client Access properties. It's a waste of resourcesNo
cwbinhlpNcwbinhlp.exeClient Access Help Registry Update Function - part of IBM's iSeries (nee As/400) Client Access - communications suite that allows desktop, browser and wireless access to iSeries servers. It only updates the help files on your PC to match the level of the attached iSeriesNo
cwbsvstrNcwbsvstr.exePart of IBM's iSeries (nee As/400) Client Access - communications suite that allows desktop, browser and wireless access to iSeries servers. Useful if you are going to access the iSeries through Windows Explorer to move files back and forth between Windows folders and iSeries folders. This is a tool that is only used by Client Access administrators (usually) so it is not required - a waste of resourcesNo
cwbwlwiz?cwbwlwiz.exeWelcome wizard launcher - Part of IBM's iSeries (nee As/400) Client Access - communications suite that allows desktop, browser and wireless access to iSeries servers. What does it do and is it required?No
Cwcdschk.exe?Cwcdschk.exeIBM Thinkpad related?No
cwcptrayUcwcptray.exeRelated to ContentWatch Parental Control internet filterNo
cwingllibXatllsimm.exeAdded by a variant of the SDBOT WORM!No
cwintoolXcwintool.exeAdded by the SMALL.ZZJ TROJAN!No
cwriterXucookw.exePart of the ErrClean rogue system error and cleaning utility and other members of this family. See here for more examplesNo
cwriterXcwriter.exePart of PcRaiser, SystemOptimizer2008, VelocidadSimple and other rogue optimization utilities - not recommendedNo
cwupdateUcwupdate.exeContentProtect from ContentWatch - internet filterNo
cximddlXldfrmmd.exeAdded by the BUZUS.CQMU TROJAN!No
CXMonNHpi_Monitor.exeAutodetects when a HP camera is attached to the computer and launches the "HP Photoimaging Software"No
cybansosXcyban.exeAdded by the TATERF-V WORM!No
CyberNcyberchk.exePart of Belkins "Multimedia Cleaning Kit" and is automatically installed when you run their optical disk drive cleaning utility - to remind you to clean your drive after "x" amount of time has passedNo
Cyber TrioUshowmode.exeFrom G-Tek Technologies. Allows you to set the PC in one of three modes, Standard, Enhanced and Kiddo. Standard is full function, Enhanced prevents accidental damage and Kiddo is a play environment for kids. Pre-installed on some Packard Bell PCsNo
Cyber-Defender 2003Uuwcdsvr.exeCyber Defender 2003No
Cyber-shot Viewer Media Check ToolNSPUVolumeWatcher.exePart of the Sony Picture Uility software supplied with Sony Cyber-shot digital cameras. Automatically invokes an import process if the camera is connected and has media on itYes
Cyber-shot Viewer Media Check ToolNSPUVOL~1.EXEPart of the Sony Picture Utility software supplied with Sony Cyber-shot digital cameras. Automatically invokes an import process if the camera is connected and has media on itYes
CyberDefender Early Detection CenterX_cdas[random].exeCyberDefender Early Detection Center rogue security software - not recommended. On testing with a clean image, this reported registry entries pointing to the legitimate Java "jqs_plugin.dll" file (located in %ProgramFiles%\Java\jre6\lib\deploy\jqs\ie as the Anticlear rogue (see an example here). In addition, it claimed that the installer for an older version of HashTab contained W32.MalwareF.KJAE and quarantined a valid 7-zip file ("7zCon.sfx" in %ProgramFiles%\7-Zip) as W32/Malware. Also read this post where a Tech Support person uses other free tools such as MBAM to fix a problemNo
CyberDefender Early Detection CenterXcdas[random].exeCyberDefender Early Detection Center rogue security software - not recommended. On testing with a clean image, this reported registry entries pointing to the legitimate Java "jqs_plugin.dll" file (located in %ProgramFiles%\Java\jre6\lib\deploy\jqs\ie as the Anticlear rogue (see an example here). In addition, it claimed that the installer for an older version of HashTab contained W32.MalwareF.KJAE and quarantined a valid 7-zip file ("7zCon.sfx" in %ProgramFiles%\7-Zip) as W32/Malware. Also read this post where a Tech Support person uses other free tools such as MBAM to fix a problemNo
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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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