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?
Firefox Plugin ManagerXfirefoxpgm.exeAdded by the MSNPHOTO.E WORM!No
Firefox PreloaderUFirefoxPreloader.exeFirefox Preloader - "a utility that is designed to load parts of Mozilla Firefox into memory before it is used to improve the its startup time". Even on fast machines Firefox can take a while to loadYes
FireFox Service DriversXssmss.exeAdded by a variant of the SDBOT WORM!No
FireFox Startup DriversXwuaclt.exeAdded by the RBOT.BYX WORM!No
firefox.exeXfirefox.exeAdded by the BANKER-EBO TROJAN! Note - this is not the popular FireFox web browser and is located in %System%No
FirePodYFIREPOD.EXEDriver for the PreSonus FP10 (formerly FirePod) Firewire recording systemNo
FiresWallservicesX[random].exeAdded by the RBOT-FJT WORM!No
Firetrust BenignYB9.exeFireTrust Benign - allows you to receive e-mail which is safe from viruses, worms, scripts, web bugs, privacy threats and other security risks, without affecting your e-mail. "Benign neutralizes or strips out the code that makes viruses, worms, scripts and other potentially harmful things run"Yes
Firevall AdministratingXrndll.exeAdded by the PUSHBOT-B WORM!No
firewalXfirewal.exeAdded by the BANCBAN-QY TROJAN!No
FirewallX wmlaunch .exeAdded by the ELIPTER.A or ELIPTER.B WORMS! Note the space at the beginning of the filenameNo
FirewallXwmlaunch .exeAdded by the ELIPTER.D WORM!No
FirewallXSP2 UPDATE.exeAdded by the ELITPER.E WORM!No
FirewallXFirewall.batAdded by the YPSAN.G WORM!No
firewallXfw_304.exeAdded by the BDOOR-JQ BACKDOOR!No
FirewallXctfmon.exeAdded by a variant of the IRCBOT BACKDOOR! Note - this is not the legitimate ctfmon.exe process associated with alternate text inputs which is always located in %System%. This one is located in %Windir%No
firewallXspoolsv.exeAdded by the DIZAN.F VIRUS!No
firewallXfirewall.exeAdded by the SURO-A TROJAN!No
firewall 2008Xlogoneui.exeAdded by the SILLYFDC WORM!No
Firewall AdminXinfocard.exeAdded by the VBPIT-A MALWARE! Note - this is not the valid InfoCard Service which is part of the .NET Framework from Microsoft which is normally found in %Windir%\Microsoft.NET%\Framework%\v3.0%\Windows Communication Foundation. This one is located in %Windir%No
Firewall AdministratingXinfocard.exeAdded by the AUTORUN-AYV WORM! Note - this is not the valid InfoCard Service which is part of the .NET Framework from Microsoft and uses the same filenameNo
Firewall auto setupXwinlogon.exeAdded by the AGENT-EDB TROJAN! Note - this is not the legitimate winlogon.exe process which is always located in %System% and should not normally figure in Msconfig/Startup! This one is located in %Temp%No
Firewall auto setupX[path to trojan]Added by the AGENT-GLY TROJAN!No
Firewall configXReadMe.exeAdded by the SILLYFDC.BBT WORM!No
Firewall ControlsXsys32.exeAdded by the SDBOT-DGI WORM!No
Firewall PolicyXMidiDef32.exeAdded by the PIEBOT-A TROJAN!No
Firewall Sp2 systemXsys32Conf.exeAdded by the RBOT-ABT WORM!No
Firewall Update System1XWinedowsUpdater1.exeAdded by the RBOT-ARU WORM!No
Firewall UpdaterXmsnupdateit.exeAdded by the RBOT-AAQ WORM!No
Firewall.exeXFirewall.exeAdded by the AGENT.AGL BACKDOOR! Located in %System%No
FireWall.exeYFireWall.exeAshampoo® Firewall PRO and Ashampoo® Firewall FREE from Ashampoo GmbH & Co. KG. Located in an Ashampoo related sub-directory of %ProgramFiles%Yes
FirewallActiviesXcsrss.exeAdded by the BANKER-AQ TROJAN! Note - this is not the legitimate csrss.exe process which is always located in %System% and should not normally figure in Msconfig/Startup! This one is located in a "3041" subfolderNo
FirewallGUIYFirewallGUI.exeSystem Tray access to PC Tools Firewall Plus from PC Tools - which "is a powerful personal firewall for Windows that protects your computer from intruders and controls the network traffic in and out of your PC"Yes
FirewallStartupUFirewallstartup.exeInnovative Startup Firewall - "designed to protect your computer from programs that install themselves in the StartUp area of your Windows without asking for your approval. Innovative StartUp Firewall will help you keep your computer clean, fast and in it's best shape"No
FirewallSvrXFirewallSvr.exeAdded by the NETSKY.X or NETSKY.Y WORMS!No
firewall_antiXfirewall_anti.exeAdded by the NETDENY-B TROJAN!No
FireWire DriverXsamx.exeAdded by the SDBOT.AE WORM!No
FireWire ServiceXnvscv32.exeAdded by a variant of the SDBOT WORM!No
FireWire ServicesXnvcsv32.exeAdded by a variant of the SPYBOT WORM!No
FirstXFinddir.exeAdded by the DELF-EZD TROJAN!No
First Home PageXhttp://find.naupoint.comNaupoint browser hijackerNo
First Principle Group?fpg.exeRelated to the E-Players Card from First Principle GroupNo
FishyUFishy.exeFishy widget included with the DesktopX desktop utility from Stardock Corporation. Displays a fish swimming on the desktop. Once started, Fishy.exe loads a file called "DXWidget.exe" and exitsYes
FIXXWinFIX1.0.vbsAdded by the GORMLEZ-A WORM!No
Fix ToolXFix-Tool.exeFix Tool rogue system error and cleaning utility - not recommendedNo
Fix-itYmxtask.exePart of Ontrack's Fix-it Utilities Suite. Loads a System Tray icon that lets you access the full program. Needed if you run the crash guard, intellicluster, anti-virus, or autoupdater. Otherwise not requiredNo
Fix-it AVYmemcheck.exePart of Ontrack's Fix-it Utilities Suite anti-virus. Performs a quick check of memory for signs of any virus. Exits afterward and returns all resources used in one user's experience. Not required but could be left without a drain on resourcesNo
FixniceXvcvw.exeAdded by the SDBOT TROJAN!No
fjdslssdfdXmat2.exeAdded by the SLAPEW.C TROJAN!No
FjMenuUFjMenu.exeFrom the "Fujitsu Menu" tray icon you have instant access to the Control Panel, Tablet pc keyboard, Tablet and pen settings, Fujitsu display controls, brightness control, sounds and audio devices, capture screen, capture window, organize favorites, power options, printers and faxes, LCD brightness MIN, LCD brightness MAX, Enable/disable Button Panel and the Fujitsu menu settings, which are customizableNo
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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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Database creation and support by Patrick Kolla
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