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?
Adobe AcrobatNReader_sl.exeSpeeds up the time it takes to load the free Adobe Reader PDF file viewer. "The Speed Launcher quickly opens and closes all of the files that Acrobat or Adobe Reader will use when the application starts. Opening and closing the files allows your virus protection software to check these programs and add them to its list of safe files". Not required for Adobe Reader to function properlyYes
Adobe AcrobatNAcrobat_sl.exeSpeeds up the time it takes to load the Adobe Acrobat PDF creation/editing utility. "The Speed Launcher quickly opens and closes all of the files that Acrobat or Adobe Reader will use when the application starts. Opening and closing the files allows your virus protection software to check these programs and add them to its list of safe files". Not required for Acrobat to function properlyYes
Adobe Acrobat Distiller ApplicationXacrotray.exeAdded by the RANDEX.DFJ WORM! Note that the legitimate Adobe file (if installed) would normally be found in %ProgramFiles%\Adobe%\%ProgramName% (where %ProgramName% is Acrobat 9.0\Acrobat or Acrobat 7.0\Distillr for example) whereas this one is located in %System%No
Adobe Acrobat Reader CFGX[random filename]Added by a variant of the RBOT WORM!No
Adobe Acrobat Speed LauncherNAcrobat_sl.exeSpeeds up the time it takes to load the Adobe Acrobat PDF creation/editing utility. "The Speed Launcher quickly opens and closes all of the files that Acrobat or Adobe Reader will use when the application starts. Opening and closing the files allows your virus protection software to check these programs and add them to its list of safe files". Not required for Acrobat to function properlyYes
Adobe Acrobat Speed LauncherNSC_Acrobat.exeSpeeds up the time it takes to load older versions of the Adobe Acrobat PDF creation/editing utility. Loads "acrobat_sl.exe" which quickly opens and closes all of the files that Acrobat will use when the application starts - allowing virus protection software to check these programs and add them to the list of safe files. Not required for Acrobat to function properlyYes
Adobe Acrobat SynchronizerUAdobeCollabSync.exeEntry added with Adobe Acrobat 8.0. Adobe Synchronizer "is a small application that runs in the background, providing synchronization of document reviews and Tracker subscriptions so that your data is available when you need it". See the link for more informationNo
Adobe Acrobat SynchronizerUADOBEC~1.EXEEntry added with Adobe Acrobat 8.0. Adobe Synchronizer "is a small application that runs in the background, providing synchronization of document reviews and Tracker subscriptions so that your data is available when you need it". See the link for more informationNo
Adobe ARMNAdobeARM.exeAdobe Reader and Acrobat Manager (ARM) - update/download manager added with Adobe Acrobat/Reader from version 9.x. Taken from the Adobe user forums - "AdobeARM.exe is a part of new Adobe Acrobat\Reader updater. If you manage updates yourself, it is absolutely safe to remove it from Run registry" - see hereYes
Adobe Bridge CS5NBridge.exeAdobe Bridge - part of Adobe CS5 products which "lets you organize, browse, and locate the assets you use to create content for print, the web, DVD, video, and mobile devices. Adobe Bridge keeps native Adobe files (such as PSD and PDF) as well as non-Adobe files available for easy access"Yes
Adobe Collaboration SynchronizerUADOBEC~1.EXEEntry added with Adobe Reader 8.0 and Acrobat 8.0. Adobe Synchronizer "is a small application that runs in the background, providing synchronization of document reviews and Tracker subscriptions so that your data is available when you need it". See the link for more informationYes
Adobe Collaboration SynchronizerUAdobeCollabSync.exeEntry added with Adobe Reader 8.0 and Acrobat 8.0. Adobe Synchronizer "is a small application that runs in the background, providing synchronization of document reviews and Tracker subscriptions so that your data is available when you need it". See the link for more informationYes
Adobe CS4 Service ManagerNCS4ServiceManager.exePart of both stand-alone Adobe CS4 products (such as Photoshop and Dreamweaver) and suites, CS4 Service Manager supports online services such as Adobe Drive. Whilst testing, it would appear that this entry can be safely disabled as it will be loaded when required but if you experience problems try re-enabling itYes
Adobe CS5 Service ManagerNCS5ServiceManager.exePart of both stand-alone Adobe CS5 products (such as Photoshop and Dreamweaver) and suites, CS5 Service Manager supports online services. Whilst testing, it would appear that this entry can be safely disabled as it will be loaded when required but if you experience problems try re-enabling itYes
Adobe Filter PlatformXafilterplatform.exeAdded by the RBOT-OP WORM!No
Adobe Flash PlayerXAdobeFP.exeAdded by the AUTORUN-BBP WORM!No
Adobe GammaUAdobe Gamma Loader.exeIncluded with older versions of Adobe Photoshop products. Loads the user created ICC profile which adjusts monitor colours across all programs, including Photoshop. Required by some graphics professionals who want their monitor calibrated. Most home users will not need itYes
Adobe GammaUADOBEG~1.EXEIncluded with older versions of Adobe Photoshop products. Loads the user created ICC profile which adjusts monitor colours across all programs, including Photoshop. Required by some graphics professionals who want their monitor calibrated. Most home users will not need itYes
Adobe Gamma LoaderUAdobe Gamma Loader.exeIncluded with older versions of Adobe Photoshop products. Loads the user created ICC profile which adjusts monitor colours across all programs, including Photoshop. Required by some graphics professionals who want their monitor calibrated. Most home users will not need itYes
Adobe Gamma LoaderUADOBEG~1.EXEIncluded with older versions of Adobe Photoshop products. Loads the user created ICC profile which adjusts monitor colours across all programs, including Photoshop. Required by some graphics professionals who want their monitor calibrated. Most home users will not need itYes
Adobe Gamma Loader.exeUAdobe Gamma Loader.exeIncluded with older versions of Adobe Photoshop products. Loads the user created ICC profile which adjusts monitor colours across all programs, including Photoshop. Required by some graphics professionals who want their monitor calibrated. Most home users will not need itYes
Adobe Gamma Loader.exeUADOBEG~1.EXEIncluded with older versions of Adobe Photoshop products. Loads the user created ICC profile which adjusts monitor colours across all programs, including Photoshop. Required by some graphics professionals who want their monitor calibrated. Most home users will not need itYes
Adobe Media PlayerNAdobe Media Player.exeAdobe Media Player - "a next-generation desktop media player, providing high-quality video playback of streamed, downloaded, or locally stored video content. Now discontinued as a stand-lone download, it is still included in some of the Adobe CS4 and CS5 productsYes
Adobe Media PlayerNADOBEM~1.EXEAdobe Media Player - "a next-generation desktop media player, providing high-quality video playback of streamed, downloaded, or locally stored video content. Now discontinued as a stand-lone download, it is still included in some of the Adobe CS4 and CS5 productsYes
Adobe Photo DownloaderNapdproxy.exePart of Adobe's discontinued Photoshop Album SE and older versions of Photoshop Elements and Photoshop Lightroom image editing tools. As well as providing System Tray access to the main program this entry detects when a device containing images is connected (such as a USB memory stick, camera or mobile phone) and offers you the chance to import these into your image library - see here for exampleYes
Adobe Photo Downloader 3.0 componentNapdproxy.exePart of Adobe's discontinued Photoshop Album SE and older versions of Photoshop Elements and Photoshop Lightroom image editing tools. As well as providing System Tray access to the main program this entry detects when a device containing images is connected (such as a USB memory stick, camera or mobile phone) and offers you the chance to import these into your image library - see here for exampleYes
Adobe Photoshop Album Starter EditionNapdproxy.exePart of Adobe's discontinued Photoshop Album SE image editing tool. As well as providing System Tray access to the main program this entry detects when a device containing images is connected (such as a USB memory stick, camera or mobile phone) and offers you the chance to import these into your image library - see here for exampleYes
Adobe Reader and Acrobat ManagerNAdobeARM.exeAdobe Reader and Acrobat Manager (ARM) - update/download manager added with Adobe Acrobat/Reader from version 9.x. Taken from the Adobe user forums - "AdobeARM.exe is a part of new Adobe Acrobat\Reader updater. If you manage updates yourself, it is absolutely safe to remove it from Run registry" - see hereYes
Adobe Reader Speed LaunchNreader_sl.exeSpeeds up the time it takes to load older versions of the free Adobe Reader PDF file viewer. "The Speed Launcher quickly opens and closes all of the files that Acrobat or Adobe Reader will use when the application starts. Opening and closing the files allows your virus protection software to check these programs and add them to its list of safe files". Not required for Adobe Reader to function properlyYes
Adobe Reader Speed LaunchNREADER~1.EXESpeeds up the time it takes to load older versions of the free Adobe Reader PDF file viewer. "The Speed Launcher quickly opens and closes all of the files that Acrobat or Adobe Reader will use when the application starts. Opening and closing the files allows your virus protection software to check these programs and add them to its list of safe files". Not required for Adobe Reader to function properlyYes
Adobe Reader Speed LaunchXreader_sl.exeAdded by the VB-EUV TROJAN! Note - this is not the valid Adobe file which uses the same "Name" and filename and normally resides in a sub-directory of %ProgramFiles%\Adobe. This one is found in %Temp%No
Adobe Reader Speed LauncherNReader_sl.exeSpeeds up the time it takes to load the free Adobe Reader PDF file viewer. "The Speed Launcher quickly opens and closes all of the files that Acrobat or Adobe Reader will use when the application starts. Opening and closing the files allows your virus protection software to check these programs and add them to its list of safe files". Not required for Adobe Reader to function properlyYes
Adobe Reader Speed LauncherXreader_sl.exeAdded by the SCAR.CEZJ TROJAN! Note - this is not the valid Adobe file which uses the same "Name" and filename and normally resides in a sub-directory of %ProgramFiles%\Adobe. This one is found in %Windir% and %System%No
Adobe Reader SynchronizerUAdobeCollabSync.exeEntry added with Adobe Reader 8.0. Adobe Synchronizer "is a small application that runs in the background, providing synchronization of document reviews and Tracker subscriptions so that your data is available when you need it". See the link for more informationYes
Adobe Reader SynchronizerUADOBEC~1.EXEEntry added with Adobe Reader 8.0. Adobe Synchronizer "is a small application that runs in the background, providing synchronization of document reviews and Tracker subscriptions so that your data is available when you need it". See the link for more informationYes
Adobe Reader Updater c2Xadobecrn.exeAdded by the PROLACO WORM!No
Adobe Reader UpdatersXAdobeAMC.exeAdded by the PROLACO-F WORM!No
Adobe Reader32XAcrord32.exeAdded by the RBOT-BLC WORM! Note - this is not the popular Adobe ReaderNo
Adobe Systems, Inc. Adobe Gamma LoaderUADOBEG~1.EXEIncluded with older versions of Adobe Photoshop products. Loads the user created ICC profile which adjusts monitor colours across all programs, including Photoshop. Required by some graphics professionals who want their monitor calibrated. Most home users will not need itYes
Adobe Systems, Inc. Adobe Gamma LoaderUAdobe Gamma Loader.exeIncluded with older versions of Adobe Photoshop products. Loads the user created ICC profile which adjusts monitor colours across all programs, including Photoshop. Required by some graphics professionals who want their monitor calibrated. Most home users will not need itYes
Adobe Update ManagerNAdobeUpdateManager.exeAutomatic updates for earlier versions of Adobe products such as Adobe Reader (PDF file viewer) and Adobe Acrobat (PDF file creation/editing)No
Adobe Update ManagerXAdobeUpdater.exeAdded by the DUBERATH.A TROJAN! Note - the file is located in %ProgramFiles%\Adobe\Reader 9.0\Reader which is a valid directory for Adobe Reader but this is not an Adobe file. The legitimate "AdobeUpdater.exe" file is located in %ProgramFiles%\Common Files\Adobe\Updater5No
Adobe UpdaterXAdobeUpdater.exeAdded by the BCKDR-RFM TROJAN! Note - this is not the legitimate Adobe "AdobeUpdater.exe" file which is normally located in %ProgramFiles%\Common Files\Adobe\Updater5. This one is located in %Windir%.No
Adobe UpdaterNAdobe_Updater.exeAutomatic updates for earlier versions of Adobe products such as Adobe Reader (PDF file viewer) and Adobe Acrobat (PDF file creation/editing)No
Adobe UpdaterNAdobeUpdater.exeAutomatic updates for earlier versions of Adobe products such as Adobe Reader (PDF file viewer) and Adobe Acrobat (PDF file creation/editing)No
Adobe Updater Startup UtilityNUpdaterStartupUtility.exeUpdate manager for Adobe Application Manager (AAM) - as used in their Creative Suite 5 (CS5) stand-alone products and suites for exampleYes
Adobe Version Cue CS2UVersionCueCS2Tray.exeExclusive feature of the Adobe Creative Suite until CS4, Version Cue™ helps you "find files fast, track versions across applications, link files together, and share them in creative collaboration without fear of overwriting someone else's work"No
adobe32Xadobeupdate.exeAdded by the VBINJEC-CG TROJAN!No
Adobe32 ARMXrundll32.exeAdded by the SWISYN.ARLT TROJAN! Note - this is not the legitimate rundll32.exe process, which is found in %Windir% (98/ME) or %System% (NT/2K/XP). This one is found in %WinDir%\Adobe32 ARMNo
AdobeAXadobes.exeAdded by the FLOOD.BA TROJAN!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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