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?
alphaXsvchost.exeAdded by a variant of the DELF.IT TROJAN! Note - this is not the legitimate svchost.exe process which is always located in %System% and should not normally figure in Msconfig/Startup! The location of this file variesNo
AlphaAntXalpha.exeAlpha Antivirus rogue security software - not recommended, removal instructions hereNo
AlphaAVXAlphaAV.exeAlpha Antivirus rogue security software - not recommended, removal instructions hereNo
Alps Electric USB ServerYMonserv.exeAlps Electric USB Server - required according to this article No
AlpsPointUApoint.exeTouchpad software for laptop PC's. For instance it is found on the Panasonic and Sony Vaio machines and allows part of the touchpad to be used for document or Web-page scrolling. Required for proper functioning of the pointing software but not required for the laptop to workNo
ALServUALServ.exeUtility that enables a user to control the volume and surround sound and select Pro Logic/Stereo on 2 satellite speakers and subwoofer of old Altec Lansing speaker systems. The right-side speaker has 4 controls on top providing same functionalityNo
alt CTRL ShiftXet3rd.exeAdded by the SDBOT-RH BACKDOOR!No
alt CTRLx ShiftXet3rd.exeAdded by the SDBOT-RG WORM!No
ALTER DATAX[path] repcale.exe [path] beird.exeAdded by the IRCFLOOD.CD TROJAN! Both files are located in %System%\ccdewNo
AltnetXpoints manager.exeAltnet TopSearch adwareNo
AltnetPointsManagerXpoints manager.exeAltnet TopSearch adwareNo
AltoMB_serviceUAltoMBsrv.exeAlto Memory Booster from Alto Software - boost the computers performance via more intelligent and efficient memory management. MS MVPs (Most Valued Professional) recommend not using memory managers with Win98/SE/ME. See this article and make up your own mindNo
ALTOOLSUAccessL.exeALTools family of PC utilities No
AltPaymentsXAltPayments.exeWeirdOnTheWeb adwareNo
ALU Scheduler ServiceYALUSchedulerSvc.exeLiveUpdate scheduler for older versions of Symantec's security products including Norton Internet Security, Norton AntiVirus and the now discontinued Norton SystemWorks suite. Leave alone to ensure virus definitions are updated. Loads via a registry "RunServices" key in 98/Me and as a service in XP/VistaNo
ALUAlertUALUNotify.exeNotification reminder for Symantec's LiveUpdate. Leave enabled unless you manually run LiveUpdate on a regular basisNo
Aluria Security CenterNSecurityCenter.exeAluria Software's spyware removal tool - we can't really recommend this product as Aluria have recently partnered with WhenU, the well known adware company, see hereNo
Aluria's Pop-Up StopperUeps.exeAluria Pop-StopperNo
Aluria's Spyware EliminatorNASE.exeAluria Software's spyware removal tool - we can't really recommend this product as Aluria have recently partnered with WhenU, the well known adware company, see hereNo
AlwaysOnTopMakerUAlwaysOnTopMaker.exeAlways On Top Maker - utilty to enable an application to always be displayed "on top" of others on the desktopNo
AlwaysReady Power Message APPUARPWRMSG.EXE"Away Mode" feature added with Update Rollup 2 for Windows XP Media Center Edition 2005 that allows the computer to appear off to the user while it continues to perform tasks that do not require user input, such as recording television and viewing Media Center Extender sessions. For more information see hereNo
AmazingTensXAmazingTens.exePremium rate adult content diallerNo
AMD PowerNow!UGemBack.exeAMD PowerNow! - "an innovative solution available on all AMD mobile processor-based notebooks that can effectively increase notebook battery life, while delivering performance on demand"No
amd_dc_optYamd_dc_opt.exeAMD Dual-Core Optimizer - "can help improve some PC gaming video performance by compensating for those applications that bypass the Windows API for timing by directly using the RDTSC (Read Time Stamp Counter) instruction"No
America OnlineNaoltray.exeAdds the AOL icon in the System Tray (*.* denotes version if present) for versions of AOL up to and including 9.0. Start AOL via the desktop or quick launch shortcuts or via Start → All ProgramsYes
America Online *.* Tray IconNaoltray.exeAdds the AOL icon in the System Tray (*.* denotes version if present) for versions of AOL up to and including 9.0. Start AOL via the desktop or quick launch shortcuts or via Start → All ProgramsYes
AME_CSANrundll32 amecsa.cpl, RUN_DLLLoads ADSL modem Control Panel appletNo
ami.exeXami.exeAdded by the SILLYFDC-AY WORM!No
AmIcoSinglunUAmIcoSinglun.exeSingle LUN Icon Utility - System Tray access/notification for card readers using controllers from Alcor Micro which incorporate Single LUN, such as the AU6336, AU6439 and AU6431No
AmIcoSinglun64UAmIcoSinglun64.exeSingle LUN Icon Utility - System Tray access/notification for card readers using controllers from Alcor Micro which incorporate Single LUN, such as the AU6336, AU6439 and AU6431No
Amie Release V6.9DXservices.exeAdded by the VB-EAN 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
amircivilXsvchost.exe…Added by the AMIRECIVEL WORM!No
AModemLockDownUModemLockDown.exeModemLockDown - allows you to supervise internet access by disabling the modem, protects againt dialers accessing dial-up connections, etcNo
AmonYAMON.EXEMonitoring part of Eset's NOD32 antivirusNo
AmonitorYamon.exeTiny Personal FirewallNo
AMO_Taskplaner.exeUAMO_TA~1.EXEPart of Ashampoo® Magical Optimizer from Ashampoo GmbH & Co. KG - which removes stagnant and unnecessary hard drive files, deletes Internet tracks and streamlines the registry by erasing invalid and orphaned entries. The Taskplaner automates this system optimization according to the user defined schedule and gives System Tray access to the main programYes
AMO_TA~1UAMO_TA~1.EXEPart of Ashampoo® Magical Optimizer from Ashampoo GmbH & Co. KG - which removes stagnant and unnecessary hard drive files, deletes Internet tracks and streamlines the registry by erasing invalid and orphaned entries. The Taskplaner automates this system optimization according to the user defined schedule and gives System Tray access to the main programYes
AMO_TA~1.EXEUAMO_TA~1.EXEPart of Ashampoo® Magical Optimizer from Ashampoo GmbH & Co. KG - which removes stagnant and unnecessary hard drive files, deletes Internet tracks and streamlines the registry by erasing invalid and orphaned entries. The Taskplaner automates this system optimization according to the user defined schedule and gives System Tray access to the main programYes
AMP WinOFFUwinoff.exeWinOFF is " a utility designed to shut down Windows computers automatically, in a fully configurable way"No
AMSGUAmsg.exePart of the IBM ThinkVantage Productivity Center. "The Message Center sends automatic notification on ThinkVantage Technologies integrated with your system. Once you're online"No
amsgupdateXams.exeAdded by a variant of the MAILBOT TROJAN!No
AMSNNamsn.exeaMSN Messenger is a multiplatform MSN messenger cloneNo
amsnXamsn.exeAdded by the BANKER-BNZ TROJAN!No
AMsnMonitorUA_MSN_Monitor.exeMsn Chat Monitor & Sniffer by AwinSoft Inc - "is a handy network-control utility for capture and observe MSN chat conversations on all computers in network". Surveillance software - uninstall this software unless you put it there yourselfNo
amvaXamvo.exeAdded by the SILLYFDC-BR WORM!No
Anapod ManagerNanamgr.exeAnapod Explorer from Red Chair Software "is the most advanced Windows iPod® software available, offering iPod® management through full Windows Explorer integration under My Computer." The models supported have been discontinued so the software is no longer available for new salesNo
anbv32Xnabv32.exeAdded by the TITOG.C WORM!No
Andware DefenceXZsoft32.exeAdded by the GAOBOT.OO WORM!No
angeleyesXmsdll.exeAdded by the VB.PI TROJAN!No
anhtaaaXkacsde.exeAdded by the FRETHOG-B 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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