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?
Microsoft MSN 7 ServicesXmsnmsg.exeAdded by a variant of the IRCBOT BACKDOOR!No
Microsoft MSN 7 ServicesXmsnmsger.exeAdded by a variant of the IRCBOT BACKDOOR!No
Microsoft MSN MessengerXmsnmnsgr.exeAdded by a variant of the IRCBOT TROJAN!No
Microsoft Msn MessengerXmsmsgs.exeAdded by the BUZUS.AYX TROJAN! Note - this particular msmsgs.exe file is located in %System% and should not be mistaken for the MSN Messenger file of the same name which is located in %Program Files%\MessengerNo
Microsoft MSN ServicesXmsnsm.exeAdded by the RBOT.ARV BACKDOOR!No
Microsoft MSNGR32 ProtocolXmsngr32.exeAdded by a variant of the SPYBOT WORM!No
Microsoft msnseruXmsnseru.exeAdded by the RBOT-APB WORM!No
Microsoft MsnSTXmsnst32.exeAdded by the SPYBOT.WR WORM!No
Microsoft MSUPDATEXSpoolSvc.exeAdded by the SXTB-A TROJAN!No
Microsoft Neser ExperienceXnese.exeAdded by the RBOT-YH WORM!No
Microsoft NetMeeting Associates, Inc.XNetMeeting.exeAdded by the LOVGATE.AB WORM!No
Microsoft NetviewXgesfm32.exeAdded by the RANDEX.C WORM!No
Microsoft NetviewXmssvc32.exeAdded by an unidentified VIRUS, WORM or TROJAN!No
Microsoft Netview Component v5.1Xmsnv32.exeAdded by the RANDEX.F WORM!No
Microsoft NetworkXmsnet.exeAdded by the MOCKBOT.A WORM!No
Microsoft NetworkXNetworksystem.exeAdded by the SDBOT-AAI WORM!No
Microsoft Network Daemon for Win32XNetd32.exeAdded by the SDBOT.R TROJAN!No
Microsoft Network HostXsvc0host.exeAdded by the SDBOT-AEN WORM!No
Microsoft Network NeighbourhoodXnetworknbh.exeAdded by the RBOT.DMN WORM!No
Microsoft Network Services ControllerXmmsvc32.exeAdded by the NANPY-A WORM!No
Microsoft Networking Agent For SP2Xmsnac32.exeAdded by the SPYBOT.PEN WORM!No
Microsoft Nod32 ServiceXnood32.exeAdded by the RBOT.EJP WORM!No
Microsoft Norotn Anti VirusXmnhpot.exeAdded by the RBOT-GRO WORM!No
Microsoft Norton AntivirusXnorton.exeAdded by a variant of the IRCBOT TROJAN!No
Microsoft NotePadXnotepad.exeAdded by a variant of the RBOT WORM!No
Microsoft NT DriversXntdrv.exeAdded by the SDBOT.AJN TROJAN! No
Microsoft NT UpdateXwinexec32.exeAdded by a variant of the RBOT WORM!No
Microsoft Nvidia VideoXnvidia.exeAdded by a variant of the SDBOT WORM!No
Microsoft OfficeNosa.exeOn older versions of MS Office this launches common Office components to help speed up the launch of Office programs. On slower machines it can be a resource hog and some users claim there's no difference with or without it - but it usually isn't required. This must be left enabled if you use the Microsoft Office Shortcut Bar (MSOFFICE.EXE) and have set it to load at startup. Available via Start → All ProgramsYes
Microsoft OfficeNMsoffice.exeFeature included with older versions of MS Office giving you access to common Office functions and optional shortcuts to Office (and other) programs. Some people prefer it but a better way is to create desktop shortcuts if you want access these features and programs quickly. Also available via Start → All ProgramsYes
Microsoft OfficeXMSMSGR.exeAdded by the GAOBOT.BB WORM!No
Microsoft OfficeNOsa9.exeOn older versions of MS Office this launches common Office components to help speed up the launch of Office programs. On slower machines it can be a resource hog and some users claim there's no difference with or without it - but it usually isn't required. This must be left enabled if you use the Microsoft Office Shortcut Bar (MSOFFICE.EXE) and have set it to load at startup. Available via Start → All ProgramsYes
Microsoft OfficeXlserv.exeAdded by the SDBOT.MH WORM!No
Microsoft OfficeXMicrosoft Office.htaHTA file which creates an executable on the hard drive which subsequently proceeds to download files from a malware site!No
Microsoft OfficeXmsoicons.exeAdded by the RBOT-ZI WORM! - NOTE - do no confuse with the legitimate Msoicons.exe file described here. The latter wil not be listed among your startups!No
Microsoft OfficeXNxcao.exeAdded by the RBOT-ZE WORM!No
Microsoft OfficeXnxcxtpr.exeAdded by the RBOT-YG WORM!No
Microsoft OfficeXsvxhost.exeAdded by a variant of the RBOT WORM!No
Microsoft OfficeXmsoffice32.exeAdded by a variant of the RBOT WORM!No
Microsoft OfficeXmsoff.exeAdded by the RAKER-C TROJAN!No
Microsoft OfficeXmicrosoft.exeAdded by the BANKER-VF TROJAN!No
Microsoft OfficeXmsvcp.exeAdded by the AGENT-XK TROJAN!No
Microsoft OfficeXmsmsgr.exeAdded by the GAOBOT.BB WORM!No
Microsoft OfficeXmdm.exeAdded by the IBOT-A TROJAN! Note - this is not the legitimate Machine Debug Manager (mdm.exe) process which is located in %ProgramFiles%\Common Files\Microsoft Shared\VS7Debug (98/Me/XP/Vista) or C:\WINDOWS\SYSTEM (Me only)No
Microsoft Office 2010UBCSSync.exePart of SharePoint Server 2010 which is part of the Microsoft Office 2010 suite. "Business Connectivity Services (BCS) uses a cache to store a copy of the external data required by the BCS solutions deployed on the Office client. A process called BCSSync.EXE runs on the client and provides automatic cache refresh and data synchronization of the entity instances." For more information - see hereNo
Microsoft Office Fast CacheNFastboot.exePart of MS Office 95 (v7.0). According to this it improves the performance. Most likely a predecessor of MS Find Fast and can be disabledNo
Microsoft Office GrooveUGROOVE.EXESystem Tray access to and alerts for MS Office Groove - a stand-alone product or included with the Enterprise/Ultimate versions of MS Office 2007. "A collaboration software program that helps teams work together dynamically and effectively, even if team members work for different organizations, work remotely, or work offline". Users can create workspaces and invite other Groove users to share the workspace and when a document is edited within the workspace the changes made become available to all other users in the workspace when they come online - synchronized using LAN, WAN and the InternetYes
Microsoft Office MonitorXalg2k.exeAdded by the SDBOT-CZO WORM!No
Microsoft Office MonitorXaql32.exeAdded by the RBOT-GCY TROJAN!No
Microsoft Office OneNoteNONENOTEM.EXESystem Tray access to MS Office OneNote 2003 & 2007 - an electronic notebook that allows you to create free-form notes, including text, graphics and audio/video. When running, ONENOTEM.EXE also enables the WINDOWS KEY combinations - such as WINDOWS KEY+N (new Side Note - 2007 only) and WINDOWS KEY+S (insert screen grab into a note). Leave the icon enabled in OneNote but move the shortcut from Start → All Programs → Startup to the desktop or elsewhere on the Start menu and run when neededYes
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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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Portions Copyright Peter Forrest, Denny Denham, Sylvain Prevost, Tony Klein, CastleCops & Bleeping Computer
Database creation and support by Patrick Kolla
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