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.
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
|Name or Startup Item||Status||Command or Data||Description||Tested?|
|Device Hardware||X||devicehnd.exe||Added by a variant of the IRCBOT BACKDOOR! See here||No|
|Device IO System||X||deviceio.exe||Added by a variant of the IRCBOT BACKDOOR! See here||No|
|Device Security||X||dvcsecure.exe||Added by a variant of the IRCBOT BACKDOOR! See here||No|
|Device Security Driver||X||devicesec.exe||Added by a variant of the IRCBOT BACKDOOR! See here||No|
|Device Security Manager||X||dvcsecure.exe||Added by a variant of the IRCBOT BACKDOOR! See here||No|
|devldr16||U||devldr16.exe||Associated with some Creative Labs sound cards in Win98/Me. Provides audio support for DOS applications. Not needed if you don't have those. Required if you use "Sound Play Control" and "Sound Recorder". To disable: (1) Disable via MSCONFIG (2) Start → Settings → Control Panel → System → Device Manager then disable "Creative SB16 Emulation" under Creative Miscellaneous Devices||No|
|devldr16.exe||U||devldr16.exe||Associated with some Creative Labs sound cards in Win98/Me. Provides audio support for DOS applications. Not needed if you don't have those. Required if you use "Sound Play Control" and "Sound Recorder". To disable: (1) Disable via MSCONFIG (2) Start → Settings → Control Panel → System → Device Manager then disable "Creative SB16 Emulation" under Creative Miscellaneous Devices||No|
|Devlog||?||devlog.exe||Apparently mainboard/chipset related, by a French company called AS Media - what exactly is it, and is it required||No|
|dguard||U||dguard.exe||Download guard function of eAcceleration Stop-Sign security software - previously not recommended (see here). It has now been delisted, so make sure you have the latest version - hence the "U" recommendation||No|
|dhcpagnt||Y||dhcpagnt.exe||Intel DSL modem driver - leave enabled or you'll have to re-install the drivers||No|
|diagent||N||diagent.exe||System Tray access for Creative Diagnostics for the Creative SoundBlaster series soundcards. Available via Start -> Programs||No|
|Diagnostic||X||diagnostic.exe||Added by the ALPHA-C TROJAN!||No|
|Diagnostic Agent||X||diagent.exe||Added by the AGOBOT-CW WORM!||No|
|DiagnosticConfiguration||X||diagcfg.exe||Added by the GWGIRL BACKDOOR!||No|
|Dial22||X||dlm.exe||Adult content dialler||No|
|Dial33||X||dlm.exe||Adult content dialler||No|
|Dialer Control||U||dc.exe||Dialer-Control. Detects and protects from premium rate adult content diallers||No|
|Dialer Detect||U||dd.exe||DialerDetect detects stealth installed premium rate diallers, and sounds the alarm when such a connection is being installed without you knowing it||No|
|Diamond Delivery Center||?||DeliveryCenter.exe||??||No|
|Diamondview||?||Diamondview.exe||Manulife Financial Insurance program. Is it required at startup?||No|
|DietK||U||DietK.exe||Diet Kazaa add-on for Kazaa Media Desktop - "removes all adware and popups, built in Download Accelerator, makes searches faster and helps produce more results"||No|
|DigiCell||U||DigiCell.exe||MSI DigiCell - "the most useful and powerful utility that MSI has spent much research and efforts to develop, helps users to monitor and configure all the integrated peripherals of the system, such as audio program, power management, MP3 files management and communication / 802.11g WLAN settings. Moreover, with this unique utility, you will be able to activate the MSI well-known features, Live Update and Core Center"||No|
|DigiSrv||U||DigiSrv.exe||Related to camera software from DigitalDreams||No|
|Digital Dashboard||N||devgulp.exe||For Compaq PC's. Loads Digital Dashboard options||No|
|Digital Line Detect||N||DLG.exe||Detects whether your are plugged into a digital telephone line and displays the information graphically. Installed by Dell (and maybe others) and is included with all Connexant V.92 and Broadcom modems||No|
|Digital Protection||X||digprot.exe||Digital Protection rogue security software - not recommended, removal instructions here||No|
|Digital River eBot||N||downlo~1.exe||Digital River Systems EBOT for downloading software from their site. In some cases, if you purchase software online for a download from a software manufacturer, you will be sent to this online company's site for the download after the purchase is complete. Read more here||No|
|DigitalNames||X||DigitalNamesStart.exe||DigitalNames spyware variant||No|
|DigitalWizard Monitor||N||dwMon.exe||InstallShield's DigitalWizard - free, complete Digital Content Management Solution that makes it easy to experience digital content||No|
|DIGServices||N||DIGServices.exe||Created by Disney but licensed to ESPN for watching videos||No|
|DIGStream||N||digstream.exe||DIGStream Cache Manager - part of ESPN Motion and Disney Motion that periodically check for new videos and indication they're available in the System Tray. Starting ESPN Motion/Disney Motion starts digstream automatically||No|
|Dimension||U||Dimension.exe||Dimension - a program which lets you customize MSN messenger such as adding animated and coloured nicknames, personal toast creator, war tools (login flooder), and allows viewing and interacting with the raw MSN protocol||No|
|Dimension4||U||d4.exe||Dimension 4 - network time synchronization freeware - starts-up, adjusts the system clock, then shuts down||No|
|Dino3||X||dino3.exe||Related to Jurassic Park III and enables a dinosaur to walk across the screen. Also generates adverts and classified as adware as a result||No|
|Direct Update||U||DUControl.exe||DirectUpdate dynamic DNS updater||No|
|Direct X||X||Direct X9.exe||Added by the ZANAYAT.A WORM!||No|
|Direct X Direct3D||X||dxd3d.exe||Added by a variant of the SDBOT WORM!||No|
|Direct X Opengl||X||dxopengl.exe||Added by a variant of the RBOT-CJ WORM!||No|
|direct3d.exe||X||direct3d.exe||Added by the CERTIF-F TROJAN!||No|
|DirectCD||N||DirectCD.exe||DirectCD primarily allows you to drag and drop files onto a suitably formatted CD-RW disc. Unless you use this on a frequent basis it isn't required and is available via Start -> Programs. Start the program before inserting a DirectCD formatted CD-RW in the drive. A re-boot is recommended if you close Adaptec DirectCD before re-opening it again later||No|
|Directory Opus Desktop Dblclk||Y||dopusrt.exe||Directory Opus - an advanced file manager. "Directory Opus goes beyond the simple file manager metaphor, and offers you a complete replacement for Windows Explorer and many other utility programs for handling FTP, ZIP, viewing files and images, running slideshows and more"||No|
|directs.exe||X||directs.exe||Added by the BEAGLE.O or BEAGLE.R or BEAGLE.S or BEAGLE.T WORMS!||No|
|DIRECTVDSL||U||Directvdsl.exe||Starts DirectTV DSL modem at boot up. Can also be started manually||No|
|DirectX||X||ddhelp32.exe||Added by an unidentified VIRUS, WORM or TROJAN! Note - not the DirectX helper which is ddhelp.exe||No|
|directx||X||Directx.exe||Added by the SDBOT.D TROJAN!||No|
Notes & Warnings
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.
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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