Startup Applications List

Unfortunately, due to a change in my circumstances, the startup programs database here at 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
24133 items listed

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Name or Startup ItemStatusCommand or DataDescriptionTested?
DirectXXDirectX.exeAdded by the BLAXE or LOGPOLE WORMS!No
DirectX 32Xdirectx32.exeAdded by a variant of the AGOBOT/GAOBOT WORM!No
DirectX For Microsoft WindowsXdtxservice.exeAdded by the PROGENT TROJAN!No
Directx Startup DriversXdirect.exeAdded by the RBOT.UXL WORM!No
DirectX Video DriverXdxterm5.exeAdded by the WILAB-A TROJAN! No
DirectX64XDirectXset.exeAdded by the BROWNEY.A WORM!No
DirectX9Xdirect3d.exeAdded by the AGENT.EAK TROJAN!No
DirectX9 DiagXdx9diag.exeAdded by the RBOT-ALT WORM!No
DirecXXDirecX.exeAdded by the AGOBOT-HU BACKDOOR!No
DirkeyUDirkey.exeDirkey - small utility that allows you to bookmark up to 9 folders by using the Ctrl+Alt+1..9 shortcut keys in an Open/Save File dialog or in Windows Explorer. After this the Ctrl+1..9 shortcut keys can be used in the same or another window to go to any of the 9 bookmarked foldersNo
DirLockXDirLock.exeAdded by the AUTORUN-APL WORM!No
DirLockerXdirlock.exeAdded by the AUTORUN-AMS WORM!No
DISCover?DISCover.exeRelated to DISCover Drop from Digital Interactive Systems Corporation. What does it do and is it required?No
DiscoverDeskshopNDeskshop.exeDiscover Deskshop - single use "virtual" credit cardNo
DiscUpdateManagerNDiscUpdMgr.exeDisc Update Manager for Digital Interactive's DISCover Console. "The company's patented Drop 'n' Play technology provides a simple, console-like experience when playing PC titles allowing for seamless play of CD/DVD-based games while its unique Parental Control system incorporates ESRB ratings to help users limit access to younger players"No
DiscUpdateManagerNDiscUpdateMgr.exeDisc Update Manager for Digital Interactive's DISCover Console. "The company's patented Drop 'n' Play technology provides a simple, console-like experience when playing PC titles allowing for seamless play of CD/DVD-based games while its unique Parental Control system incorporates ESRB ratings to help users limit access to younger players"No
DiscWizardMonitor.exeUDiscWizardMonitor.exeSeagate DiscWizard - hard disk utility for Seagate's SATA and PATA (IDE) drivesNo
Disk CleanerUDiskCleaner.ExeHard disk management part of TuneUp Utilities from TuneUp Distribution GmbHNo
Disk Essensial ToolsXdetsvc.exeAdded by a variant of the IRCBOT TROJAN!No
Disk ManagerXdiskver.exeAdded by the RBOT.AQT WORM!No
Disk Panel ConfigurationXdpcsvc.exeAdded by the IRCBOT.BSQ BACKDOOR! No
diskchkXdiskmon32.exeAdded by the RBOT-BBI WORM!No
DiskCleanMainXDiskClean.exeDiskClean rogue security software - not recommended, removal instructions hereNo
DiskeeperSystrayNDkIcon.exeDisKeeper defragmentation software - can be started manuallyNo
diskinfXdiskinf.exeAdded by the CRYPTER.A TROJAN!No
DisknagNdisknag.exeDell program that reminds you to make your backup diskettesNo
Disk_MonitorUDisk_Monitor.exeMulti-media, Smartmedia, Compact Flash card reader for reading digital camera cards. Device is recognised as internal USB disk drive. Necessary if camera cards are to be recognised as soon as they are inserted into the readerNo
disnisaXdisnisa.exeAdded by the DORF-AE WORM!No
DispatcherXdispatcher.exeAdded by the DLOADR-AS TROJAN!No
dispenterXdispenter.exeAdded by the AGENT-MKK TROJAN!No
DisplayFusionUDisplayFusion.exeDisplayFusion from Binary Fortress Software - "is a fantastic application that can make your dual monitor (or triple monitor or more) life much, much easier! From allowing you to use a different wallpaper on each monitor, to integrating with Flickr for image searching, to providing hotkeys for managing your application windows"No
DisspyUdisspy.exeDisspy spyware detection and removal softwareNo
Distiller Assistant 3.01NDISTASST.EXEFrom Adobe. Creates PDF universal files for Acrobat Reader. Available via Start -> ProgramsNo
Distributed File SystemXDfsvc.exeAdded by the MYFIP.A or MYFIP.K WORMS!No clientUDNETC.EXEDsitributed computing projects client from where numerous computers are used to share a projects workload - similar to SETI@Home and Folding@Home. Also prone to being distributed by virusesNo
DitYDit.exe"Drive Icon and Label Utility" - assigns drive icons and names to flash memory cards. Required, otherwise the drives aren't found. Located in %Windir%No
DitXdit.exeAdded by the LAZAR-A TROJAN! Note - this is located in %System%No
DiTask.exeNDiTask.exeAssociated with an Eicon Networks ISDN or ADSL modem. System Tray icon which shows you the status of your lines (free, occupied with incoming or outgoing call). Available via Start -> ProgramsNo
Divamon.exe?Divamon.exeAssociated with an Eicon Networks Diva ISDN or ADSL modem - what does it do and is it required?No
divxXdivxenc.exeAdded by the SPBOT.B TROJAN!No
DivX MediaPlayer 7.0XDr.DivX.exeAdded by the ALADINZ.G BACKDOOR!No
DivX PlayerXDivXPlayer.exeAdded by a variant of the RBOT WORM!No
DivX UpdaterXDivX.ExeAdded by the NALDEM TROJAN or MASTAK VIRUS!No
DIVX Video PlayerXDIVXPloyer.exeAdded by an unidentified WORM or TROJAN!No
djebmm350.exeXdjebmm350.exeEbates Moe Money Maker adwareNo
DJSNetCN?DJSNetCN.exe"Symantec Licensing Detect Internet Connection", part of Norton Antivirus. What does it do and is it required?No
djtopr1150.exeXdjtopr1150.exeWebRebates adwareNo
dKernelXdKernel.exeAdded by the DECOY-A WORM!No
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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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