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?
DowmingzuXDowmingzu.dll.vbsAdded by the SOLOW-E WORM!No
Down2HomeUDown2Home.exeDown2Home - "monitors your ADSL/Cablemodem/Dialup traffic and provides you with usefull statistics about the amount of data your PC has transferred" No
Download Accelerator Manager Free EditionNdam.exeDownload Accelerator Manager Free Edition from Tensons CorpNo
Download Accelerator Plus 5.0NDAP.exeDownload Accelerator Plus from Speedbit. Download manager for resuming downloads, amongst other features. Available via Start -> Programs. Note that the free version is adware basedNo
Download PlusXDownloadPlus.exeDownloadPlus adwareNo
Download WonderNDownloadWonder.exeDownload Wonder from Forty Software. Download manager for resuming downloads, amongst other featuresNo
DownloadAcceleratorNDAP.EXEDownload Accelerator Plus from Speedbit. Download manager for resuming downloads, amongst other features. Available via Start -> Programs. Note that the free version is adware basedNo
DownloadWareXdw.exeDownloadWare adwareNo
DownloadWare EngineXDwe.exeDownloadWare adwareNo
downsXdowns.exeAdded by the BCKDR-MNR TROJAN!No
DownxzXDownxz.batAdded by the MYDOOM.W WORMNo
DpAgentYdpagent.exePart of the DigitalPersona range of fingerprint authentication applications - which are use to replace passwords with fingerprint recognition. Included on some Dell laptop models (such as the Vostro 1720) for exampleNo
DPAgntNDPAgnt.exedigitalPersona fingerprint scannerNo
DPASYDPASNT.exeDefenderPro AntiSpy spyware remover - now incorporated Defender Pro 15-in-1 and 5-in-1No
DPASUpdateYDPASAutoUpdate.exeAutomatic updates for DefenderPro AntiSpy spyware remover - now incorporated Defender Pro 15-in-1 and 5-in-1No
DpcnavYdpcnav.exeDirecWay from DirectTV (now HughesNet) - satellite based high-speed internet accessNo
DPConfigNDPConfig.exeCompuware DevPartner Studio Configuration Utility, a tool for software developers - System Tray access to configure the utility's analysis. Not required at startup, can be launched from the Start Menu programs group when neededNo
dpcproxyXdpcproxy.exeAdded by the GOLDENP-A TROJAN!No
DPCProxyLoadOnStartupYdpcstart.exeDirecWay from DirectTV (now HughesNet) - satellite based high-speed internet accessNo
DpcstartYdpcstart.exeDirecWay from DirectTV (now HughesNet) - satellite based high-speed internet accessNo
dpiXdpi.exeDelfin PromulGate adwareNo
dpnsvr32Xdpnsvr32.exeAdded by the AOLPASS-B TROJAN!No
dpps2Udpps2.exePop-Up Stopper Companion from Panicware. Pop-up blocker integrated into the IE toolbar. Note that the Pro version doesn't load in startup as it is installed as an Internet Explorer toolbar. Can cause problems with IE if you use WinXP and uninstall Service Pack 1. Uninstalling the software leaves it in the startup groupNo
dpsXdps.exeSmartestSearch parasite - poses as a foistware, bogus adware/spyware remover called "scumware-remover" No
dptrackerNdptracker.exeCamTrack webcam software that enhances the way people video chat No
Dr. GuardXdrguard.exeDr. Guard rogue security software - not recommended, removal instructions hereNo
DRan posessorXDAP.exeAdded by a variant of the SDBOT WORM!No
DrAntispyXDrAntispy.exeDrAntiSpy rogue security software - not recommended, removal instructions hereNo
Drive XpertUDriveXpert.exeHard drive management utility included with some ASUS motherboards. "Without drivers or BIOS setups, the ASUS exclusive Drive Xpert is ideal for anyone who needs to secure data on their hard drives or enhance hard drive performances without the hassles of complicated configurations"No
DriveIconsUDriveIcon.exeDrive Icons from Realtek - shows a specific icon for each card type for their card reader controllersNo
Driver Control Manager v4.6Xdevetnae.exeAdded by the IRCBOT-AGY WORM!No
Driver Control Manager v5.1Xdvadescetr.exeAdded by the AGENT-OVL TROJAN!No
DriverConfXdvrconf.exeAdded by the AGOBOT-IY WORM!No
DriverMagicLogonUdmschedule.exePart of DriverMagic - "the easiest way to locate device drivers"No
DriverMaxNdevices.exeDriverMax from Innovative Solutions - "a new tool that allows you to download the latest driver updates for your computer. No more searching for rare drivers on discs or on the web or inserting one installation CD after the other"No
DriveSelectNdriveselect.exeDVD X Copy XPress by 321 Studios. Creates a pop-up at Windows startup that asks for the DVD drive to be selected. Available via Start -> Programs No
DRM UpgradeXdrmupgd.exeAdded by the IRCBOT.AWU BACKDOOR!No
DrmupgdsXDrmupgds.exeMaxfiles adwareNo
drocherXd.exeAdult content diallerNo
DropSpam LifestyleXdslifestyle.exeDropspam adwareNo
DrProtectionXDrProtection.exeDrProtection rogue security software - not recommendedNo
drvddll.exeXdrvddll.exeAdded by the BEAGLE.AP WORM!No
Drvddll_exeXdrvddll.exeAdded by the BEAGLE.X WORM!No
DrvIconUDrvIcon.exe"Vista Drive Icon changes the drive icons shown in Windows "My Computer", to a nearly Vista drive icon, showing the drive's free space with a smooth colored horizontal bar"No
DrvListnr?DrvListnr.exeAnalog Devices SoundMAX soundcard related. What does it do and is it required?No
drvlsnrUdrvlsnr.exeCompaq/ADI SoundMAX integrated digital audio controller related. May solve a problem if your sound cuts out unexpectedlyNo
DrvMon.exeUDrvMon.exeAlcor drive monitor softwareNo
drvnetwXdrvnetw.exeAdded by the BROGGER-B TROJAN!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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Database creation and support by Patrick Kolla
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