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?
DVDTrayNDVDTray.exeHP CD/DVD Tray icon installed with the DVD writer software. Periodically checks for new drive firmwareNo
DVDUpgradeNDVDUpgrd.exeMicrosoft program to upgrade your DVD decoder program - see Q306331. Available via Start -> ProgramsNo
DVDXGhostNDVDGhost.EXEDVD Ghost - "utility to make your software DVD players and DVD copy/backup softwares restriction-free, and copy/backup DVD to hard disk" No
Dvp95YDvp95.exeScan engine for F-Secure and Command antivirus software based on the F-Prot AntiVirus engineNo
dvpapi9xYDVPAPI9X.exeCommand AntiVirus for Windows 95/98/MeNo
DvpInitExeYDvpinit.exeCommand Antivirus relatedNo
dvprptYDvprpt.exeCommand Antivirus relatedNo
dvraudioXdvraudio.exeAdded by a variant of the CRYPTER.C TROJAN!No
DVSyncUdvsync.exeDVSync is the program that allows you to synchronize your daVinci's PDA's data with your Personal Information Manager on the PCNo
DvVideo32Xdvvid32.exeAdded by the TINY.FD TROJAN! No
dwXdw.exeDownloadWare adwareNo
DW4NDesktopWeather.exeDesktop Weather 4 by The Weather Channel - provides current temperature, conditions, alerts, etcNo
DW6NDesktopWeather.exeDesktop Weather 6 by The Weather Channel - provides current temperature, conditions, alerts, etcNo
dwgrunXdwgrun.batAdded by the DWGUN.A VIRUS!No
DWHeartbeatMonitorUDWHeartbeatMonitor.exeDWHeartbeatMonitor.exe is installed alongside the instant messaging utility. This is a non-essential process. Disabling or enabling this is down to user preferenceNo
dwmXdwm.exeAdded by the AGENT-WS MALWARE! Note - this is not the legitimate Desktop Window Manager (dwm.exe) process from Vista/7 which loads as a service and is found in %System%. This one is located in %Temp%No
Dx8compatXDx8compat.exeAdded by the GEMA TROJAN!No
dxdiags.exeXdxdiags.exeAdded by the CERTIF-G TROJAN!No
DxDialogXdxdlg32.exeAdded by the VB-CXT TROJAN!No
DxLoadXDX3DRndr.exeAdded by the GIBE.B WORM!No
dxmsrvXdxmsrv.exeAdded by an unidentified WORM or TROJAN!No
DxstyXDxsty.exeAdded by the GEMA TROJAN!No
Dxupdate.exeXDxupdate.exeAdded by the MAFEG WORM!No
dxvidXdxvid.exeAdded by the DLUCA-Y TROJAN!No
Dynamic DHCPXdydhcp.exeAdded by the RINBOT.B BACKDOOR!No
Dynamic Dns BinaryXdynitora.exeAdded by the RBOT-WT WORM!No
DynDNS UpdaterUDynDNS.exeDynamic DNS IP address updater tool, used as a client for Dynamic DNS service providers such as http://www.DynDNS.orgNo
DynDNS-Updater TraytoolNddutray.exeDynDNS updater tray icon - allows easy configuration of the Dynamic DNSSM service. Can be run manuallyNo
DynHttp Dns BinaryXdynizari.exeAdded by a variant of the RBOT WORM!No
DynSiteUDynSite.exeDynSite - dynamic DNS client, also called an automatic IP updaterNo
Dynu Basic ClientUdynubas.exeDynu online dynamic IP update client. Useful when using a dial up modem No
D_V_TUdvt.exeDICOM Validation Tool - "DICOM is increasingly being used as the standard communication mechanism when integrating various medical products in a hospital environment"No
D_V_T?dvt.exeInstallation could be a crack/hack to NOD32 - see here. Seen and removed in many logs. Investigate it further and if the file C:\d_v_t.reg is present then it should be fixed. Not to be confused with the DICOM entry hereNo
Eac DownloadXdownload.exeWebcelerator from eAcceleration speeds your Web browsing by both remembering where you have been and anticipating where you will go. Only needed if you find it improves web browsing. Now no longer available and supported and when available was classed as spyware - see hereNo
eBotNDownloadWizard.exeeBot from Digital River - "helps ensure your computer always has the latest technology, fixes, add-ons, upgrades and 'cool stuff'." Can optionally be installed with software such as Net Nanny internet filtering software. Available via Start -> ProgramsNo
EDFcsn?discfcsn.exeRelated to Hewlett-Packard's Discovery Agent. What does it do and is it required?No
EDLoaderNDTLoader.exeEffective Desktop from MiniStars Software - desktop management software no longer being supportedNo
Edzy AntiVirusXdppsfa.exeAdded by a variant of the RBOT WORM!No
EleFunAnimatedWallpaperUDragon-Fly.exeDragon-Fly animated wallpaper from No
EspecialXDeneca.batAdded by the DELUZ VIRUS!No
ExplorerXdrv.exeAdded by the SMALL-FD TROJAN!No
EzTuneUdthtml.exeEzTune from Gateway. Rebranded version of Display Tune from Portrait Displays, Inc. - which "is the perfect software utility to initially set-up and adjust your display to achieve its optimum performance. All adjustments are made through a simple graphical user interface"No
FatPipeUDHCPSoftware enabling high speed internet browsing (2-4 times faster) and internet connection sharing for up to 5 usersNo
fddddHOMEXdxxatp.exeAdded by the RANKY.AA TROJAN!No
ffeqfqsXdqddss.exeAdded by the SDBOT-SG WORM!No
File1XDia Claro.htmAdded by the DLOADER-OR TROJAN!No
forteManagerUdthtml.exeforteManager from LG. Rebranded version of Display Tune from Portrait Displays, Inc. - which "is the perfect software utility to initially set-up and adjust your display to achieve its optimum performance. All adjustments are made through a simple graphical user interface"No
frunXderc32xz.exeAdded by an unidentified 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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