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?
Perfomance MonitorXdavcsync.exeAdded by the LAMUD-A WORM!No
Phase One Media ReaderUDCIMImp.exePhase One Media Reader Capture imagesNo
PhilipsDMNDeviceManager.exeDevice manager for Philips portable media players such as the GoGearNo
policeXdllMOLEULTR-A malwareNo
Pop-Up StopperUdpps2.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
PrinterXdipset.exeAdded by a variant of the PROXY-FBSR MALWARE!No
rCronXdservice.exe"Switch" premium rate adult content dialler variantNo
RCSystemUDLLML.exe RCSystemCreative DLL Module Loader for the Sound Blaster range of internal and external soundcards. Used to load modules such as remote control or mixing. This instance appears to be related to a Remote Control functionNo
REGRUNXdialer.exeAdware downloader - also detected as a variant of the LOWZONES.BW or AGENT.RD TROJANS!No
Rising DriverXdriver.exeAdded by the SILLYFD-TL WORM!No
rollbkXdsm.exeAdded by the SERFLOG.B WORM!No
run=Xdec25.exeAdded by the ATAK.F WORM!No
run=Xdllreg.exeAdded by the DUMARU-L TROJAN!No
rundll***Xdie.exe [path] mdll.exeAdded by the SUMTAX TROJAN! where *** is 134, 569, 777 or 946No
rundll***Xdie.exe [path] secure.batAdded by the SUMTAX TROJAN! where *** is 134, 569, 777 or 946No
rundll***Xdie.exe [path] secure.exeAdded by the SUMTAX TROJAN! where *** is 134, 569, 777 or 946No
rundll***Xdie.exe [path] ttg.exeAdded by the SUMTAX TROJAN! where *** is 134, 569, 777 or 946No
RunmeAtStartupXdx5.exeAdded by the BULILIT.A TROJAN!No
SalestartXdcpasmon.exeSystemDoctor rogue security software - not recommended, removal instructions hereNo
SalestartXdcsm.exePart of the PrivacyProtector and DriveCleaner rogue security tools No
SalestartXdcmon.exeSystemDoctor rogue security software - not recommended, removal instructions hereNo
Service ManagerXdxsound.exeAdded by the PROXY-GRIC TROJAN!No
SessionMngrXdirlock.exeAdded by the DAPROSY WORM!No
Sharing and Mapping SoftwareYDShmap.exeIntel AnyPoint internet sharing software. Now discontinuedNo
SIDEBARNdsidebar.exe"Desktop Sidebar provides you with instant access to the information you most desire by grabbing data from your PC and the internet. The result is a dynamic visual display you configure and control" No
SiS DnsXdnssvc.exeAdded by the DLOADER-UE TROJAN!No
Speedtouch USB DiagnosticsUDragdiag.exeFor an external Alcatel ADSL high-speed modem. A diagnostic tool and can be run from the Start menu when required. The only reason it might be useful on startup is if you like seeing an 'at-a-glance' status indicator on the taskbar (the icon is a different colour depending on the status of the device/line)No
SpySpotter System DefenderXDefender.exeSpySpotter rogue spyware remover - not recommended, see hereNo
Spyware ProtectionXdefender.exeSpyware Protection rogue security software - not recommended, removal instructions hereNo
SpywareGuardXdeinst_qfe001.exeAdded by a variant of the Win32.Small TROJAN! - Do NOT confuse with the legitimate SpywareGuard applicationNo
sstataXdwdas.exeAdded by the DASDA TROJAN!No
StartMenuXdeamon.exeAdded by the TACTSLAY.C TROJAN!No
STManagerNdrst.exeDr. SpeedTouch is some sort of diagnostics software which sends out information to a server which then relays the information back to the program to test the network to see if the SpeedTouch ADSL modem connection is working properly. Not required if connected via Ethernet (and probably USB). Can cause a slow down in Win2K - see hereNo
Symantec Antivirus professionalXdfrgfrat.exeAdded by a variant of the FORBOT WORM!No
Symantec Antivirus professionalXdyndns.exeAdded by a variant of the FORBOT WORM!No
Symantec Backup Exec Desktop AgentYDLOClientu.exePart of Symantec's Backup Exec backup softwareNo
Symantec NetBackup Desktop AgentYDLOClientu.exePart of Symantec's NetBackup backup softwareNo
Sync ServerXdrwatsoon.exeAdded by the WATSOON.A TROJAN!No
syspathXdrv.exeAdded by the SOBER WORM!No
SystemXdcomx.exeAdded by the CIREBOT TROJAN!No
SYSTEMXd.exeAdded by the MYTOB.LP WORM!No
System DeviceXdevices.exeAdded by the AGENT.AFIF WORM!No
System32DllXDLL32SYS.EXEAdded by the SPYBOT-CZ WORM!No
SystemDevicXdevic.exeAdded by the MIMBOT.A WORM!No
systemrXd11host.exeAdded by the VB-GX TROJAN!No
Systems ServiceXdrivex.exeAdded by a variant of the RBOT WORM!No
SysteZXd1.exeAdded by the MSNDIABLO.A WORM!No
TethXdrle.exePurityScan adwareNo
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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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Portions Copyright Peter Forrest, Denny Denham, Sylvain Prevost, Tony Klein, CastleCops & Bleeping Computer
Database creation and support by Patrick Kolla
Software support by John Mayer
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