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?|
|HomeAV||X||homeav.exe||Home Personal Antivirus rogue security software - not recommended, removal instructions here||No|
|Homeland Network||X||HomelandNetwork.exe||Homeland Network Notifier - pops ads||No|
|HondaHelper||U||HondaHelper.exe||Part of Honda Music Link which allows you to use your Honda's audio system's controls to play and search for music on your iPod® in you car||No|
|Hook99startup||U||hk2re.exe||"Hook99 enables the user to customize the start button. You can change or remove the text and replace the Windows flag on button with icon of your choice. Supports Windows icons, bitmaps and can extract icons from executables and libraries. Hook99 can also make the background of desktop icons captions transparent"||No|
|HookSys||U||HookSys.exe||SurfinGuard Pro from Finjan - internet protection software, protects against all malicious code delivered through executables, scripting files, ActiveX and Java||No|
|host||X||help.exe||IESearchToolbar parasite. Identified by Ewido Security Suite (Ewido is now part of AVG Technologies) as the DELF.LF TROJAN!||No|
|hostdll.exe||X||hostdll.exe||Added by the BANKER-BO TROJAN!||No|
|Hostname Manager Server||X||host32srv.exe||Added by a variant of the RBOT WORM!||No|
|Hostren.exe||X||Hostren.exe||Added by PWS.BANKER.F, a variant of the BANKER-BO TROJAN!||No|
|hostserv||X||hostserv.exe||Added by the RBOT.BPZ WORM!||No|
|HostsMan||U||hm.exe||"HostsMan is a freeware application that lets you manage your Hosts file with ease". It is mainly intended to block specific domains (mostly advertising servers) by redirecting them to localhost, but can also be used to add any other domain/Ip combination that you want to be included in the HOSTS file||No|
|HostSVC syse||X||HostSVC.exe||Added by the RBOT-ANZ WORM!||No|
|Hot 8.0 Live||X||hot.exe||Added by the BANKER.EIE TROJAN!||No|
|Hot Corners||U||Hotc.exe||Hot Corners - "lets you quickly activate or disable your screen saver by moving the mouse into a given corner of the screen"||No|
|Hot Inside||X||Hottest Story Ever.exe||Added by the BHARAT.A WORM!||No|
|Hot Party 22||?||hotpart22.exe||??||No|
|HotAction_hr||X||hotaction_hr.exe||Added by the SITEICON-B DIALER! An uninstall option can be accessed via the Add or Remove Programs dialog in the Windows Control Panel. The software is listed as "HotAction_hr"||No|
|hotclipalert||X||hotclipalertcheck.exe||Added by the DWNLDR-IJP TROJAN!||No|
|HOTFOON2||U||hotfoon4.exe||Related to Hotfoon - a developer and provider of Internet Telephony technology based on LTP (Lightweight Telephony Protocol)||No|
|HotIDE||U||hotide.exe||HotIDE allows Acer TravelMate owners to hot-swap external drives without switching of their notebooks||No|
|HotkeyApp||U||HotkeyApp.exe||Programmable keys on Acer, Fujitsu and other laptops||No|
|HotPix||X||hotpix.exe||Adult content dialler||No|
|hotplug||X||hotplug.exe||Added by the SILLYDL TROJAN!||No|
|Hotplug||U||hot_plug.exe||Related to the SiS_Hot_Plug_Application. Enables automated driver loading for hotpluggable devices. If this service is stopped, hotplug devices will no longer function||No|
|HotSync Manager||N||hotsync.exe||Installed when connecting a Palm HotSync cradle up to a USB port. The Blue and Red Arrow Icon that enables Palm / Handspring Synchronizing. Available via Start → Programs||No|
|hotwetlove||X||hotwetlove.exe||Adult content dialler. Will not uninstall - components have to be manually deleted||No|
|Hot_Kiss||X||Hot_Kiss.exe||Adult content dialler||No|
|Hot_Tarts||X||Hot_Tarts.exe||Adult content dialler||No|
|Hot_Tarts_**||X||Hot_Tarts_**.exe||Premium rate adult content dialer (where * is a random char)||No|
|Hot_Tarts_Au||X||Hot_Tarts_Au.exe||Premium rate adult content dialler||No|
|Hot_Tarts_mc||X||Hot_Tarts_mc.exe||HotTarts adult content dialer||No|
|houtor.exe||X||houtor.exe||Added by the VOBFUS.V WORM!||No|
|HoverDesk||U||HoverDesk.exe||HoverDesk - desktop replacement software||No|
|HP AutoIndexer||U||hppautoindexer.exe||Installed by HP multi-function printer driver software, related to PC faxing. If you are not using the PC faxing feature you can go ahead and disable these services from the startup||No|
|HP CD-DVD||N||hpcdtray.exe||System Tray access to a HP CD-Writer's functions. Available via Start -> Programs||No|
|HP CD-Writer||N||hpcdtray.exe||System Tray access to a HP CD-Writer's functions. Available via Start -> Programs||No|
|HP Component Manager||N||hpcmpmgr.exe||Checks the internet for updated drivers/utilities for your HP product - update manually. Disabling will remove the error "Windows can't shutdown the computer because hpcmpmgr.exe can't be ended"||No|
|HP Deskjet||X||HP_DeskJet_500.exe||Added by the FORBOT-DA WORM!||No|
|HP Digital Imaging Monitor||U||hpqtra08.exe||System Tray access to HP Director. Required if you prefer to use the all-in-one buttons to manually scan documents or transfer photos froma camera, for example||No|
|HP Display Settings||U||hpdisply.exe||Sets default display settings. Unchecking this item has been reported to cure a "Problem sending command to keyboard" error message||No|
|HP Envy Guides AutoPlay||N||hpdocstart.exe||Related to the HP Envy series of laptops. Based upon the entry name, we assume this automatically launches the product guides and isn't required - can a user confirm this?||No|
|HP Health Check Scheduler||U||HPHC_Scheduler.exe||HP Health Check Scheduler from Hewlett-Packard||No|
|HP IDScheduler||?||HPIDSCHD.exe||HP Instant Delivery Scheduler||No|
|HP Image Zone Fast Start||N||hpqthb08.exe||Improves the startup time of HP Image Zone. If you disable it, HP Image Zone takes a long time to start up only the first time you run it. Subsequent startups are much faster than the first time||No|
|HP JetDiscovery||N||HPJETDSC.EXE||HP JetAdmin software which monitors printing jobs on a network environment||No|
|HP KEYBOARD||U||HPKEYBOARD.EXE||"Application software for the keyboard set. Displays message when battery level is low." For HP systems - see here||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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