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.

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?
HomeAVXhomeav.exeHome Personal Antivirus rogue security software - not recommended, removal instructions hereNo
Homeland NetworkXHomelandNetwork.exeHomeland Network Notifier - pops adsNo
HondaHelperUHondaHelper.exePart 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 carNo
Honor?honor.exe??No
Hook99startupUhk2re.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
HookSysUHookSys.exeSurfinGuard Pro from Finjan - internet protection software, protects against all malicious code delivered through executables, scripting files, ActiveX and JavaNo
hostXhelp.exeIESearchToolbar parasite. Identified by Ewido Security Suite (Ewido is now part of AVG Technologies) as the DELF.LF TROJAN!No
hostdll.exeXhostdll.exeAdded by the BANKER-BO TROJAN!No
Hostname Manager ServerXhost32srv.exeAdded by a variant of the RBOT WORM!No
Hostren.exeXHostren.exeAdded by PWS.BANKER.F, a variant of the BANKER-BO TROJAN!No
hostservXhostserv.exeAdded by the RBOT.BPZ WORM!No
HostsManUhm.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 fileNo
HostSVC syseXHostSVC.exeAdded by the RBOT-ANZ WORM!No
Hot 8.0 LiveXhot.exeAdded by the BANKER.EIE TROJAN!No
Hot CornersUHotc.exeHot Corners - "lets you quickly activate or disable your screen saver by moving the mouse into a given corner of the screen"No
Hot InsideXHottest Story Ever.exeAdded by the BHARAT.A WORM!No
Hot Party 22?hotpart22.exe??No
HotAction_hrXhotaction_hr.exeAdded 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
HotbarXHbinst.exeHotbar adwareNo
HotbarXHbOEAddOn.exeHotbar adwareNo
HotbarSAXHotbarSA.exeHotbar adwareNo
hotclipalertXhotclipalertcheck.exeAdded by the DWNLDR-IJP TROJAN!No
HOTFOON2Uhotfoon4.exeRelated to Hotfoon - a developer and provider of Internet Telephony technology based on LTP (Lightweight Telephony Protocol)No
HotIDEUhotide.exeHotIDE allows Acer TravelMate owners to hot-swap external drives without switching of their notebooksNo
HotkeyAppUHotkeyApp.exeProgrammable keys on Acer, Fujitsu and other laptopsNo
HotPixXhotpix.exeAdult content diallerNo
hotplugXhotplug.exeAdded by the SILLYDL TROJAN!No
HotplugUhot_plug.exeRelated to the SiS_Hot_Plug_Application. Enables automated driver loading for hotpluggable devices. If this service is stopped, hotplug devices will no longer functionNo
HotSync ManagerNhotsync.exeInstalled 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 → ProgramsNo
hotwetloveXhotwetlove.exeAdult content dialler. Will not uninstall - components have to be manually deletedNo
Hot_KissXHot_Kiss.exeAdult content diallerNo
Hot_TartsXHot_Tarts.exeAdult content diallerNo
Hot_Tarts_**XHot_Tarts_**.exePremium rate adult content dialer (where * is a random char)No
Hot_Tarts_AuXHot_Tarts_Au.exePremium rate adult content diallerNo
Hot_Tarts_mcXHot_Tarts_mc.exeHotTarts adult content dialerNo
houtor.exeXhoutor.exeAdded by the VOBFUS.V WORM!No
HoverDeskUHoverDesk.exeHoverDesk - desktop replacement softwareNo
HP AutoIndexerUhppautoindexer.exeInstalled 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 startupNo
HP CD-DVDNhpcdtray.exeSystem Tray access to a HP CD-Writer's functions. Available via Start -> ProgramsNo
HP CD-WriterNhpcdtray.exeSystem Tray access to a HP CD-Writer's functions. Available via Start -> ProgramsNo
HP Component ManagerNhpcmpmgr.exeChecks 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 DeskjetXHP_DeskJet_500.exeAdded by the FORBOT-DA WORM!No
HP Digital Imaging MonitorUhpqtra08.exeSystem 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 exampleNo
HP Display SettingsUhpdisply.exeSets default display settings. Unchecking this item has been reported to cure a "Problem sending command to keyboard" error messageNo
HP Envy Guides AutoPlayNhpdocstart.exeRelated 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 SchedulerUHPHC_Scheduler.exeHP Health Check Scheduler from Hewlett-PackardNo
HP IDScheduler?HPIDSCHD.exeHP Instant Delivery SchedulerNo
HP Image Zone Fast StartNhpqthb08.exeImproves 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 timeNo
HP JetDiscoveryNHPJETDSC.EXEHP JetAdmin software which monitors printing jobs on a network environmentNo
HP KEYBOARDUHPKEYBOARD.EXE"Application software for the keyboard set. Displays message when battery level is low." For HP systems - see hereNo
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Notes & Warnings

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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.

RECOMMENDATIONS:

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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