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?|
|SyBot v2.1 By Sky-Dancer||X||HPSV.exe||Added by the ZOTOB.I WORM!||No|
|Sygate Personal Firewall||X||host32.exe||Added by the RBOT.ALD WORM!||No|
|Sygate Personal Firewall||X||hostserv.exe||Added by the RBOT.BKO WORM!||No|
|Sync Data||U||Hndsync.exe||Pocket Real Estate - mobile synchronization manager||No|
|systhread||X||HELLO.EXE||Added by the WINKER.F BACKDOOR!||No|
|tgcmd||U||hcenter.exe||Bellsouth help center. Part of software from SupportSoft (aka Support.com) provided to manufacturers and ISPs that allows them to offer on-line support - to update drivers, fix faults, etc. Also see the TgAddServer entry. This part ensures the software is installed correctly (similar to an installation wizard) as reported by Cox. Regarded as spyware by some as it has the ability to retrieve user information. Whether it does so depends upon the provider. One Toshiba user reports problems with hibernate on his laptop if disabled - hence the "U" recommendation"||No|
|TomcatStartup||?||hpbpsttp.exe||Apache Tomcat web server, part of HP LaserJet "Printer Tools" software. What does it do and is it required?||No|
|TomcatStartup 2.5||?||hpbpsttp.exe||Apache Tomcat web server, part of HP LaserJet "Printer Tools" software. What does it do and is it required?||No|
|ToolBoxFX||U||HPTLBXFX.exe||HP ToolBoxFX - "provides desktop configuration, status and support for every feature". Supplied with some HP multifunction printers||No|
|ToolHelp||X||hwpv.exe||Added by a variant of the INFOSTEALER TROJAN!||No|
|Toshiba Hotkey Utility||U||Hotkey.exe||Multimedia/function key manager for Toshiba laptops||No|
|Ultra Hal Assistant 4.5 Startup||N||HalAsst.exe||Zabaware Ultra Hal Assistant - artificial intelligence conversation simulator. It is capable of being your digital secretary and companion||No|
|UnHackMe Monitor||U||hackmon.exe||UnHackMe allows you to detect and remove a new generation of 'invisible' Trojan programs called "rootkits"||No|
|Update||X||hanz.exe||Added by a variant of the RBOT-GLJ WORM!||No|
|Uwezig||X||humom.exe||Added by the MULTIDR-CR TROJAN!||No|
|VDI Manager (HP)||?||HPO0VDX05.exe||HP (Hewlett-Packard) related. Now - what does it do?||No|
|Verknüpfung mit der High Definition Audio-Eigenschaftenseite||U||HDAudPropShortcut.exe||Realtek audio card related. Probably adds the odd feature to one of the "Sounds" Control Panel applet tabs - doesn't appear to be required. German version||No|
|Verknüpfung mit der High Definition Audio-Eigenschaftenseite||N||HDAShCut.exe||High definition audio page shortcut for Realtek audio devices - not required. German version||No|
|VMware hptray||X||hpmon.exe||Trojan that is typically bundled with rogue security programs (such as Virus Trigger and AntivirusTrigger) and fake codecs. Note - this is not a legitimate VMware entry||No|
|voipsoft||X||hkicmd.exe||Added by the AGENT-QVJ TROJAN!||No|
|VSMP||X||hlojsnigc.exe||Added by the RBOT-GQS WORM!||No|
|win||U||homesec.exe||Related to the Sentry Parental Controls software||No|
|Win Drivers SSL||X||hpws.exe||Added by the IRCBOT.67098 WORM!||No|
|Win Drivers SSL32||X||hpwsnnsbc.exe||Added by the SPYBOT.MAR WORM!||No|
|Win USB 2.0 USB Driver||X||HPPrint.exe||Added by the SPYBOT.DNB WORM!||No|
|windows||X||hkey.exe||Added by the GAOBOT.AFW WORM!||No|
|Windows File Migration Wizard||X||HIMENSYST.EXE||Added by the RBOT-EMO WORM!||No|
|Windows Help System||?||Help.pif||??||No|
|Windows Host||X||hosts.exe||Added by the KELVIR.U WORM!||No|
|Windows Host Booter||X||hostbooter.exe||Added by an unidentified WORM or TROJAN! See here||No|
|Windows Host Device||X||hostsvc.exe||Added by the ZOOTY-A WORM!||No|
|Windows Host Service||X||host.exe||Added by the KELVIR.AN WORM!||No|
|Windows Host32 Starter||X||hostserv.exe||Added by the SDBOT-WU WORM!||No|
|Windows Hosts||X||hosts.exe||Added by the KELVIR-O TROJAN!||No|
|Windows HP Drivers||X||hpdmws.exe||Added by the SDBOT.AQU WORM!||No|
|windows messengers||X||hkcmds.exe||Added by the AGENT-CRZ TROJAN!||No|
|Windows Software||X||hbsppe.exe||Added by the RBOT-GLL WORM!||No|
|Windows svchost||X||happy2008.exe||Added by the PUSHBOT.AM WORM!||No|
|WINDOWS SYSTEM Cleaner||X||h3.exe||Added by the MYTOB.EQ WORM!||No|
|WINDOWS SYSTEM DNSPOOL||X||hbmail.exe||Added by the MYTOB.FW WORM!||No|
|Windows Update||X||host32.exe||Added by the RBOT-GU WORM!||No|
|Windows Update||X||hpztsb02.exe||Added by the BANCD-C TROJAN! Note - this it not the legitimate HP Deskjet series printer utility with the same filename located in %System%\spool\drivers\w32x86\3. This on is found in %Windir%||No|
|Windows-Network||X||Host.exe||Added by the ESION BACKDOOR!||No|
|winlogon.exe||X||helper.exe||Added by the FAKESPY-A TROJAN!||No|
|WinReg32 service||X||holqdnoxpmeu.exe||Added by a variant of the SDBOT WORM!||No|
|WinService||X||hosth.exe||Added by the DWNLDR-FUX TROJAN!||No|
|winter||X||happy.exe||Added by the SDBOT-YF WORM!||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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