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?
MS Auto-IPSec ProtectionXMSASP32.exeAdded by the RBOT-AER WORM! No
MS Autoloader 32XMSAuto32.exeAdded by the SPYBOT.BD WORM!No
MS ConfigXmsdconfig.exeAdded by the RBOT-CZH WORM!No
MS Config LoaderXMSWin32bck.exeAdded by the GAOBOT.AA WORM!No
MS Config ServiceXMsloader32.exeAdded by the RBOT-KJ WORM!No
MS Config StreamXmsasm.exeAdded by the AGOBOT-BA WORM!No
MS Config v12Xmscfg12.exeAdded by the AGOBOT.YP WORM!No
MS Config v13Xmscfg13.exeAdded by the AGOBOT.YQ WORM!No
Ms configsuXmsconfigsu.exeAdded by a variant of the SDBOT WORM!No
MS ConfigurationXMSFramer.exeAdded by the RANDEX.OL WORM!No
Ms ConfigurationXmicrosoftsa32.exeAdded by the KELVIR.X WORM!No
MS Configuration UtilityXmsconfig32.exeAdded by the WOOTBOT.DY WORM!No
MS DATABASEXMSDATA32.EXEAdded by a variant of the SDBOT WORM!No
MS DirectX Sound DriversXmsdrvdx.exeAdded by the RBOT.BCX WORM!No
MS Domain Name Server DeamonXMSDNSD32.exeAdded by the RBOT-CMZ WORM!No
MS Domain Name SystemXMSWDNS32.exeAdded by the RBOT-GKY WORM!No
MS DVD DirectX Dll DriversXmdxdl.exeAdded by the SDBOT-XI WORM!No
MS DVD DirectX Sound DriversXmsdrvdx.exeAdded by the SDBOT-XJ WORM!No
MS ExplorerXmexplore.exeAdded by the YAHA.AE WORM!No
MS FIREWALLXmsfrewall.exeAdded by the SDBOT-PU WORM!No
MS FIREWALLXmsfirewall.exeAdded by the SDBOT-QH WORM! No
MS HostXmsthost.exeAdded by the SLENFBOT.AH WORM!No
MS HostsXmsthosts.exeAdded by a variant of the IRCBOT BACKDOOR! See hereNo
MS HTMLXmsHtml.exeAdded by the PESTDOOR.31 BACKDOOR!No
MS HTML Location ClassXMSHTML32.exeAdded by the RBOT-YD WORM!No
MS InitialXmstinitial.exeAdded by the IRCBOT.ASP BACKDOOR!No
MS Internet Executor 32XMSIXEC32.exeAdded by the RBOT-AEQ WORM!No
MS Internet ExploreXMSIEx.exeAdded by a variant of the RBOT WORM!No
Ms Java for Windows 98, NT, ME & XPXmsjavames.exeAdded by the RBOT.BHJ WORM!No
Ms Java for Windows 98, NT, XP & MEXmsjavaxps.exeAdded by the BACKDOOR.GEN TROJAN!No
Ms Java for Windows NTXMS32.exeAdded by the VANEBOT-H WORM!No
Ms Java for Windows NTXmsi32java.exeAdded by the VANEBOT-I WORM!No
Ms Java for Windows NTXmsjava.exeAdded by the VANEBOT-E WORM!No
Ms Java for Windows NTXmsi32info.exeAdded by the RBOT.AFX WORM!No
Ms Java Update For Windows NT/XPXmsijavaupdt32.exeAdded by the RANDEX.AF WORM!No
MS management console?mms.exeSuspicious as the legitimate "Microsoft Management Console" is "mmc.exe" and not "mms.exe" and doesn't normally run at startupNo
MS Microsoft Socket DeamonXMSSCKD32.exeAdded by a variant of the RBOT WORM!No
MS MSN Menssenger 7.0XMSMSN7.exeAdded by the RBOT-ACA WORM!No
MS MSN Menssenger 7.0XMSEXPORT.exeAdded by a variant of the SDBOT WORM!No
MS Network ControlXmswin.exeAdded by the DUMBA TROJAN!No
MS PaintXmspainter.exeAdded by a variant of the IRCBOT BACKDOOR! See hereNo
Ms Processe ManagerXmsproc.exeAdded by the RBOT.ATO WORM!No
MS Registry ServiceXMSRMS32.exeAdded by the RBOT-AKP WORM!No
MS Remote Procedure CallXmsrpc32.exeAdded by the RBOT-QL WORM!No
MS Security Update 993Xmsident.exeAdded by a variant of the SDBOT WORM!No
MS serviceXmsservice.exeAdded by the RBOT-ZG WORM!No
MS Shell ServicesUMainWnd.exeTeslain KidLogger surveillance software. Uninstall this software unless you put it there yourselfNo
Ms Sound DriversXmsdrv.exeAdded by the SDBOT-WR WORM!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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