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?
mscheckXmscheck.exeAdded by the AGENT-ECP TROJAN!No
mschkdf.exeXmschkdf.exeAdded by a variant of the SDBOT WORM!No
msci?mcinfo.exeMcAfee Internet Security related. What does it do and is it required?No
mscj.exeXmscj.exeAdded by the BACKDR-L BACKDOOR!No
mscjm.exeXmscjm.exeAdded by the DOWNLOADER-CJD TROJAN!No
msclacXmsclac.exeAdded by the SDBOT-JM WORM!No
mscleanXmsvchost.exeAdded by the OPANKI-Q WORM!No
mscmanXmscman.exeClientMan parasite variantNo
mscmsXmscms.exeAdded by the AGENT-MS TROJAN!No
mscnUmscn.exePart of the SafeChildNet internet filtering program - required if you use itNo
MscntXmscnt.exeAdded by the DLUCA-C TROJAN!No
MscolourXmscolour.exeAdded by the GEMA TROJAN!No
mscom32Xmsint.exeAdded by the SDBOT.CCD BACKDOOR!No
mscom32Xmswin.exeAdded by the PEPA-A WORM!No
MScommXMScomm.exeAdded by the VBINJEC-AL TROJAN!No
MSCommXXmscommx.exeAdded by a variant of the RBOT WORM!No
Msconf32XMsconf32.exeAdded by the AGOBOT-NR WORM!No
MSCONFG32.EXEXMSCONFG32.EXEAdded by the OPTIX.04.C TROJAN!No
MSConfigXMSCONFIG32.EXEAdded by the SPYBOT.B WORM!No
msconfigXmsconfig.exeCoolWebSearch MSConfig parasite variant. Note - this overwrites the legitimate msconfig.exe which should only appear in Msconfig/Startup if you leave the warning box unchecked after changing an Msconfig entry and rebootingNo
msconfigXmsconfig.exeAdded by the WINUR WORM! Note - this is not the legitimate msconfig.exe which should only appear in Msconfig/Startup if you leave the warning box unchecked after changing an Msconfig entry and rebooting. This one is located in c:\winrunNo
MSConfigXMSCONFIG35.EXEAdded by a variant of the SPYBOT WORM!No
msconfigXmsconfig.comAdded by the IRCBOT-SM WORM!No
msconfigXmsconfig.batAdded by the PAHATIA.B WORM!No
MSConfigXmapwisl.exeAdded by the PALEVO.NXS WORM!No
Msconfig lptt01Xmsconfig.exeRapidBlaster variant (in a "msconfig" folder in Program Files). A dedicated "RapidBlaster Killer" removal tool used to be available but quality anti-malware tools will now remove it. Note - this is not the valid Windows Msconfig which has the same executable nameNo
MSConfig ManagerXmsupdate.exeCoolWebSearch parasite variantNo
Msconfig ml097eXmsconfig.exeRapidBlaster variant (in a "msconfig" folder in Program Files). A dedicated "RapidBlaster Killer" removal tool used to be available but quality anti-malware tools will now remove it. Note - this is not the valid Windows Msconfig which has the same executable nameNo
msconfig serviceXMSupdate32.exeAdded by a variant of the SPYBOT WORM!No
msconfig.Xmsconf.exeAdded by the BUZUS-AY WORM!No
msconfig38Xmssvcc.exeAdded by the RBOT-BJV WORM!No
MSConfig45XMSConfig45.exeAdded by the SDBOT.OJ BACKDOOR!No
MSConfigReminderNmsconfig.exeEntry that appears when you uncheck an item in the MSConfig Startup group and will disappear if on the next reboot you select the option to not be reminded that you are running in Selective Startup mode. This particular entry is specific only to 98/Me and is located in %System%Yes
MsConfigsXMsConfigs.exeAdded by the ALCAN.A WORM!No
MSCRMStartup?Microsoft.Crm.Application.Hoster.exeRelated to Microsoft Dynamics CRM integrated solutions for Financial, Supply Chain and Customer Relationship Management. What does it do and is it required?No
MscsgsXMSCSGS.EXEAdded by the ZEZER WORM!No
Mscsgs32XMSCSGS32.EXEAdded by the ZEZER WORM!No
mscsvc.exeXmscsvc.exeAdded by the BANCOS.T TROJAN!No
msctfg32Xmsctfg32.exeAdded by the RBOT-TJ WORM!No
msctrl.exeXmsctrl.exeMicrosoft Security Adviser rogue security software - not recommendedNo
Msctrl32XMsctrl32.scrAdded by the REDIST WORM!No
MSCVTXMSCVT.exeAdded by the SLIDESHOW WORM!No
msdbgm.exeXmsdbgm.exeAdded by the CIMUZ-CQ TROJAN!No
MSDcomXMSDcom.exeAdded by a variant of the SDBOT WORM!No
msdefenderXmsdefender.exeIdentified as a variant of the PAKES.CMD TROJAN! See here for an exampleNo
msdefender.exeXmsdefender.exeAdded by the PAKES.ZL TROJAN!No
msdevXmsdev.exeAdded by the FORBOT-CR WORM!No
msdevXmsconfig.exeAdded by the AGOBOT.AAU WORM! Note - this is not the legitimate msconfig.exe which should only appear in Msconfig/Startup if you leave the warning box unchecked after changing an Msconfig entry and rebootingNo
msdev controlXmsdevctrl.exeAdded by the SPYBOT.N BACKDOOR!No
msdir32Xmsdir32.batAdded by the ROOKIE-A TROJAN!No
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Notes & Warnings

Variables:

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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