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?
msrundllXmsrund1l32.exeAdded by the BINGHE TROJAN!No
msrunocx32Xmsrunocx32.exeAdded by the SKUS WORM!No
Mss ServXmsssrv.exeAdded by the SLENFBOT.AA WORM!No
Mss VCXmssvc.exeAdded by the OPANKI.AB WORM!No
mssaruXmssaru.exeAdded by the AGENT.AM TROJAN! Note - example names include "XviD", "Winamp Remote", "Windows Media Player" and "Futuremark"No
msscan.exeXmsscan.exeMicrosoft Security Adviser rogue security software - not recommendedNo
MSSCDLUMSSCDLL.exeSpyCapture keystroke logger/monitoring program - remove unless you installed it yourself!No
mssdbsrvXmsupdtck.exeAdded by a variant of a password stealing TROJAN!No
MSSERUmsser.exeMeplex adwareNo
msserrv32Xmsserrv32.exeAdded by the STRATION.DW WORM!No
msservXmsserv.exeAdded by the BLACKLOG-A TROJAN!No
msserv32Xmsserv32.exeAdded by the RBOT-ACK WORM!No
MsServerXmsfun80.exeAdded by the VB-CYG WORM!No
MsServerXmsfir80.exeAdded by the VB-CYJ TROJAN!No
msserviceXmsserv.exeAdded by the HYD WORM!No
Msshield.exeXMsshield.exeAdded by a variant of the IRCBOT TROJAN!No
MSShowXMSShow.exeAdded by the QQROB-M TROJAN!No
mssoulXmsmscc2.exeAdded by the DAPIZL.A banker WORM! (A "banker worm" is designed to pillage banking information and send it back to the perpetrators!) No
mssoulXmsmscc.exeAdded by the BANCOS.HKT TROJAN!No
mssp3Xmssp22.exeAdded by the IBANK-D TROJAN!No
MSSQLXMssql.exeAdded by the SDBOT TROJAN!No
MSSQL for Windows NT & XPXmssqlsnt.exeAdded by a variant of the SDBOT WORM!No
MSSQL ManagerXmssqlmgr.exeAdded by the RBOT-BWU WORM!No
mssrv32Xmssrv32.exeAdded by the AGENT-NKX TROJAN!No
mssSortNmsssort.exeMaxtor (now Seagate) "Drag and Sort" for their external storage - "Just drag documents onto the Shared Storage II icon and Maxtor's Drag and Sort organizes your files, placing them in appropriate shared folders"No
MsstartXmsstart.exeAdded by the LIVUP.C BACKDOOR!No
msstaskXmsstask.exeAdded by the MYPARTY WORM!No
mssurfer lptt01Xmssurfer.exeRapidBlaster variant (in a "surfer" folder in Program Files). A dedicated "RapidBlaster Killer" removal tool used to be available but quality anti-malware tools will now remove itNo
mssurfer ml097eXmssurfer.exeRapidBlaster variant (in a "surfer" folder in Program Files). A dedicated "RapidBlaster Killer" removal tool used to be available but quality anti-malware tools will now remove itNo
MSSVC.EXEYMSSVC.EXEStealthDisk - hides folders, files and applications. Will also encrypt them for better protectionNo
mssvc32Xmssvc32.exeAdded by the AGOBOT-ME WORM!No
mssync20Xmssync20.exeAdded by the LDPINC-QC TROJAN!No
mssysXmssys.exeAdded by the MYSS.B TROJAN!No
mssyslanhelperXmsmsgri32.exeAdded by the RANDEX.D WORM!No
MsSystemXmsdos.exeAdult content downloader - see hereNo
MsSystemXmssys.exeAdded by the VANTA.A TROJAN!No
MstapiUMstapi.exeKeystroke logger/monitoring program - remove unless you installed it yourself! No
MstaskXmstask.exeAdded by the OPASERV.N WORM! Note - this is not the legitimate mstask.exe system file and the executable resides in %Windir%No
mstaskXmstask.exeBrowser hijacker - redirecting to Note - this is not the legitimate mstask.exe system fileNo
MstaskXMSDTC.exeAdded by the STAP-D WORM!No
MSTask MonitorXmstaskmon.exeAdded by the SDBOT-LU WORM!No
Mstask32driverXMstask32.exeAdded by the LOONY-D TROJAN!No
mstasksXmstasks.exeAdded by the MULTIDR-AY TROJAN!No
mstds.exeXmstds.exeAdded by the IPTABLES TROJAN!No
mstg32.exeXmstg32.exeAdded by the AGENT.BI TROJAN!No
MSTMON_NNMSTMON_N.EXEGenerates an error message on startup if a Konica Minolta printer is not turned on and readyNo
MSTMON_QNMSTMON_Q.exeGenerates an error message on startup if the Konica Minolta PagePro 1350W printer is not turned on and readyNo
Mstng32XMSTng32.exeAdded by the TANG 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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Database creation and support by Patrick Kolla
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