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?
MstscXmstsc.exe /waitserviceAdded by the HORST.Q TROJAN! Note - this is not the legitimate mstsc.exe which is always located in %System%. This one is located in either %Windir%, %Windir%\System, %Temp%, %AppData%, %AppData%\Microsoft or %System%\driversNo
mstsdsc.exeXmstsdsc.exeAdded by the CIMUZ-CD TROJAN!No
msupdXmsupd.exeAdded by the IEACCESS DIALER! No
msupdateXmsupdate.exeAdded by the RBOT-MZ WORM!No
msupdaterXmsupdater.exeAdded by a variant of the Storm/Nuwar/Zhelatin WORM! See here for an exampleNo
msupdatesXmsupdt.exeAdded by the RBOT-JO WORM!No
MSUpdSrvXmsupdsrv.exeBrowser hijacker, redirecting to a adult content site No
msupdtwizXmsupdtwiz.exeAdded by the STRATION.DD WORM!No
msurlXmsurl32.exeAdded by the CRYPTER.A TROJAN!No
msuser32.exeXmsuser32.exeAdded by the ANDROV TROJAN!No
msuwarnXmcpuhost.exeAdded by the AUTORUN.BCIW WORM!No
MsVBdllXMsVBdll.pifAdded by the AIMDES.A WORM!No
msvc32Xmsvc32.exeClientMan parasite variantNo
msvc32Xmsvc32.exeAdded by the AGOBOT-NT WORM!No
msvcavXmsvcav.exeAdded by the AGENT-ACR TROJAN!No
msvccXmsvchost.exeAdded by the XOMBE TROJAN!No
msvchostXmsvchost.exeAdded by the IRCBOT-AV WORM!No
MsvcServiceXmsvcs.exeAdded by the RBOT-RK WORM!No
msvecurityXmsvecurity.exeAdded by the DORF-BO WORM!No
msvload32Xmsvload32.exeAdded by the RBOT-ACI WORM!No
msvpsXmsvps.exeAdded by the AGOBOT.ALI WORM!No
msvsc32Xmsdev.exeAdded by the RBOT-GJ WORM!No
msvsrv32Xmsvsrv32.exeAdded by the AGOBOT-KM WORM!No
msvssXmsvss.exeAdded by a variant of the RBOT WORM!No
msvupdaterXmsvupdater.exeAdded by a variant of the Storm/Nuwar/Zhelatin WORM! See here for an exampleNo
mswaveXmswave.exeAdded by the CRYPTER.A TROJAN!No
MswavedllXmswavedll.exeAdded by the CRYPTER-C TROJAN!No
MSwheelUmswheel.exeMicrosoft Intellipoint software for their Intellimouse series of mice - required if you use non-standard Windows driver featuresNo
mswiiz32Xmswiiz32.exeAdded by the STRATION.DH WORM!No
mswiizz32Xmswiizz32.exeAdded by the STRATION.DL WORM!No
MSWinXmswin.exeAdded by the BANKER-CU TROJAN!No
MswincfgXMswincfg32.exeAdded by the CYBRSPY.D BACKDOOR!No
MsWindows SSL DriversXmssl32.exeAdded by the SPYBOT.API WORM!No
MSWindows SysClXmscl32.exeAdded by the RBOT.AHI WORM!No
MSWindows SyspgXmspg32.exeAdded by the RBOT-TB WORM!No
MSWindowsUpdateXmswinup.exeAdded by a variant of the SDBOT WORM!No
mswinextNmswinext.exeMSN Toolbar from version 4.* onwards (now known as Bing Bar from version 5.* onwards). This entry loads the toolbar into memory at start-up before you open your internet browser. Not required - it will load with the browser and remains in memory after the browser is closedYes
Mswinpid32Xmswinpid32.exeAdded by the LAPOS.A TROJAN! This is a keylogger which emails back to China PayPal passwords and account information - thus allowing the perpetrators to steal PayPal funds in the name of the victim! No
MSWinSrvXMSWinSrv.exeAdded by the MTRON TROJAN!No
MSWinSrv32XMSWinSrv32.exeAdded by the MTRON-B TROJAN!No
MsWinVgrXmsvgr.exeAdded by the MYTOB.LE WORM!No
mswiz32Xmswiz32.exeAdded by the STRATIO-BG WORM!No
mswkork ServiceXmsework.exeAdded by a variant of the RBOT WORM!No
mswordXmsword.exeAdded by the RBOT-ADR WORM!No
msword98Xmsword98.exeAdded by the AGENT-KUO TROJAN!No
MSWorldXmsworld.exeAdded by the AGENT.DED TROJAN!No
MSWTL32XMSATL32.exeAdded by an unidentified WORM or TROJAN! See hereNo
msxctXmsxct.exeeXact Advertising (NaviSearch, BargainBuddy, CashBack) adwareNo
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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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