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?
SecureLoginXMslg32.exeAdded by the REDZED WORM!No
secures23Xmssecure.exeAdded by the AGOBOT-ABY WORM!No
Security Agent ManagerXmssams.exeAdded by the RBOT-SV WORM!No
Security PatchesXmsnkn.exeAdded by the RBOT.WW WORM!No
serpeXmsmbw.exeAdded by the SERFLOG.A WORM!No
serviceUmsview32.exeBestIdol adwareNo
Service DriversXmsnpg.exeAdded by the RBOT.BMD WORM!No
Service DriversXMSNMEssenger.exeAdded by a variant of the RBOT WORM!No
Service MonitorXmsnfilen.exeAdded by the RBOT-ALE WORM!No
Service MonitorXmsnserve.exeAdded by the SPYBOT.YQW WORM!No
ServicesXmshost.exeAdded by the LANFILT-J TROJAN!No
services32Xmc-110-12-0000079.exeAdded by the TrojanDownloader.Agent.rv TROJAN!No
services32Xmc-58-12-0000120.exe"Shorty" adware - also detected as the AGENT.FD TROJAN!No
services32Xmc-58-12-0000140.exe"Shorty" adware - also detected as the AGENT.FD TROJAN!No
SetDefaultMIDI?MIDIDef.exeRelated to a Soundblaster Audigy soundcards. What does it do and is it required?No
sfwjbbjdXmidiwemshdw.exeAdded by the AGENT-OII TROJAN!No
Shellapi32Xmcvsrte.exeAdded by an unidentified WORM! Note - do not confuse with the McAfee SecurityCenter file of the same nameNo
Simple Star PhotoShow Media ManagerNmssysmgr.exeSimple Star PhotoShow photo editing and organizing software, makes it easy to send and share digital photos. Bundled with software from Nero, ComCast, SnapFish, MacroMedia and othersNo
singtelRV_McciTrayAppUMcciTrayApp.exeSystem tray access to Motive's broadband configuration and repair utility - for SingTel usersNo
singtelTrayAppUMcciTrayApp.exeSystem tray access to Motive's broadband configuration and repair utility - for SingTel usersNo
SingTel_McciTrayAppUMcciTrayApp.exeSystem tray access to Motive's broadband configuration and repair utility - for SingTel usersNo
SiS Mpc ServiceXmpcsvc.exeAdded by the CIADOOR-CJ TROJAN!No
SiSAudioNMP_S3.exeWinME patch for an older SiS 961 chipset FERR bug. Enable if you have audio problemsNo
slack12Xmfcee.exeAdded by a variant of the SDBOT WORM!No
SmallAndSecureXmssecure.exeAdded by the RBOT.CU WORM!No
smgrXmgrs.exeCovert Sys Exec malware variantNo
SN MessengerXmsnmsgr.exeAdded by the RBOT-AVP WORM! Note - this is not the valid MSN Messenger (now Windows Live Messenger) utility which is located in either %ProgramFiles%\MSN Messenger or %ProgramFiles%\Windows Live\Messenger. This one is located in %System%No
Softany Monitor ControlUMonitorControl.exeSoftany Monitor Control - "control your computer's monitor and screensaver"No
SoftBankBB_McciTrayAppUMcciTrayApp.exeSystem tray access to Motive's broadband configuration and repair utility - for SoftBankBB usersNo
SoundViewXmsdview32.exeTrojan downloaderNo
SPAM FIREWALLXmfirewall.exeAdded by the SDBOT.AOU WORM!No
SpareMessagingUMessagingApp.exeMessaging and reports application for Spare BackupNo
SPC610NC_Monitor?Monitor.exeRelated to the Philips SPC610NC webcam. What does it do and is it required?No
SporeXMsNews.vbsAdded by the SORPE.A WORM!No
Sprint DSL virtual assistantUmatcli.exe"matcli.exe is a motive Assistant Command line interface that gathers information about your system's identity like your name email address, city, county, etc and gets written to a log file". Sprint DSL Virtual Assistant is required to run with the Help and Support program. If you uncheck Sprint DSL Airtual Assistant and then run Help and Support it will add another Sprint DSL Virtual Assistant in the startup menu. If you remove this software in "add/remove programs" some help menus in help and support will not be available. You decideNo
SpyCop ScanCheckUMAIN.EXESpyCop surveillance software detection - checks to see when your machine was last scanned and if it was more than a week asks if you want to scanNo
SRUUninstallUmsiexec.exeSymantec Network Driver Update - part of LiveUpdateNo
sssasasb32Xmsnmsgq.exeAdded by the TACTSLAY.F TROJAN!No
staeck12Xmfcee.exeAdded by an unidentified WORM or TROJAN!No
staeck122Xmfceee.exeAdded by an unidentified WORM or TROJAN!No
start extractingXmcafee.exeAdded by the RBOT.FO BACKDOOR! Note - this is not a valid McAfee program and is located in %System%No
Start UppingXmcrt32.exeAdded by a variant of the SPYBOT WORM!No
Start UppingsXmssupdate.exeAdded by a variant of the RBOT WORM!No
Start Xp SetupXmsxp.exeAdded by the RBOT.AKK WORM!No
startkeyXMysia.exeAdded by the CEP TROJAN!No
StartKeyXmsnmsie.exeAdded by the BIFROSE.M BACKDOOR!No
StartMen Application?MUIStartMenu.exePart of various video and audio utilities from CyberLink - including (but not limited to) LabelPrint, Power2Go, DVD Suite, PowerProducer and PowerDirector. The exact purpose of this entry is unknown at present but it unloads from memory once run. The command line varies depending upon the productYes
StartMenuXmsgaol.exeAdded by the TACTSLAY.C TROJAN!No
StartupXmirc.exeAdded by the FLOOD-EU TROJAN! An uninstall option for mirc.exe can be accessed via the Add or Remove Programs dialog in the Windows Control Panel. The software is listed as mIRC. This one puts 10 files in %Windir%No
strmsnmgrsXmsnxmsgrsc.exeAdded by the SDBOT.JDR 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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