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?
Win TaskLoaderXmsgmr.exeAdded by the MYTOB.L WORM!No
Win UpdateXmsnmger.exeAdded by the RBOT-GDP WORM!No
Win32Xmsnsrv.exeAdded by a variant of the SDBOT WORM!No
Win32 Cnfg32Xmsconfgh.exeAdded by the MYTOB.NB WORM!No
Win32 ConfigurationXmplayer.exeAdded by the FORBOT-BZ WORM!No
Win32 Debug ManagerXmicrosoftupd.exeAdded by the RBOT-GRJ WORM!No
Win32 FRT DriverXmsfr32.exeAdded by the WOOTBOT.EJ WORM!No
Win32 NVIDIA DriverXMSPMSPSU.EXEAdded by a variant of the WOOTBOT.Y WORM!No
win32 regeditXmsn32.exeAdded by an unidentified WORM or TROJAN!No
Win32 SecureXmsconfigsvc.exeAdded by a variant of the SDBOT WORM!No
Win32 USB DriverXmvsecn.exeAdded by the FORBOT-BK WORM! No
Win32 USB2 DriverXmsn.exeAdded by the FORBOT-EX WORM!No
Win32 Word ServicesXmsword32.exeAdded by a variant of the RBOT WORM!No
Win32.Exploit.mzHXmzrun.exeAdded by the PAINTER TROJAN! No
Win32KernelStartXmicrosoft.exeAdded by the DELF-EWZ TROJAN!No
win32servvXms1.exeiSearch adwareNo
WinammpXmccm.exeAdded by the IRCBOT-HH BACKDOOR!No
WinAmpAgentXMsexploren.exeAdded by the BDOOR-EB BACKDOOR! Note - this is NOT the popular Winamp media player which has a different filenameNo
WinAmpAgentXmsnexploren.exeAdded by the TACTSLAY.B TROJAN!No
WinApp32Xmsapp.exeAdded by the RSBOT TROJAN!No
Wind SecurityXmswi32.pifAdded by the RBOT-ARH WORM!No
WIND0WSXmella.batAdded by the ALLEM WORM!No
Window Msn Live MessangerXmsnmsgsls.exeAdded by the RBOT.BJD BACKDOOR!No
WindowsXmsdos98.exeAdded by the PWSTEAL TROJAN!No
windows auto updateXmsblast.exeAdded by the BLASTER.B WORM!No
windows automationXmslaugh.exeAdded by the BLASTER.E WORM!No
Windows AutomationXmsdspr.exeAdded by the SOLAME.A WORM!No
Windows BootupXms-wks32.exeAdded by the RBOT-AFM WORM!No
Windows CODE Fix Msy StartupsXmsyh32.exeAdded by the AGOBOT.AKK WORM!No
Windows Config ConnectionXmsicll.exeAdded by the RBOT-EXQ WORM!No
Windows Configuration LoaderXmsgfix.exeAdded by the SDBOT-NP WORM!No
Windows Dcom2 FixXmscom32.exeAdded by the RBOT-QT WORM!No
Windows DebuggerXmsdbg32.exeAdded by a variant of the RBOT WORM!No
Windows DotFix liveXmsdotfix.exeAdded by the IRCBOT.XGK BACKDOOR!No
Windows Driver FoundationXMTVSCMXT.EXEAdded by a variant of the RBOT WORM!No
Windows Driver ServicesXmsdrvs32.exeAdded by the WOOTBOT.L WORM!No
Windows EssensialsXmvnesc.exeAdded by a variant of the IRCBOT TROJAN!No
Windows FileSharing ServiceXmcwsvc.exeAdded by the IRCBOT.AJF BACKDOOR!No
Windows FirewallXmsmsd.exeAdded by the VB-OG MALWARE!No
Windows Firewall ManagerXmsfw.exeAdded by the RBOT.WR WORM!No
Windows firewall managerXmsguard.exeAdded by a variant of the RANDEX.GEL WORM!No
Windows HelpXmailinfo.exeAdded by the MYTOB.JX WORM!No
Windows Installer 1Xmsnconfig.exeAdded by the PURITYSCN.B TROJAN!No
Windows kev MessengerXmskev.exeAdded by the SDBOT-XV WORM!No
Windows LiveXmsgnms.exeAdded by the XPACK.AV TROJAN!No
Windows Live ClientXmsnclient.exeAdded by a variant of the IRCBOT TROJAN! See hereNo
Windows Live MessagesXmsgnlive.exeAdded by the AGENT.AYH WORM!No
Windows Live MessengerXmsnmsgr.exeAdded by a variant of the RBOT 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
Windows live MessengerXmsn.comAdded by the IRCBOT-AAV 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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