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?
Windows Live MessengerXmsnlive.exeAdded by the RBOT.BMV BACKDOOR!No
Windows Live MessengerXmsnd.exeAdded by the BCKDR-QQQ BACKDOOR!No
Windows Live Messenger ServicerXmsmgslive.exeAdded by a variant of the IRCBOT TROJAN! See hereNo
Windows Live Messenger ServicesXmsgrlive.exeAdded by a variant of the IRCBOT TROJAN! See hereNo
Windows Live Messenger!Xmsgrlive.exeAdded by a variant of the IRCBOT TROJAN! See hereNo
Windows Live ServiceXmsnlive.exeAdded by the SLENFBOT.DI WORM!No
Windows LoginXmsnmsgr.exeAdded by the AGOBOT-UC 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 Logon ServiceXmicropoft.exeAdded by the RBOT-FZY WORM!No
Windows Management InstrumentationXmwd.exeAdded by the GRAPS WORM!No
Windows Media DriverXmsnger.exeAdded by a variant of the RBOT WORM!No
Windows Media PlayerXMediaPIayer.exeAdded by the SDBOT-QO TROJAN! Note - the lower case "l" in "MediapIayer" is a capital "i"No
Windows Media PlayerXmsa.exeAdded by the RBOT-SI WORM!No
Windows Media PlayerXmcafe32.exeAdded by the RBOT-YO WORM!No
Windows Media PlayerXmpwe.exeAdded by the RBOT-TT WORM!No
Windows Media PlayerXmsams.exeAdded by the RBOT.AHR WORM!No
Windows Media PlayerXmsass43.exeAdded by the RBOT-RT WORM!No
Windows Media PlayerXmpupdata.exeAdded by the SDBOT.BBG WORM!No
Windows Media PlayerXmcafeee.exeAdded by the RBOT-SQ WORM!No
Windows Memory DriversXmemretain.exeAdded by a variant of the IRCBOT TROJAN!No
Windows Memory Running ServicesXmemrun.exeAdded by the IRCBOT.BLL BACKDOOR!No
Windows Memory SharingXmemoryshr.exeAdded by a variant of the IRCBOT TROJAN!No
Windows Memory SharingXmemshare.exeAdded by the IRCBRUTE.AG TROJAN!No
Windows Memory SharingXmemshr.exeAdded by the IRCBOT.MC BACKDOOR!No
Windows messengerXmessengers.exeAdded by the MYTOB.EI WORM!No
Windows MessengerXmsnsmgs.exeAdded by the RBOT-ANJ WORM!No
Windows MessengerXmsnmsg.exeAdded by the SPYBOT.BV WORM!No
Windows MeTaLRoCk serviceXmetalrock.exeAdded by the TASTYRED TROJAN!No
Windows Mouse UtilitiesXmouseutils.exeAdded by the RBOT-ABU WORM!No
Windows mplayercodex ServicesXMSPF.EXEAdded by a variant of the SDBOT WORM! This file is located in %System%No
Windows ms DriversXmsnup32.exeAdded by the SDBOT-AAL WORM!No
Windows MSNXMSN.msnAdded by the TRIXCU.A WORM!No
Windows Msn Live MessangerXmsnmsgsman.exeAdded by a variant of the SDBOT WORM!No
Windows Network ControllerXMqguard.exeAdded by the FORBOT-CL WORM!No
Windows Network ServiceXMsconf32.exeAdded by a variant of the RBOT WORM!No
Windows Networking MonitorXmdm.exeAdded by a variant of the IRCBOT BACKDOOR! Note - this is not the legitimate Machine Debug Manager (mdm.exe) process which is located in %ProgramFiles%\Common Files\Microsoft Shared\VS7Debug (98/Me/XP/Vista) or C:\WINDOWS\SYSTEM (Me only)No
Windows Networking MonitoringXmdm.exeAdded by the IRCBOT.AKZ WORM! Note - this is not the legitimate Machine Debug Manager (mdm.exe) process which is located in %ProgramFiles%\Common Files\Microsoft Shared\VS7Debug (98/Me/XP/Vista) or C:\WINDOWS\SYSTEM (Me only)No
Windows Offical NetvvorksXmywriter32.exeAdded by a variant of the SDBOT WORM! See hereNo
Windows Portable Device DriversXMSKSVRVS.EXEAdded by a TROJAN - see hereNo
Windows Portable DevicesXMSKSVRTSS.EXEAdded by the SPYBOT.APEO WORM!No
Windows Processe ManagerXmspn32.exeAdded by the RBOT.AXO WORM!No
Windows RegistryXmsnmsg.exeAdded by a variant of the RBOT WORM!No
Windows Rundll CenterXmsnsmgr.exeAdded by the AGENT-LLB TROJAN!No
Windows Rundll CenterXmsmsgrs.exeAdded by the IRCBOT-AFA WORM!No
Windows Secure Messaging SystemXmsnmsgrsrvc.exeAdded by the RBOT-RE WORM!No
Windows SecurityXms32.pifAdded by the RBOT-ARN WORM!No
Windows Security ModuleXmodule.exeAdded by a variant of the RBOT WORM!No
Windows Serv PatchXMcaffe2005.exeAdded by a variant of the RBOT WORM!No
Windows Service AgentXmsnmagr.exeAdded by a variant of the SLAPER TROJAN!No
Windows Service AgentXmsngear.exeAdded by the RBOT.AHW BACKDOOR!No
Windows Service AgentXmsngerr.exeAdded by the RBOT.EOZ WORM!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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Presentation, format & comments Copyright 2001 - 2011 Pacman's Portal
Portions Copyright Peter Forrest, Denny Denham, Sylvain Prevost, Tony Klein, CastleCops & Bleeping Computer
Database creation and support by Patrick Kolla
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