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?
LTM2Xmsns6Added by the LITMUS.C BACKDOOR!No
ltwobXmsmbw.exeAdded by the SERFLOG.A WORM!No
Lucky charms CDXmylcuky.exeAdded by the SDBOT-SP WORM!No
LWBMOUSEUMOUSE32A.EXEMouse utility for a Lenovo brand (and possibly others) mouse. If you disable this entry you will not be able to use any of the non-standard functions of the mouseNo
M S DVD DirectX Dll DriversXmsxdl.exeAdded by the SDBOT-BJN WORM!No
M-Audio MobilePre Control Panel LauncherUMPTask.exeControl Panel Launcher for MobilePre USB bus-powered preamp and audio interface from M-AudioNo
M-soft OfficeXM-soft Office.htaHTA file which creates an executable on the hard drive which subsequently proceeds to download files from a malware site!No
m32infoXm32info.exeAdded by the CRYPTER.A TROJAN!No
M3Development_WhenUSave_InstallerXM3Development_WhenUSave_Installer.exeWhenU.Save adwareNo
M3TrayNm3tray.exeSystem Tray access to the now defunct Movielink "web-based video on demand (VOD) and electronic sell-through (EST) service offering movies, TV shows and other videos for rental or purchase". Movielink LLC were acquired by Blockbuster in 2008No
M3TrayNMovielink Tray.exeSystem Tray access to the now defunct Movielink "web-based video on demand (VOD) and electronic sell-through (EST) service offering movies, TV shows and other videos for rental or purchase". Movielink LLC were acquired by Blockbuster in 2008No
m66Xmlr66.exeAdded by the AGENT-ACR TROJAN!No
MAAgentUMAAgent.exeRelated to MarkAny - a solution to prevent is unauthorized distribution of information through Floppy, CD, email, etcNo
MacDriveUMacDrive.exeMacDrive 7 & MacDrive 6 CrossStripe Edition from Mediafour Corporation - "a perfect way to share files between Mac OS and Windows." Version 6 is not Vista compatible but doesn "include support for striped Mac arrays created with ATTO ExpressStripe software." No
MacDrive applicationUMacDrive.exeMacDrive 7 from Mediafour Corporation - "enables anyone using Windows Vista, XP, and 2003 Server to seamlessly access Mac disks (HFS/HFS+) of all types, including CDs, DVDs, hard drives, floppy, Zip, Jaz, and more!"No
Macfee Security PatchXMpfsheild.exeAdded by the RBOT-NP WORM! No
Machine Debug ManagerUMDM.EXEUsed by developers for debugging and is a component of several MS products including Office and Visual Studio. Those who have encountered it have unchecked it with no degradation in performance. It may cause your computer to "hang" if you have Visual Studio installed and this disabled because it appears to take over error handling - hence the U recommendation. For this entry it loads under the "RunServices" key in Me (located in C:\WINDOWS\SYSTEM). It also loads a service in XP/Vista (located in %ProgramFiles%\Common Files\Microsoft Shared\VS7Debug)No
Machine Debug ManagerXmsdn.exeAdded by a variant of the RBOT WORM!No
Machine Debug ManagerXmdm.exeAdded by the SDBOT-APE 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 %System% (Me only). This one is located in %Windir%No
Machine Debug ManagerXmdms.exeAdded by the SDBOT-CH WORM!No
machine-debuggerXmdmsv.exeAdded by the AGOBOT-BR WORM!No
mackfy.exeXmsms.exeAdded by the SDBOT-DID WORM!No
MacLicNMacLic.exePart of Conversions Plus from DataViz - allowing PC and MAC owners to share disksNo
MacLicenseNMacLic.exePart of Conversions Plus from DataViz - allowing PC and MAC owners to share disksNo
MacNameNMacName.exePart of Conversions Plus from DataViz - allowing PC and MAC owners to share disksNo
Macromedia Dreamweaver XMXmacdwXM.exeAdded by the AGOBOT-RI WORM!No
MACVNTFYUMACVNTFY.EXEPart of MacDrive 6 CrossStripe Edition from Mediafour Corporation - "a perfect way to share files between Mac OS and Windows." Unlike the standard version of MacDrive 7, this version is not Vista compatible but does "include support for striped Mac arrays created with ATTO ExpressStripe software." No
MAD.EXEYMAD.EXEMAD.exe is the MS Exchange 5.5 System Attendant and can also consume a large amount of resources - resolved by the latest Exchange 5.5 Service Pack. Also part of Exchange 2000 Server but does it have the same problems?. Apparently you need to leave this running but is it needed at start-up?No
MAFWTaskbarAppUMAFWTray.exeDrivers for the M-Audio Firewire Audiophile - InterfaceNo
MagentNMAgent.exeAssociated with Mail.Ru - "the largest free e-mail service of the Runet". "Mail.Ru Agent is the most popular Russian instant messenger"No
MagenticUMagentic.exeMagentic by Incredimail - wallpaper/screensaver managerNo
MagicantispyXMagicantispy.exeMagicantispy rogue spyware remover - not recommended, removal instructions hereNo
MagicDiscUMagicDisc.exeMagicISO - "very helpful utility designed for creating and managing virtual CD drives and CD/DVD discs"No
MagicDskUMAGICDSK.EXEMagic DeskTop is a small and novel utility which will allow you the option of hiding or showing your desktop iconsNo
MagicLinker3UMagicLnk.exeThaiSoftware Thai DictionaryNo
MagitimeNMagitime.exeMagitime - connection tracking utility which monitors online time, expense, data transferNo
MagPlayerWatcher_cwzjpUMagPlayer.exeMagPlayer spywareNo
mahmudXmahmud.exeAdded by a variant of the Storm/Nuwar/Zhelatin WORM! See here for an exampleNo
Mail.comUmcalert.exeSystem Tray notification for new email from the Mail.com free web-mail serviceNo
Mailbox VerifierUmboxvrfy.exeMailbox Verifier (MV) is free software that will notify you about new messages arrived to your mailbox. Only works with POP3 mailboxes (not web-mail based systems). You should be able to set your mail system to check all accounts at regular intervals anyway if you prefer (in Outlook for instance)No
MailCleanerUMAILCLEANER.EXEMailCleaner "protect your computer from viruses sent to your machine via the popular e-Mail reader Incredimail. In addition the program will check all incoming files downloaded by Internet Explorer, Netscape Navigator, ICQ and iMesh". Not recommended as it bundles GAIN adware. Please note that Claria Corporation no longer support GAIN-Supported software - see hereNo
mailman.exeXmailman.exeAdded by the CERTIF-E TROJAN!No
MailSkinnerXmailskinner.exeMailSkinner - an application by Electronic Group , notorious for its premium rate "drive by" installed adult content dialers (see here)No
MailWasherProUMailWasher.exeMailWasher Pro anti-spam from FireTrustNo
Mail_CheckXMail_Check.exeAdded by the PANOIL.C WORM!No
MAINUmain.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
main16Xmain16.exeAdded by the CRYPTER.A TROJAN!No
main32Xmain32.exeAdded by the CRYPTER.A TROJAN!No
mainviewexXmainviewex.exeAdded by the GEMA.D TROJAN!No
Malware Catcher 2009XMCatcher.exeMalware Catcher 2009 rogue security software - not recommended, removal instructions hereNo
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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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Portions Copyright Peter Forrest, Denny Denham, Sylvain Prevost, Tony Klein, CastleCops & Bleeping Computer
Database creation and support by Patrick Kolla
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