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?
McShld9xYmcshld9x.exeWindow 9x/Me on-access scanner for older McAfee's internet security products such as VirusScan and VirusScan Online which scans files in real-time for malware as you access, create, copy or download themNo
MCTskShdYmctskshd.exePart of older versions of McAfee's internet security products such as VirusScan and VirusScan Online and used to schedule tasks such as automatic updates, virus scans, etc. Starts via a registry "Run" key on Windows 98/Me and as a service on Windows 2K/XP/VistaNo
McVsRteYmcvsrte.exePart of older versions of McAfee's internet security products such as VirusScan and VirusScan Online. Starts via a registry "RunServices" key on Windows 98/Me and as a service on Windows 2K/XP/VistaNo
MD IE PluginXmd.exeMarketdart spywareNo
MDDiskProtectUMDDiskProtect.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
MDDiskProtect.exeUMDDiskProtect.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
MDGetStartedUMDGetStarted.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
MDGetStarted.exeUMDGetStarted.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
MdmXMdm.vbsAdded by the WHITEHO VIRUS or TRAPPY WORM!No
mdmXmdm.exeAdded by the LYDRA-F TROJAN! ! 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). This one is located in %Windir%No
MDM7UMDM.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 98/Me. It also loads as a service in XP/Vista. In both cases it's located in %ProgramFiles%\Common Files\Microsoft Shared\VS7DebugNo
MdmdllXmdmdll.exeAdded by the CRYPTER TROJAN!No
Mdmdll32Xmdmdll32.exeAdded by a variant of the CRYPTER.C TROJAN!No
MDNXMDNS.exeAdded by the SPYBOT.JPB WORM!No
MDNXMDNZ.exeAdded by the RBOT.AQD WORM!No
MDNXMDN.exeAdded by the RBOT.AOA WORM!No
mds.exeXmds.exeAdded by the MADS-A TROJAN!No
mdwmdmspXmdwmdmsp.exeAdware - detected by Kaspersky as the AGENT.AM TROJAN!No
MECANMeca.exeMeca cross-platform communications technology, branded messengers will connect with AOL, MSN, Yahoo!, and ICQ usersNo
MedGSXMEDGS1.exePacerD Media/Pacimedia.com adwareNo
Media AccessXMediaAccK.exeWindUpdates MediaPass adwareNo
Media Card Companion MonitorUMCC Monitor.exeMonitor for Media Card Companion from ArcSoft. "Automates the tedious processes associated with downloading and sharing files from digital cameras, card readers, and other removable media"No
Media GatewayXMediaGateway.exeWindUpdates MediaPass adwareNo
Media LoadXmsn32.exeAdded by a unidentified WORM or TROJAN!No
Media PassXMediaPassK.exeWindUpdates MediaPass adwareNo
Media PassXMediaPass.exeWindUpdates MediaPass adwareNo
Media PlayerXmedia.exeAdded by the FLDMEDIA-A TROJAN!No
Media Plug x.1.2Xmsdm.exeAdded by the MULDROP.352 VIRUS!No
Media ServerXmsdts.exeAdded by a variant of the IRCBOT TROJAN!No
Media ServiceXmsn64.exeAdded by the SPYBOT.EV WORM!No
Media serviceXmsnmsgxr.exeAdded by the SDBOT.TF WORM!No
Media Transfer ProtocalsXmsstc.exeAdded by a variant of the IRCBOT TROJAN!No
Media X ServicesXMSNGRx.exeAdded by the RBOT.AUL WORM!No
Media-XP-Service-Pack3Xmsnzx.exeAdded by the SDBOT-ACW WORM!No
MediaButtonsUMediaButtons.exeSupports the eject button on the front on the Dell Studio Hybrid desktop. If disabled, the user will have to eject the CD/DVD by opening My Computer, right-clicking on the drive and selecting "Eject" from the available optionsNo
mediacodec.exeXmediacodec.exeAdded by the VSCODEC PRO TROJAN!No
Mediafour Mac Volume NotificationsUMACVNTFY.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
Mediafour 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
Mediafour MacDriveUMDDiskProtect.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
Mediafour MacDriveUMDGetStarted.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
MediafourGettingStartedWithMacDrive6UMacDrive.exeMacDrive 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
MediaKeyUMediaKey.exeMultimedia keyboard manager. Required if you use the multimedia keysNo
MediaKeyUMMKeybd.EXEMultimedia keyboard manager. Required if you use the additional keysNo
MediaLifeServiceUMediaLifeService.exeRelated to MediaPlay Cordless Mouse from LogitechNo
MediaMonitorNMediam~1.exeInstalled by Smartdisk MVP CD burning software. Software will work fine without itNo
mediamotor.exeXmmups.exeAdded by the AGENT-BY TROJAN! No
MediaPipe P2P LoaderXmpp2pl.exeMovieland/MediaPipe subscription-based movie download service reported by CA as adware and by Sunbelt as a hijackerNo
mediaplayer.exeXmediaplayer.exeAdded by the BANKER-EUT TROJAN! The file is located in %Windir%\Sun\Java\Deployment\logsNo
mediaplayer.exeXmediaplayer.exeAdded by the BANKER.AOVZ TROJAN! The file is located in %Windir%\msagent\gfNo
MediaPlayeSXMediaPlayer_update.exeAdded by the STARTER-K TROJAN!No
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Notes & Warnings

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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
Software support by John Mayer
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