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?
mediapluscash.exeXmediapluscash.exeMediaGateway adwareNo
MediaRing TalkNmrtalk.exeMedia Ring Talk, voice recognition software, Resource hog. Available via Start -> ProgramsNo
MediaSync?MediaSync.exeFound on Acer laptops, the process name for this entry is "Media Synchronizer" and it's part of Acer eConsole. What does it do and is it required?No
MediaXPServicePackXmxpsp.exeAdded by the SDBOT.CDT WORM!No
media_managerXmediaman.exeMini-Player, IMESH related foistwareNo
MedicCopMainXMedicCop.exeMedicCop rogue security software - not recommended, removal instructions hereNo
MedichiXmedichi.exeAdded by the VIRANTIX.B TROJAN!No
Medichi2Xmedichi2.exeAdded by the VIRANTIX.B TROJAN!No
MedionVFD?MdionLCM.exeRelated to Medion Display Information. What does it do and is it required?No
MegaVaccineMainXMVaccine.exeMegaVaccine rogue security software - not recommended, removal instructions hereNo
melg34Xmdmd.exeAdded by an unidentified WORM or TROJAN - see hereNo
melg3445Xmdmdd.exeAdded by a variant of the RBOT WORM!No
mem32Xmem32.exeAdded by the AGENT-FWF WORM!No
MementoNMemento.exeMemento - simple app to keep text notes on your desktopNo
MemMonsterUmemmnstr.exeMemMonster - memory optimizer. MS MVPs (Most Valued Professional) recommend not using memory managers with Win98/SE/ME. See this article and make up your own mindNo
MemoKitUMK.EXEMemory optimizer. It loads from startup group and it goes off as soon as the program (memokit.exe) is loaded in the System Tray. Mk.exe does not run while the memokit.exe is running. Probably loads a flash screen at startup and shutdown that stays on screen less than 5 seconds and gives you a button to push to purchase the full version. MS MVPs (Most Valued Professional) recommend not using memory managers with Win98/SE/ME. See this article and make up your own mindNo
MEMonitorUMEMonitor.exeV CAST Music Manager from Verizon Wireless No
Memory CheckXmemore.exeAdded by the KILLAV.C TROJAN!No
Memory ManagerXmemorymanager.pifAdded by the DELF-JJ TROJAN!No
Memory Stick MonitorNMSTAT.exeUsed with the Sony floppy disk adapter for memory sticks, showing if there is a stick in the computerNo
Memory Stick MonitorUMSstat.exeSony/SmartDisk memorystick-floppydisk-adapter software - allows you to read memorysticks in a normal floppydriveNo
Memory WatcherXMemoryWatcher.exeMemoryWatcher spywareNo
MemoryBoostUMemoryBoost.exeMemoryBoost - memory optimizing program made by Tenebril Inc. MS MVPs (Most Valued Professional) recommend not using memory managers with Win98/ME. See this article and make up your own mindNo
MemoryCardManagerUMemCard.exeMemory Card Manager - for removable memory cards found on Dell or Lexmark photo printersNo
MemoryMeterXMemoryMeter.exeMemoryMeter - bundled with TVMedia adwareNo
MemoryZipperPlusUmemzip.exeMemory Zipper Plus - "optimizes the memory management of your system and boost-up its performance amazingly!" No
memreader.exeXmemreader.exeAdded by the AGOBOT-TY WORM!No
MEMrealoadXMEMreaload.exeAdded by the LAZAR TROJAN!No
MemScannerNMemScanner.exePart of Enigma SpyHunter - not recommended, see hereNo
MemTurboUmemturbo.exeMemTurbo memory optimizer. MS MVPs (Most Valued Professional) recommend not using memory managers with Win98/SE/ME. See this article and make up your own mindNo
MenuSnapNMenuSnap.exeMenuSnap from Rietta Solutions. Utility that re-orders your Start Menu items alphabetically. You may not want this utility if you're able to do this manually by selecting Start -> Programs and right-clicking and choosing "Sort by Name" if availabeNo
MercoraNMercoraClient.exeMercora MusicSearch "Search, find and listen to music on the world's largest jukebox, built by people just like you". Note - if you subscribe make sure you read the Privacy PolicyNo
Message QueuingXmsmqs.exeAdded by the FREEFORS TROJAN!No
Message_BlockerUmessageblock.exeMessage Blocker - "prevents Outlook Express from loading images or other content from the internet without confirmation, as well as executing scripts when displaying a formatted email message"No
MessangerXmsgaol.exeAdded by the TACTSLAY.C TROJAN!No
MessengerXmessenger.exeAdded by the KUTEX TROJAN!No
MessengerXmsnmsgrr.exeAdded by the RBOT-GYK WORM!No
Messenger BlockXmsngrblock.exeAdded by the PATOO WORM!No
Messenger ExplorerXm41n.exeAdded by the SDBOT-SA BACKDOOR!No
Messenger GatewayXmsmgs.exeAdded by the AGENT-IGK TROJAN!No
Messenger ServiceXmsmsgs.exeAdded by the SDBOT-ZB WORM! Note - this particular msmsgs.exe file is located in %System% and should not be mistaken for the MSN Messenger file of the same name which is located in %Program Files%\MessengerNo
Messenger Sharing ControlXmnwsvc.exeAdded by a variant of the IRCBOT BACKDOOR! See hereNo
Messenger start-upXMsgran.exeAdded by the GRAMOS WORM!No
Messenger91Xmessengersystem.exeAdded by the RBOT-FPF WORM!No
MessengerDiscoveryUMessengerDiscovery.exeMessengerDiscovery is a MSN Messenger add-on - adding over 70 new features. Now superseded by MessengerDiscovery Live - with support added for Windows LiveNo
MessengerPlusNMsgPlus.exeMessengerPlus - third party MSN Messenger extension that adds a number of useful features. Bundles the hard to remove C2Media LOP adware. The software does offer you a choice during setup - make sure to install MessengerPlus WITHOUT that "sponsor program"!No
MessengerPlus2NMsgPlus.exeMessengerPlus - third party MSN Messenger extension that adds a number of useful features. Bundles the hard to remove C2Media LOP adware. The software does offer you a choice during setup - make sure to install MessengerPlus WITHOUT that "sponsor program"!No
MessengerPlus3NMsgPlus.exeMessengerPlus - third party MSN Messenger extension that adds a number of useful features. Bundles the hard to remove C2Media LOP adware. The software does offer you a choice during setup - make sure to install MessengerPlus WITHOUT that "sponsor program"!No
messengerskinnerXMessengerSkinner.exeMessenger Skinner malware - uses a rootkit to hide executable filesNo
MessenqerXMessenqer.exeAdded by the MDROP-CL MALWARE! Note the lower case "Q" in the name and commandNo
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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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Copyright

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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