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?
Microsoft Driver ManagerXmswindrv.exeAdded by the FORBOT-EZ WORM!No
Microsoft Driver SetupXmsddrv42.exeAdded by the PALEVO WORM!No
Microsoft Driver SetupXmslsrv32.exeAdded by the SDBOT-DPF TROJAN!No
Microsoft driver updateXMshome.exeAdded by the SDBOT.BL WORM!No
Microsoft EV32 ServiceXMSev32.exeAdded by a variant of the RBOT WORM!No
Microsoft ExcelXmsexcel.exeAdded by the RBOT-TQ WORM!No
Microsoft ExceleXmsmsgs.exeAdded by the AGENT.AJQG TROJAN! 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
Microsoft ExecutingXmicrosoft.exeAdded by the AGOBOT.UV WORM!No
Microsoft Explorer ServiceXmsexplore.exeAdded by the IRCBOT.AYB BACKDOOR!No
Microsoft FeaturesXms32cfg.exeAdded by the RBOT.HO WORM!No
Microsoft FeaturesXmsie.exeAdded by a variant of the RBOT WORM!No
Microsoft Firewall 2.9XMSFW.exeAdded by the VBINJECT.IP VIRUS!No
Microsoft Genuine LogonXmsnmsg.exeAdded by the IRCBOT-XH WORM!No
Microsoft Gina V EncryptionXMSGINAV.EXEAdded by an unidentified VIRUS, WORM or TROJAN!No
Microsoft Greetings ReminderNMHPRMINF.EXEYou really want to be reminded about somebody's birthday at the expense of resources?No
Microsoft Greetings RemindersNMHPRMIND.EXEMicrosoft Home Publishing greetings reminderNo
Microsoft HDCP for NTXmsdhcp.exeAdded by a variant of the RBOT WORM!No
Microsoft HDCP for NT and Win9xXmsdhcprs.exeAdded by a variant of the PEERBOT WORM!No
Microsoft Help SupportXmshelp32.exeAdded by the KELVIR-BF WORM!No
Microsoft Help SVCXmsnmngr.exeAdded by the SDBOT-PQ WORM!No
Microsoft Help SystemXmshelp32.exeCoolWebSearch parasite variantNo
Microsoft Helpdesk SideXmshelpdsk.exeAdded by the SPYBOT.ANJJ WORM!No
microsoft hotmail monitorXmshotmon.exeAdded by the MYTOB-FL WORM!No
Microsoft hren1Xmmhren1.exeAdded by a variant of the AGENT.IWW TROJAN!No
Microsoft Hyptertext HelperXmshtha.exeAdded by a variant of the SPYBOT WORM!No
Microsoft IDCNXmshe1p.exeAdded by an unidentified TROJAN!No
Microsoft IncroporateXmfs.exeAdded by the RBOT-ANF WORM!No
Microsoft Information CheckXmicrosoft.exeAdded by the SLENFBOT.JU WORM!No
Microsoft Instant MessengerXmsngmsngr32.exeAdded by the SPYBOTER.GEN TROJAN!No
Microsoft Int ServiceXMsIntSrv.exeAdded by a variant of the RBOT WORM!No
Microsoft Internet ExplorerXmovies.exeAdded by the BANCOS-DZ TROJAN!No
Microsoft Internet ExplorerXmccagent.exeAdded by the DLOADER-UD TROJAN!No
Microsoft Internet ExplorerXmsngrt.exeAdded by the SDBOT-GU BACKDOOR!No
Microsoft IT UpdateXmsupdate.exeAdded by the RBOT-FE WORM!No
Microsoft Java Virtual MachineXMsConfiG.exeAdded by the FORBOT-DV WORM! Note - this is not the legitimate msconfig.exe which should only appear in Msconfig/Startup if you leave the warning box unchecked after changing an Msconfig entry and rebootingNo
Microsoft Java Virtual MachineXmsjvm.exeAdded by a variant of the SDBOT WORM!No
Microsoft Java Virtual MachineXmsjavarxp.exeAdded by the FORBOT-DL WORM!No
Microsoft JavaVMXmsjarun.exeAdded by the RBOT-JW WORM!No
Microsoft Kinetik SvcXmsftksvc.exeAdded by the AGENT.AGDO TROJAN!No
Microsoft LSA layerXMSLSA32.exeAdded by the RBOT-AKZ WORM!No
Microsoft Macro Protection SubSsyXmsacroprots386.exeAdded by the RBOT-KE WORM!No
Microsoft Macro Protection SubsystemsXmsmacroprotxz.exeAdded by a variant of the SPYBOT WORM!No
Microsoft Macro Protection SubsystemsXMsmacroprot32.exeAdded by the RBOT.KN WORM! No
Microsoft ManagerXmsmanager.exeAdded by the MYTOB.LF WORM!No
Microsoft ManagerXmfxz.exeAdded by the RANDEX.ZK WORM!No
Microsoft Map PCXmappc.exeAdded by a variant of the RBOT WORM!No
Microsoft Mapped PCXmappedpc.exeAdded by a variant of the RBOT WORM!No
Microsoft Media ManagerXMedMan.exeAdded by the RBOT.EUZ WORM!No
Microsoft Media player 9Xmsmedia32.exeAdded by the RBOT-ADO WORM!No
Microsoft Memory Dumping ProtocolXmemdump.exeAdded by the IRCBOT.BJK BACKDOOR!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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