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.
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
|Name or Startup Item||Status||Command or Data||Description||Tested?|
|Recycle Bin Handler||X||recycler.exe||Added by the SHUCKBOT-A TROJAN!||No|
|Recycler DO NOT MODIFY||X||recyclecl.exe||Added by the RBOT.DDA WORM!||No|
|Red Flag||N||redflag.exe||PMS prediction program with modes for guys and girls - no longer available||No|
|Red Swoosh EDN Client||U||RSEDNClient.exe||Red Swoosh distributed networking software - a desktop client that enables users to download and stream files from each other, rather than from webservers||No|
|redirect||X||redirect*.exe||Dotcomtoolbar/Linksummary hijacker installer - where * is a random digit||No|
|Reek 32 Server||X||reek32.exe||Added by the RANDEX.AL WORM!||No|
|Referee||U||referee.exe||MediaComm's monitor for file association changes. Stop rogue programs from screwing your settings either on installation or whenever they run||No|
|Reflex Vision||U||ReflexVision.exe||Reflex Vision from Increment Software. "A background application for Windows XP that makes switching windows faster and easier"||No|
|Refresh||N||Refresh.exe||(Iomega) Refresh - loads the Iomega desktop icons at startup||No|
|Reg||X||Reg.hta||Passon homepage hi-jacker||No|
|Reg Service||X||REGSRV32.EXE||Added by the RBOT.ZW WORM!||No|
|Reg Tool||X||Reg Tool.exe||RegTool rogue registry cleaner - not recommended, removal instructions here||No|
|Reg32||X||Reg32.exe||Hijacker - redirecting to only-virgins.com||No|
|reg32||X||reg32.exe||Added by the NOUPDATE.B TROJAN!||No|
|Reg32||X||reg33.exe||CoolWebSearch parasite variant - also detected as the STARTPA-M TROJAN!||No|
|RegBar||U||regsvr32.exe bocaitoolbar.dll||BocaiToolbar adware. Note that regsvr32.exe is a legitimate Microsoft file used to register and unregister OLE controls and shouldn't be deleted. The "bocaitoolbar.dll" file is found in %ProgramFiles%\blogmark||No|
|RegClean||X||RegClean.exe||RegClean rogue registry cleaner - not recommended||No|
|RegClean Expert Scheduler||U||RCHelper.exe||"Registry Clean Expert scans the Windows registry and finds incorrect or obsolete information in the registry. By fixing these obsolete information in Windows registry, your system will run faster and error free"||No|
|RegClean Expert Scheduler||U||RCScheduler.exe||"Registry Clean Expert scans the Windows registry and finds incorrect or obsolete information in the registry. By fixing these obsolete information in Windows registry, your system will run faster and error free"||No|
|RegCompres||X||Regcpm32.exe||Added by the POLDO.B TROJAN!||No|
|RegCompres||X||REGCPM32.EXE||Added by the DASMIN-E TROJAN!||No|
|Regcxdinaf||X||REGCXDINAF.EXE||Added by the BANCOS-BW TROJAN!||No|
|Regcxn||X||Regcxn.exe||Added by the COIBOA-D TROJAN!||No|
|regdefend||U||regdefend.exe||"RegDefend is a configurable, kernel based registry protection system, designed to intercept selected changes before they occur, thus also preventing malicious software like viruses, trojans and worms from using the registry to their advantage"||No|
|regedit||X||regedit.exe||Added by the BRID.A WORM! Note - this is not the valid Windows registry editor which resides in %Windir$ and will not figure in Msconfig/Startup! This version resides in %System%||No|
|REGEDIT||X||Regsrv32.com||Added by the SOUTHGHOST WORM!||No|
|regedit||X||regedit.exe||Added by the GANBATE.A WORM! Note that the legitimate Windows registry editor (regedit.exe) is located %Windir% and will not figure in Msconfig/Startup! This one is located in %Windir%\security\Database||No|
|Regedit||X||regedits.exe||Added by the BANCBAN-QV TROJAN!||No|
|RegEdit32||X||RegEdit32.exe||Added by the VOUMIT-A WORM! Note - this is not the legitimate regedit32.exe application which is always located in %System% and should not normally figure in Msconfig/Startup! This file is located in a "mirc32" folder||No|
|Regedit32||X||regedit.exe||Added by the MDROP-CMO TROJAN! Note - this is not the valid Windows registry editor which resides in %Windir% and will not normally figure in Msconfig/Startup! This version resides in %System%||No|
|Regexit||X||runlli32.exe||Added by the QQPASS-U TROJAN!||No|
|RegFreeze||X||regfreeze.exe||RegFreeze rogue spyware remover - not recommended, removal instructions here||No|
|reghost||X||reghost.exe||SpyPal surveillance software. Uninstall this software unless you put it there yourself||No|
|Register Manager||X||RegistryManage.exe||Added by the SDBOT.AYH WORM!||No|
|Register MediaRing Talk||N||register.exe||If you don't want to register MediaRing and be reminded about it every bootup disable it||No|
|Register SeqChk||?||regsvr32.exe ..csseqchk.dll||??||No|
|RegisterDropHandler||U||REGIST~1.EXE||Part of the OCR software TextBridge Pro 9.0 (and possibly earlier versions). Typically used with imaging devices such as scanners and digital cameras for creating text documents from images. This item will probably be displayed twice and will re-instate itself whenever you start the main program so leave it - once started it frees the memory it used. Its purpose and an explanation of how to correct a problem it creates for "Send To" can be found here. Note that you don't have to uninstall TextBridge for this fix to work and the program works fine afterwards. Not used on later versions of the software - hence the 'U' recommendation||No|
|Registration-Studio 8||N||RegTool.exe||Registration for Pinnacle Studio Version 8 home video software from Pinnacle Systems||No|
|Registry Checker||X||Regrun.exe||Added by the SDBOT TROJAN!||No|
|Registry Cleaner||X||Regclean.exe||Registry Cleaner misleading security software - not recommended, see here||No|
|Registry Integrity Checker||X||regintmon.exe||Added by a variant of the AGOBOT/GAOBOT WORM!||No|
|Registry Loader||X||regloadr.exe||Added by the GAOBOT.AO WORM!||No|
|Registry Monitor||X||regmon.exe||Added by the BCKDR-QKH BACKDOOR!||No|
|Registry Protector||X||regprotect.exe||Added by the ARIVER.A WORM!||No|
|Registry Scanner||X||regscanr.exe||Added by a variant of the OPTIX TROJAN!||No|
|Registry Serv||X||regsvr.exe||Added by the WEBMONEY-G TROJAN!||No|
|Registry Server||X||regsrv32.exe||Added by the RBOT-GM WORM!||No|
|Registry Server||X||regserv.exe||Added by a variant of the IRCBOT BACKDOOR! See here||No|
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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