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?
Recycle Bin HandlerXrecycler.exeAdded by the SHUCKBOT-A TROJAN!No
Recycler DO NOT MODIFYXrecyclecl.exeAdded by the RBOT.DDA WORM!No
Red FlagNredflag.exePMS prediction program with modes for guys and girls - no longer availableNo
Red Swoosh EDN ClientURSEDNClient.exeRed Swoosh distributed networking software - a desktop client that enables users to download and stream files from each other, rather than from webserversNo
redirectXredirect*.exeDotcomtoolbar/Linksummary hijacker installer - where * is a random digitNo
Reek 32 ServerXreek32.exeAdded by the RANDEX.AL WORM!No
RefereeUreferee.exeMediaComm's monitor for file association changes. Stop rogue programs from screwing your settings either on installation or whenever they runNo
Reflex VisionUReflexVision.exeReflex Vision from Increment Software. "A background application for Windows XP that makes switching windows faster and easier"No
RefreshNRefresh.exe(Iomega) Refresh - loads the Iomega desktop icons at startupNo
RegXReg.htaPasson homepage hi-jackerNo
Reg ServiceXREGSRV32.EXEAdded by the RBOT.ZW WORM!No
Reg ToolXReg Tool.exeRegTool rogue registry cleaner - not recommended, removal instructions hereNo
Reg32XReg32.exeHijacker - redirecting to only-virgins.comNo
reg32Xreg32.exeAdded by the NOUPDATE.B TROJAN!No
Reg32Xreg33.exeCoolWebSearch parasite variant - also detected as the STARTPA-M TROJAN!No
RegBarUregsvr32.exe bocaitoolbar.dllBocaiToolbar 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%\blogmarkNo
RegCleanXRegClean.exeRegClean rogue registry cleaner - not recommendedNo
RegClean Expert SchedulerURCHelper.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 SchedulerURCScheduler.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
RegCompresXRegcpm32.exeAdded by the POLDO.B TROJAN!No
RegCompresXREGCPM32.EXEAdded by the DASMIN-E TROJAN! No
RegcxnXRegcxn.exeAdded by the COIBOA-D TROJAN! No
regdefendUregdefend.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
regeditXregedit.exeAdded 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
REGEDITXRegsrv32.comAdded by the SOUTHGHOST WORM!No
regeditXregedit.exeAdded 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\DatabaseNo
RegeditXregedits.exeAdded by the BANCBAN-QV TROJAN!No
RegEdit32XRegEdit32.exeAdded 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" folderNo
Regedit32Xregedit.exeAdded 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
RegexitXrunlli32.exeAdded by the QQPASS-U TROJAN!No
RegFreezeXregfreeze.exeRegFreeze rogue spyware remover - not recommended, removal instructions hereNo
reghostXreghost.exeSpyPal surveillance software. Uninstall this software unless you put it there yourselfNo
RegiFastXRFManager.exeRegiFast adwareNo
Register ManagerXRegistryManage.exeAdded by the SDBOT.AYH WORM!No
Register MediaRing TalkNregister.exeIf you don't want to register MediaRing and be reminded about it every bootup disable itNo
Register SeqChk?regsvr32.exe ..csseqchk.dll??No
RegisterDropHandlerUREGIST~1.EXEPart 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' recommendationNo
Registration-Studio 8NRegTool.exeRegistration for Pinnacle Studio Version 8 home video software from Pinnacle SystemsNo
Registry CheckerXRegrun.exeAdded by the SDBOT TROJAN!No
Registry CleanerXRegclean.exeRegistry Cleaner misleading security software - not recommended, see hereNo
Registry Integrity CheckerXregintmon.exeAdded by a variant of the AGOBOT/GAOBOT WORM!No
Registry LoaderXregloadr.exeAdded by the GAOBOT.AO WORM!No
Registry MonitorXregmon.exeAdded by the BCKDR-QKH BACKDOOR!No
Registry ProtectorXregprotect.exeAdded by the ARIVER.A WORM!No
Registry ScannerXregscanr.exeAdded by a variant of the OPTIX TROJAN!No
Registry ServXregsvr.exeAdded by the WEBMONEY-G TROJAN!No
Registry ServerXregsrv32.exeAdded by the RBOT-GM WORM!No
Registry ServerXregserv.exeAdded by a variant of the IRCBOT BACKDOOR! See hereNo
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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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Database creation and support by Patrick Kolla
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