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?
ReminderNRemind_XP.exeHP-specific program that reminds users to create System Recovery CDs. Once they use the Recovery CD Creator (Start -> PC Help & Tools -> Recovery CD Creator) to make the recovery CDs the entry will remove itself from the startup listNo
ReminderXReminder.exeRegistration reminder for the Secure Expert Cleaner rogue privacy program - see here. Located in %ProgramFiles%\SecureExpertCleanerNo
Reminder-cpqXXXXXNremind32.exeCompaq printer RegistrationNo
Reminder-hpcXXXXXNremind32.exeHP CD-Writer RegistrationNo
Reminder-ranXXXXXNremind32.exeRegistration reminder widget for Rand Mcnally mapsNo
reminder-ScanSoft Product RegistrationNremind32.exeRegistration reminder for ScanSoft products such as PaperPortNo
Reminder_MUI?Reminder_MUI.exeFile properties show it's by The TechGuys - a PC support service found in Currys, PC Wolrd and Dixons in the UK. What does it do and is it required?No
RemindMeURemindMe.exeRemind-Me - calendar softwareNo
Remind_XPNRemind_XP.exeHP-specific program that reminds users to create System Recovery CDs. Once they use the Recovery CD Creator (Start -> PC Help & Tools -> Recovery CD Creator) to make the recovery CDs the entry will remove itself from the startup listNo
RemoteURemote.exeRemote Control driver for LifeView internal and external TV products from Animation Technologies Inc. Typically located in %ProgramFile%\LifeView TVR or %ProgramFile%\TVRNo
RemoteUremote.exeWatchdog surveillance software. Uninstall this software unless you put it there yourself. Located in %Windir%\WdcNo
Remote AccessUrnaapp.exeDial-up networking application - not normally found in the startup locations. It runs when you connect to the net via this method (ie, analogue 56K modem) and terminates after the connection is closedNo
Remote Access AdapterXrvasvc.exeAdded by the IRCBOT.BIF BACKDOOR!No
Remote Access DomainXrswsvc.exeAdded by the IRCBOT.BFA TROJAN!No
Remote Access MonitorXrpgsvc.exeAdded by a variant of the IRCBOT BACKDOOR! See hereNo
Remote Access Service ManagerXrasmngr.exeAdded by the AGOBOT.KU WORM!No
Remote Access ToolXrwosvc.exeAdded by a variant of the IRCBOT BACKDOOR! See hereNo
Remote ControlNRc.exeHinet Hi-Five ISP softwareNo
Remote Event SystemXresmsvc.exeAdded by the IRCBOT.YF BACKDOOR!No
remote masterUremote master.exeRequired if you want your ASUS Remote control to work at all. Available via Start -> ProgramsNo
Remote Procedure Call For Windows 32bitXrpc.exeAdded by the RBOT-MD WORM!No
Remote Procedure Call LocatorXRUNDLL32.EXE reg678.dll ondll_regAdded by the LOVGATE.F WORM! Note that rundll32.exe is a legitimate Microsoft file used to launch DLL file types and shouldn't be deletedNo
Remote Storage AccessXrmasvc.exeAdded by a variant of the IRCBOT BACKDOOR! See hereNo
Remote System ProtectionXrundll32.exe [random].dll, HUI_procAdded by the ERTFOR.B TROJAN!No
Remote Terminal TaskXrtsbsvc.exeAdded by the IRCBOT.AUZ BACKDOOR!No
RemoteAgentYRAUAgent.exeTrend Micro's Office Scan Client, see here - "Its Web-based management console gives administrators transparent access to desktop and mobile clients to coordinate automatic deployment of security policies and software updates"No
RemoteCenterURcMan.exeRemote control for Creative MediaSource - plays back music in DVD-Audio, MP3, WMA, WAV and other media formatsNo
RemoteControlUrmctrl.exeRemote Control background application for Cyberlink's PowerDVD version 4 and above. Enables you to use a remote control with your DVD drive if your drive came with one. Not required if you don't have a remote control, or don't wish to use one No
RemotelyAnywhere GUIUragui.exeRemotelyAnywhere by LogMeIn, Inc - "Experience fast, secure system administration from anywhere. RemotelyAnywhere offers industry-leading security and performance for remote administration"No
Remote_AgentNRemoteAgent.exeCyberlink's Power VCR II 3.0 is a TV tuner recording utility. If you want to schedule recordings you'll need this, otherwise can be disabled. Available via Start -> Programs No
RemovecplNRemovecpl.exeRelated to a Belkin 54Mbps Wireless Utility Control Panel appletNo
Removed.exeXRemoved.exeGatorCheat - adware downloaderNo
RemoveIT Pro XTUremoveit.exeRemoveIT Pro from InCode Solutions - spyware, virus and malware removal toolNo
RemStart?remstart.exePart of McAfee's Remote Desktop 32 Agent application. What does it do and is it required?No
reouvXreouv.exeAdded by the SILLYFDC-FX WORM!No
Repair Registry ProXRepairRegistryPro.exeRepair Registry Pro rogue registry cleaner - not recommended, removal instructions hereNo
replXrepl.exeAdded by the YABE.CD TROJAN!No
Replay CenterUReplayRadio.exeReplay Radio - "makes it easy to automatically record your favorite radio shows, so you can listen wherever and whenever you like"No
RepliGo AssistantURepliGoMon.exeCerience RepliGo software - "any document you have on your PC can be transferred to your mobile device"No
requesterXrequester.*.exeAdded by a variant of the MUQUEST.A trojan - NOTE: the * stands for a digit, examples: requester.5.exe, requester.10.exeNo
RequesterXrequester.11.exeAdded by the MUQUEST TROJAN!No
resagntXrestun.exeDetected by Panda as the DOWNLOADER.ALQ TROJAN! Adware downloaderNo
ResChanger2004UResChanger2004.exeEVGA graphic card utility providing easy access to display settingsNo
Resource MeterNrsrcmtr.exeWindows Resource Meter. Available via Start -> Programs. You may want this enabled if your PC is suffering from crashes and want to know potential causesNo
RESpyWare.exeXRESpyWare.exeRESpyWare rogue security software - not recommended, removal instructions here. A member of the AntiAID familyNo
RestoreXrestore.exeAntispyware Shield Pro rogue security software - not recommended, removal instructions hereNo
RestoreDesktopURestoreDesktop.exeSoftwarium Restore Desktop "is a Windows Context Menu addition that automatically saves and restores the icons' positions on the Windows desktop after a resolution change"No
restorer32_aXrestorer32_a.exeAdded by the AGENT.CQQB TROJAN!No
restorer64_aXrestorer64_a.exeAdded by the DLDR-BY TROJAN!No
restoryXrestory.exeAdded by the RETSAM TROJAN!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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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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