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?
COM++ SystemXsvchost.exe...Added by a variant of the LOVGATE WORM!No
COMDRV32Usvdhost.exeOrvell Monitoring 2003 surveillance software. Uninstall this software unless you put it there yourself. Note - asks for permission to contact the IP address of
CommandXsystem.exeAdded by the GATECRASH.A or GATECRASH.B BACKDOORS!No
Compaq Computer Corp SCCenter ModuleNSCCENTER.EXEFor Compaq PC's. Part of BackwebNo
Compaq Knowledge CenterUsilent.exe"Compaq Knowledge Center integrates self-help assistance features from Compaq and Microsoft with the efficiencies of the Internet for the fastest time to solution"No
Compaq Service DriversXsysteminfos.exeAdded by the SDBOT-XC WORM!No
Compaq Service DriversXsxrose.exeAdded by the SDBOT-AXP WORM!No
Compaq Sound Drivers For WINDOWSXsounddr.exeAdded by the SDBOT-XG WORM!No
ConfidentUserXSRP.exeConfidentUser rogue system error and cleaning utility - not recommendedNo
ConfigXservice.exeAdded by the ISRAZ.B WORM!No
Config LoaderXsvchosl.exeAdded by the GAOBOT.P WORM!No
Config LoaderXsysldr32.exeAdded by the GAOBOT WORM!No
Config LoaderXscvhost.exeAdded by the GAOBOT.AE or GAOBOT.AO WORMS!No
Config LoaderXsvhost.exeAdded by a variant of the AGOBOT/GAOBOT WORM!No
Config LoaderXsvchost2.exeAdded by the AGOBOT.XE WORM!No
Config LoaderXSYSMGR.EXEAdded by the AGOBOT.C WORM!No
Config LoaderXsvchos1.exeAdded by the AGOBOT-R BACKDOOR!No
Configuration DriverXscghost.exeAdded by the SDBOT-DLA WORM!No
Configuration LoaderXsyscfg32.exeAdded by the SDBOT.B BACKDOOR!No
Configuration LoaderXservice5.exeAdded by the GAOBOT.AF WORM!No
Configuration LoaderXsycfg34.exeAdded by the GAOBOT.AN WORM!No
Configuration LoaderXService.exeAdded by the GAOBOT.AO WORM!No
Configuration LoaderXServicess.exeAdded by the GAOBOT.AO WORM!No
Configuration LoaderXsw32.exeAdded by the AGOBOT.BQ WORM!No
Configuration LoaderXSystem.exeAdded by the GAOBOT.AO WORM!No
Configuration LoaderXsysinfo.exeAdded by the GAOBOT.FQ WORM! No
Configuration LoaderXsvhst.exeAdded by the GAOBOT.YC WORM!No
Configuration LoaderXsystemry.exeAdded by a variant of the AGOBOT/GAOBOT WORM!No
Configuration LoaderXsmss32.exeAdded by the AGOBOT.MB WORM!No
Configuration LoaderXseru32.exeAdded by the SDBOT-VR WORM!No
Configuration LoaderXsmsai.exeAdded by the SDBOT-YE WORM!No
Configuration LoaderXsvupdate.exeAdded by the RANDEX.DXP WORM!No
Configuration LoaderXscvhost.exeAdded by the AGOBOT-AAE and SDBOT.AR WORMS!No
Configuration LoaderXsvchost.exeAdded by the PARADROP-A WORM! Note - this is not the legitimate svchost.exe process which should not normally figure in Msconfig/Startup!No
Configuration LoaderXsvchost2.exeAdded by the AGOBOT.JR WORM!No
Configuration LoaderXsvschost.exeAdded by the SDBOT-NS WORM!No
Configuration LoaderXsoundconf.exeAdded by the AGOBOT-MH WORM!No
Configuration LoaderXscvh0st.exeAdded by the AGOBOT-AX WORM!No
Configuration LoadingXsvchos1.exeAdded by the GAOBOT.DK WORM!No
Configuration ServecieXsewins.exeAdded by the SDBOT-COH WORM!No
Configuration ServiceXsuchost.exeAdded by the TREB TROJAN!No
ConfigVirXservices.exeAdded by the AUTORUN-DV WORM! Note - this is not the legitimate services.exe process which is always located in %System% and should not normally figure in Msconfig/Startup! This one is located in a ~A~m~B~u~R~a~D~u~L~ subfolderNo
ConfLoaderXsysconf16.exeAdded by the SDBOT-FB TROJAN!No
ConnectorXSYS.EXENunci premium rate dialerNo
ConnectorXsms.EXEAdded by the ExDial-B premium rate adult content dialerNo
control panelNsmctrlw.exeSystem Tray icon for a Silicon Motion LynxEM based PCI Graphics CardNo
Control PanelXSystem.exeAdded by the DANI TROJAN!No
ControlPanelXsystemctrl.exe internet.dll, LoadNetworkProfileBrowser hijacker, also detected as STARTPA-FXNo
ControlPanelXsvcc.exe internat.dll,LoadKeyboardProfileWorldSearch adware - re-directing searches to "". Note - the "private.exe" file is found in %System%No
Core System HardwareXsyscorehd.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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