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.

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
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Name or Startup ItemStatusCommand or DataDescriptionTested?
System ServiceXteskmangr.exeAdded by the RBOT-AUV WORM!No
System SupportXtorrent.exeAdded by a variant of the RBOT WORM!No
System Task ManagerXtaskmrg.exeAdded by a variant of the SPYBOT WORM! See hereNo
System Tray MonitorXtray.exeAdded by the RBOT.UXR WORM!No
System Update2Xtaskman.exeAdded by the AUTOTROJ-C TROJAN!No
System Update2Xtaskmon.exeAdded by the AUTOTROJ-C TROJAN! Note - this is not the legitimate Win98/Me file of the same name which is located in %Windir% as this version is located in %System%. It is not normally found on a WinXP systemNo
SystemRegistryRepairXtemp.exeAdded by the NOKPUDA WORM!No
SystemSettingfXTRUG.vbsAdded by the TRUG.B MACRO!No
SystemToolsXtesttestt.exeAdded by the DWNLDR-ZLC TROJAN!No
systwtrayXtwitty**.exe [** = random digits]Added by the KOOBFACE.C WORM!No
T-Com WLAN ManagerUTS154USB.exeWireless management utility for the T-Com Sinus 154 Data II WLAN adapterNo
T3ConsoleUT3Console.exeRelated to T3 Security Suite - prevents unauthorized or inappropriate access to your PC and dataNo
TaakcontroleUtaskmon.exeTask Monitor (on Dutch language versions of Windows) - checks the disk-access patterns of programs when they are started and stores this information in log files in the Applog folder. Task Monitor also records the number of times you use a program. The Disk Defragmenter tool uses this information to optimize your hard disk so that programs that you use frequently are loaded faster. Not required - but can be useful. Note: for Norton Anti-Virus 2002 users, loading TaskMonitor will typically solve many, if not most, of those annoying IE scripting errors (per Symantec's Knowledgebase)No
TabletNTablet.exeLoads the tablet drivers for the Wacom Graphics Tablet. This can be unchecked in msconfig without problems if you don't need the tablet functional all the time. Create your own shortcut if you need to run it ad hoc. If you forget to run it before running Paint Shop Pro & Adobe Photo Shop) you may find the following: (1) Paint Shop Pro (version 7.04) - (a) Browse function will NOT work (program freezes) (b) On program exit, PSP does not terminate (you have to CTRL+ALT+DEL to close it) (2) Photo Shop (version 6.01) - (a) Program functions slowdown (d) On program exit it takes noticeably longer to shut down (like 30-45 seconds)No
tablet sYtablet sStarts the Wacom Penabled driver on Acer Tablet PCs (tablet icon with a green check appears during startup if successful)No
Tablet TaskXtabletsk32.exeAdded by the RBOT-AJB WORM!No
TabletTipUtabtip.exeThis is the Tablet PC Input Panel for Windows XP Tablet PC Edition. This utility allows you to use a pen (in conjunction with a touchscreen or tablet) to enter text into a document or input field (such as a URL in a browser) using either handwriting or the on-screen keyboard. This utility is also included with Windows 7 and Vista but only appears to run at startup if using the XP Tablet PC version. This cannot be confirmed at presentNo
TabletWorksYTWCP.exeTabletworks driver for digitizers from GTCO CalCompNo
TabUserWYTabUserW.exeWacom pen tablet driverNo
TAcelMgr?TAcelMgr.exeTOSHIBA Acceleration Utilities related. What does it do and is it required?No
TadNtad.exeFrom Turtle Beach's Santa Cruz on a Dell WinME system. Not required - works fine without it including keyboard hot controls for volume and muteNo
Taesk managersXtase.pifAdded by the RBOT-AYK TROJAN!No
TAG?tag.exe??No
Tahni DeskmateNTahni.exeTahni Deskmate - "Interactive cartoon character that lives on your Windows desktop"No
TAKSMGNXtaskmr.exeAdded by the RBOT-AHS WORM!No
talkXtalk.batAdded by the TIOTUA-G WORM!No
TalkingReminderNTALKINGREMINDER.EXETalking Reminder from Software River Solutions - talking calendar reminderNo
talknow?talknow.exeCould it be related to this or something similar?No
TangoManager?TangoManager.exeTango Broadband access software. Is it required?No
taobetXtaobet.exeAdded by the VB-FGV WORM!No
TapicfgXTapicfg.exeCoolWebSearch Tapicfg parasite variantNo
Tapicfg.exeXtapicfg.exeMalware installed by different rogue security software including SpyKillerProNo
TapisysXtss.exeAdded by the SMALL TROJAN!No
TapiTNAUTapiTNA.exeTelephony Location Selector allowing mobile users to change dialling locations - part of the Win95 Power ToysNo
TardisUTardis.exeTardis - time synchronization softwareNo
Tarefas do WindowsXtaskexec.exeAdded by the AGENT-LSD TROJAN!No
TaskXtasker.exeAdded by the MYDOOM.R WORM!No
Task BarXTASKBAR.EXEAdded by the FRETHEM.J WORM!No
Task BarClient?TaskBarClient.exeResponsible for creating the System Tray icon and associated display system for the Starband satellite always on internet serviceNo
Task BarSvr?TaskBarSvr.exePart of the Starband satellite always on internet service. Not included on the current system. What does it do and is it needed?No
Task CatcherUtasktrap.exeReal-time monitor for Task Catcher from BillP Studios - which "allows you to efficiently monitor programs running on your computer without slowing you down or hogging all your memory. Task Catcher will block unwanted programs from running and restart your favorite programs if they are disabled or crash". If the program isn't registered the monitor will initially load and then close at start-up. If registered it will continue to run and optional System Tray access will also be availableNo
Task Catcher MonitorUtasktrap.exeReal-time monitor for Task Catcher from BillP Studios - which "allows you to efficiently monitor programs running on your computer without slowing you down or hogging all your memory. Task Catcher will block unwanted programs from running and restart your favorite programs if they are disabled or crash". If the program isn't registered the monitor will initially load and then close at start-up. If registered it will continue to run and optional System Tray access will also be availableYes
Task Catcher Real-Time DetectorUtasktrap.exeReal-time monitor for Task Catcher from BillP Studios - which "allows you to efficiently monitor programs running on your computer without slowing you down or hogging all your memory. Task Catcher will block unwanted programs from running and restart your favorite programs if they are disabled or crash". If the program isn't registered the monitor will initially load and then close at start-up. If registered it will continue to run and optional System Tray access will also be availableNo
Task DebuggerXtskdbg.exeAdded by the AGOBOT-KK WORM!No
Task managebrkbXtaskmg.exeAdded by a variant of the SPYBOT WORM! See hereNo
Task ManagerXtaskmngr.exeAdded by the RBOT.Y WORM!No
Task ManagerXtaskman.exeAdded by the FORBOT-T WORM!No
Task managerXtaskemngr.exeAdded by the RBOT-AGA WORM!No
Task managerXTikTo.exeAdded by the RBOT.LV WORM!No
Task managerXtaskmngr.exeAdded by the RBOT-AYZ WORM!No
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Notes & Warnings

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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.

RECOMMENDATIONS:

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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Presentation, format & comments Copyright 2001 - 2011 Pacman's Portal
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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