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?
Task ManagerXtaskmng.exeAdded by the TIOTUA-E WORM!No
Task managerXtaskmgr2.exeAdded by a variant of the RBOT WORM!No
Task ManagerXtskmngr.exeAdded by the RBOT-GOU WORM!No
Task managerXtaskmangr.exeAdded by the SPYBOT-CH WORM!No
Task Manager Win32Xtaskmngr32.exeAdded by the RANCK-EX BACKDOOR!No
task serviceXtaskservices.exeAdded by a variant of the RBOT WORM!No
Task serviceXtaskmgs.exeAdded by a variant of the RBOT WORM!No
TASK SETUPXtasksetup.exeAdded by the RBOT-YR WORM!No
TaskbarNTaskbar.exeTaskbar icon for the Redline RegTweak overclocking program as supplied with Sapphire ATI graphics cardsNo
Taskbar Button ManagerYtbm.exeTaskbar Button Manager from Innovative Solutions - "is a simple utility that helps you arrange the buttons on your Windows taskbar in any way you want by using drag and drop"No
Taskbar ServiceXtaskbar.svcUnidentified adwareNo
Taskbar ShuffleYtaskbarshuffle.exe"Taskbar Shuffle is a simple, small, free utility that lets you drag and drop your Windows taskbar buttons to rearrange them"No
Taskbar SystemXtasksys.exeAdded by a variant of the SDBOT WORM!No
Taskbar++NTaskbarPP.exeTaskbar++ is a software that allows you to sort (move) the buttons of the Windows taskbar by Drag & DropNo
taskbarshuffleYtaskbarshuffle.exe"Taskbar Shuffle is a simple, small, free utility that lets you drag and drop your Windows taskbar buttons to rearrange them"No
taskdirXtaskdir.exeAdded by the LAGER.AQ TROJAN! No
TaskListXtasklist32.exeAdded by the BANCOS-DX TROJAN!No
taskmanXtaskman.exeAdded by the SILLYFDC.BBB WORM!No
taskmanagerXtaskmgr.comAdded by the BEREB WORM!No
taskmanagerXtaskmanager.exeAdded by the AGOBOT-TF WORM!No
TaskManager Load ModuleXTSKMNGR32.EXEAdded by the SPYBOT.I WORM!No
taskmangerXtaskmanger.exeAdded by a variant of the RBOT WORM!No
TaskmgrXTaskmgr.exeSystem1060 homepage hi-jacker. Note - this is not the legitimate taskmgr.exe process which is always located in %System% and should not normally figure in Msconfig/Startup! This one is located in a "1060" sub-folderNo
TaskmgrXtskmgr32.exeHomepage hi-jackerNo
taskmgrXtaskmgr.exeAdded by the STARTPAGE.G hijacker. Note - this is NOT the Windows Task Manager file!No
taskmgrXtaskmanager.exeAdded by the BCKDR-QHT BACKDOOR!No
TasKmgrXtaskmmgr.EXEAdded by the AUTORUN-F WORM!No
taskmgr.exeNtaskmgr.exeWindows Task Manager in Windows XP. If run from the Startup folder, the tray icon will be put to the system tray after boot. Useful to check if XP has finished running the delayed services after boot. Available via a desktop shortcutNo
taskmngr lptt01Xtaskmngr.exeRapidBlaster variant (in a "taskmngr" folder in Program Files). A dedicated "RapidBlaster Killer" removal tool used to be available but quality anti-malware tools will now remove itNo
taskmngr ml097eXtaskmngr.exeRapidBlaster variant (in a "taskmngr" folder in Program Files). A dedicated "RapidBlaster Killer" removal tool used to be available but quality anti-malware tools will now remove itNo
TaskMonXtaskmon.exeAdded by the MYDOOM.A or MYDOOM.J WORMS! 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
taskmoneXtaskmone.exeAdded by the SINGU-S TROJAN!No
TaskMonitorUtaskmon.exeThe Task Monitor 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
taskmrgXtaskmrg.exeAdded by the BANKER-BZZ TROJAN!No
taskmrg.exeXtaskimg.exeAdded by the DLOADER-QZ TROJAN!No
taskngrXtaskngr.exeAdded by the BANCOS-AWX TROJAN!No
taskopen.exeXtaskopen.exeAdded by the HIDD.C TROJAN!No
TaskPlusNTASKPLUS0.EXETask and calendar management software available as freeware or as a "Professional" version for sharing over a LANNo
TaskPlusNTASKPL~1.EXETask and calendar management software available as freeware or as a "Professional" version for sharing over a LANNo
TaskS managerXtaskmgrs.exeAdded by the AGOBOT.QU WORM!No
TaskSchedulerUTaskSch.exeProSeries accounting software relatedNo
taskswitchUtaskswitch.exeALT+TAB replacement Powertoy for Windows XP - enhances the graphics displayed when you want to switch between programs running full-screenNo
TaskSwitchXPUTaskSwitchXP.exe"TaskSwitchXP from NTWind Software. Advanced task management utility that picks up where the standard Windows Alt Tab switcher leaves off. It provides the same functionality, and adds visual styles to the dialog and also enhances it by displaying thumbnail preview of the application that will be switched to"No
tasksysXtasksys.vbsAdded by the BYRON WORM!No
tasktrapUtasktrap.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
TasmgrXTaskmgr.batAdded by the YPSAN.G WORM!No
tatXtatss.exeDelfin PromulGate adwareNo
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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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