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?
TelepathYtelepath.exeDrivers for the WinModem versions of the US Robotics "Telepath" series - as supplied to Gateway for instance. WinModems use software rather than hardware - hence putting a load on the CPU. Needed if you have it for loading the drivers. See here for more WinModem informationNo
TelnetXTelnet.exeAdded by the VOUMIT-A WORM! Note - this is not the legitimate telnet.exe application which is always located in %System% and should not normally figure in Msconfig/Startup! This file is located in a "mirc32" folderNo
tempxXtempx.exeAdded by the TEMPEX.A TROJAN! No
TEPA.exeYTEPA.exeTELUS eProtect Advisor tool installed when you choose to install their internet security suite - sourced by Radialpoint. Apart from downloading the suite installation files, the exact purpose is unknown at this time but it may be used to source critical updates and alerts so should therefore be left enabledNo
TEscKeyUTEscKey.exeToshiba Escape Key handler. Enables you to program and use the <FN><Esc> key combination to perform a specific functionNo
Test*XTest.exeAdded by the AUTORUN-SG WORM - where * represent a number. If, for example, you have four physical hard drive partitions and one removable drive, the file "Test.exe" will be present in the root of the partition (ie, C:\, D:\) with startup entries of "Test1" through "Test5"No
testit.exeXtestit.exeISTBar adware No
TExBUtil Registry?TExBUtil.exe??No
Text Tray ServiceXtstray.exeAdded by the SILLYFDC.BCC WORM!No
TextAloudNTextAloudMP3.exeTextAloud MP3 - convert text into spoken words and MP3sNo
Textbridge Instant Access OCRNtelepath.exeTextBridge from Nuance (was Scansoft). OCR (optical character recognition) software for scanning documents into popular editing applications. Available via Start -> ProgramsNo
TE_RegProtectUTERegPct.exeRegistry repair utility part of the Anti Trojan Elite (ATE) anti-malware toolNo
TFncKyUTFncky.exeDeals with the <Fn> - <Function> key combinations on a Toshiba laptopNo
TFNF5UTFNF5.exeToshiba Hotkey Utility for Display Devices. By pressing <FN> + <F5>, a window appears showing the displays that can be chosen - LCD, LCD + CRT, CRT, TVNo
TFTP***Xtftp***Added by a variant of the SPYBOT WORM! where *** can be any numberNo
TFunckeyUTFuncKey.exeDeals with the <Fn> - <Function> key combinations on a Toshiba laptopNo
TgAddServerNtgfix.exeSoftware from SupportSoft (aka provided to manufacturers (such as Sony (Vaio Support Agent) and Toshiba (Virtual Tech)) and ISPs (such as Comcast, Cox and Charter (Pipeline Support Agent)) that allows them to offer on-line support - to update drivers, fix faults, etc. Can cause a deterioration in a PC's peformance (see here). This part does the protection and "self-healing". Uninstallation is recommended by most people - especially for System Restore users (WinME/XP). If not available via Add/Remove try hereNo
TGDC IE PluginXtgdc.exeShopForGood spyware - see hereNo
tgkillNtgkill.exeComcast struck a deal with Tioga to provide an "enhanced" support and self-repairing tool. This "beta" release was made available to download by mistake and should be removed via Start → Control Panel → Add/Remove ProgramsNo
TgsetsiteUtgfix.exeSee also TgAddServer. This part ensures the software is installed correctly (similar to an installation wizard) as reported by Cox Regarded as spyware by some as it has the ability to retrieve user information. Whether it does so depends upon the provider. One Toshiba user reports problems with hibernate on his laptop if disabled - hence the "U" recommendationNo
Thdetrf?thdetr32.exeAppears to be related to Lycos advertisingNo
The Registry SentinelXThe Registry Sentinel.exeThe Registry Sentinel rogue security software - not recommended, removal instructions hereNo
The Web SentinelXThe Web Sentinel.exeThe Web Sentinel rogue security software - not recommended, removal instructions hereNo
TheDefend.exeXTheDefend.exeTheDefend rogue security software - not recommended, removal instructions here. A member of the AntiAID familyNo
TheSpyBotXTheSpyBot.exeTheSpyBot rogue security software - not recommended, removal instructions hereNo
THGuardUTH_Guard.exeResident memory scanning for TrojanHunterNo
THGuardUTHGuard.exeResident memory scanning for TrojanHunterNo
Thoosje Vista SidebarUThoosje Vista Sidebar.exeThoosje's Vista Sidebar - sidebar and skins for microsoft Windows XP and VistaNo
THOTKEYUTHotkey.exeAssociated with the Fn+ keys on Toshiba laptops. When disabled some keys still worked, like the one that regulates the volume of the system beep, but others didn't, like the one that immediately blackens your screenNo
ThpSrvYthpsrv.exeToshiba Hard Drive Protection Utility - moves the Hard Drive head to a safe position in case of shock or vibration to reduce the risk of damage that could be caused by head-to-disk contact No
ThrustTSRUTMTMTSR.exeThrustmaster Thrustmapper - "t-mapper - icon sits on your taskbar and automatically detects when the joystick is plugged in and configures it accordingly"No
Thumbs Plus *.*Xthmbplus**.exeAdded by the AGOBOT-AAF WORM! ** is a combination of a random digits and charactersNo
TI WLANUTIWLANCu.exeTexas Instruments TI wireless LAN productsNo
tibs3Xtibs3.exePremium rate adult content dialler - see hereNo
tibs5Xtibs5.exePremium rate adult content dialer - see hereNo
Ticket API Monitor?tktmon.exeSyntegra Device Identification Logger. What does it do and is it required?No
TiKLUtikl.exeTinyKeylogger keystroke logger/monitoring program - remove unless you installed it yourself!No
TileFreeXTilecomfree.comAdded by the RBOT.CQE WORM!No
TilerunXTilecom32.comAdded by a variant of the SDBOT WORM!No
Time ManagerXTimeManager.exeAdded by the MYTOB-BV WORM!No
TimeCalendarUtc.exeTimeCalendar digital plannerNo
TimeLeftUTimeLeft.exeTimeLeft is a countdown, reminder, clock, alarm clock, stopwatch, timer, sticker and time synchronization utility which uses Winamp skins to show digits and textNo
Timemanager.exeUTimemanager.exeTime Manager will let you track billable and non-billable time by customer, by category and by associate and then integrate directly to our custom billing packageNo
TimeOnlineNTIMEONLINE.EXELightman Groups's TimeOnline monitor. For dial-up users to monitor time spent on the net. Available via Start -> ProgramsNo
TimerXtimed.exeAdded by the BDOOR-LV BACKDOOR!No
TimeServiceXtrun.exeTlfLic-A premium rate adult content diallerNo
TimeSink Add ClientXTSADBOT.EXEAdvertising spywareNo
timessquareXtimessquare.exeDetected by Kaspersky as the STARTPAGE.AW 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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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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