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?
virtualXwinit.exeAdded by the MUGLY.A or MUGLY.B WORMS!No
virtualXwinprotect.exeAdded by the MUGLY.C WORM!No
virtualXwini.exeAdded by the RBOT-YX WORM!No
virtual-ieXwinlogi.exeAdded by the RBOT-BJU WORM!No
virtual-machineXwinlogin.exeAdded by the RBOT-VU WORM!No
virtual-machineXwini.exeAdded by the RBOT-WR WORM!No
VsampleXwinxpsock.exeAdded by the SDBOT.BLK WORM!No
w32Xw32.exeAdded by the SOKEVEN TROJAN!No
W32PluginsDownloaderXMLHTTPSelfClearing7520Xwiper.exeAdded by the PROXYSER-M TROJAN!No
w32supXw32sup.exeAdult content diallerNo
W32SYSXw32sys.exeAdded by the JAMBU-A WORM!No
W32TcXWTC32.scrAdded by the VOTE.D or VOTE.K WORMS!No
W7.exe NacionalXW7.exeAdded by the AGENT-ODZ TROJAN!No
W75P2PSERVERYW75P2PS.EXEPrinter utility which is required in order to make the printer work correctlyNo
w7zipXw7zip.exeAdded by the BANCBAN-QB TROJAN!No
W815DMUW815DM.exeEnuff Parental Control Software by AkrontechNo
w98EjectUw98Eject.exeRelated to USB support for Sigmatel MP3 audio palyer (and others such as SanDisk). It's intent is to "put away" the "disk" before you unplug it from the USB port, ostensibly to avoid "losing" dataNo
wa7pcwXwa7pcw.exeWinAntiVirus Pro 2007 rogue security software - not recommendedNo
wab.exeXwab.exeAdded by a variant of the SDBOT WORM!No
wait4IPUwait4IP.exePackard Bell net2Plug allows you to network PCs anywhere in your houseNo
wallchgr.exe wstartUWallchgr.exeWallChanger - wallpaper changer from Blue Tree SoftwareNo
WallMasterUwallmast.exeWallMaster - "The free and easiest way to master your desktop wallpaper!"No
WallPaperUWALLPA~1.EXEWallpaper Changer - wallpaper manager that can change your background images on every startup No
WallpaperChangerUWallpaper.exeA wallpaper changer and manager utility. There is the Freeware version and the Pro version. The freeware version is completely free. The Pro version is 30-day trialware, and after the 30 days some of the more advanced features will be disabled unless you register it No
WallpaperSSUWallpaperSS.exeWallpaper Slideshow LT from - "a great utility for displaying your favorite photos as your desktop wallpaper"No
Wanadoo Messenger.exeNWanadoo Messenger.exeWanadoo ISP instant messenger clientNo
wanman.exeXwanman.exeAdded by the RBOT.HDO WORM!No
WanMPSvcYWanMPSvc.exeAn AOL component, the Wan miniport (ATW) service. If you delete this and logon, AOL reports a problem with your internet connection, and reinstalling AOL doesn't helpNo
WAPIXwts**.exe [* = random char]PurityScan adwareNo
wappXWapp.exeAdded by the BANKER.MTG TROJAN!No
War FTPD Tray IconNwartray.exeWar-ftpd - FTP serverNo
war-ftpd.exeNWAR-FTPD.EXEWar FTP Daemon from JGAA's Internet - FTP clientNo
WareOutXWareOut.exeWareout rogue spyware and dialer remover - not recommended, removal instructions hereNo
warezNwarez.exeWarez P2P file-sharing client based upon the open-source Ares Galaxy. No longer available. As peer-to-peer clients are used to distribute large amounts of data between multiple users make sure you have good, up-to-date virus protection and check any downloadsNo
WarnerUwarner.exeAlso known as "CyberWarner". From G-Tek Technologies and pre-installed on some Packard Bell PCs. Protects critical filesNo
WarnetUwarnet.exeWarnet - system cleanup softwareNo
WarReg_PopUpNWarReg_PopUp.exeAcer warranty registration popupNo
WARSVRNwar-ftpd.exe"War FTP Daemon - the original free FTP server for windows"No
was6cwXwas6cw.exePart of the WinAntiSpyware 2006 rogue spyware remover - not recommended, removal instructions hereNo
was7cwXwas7cw.exePart of the WinAntiSpyware 2007 rogue spyware remover - not recommendedNo
WasherUwasher.exeWindow Washer from Webroot Software. Useful utility that deletes safe to remove files, cookies, browsing history, etc. Available via from Start -> Programs. Disable within the program options - otherwise it is re-enabled in MSCONFIGNo
Washerie.exeNwasherie.exeCookie Washer for Internet Explorer from Webroot Software. Light version of Windows Washer, specific for cleaning the IE cache and cookies. Available via Start -> ProgramsNo
washindexUwashidx.exeWindow Washer from Webroot Software. Useful utility that deletes safe to remove files, cookies, browsing history, etc. Available via from Start -> Programs. Disable within the program options - otherwise it is re-enabled in MSCONFIGNo
WastXwast.exeGrokster ads updaterNo
WatchNwatch.exeFound to be used by a Trust USB scanner for auto starting the scanning software when the lid is liftedNo
Watch Dog ProgramNwatchdog.exeFor Compaq PC's. Associated with Compaq's internet services. Not required if you don't use services provided by them and may not be required even if you doNo
WatchdogNWatchdog.exeDefinitely part of the Mustek scanner drivers and software (for 600 III EP Plus and maybe others), launches from the Startup folder in the Start Menu, but not required as they give instructions on removing it on their webpageNo
WatchDog?watchdog.exePart of Motorola "Mobile Phone Tools" v3 - in a "Mobiile Phone Tools" sub-directory of Program FilesNo
WatcherHelperUWaHelper.exeSierra Wireless Watcher™ - wireless configuration utilityNo
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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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