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?
windbsXwinxtc.exeAdded by the AGOBOT-WD WORM!No
WindeXwinde.exeAdded by the DLUCA TROJAN!No
windefXWin32sp.vbsAdded by the ANPES WORM!No
windefXwindef.exeAdded by the WURMARK-O WORM!No
WinDefenderXwicfte.exeAdded by the SCAR-AG TROJAN!No
WinDefender 2008XWDefDemo.exeWinDefender 2008 rogue privacy program - not recommended, removal instructions hereNo
windefender.exeXwindefender.exeAdded by the AGENT.BYH TROJAN!No
WinDefender2009Xwindef.exeWinDefender 2009 rogue security software - not recommended, removal instructions hereNo
WinDevilsXWinDevils.exeAdded by the BRONTOK-BS WORM! No
windhost.exeXwindhost.exeAdded by the BANKER-BV TROJAN!No
windhost.exeXwinos.exeAdded by the PWSAGENT-A WORM!No
windirXwinrun.exeAdded by the WINBUR.B WORM!No
Windir WorkingXwuaumqr1.exeAdded by a variant of the IRCBOT TROJAN!No
WindllXWindll.exeAdded by the TRYNOMA TROJAN!No
WINDLLUWSYS.EXESTARR key logger. "It logs almost everything that goes through the box. It logs all key strokes, all passwords transacted even if they weren't keyed in, all web sites visited, every program launched including the path to that program, and more"No
windllXwindll32.exeAdded by the ASTEF or RESPAN WORMS!No
windllXwindotnetsrv.exeAdded by the AUTORUN-ANO WORM!No
Windll.exeXWindll.exeAdded by the STEALER TROJAN!No
Windll32XWindll32.exeAdded by the MSNPWS TROJAN!No
windllsys32.exeXwindllsys32.exeAdded by a variant of the MITGLIE-A TROJAN!No
WinDNSXwindns32.exeAdded by the GAOBOT.WX WORM!No
WindoFixXWindoFix.exeWindoFix rogue system error utilityNo
Window MonitorXwinmon32.exeAdded by the SDBOT.RT WORM!No
Window UDP Control ServicXwinlogon.exeAdded by the RBOT-GXN WORM! Note - this is not the legitimate winlogon.exe process which is always located in %System% and should not normally figure in Msconfig/Startup! This one is located in %Windir%No
Window WasherUwwDisp.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
window.exeXwindow.exeAdded by the MITGLIEDER.H or MITGLIEDER.J TROJANS!No
WindowBlindsUwbload.exeWindowBlinds from Stardock. Skin application to change the appearence on Windows desktops. Available as an individual download or as part of Object Desktop. Required to restore settings if you use it. Available via right-click on the Desktop -> Properties -> SkinsNo
WindowEnhancerXWinex.exeSCBar/WindowEnhancer foistwareNo
Windowfdgfds DasdLL VerifierXwinupdatr.exeAdded by the AGOBOT.HZ WORM!No
Windowfdgfds DLL fgfdg VerifierXWindowsdldfglcheckkk.exeAdded by the RBOT.CSP WORM!No
Windowfdgfds DLL fgfdg VerifierXwinsecure.exeAdded by a variant of the RBOT WORM!No
WindowMessengerXWinSysApp.exeAdded by the AUTORUN.HFP WORM!No
windownXwiusyt.exeAdded by the QQPASS-M TROJAN!No
WindowRegKey updateXwins.exeAdded by the SPYBOT.I BACKDOOR!No
WindowsXWindows.exeAdded by the KAZMOR.A, BOBBINS & ALADINZ.D TROJANS!No
windowsXwinbows.exeAdded by the AUTORUN-AAI WORM! The filename can also be "imege.exe" or "picture.exe"No
Windows & Internet Cleaner ProUWICleaner.exeWindows & Internet Cleaner Pro - "Powerful and easy to use internet surfing privacy protection & PC security software"No
Windows .Net ManagerXwebsvc.exeAdded by the DLOADER-NY TROJAN!No
Windows 128 ModuleXwin128.exeAdded by the FORBOT-ES WORM!No
Windows 32 EditorXWin32edit.exeAdded by the WOOTBOT.GQ WORM!No
Windows 32 RescueXwin32resc.exeAdded by the FORBOT-EU WORM!No
Windows 32 UpdateXWindows-Update.exeAdded by a variant of the RBOT WORM!No
Windows Account AlternationXwauclt.exeAdded by a variant of the IRCBOT TROJAN! See hereNo
Windows AdControlXWinAdCtl.exeWindows AdControl adwareNo
Windows Additional GuardXWI[random characters].exeWindows Additional Guard rogue security software - not recommended, removal instructions hereNo
Windows AdServiceXWinAdServ.exeWindUpdates Windows AdService adwareNo
Windows AdStatusXWinStat.exeWindUpdates Windows AdStatus adwareNo
Windows AdToolsXWinAdTools.exeWindows AdTools adware - removal instructions hereNo
Windows AlerterXWinAlert.exeAdded by the AUTORUN.HFP WORM!No
Windows Anti VerifierXWindows-Anti.exeAdded by the RBOT.ETT BACKDOOR!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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Database creation and support by Patrick Kolla
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