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
24133 items listed

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Name or Startup ItemStatusCommand or DataDescriptionTested?
Windows NT Update ManagerXWINL0G0N.exeAdded by the AGOBOT-NU WORM! Note that those are zeroes in the filename and not capital "o"No
Windows OEM ToolsXwinres32.exeAdded by the SPYBOT.FD WORM!No
Windows PcXwinmgr.exeAdded by the BIBOT-A WORM!No
Windows PC DefenderXWP[random characters].exeWindows PC Defender rogue security software - not recommended, removal instructions hereNo
Windows PDGXwinpdg.exeAdded by the RBOT-ADW WORM!No
Windows Performance MonitorXwmscupd.exeAdded by the IRCBOT_GEN WORM! No
Windows PNPXwinpnp.exeAdded by the RBOT-AKN WORM!No
Windows Population LoggerXwinpo32.exeAdded by the AGENT.YKR WORM!No
Windows Printing DriverXWinPrint.exeAdded by a variant of the RBOT WORM!No
Windows Printing DriverXWinSpooler.exeAdded by the ARCHIVARIUS series of WORMS!No
Windows ProcessXwin_update.exeAdded by the LASTWORD WORM!No
Windows Process ManagerXwinproc.exeAdded by an unidentified WORM or TROJAN!No
Windows Proffesional SecurityXWinSecure32.exeAdded by the AGOBOT.VA WORMNo
Windows Protection SuiteXWI[random characters].exeWindows Protection Suite rogue security software - not recommended, removal instructions hereNo
Windows Reg ServicesXwservice.exeAdded by the PRORAT-O TROJAN!No
Windows RegistersXwinservicess.exeAdded by the SDBOT.NI WORM!No
Windows RegistryXwinhost.exeAdded by a variant of the RBOT WORM!No
Windows Registry CleanerXwinclean.exeAdded by a variant of the SPYBOT WORM!No
Windows Registry ControlXwinreg.exeAdded by a variant of the IRCBOT TROJAN! See hereNo
Windows Registry DLLXwinregdll.exeAdded by the IRCBOT.FB BACKDOOR!No
Windows Registry NameXwinses.exeAdded by the RBOT-ADB WORM!No
Windows Registry ScanXwinmedia.exeAdded by the SPYBOT.GK WORM!No
Windows Registry StartupXwind32.exeAdded by the AGOBOT-BZ WORM!No
Windows Registry XPXwinxptdl.exeAdded by the IRCBOT.AUN WORM!No
Windows Remote AddressingXwnpcgs.exeAdded by the DELF-EZN TROJAN!No
Windows Remote LauncherXwnpmcs.exeAdded by the IRCBOT.ASX BACKDOOR!No
Windows Rescue SystemXwinsto.exeAdded by the SUURCH.CG TROJAN!No
Windows Reverse PreperationXwinrvp.exeAdded by the SLENFBOT.CB WORM!No
Windows Reversed Virus ProtectionXwinrsvp.exeAdded by the SLENFBOT.HX WORM!No
Windows Run-Time 64bitXwin64rt.exeAdded by a variant of the RBOT WORM!No
Windows Runtime HelpXwin32hlp.exeAdded by a variant of the AIMVISION TROJAN!No
Windows Runtime HelpXWinRunHelp.wrhAdded by a variant of the AIMVISION TROJAN!No
Windows SafeAssistXwinlogon.exeAdded by the AUTORUN-PMF 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 %AppData%No
Windows SchedulerXwmscheduler.exeAdded by a variant of the SDBOT WORM! See hereNo
Windows Secure ConnectionXwinsc.exeAdded by the SDBOT.BTN WORM!No
Windows Secure UpdateXwinupser.exeAdded by the RBOT-GCG WORM!No
Windows Secure UpdateXWinSecUp.exeAdded by the RBOT-GCD WORM!No
Windows Secure UpdateXWinSecure.exeAdded by the RBOT-GDO WORM!No
Windows SecuretyXwurger.exeAdded by the AGOBOT-NC BACKDOOR!No
WINDOWS SECURITYXwingrd.exeAdded by a variant of the RBOT WORM!No
Windows SecurityXwin.pifAdded by the RBOT-APT WORM!No
Windows SecurityXwinscure.exeAdded by the RBOT-BAF WORM!No
Windows SecurityXwinmon.exeAdded by the SDBOT-SR WORM!No
Windows Security AssistantXwinsec.exeCoolWebSearch parasite variantNo
Windows Security CenterXwinlogon.exeAdded by the AUTORUN-BEX 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 %UserProfile%\Application DataNo
Windows Security Center Notification AppXwscnfty.exeAdded by a variant of the RBOT WORM!No
Windows Security ControlXwuaucls.exeAdded by the FORBOT-V WORM!No
Windows Security ManagerXwinsecurity.exeAdded by the AGOBOT-KI WORM!No
Windows Security ManagerXwinsecure.exeAffilred adwareNo
Windows Security ServiceXwindows.pifAdded by the RBOT-AMG WORM!No
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Notes & Warnings

Variables:

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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Copyright

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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