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.
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
|Name or Startup Item||Status||Command or Data||Description||Tested?|
|WinFast Schedule||U||Wfwiz.exe||Leadtek WinFast TV tuner scheduler and remote control driver - required if you use the latter||No|
|WinFavorites||X||WinFavorites.exe1||Loudmarketing.com adware downloader||No|
|WinFax PRO Controller||N||WFXCTL32.EXE||From WinFax 10.0 and possibly earlier versions. Appears if you chose to have WinFax appear in the taskbar (System Tray) during installation and displays a yellow fax/telephone icon. Available via Start -> Programs||No|
|WinFaxAppPortStarter||Y||wfxsnt40.exe||WinFax 10.0 and maybe earlier versions. Used to initiate the WinFax port to enable printing to the WinFax printer (send a fax) from any application.||No|
|winFile||X||winFile.exe||Added by the BANKER-FDB TROJAN!||No|
|WinFire||X||WF.exe||Added by the DELF-SY TROJAN!||No|
|WinFixer 2005||X||wfx5.exe||WinFixer 2005 web installer - "foistware", pretending to be system optimization, protection and recovery software - stealth installed, removal instructions here||No|
|WinFixer helper||X||wfxcwr.exe||WinFixer web installer - "foistware", pretending to be system optimization, protection and recovery software - stealth installed, see here||No|
|WinFlyer32.dll||X||WinFlyer32.dll||Added by the WINFLYER TROJAN!||No|
|winfont||X||winfont.exe||Added by the DEATH TROJAN!||No|
|winform||X||winform.exe||Added by the PWS-ALB TROJAN!||No|
|WinFoxV2||U||WF2K.EXE||System Tray application that starts up the Winfox utility for a Leadtek Winfast graphics card to restore settings. Can be started manually via Start → Control Panel → Display. Only needed if you wish to run things like the hardware monitor or overclock your card||No|
|WinGate Engine Monitor||U||wgengmon.exe||WinGate Internet Client Dialup Monitor - component of WinGate proxy server software. Displays the status of the WinGate engine, and appears in the system tray of each workstation on the network reassuring clients that their workstations have connectivity with the WinGate Server||No|
|WinGate initialize||X||WinGate.exe||Added by the LOVGATE.F WORM!||No|
|wingerver2.0.exe||X||wingerver2.0.exe||Added by the GRAYBRD-AE TROJAN!||No|
|wingo||X||wingo.exe||Added by the BEAGLE.AW or BEAGLE.AV WORMS!||No|
|WinGuage Pro||N||WGPRO32.EXE||Part of McAfee Nuts & Bolts. "WinGauge is a dynamic reporting tool that constantly monitors your use of Windows and your applications, to alert you to potential problems before they become serious". Resource hog. Available via Start -> Programs||No|
|Winguard||Y||WGFE95.EXE||Dr Solomon's Virex antivirus||No|
|winguard||X||wingrd32.exe||Added by a variant of the RBOT WORM!||No|
|WinGuard||X||winguard.exe||Added by the AGOBOT-OQ WORM! The file is located in %System%||No|
|WinGuard||U||Winguard.exe||Winguard Popup Remover - pop-up stopper. The file is located in %ProgramFiles%\Winguard Popup Remover||No|
|WinGuard Pro||U||wgp.exe||Winguard Pro||No|
|winguard2||X||WinGuard2Up.exe||WinGuard rogue security software - not recommended, removal instructions here||No|
|Winhelp||X||winhe1p.exe||Added by the QQPASS.E TROJAN!||No|
|WinHelp||X||WinHelp.exe||Added by the LOVGATE.F WORM! Note - this file is located in %System% whereas the valid one is located in %Windir%||No|
|winhlp.exe||X||winhlp.exe||Added by the FORMGLIEDER TROJAN!||No|
|winhlp3.exe||X||winhlp3.exe||Added by a variant of the EASTO.A TROJAN!||No|
|Winhlp32||X||Wscript.exe Msexec32.vbs||Added by the GANT.B WORM! Note that wscript.exe is a legitimate Microsoft file used to launch script files and shouldn't be deleted. The "Msexec32.vbs" file is found in %System%||No|
|winhlp32.exe||X||winhlp32.exe||Added by the EASTO.A TROJAN! Note - do not confuse with the legitimate Windows Help (winhlp32.exe) file which is found in %Windir%. This one is found in the "Downloaded Program Files" sub-directory||No|
|winhlpp32.exe||X||winhlpp32.exe||Added by the GAOBOT.SY WORM!||No|
|Winhost||X||wintt.exe||Added by the LOLAWEB.B TROJAN!||No|
|Winhost||X||win.exe||Added by the DLOADER-AP TROJAN!||No|
|Winhost||X||winhost.exe||Added by the REATLE.F WORM!||No|
|winhost.exe||X||winhost.exe||Added by the LOHAV-R TROJAN!||No|
|Winhost1||X||winhost.exe||Added by the DELF-JL BACKDOOR!||No|
|Winhost2||X||winhost.exe||Added by the DELF-JL BACKDOOR!||No|
|winhost32.exe||X||winhost32.exe||Added by the TABDIM TROJAN!||No|
|WinHound||X||WinHound.exe||WinHound rogue security software - not recommended||No|
|WiniBlueSoft||X||WiniBlueSoft.exe||WiniBlueSoft rogue security software - not recommended, removal instructions here. A member of the WiniGuard family||No|
|WinIeRun||X||winierun.exe||Added by the RNWATCH-A WORM!||No|
|WiniFighter||X||WiniFighter.exe||WiniFighter rogue security software - not recommended, removal instructions here. A member of the WiniGuard family||No|
|WinIFixer||X||WinIFixer.exe||WinIFixer rogue security software - not recommended, removal instructions here||No|
|WiniGuard||X||WiniGuard.exe||WiniGuard rogue security software - not recommended. There are number of variants in this family sharing the same user interface - see here||No|
|winimage||X||wvsvc.exe||Added by the RBOT.TX WORM!||No|
|wininet||X||wininet.exe||Added by the STUBBOT-C WORM!||No|
|wininet32||X||wininet32.exe||Added by the RAZNEW-A TROJAN!||No|
|wininetd||X||wininetd.exe||Added by the WINET TROJAN!||No|
|Winini.dll||X||winini.vbs||Added by the STARTP-M TROJAN!||No|
|Winini32||X||winini32.exe||Added by the AGOBOT-J WORM!||No|
|wininit||X||wininit.exe||Added by the WOLLF.16 TROJAN! Note - this is not the legitimate wininit.exe process from Vista/7 which is always located in %System% and should not normally figure in Msconfig/Startup!||No|
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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