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?
WinInitXWin86.exeAdded by the SMALL-PB TROJAN!No
winintXwinint.exeAdded by the SDBOT-ADA WORM!No
winIogomXwinIogom.exeAdded by the BANCBAN-ML TROJAN!No
winipsecXwinipsec.exeUnidentified malwareNo
WinIRXHelperUWinIRXHelper.exeMSI Media Center Deluxe software - see hereNo
winisXwinis.exeAdded by the RBOT-WI WORM!No
WiniShieldXWiniShield.exeWiniShield rogue security software - not recommended, removal instructions here. A member of the WiniGuard familyNo
Wink*.exeXWink*.exe [* = random char]Added by a variant of the KLEZ WORM!No
Winkb6Uwinkb6.exePart of We-Blocker - gives parents the opportunity to monitor their children's Internet access and provide them with age-appropriate content, while filtering out sites that contain adult content. Works in conjunction with Winkb6 and both files are needed to run We-BlockerNo
WinKernelXWinKer.exeAdded by the MIRAB or SERVIDOR TROJANS!No
winkernel32XwWin32.comAdded by the BANSAP TROJAN!No
WinKeyUwinkey.exeLoads Copernic's WinKey. Used to map out Windows key hotkey combinations. Not required for the system, but is necessary for this to be running if you use these hotkey combosNo
winlaXwinla.exeAdded by the DLOADR-AQL TROJAN!No
winlgnUwinsplg.exeRelated to the Sentry Parental Controls softwareNo
winlgz2Xwinlgz2.exeAdded by the KILLFIL-Q TROJAN!No
winlibs.exeXwinlibs.exeAdded by the EVAMAN.C WORM!No
WinlinkXwinlink32.exeAdded by the GAOBOT.AAY WORM!No
winllogonXwinllogon.exeAdded by the DELF-KK TROJAN!No
WinlmeXwindll.exeAdded by the GOP.F WORM!No
WinLoadUWinload.exePCTattletale is a surveillance software program that monitors user activity, logs keystrokes, and takes screenshots. Uninstall this software unless you put it there yourself. Note - do not remove this file if you use Vista, a legitimate file with the same name and location (%Windir%\System32) is used during bootup. Removing this file can cause problems with your OSNo
winloadXwinload.exeAdded by the AGENT-GNY TROJAN! Note - the file is located in %ProgramFiles%\Internet ExplorerNo
winlogXwinlog.exeAdded by the GAOBOT.DF WORM!No
winlogXwindowxs.exeAdded by the SDBOT-KT BACKDOOR!No
winlogXwinsx.exeAdded by the SDBOT-MH BACKDOOR!No
winlogXwintask.exeAdded by the SDBOT-GR BACKDOOR!No
winlog managerXwinlog.exeAdded by the DONBOMB.A TROJAN!No
winlog.exeXwinlog.exeAdded by the BCKDR-RBJ TROJAN!No
WinLoginXwinlogin.exeAdded by the AGOBOT-IX WORM! No
winloginXwin32x.exeAdded by the STARTPA-DF TROJAN!No
winlogins.exeXwinlogins.exeAdded by the OPTIX.H BACKDOOR!No
winlogoffXwinlogoff.exeAdded by the AGOBOT-TR WORM!No
winlogonXwinlogin.exeAdded by the RANDEX.E WORM!No
winlogonXwinlogon.exeAdded by the TRODAL TROJAN! 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
winlogonXwinlogon32.exeAdded by the MASLAN.C WORM!No
winlogonXwpwlogon.exeAdded by an unidentified WORM or TROJAN!No
WINLOGONXwscript.exe WINLOGON.vbsAdded by the YSPAN.F WORM! Note that wscript.exe is a legitimate Microsoft file used to launch script files and shouldn't be deleted. The "WINLOGON.vbs" file is found in %System%No
WinlogonXWINLOGON.EXEAdded by the PUNYA-B 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 C:\Documents and Settings\Administrator\Local Settings\Application Data\WINDOWSNo
WinLogonndXwinlogonnd.exeAdded by the AGENT-NNQ TROJAN!No
WinlogunXwinlogin.exeAdded by the P2LOAD-C WORM!No
winltmpvXwinln.exeAdded by the TCXMEDI-C TROJAN!No
winltmpvXwutop.exeAdded by the TCXMEDI-C TROJAN!No
WinmainXwinmain.exeOne of the first of a new breed of malware. When run it immediately loads MSHTA.EXE from the Windows folder, placing it on "hot standby", ready to accept HTA scripting within a web page and then EXECUTE what is embedded IN the page as a program! In other words, it's possible for a "rogue" website to actually embed trojans, worms and/or viruses directly into a web page. NSClean's HTA Stop offers an easy way to toggle this capabiltity, or rather vulnerability, on and off. I suggest you leave it disabled!No
WinManageXwmanage.exeAdded by a variant of the IRCBOT BACKDOOR! See hereNo
winmatrix.exeUWinMatrixXP.exeWinMatrix XP - wallpaper replacement that shows different matrix effects (including flowing matrix codes from 'The Matrix' movie) on your desktopNo
WinMedXwinmed.exeAdded by the AGENT.AIRF TROJAN!No
WinMedia32Xwinmedia32.exeAdded by the YABE.F TROJAN!No
WinMemUWinMem.exeWinMem Cleaner - part of Ultra WinCleaner Utility Suite. Makes more memory available for your programs and the Operating System. It also defragments your system No
WinMenssageXwinmax.exeAdded by the BANCOS.B TROJAN!No
WinMenssageXwinmaxy.exeAdded by the BANCOS 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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