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?
WinMgmtNWinMgmt.exeUsed for Enterprise Management. If you are not an IT Administrator you don't need it to be running. Also runs from the PCHealth "scheduler" - refer hereNo
winmgmtXwmiprvse.exeAdded by the AGENT-GHP TROJAN!No
winmgmt32.exeXwinmgmt32.exeAdded by the LUZIA.AD TROJAN!No
WinMgrXwinmgr32.exeAdded by the VB-EDY TROJAN!No
WinMgr32Xwinmgr32.exeAdded by the MIMAIL.P WORM!No
winmodemYwmexe.exeSoftware for software based modems. Required if you have one of these. WinModems use software rather than hardware - hence putting a load on the CPU. Needed if you have it for loading the drivers. See here for more WinModem informationNo
Winmon32Xwinmon32.exeAdded by the RBOT-OQ WORM!No
WinMoviePlugInXWinMoviePlugIn.exeSfonditalia adult content premium rate dialerNo
WinmsgXwinwork.exeAdded by the GAOBOT.GEN!POLY WORM!No
WinMsgXwinmsgr.exeAdded by the DLOADR-AS TROJAN!No
WinmsgXwinwork8.exeAdded by the AGOBOT-GC WORM!No
WinMsrv32XWinMsrv32.exeAdded by the GAOBOT.AFJ WORM!No
WinMXNWinMX.exeWinMX file sharing applicationNo
winmysqladminNwinmysqladmin.exeStarts the MySQL database admin toolNo
WinMySQLadmin ToolNwinmysqladmin.exeStarts the MySQL database admin toolNo
winnetXwinnet.exeCommonName Toolbar spyware. To uninstall see hereNo
winnloadXwinnload.COMAdded by the DOWNLD-ABG TROJAN!No
Winnov Menu?WnvMenu.ExeWinnov Video Capture Card related. What does it do and is it required?No
Winnov Remote?WnvRsvr.ExeWinnov Video Capture Card related. What does it do and is it required?No
Winnov Status?WvStatus.ExeWinnov Video Capture Card related. What does it do and is it required?No
winntXwinnt.exeAdded by the MONA-E WORM!No
WinNTXWinNT.comAdded by the AUTOSKY WORM!No
winnt DNS identXwuamgrd32.exeAdded by the RBOT-BAU WORM!No
winnt DNS identXwindowxp.exeAdded by a variant of the RBOT WORM!No
winnt DNS identXWinupd32.exeAdded by the RBOT.AVU WORM!No
winnt DNS identXwinupdate32.exeAdded by a variant of the RBOT WORM!No
winnt DNS identXwuamgrd33.exeAdded by a variant of the RBOT WORM!No
Winnt DNS identXwindowsp.exeAdded by the RBOT.BAL WORM!No
winNT updatcXwupgrd.exeAdded by a variant of the RBOT WORM!No
winnt2Xwinnt2.exeAdded by the AGENT.CJZO TROJAN and variantsNo
winnt3Xwinnt3.exeAdded by the AGENT.CJZO TROJAN and variantsNo
winnt4Xwinnt4.exeAdded by the AGENT.CJZO TROJAN and variantsNo
winnt5Xwinnt5.exeAdded by the AGENT.CJZO TROJAN and variantsNo
winnt6Xwinnt6.exeAdded by the AGENT.CJZO TROJAN and variantsNo
WinNtBBXWinntBB.exeAdded by the DULOAD.C WORM!No
winntR1XwinntR1.exeAdded by the AGENT.CJZO TROJAN and variantsNo
winntR2XwinntR2.exeAdded by the AGENT.CJZO TROJAN and variantsNo
WinnupXwin32nls.exeAdded by a variant of the SPYBOT WORM!No
winocx32Xwinocx32.exeAdded by the PROTORIDE.I WORM!No
WINOWS SYSTEMXwinnt.exeAdded by the MYTOB.ID WORM!No
WINPXwinmic.exeAdded by the SPYBOT-EB WORM!No
WinpackXwinpack.exeAdware - detected by Kaspersky as the AGENT.GG TROJAN!No
WinPatch ProtectionXwinpatch.exeAdded by an unidentified WORM or TROJAN!No
WinPatrol ExplorerYWinPatrolEx.exePart of WinPatrolNo
WinPerformanceXWinPerformance.lnkWindows Performance rogue optimization utility - not recommendedNo
winpipeXwinpipe.exeBrowser hijacker redirecting to wow-access.comNo
WinPLOSIONUWinPlosion.exe"WinPLOSION allows you to immediately view and select from all the windows running on your computer, just those of the active application, or to minimise all windows and display a clear desktop"No
WinPN32Xwinpn32.exeAdded by the AGOBOT-FJ WORM!No
WinPoetYWinPPPoverEthernet.exeWinPoET is the industry's first Windows-based PPP over Ethernet client. Developed by iVasion, WinPoET is attractive to equipment providers, modem suppliers, RBOCs and ISPs. For more info read here. It uses dial-up networking for new high-speed internet customers who are more familiar with analogue modems. If unchecked in MSCONFIG it reports Error 360 - Hardware Error in dial-up networkingNo
winpolXwinpol.exeAdded by the AGENT.IWD 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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Database creation and support by Patrick Kolla
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