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?
WinpoochYWinpooch.exe"Winpooch is a Windows watchdog, free and open source. Anti spyware and anti trojan, it gives a full protection against local or external attacks by scanning the activity of programs in real time. Associated with ClamWin antivirus, Winpooch keeps safe your computer against virus"No
WinPopXwinpop.exeBrudevic A adwareNo
WinPopupNWINPOPUP.EXEIntranet chat software provided by windows for chat on small networks. Handy little LAN messaging utility. Has been included in Windows since 95, and maybe in WFWG 3.11. Normally it won't set itself up to run unless the user specifically adds it to startupNo
winpopupXwinupie.exeAdware by Tradeexit.comNo
WinpowerNWinpower.exePart of InstallAnywhere from Zero G Software, now owned by MacrovisionNo
WinProc32Xwinproc32.exeAdded by the AGOBOT-4 WORM!No
Winprocer32 UpdateXwinprocer32.exeAdded by the RBOT.GW WORM!No
winprocessor UpdateXwinprocessor.exeAdded by the RBOT.IO WORM!No
WinProtXWinprot.exeAdded by the CHUPACABRA TROJAN!No
winprotectXwin32.exeAdded by the MUGLY.E WORM!No
winprotectXwinprotect.exeAdded by the SDBOT-SB WORM!No
WinProtectorXWinProtector.exeWinProtector rogue security software - not recommended, removal instructions hereNo
WinProxyUWinProxy.EXE"WinProxy is the world-first proxy server and a firewall with integrated mail server for Windows 95/98/ME/NT/2000/XP"No
Winproxy PersonalXWINPROXY.EXEAdded by the SDBOT.BMF WORM!No
winpsdXwinpsd.exeAdded by the MYDOOM.Q WORM!No
WinPWD ManagerXwpwdmgr.exeAdded by the RBOT-AUT WORM!No
winrapidXwinrapid.exeAdded by a variant of the RBOT WORM!No
winrarXwinrar.exeCoolWebSearch Therealsearch parasite variant. Note - this is not the file zipping utility also known as WinRAR!No
WinRaR ServiceXWinrarCO.comAdded by an unidentified WORM/TROJAN!No
winrarshellXwinrarshell32.exeAdded by the SALIRA TROJAN!No
WinReanimatorXWinReanimator.exeWinReanimator rogue security software - not recommended, removal instructions hereNo
winRegXwinReg.exeAdded by the YAHA.H or YAHA.J WORMS!No
WinRegProXWinRegPro.exeWinRegPro rogue security software - not recommended, removal instructions hereNo
winregsrvXwinregsrv.exeAdded by the SYNRG TROJAN!No
WINREMOTEUWinRemote.exeInterVideo WinCinema Manager - needed for the use of WinDVD Remote ControlNo
winrestore1Xwinrestore.exeAdded by the KILLFIL-Q TROJAN!No
winreupsXwinreups.exeAdded by a variant of the RBOT WORM!No
WinRollUwinroll.exeWinRoll - a small utility that allows you to "make a window roll into its title bar, send it to the back or make it stay on top. Minimize, maximize or close all visible windows, including minimizing to the tray area"No
winrootXwinsn.exeAdded by the QQPASS.IA WORM!No
winrouteNwinroute.exeWin-Route 4.27. WinRoute Tray Icon for starting and stopping the WrCtrl.exe process, also to log in to the console to view logs and change settings. Can be unchecked and the engine still runs and functions normally. Can then use provided shortcuts for administration of the program. Loaded in SERVICES on Windows 2kNo
WinRPCXwinrpcmx.exeAdded by the BANKER-EEI TROJAN!No
winrunXwinrun.exeAdded by the WINBUR.B WORM!No
WINRUN zXW1NT45K.exeAdded by the MYTOB.BL WORM!No
WinRunnersXWinDrivers.exeAdded by the DULOAD.C WORM!No
Wins ServiceXwmsncs.exeAdded by the BBJC.A TROJAN!No
Wins Service DriverXwinet.exeAdded by the RBOT-APV WORM!No
WinScMngrXwinsmc.exeAdded by the SDBOT-BPZ WORM!No
WinSecXwinsec16.exeAdded by the AGOBOT.ZF WORM!No
winsecureXwinsecure.exeBrowser hijacker, redirecting to specificsearches.comNo
WinservXWinserv.ilaAdded by the NODMIN WORM!No
WinserviceXwinmain.exeAdult content related malware No
WinServiceXWinServ.exeAdded by the SKOWOR-O WORM!No
WinServicesXWinServices.exeAdded by the YAHA.K or YAHA.M WORMS!No
winservnXwinservn.exePurityScan adwareNo
winservsXwinservs.exePurityScan adwareNo
winsfcXwinsfc.exeAdded by the WISFC VIRUS!No
winshellXwindll32lib.exeAdded by the BAGLE-DM WORM!No
Winshoe?wuadfdqr.exeProbably an unidentified VIRUS! Adds itself to 3 registry "Run" keys and prevents Task Manager being displayed. This is not the Winshoe IRC Client as the visitor did not have it installedNo
winshost.exeXwinshost.exeAdded by the TOOSO WORM and variants!No
Winsk system LoaderXwinsk.exeAdded by the AGOBOT-IZ WORM!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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