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?
LTM2Xwinupdate.exeAdded by the LITMUS.203 BACKDOOR!No
LTM2Xwinscan.exeAdded by the LITMUS-B TROJAN!No
LTM2Xwinvers16.exeAdded by the SMALL.ND TROJAN!No
Machine Update SoftXwusas.exeAdded by an unidentified WORM or TROJAN!No
machine-debuggerXWMIPRVSW.exeAdded by the AGOBOT.WW WORM!No
MCXwintrims.exeAdded by the WINTRIM TROJAN!No
mcafeeXWin32.dll.vbsAdded by the CATCHER-B WORM!No
McAfeeWebscanXYWebScanX.exeFrom McAfee VirusScan up to version 4.x. Provides functionality for VShield Download Scan and Internet Filter modules. Enables internet scanning. Guards against malicious ActiveX programs, etcNo
MCX UpdateXwisp.exeAdded by the RBOT-AQH WORM!No
MD IE PluginXwiny.exeAdwareNo
Media PlayerXwmplayer.exeAdded by a variant of the AGOBOT.BM WORM! Note - this is not the valid Windows Media Player as the file is located in %System% rather than %ProgramFiles%\Windows Media PlayerNo
Meeting ConnectionXwowdache.exeAdded by the PPDOOR-D TROJAN!No
MessengerXWmsngr.exeAdded by a variant of the RBOT WORM!No
MessengerXWINAMPA.EXEAdded by the RANCK-CG TROJAN! Note - this is NOT associated with the popular Winamp media player. The valid file for the Winamp Agent resides in a "Winamp" subdirectory of %ProgramFiles% whereas this file is located in %System%No
Mgsgi serviceXwkzfn.exeAdded by the AGOBOT-AHL WORM!No
Microfot UpdateXwinldx32.exeAdded by a variant of the RBOT WORM!No
Microft Update 32Xwinssx.exeAdded by the RBOT-AQS WORM!No
Micromedia Flash UpdateXwdfmrg.exeAdded by a variant of the SDBOT WORM!No
MicroMix32XWinCon.exeAdded by the VB-ECC TROJAN!No
Microsof Winlog HostXwilogon32.exeAdded by the RBOT.XC WORM! No
MicrosoftXwin32.exeAdded by the DARKMOON TROJAN!No
MicrosoftXwuauclt.exeAdded by the QQROB-AAQ TROJAN! Note - this is not the legitimate wuauclt.exe process which is always located in %System% and should not normally figure in Msconfig/Startup! This one is located in %Windir%No
MicrosoftXwcsntfy.exeAdded by the AGOBOT-AHT WORM!No
MicrosoftXwindl32.exeAdded by the SDBOT-DCZ WORM!No
MicrosoftXWinSecUp.exeAdded by the RBOT-GPL WORM!No
MicrosoftXwsim32.exeAdded by the RBOT-GTL WORM!No
MicrosoftXwplayer.exeAdded by the IRCBOT-ABP TROJAN!No
MicrosoftXwinampaa.exeAdded by a variant of the IRCBOT BACKDOOR! See hereNo
MicrosoftXwinline.exeAdded by the AGENT.KT TROJAN!No
MicrosoftXwinsys32.exeAdded by the RBOT-GSQ WORM!No
MicrosoftXwinnn.exeAdded by the RANDEX.GGP WORM!No
Microsoft (R) Windows Update ServiceXwuauclt.exeAdded by a variant of the SDBOT WORM! Note - this is not the legitimate wuauclt.exe process which is always located in %System% and should not normally figure in Msconfig/Startup! This one is located in an "update" sub-directoryNo
Microsoft 16Bit UpdateXwuapdate16.exeAdded by the RBOT.CZ WORM!No
Microsoft 64 Bit Runtime UpdaterXwupdt64.exeAdded by a variant of the RBOT WORM!No
Microsoft auto updateXwinupdate.exeAdded by the BMBOT TROJAN!No
Microsoft Auto UpdateXWINHLP16.EXEAdded by the RBOT.GY WORM!No
Microsoft auto updateXwuauclt.exeAdded by the CULT-B TROJAN! Note - this overwrites the legitimate wuauclt.exe process in %System% - which should not appear in Msconfig/Startup!No
Microsoft Command CXwinhost32.exeAdded by the SDBOT-BBA WORM!No
Microsoft Command LineXwincmd.exeAdded by a variant of the RBOT WORM!No
Microsoft ConfgKeysXwurmgrd32.exeAdded by the RBOT-ARX WORM!No
Microsoft Config SetupXwjdrive32.exeAdded by the AGENT-QYP TROJAN!No
Microsoft Corp SSL CertificatesXwindowz.exeAdded by the RBOT-GCZ WORM!No
Microsoft Corp UpdatesXwupdates.exeAdded by the RBOT-AUU WORM!No
Microsoft CP Web ManagerXwebcp.exeAdded by the IRCBOT.HP BACKDOOR!No
Microsoft Crs Fix ServXwincrs.exeAdded by the SDBOT.BWF WORM!No
Microsoft DDE ControlXwupades.exeAdded by a variant of the SDBOT WORM!No
Microsoft DirectXXwuamgrd.exeAdded by the SDBOT.MY WORM!No
Microsoft DirectXXwupdate.exeAdded by the RBOT-L 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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Database creation and support by Patrick Kolla
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