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?
Microsoft Windows UpdaterXwin32upd.exeAdded by the RBOT-EC WORM!No
Microsoft Windows UpdaterXwindates.exeAdded by the SDBOT.TE WORM!No
Microsoft Windows UpdaterXwinfix.exeAdded by the RBOT-CM WORM!No
Microsoft Windows UpdatesXwsap32.exeAdded by a variant of the SDBOT WORM!No
Microsoft Windows WinSaSS ManagementXwinsass.exeAdded by the RBOT-APW WORM!No
Microsoft Windows XP/2K ExplorerXwinexplorer.exeAdded by a variant of the IRCBOT BACKDOOR! See hereNo
Microsoft Winedows startupXWinKey.exeAdded by a variant of the SDBOT WORM! See hereNo
Microsoft WINGS32 ProtocolXWinSGR32.exeAdded by the RBOT-APU WORM!No
Microsoft WinRaRXwinrar.exeAdded by the RBOT-AEC WORM!No
Microsoft Winsock WrapperXws2_32s.exeAdded by a variant of the SPYBOT WORM!No
Microsoft Winsock32 SystemXwinsock32.exeAdded by the SPYBOT.AKKC WORM!No
Microsoft winsupdaterXWINSUPDATER.EXEAdded by the SPYBOTER.FB BACKDOOR!No
Microsoft WinUpdateXWinamp61.exeAdded by a variant of the RBOT WORM!No
Microsoft WinUpdateXWinupd32.exeAdded by the RBOT.MQ WORM!No
Microsoft WinUpdateXWinNTinit32.exeAdded by the RBOT.VS WORM!No
Microsoft Works Calendar RemindersNwkcalrem.exeIf you schedule an event at any time in Microsoft Works Calendar and set a reminder then a shortcut will be added to Start → All Programs → Startup so this reminder service loads every time Windows startsNo
Microsoft Works PortfolioNWksSb.exeThe Works Portfolio tool lets you collect and organize text and pictures from the Web or your favorite program. The Works Portfolio provides a location where you can store items you want to later put into a document or other file. Can be prevented from starting from a setting within PortfolioNo
Microsoft Works Update DetectionNwkdetect.exeChecks for updates to MS WorksNo
Microsoft Works Update DetectionNWkUFind.exeMS Works Update Detection. MS Picture It! (versions 7 to current) use this automatic update feature during the log on process. It can also cause your system to automatically dial into your ISP as it tries to access the internet, if you have your system set to automatically dial when the internet is invoked. To manually update, go to Microsoft's Office/Works update site. You can also turn of the automatic update feature within Picture It!No
Microsoft World ServiceXwinworld.exeAdded by a variant of the IRCBOT BACKDOOR!No
Microsoft X UpdateXwuamkoppnp.exeAdded by the RBOT-ANI WORM!No
Microsoft Xp Systems loaderXwinsystem32xp.exeAdded by the KELVIR.W WORM!No
Microsoft Xp Systems loadersXwin32xpsys.exeAdded by the SPYBOT.NYT WORM!No
Microsoft® Update ServiceXwinrsvn.exeAdded by the PHORPIEX.A WORM!No
Microsoft® Windows Mobile® Device CenterUwmdc.exeWindows Mobile Device Center - mobile device management/synchronization software for Windows7/Vista, supporting mobile devices based upon Windows Mobile 2003 or laterYes
Microsoft-UpdateXwngard.exeAdded by the RBOT-JV WORM!No
Microsoft32Xwin32sys.exeAdded by an unidentified WORM or TROJAN!No
MicrosoftCorpXwupdate.exeAdded by the AGENT-LAY TROJAN!No
MicrosoftCorpXWindipz.exeAdded by the AUTORUN-AYF WORM!No
Microsoftf DDEs ControlXwees.exeAdded by a variant of the RBOT WORM!No
Microsoftf DDEs ControlXwhy-.exeAdded by the RBOT-AMV WORM!No
Microsoftf DDEs ControlXw33s.exeAdded by a variant of the RBOT WORM!No
Microsoftf DDEs ControlXwaes.exeAdded by a variant of the RBOT WORM!No
MicrosoftNAPCXwupdate.exeAdded by the AGENT-LAY TROJAN!No
MicrosoftOfficeToolsXWinece.exeAdded by the DOCSCAR-A TROJAN!No
Microsofts mediaXwinmplayd.exeAdded by an unidentified WORM or TROJAN!No
Microsofts mediaXwingtp.exeAdded by the RBOT-VO WORM!No
Microsofts MediaScopeXwinmep.exeAdded by the RBOT-WB WORM!No
Microsofts MediaScopeXwinmedplay.exeAdded by a variant of the RBOT WORM!No
MicrosoftServiceManagerXWintsk32.exeAdded by the YAHA.U WORM!No
MicrosoftUpdateXWinUp32.exeAdded by an unidentified VIRUS, WORM or TROJAN!No
MicrosoftUpdateXwindll.exeAdded by the RBOT-IH WORM!No
MicrosoftWindowsXwindows32.exeAdded by the PWS-BOQ TROJAN!No
Microsotufed Update 32Xwindinit.exeAdded by the RBOT-CTJ WORM!No
Microst dds serviceXwsrss.exeAdded by an unidentified WORM or TROJAN!No
Micrsoft DriverXwindrive.exeAdded by the SDBOT.AF TROJAN!No
Micrsoft DriverXwindrive32.exeAdded by the SLINBOT.TT BACKDOOR!No
Micsorosft Security CenterXwcnsfty.exeAdded by the RBOT-AHU WORM!No
Miosf UpdateXwimsqaad.exeAdded by the SDBOT.AG TROJAN!No
mIRC ExchangerXwavasdw.exeAdded by the SDBOT-UO 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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