Startup Applications List
Unfortunately, due to a change in my circumstances, the startup programs database here at Sysinfo.org 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.
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
|Name or Startup Item||Status||Command or Data||Description||Tested?|
|Mircosoft Update||X||wuampkd.exe||Added by a variant of the SDBOT WORM!||No|
|Mismo||X||win32x.exe||Added by the RBOT-JP WORM!||No|
|Mlcr0s0ftf DDEs C0ntr0i||X||WAed.pif||Added by the RBOT-BJW WORM!||No|
|MMCWINMGMT||N||winmgmt.exe||Used 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 here||No|
|Mobipocket Web Companion||U||webcomp.exe||Related to Mobipocket eBook Reader||No|
|Modifiet Amateur HTPB||X||wuaclt.exe||Added by the IRCBOT.AYS WORM!||No|
|Module WinMeter||X||wimmtre.exe||Added by the SDBOT-BF BACKDOOR!||No|
|Ms Builders||X||Wupated.exe||Added by the AGOBOT-SS WORM!||No|
|MS Java Service Wrapper Windows NT & XP||X||wrapper.exe||Added by the VANEBOT-D WORM!||No|
|ms ownage||X||winPE.exe||Added by the RBOT-AJL WORM!||No|
|MS PLUS INC||X||wpad.exe||Added by the MYTOB-AN WORM!||No|
|MS Service Drivers||X||winscv.exe||Added by the SDBOT-COG WORM!||No|
|Ms sock for Windows NT||X||winser.exe||Added by a variant of the SDBOT WORM!||No|
|MS Unix Binary||X||win32ttb.exe||Added by the SPYBOT.OQ WORM!||No|
|MS Unix Binary||X||Win32Update.exe||Added by the RBOT-BAS WORM!||No|
|MS Unix Binary||X||WinGuard.exe||Added by the RBOT-ACL WORM!||No|
|Ms Update WinServices NT/XP||X||winservnt32.exe||Added by the VANEBOT-G WORM!||No|
|MS Win32 Network Services||X||windriver.exe||Added by the AGOBOT.ADH WORM!||No|
|MS-Connect||X||web.exe||Adult content dialler - see here||No|
|msconfig||X||wins.exe||Added by the RBOT.PF WORM!||No|
|msconfig||X||winlog.exe||Added by the IRCBOT-TJ TROJAN!||No|
|MSControl31||X||winnsyst.exe||Added by the RBOT.CFY WORM!||No|
|msgina||X||wuauclt2.exe||Added by the IYUS-H TROJAN!||No|
|MSIdll||X||winmp.exe||Added by a variant of the RBOT WORM!||No|
|MSMSGS||X||winlogon.exe||Added by the BRONTOK-BS 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 Documents and Settings\<User>\Local Settings\Application Data\WINDOWS||No|
|MSN||X||wdlrss.exe||Added by a variant of the SDBOT TROJAN!||No|
|MSN||X||wkssvr.exe||Added by the PUSHBOT.S WORM!||No|
|MSN||X||wkssvrs.exe||Added by a variant of the IRCBOT BACKDOOR! See here||No|
|MSN||X||wksvr.exe||Added by the IRCBOT-XU WORM!||No|
|MSN||X||wmev.exe||Added by a variant of the SPYBOT WORM! See here||No|
|msn||X||winlogon.exe||Added by the PROSTI.AA BACKDOOR! 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%\Media||No|
|MSN Messanger Live||X||winntmsn.exe||Added by the RBOT-FSO WORM!||No|
|Msn Messeng||X||windns.exe||Added by a variant of the RBOT WORM!||No|
|MSN Service||X||wuampskum.exe||Added by the RBOT-KC WORM!||No|
|MSN Service Updates||X||winproc.exe||Added by the KELVIR-BB WORM!||No|
|Msn Updater||X||windatemanager.exe||Added by the SDBOT.TS WORM!||No|
|MsnExplorer||X||winagent.exe||Added by the BDOOR-EQ BACKDOOR!||No|
|msnnt||X||winampb.exe||Chinese originated adware - detected by Kaspersky as the AGENT.TL TROJAN!||No|
|msnnt||X||winampf.exe||Added by the SMALL.DTS TROJAN!||No|
|msnnt||X||winampa.exe||Added by the SMALL.DTS 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 %Windir%||No|
|MSOleath32||X||winss.exe||Added by the KATHER TROJAN!||No|
|MSPP System Update 64||X||wiaadmgr.exe||Detected by Kaspersky as the RANKY.GEN TROJAN!||No|
|mssonfig||X||winupdate.exe||Added by a variant of the SDBOT WORM!||No|
|MSStartOptimizer||X||WINUPD.EXE||Added by the DASMIN-E TROJAN!||No|
|MsTask||X||wstask32.exe||Added by the MYTOB-FE WORM!||No|
|MSUpdate||X||wupd.exe||Added by the ALADINZ.M TROJAN!||No|
|MsWindows DRT Drivers||X||wsdrt32.exe||Added by the RBOT.ALT WORM!||No|
|MSWinlogon||X||winlogon.exe||Added by the AGENT-FZM TROJAN! Note - this is not the legitimate winlogon.exe process which is always located in %System% and should not normally figure in Msconfig/Startup!||No|
|MSWinupd||X||winupd.exe||Added by the DLOADER-YE or DLOADR-AAA or DLOADER-ZF TROJANS - and others||No|
|MSWinupdate||X||winupdate.exe||Added by the DLOADR-AAW TROJAN!||No|
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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