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.

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?
8028073570X8028073570.exeAdded by the AGENT-OQY TROJAN!No
82545024X82545024.exeAdded by the AGENT-MBV TROJAN!No
8jg53l4ojo74khk.exeX8jg53l4ojo74khk.exeAdded by the AUTOIT.AAK TROJAN!No
91302318X91302318.exeSecurityTool rogue security software - not recommendedNo
9xadirasY9xadiras.exeAllied Telesyn AT series router/modem related - apparently requiredNo
;RundllX[filename]Added by the PWSLEGMIR.E TROJAN!No
?ekio StartupsX?nksvc32.exeAdded by the AGOBOT-OV WORM where ? is a random character No
@OnlineArmor GUIYoaui.exeSystem Tray access to and main user interface for the Online Armor range of security tools from Tall Emu Pty Ltd. The free version incorporates a firewall, limited startup manager, tamper protection and keylogger detection whilst paid versions add features such as a mail/web shield, phishing filter and anti-malwareYes
@tour_wwX@tour_ww[1].exeAdult content diallerNo
a-squaredYa2guard.exeSystem Tray access to and Anti-Malware Guard feature of Emsisoft Anti-Malware from Emsi Software GmbH - which provides "comprehensive PC protection against viruses, trojans, spyware, adware, worms, bots, keyloggers and rootkits". Previously known as "a-squared Antitrojan" and "a-squared Anti-Malware"Yes
a-squaredYa2adguard.exeSystem Tray access to and Background Guard feature of Emsisoft Anti-Dialer from Emsi Software GmbH - which "provides a complete defense against Dialers"Yes
a-squared Anti-DialerYa2adguard.exeSystem Tray access to and Background Guard feature of Emsisoft Anti-Dialer from Emsi Software GmbH - which "provides a complete defense against Dialers"Yes
a2guardYa2guard.exeSystem Tray access to and Anti-Malware Guard feature of Emsisoft Anti-Malware from Emsi Software GmbH - which provides "comprehensive PC protection against viruses, trojans, spyware, adware, worms, bots, keyloggers and rootkits". Previously known as "a-squared Antitrojan" and "a-squared Anti-Malware"Yes
A5118rX_default32142.pifAdded by the BRONTOK-AK WORM and variants!No
aaprotectX[path to trojan]Added by the BANCBAN-MJ TROJAN!No
acaUaca.exeAccess Controller - "a desktop locking security utility you can use to protect your desktop when you are not near your PC. To activate protection, define a password in Options, and select the Lock command. Password protection can be automatically activated on boot or with a click of an icon in the system tray." The same program as 1 Click & Lock and Access Lock (and maybe others) - the same file for the same version is used by all programs but the filename is different in each caseYes
aca.exeUaca.exeAccess Controller - "a desktop locking security utility you can use to protect your desktop when you are not near your PC. To activate protection, define a password in Options, and select the Lock command. Password protection can be automatically activated on boot or with a click of an icon in the system tray." The same program as 1 Click & Lock and Access Lock (and maybe others) - the same file for the same version is used by all programs but the filename is different in each caseYes
acappaaYacappaa.exePart of older versions of the range of internet security products from Quick Heal - including Total Security, Internet Security and AntiVirus. The exact purpose of this entry is unknown at present but it appears to be associated with incomplete upgrade/update downloads. Also included by vendors who use the Quick Heal engine such as Omniquad and iQonYes
ACCDEFRAGINFOX[path to worm]Added by the DARBY-O WORM!No
Access ConnectionsUACTray.exeSystem Tray access to the ThinkVantage Access Connections connectivity-assistant program for IBM/Lenovo ThinkPad or 3000 Family notebook computers - "allowing users to seamlessly switch between wired and wireless environments, managing security settings, printers, home page and other location-specific settings automatically"Yes
Access IBM Message CenterNibmmessages.exe"The Access IBM Message Center displays messages to inform you about helpful software that may be pre-installed on your PC. The Message Center can also provide messages about new updates available from the IBM Support Center to keep your computer current"Yes
Access WebControlX[path to file]Added by the PPDOOR-M TROJAN!No
AcctMgrUAcctMgr.exeNorton Password Manager from Symantec - which stores passwords and other personal information and retrieves the data needed for email logins, shopping orders, banking, and other online activities. Now discontinued, it was available as a standalone product or as part of the Norton SystemWorks suiteYes
ACDaemonNACDaemon.exeUsed to serve notice of product information and updates when running ArcSoft products such as TotalMedia, PhotoStudio 6 and Print Creations. Set the associated ArcSoft Connect Daemon (ACService.exe) service to Manual (via Start → Control Panel → Administrative Tools → Services) and run this entry manually via the Start menu when requiredYes
Acer Launch ToolYAlaunchPart of Acer eRecovery - "a powerful utility that does away with the need for recovery disks provided by the manufacturer, and also acts as a versatile standalone backup and recovery manager". This entry isn't normally running but once eRecovery starts it's used to re-install the software included with the systemYes
AceuX[random filename]PurityScan adwareNo
Acrobat Assistant 7.0UAcrotray.exeInstalled with older versions of the Adobe Acrobat PDF creation/editing utility. Used when PDF files are created from non Adobe applications through the "Watched Folders" feature of Acrobat Distiller (which is the main engine for turning PostScript files into PDF files)Yes
Acrobat Assistant 8.0UAcrotray.exeInstalled with the Adobe Acrobat PDF creation/editing utility. Used when PDF files are created from non Adobe applications through the "Watched Folders" feature of Acrobat Distiller (which is the main engine for turning PostScript files into PDF files)Yes
Acrobat_slNAcrobat_sl.exeSpeeds up the time it takes to load the Adobe Acrobat PDF creation/editing utility. "The Speed Launcher quickly opens and closes all of the files that Acrobat or Adobe Reader will use when the application starts. Opening and closing the files allows your virus protection software to check these programs and add them to its list of safe files". Not required for Acrobat to function properlyYes
ACTrayUACTray.exeSystem Tray access to the ThinkVantage Access Connections connectivity-assistant program for IBM/Lenovo ThinkPad or 3000 Family notebook computers - "allowing users to seamlessly switch between wired and wireless environments, managing security settings, printers, home page and other location-specific settings automatically"Yes
ACWLIconUACWLIcon.exePart of the ThinkVantage Access Connections connectivity-assistant program for IBM/Lenovo ThinkPad or 3000 Family notebook computers - "allowing users to seamlessly switch between wired and wireless environments, managing security settings, printers, home page and other location-specific settings automatically." This is the System Tray icon giving notifications of and access to the Wireless Connection StatusYes
Ad-Aware Personal FirewallYGDFirewallTray.exePart of the firewall included with Lavasoft's Ad-Aware Total Security internet security product (which is based upon TotalSecurity from G Data Software AG). Access to the firewall options is included in the main "G Data AntiVirus Tray Application" (AVKTray.exe) entry and although the name would suggest this adds a further tray icon it doesn't. Although the exact purpose is therefore unknown it's recommended you leave it runningYes
Ad-Aware Total SecurityYAVKTray.exeSystem Tray access to and notifications for Lavasoft's Ad-Aware Total Security internet security product (which is based upon TotalSecurity from G Data Software AG). If this entry is disabled, the core product functions will work properly but you will lose quick access to the main window and miss notifications of potential problems and updatesYes
AddClassX[Installation_Path]Added by the STARTPAGE.F hijackerNo
AddClassX[path to trojan]Added by the SECDL-A TROJAN!No
AddrPlus3X[path] stup.exe [path] Adplus.dll Rundll32TCent adwareNo
adi CleanUpYCleanUp.exeUtility that only runs once after installing the drivers for Analog Devices SoundMax integrated soundcards to clean-up the files no longer required once the installation is complete. Other programs/drivers may use the same filename for the same purpose. In this case, the file is located in %System% and is listed under the HKLM\RunOnce registry keyYes
adi DSndUpYDSndUp.exeUtility that only runs once after installing the drivers for Analog Devices SoundMax integrated soundcards. It's exact purpose is unknown at the present time but from the filename it's probably used to configure the default or generic speaker arrangement for the system it's used onYes
Adobe AcrobatNREADER~1.EXESpeeds up the time it takes to load older versions of the free Adobe Reader PDF file viewer. "The Speed Launcher quickly opens and closes all of the files that Acrobat or Adobe Reader will use when the application starts. Opening and closing the files allows your virus protection software to check these programs and add them to its list of safe files". Not required for Adobe Reader to function properlyYes
Adobe AcrobatNAcrobat_sl.exeSpeeds up the time it takes to load the Adobe Acrobat PDF creation/editing utility. "The Speed Launcher quickly opens and closes all of the files that Acrobat or Adobe Reader will use when the application starts. Opening and closing the files allows your virus protection software to check these programs and add them to its list of safe files". Not required for Acrobat to function properlyYes
Adobe Acrobat Reader CFGX[random filename]Added by a variant of the RBOT WORM!No
Adobe Acrobat Speed LauncherNAcrobat_sl.exeSpeeds up the time it takes to load the Adobe Acrobat PDF creation/editing utility. "The Speed Launcher quickly opens and closes all of the files that Acrobat or Adobe Reader will use when the application starts. Opening and closing the files allows your virus protection software to check these programs and add them to its list of safe files". Not required for Acrobat to function properlyYes
Adobe Acrobat Speed LauncherNSC_Acrobat.exeSpeeds up the time it takes to load older versions of the Adobe Acrobat PDF creation/editing utility. Loads "acrobat_sl.exe" which quickly opens and closes all of the files that Acrobat will use when the application starts - allowing virus protection software to check these programs and add them to the list of safe files. Not required for Acrobat to function properlyYes
Adobe ARMNAdobeARM.exeAdobe Reader and Acrobat Manager (ARM) - update/download manager added with Adobe Acrobat/Reader from version 9.x. Taken from the Adobe user forums - "AdobeARM.exe is a part of new Adobe Acrobat\Reader updater. If you manage updates yourself, it is absolutely safe to remove it from Run registry" - see hereYes
Adobe CS4 Service ManagerNCS4ServiceManager.exePart of both stand-alone Adobe CS4 products (such as Photoshop and Dreamweaver) and suites, CS4 Service Manager supports online services such as Adobe Drive. Whilst testing, it would appear that this entry can be safely disabled as it will be loaded when required but if you experience problems try re-enabling itYes
Adobe CS5 Service ManagerNCS5ServiceManager.exePart of both stand-alone Adobe CS5 products (such as Photoshop and Dreamweaver) and suites, CS5 Service Manager supports online services. Whilst testing, it would appear that this entry can be safely disabled as it will be loaded when required but if you experience problems try re-enabling itYes
Adobe GammaUAdobe Gamma Loader.exeIncluded with older versions of Adobe Photoshop products. Loads the user created ICC profile which adjusts monitor colours across all programs, including Photoshop. Required by some graphics professionals who want their monitor calibrated. Most home users will not need itYes
Adobe GammaUADOBEG~1.EXEIncluded with older versions of Adobe Photoshop products. Loads the user created ICC profile which adjusts monitor colours across all programs, including Photoshop. Required by some graphics professionals who want their monitor calibrated. Most home users will not need itYes
Adobe Gamma LoaderUAdobe Gamma Loader.exeIncluded with older versions of Adobe Photoshop products. Loads the user created ICC profile which adjusts monitor colours across all programs, including Photoshop. Required by some graphics professionals who want their monitor calibrated. Most home users will not need itYes
Adobe Gamma LoaderUADOBEG~1.EXEIncluded with older versions of Adobe Photoshop products. Loads the user created ICC profile which adjusts monitor colours across all programs, including Photoshop. Required by some graphics professionals who want their monitor calibrated. Most home users will not need itYes
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Notes & Warnings

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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.

RECOMMENDATIONS:

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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Portions Copyright Peter Forrest, Denny Denham, Sylvain Prevost, Tony Klein, CastleCops & Bleeping Computer
Database creation and support by Patrick Kolla
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