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
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Name or Startup ItemStatusCommand or DataDescriptionTested?
Microsoft Security PanagersX[random filename]Added by the RBOT-AIG WORM!No
Microsoft Service Host ManagerX32svchost.exeAdded by a variant of the IRCBOT TROJAN!No
microsoft softwareX****.exe [* = random char]Added by an unidentified WORM or TROJAN!No
Microsoft standard protectorX[path to trojan]Added by the STOX-C TROJAN!No
Microsoft Sticky NotesNstikynot.exeMicrosoft Sticky Notes - virtual sticky notes tool from Windows Vista. This implementation of the popular yellow "Post-It" tool is part of the Tablet PC features and allows you to enter either handwriting (via a pen or mouse) or record a voice note. AVailable via Start → All ProgramsYes
Microsoft Synchronization ManagerX___synmgr.exeAdded by the MASLAN.A or MASLAN.C WORMS!No
Microsoft Synchronization ManagerUmobsync.exeMicrosoft Synchronization Manager for 2K/XP - used to update network copies of materials that were edited offline, such as documents, calendars, and e-mail messages. Available via Start → All Programs → Synchronize, this entry appears if you select Setup → "When I log on to my computer"Yes
Microsoft System BackupX[random filename]Added by the RBOT-AGM WORM!No
Microsoft System Configuration UtilityNmsconfig.exeEntry that appears when you uncheck an item in the MSConfig Startup group and will disappear if on the next reboot you select the option to not be reminded that you are running in Selective Startup mode. Located in %System% (98/Me/Vista) or %Windir%\PCHealth\HelpCtr\Binaries (XP)Yes
Microsoft System SaverX[path to worm]Added by the RBOT.BSK WORM! No
Microsoft TrayX[random filename]Added by the DELF.BZ TROJAN!No
Microsoft Update 32X[path to file]Added by the RBOT-AJJ WORM!No
Microsoft Update LoaderX[random filename]Added by a variant of the RBOT WORM!No
Microsoft Update MachineX[worm filename]Added by the RBOT-GWD WORM!No
Microsoft Updater v2X[path to worm]Added by the AUTORUN-BCI WORM!No
Microsoft UpdatesX[worm filename]Added by the AGOBOT-AIZ WORM!No
Microsoft UpdoteX[random filename]Added by the RBOT-ARC WORM!No
Microsoft UpToDate Driver (32-bits)X[random filename].exeAdded by the SPYBOT.LXJ WORM!No
Microsoft WindowsX[path to file]Added by the BDOOR-LI BACKDOOR!No
Microsoft Windows Adapter 5.1.3214X[worm filename].exeAdded by the STRAT.GEN-3 WORM!No
Microsoft Windows Desktop Search System TrayNWindowsSearch.exeSystem Tray access to Windows Desktop Search for XP from Microsoft - which adds additional search options including a search box on the Taskbar. This version (3.0.1) also includes the Windows Search (WSearch) service which indexes files and e-mails items so you can quickly find words and phrases. Disabling this entry does not affect the normal operation and this is the Windows Defender entryYes
Microsoft Windows Desktop Search Tool Tray AdminNWindowsSearch.exeSystem Tray access to Windows Desktop Search for XP from Microsoft - which adds additional search options including a search box on the Taskbar. For this version (2.6.*), this entry also runs the indexing function at startup which indexes files and e-mails items so you can quickly find words and phrases. Disabling this entry does not affect the normal operation and indexing will occur when you next perform a search. This is the Windows Defender entryYes
Microsoft Windows DHCPX___r.exeAdded by the MASLAN.A or MASLAN.C WORMS!No
Microsoft Windows LoaderX[filename.exe]Added by the RBOT-LU BACKDOOR!No
Microsoft Windows Media Player Network Sharing Service Configuration ApplicationUWMPNSCFG.exeNetwork sharing tool for Windows Media Player 11 for XP & Vista. When using WMP 11 on home network you can choose to share your favorite music, videos, and pictures to others on the network. This entry is used to notify users when new media rendering devices are found on the network (including media players and other PCs running Windows Media Player 11) - see here for a more detailed explanationYes
Microsoft Windows Search System TrayNWindowsSearch.exeSystem Tray access to Windows Search 4.0 for XP from Microsoft - which adds additional search options including a search box on the Taskbar. This version also includes the Windows Search (WSearch) service which indexes files and e-mails items so you can quickly find words and phrases. Disabling this entry does not affect the normal operationYes
Microsoft Windows SidebarUSidebar.exeWindows Sidebar is a pane on the side of the Microsoft Windows Vista desktop where you can keep your gadgets organized and always available. In Windows 7 this feature is known as Desktop Gadgets and each gadget can be placed anywhere on the desktop. If the file isn't located in %ProgramFiles%\Windows Sidebar or you're using other versions of Windows it could be part of the Searchcentrix hijackerYes
Microsoft Windows UpdataX[5 random letters].exeAdded by a variant of the RBOT WORM!No
Microsoft Windows Update x86X[various filenames]Added by a variant of the RBOT WORM! Filenames seen include (but are not limited to firefox.exe, opera.exe, taskmrg.exe, aim.exe, Winxdiag.exe and usnesvc.exeNo
Microsoft Windows Update XP64X********.exe [* = random char]Added by a variant of the RBOT WORM!No
Microsoft WinSoundX[random filename]Added by a variant of the RBOT WORM!No
Microsoft WPCEmailX[path to trojan]Added by the SNIFFER-N TROJAN!No
Microsoft WWWX[path to trojan]Added by the AGENT-DRI TROJAN!No
Microsoft® Windows® Operating SystemUSidebar.exeWindows Sidebar is a pane on the side of the Microsoft Windows Vista desktop where you can keep your gadgets organized and always available. In Windows 7 this feature is known as Desktop Gadgets and each gadget can be placed anywhere on the desktop. If the file isn't located in %ProgramFiles%\Windows Sidebar or you're using other versions of Windows it could be part of the Searchcentrix hijackerYes
Microsoft® Windows® Operating SystemUehTray.exeMedia Center Tray Applet - part of Windows Media Center on XP MCE, Vista and Windows 7 (where it doesn't run as a startup). Allows Windows Media Center to be started by pressing the green button on a remote control and also displays System Tray notifications, such as recording status (successful or non-successful), EPG download notification, etcYes
Microsoft® Windows® Operating SystemNRunDLL32.exe ehuihlp.dll,BootMediaCenterStarts Windows Media Center every time Vista (Home Premium or Ultimate) or Windows 7 (Home Premium, Professional or Ultimate) boots. Disable by unchecking the "Start Windows Media Center when Windows Starts" option via Windows Media Center → Tasks → Settings → General → Startup and Window BehaviourYes
Microsoft® Windows® Operating SystemNrundll32.exe oobefldr.dll,ShowWelcomeCenterShows the Welcome Center every time you boot into Windows Vista - which "pulls all the tasks you'll most likely want to complete when you set up your computer into a single location"Yes
Microsoft® Windows® Operating SystemNp2phost.exeSigns a user into the People Near Me feature at login in Windows 7 and Vista. People Near Me enables you to use certain peer-to-peer (P2P) programs on a network - that "identifies people nearby who are using computers and allows those people to send you invitations for programs such as Windows Meeting Space. They can only invite you to participate in programs that are installed on your computer." Available via Start → Control PanelYes
Microsoft® Windows® Operating SystemNstikynot.exeMicrosoft Sticky Notes - virtual sticky notes tool from Windows Vista. This implementation of the popular yellow "Post-It" tool is part of the Tablet PC features and allows you to enter either handwriting (via a pen or mouse) or record a voice note. AVailable via Start → All ProgramsYes
Microsoft® Windows® Operating SystemUWMPNSCFG.exeNetwork sharing tool for Windows Media Player 11 for XP & Vista. When using WMP 11 on home network you can choose to share your favorite music, videos, and pictures to others on the network. This entry is used to notify users when new media rendering devices are found on the network (including media players and other PCs running Windows Media Player 11) - see here for a more detailed explanationYes
Microsoft® Windows® Operating SystemNbrowserchoice.exeIn the European Union, Microsoft had to provide the "Browser Choice update to comply with a legal settlement with the European Commission. Microsoft is required to inform customers who currently use Internet Explorer as their default browser that there are other web browser choices available. You can use the Browser Choice update to select and install the web browser you want to use on your computer" - see here for more informationYes
Microsoft® Works 7.0Nwkcalrem.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 startsYes
Microsoft® Works 8Nwkcalrem.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 startsYes
Microsoft-softwareX****.exe [* = random char]Added by a variant of the RBOT WORM!No
Microsoft.exeX[random].exeAdded by a variant of the IRCBOT TROJAN!No
Microsofts Security ManagerX****.exe [**** = random char]Added by the RBOT-WH TROJAN!No
MicrosoftUpdatesX[path to trojan]Added by the DELF-LO TROJAN!No
MicrosoftWindowsX[various filenames]MagicSearch - a CoolWebSearch parasite variantNo
Microsot NT SupportX[random filename].exeAdded by the RBOT-CTI WORM!No
Mini-XPUMini-XP.exeMinimizer-XP from Totalidea Software - adds an additional button in the top right-corner of any application window to allow you to quickly minimize it to the System Tray. No longer available from the author but still available from download sites such as Download.comYes
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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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Copyright

Presentation, format & comments Copyright 2001 - 2011 Pacman's Portal
Portions Copyright Peter Forrest, Denny Denham, Sylvain Prevost, Tony Klein, CastleCops & Bleeping Computer
Database creation and support by Patrick Kolla
Software support by John Mayer
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