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?
pctsTrayYpctsTray.exeSystem Tray access to both PC Tools Internet Security suite and Spyware Doctor antispyware from PC ToolsYes
pctsTray.exeYpctsTray.exeSystem Tray access to both PC Tools Internet Security suite and Spyware Doctor antispyware from PC ToolsYes
pdibmNpdibm.exePart of the IBM customized version of SafeGuard PrivateDisk from Utimaco - which provides secure area of hard disk where files and folders are encrypted. This entry loads the associated IBM wizard to create the initial secure area once the program has been installed and will no longer be loaded (but remains as a startup entry) once it is completedYes
PDIBM ApplicationNpdibm.exePart of the IBM customized version of SafeGuard PrivateDisk from Utimaco - which provides secure area of hard disk where files and folders are encrypted. This entry loads the associated IBM wizard to create the initial secure area once the program has been installed and will no longer be loaded (but remains as a startup entry) once it is completedYes
PDIBM.exeNpdibm.exePart of the IBM customized version of SafeGuard PrivateDisk from Utimaco - which provides secure area of hard disk where files and folders are encrypted. This entry loads the associated IBM wizard to create the initial secure area once the program has been installed and will no longer be loaded (but remains as a startup entry) once it is completedYes
PDNotesNPDNotes.exePost-it® Digital Notes from 3M - "simple to use software that lets you make and organize lists, plan projects step by step, sort your notes by category, personalize messages with photos, even set alarms to remind you of appointments or key dates". Not required unless you use the alarm featureYes
pdserviceNpdservice.exePart of SafeGuard PrivateDisk from Utimaco - which "securely and transparently protects sensitive files on notebooks and desktop computers, regardless of their location (local hard disk, removable media, network file servers), all the time without forcing the user to think about security." As well as providing System Tray access to the main program GUI, this entry also mounts the secured virtual drive(s) when the system boots if you have configured them this way and set the "Automatic Login at Startup" option. This entry isn't required if you mount them manuallyYes
PDService.exeNpdservice.exePart of SafeGuard PrivateDisk from Utimaco - which "securely and transparently protects sensitive files on notebooks and desktop computers, regardless of their location (local hard disk, removable media, network file servers), all the time without forcing the user to think about security." As well as providing System Tray access to the main program GUI, this entry also mounts the secured virtual drive(s) when the system boots if you have configured them this way and set the "Automatic Login at Startup" option. This entry isn't required if you mount them manuallyYes
PDTrayUPDTRAY.EXESystem Tray access to Presentation Director for IBM/Lenovo Thinkpad notebooks - which allows you to create and quickly select between various single and mulitple display options. Scheme selection and settings are also available via Fn+F7 key combination on some modelsYes
PDTRAY.EXEUPDTRAY.EXESystem Tray access to Presentation Director for IBM/Lenovo Thinkpad notebooks - which allows you to create and quickly select between various single and mulitple display options. Scheme selection and settings are also available via Fn+F7 key combination on some modelsYes
PDVD10ServUPDVD10Serv.exeRemote Control background application for version 10 of Cyberlink's PowerDVD. Enables you to use a remote control with your Blu-ray or DVD drive if your drive came with one. Not required if you don't have a remote control, or don't wish to use oneYes
PDVD8LanguageShortcutNLanguage.exePart of version 8 of CyberLink's PowerDVD Blu-ray and DVD player. Detects the Windows language version at startup and changes some of the language settings in PowerDVD accordingly. Although it unloads after running, unless the PC has multi-national users then leave it disabled. Also rebranded as ASUSDVD 8 for ASUSTek based systemsYes
PDVD8ServUPDVD8Serv.exeRemote Control background application for version 8 of Cyberlink's PowerDVD. Enables you to use a remote control with your Blu-ray or DVD drive if your drive came with one. Not required if you don't have a remote control, or don't wish to use one. Also rebranded as ASUSDVD 8 for ASUSTek based systemsYes
PDVD9LanguageShortcutNLanguage.exePart of version 9 of CyberLink's PowerDVD Blu-ray and DVD player. Detects the Windows language version at startup and changes some of the language settings in PowerDVD accordingly. Although it unloads after running, unless the PC has multi-national users then leave it disabledYes
PDVD9ServUPDVD9Serv.exeRemote Control background application for version 9 of Cyberlink's PowerDVD. Enables you to use a remote control with your Blu-ray or DVD drive if your drive came with one. Not required if you don't have a remote control, or don't wish to use oneYes
PDVDLaunchPolicyNPDVDLaunchPolicy.exeRuns CyberLink's PowerDVD Blu-ray and DVD player at startup. If enabled, PowerDVD will automatically play a disc when inserted. Launch manuallyYes
PDVDLaunchPolicy ApplicationNPDVDLaunchPolicy.exeRuns CyberLink's PowerDVD Blu-ray and DVD player at startup. If enabled, PowerDVD will automatically play a disc when inserted. Launch manuallyYes
PDVDServUPDVDServ.exeRemote Control background application for Cyberlink's PowerDVD from version 5 thru 7. Enables you to use a remote control with your Blu-ray or DVD drive if your drive came with one. Not required if you don't have a remote control, or don't wish to use oneYes
PeerBlockUpeerblock.exe"PeerBlock lets you control who your computer 'talks to' on the Internet. By selecting appropriate lists of 'known bad' computers, you can block communication with advertising or spyware oriented servers, computers monitoring your p2p activities, computers which have been 'hacked', even entire countries!"Yes
PerfectSpeedUPerfectSpeed.exeSystem Tray access to the PerfectSpeed optimization utility from Raxco Software, Inc - which includes defrag, registry cleaning and privacy protection. Note - if you disable by right-clicking on the tray icon, it will run at start-up and then exitYes
PerfectSpeed ModuleUPerfectSpeed.exeSystem Tray access to the PerfectSpeed optimization utility from Raxco Software, Inc - which includes defrag, registry cleaning and privacy protection. Note - if you disable by right-clicking on the tray icon, it will run at start-up and then exit. This entry is taken from Vista/7 MSConfig and Windows Defender for an earlier releaseYes
PerfectSpeed.exeUPerfectSpeed.exeSystem Tray access to the PerfectSpeed optimization utility from Raxco Software, Inc - which includes defrag, registry cleaning and privacy protection. Note - if you disable by right-clicking on the tray icon, it will run at start-up and then exitYes
PersistenceUigfxpers.exeInstalled with the graphics drivers for Intel desktop and mobile motherboard chipsets with integrated graphics. It's purpose or function isn't known at present but testing with it disabled would appear to indicate it isn't required - hence the recommended "U" statusYes
Persistence ! SystemX[path to trojan]Added by the BANBRA.GQU TROJAN! The most common filename seen is "spoolsvr32.exe" but examples have been seen where the filename is "dchcp.exe"No
PestPatrol Control CenterYPPControl.exePestPatrol Control Terminal - core program with System Tray access that launches PestPatrol features such as PPMemCheck and CookiePatrol. Part of the original anti-malware program by PestPatrol, Inc. Acquired by CA where it became eTrust PestPatrol Anti-Spyware and then CA Anti-Spyware - which is now included in CA AntiVirus PlusYes
PestPatrolCLUPestPatrolCL.exeRuns the command line scanner for PestPatrol at boot time - part of the original anti-malware program by PestPatrol, Inc. Acquired by CA where it became eTrust PestPatrol Anti-Spyware and then CA Anti-Spyware - which is now included in CA AntiVirus PlusYes
PFM3.0UPFM30.exeManagement software for the Philips 8FF3WMI/27 digital PhotoFrame. Used to configure the device, transfer photos from a PC by drag and drop and on this wireless model, you can also use it to download RSS feeds to and display Internet photos on the device. Only required if you use the wireless features - otherwise it can be started when you manually connect the device. May also be included with other models but currently only available for this oneYes
PFM30UPFM30.exeManagement software for the Philips 8FF3WMI/27 digital PhotoFrame. Used to configure the device, transfer photos from a PC by drag and drop and on this wireless model, you can also use it to download RSS feeds to and display Internet photos on the device. Only required if you use the wireless features - otherwise it can be started when you manually connect the device. May also be included with other models but currently only available for this oneYes
pgUpg.exePrivacy Guardian from PC Tools - which "is a safe and easy-to-use privacy protection tool that securely deletes online Internet tracks and program activity records that are stored in your browser and other hidden files on your computer". Also included in PC Tools Desktop Maestro (which incorporates Privacy Guardian)Yes
PghistYPgHist.exePart of Privacy Guardian from PC Tools - which "is a safe and easy-to-use privacy protection tool that securely deletes online Internet tracks and program activity records that are stored in your browser and other hidden files on your computer". This startup entry runs only on the next reboot if the "Cache, History and Address Bar" option is selected under "Browsers" when the users selects "Clean Your Computer" and is only created when Privacy Guardian is installed on XP. Also included in PC Tools Desktop Maestro (which incorporates Privacy Guardian)Yes
PgHist.exeYPgHist.exePart of Privacy Guardian from PC Tools - which "is a safe and easy-to-use privacy protection tool that securely deletes online Internet tracks and program activity records that are stored in your browser and other hidden files on your computer". This startup entry runs only on the next reboot if the "Cache, History and Address Bar" option is selected under "Browsers" when the users selects "Clean Your Computer" and is only created when Privacy Guardian is installed on XP. Also included in PC Tools Desktop Maestro (which incorporates Privacy Guardian)Yes
PGStub.exeX[path to adware]Delfin PromulGate adware. The most common filename is "pcsvc.exe"No
Philips PhotoFrame ManagerUPFM30.exeManagement software for the Philips 8FF3WMI/27 digital PhotoFrame. Used to configure the device, transfer photos from a PC by drag and drop and on this wireless model, you can also use it to download RSS feeds to and display Internet photos on the device. Only required if you use the wireless features - otherwise it can be started when you manually connect the device. May also be included with other models but currently only available for this oneYes
PHIME2002AUTINTSETP.EXEMicrosoft's Input Method Editor for Asian languages which is used to both display and enable the input of characters in e-mails, documents and other files - should you need to. Found on PCs where Asian languages (e.g. Chinese, Hindi, Japanese, etc) have been installed through the Regional and Language options icon in the Control PanelYes
PHIME2002ASyncUTINTSETP.EXEMicrosoft's Input Method Editor for Asian languages which is used to both display and enable the input of characters in e-mails, documents and other files - should you need to. Found on PCs where Asian languages (e.g. Chinese, Hindi, Japanese, etc) have been installed through the Regional and Language options icon in the Control PanelYes
PHIME2OO2ASystX[path to trojan]Added by the DBDOOR-B TROJAN!No
Phone Connection MonitorUaudevicemgr.exeConnection monitor part of the Sony Ericsson PC Suite mobile phone management utility for some models, including the P800 and P910iYes
PhotoManagerUPhotoManager.exeManagement software for Philips digital PhotoFrame range. Used to edit photos and transfer them directly from a PC via a USB cable. Start manually when you connect the deviceYes
PictureMoverNPICTUR~1.EXESnapfish PictureMover free application to get photos directly from your camera to Snapfish (and your computer), without the pain of uploading. "Snapfish by HP is the number one online photo service, with more than 70 million members in over 20 countries and 2 billion unique photos stored online". Run manually before connecting your cameraYes
PictureMoverNPictureMover.exeSnapfish PictureMover free application to get photos directly from your camera to Snapfish (and your computer), without the pain of uploading. "Snapfish by HP is the number one online photo service, with more than 70 million members in over 20 countries and 2 billion unique photos stored online". Run manually before connecting your cameraYes
PictureMover ApplicationNPICTUR~1.EXESnapfish PictureMover free application to get photos directly from your camera to Snapfish (and your computer), without the pain of uploading. "Snapfish by HP is the number one online photo service, with more than 70 million members in over 20 countries and 2 billion unique photos stored online". Run manually before connecting your cameraYes
PictureMover ApplicationNPictureMover.exeSnapfish PictureMover free application to get photos directly from your camera to Snapfish (and your computer), without the pain of uploading. "Snapfish by HP is the number one online photo service, with more than 70 million members in over 20 countries and 2 billion unique photos stored online". Run manually before connecting your cameraYes
PitFrame ModuleNReminder.exeRegistration reminder for Optimize 2.0 - a system optimization utility from PC Pitstop LLC. Now superseded by Optimize 3.0. This is the Vista/7 MSConfig and Windows Defender entryYes
PitFrame ModuleNReminder-Diskmd3.exeRegistration reminder for Disk MD 3.0 - a disk defragmenter utility from PC Pitstop LLC. This is the Vista/7 MSConfig and Windows Defender entryYes
PitFrame ModuleNReminder-Optimize3.exeRegistration reminder for Optimize 3.0 - a system optimization utility from PC Pitstop LLC. This is the Vista/7 MSConfig and Windows Defender entry from an earlier releaseYes
PlainSight Desktop CalendarUCalendar.exePlainSight Desktop Calendar by Desksware - "It can display Microsoft® Outlook® data, which you can directly manipulate, and weather forecasts from weather information servers. It also uses high-quality fonts, looks pretty, and has lots of skins"Yes
Plasdll serviceX[random filename]Added by a variant of the SDBOT WORM!No
PlayMovieNPMVService.exePreloads movie related parts of CyberLink's PowerCinema digital home entertainment software to speed up the launch of that feature. Only required on slower/older systems and included with versions of PowerCinema bundled (and re-branded) with systems from Acer, Dell, ASUS and othersYes
pmcX764.exeAdult content diallerNo
PmmUpdateNPmmUpdate.exeSoftware updater for Biometrics Solutions and Data Security products from EgisTec IncYes
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Notes & Warnings

Variables:

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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