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?
Watson Subscriber for SENS Network NotificationsUdwtrig20.exeUsed to launch Microsoft Error Reporting (DW20.exe) - if, for example, there have been an error downloading malware definition updates for Windows Defender - which gives the user the chance to send the error report to Microsoft to improve their softwareYes
WbschedUWbsched.exeScheduler for the WinBackup backup utility from LI Utilities (now Uniblue Systems Limited) - now discontinued. Required if you have regularly scheduled backup jobsYes
wbtrayUwbtray.exeSystem Tray access to and backup status monitor for the WinBackup 2.0 backup utility from Uniblue Systems Limited - now discontinuedYes
WCESCOMMUWCESCOMM.EXEConnection manager for Microsoft ActiveSync - mobile device synchronization software for Windows XP (and earlier), supporting mobile devices based upon the Windows CE OS (such as Pocket PC, Handheld PC and Windows Mobile). Automatically launches ActiveSync (if enabled) when the mobile device is connected. If disabled it will re-instate the next time ActiveSync runs - hence the reluctant "U" recommendationYes
Weather Forecaster (animated)UWEATHE~1.EXEWeather Forecaster (animated) widget for the DesktopX desktop utility from Stardock Corporation. Displays the current weather and forecast for up to 5 days for the selected location on the desktop. Once started, WeatherAni.exe loads a file called "DXWidget.exe" and exits. This is the XP MSConfig entry where "WeatherAni.exe" is shown as "WEATHE~1.EXE"Yes
Weather Forecaster (animated)UWeatherAni.exeWeather Forecaster (animated) widget for the DesktopX desktop utility from Stardock Corporation. Displays the current weather and forecast for up to 5 days for the selected location on the desktop. Once started, WeatherAni.exe loads a file called "DXWidget.exe" and exitsYes
webX******.exe [* = random char]Added by a variant of the EASTO.A TROJAN!No
Web Search?????No
Web ServiceX[random filename].exeAdded by the ADMINCASH TROJAN!No
Web-cameinstX[path to trojan]Added by the RANCK-BP TROJAN!No
WebCallDirectNWebCallDirect.exeWebCallDirect - free internet telephony utility using the VoIP (Voice over Internet Protocol). Call online friends for free and regular phones either for free (limited use) or low rates. One of a number provided by Betamax - the others generally have different rate plans. Similar to the more popular SkypeYes
WebDriveNwebdrive.exeSystem Tray access to WebDrive from South River Technologies, Inc - an FTP client that also "allows you to open and edit server-based files without the additional step of downloading the file"Yes
WebDriveTrayNwebdrive.exeSystem Tray access to WebDrive from South River Technologies, Inc - an FTP client that also "allows you to open and edit server-based files without the additional step of downloading the file"Yes
WebRunX[random filename]Added by the ADWARELOADER TROJAN!No
wescmvX[random filename]Added by a variant of the SLAPER TROJAN!No
WF2KUWF2K.EXESystem Tray application that starts up the Winfox utility for a Leadtek Winfast graphics card to restore settings. Can be started manually via Start → Control Panel → Display. Only needed if you wish to run things like the hardware monitor or overclock your cardYes
wfxloadUwfxload.exeWindowFX from Stardock Corporation - "a special effects program for Windows that allows users to add a variety of opening and closing, transition and other visual effects to the user interface" such as shadows, transparency and menu animations. Required for the selected special effects to work. Also part of the Object Desktop suiteYes
WheelMouseU4DMAIN.EXEMouse software for "Fellowes" Wheelman mouse. Has caused some users problems but shouldn't be needed if you don't use any enhanced features it may provideNo
WheelsMouseX[path to trojan]Added by the SOCKSPR-D TROJAN!No
whxpin serviceX[randomname].exeAdded by the RBOT-FWU WORM!No
WiFix serviceX[random filename]Added by a variant of the SDBOT WORM!No
WiinampX[random].exeAdded by the IRCBOT-OH TROJAN!No
Win I5oahderX[worm filename]Added by the AGOBOT-DS WORM!No
Win Prosess0rX[random filename]Added by the RBOT-BIT WORM!No
WIN prosessor16X[random filename].exeAdded by a variant of the SDBOT WORM!No
Win Secure UpdateX[random filename]Added by the RBOT-AGI WORM!No
Win2DrvX[worm filename]Added by the WINTOO WORM!No
Win32 ServiceX[trojan filename]Added by the AGENT-GBO TROJAN!No
Win32 USB2.0 DriverX386.exeAdded by the IRCBOT.D WORM!No
Win32loadX[random].exeAdded by the LODELIT TROJAN! Note - the file is located in %AppData%No
Win32MgrX[path to trojan]Added by the AIMSPY TROJAN!No
Win32systemX[random filename]Added by the DDV.B WORM!No
Win32SystemMonitorX[random filename]Added by the AGENT.IT TROJAN!No
Win32UpdateX[malware filename]Added by the MOMIBOT BACKDOOR!No
WIN32[random numbers]X[path to file]WinBo adwareNo
WIN95DEFVIEWX[path to file]Added by the DEDLER-D TROJAN! The most common filenames seen are "csmss.exe" and "csmrs.exe", located in %System%No
Winamp AgentUwinampa.exeLoads the optional System Tray icon and maintains file associations for the popular Winamp media player. If disabled, other media players like iTunes, QuickTime and RealPlayer could become the default player for various file types when you double-click on them in My Computer or Windows ExplorerYes
winampaUwinampa.exeLoads the optional System Tray icon and maintains file associations for the popular Winamp media player. If disabled, other media players like iTunes, QuickTime and RealPlayer could become the default player for various file types when you double-click on them in My Computer or Windows ExplorerYes
winampa.exeUwinampa.exeLoads the optional System Tray icon and maintains file associations for the popular Winamp media player. If disabled, other media players like iTunes, QuickTime and RealPlayer could become the default player for various file types when you double-click on them in My Computer or Windows Explorer. This is the Windows Defender entry for earlier versionsYes
WinampAgentUwinampa.exeLoads the optional System Tray icon and maintains file associations for the popular Winamp media player. If disabled, other media players like iTunes, QuickTime and RealPlayer could become the default player for various file types when you double-click on them in My Computer or Windows ExplorerYes
WinBackup 2.0Uwbtray.exeSystem Tray access to and backup status monitor for the WinBackup 2.0 backup utility from Uniblue Systems Limited - now discontinuedYes
WinBackup SchedulerUWbsched.exeScheduler for the WinBackup backup utility from LI Utilities (now Uniblue Systems Limited) - now discontinued. Required if you have regularly scheduled backup jobsYes
wincrt.exeX[path to worm]Added by the STRATIO-HA WORM!No
WinDll32X_WIN32.EXEAdded by the LEGMIR.AQ TROJAN!No
Windos Seres AgntsX[worm filename].exeAdded by the RBOT-GUN WORM!No
Window serviceX[random filename]Added by the RBOT-ACH WORM!No
Windowfdgfds DasdLL VerifiewX[path to worm]Added by the RBOT-GGX WORM!No
WindowFXUwfxload.exeWindowFX from Stardock Corporation - "a special effects program for Windows that allows users to add a variety of opening and closing, transition and other visual effects to the user interface" such as shadows, transparency and menu animations. Required for the selected special effects to work. Also part of the Object Desktop suiteYes
WindowFX - A Component of Object DesktopUwfxload.exeWindowFX from Stardock Corporation - "a special effects program for Windows that allows users to add a variety of opening and closing, transition and other visual effects to the user interface" such as shadows, transparency and menu animations. Required for the selected special effects to work. Also part of the Object Desktop suiteYes
windowsX[path to trojan]Added by the AIMWIN TROJAN!No
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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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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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