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?
Cobian Backup Black MoonUCobian.exeCobian Backup 8 - a multi-threaded backup program which makes backup copies of your file and folders (in compressed or uncompressed form) to another location. This entry appears if you choose to install the program as a startup application rather than the default service on an NT based OS (NT/2K/XP/Vista). If you don't have regularly scheduled backups then choose the startup option and run it manually when requiredYes
Cobian Backup BoletusUCobian.exeCobian Backup 10 - a multi-threaded backup program which makes backup copies of your file and folders (in compressed or uncompressed form) to another location. This entry appears if you choose to install the program as a startup application rather than the default service on an NT based OS (XP/Vista/7). If you don't have regularly scheduled backups then choose the startup option and run it manually when requiredYes
Cobian Backup Interface 6Ucobui.exeSystem Tray access to Cobian Backup 6 - a multi-threaded backup program which makes backup copies of your file and folders (in compressed or uncompressed form) to another location. This entry appears if you choose to install the program using the default settings as service on an NT based OS (NT/2K/XP). If you don't have regularly scheduled backups then choose the startup installation option and run it manually when requiredYes
cof.upditX[random filename]Added by a variant of the SDBOT WORM!No
CollaborationHostNp2phost.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
Common ClientYccApp.exePart of older versions of Symantec's security products including Norton 360, Norton Internet Security, Norton AntiVirus and the now discontinued Norton SystemWorks suite. Effectively the "master" process which calls the different program features and makes sure they are running. Auto-protect and E-mail check will not function without thisYes
Common ClientYccRegVfy.exePart of older versions of Symantec's security products including Norton Internet Security, Norton AntiVirus and the now discontinued Norton SystemWorks suite. "Responsible for checking the integrity of the NAV registry entries to make sure that the information has not been changed by a malicious threat or a hack"Yes
CommonSDKNRoxWatchTray9.exeSystem Tray access to managing the "Watched Folders", "LiveShares" and "MediaSpace" features of the Roxio Easy Media Creator 9 multimedia suite. All of these options are available from the Media Manager utility. The "Watched Folders" feature monitors specified locations for new pictures, songs and videos being added and makes them available to the Media Manager - if you have 512MB of memory or less available it's recommended you also disable the associated "Roxio Hard Drive Watcher 9 (RoxWatch9)" service as well as the combination has been known to use significant amount of memory and cause other problemsYes
Communications_HelperYCommunications_Helper.exeEntry added when you install versions of the Logitech QuickCam webcam software. Used to interface your webcam with third party chat and voice programs such as instant messaging clients and Skype. Also, if it's disabled the camera will not work - at least not in the QuickCapture modeYes
Communications_Helper.exeYCommunications_Helper.exeEntry added when you install versions of the Logitech QuickCam webcam software. Used to interface your webcam with third party chat and voice programs such as instant messaging clients and Skype. Also, if it's disabled the camera will not work - at least not in the QuickCapture modeYes
Companion ModuleUcompanion.exeThe AOL Companion is a small window that appears when you connect to the service using verison 8.0 and early builds of version 9.0. "Use the Companion to quickly get to your favourite features, including your Buddy List, Favourite Places, Address Book, and more!"Yes
Compaq Video CD WatcherN??For Compaq PC's. MPEG viewerNo
CompliantX[worm filename]Added by the RBOT-LB WORM!No
Computer Associates Dashboard TrayUcaissdt.exeInstalled with older versions of both stand-alone security tools and suites from CA. Provides System Tray access to the dashboard - which indicates the current tool status and can be used to launch scans, updates or access product informationYes
conX[path to trojan]Added by the BRAVE-A TROJAN! No
Config LoaderX[worm filename]Added by the AGOBOT-AE WORM!No
Configuration SoftwareNProfiler.exeSaitek SST (Saitek Smart Technology) Profile Launcher - allows System Tray access to the "Profile Editor" (to edit and load profiles) and "Control Panel" for their range of game controllers. Run manually via Start → All Programs → Saitek SST Software → Launch Profile LauncherYes
Configuration SoftwareNSaiMfd.exeSaitek MFD File System Driver - associated with the Saitek SST (Saitek Smart Technology) configuration software for their game controllers. Create a shortcut and run manually when requiredYes
CONNECTAuto UpdateNCONNECTScheduler.exeAutomatic update scheduler for the Sony CONNECT Player originally supplied with their range of USB or hard disk based MP3 players and used in conjunction with the CONNECT Music store download service - now replaced by SonicStage CPYes
CONNECTAUTrayAppNCONNECTAUTrayApp.exeSystem Tray access to change update settings for the Sony CONNECT Player originally supplied with their range of USB or hard disk based MP3 players and used in conjunction with the CONNECT Music store download service - now replaced by SonicStage CPYes
CONNECTAUTrayAppNCONNEC~3.EXESystem Tray access to change update settings for the Sony CONNECT Player originally supplied with their range of USB or hard disk based MP3 players and used in conjunction with the CONNECT Music store download service - now replaced by SonicStage CPYes
Connectivity ToolX[path to trojan]Added by the LITEBOT-E TROJAN!No
CONNECTSchedulerNCONNECTScheduler.exeAutomatic update scheduler for the Sony CONNECT Player originally supplied with their range of USB or hard disk based MP3 players and used in conjunction with the CONNECT Music store download service - now replaced by SonicStage CPYes
Content connectorX[random filename].exeAdded by the DIALER-Y TROJAN! Note - uses a random filename and random folders. Usually the folder containing the file is a Temp folderNo
Control handlerX***********.exe [* = random char]CoolWebSearch parasite variantNo
Control handlerX[10 to 14 random char]THD.EXEAdded by the KREPPER-AI TROJAN!No
ControladoresX[path to trojan]Added by the TELEFO-A TROJAN!No
ControlPanelX[path to executable] internat.dll,LoadKeyboardProfileAdded by the BIZVES-A TROJAN!No
CookiePatrolYCookiePatrol.exeMemory-resident spyware cookie detector - 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
coolwebprogramX[various filenames]CoolWebSearch Smartsearch parasite variant. Also detected as the GOWEH.E WORM! Typical filenames include internet.exe, systeem.exe, explore.exe and directx.exeNo
Core CalendarUCore Calendar.exeCore Calendar widget for the DesktopX desktop utility from Stardock Corporation. Once started, Core Calendar.exe loads a file called "DXWidget.exe" and exitsYes
Core CalendarUCORECA~1.EXECore Calendar widget for the DesktopX desktop utility from Stardock Corporation. Once started, Core Calendar.exe loads a file called "DXWidget.exe" and exits. This is the XP MSConfig entry where "Core Calendar.exe" is shown as "CORECA~1.EXE"Yes
Core WeatherUCore Weather.exeCore Weather widget for the DesktopX desktop utility from Stardock Corporation. Displays the current weather and forecast for up to 5 days from The Weather Channel for the selected location on the desktop. Once started, Core Weather.exe loads a file called "DXWidget.exe" and exitsYes
Core WeatherUCOREWE~1.EXECore Weather widget for the DesktopX desktop utility from Stardock Corporation. Displays the current weather and forecast for up to 5 days from The Weather Channel for the selected location on the desktop. Once started, Core Weather.exe loads a file called "DXWidget.exe" and exits. This is the XP MSConfig entry where "Core Weather.exe" is shown as "COREWE~1.EXE"Yes
Coupon Offers?????No
cppcX[path to trojan]Added by the VB-NV BACKDOOR!No
Cpu Level Up help?CpuLevelUpHelp.exeOverclocking utility - part of the AI Suite system management utility included with some performance ASUS motherboards. "The CPU Level Up application allows you to overclock immediately with OC Profile presets in Windows environment wihtout the hassle of entering the BIOS". Can user's with a supported motherboard (see here) confirm whether this is required for correct operation?Yes
CPU Power MonitorUCpuPowerMonitor.exePart of the AI Suite system management utility included with some ASUS motherboards. This entry is part of AI Gear 3 - "a utility designed to configure and support all ASUS EPU (Energy Processing Unit) features. This easy-to-use utility provides four system performance profiles that adjusts the processor frequency and vCore voltage for different computing needs." Monitors power levels and provides a System Tray icon to indicate current power saving mode which also displays a balloon giving a brief report about the current power used from the systemYes
CpuLevelUpHelp?CpuLevelUpHelp.exeOverclocking utility - part of the AI Suite system management utility included with some performance ASUS motherboards. "The CPU Level Up application allows you to overclock immediately with OC Profile presets in Windows environment wihtout the hassle of entering the BIOS". Can user's with a supported motherboard (see here) confirm whether this is required for correct operation?Yes
CpuLevelUpHelp.exe?CpuLevelUpHelp.exeOverclocking utility - part of the AI Suite system management utility included with some performance ASUS motherboards. "The CPU Level Up application allows you to overclock immediately with OC Profile presets in Windows environment wihtout the hassle of entering the BIOS". Can user's with a supported motherboard (see here) confirm whether this is required for correct operation?Yes
CpuPowerMonitorUCpuPowerMonitor.exePart of the AI Suite system management utility included with some ASUS motherboards. This entry is part of AI Gear 3 - "a utility designed to configure and support all ASUS EPU (Energy Processing Unit) features. This easy-to-use utility provides four system performance profiles that adjusts the processor frequency and vCore voltage for different computing needs." Monitors power levels and provides a System Tray icon to indicate current power saving mode which also displays a balloon giving a brief report about the current power used from the systemYes
CpuPowerMonitor.exeUCpuPowerMonitor.exePart of the AI Suite system management utility included with some ASUS motherboards. This entry is part of AI Gear 3 - "a utility designed to configure and support all ASUS EPU (Energy Processing Unit) features. This easy-to-use utility provides four system performance profiles that adjusts the processor frequency and vCore voltage for different computing needs." Monitors power levels and provides a System Tray icon to indicate current power saving mode which also displays a balloon giving a brief report about the current power used from the systemYes
CrashDumpX[path to trojan]Added by the DROPPER.EAT TROJAN!No
crmssrltX[random filename]Added by a variant of the SLAPER TROJAN!No
Cryptographic ServiceX******.exe [* = random char]Added by the KORGO.W or KORGO.X or KORGO.AB WORMS!No
CS4ServiceManagerNCS4ServiceManager.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
CS5ServiceManagerNCS5ServiceManager.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
csecwizNcsecwiz.exeSetup wizard for the Client Security Software for IBM\Lenovo notebooks. This entry only runs once, after the software has been installed and the notebook rebooted for the first time. If the wizard isn't completed a shortcut is available via the Start menu until it isYes
CSRSWINX[trojan filename]Added by the WINSHELL.50 TROJAN!No
CSRSXX[trojan filename]Added by the WINSHELL.50.B 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.

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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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