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?
Desktop iCalendarUDesktop iCalendar Lite.exeDesktop iCalendar Lite by Desksware - "is a free desktop calendar for Windows. It allows you to manage your events, to-do list on desktop. It allows subscribing public Google Calendar, such as holidays, election or NBA. It is full customizable. A build in skin editor makes it easy to set the skin by your own taste"Yes
Desktop iCalendarUDesktop iCalendar.exeDesktop iCalendar by Desksware - "is a handy desktop calendar for Windows. It stays on your desktop and shows the days of the current month. It can sync with your Google Calendar, share calendars with your family and friends. It also uses high-quality fonts, looks pretty, and has lots of skins"Yes
Desktop iCalendar LiteUDesktop iCalendar Lite.exeDesktop iCalendar Lite by Desksware - "is a free desktop calendar for Windows. It allows you to manage your events, to-do list on desktop. It allows subscribing public Google Calendar, such as holidays, election or NBA. It is full customizable. A build in skin editor makes it easy to set the skin by your own taste"Yes
Desktop iCalendar Lite.exeUDesktop iCalendar Lite.exeDesktop iCalendar Lite by Desksware - "is a free desktop calendar for Windows. It allows you to manage your events, to-do list on desktop. It allows subscribing public Google Calendar, such as holidays, election or NBA. It is full customizable. A build in skin editor makes it easy to set the skin by your own taste"Yes
Desktop iCalendar.exeUDesktop iCalendar.exeDesktop iCalendar by Desksware - "is a handy desktop calendar for Windows. It stays on your desktop and shows the days of the current month. It can sync with your Google Calendar, share calendars with your family and friends. It also uses high-quality fonts, looks pretty, and has lots of skins"Yes
Desktop MaestroNdeskmech.exePart of Desktop Maestro from PC Tools - which "combines the features of our award winning products, Registry Mechanic and Privacy Guardian to ensure that you have the range of tools at your fingertips to ensure optimal system performance, stability and user privacy". This entry is created when Desktop Maestro is installed on XP and loads the System Tray icon and runs a registry scan at startup - if either are enabled. Run manually at regular intervalsYes
Desktop Maestro Vista TrayNRMTray.exePart of Desktop Maestro from PC Tools - which "combines the features of our award winning products, Registry Mechanic and Privacy Guardian to ensure that you have the range of tools at your fingertips to ensure optimal system performance, stability and user privacy". This entry is created when Desktop Maestro is installed on Vista and loads the System Tray icon (deskmech.exe) on runs a registry scan at startup - if either are enabled. Run manually at regular intervalsYes
DesktopArmorYDesktopArmor.exeDesktop Armor from Headlight Software - "watches dozens and dozens of important settings on your computer and warns you if any program has changed them" including those made by malwareYes
DesktopMaestroNdeskmech.exePart of Desktop Maestro from PC Tools - which "combines the features of our award winning products, Registry Mechanic and Privacy Guardian to ensure that you have the range of tools at your fingertips to ensure optimal system performance, stability and user privacy". This entry is created when Desktop Maestro is installed on XP and loads the System Tray icon and runs a registry scan at startup - if either are enabled. Run manually at regular intervalsYes
DesktopMaestroNRMTray.exePart of Desktop Maestro from PC Tools - which "combines the features of our award winning products, Registry Mechanic and Privacy Guardian to ensure that you have the range of tools at your fingertips to ensure optimal system performance, stability and user privacy". This entry is created when Desktop Maestro is installed on Vista and loads the System Tray icon (deskmech.exe) on runs a registry scan at startup - if either are enabled. Run manually at regular intervalsYes
DesktopXNDesktopX.exeSystem Tray access to DesktopX from Stardock Corporation - "is a desktop utility designed to enable users to build their own desktops, widgets, and gadgets." Note - if this entry is disabled and DesktopX has been configured to load any desktops, objects or widgets they will still load, along with DesktopX. Also part of the Object Desktop suiteYes
DesktopXYIconX.exeIconX from Stardock Corporation - "a program that enhances your Windows desktop icons so that they can be any size, zoom on mouse over, have shadows underneath them and generally make them more attractive and usable." Required if you want to use the features and themes provided. No longer supported - it was formally part of the Object Desktop suite and also available as a separate downloadYes
DesktopX WelcomeUWelcome.exeDesktopX Welcome widget included with the DesktopX desktop utility from Stardock Corporation. Used to load/create widgets, objects and different desktops. Once started, Welcome.exe loads a file called "DXWidget.exe" and exitsYes
DesktopX WidgetUArcade.exe80's Arcade widget included with the DesktopX desktop utility from Stardock Corporation. Allows you to play classic 1980's arcade games such as Pacman and Space Invaders on the desktop. Once started, Arcade.exe loads a file called "DXWidget.exe" and exitsYes
DesktopX WidgetUFishy.exeFishy widget included with the DesktopX desktop utility from Stardock Corporation. Displays a fish swimming on the desktop. Once started, Fishy.exe loads a file called "DXWidget.exe" and exitsYes
DesktopX WidgetUSI2992~1.exeSilica Volume Control widget included with the DesktopX desktop utility from Stardock Corporation. Displays a slider to control the speaker volume on the desktop. Once started, Silica Volume Control.exe loads a file called "DXWidget.exe" and exits. This is the Vista/7 MSConfig entry where "Silica Volume Control.exe" is shown as "SI2992~1.exe"Yes
DesktopX WidgetUSI39E3~1.exeSilica Weather widget included with 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, Silica Weather.exe loads a file called "DXWidget.exe" and exits. This is the Vista/7 MSConfig entry where "Silica Weather.exe" is shown as "SI39E3~1.exe"Yes
DesktopX WidgetUSI90AE~1.exeSilica To-Do List widget included with the DesktopX desktop utility from Stardock Corporation. Adds a "to do" task list on the desktop. Once started, Silica To-Do List.exe loads a file called "DXWidget.exe" and exits. This is the Vista/7 MSConfig entry where "Silica To-Do List.exe" is shown as "SI90AE~1.exe"Yes
DesktopX WidgetUSI985F~1.exeSilica Word of the Day widget included with the DesktopX desktop utility from Stardock Corporation. Displays the "Word of the Day" from Wordsmith.org on the desktop. Once started, Silica Word of the Day.exe loads a file called "DXWidget.exe" and exits. This is the Vista/7 MSConfig entry where "Silica Word of the Day.exe" is shown as "SI985F~1.exe"Yes
DesktopX WidgetUSIF08B~1.exeSilica Unit Converter widget included with the DesktopX desktop utility from Stardock Corporation. Provides a unit conversion utility on the desktop. Once started, Silica Unit Converter.exe loads a file called "DXWidget.exe" and exits. This is the Vista/7 entry where "Silica Unit Converter.exe" is shown as "SIF08B~1.exe"Yes
DesktopX WidgetUSilica Calendar.exeSilica Calender widget included with the DesktopX desktop utility from Stardock Corporation. Displays a calendar on the desktop. Once started, Silica Calendar.exe loads a file called "DXWidget.exe" and exits. This is the Windows Defender entryYes
DesktopX WidgetUSilica Clock.exeSilica Clock widget included with the DesktopX desktop utility from Stardock Corporation. Displays a clock on the desktop. Once started, Silica Clock.exe loads a file called "DXWidget.exe" and exits. This is the Windows Defender entryYes
DesktopX WidgetUSilica Picture Frame.exeSilica Picture Frame widget included with the DesktopX desktop utility from Stardock Corporation. Displays either a static user selected picture or slide show in a resizable picture frame on the desktop. Once started, Silica Picture Frame.exe loads a file called "DXWidget.exe" and exits. This is the Windows Defender entryYes
DesktopX WidgetUSilica Search.exeSilica Search widget included with the DesktopX desktop utility from Stardock Corporation. Provides a search box powered by Google on the desktop. Once started, Silica Search.exe loads a file called "DXWidget.exe" and exits. This is the Windows Defender entryYes
DesktopX WidgetUSilica To-Do List.exeSilica To-Do List widget included with the DesktopX desktop utility from Stardock Corporation. Adds a "to do" task list on the desktop. Once started, Silica To-Do List.exe loads a file called "DXWidget.exe" and exits. This is the Windows Defender entryYes
DesktopX WidgetUSilica Unit Converter.exeSilica Unit Converter widget included with the DesktopX desktop utility from Stardock Corporation. Provides a unit conversion utility on the desktop. Once started, Silica Unit Converter.exe loads a file called "DXWidget.exe" and exits. This is the Windows Defender entryYes
DesktopX WidgetUSilica Volume Control.exeSilica Volume Control widget included with the DesktopX desktop utility from Stardock Corporation. Displays a slider to control the speaker volume on the desktop. Once started, Silica Volume Control.exe loads a file called "DXWidget.exe" and exits. This is the Windows Defender entryYes
DesktopX WidgetUSilica Weather.exeSilica Weather widget included with 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, Silica Weather.exe loads a file called "DXWidget.exe" and exits. This is the Windows Defender entryYes
DesktopX WidgetUSilica Word of the Day.exeSilica Word of the Day widget included with the DesktopX desktop utility from Stardock Corporation. Displays the "Word of the Day" from Wordsmith.org on the desktop. Once started, Silica Word of the Day.exe loads a file called "DXWidget.exe" and exits. This is the Windows Defender entryYes
DesktopX WidgetUSILICA~1.EXESilica Calender widget included with the DesktopX desktop utility from Stardock Corporation. Displays a calendar on the desktop. Once started, Silica Calendar.exe loads a file called "DXWidget.exe" and exits. This is the Vista/7 MSConfig entry where "Silica Calendar.exe" is shown as "SILICA~1.EXE"Yes
DesktopX WidgetUSilica Clock.exeSilica Clock widget included with the DesktopX desktop utility from Stardock Corporation. Displays a clock on the desktop. Once started, Silica Clock.exe loads a file called "DXWidget.exe" and exits. This is the Vista/7 MSConfig entry where "Silica Clock.exe" is shown as "SILICA~2.EXE"Yes
DesktopX WidgetUSILICA~3.EXESilica Picture Frame widget included with the DesktopX desktop utility from Stardock Corporation. Displays either a static user selected picture or slide show in a resizable picture frame on the desktop. This is the Vista/7 MSConfig entry where "Silica Picture Frame.exe" is shown as "SILICA~3.EXE"Yes
DesktopX WidgetUSILICA~4.exeSilica Search widget included with the DesktopX desktop utility from Stardock Corporation. Provides a search box powered by Google on the desktop. This is the Vista/7 MSConfig entry where "Silica Search.exe" is shown as "SILICA~4.EXE"Yes
DesktopX WidgetUWelcome.exeDesktopX Welcome widget included with the DesktopX desktop utility from Stardock Corporation. Used to load/create widgets, objects and different desktops. Once started, Welcome.exe loads a file called "DXWidget.exe" and exitsYes
DesktopX WidgetUAero Gmail.exeAero Gmail widget for the DesktopX desktop utility from Stardock Corporation. Checks for new E-mail on Google via their Atom feed. Once started, Aero Gmail.exe loads a file called "DXWidget.exe" and exits. This is the Windows Defender entryYes
DesktopX WidgetUAEROGM~1.EXEAero Gmail widget for the DesktopX desktop utility from Stardock Corporation. Checks for new E-mail on Google via their Atom feed. Once started, Aero Gmail.exe loads a file called "DXWidget.exe" and exits. This is the Vista/7 entry where "Aero Gmail.exe" is shown as "AEROGM~1.EXE"Yes
DesktopX WidgetUClear meter bar .exeClear Meter Bar widget for the DesktopX desktop utility from Stardock Corporation. Displays free drive space, free memory, CPU usage and system running time on the desktop with a clear background. Once started, Clear meter bar .exe loads a file called "DXWidget.exe" and exits. This is the Windows Defender entryYes
DesktopX WidgetUCLEARM~1.EXEClear Meter Bar widget for the DesktopX desktop utility from Stardock Corporation. Displays free drive space, free memory, CPU usage and system running time on the desktop with a clear background. Once started, Clear meter bar .exe loads a file called "DXWidget.exe" and exits. This is the Vista/7 entry where "Clear meter bar .exe" is shown as "CLEARM~1.EXE"Yes
DesktopX WidgetUCore Calendar.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 Windows Defender entryYes
DesktopX WidgetUCore 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 exits. This is the Windows Defender entryYes
DesktopX WidgetUCORECA~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 Vista/7 MSConfig entry where "Core Calendar.exe" is shown as "CORECA~1.EXE"Yes
DesktopX WidgetUCOREWE~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 Vista/7 MSConfig entry where "Core Weather.exe" is shown as "COREWE~1.EXE"Yes
DesktopX WidgetUDIGITA~1.EXEDigitalMETER widget for the DesktopX desktop utility from Stardock Corporation. Displays free drive space, free memory, CPU usage and system running time on the desktop. Once started, DigitalMETER.exe loads a file called "DXWidget.exe" and exits. This is the Vista/7 MSConfig entry where "DigitalMETER.exe" is shown as "DIGITA~1.EXE"Yes
DesktopX WidgetUDigitalMETER.exeDigitalMETER widget for the DesktopX desktop utility from Stardock Corporation. Displays free drive space, free memory, CPU usage and system running time on the desktop. Once started, DigitalMETER.exe loads a file called "DXWidget.exe" and exits. This is the Windows Defender entryYes
DesktopX WidgetUGlassy Calculator II.exeGlassy Calculator II widget for the DesktopX desktop utility from Stardock Corporation. Once started, Glassy Calculator II.exe loads a file called "DXWidget.exe" and exits. This is the Windows Defender entryYes
DesktopX WidgetUGlassy Calendar.exeGlassy Calendar widget for the DesktopX desktop utility from Stardock Corporation. Once started, Glassy Calendar.exe loads a file called "DXWidget.exe" and exits. This is the Windows Defender entryYes
DesktopX WidgetUGLASSY~1.EXEGlassy Calculator II widget for the DesktopX desktop utility from Stardock Corporation. Once started, Glassy Calculator II.exe loads a file called "DXWidget.exe" and exits. This is the Vista/7 MSConfig entry where "Glassy Calculator II.exe" is shown as "GLASSY~1.EXE"Yes
DesktopX WidgetUGLASSY~2.EXEGlassy Calendar widget for the DesktopX desktop utility from Stardock Corporation. Once started, Glassy Calendar.exe loads a file called "DXWidget.exe" and exits. This is the Vista/7 MSConfig entry where "Glassy Calendar.exe" is shown as "GLASSY~2.EXE"Yes
DesktopX WidgetUGmail Checker.exeGmail Checker widget for the DesktopX desktop utility from Stardock Corporation. Checks for new E-mail on Google via their Atom feed. Once started, Gmail Checker.exe loads a file called "DXWidget.exe" and exits. This is the Windows Defender entryYes
DesktopX WidgetUGMAILC~1.EXEGmail Checker widget for the DesktopX desktop utility from Stardock Corporation. Checks for new E-mail on Google via their Atom feed. Once started, Gmail Checker.exe loads a file called "DXWidget.exe" and exits. This is the Vista/7 MSConfig entry where "Gmail Checker.exe" is shown as "GMAILC~1.EXE"Yes
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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
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