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?
DTAgentNDTAgent.exeSystem Tray access to DAEMON Tools Pro from DT Soft Ltd - used to create an image of a CD/DVD/Blu-ray disc and mount the created image-file (.iso, .bin, etc) to a virtual CD/DVD/Blu-ray drive. The original can be stored in a safe place and the loading times are significantly reduced as the virtual drive is much faster. Required if you use the automount feature to reload images on a rebootYes
DTliteNDTlite.exeDaemon Tools Lite from DT Soft Ltd - used to create an image of a CD/DVD/Blu-ray disc and mount the created image-file (.iso, .bin, etc) to a virtual CD/DVD/Blu-ray drive. The original can be stored in a safe place and the loading times are significantly reduced as the virtual drive is much faster. Required if you use the automount feature to reload images on a reboot. This version is free for personal use and has a limited feature setYes
DVD Device Lock for Win95/98/Me/2k/XPUDDLAgent.exeLoads DVD Device Lock - which "can be used to restrict read or write access to removable media devices such as CD, DVD, floppy, flash and USB drives. You can also restrict access to partitions of hard disk drives". If disabled, hidden and locked drives still retain their original status so the user will only be able to change their status them via the main UIYes
dvHighMemUcfgmng32.exePureSight PC parental controls software by Puresight Technologies Ltd - "offers multi-layered cyberbullying protection for your family and it blocks offensive web-content". Also used by CA for their CA Parental Controls 2008 and 2009 utilities (both stand-alone and in suites)Yes
dwqblwppx.exeX[random].exeOkcashbackmall adwareNo
dwqblwpvl.exeX[random].exeOkcashbackmall adwareNo
dwqblwrsq.exeX[random].exeOkcashbackmall adwareNo
DWQueuedReportingUdwtrig20.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
dwtrig20Udwtrig20.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
dxdllregNdxdllreg.exeRegisters with Windows the DLL (Dynamic Link Library) files that are part of Microsoft DirectX9. Created when you select "Yes" to check the "WHQL Digital signatures" in the DirectX9 files at the first time you open it after a manual installation or after a new application is installed that also installs DirectX9. This entry should only appear once and can cause boot error messages if it remains so remove itYes
DXDllRegExeNdxdllreg.exeRegisters with Windows the DLL (Dynamic Link Library) files that are part of Microsoft DirectX9. Created when you select "Yes" to check the "WHQL Digital signatures" in the DirectX9 files at the first time you open it after a manual installation or after a new application is installed that also installs DirectX9. This entry should only appear once and can cause boot error messages if it remains so remove itYes
Easy CD CreatorNRoxAssist.exeRoxio Assistant is designed to correct engine initialization errors in Easy CD & DVD Creator 6. If the engine does not initialize, the applications in Easy CD & DVD Creator will not recognize your recorder. After running this program you should receive the message "Engine initialized successfully with full recorder support". If this doesn't happen you may have to add support for newer drives using Roxio Updater, check for product updates and even re-install the software. See this thread for more informationYes
EasyNetworkNMcENUI.exeMcAfee's EasyNetwork user interface - "enables secure file sharing, simplifies file transfers, and automates printer sharing among the computers in your home network." Part of McAfee's security products such as Total Protection and Internet SecurityYes
eBay Toolbar DaemonUeBayTBDaemon.exePart of eBay Toolbar for IE which lets you search the Web, eBay and more; access sites such as Yahoo! Mail and My eBay with just one click and use eBay Alerts to help you win more items by notifying you before a listing ends or when you get outbid. Required if you use eBay Alerts - otherwise it loads when you first open IEYes
eBayTBDaemonUeBayTBDaemon.exePart of eBay Toolbar for IE which lets you search the Web, eBay and more; access sites such as Yahoo! Mail and My eBay with just one click and use eBay Alerts to help you win more items by notifying you before a listing ends or when you get outbid. Required if you use eBay Alerts - otherwise it loads when you first open IEYes
eBayToolbarUeBayTBDaemon.exePart of eBay Toolbar for IE which lets you search the Web, eBay and more; access sites such as Yahoo! Mail and My eBay with just one click and use eBay Alerts to help you win more items by notifying you before a listing ends or when you get outbid. Required if you use eBay Alerts - otherwise it loads when you first open IEYes
EDRestoreU??Set Point from Easy Desk Software - "small utility that automatically sets System Restore points for WinME/XP"No
educational writerX[random filename]Added by the RBOT-LZ WORM!No
EfataX[random 5 characters].exeAdded by the FLUKAN-D WORM!No
EFI Job MonitorU[path] efjm.dll,runRicoh Imagio Printer/Scanner driver status monitorNo
EgisTec In-Product ServiceNEgisUpdate.exeSoftware updater for Biometrics Solutions and Data Security products from EgisTec IncYes
EgisTec In-Product ServiceNPmmUpdate.exeSoftware updater for Biometrics Solutions and Data Security products from EgisTec IncYes
EgisTecPMMUpdateNPmmUpdate.exeSoftware updater for Biometrics Solutions and Data Security products from EgisTec IncYes
EgisUpdateNEgisUpdate.exeSoftware updater for Biometrics Solutions and Data Security products from EgisTec IncYes
ehTrayUehtray.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
ehTray.exeUehTray.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
eISS_licregYlicreg.exeSilently runs the product licensing and registration utility for older versions of both stand-alone security tools and suites from CA in the background on the first boot after installation. Also available via Start → All Programs where it displays the current licensing informationYes
element furthX[path] repcale.exe [path] palsp.exeAdded by a variant of the RANDON.AN WORM! Both files are often located in %System%\vertNo
ElkCtrl?ElkCtrl.exeEntry added when you install versions of the Logitech QuickCam webcam software. It's exact purpose is unknown at the present timeYes
Email ProtectionYEMLPROUI.EXEPart of older versions of the range of internet security products from Quick Heal - including Total Security, Internet Security and AntiVirus. Scans incoming and outgoing E-mails for viruses and other malware in conjunction with the associated service (EMLPROXY.EXE). Also included by vendors who use the Quick Heal engine such as Omniquad and iQonYes
eMCryT Sh3ars PanagersX[path to worm]Added by the RBOT-AWI WORM!No
EMLPROUIYEMLPROUI.EXEPart of older versions of the range of internet security products from Quick Heal - including Total Security, Internet Security and AntiVirus. Scans incoming and outgoing E-mails for viruses and other malware in conjunction with the associated service (EMLPROXY.EXE). Also included by vendors who use the Quick Heal engine such as Omniquad and iQonYes
Emsisoft Anti-MalwareYa2guard.exeSystem Tray access to and Anti-Malware Guard feature of Emsisoft Anti-Malware from Emsi Software GmbH - which provides "comprehensive PC protection against viruses, trojans, spyware, adware, worms, bots, keyloggers and rootkits". Previously known as "a-squared Antitrojan" and "a-squared Anti-Malware" Yes
eMuleNemule.exeeMule - "one of the biggest and most reliable peer-to-peer file sharing clients around the world. Thanks to it's open source policy many developers are able to contribute to the project, making the network more efficient with each release". As eMule is a is a peer-to-peer (P2P) file-sharing client used to distribute large amounts of data between multiple users make sure you have good, up-to-date virus protection and check any downloadsYes
eMuleAutoStartNemule.exeeMule - "one of the biggest and most reliable peer-to-peer file sharing clients around the world. Thanks to it's open source policy many developers are able to contribute to the project, making the network more efficient with each release". As eMule is a is a peer-to-peer (P2P) file-sharing client used to distribute large amounts of data between multiple users make sure you have good, up-to-date virus protection and check any downloadsYes
EM_EXECUEM_EXEC.EXELogitech Mouseware driver. Needed to support some additional functionality of Logitech mice/trackballs such as "SmartMove". If you disable it and find you don't need it leave it disabledYes
enBrowserX[path to file]WinBo adwareNo
EngUtilYEngUtil.exePart of the Roxio Easy CD & DVD Creator and Easy Media Creator series of CD/DVD tools - corrects any modification made to the Roxio Engine, it exits after checkingYes
EraserUeraser.exeEraser - "an advanced security tool for Windows which allows you to completely remove sensitive data from your hard drive by overwriting it several times with carefully selected patterns". This entry starts the Scheduler with Windows and provides a System Tray icon for on-demand access. Located in %ProgramFiles%\EraserYes
eraserUeraser.exePart of Evidence Exterminator, 1st Evidence Remover and Evidence Destructor (and maybe others) - the same file for the same version being used by all programs. Security tools that ensure your security and privacy by destroying all hidden activity information on demand, according to a schedule or on each boot/shutdown. This entry provides System Tray access to the main program for on demand cleaning and is required if any automatic cleaning has been scheduled. Located in %ProgramFiles%\Evidence Exterminator, %ProgramFiles%\1st Evidence Remover, %ProgramFiles%\Evidence Destructor or maybe othersYes
eraser.exeUeraser.exePart of Evidence Exterminator, 1st Evidence Remover and Evidence Destructor (and maybe others) - the same file for the same version being used by all programs. Security tools that ensure your security and privacy by destroying all hidden activity information on demand, according to a schedule or on each boot/shutdown. This entry provides System Tray access to the main program for on demand cleaning and is required if any automatic cleaning has been scheduled. Located in %ProgramFiles%\Evidence Exterminator, %ProgramFiles%\1st Evidence Remover, %ProgramFiles%\Evidence Destructor or maybe othersYes
eRecoveryServiceYcheck.exeNow part of Acer Empowering Technology. "Acer eRecovery Management is a powerful utility that does away with the need for recovery disks provided by the manufacturer, and also acts as a versatile standalone backup and recovery manager". Whilst the exact purpose of this entry isn't known it runs and closes so leave it enabled in case it's requiredYes
ES Current ServicesU[FILE NAME].exe123Keylogger surveillance software. Uninstall this software unless you put it there yourselfNo
eTrust PestPatrolYPPActiveDetection.exeReal-time protection for eTrust PestPatrol Anti-Spyware - which became CA Anti-Spyware and is now included in CA AntiVirus PlusYes
eTrustPPAPYPPActiveDetection.exeReal-time protection for eTrust PestPatrol Anti-Spyware - which became CA Anti-Spyware and is now included in CA AntiVirus PlusYes
EVGAPrecisionUEVGAPrecision.exeEVGA Precision overclocking utility - "allows you to fine tune your EVGA graphics card for the maximum performance possible, with Core/Shader/Memory clock tuning, real time monitoring support including in-game, Logitech Keyboard LCD Display support, and compatibility with almost all EVGA graphics cards." Also works with many other brands of NVIDIA GeForce based graphics cardsYes
EvtMgr6USetpoint.exeLogitech SetPoint control software for their range of wired and wireless keyboards and pointing devices (mice, trackballs, etc). Required if you want to use the advanced features or modify the default settings of these devices and located in %ProgramFiles%\Logitech\SetpointYes
ewidoYewido.exeSystem Tray access to and notifications for Ewido Anti-Spyware 4.0. Ewido is now part of AVG Technologies so this has been superseded by AVG Anti-Virus which includes Anti-SpywareYes
ewido anti-spywareYewido.exeSystem Tray access to and notifications for Ewido Anti-Spyware 4.0. Ewido is now part of AVG Technologies so this has been superseded by AVG Anti-Virus which includes Anti-SpywareYes
exampleX[random filename].exeAdded by the NUCLEAR BACKDOOR! Note - this trojan file is located in %Windir%\NRNo
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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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