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If you're frustrated with the time it takes your Windows 8/7/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 start-up programs (as opposed to processes/tasks) list - one of the most accurate and comprehensive. Services are not included - see below. For further information on this and how to identify and disable start-up programs please visit the Introduction page.

See here for further information on random entries - which are typically added by viruses and other malware or unwanted programs.

Last database update :- 28th November, 2014
43552 items listed

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Startup Item or Name Status Command or Data Description Tested
! My Image.scrX! My Image.scrDetected by Dr.Web as Win32.HLLW.Autoruner2.2804 and by Malwarebytes Anti-Malware as Trojan.Agent.AI. Note - the file is located in %UserStartup% and its presence there ensures it runs when Windows startsNo
nitiwX#####.vbsDetected by Malwarebytes Anti-Malware as Trojan.Agent.VBS - where # represents a digit. The file is located in %UserProfile\nitiw - see an example hereNo
GoogleUpdateX####.exeDetected by Malwarebytes Anti-Malware as Trojan.Agent - where # represents a digit. The file is located in %AppData%No
WinSysQQX##QQ.exeDetected by Malwarebytes Anti-Malware as Trojan.Agent.WS - where # represents a digit, see examples here and hereNo
PHOTOEDITORX#.exeDetected by Malwarebytes Anti-Malware as Trojan.Agent.PHE - where # represents one or more digits. See an example hereNo
PHOTOEDITOR#X#.exeDetected by Malwarebytes Anti-Malware as Trojan.Agent.PHE - where # represents one or more digits. See an example hereNo
msinfoX#.tmp.exeDetected by Malwarebytes Anti-Malware as Trojan.Agent - where # represents a digit. The file is located in %UserTemp%No
Windows ServicesX#adobeair.exeDetected by Sophos as Troj/VB-FHF and by Malwarebytes Anti-Malware as Backdoor.BotNo
WinSysWX#L.exeDetected by Malwarebytes Anti-Malware as Spyware.OnlineGames - where # represents one or more digits. The file is located in %Windir% - see examples here and hereNo
WinSysMX#M.exeDetected by Malwarebytes Anti-Malware as Trojan.Agent - where # represents one or more digits. The file is located in %Windir% - see examples here and hereNo
$sys$drvX$sys$drv.exeAdded by the RYKNOS TROJAN! Attempts to utilize the Sony Rootkit A.K.A. SecurityRisk.First4DRM security risk to hide itself on the compromised computerNo
$sys$crashX$sys$sonyTimer.exeAdded by the WELOMOCH TROJAN!No
$sys$momomomochinX$sys$sonyTimer.exeAdded by the WELOMOCH TROJAN!No
$sys$umaiyoX$sys$sonyTimer.exeAdded by the WELOMOCH TROJAN!No
$sys$crashX$sys$sos$sys$.exeAdded by the WELOMOCH TROJAN!No
$sys$momomomochinX$sys$sos$sys$.exeAdded by the WELOMOCH TROJAN!No
$sys$umaiyoX$sys$sos$sys$.exeAdded by the WELOMOCH TROJAN!No
$sys$crashX$sys$WeLoveMcCOL.exeAdded by the WELOMOCH TROJAN!No
$sys$momomomochinX$sys$WeLoveMcCOL.exeAdded by the WELOMOCH TROJAN!No
$sys$umaiyoX$sys$WeLoveMcCOL.exeAdded by the WELOMOCH TROJAN!No
$sys$cmpX$sys$xp.exeAdded by the RYKNOS.B TROJAN! Attempts to utilize the Sony Rootkit A.K.A. SecurityRisk.First4DRM security risk to hide itself on the compromised computerNo
SeekmoToolbarX${HOOKOE_FILE}Seekmo Search Assistant adwareNo
Flash MediaX%%%%%%^^ ^ .exeAdded by a variant of W32.IRCBot. The file is located in %System%No
Flash MediaX%%%%%.exeAdded by a variant of the IRCBOT BACKDOOR! See hereNo
Flash MediaX%%%.exeAdded by a variant of the IRCBOT BACKDOOR! See hereNo
WINSVCX%AppData%winini.exeDetected by Malwarebytes Anti-Malware as Backdoor.MessaNo
%cmpmixtitle%?%cmpmixstr%Possibly related to C-Media Mixer Control panel?No
GoogleUpdateX%GoogleUpdate%Detected by McAfee as Downloader.a!bn3No
PAV.EXEX%Number%Added by the KITRO.D (or ARGEN.A) WORM! %Number% can be any numberNo
(Default)X%ProgramFiles%:Server.exeDetected by Malwarebytes Anti-Malware as Trojan.Agent.ADS. Note - this malware actually changes the value data of the "(Default)" key in HKLM\Run in order to force Windows to launch it at boot. The name field in MSConfig may be blank and the target is a Windows Alternate Data Stream (ADS)No
MSCIISAX%server%Detected by McAfee as RDN/Generic BackDoor!sq and by Malwarebytes Anti-Malware as Backdoor.Agent.ENo
%svchost%.exeX%svchost%.exeDetected by McAfee as RDN/Generic.tfr!dn and by Malwarebytes Anti-Malware as Trojan.MSIL. Note - the file is located in %UserStartup% and its presence there ensures it runs when Windows startsNo
11X%System%:11.exeDetected by Malwarebytes Anti-Malware as Trojan.Agent. Note that the target is a Windows Alternate Data Stream (ADS)No
IEXPLORE.EXEX%System%:PI_SERVER.EXEDetected by Trend Micro as BKDR_POISON.SMP and by Malwarebytes Anti-Malware as Trojan.Agent. Note that the target is a Windows Alternate Data Stream (ADS)No
ServiceX%System%:Service.exeDetected by Kaspersky as Trojan.Win32.Buzus.dpde and by Malwarebytes Anti-Malware as Trojan.Agent. Note that the target is a Windows Alternate Data Stream (ADS)No
svcchostX%System%:svcchost.exeDetected by McAfee as Generic.dx and by Malwarebytes Anti-Malware as Backdoor.Sdbot. Note that the target is a Windows Alternate Data Stream (ADS)No
hkcmdX%System%:system.comDetected by Kaspersky as Trojan.Win32.Buzus.guke and by Malwarebytes Anti-Malware as Backdoor.Agent. Note that the target is a Windows Alternate Data Stream (ADS)No
system64X%System%:system86x.exeDetected by Kaspersky as Trojan.Win32.Refroso.lcx. Note that the target is a Windows Alternate Data Stream (ADS)No
Win.UpdateX%System%:Win.Update.exeDetected by Kaspersky as Backdoor.Win32.Poison.ldq. Note that the target is a Windows Alternate Data Stream (ADS)No
Winsock.exeX%System%:Winlogon.exeDetected by Kaspersky as Backdoor.Win32.Poison.arnv. Note that the target is a Windows Alternate Data Stream (ADS)No
%Temp%\delwdef2008.batX%Temp%\delwdef2008.batWinDefender 2008 rogue privacy program - not recommended, removal instructions hereNo
%TEMP%X%TEMP%.exeDetected by Malwarebytes Anti-Malware as Trojan.Passwords. The file is located in %Temp%No
GKIUX%TEMP%.scrDetected by McAfee as RDN/Generic Dropper!ge and by Malwarebytes Anti-Malware as Backdoor.AgentNo
RDKIX%TEMP%.scrDetected by McAfee as RDN/Generic Dropper!ge and by Malwarebytes Anti-Malware as Backdoor.AgentNo
QWEX%Windir%:BlackNixBuildr.exeDetected by Malwarebytes Anti-Malware as Trojan.Agent.DE. Note that the target is a Windows Alternate Data Stream (ADS)No
MicrosoftwinX%Windir%:Micros.exeDetected by Dr.Web as Trojan.Inject1.27131 and by Malwarebytes Anti-Malware as Backdoor.Agent.E. Note that the target is a Windows Alternate Data Stream (ADS)No
UPDATE.EXEX%Windir%:Update.exeDetected by Malwarebytes Anti-Malware as Trojan.Agent.AI. Note that the target is a Windows Alternate Data Stream (ADS)No
winlgonX%Windir%:winlgon.exeDetected by Dr.Web as Trojan.DownLoader6.47245 and by Malwarebytes Anti-Malware as Trojan.Backdoor. Note that the target is a Windows Alternate Data Stream (ADS)No
AlternativoX%Windir%Updatex.exeDetected by Dr.Web as Trojan.FakeAV.14091 and by Malwarebytes Anti-Malware as Trojan.BankerNo
SystemWideHook for Windows NTX%WinHook32.exeAdded by the MYDOOM.AC WORM!No

 

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Notes & Warnings

If you can help identify new entries and verify/identify those entries with a "?" status (especially hardware specific - such as laptops and motherboards) then please E-mail us (startups_at_pacs-portal_dot_co_dot_uk).

"Status" key:

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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 list of tasks/processes taken from the Task Manager (CTRL+SHIFT+ESC) "Processes" tab. This displays some startup programs AND other background tasks and "Services". These pages are concerned with startup programs from the common startup locations shown above ONLY. Please do not submit entries collected from this method as they will not be used. For a list of tasks/processes you should try the list at PC Pitstop, the Process Library from Uniblue or one of the many others now available.

Therefore, before ending a task/process via CTRL+SHIFT+ESC just because it has an "X" recommendation, please check whether it's in the registry or common startup locations first. An example would be "svchost.exe" - which doesn't appear in either under normal conditions but does via CTRL+SHIFT+ESC. If in doubt, don't do anything.

To avoid the database becoming too large, all malware 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.exe" above for example. Multiple malware can also use the same start-up entries, in this case only those with significant differences (such as file location) are repeated in this database.

As more than 25K entries in this database related to malware you should use a quality internet security package. Which ever you choose, keep it updated and get the latest version at least every two years.

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.

NOTE: 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 Windows 8/7/Vista/XP/2K/NT operating systems are not included. We 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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