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If you're frustrated with the time it takes your Windows 10/8/7/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 :- 29th June, 2018
53433 listed

Entries are sorted by the Command/Data field. Alternatively, you can search the full database or use the alphabetical index on that page.

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Startup Item or Name Status Command or Data Description Tested
NvGraphicsInterfaceX[path to trojan]Detected by Sophos as Troj/Bckdr-QKINo
InitX[path to trojan]Detected by Trend Micro as TROJ_DROPPER.EATNo
ConfLoaderX[path to trojan]Detected by Sophos as Troj/Sdbot-FBNo
CorrMMX[path to trojan]Detected by Dr.Web as Trojan.DownLoader11.12392 and by Malwarebytes as Trojan.Downloader.CRNo
Micro OfficeX[path to trojan]Detected by Sophos as Troj/Bancban-QCNo
RunOnce2UpdX[path to trojan]Detected by Kaspersky as Trojan-Downloader.Win32.Murlo.fi. The file is located in %FilePath%No
schostX[path to trojan]Detected by Symantec as Backdoor.Tjserv.DNo
yyyyyyyyX[path to trojan]Detected by Symantec as Trojan.VardoNo
Diagnostic ManagerX[path to trojan]Detected by Sophos as Troj/Agent-JPS and by Malwarebytes as Trojan.DownloaderNo
SmartCard.exeX[path to trojan]Detected by Malwarebytes as Trojan.Agent.FXDGen - see examples here and hereNo
LanGuardX[path to trojan]Detected by Sophos as Troj/Dloader-VONo
DNSCacheBoostX[path to trojan]Detected by Sophos as Troj/DNSBust-ANo
msnmsgrX[path to trojan]Detected by Kaspersky as Trojan.Win32.Agent2.dnez. Note - this entry loads from the HKCU\Run key, see an example hereNo
Counter Support Link-Layer TrapX[path to trojan]Detected by Malwarebytes as Trojan.Downloader.RNDNo
Host NGEN Cryptographic IP DLL Error GroupingX[path to trojan]Detected by Malwarebytes as Trojan.Agent.RNDGenNo
PopRockX[path to trojan]Detected by Sophos as Troj/Agent-LNU and by Malwarebytes as Trojan.DownloaderNo
SysteamsX[path to trojan]Detected by Malwarebytes as Trojan.Agent.STMNo
DJASIDX[path to trojan]Detected by Malwarebytes as Trojan.Agent.SSP - see an example hereNo
Microsoft (R) Windows TCP/IP Socket DriverX[path to trojan]Detected by Sophos as Troj/Proxy-DDNo
africaX[path to trojan]Detected by Dr.Web as Trojan.MulDrop4.14735 and by Malwarebytes as Trojan.Agent.AFRGenNo
MalavurrX[path to trojan]Detected by Dr.Web as Trojan.MulDrop5.33821 and by Malwarebytes as Trojan.Agent.E - see an example hereNo
RavDownX[path to trojan]Detected by Malwarebytes as Trojan.FakeAV - see examples here and hereNo
nonepX[path to trojan]Detected by Sophos as Troj/Agent-MOVNo
Registry Key NameX[path to trojan]Detected by Malwarebytes as Trojan.Agent.RKNGen. Loads via the HKCU\Run registry keyNo
soft2X[path to trojan]Detected by Symantec as Trojan.KardphisherNo
kiss###.cnX[path to trojan]Detected by Malwarebytes as Trojan.Agent.E - where # represents a digit, see an example hereNo
msbscX[path to trojan]Detected by Sophos as Troj/Banker-DFNo
Transfer Firewall Discovery Agent GroupX[path to trojan]Detected by Malwarebytes as Trojan.Agent.RNDNo
5p4mX[path to trojan]Detected by Sophos as Troj/Litebot-CNo
AdobeUIX[path to trojan]Detected by Malwarebytes as Trojan.Agent.ENo
PVRNPWWDTSX[path to trojan]Detected by Malwarebytes as Trojan.Agent.RND - see an example hereNo
pw91s493oplwhsn6r0p2bm53X[path to trojan]Detected by Malwarebytes as Trojan.Clicker - see examples here and hereNo
Microsoft LVX[path to trojan]Detected by Sophos as Troj/Bdoor-BDLNo
systransX[path to trojan]Detected by Sophos as Troj/StartPa-GZNo
run.batX[path to trojan]Detected by Malwarebytes as Trojan.Agent.ENo
execX[path to trojan]Added by the AGENT.AVEN TROJAN!No
Windows essentials FirewallX[path to trojan]Detected by Malwarebytes as Trojan.Agent.WIFNo
11shoppingtvX[path to trojan]Detected by Malwarebytes as Trojan.ClickerNo
MSFoxX[path to trojan]Detected by Sophos as Troj/DwnLdr-HKP and by Malwarebytes as Trojan.Agent.TraceNo
Root_MachineX[path to trojan]Detected by Sophos as Troj/Bancban-DINo
stolX[path to trojan]Detected by Malwarebytes as Trojan.Agent.Gen - see an example hereNo
reseurceX[path to trojan]Detected by Sophos as Troj/Lineage-AINo
Image Distributed NGEN Registry WinHTTP DHCPX[path to trojan]Detected by Malwarebytes as Trojan.Agent.RNDNo
crssrsX[path to trojan]Detected by Malwarebytes as Trojan.Agent.E - see an example hereNo
WheelsMouseX[path to trojan]Detected by Sophos as Troj/SocksPr-DNo
WindowsAppAcc.exeX[path to trojan]Detected by Malwarebytes as Trojan.Agent.WACNo
winreg_32X[path to trojan]Detected by Sophos as Troj/Banker-DBNo
cmsoundX[path to trojan]Detected by Sophos as Troj/TCXMedi-DNo
javawX[path to trojan]Detected by Kaspersky as Trojan-Banker.Win32.Banker.sjyc. Note - this entry loads from the HKCU\Run key, see examples here and hereNo
Windows ResurectionsX[path to trojan]Detected by Sophos as Troj/Agent-JPRNo

 

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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:

Variables:

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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