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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 :- 31st May, 2018
53377 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
Windows Applications ConverterX[path to trojan]Detected by Malwarebytes as Trojan.Agent.RNS - see an example hereNo
MicrosoftX[path to trojan]Detected by Malwarebytes as Trojan.Agent.MSGen. This entry loads from HKLM\Run and/or HKCU\RunNo
SaymfX[path to trojan]Detected by Malwarebytes as Trojan.Agent.ENo
SkypeUpdatesX[path to trojan]Detected by Malwarebytes as Backdoor.Agent.DCE - see an example hereNo
DesktopConfigX[path to trojan]Detected by Dr.Web as Trojan.DownLoader4.8979No
Windows applicatonX[path to trojan]Detected by Malwarebytes as Trojan.AgentNo
WinSysModuleX[path to trojan]Detected by Sophos as Troj/Agent-DIQNo
Autoupdate ServiceX[path to trojan]Detected by Sophos as Troj/Agent-CBNo
DesktopConfig#X[path to trojan]Detected by Malwarebytes as Trojan.Agent - where # represents a digit, see examples here and hereNo
WinUpgraderX[path to trojan]Detected by Sophos as Troj/Agent-DZNo
AVPX[path to trojan]Detected by Sophos as Troj/Mutbo-ANo
NTP ServerX[path to trojan]Detected by Symantec as Backdoor.Ranky.FNo
CTimeX[path to trojan]Detected by Symantec as Trojan.HttpdosNo
Web-cameinstX[path to trojan]Detected by Sophos as Troj/Ranck-BPNo
BarslockX[path to trojan]Detected by Malwarebytes as Trojan.Agent.RNS - see an example hereNo
VC Desktop SuperfetchX[path to trojan]Detected by Malwarebytes as Trojan.Agent.RNDNo
cartaoX[path to trojan]Detected by Sophos as Troj/Dloader-QDNo
DesktopNotifyerX[path to trojan]Detected by Malwarebytes as Trojan.Agent.rfNo
JHWKFX[path to trojan]Detected by Trend Micro as TROJ_SMALL.MLCNo
System service78X[path to trojan]Detected by Sophos as Troj/Elitebar-TNo
imonitorX[path to trojan]Detected by Sophos as Troj/Imoni-A. The filename can be random but the most common one is "imonitor.exe" in %Windir%No
System service79X[path to trojan]Detected by Sophos as Troj/Elitebar-VNo
Windows FrameworksX[path to trojan]Detected by Malwarebytes as Trojan.Agent.WFNo
1DFAGXX[path to trojan]Detected by Malwarebytes as Trojan.Agent.BM - see hereNo
explorerX[path to trojan]Detected by Malwarebytes as Trojan.Agent. Note - this entry loads from the HKCU\Run key - see examples here and hereNo
explorerX[path to trojan]Detected by Sophos as Troj/Agent-EU and by Malwarebytes as Trojan.Agent. Note - this entry loads from HKCU\Policies\Explorer\Run and filenames include system.exe, libHide.dll, systemup.exe and vbstub.exeNo
Reeg_X[path to trojan]Detected by Sophos as Troj/Bancban-AWNo
Mspatch69X[path to trojan]Detected by Symantec as Backdoor.MproxNo
REEGRUNX[path to trojan]Detected by Trend Micro as TROJ_SECDROP.AINo
TaskManagerX[path to trojan]Detected by Sophos as Troj/LdPinch-CFNo
Webclient DCOM Receiver RPC BrowserX[path to trojan]Detected by Malwarebytes as Trojan.Downloader.RNDNo
f94mggfhfghodftdfX[path to trojan]Detected by Trend Micro as TROJ_SMALL.JHZNo
LitebotX[path to trojan]Detected by Sophos as Troj/Litebot-ENo
REERGRUNRNTX[path to trojan]Detected by Trend Micro as TROJ_AGENT.IMNo
spoolaxX[path to trojan]Detected by Sophos as Troj/Perda-DNo
javachX[path to trojan]Detected by Dr.Web as Trojan.Inject1.52301 and by Malwarebytes as Trojan.Agent.JV - see an example hereNo
CognacX[path to trojan]Detected by Trend Micro as TROJ_COGNAC.JNo
mousepadX[path to trojan]Detected by Sophos as Troj/Winsysba-ENo
svchoctX[path to trojan]Detected by Malwarebytes as Trojan.AgentNo
Windows NNTX[path to trojan]Detected by Symantec as Backdoor.Ranky.ENo
winsysupdX[path to trojan]Detected by Sophos as Troj/StartPa-NINo
atlap32X[path to trojan]Detected by Malwarebytes as Trojan.AgentNo
LogActionX[path to trojan] -LastFixDetected by Malwarebytes as Trojan.Ransom.LAGenNo
explorerX[path to troll.exe]Detected by Dr.Web as Trojan.KillProc.16258 and by Malwarebytes as Trojan.AgentNo
AidaX[path to ttuh.exe]Detected by Symantec as Adware.PurityScan - also see the archived version of Andrew Clover's pageNo
AicaX[path to tuaa.exe]Detected by Symantec as Adware.PurityScan - also see the archived version of Andrew Clover's pageNo
Microsoft Winedows updeteX[path to tygpuv.exe]Detected by Malwarebytes as Backdoor.AgentNo
ueynfxi4X[path to ueynfxi4.exe]Detected by Malwarebytes as Trojan.Agent.IXF. The file location is typically %ProgramFiles%\[various] - see examples here and hereNo
MediaNotifyerX[path to unpack.exe]Detected by Malwarebytes as Trojan.Downloader - see an example hereNo
system updataX[path to updata.exe]Detected by Sophos as Troj/Lineage-CNo

 

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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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