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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 :- 30th November, 2017
52420 listed

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Startup Item or Name Status Command or Data Description Tested
IEXPLORE.EXEX%System%:PI_SERVER.EXEDetected by Trend Micro as BKDR_POISON.SMP and by Malwarebytes 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 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 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 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
win32X%System%:taskk.exeDetected by Kaspersky as Backdoor.Win32.Rbot.kts and by Malwarebytes as Backdoor.Agent.Gen. 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 as Trojan.Passwords. The file is located in %Temp%No
RDKIX%TEMP%.scrDetected by McAfee as RDN/Generic Dropper!ge and by Malwarebytes as Backdoor.AgentNo
GKIUX%TEMP%.scrDetected by McAfee as RDN/Generic Dropper!ge and by Malwarebytes as Backdoor.AgentNo
QWEX%Windir%:BlackNixBuildr.exeDetected by Malwarebytes 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 as Backdoor.Agent.E. Note that the target is a Windows Alternate Data Stream (ADS)No
UPDATE.EXEX%Windir%:Update.exeDetected by Malwarebytes 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 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 as Trojan.BankerNo
SystemWideHook for Windows NTX%WinHook32.exeDetected by Symantec as W32.Mydoom.AC@mmNo
Flash MediaX%^% ^ %^%% ^ % ^%%^^ %^^%^%^ ^%% %^.exeAdded by a variant of W32.IRCBot. The file is located in %System%No
Flash MediaX%^^%^^% %^^^^ .exeAdded by a variant of W32.IRCBot. The file is located in %System%No
Flash MediaX % ^% ^^^ %^% %% ^ ^ %%% ^% %^ % %^^.exeAdded by a variant of W32.IRCBot. The file is located in %System%. Note the space at the beginning of the filenameNo
Flash MediaX %% % ^^ % %% ^%^^ ^^^ % ^%% ^ ^.exeAdded by a variant of W32.IRCBot. The file is located in %System%. Note the space at the beginning of the filenameNo
M7E4KBFAJOX a r.lnkDetected by McAfee as RDN/Generic.dx!dc3 and by Malwarebytes as Backdoor.Agent.E. Note the space at the beginning of the filenameNo
Windows Atapi x64 DriverX expIorer.exeDetected by Dr.Web as Trojan.DownLoader12.19100 and by Malwarebytes as Trojan.Downloader.ATP. Note the space at the beginning of the filename and the upper case "i" in place of a lower case "L"No
rsystemX hhhh.exeDetected by Malwarebytes as Ransom.Jigsaw. The file is located in %AppData%\rsystem - see hereNo
 pola.exeX pola.exeDetected by McAfee as RDN/Generic Downloader.x!hn and by Malwarebytes as Backdoor.Agent.DCENo
RegcxmarqX REGCXMARQ.EXEDetected by Trend Micro as TSPY_BANCOS.DK. Note the space at the beginning of the filenameNo
svchostX svchost.exeDetected by Malwarebytes as Backdoor.Bot.E. Note - this is not the legitimate svchost.exe process which is always located in %System%. This one is also located in %System% but has a space at the beginning of the filenameNo
WindowsUpdatem2X svchost.exeDetected by Malwarebytes as Backdoor.IRCBot.Gen. Note - this is not the legitimate svchost.exe process which is always located in %System%. This one is located in %Windir% and has a space at the beginning of the filenameNo
regeditX svchost.exe ccRegVfyDetected by Symantec as Trojan.Hotword.B. Note - this is not the legitimate svchost.exe process which is always located in %System%. This one is also located in %System% but has a space at the beginning of the filenameNo
Windows Auto UpdaterX WINDOWSUPDATE.EXEDetected by Trend Micro as WORM_SDBOT.PB. Note the space at the beginning of the filenameNo
FirewallX wmlaunch .exeDetected by Symantec as W32.Elitper.A@mm. Note the space at the beginning of the filenameNo
 WUAUCLT_UPDATEX wuauclt.exeDetected by McAfee as RDN/Ransom and by Malwarebytes as Backdoor.Agent.E. Note the space at the beginning of the "Startup Item" and "Command" fieldsNo
Flash MediaX ^ %%^%^%.exeAdded by a variant of W32.IRCBot. The file is located in %System%. Note the space at the beginning of the filenameNo
alkasrXÎäÒíÑ.exeDetected by Symantec as Backdoor.BalkartNo
íàïîìèíàíèå.txtXíàïîìèíàíèå.txtDetected by Malwarebytes as Trojan.Agent. The file is located in %UserStartup% and its presence there ensures it runs when Windows startsNo
aaX\.exeDetected by Malwarebytes as Trojan.FakeMS. The file is located in %AppData%No
sInErAX\.exeDetected by Sophos as W32/SillyFDC-AB. Note the space at the beginning of the filenameNo
DiagnosticUtilityX\.exeDetected by Malwarebytes as Backdoor.Agent.E. The file is located in %AppData% - see hereNo
kftc2014X\a.exeDetected by Malwarebytes as Trojan.Downloader. The file is located in %UserTemp% - see hereNo
HKEYAUDIOTMPX\eaylnlf.exeDetected by McAfee as W32/Autorun.worm.bc and by Malwarebytes as Worm.AutoRunNo
hh.exeX\hh.exeDetected by Malwarebytes as Backdoor.Agent.E. The file is located in %AppData%\[random] - see an example hereNo
logonuiX\raw.exeDetected by Malwarebytes as Trojan.Agent. The file is located in %Temp%No
WINDOWSX\windows.exeDetected by Sophos as Troj/Monbot-ANo
Windows SystemX\winsys32.exeDetected by Sophos as W32/Mytob-IS and by Malwarebytes as Backdoor.AgentNo
'AdwarePro'X'AdwarePro'.exeAdWarePro rogue security software - not recommendedNo
strongrightX(c).exeDetected by Malwarebytes as Backdoor.Downloader.DK. The file is located in %AppData%No
Control handlerX***********.exeCoolWebSearch parasite variant - where * represents a random character. The file is located in %System%No
Microsoft Windows Update XP64X********.exeDetected by Malwarebytes as Trojan.MWF.Gen - where * represents a random character. The file is located in %System%No
ms window updateX******.exeAdded by a variant of Backdoor:Win32/Rbot - where * represents a random character. The file is located in %System%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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