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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

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
webX******.exeAdded by a variant of Backdoor:Win32/Rbot - where * represents a random character. The file is located in %System%No
180ClientStubInstallX******.tmp180Solutions adware related - where * represents a random character. The file is located in %UserTemp%No
Outlook Express ConfigX*****.exeAdded by a variant of Backdoor:Win32/Rbot - where * represents a random characterNo
0utlook ExpressX*****.exeDetected by Sophos as W32/Rbot-CC - where * represents a random character. Note - the first character in the "Startup Item" field is actually the digit "0" and not a capital "o"No
ccAppX*****.exeDetected by Sophos as W32/Rbot-LJ - where * represents a random letterNo
cyberfree.exeX****.datUnidentified adware - where * represents a random character. The file is located in %UserTemp%No
Microsoft-softwareX****.exeAdded by a variant of Backdoor:Win32/Rbot - where * represents a random character. The file is located in %System%No
Service PAck SFVPX****.exeAdded by a variant of Backdoor:Win32/Rbot - where * represents a random characterNo
Microsofts Security ManagerX****.exeDetected by Sophos as W32/Rbot-WH - where * represents a random characterNo
EBUNWVLUMVX***.exeDetected by Malwarebytes as Trojan.Agent - where * represents a character. The file is located in %Temp%No
EWABQAF7KLX***.exeDetected by Malwarebytes as Trojan.Agent - where * represents a character. The file is located in %Temp%No
Description of Shortcuts?*.exe* seems to be a sequence of alphanumerics that can be different, i.e., 1960F8A9, 4EBD23F5, etc. Each of these files would appear to be a shortcut, i.e., 4EBD23F5 is actually Works Calender Reminder (found via a registry search)No
E8WECRKKMVX*.exeDetected by Malwarebytes as Trojan.Agent - where * represents a character. The file is located in %Temp%No
MonopodX*.exeDetected by Malwarebytes as Trojan.FakeAlert - where * represents a letter. The file is located in %Temp%No
MicrosoftUpdateX*.tmp.exeDetected by Malwarebytes as Trojan.Agent.MUGen - where * represents digits. The file is located in %UserTemp%No
engelX*.tmp.exeDetected by Malwarebytes as Backdoor.Agent - where * represents anything. The file is located in %AppData%No
SvchostX*1.exeDetected by Malwarebytes as Backdoor.Bot.E - where * represents a character. The file is located in %AppData%No
Adobe Automatic UpdateX*Miner#*Detected by Malwarebytes as Trojan.Agent - where * represents anything and # represents a digitNo
.NET.X-NET-SERVICES-.exeDetected by Dr.Web as Trojan.MulDrop3.8518 and by Malwarebytes as Trojan.AgentNo
loginServerX.DocDetected by Malwarebytes as Backdoor.Agent.DCO. The file is located in %AppData%No
svchostX.exeDetected by Malwarebytes as Backdoor.Bot.E. The file is located in %AppData%No
UserX.exeDetected by Sophos as W32/Punya-BNo
Adobe Flash Pdf ReaderX.exeDetected by Malwarebytes as Trojan.Agent.ADBGen. The file is located in %Temp%No
Minecon Cape Link GeneratorX.exeDetected by McAfee as RDN/Generic.bfr and by Malwarebytes as Backdoor.Agent.DCENo
TetherX.exeDetected by Malwarebytes as Backdoor.Agent.E. The file is located in %UserTemp%No
Microsoft® Windows® Operating SystemX.exeDetected by Malwarebytes as Backdoor.Agent. The file is located in %UserTemp%No
MinerX.exeDetected by Malwarebytes as Trojan.Bitminer. The file is located in %UserProfile%\AppData\OpenMinNo
Système d?exploitation Microsoft® Windows®X.exeDetected by Malwarebytes as Backdoor.Agent.DCGen. The file is located in %Temp%No
Internet Download Manager (IDM)X.exeDetected by Malwarebytes as Trojan.MSIL.IDM. The file is located in %UserTemp%No
The Black Walkers .dll exploitX.exeDetected by Malwarebytes as Trojan.Dropper. The file is located in %Temp%No
CSGO SCX.exeDetected by Malwarebytes as Trojan.Agent. The file is located in %UserTemp%No
sdsdX.exeDetected by McAfee as RDN/Ransom and by Malwarebytes as Trojan.Agent.XXNo
Codelux Crypter V2.0X.exeDetected by McAfee as RDN/Generic.bfr!ic and by Malwarebytes as CryptTool.Agent.CLNo
Forms 1.0X.exeDetected by Malwarebytes as Trojan.Banker.E. The file is located in %UserProfile%\AppData (10/8/7/Vista) or %AppData% (XP/2K)No
IJ_GGGX.exeDetected by McAfee as RDN/Generic Dropper!sq and by Malwarebytes as Trojan.Agent.RNSNo
ENAVLRTWFX.exeDetected by McAfee as RDN/Generic BackDoor and by Malwarebytes as Trojan.Agent.RNSNo
New oneX.exeDetected by Malwarebytes as Trojan.Dropper. The file is located in %Temp%No
TeknoMW3X.exeDetected by Malwarebytes as Trojan.Agent. The file is located in %Temp%No
WinRARX.exeDetected by Malwarebytes as Backdoor.Agent.DC. The file is located in %UserTemp% - see hereNo
@Crack MagebotX.exeDetected by McAfee as Generic BackDoor and by Malwarebytes as Backdoor.XTRat.ENo
Atomic Mail SenderX.exeDetected by Malwarebytes as Trojan.Agent. The file is located in %Temp%No
(Default)X.exeDetected by Malwarebytes as Trojan.Agent. Note - this malware actually changes the value data of the "(Default)" key in HKLM\Run and HKCU\Run in order to force Windows to launch it at boot. The name field in MSConfig may be blank and the file is located in %AppData%No
(Default)X.exeDetected by Malwarebytes as Trojan.Agent. Note - this malware actually changes the value data of the "(Default)" key in HKLM\RunOnce in order to force Windows to launch it at boot. The name field in MSConfig may be blank and the file is located in %AppData%No
(Default)X.exeDetected by Malwarebytes as Trojan.MSIL. Note - this malware actually changes the value data of the "(Default)" key in HKCU\Run in order to force Windows to launch it at boot. The name field in MSConfig may be blank and the file is located in %AppData%\AcrobatNo
(Default)X.exeDetected by Malwarebytes as Trojan.MSIL.AG. Note - this malware actually changes the value data of the "(Default)" key in HKCU\Run in order to force Windows to launch it at boot. The name field in MSConfig may be blank and the file is located in %UserTemp%No
(Default)X.EXEDetected by Malwarebytes as Trojan.Backdoor.VB. 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 file is located in %Windir%No
CyberLink PowerStarterX.exeDetected by Malwarebytes as Spyware.Password. Note - this is not a legitimate entry for CyberLink PowerStarter and the file is located in %UserTemp%No
.exeX.exeDetected by Malwarebytes as Trojan.Agent. The file is located in %AppData%No
sweX.exeDetected by McAfee as RDN/Ransom and by Malwarebytes as Trojan.Agent.ENo
Microsoft StoreX.exeDetected by McAfee as RDN/Generic.bfr and by Malwarebytes as Backdoor.PasswordStealerNo

 

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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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