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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 :- 30th October, 2015
46765 items 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
RBAH3ANDANYV.exeXRBAH3ANDANYV.exeDetected by McAfee as RDN/Generic.bfr!ho and by Malwarebytes Anti-Malware as Trojan.Downloader.MDONo
rbenh lptt01Xrbenh.exeRapidBlaster variant (in a "RBEnhance" folder in Program Files). A dedicated "RapidBlaster Killer" removal tool used to be available but quality anti-malware tools will now remove itNo
rbnynkctvXrbnynkctv.exeDetected by Sophos as Troj/Agent-GPANo
sl4 rulesXrbot32.exeAdded by the SDBOT-QC WORM!No
MicrosoftXrbssetup.exeDetected by Malwarebytes Anti-Malware as Trojan.Agent.MSGen. The file is located in %AppData%\WindowsNo
MicrosoftUpdateXRBuilder.exeDetected by Sophos as Troj/Dloadr-BMV and by Malwarebytes Anti-Malware as Trojan.Agent.MUGenNo
Remote ControlNRc.exeHinet Hi-Five ISP softwareNo
ElsaCapiCtlYRcapi.exeAssumed to stand for Remote Common Application Programming Interface (RCAPI), this was installed with an Elsa Microlink ISDN modem. If it is not there you can not bring up the dialog box which is sometimes needed to reset the modemNo
Windows Servce AgentXrcccgtwv.exeDetected by Kaspersky as Backdoor.Win32.Rbot.bll and by Malwarebytes Anti-Malware as Trojan.Agent. The file is located in %System%No
PacManStableXRCE.exeDetected by Dr.Web as Trojan.MulDrop5.8591 and by Malwarebytes Anti-Malware as Trojan.Agent.PCNo
Win343PluginXRCE.exeDetected by Dr.Web as Trojan.Inject1.31572 and by Malwarebytes Anti-Malware as Trojan.Agent.ENo
XenocodeXRCE.exeDetected by Malwarebytes Anti-Malware as Trojan.MSIL. The file is located in %UserTemp%\WinAppNo
Ring Central FaxUrcenterrll.exeOnly needed if you want a PC to answer faxes automaticallyNo
Rcf DriverXrcf.exeAdded by the RANDEX.BLD WORM!No
RegClean Expert SchedulerURCHelper.exe"Registry Clean Expert scans the Windows registry and finds incorrect or obsolete information in the registry. By fixing these obsolete information in Windows registry, your system will run faster and error free"No
.nortonXrchost.exeDetected by Sophos as Troj/Boxed-HNo
RCHotKeyURCHotKey.exePart of RingCentral Call Controller™ which "turns your PC into your personal business command center. It brings you real time control of your calls, and immediate access to faxing, your account, Microsoft Outlook® contacts, and many powerful business efficiency tools"No
rcimlby.exeXrcimlby.exeAdded by the SDBOT-DHK WORM!No
LTCISIXrckit.exeAdded by the IRCBOT-YJ BACKDOOR!No
Inters Configuration LoaderXRCL0ADERS.exeAdded by the SDBOT-KX WORM!No
RCleanMainXRCleanT.exeDetected by Malwarebytes Anti-Malware as Rogue.Agent.K. The file is located in %ProgramFiles%\RCleanNo
RemoteCenterURcMan.exeRemote control for Creative MediaSource - plays back music in DVD-Audio, MP3, WMA, WAV and other media formatsNo
rCronXrcron.exePageOn1 - Switch dialer and hijacker variant, see hereNo
ANSII RkitXrcs.exeDetected by Malwarebytes Anti-Malware as Trojan.Agent.CD. The file is located in %AppData% - see hereNo
RCScheduleCheckURCSCHED.EXEScheduler for Recovery Commander by Avanquest (was VCOM) - which "can restore your non-booting system back to normal. It only takes a few minutes to get your system back up and running"No
RegClean Expert SchedulerURCScheduler.exe"Registry Clean Expert scans the Windows registry and finds incorrect or obsolete information in the registry. By fixing these obsolete information in Windows registry, your system will run faster and error free"No
RCSyncXRCSync.exePrizeSurfer parasiteNo
BuzMeURCUI.exeDisplay Client for the BuzMe Internet Call Waiting ServiceNo
svchostXrcv.exeDetected by Malwarebytes Anti-Malware as Trojan.FkFox. The file is located in %AppData%No
rcwinHyperUrcwinHyper.exeAllows you to select a word or phrase within a document, application, web-page, etc and search for it within an older version the "Le Grand Robert & Collins" French/English dictionary from Le Robert. See here for more informationNo
rCwYoAkw.exeXrCwYoAkw.exeDetected by Malwarebytes Anti-Malware as Backdoor.Bot. The file is located in %UserProfile%\SiEgcgUQNo
StaskXrcxsafwv.exeDetected by Dr.Web as Trojan.AVKill.33413No
WGdDR8N7QVXrd92olL.exe.lnkDetected by Sophos as Troj/MSILInj-BF and by Malwarebytes Anti-Malware as Backdoor.Agent.RNDNo
rD9b0ULXrD9b0UL.exeDetected by McAfee as RDN/Generic BackDoor!ti and by Malwarebytes Anti-Malware as Backdoor.Agent.DCENo
RDAgentXRDAgent.exeRegDefense rogue registry cleaner - not recommendedNo
RDClientURDCLIENT.EXERemote Disconnection Utility from Twiga. Used for connecting and disconnecting dial up connections on a network - only needed if there is a shared internet connectionNo
Real DesktopYrdesc.exeReal Desktop by Schillergames "replaces the ordinary Windows desktop by using a 3D user interface, wherein the current configuration of the Windows desktop remains unchanged"No
sxwiutqjXrdkablgr.exeDetected by Malwarebytes Anti-Malware as Trojan.Weelsof. The file is located in %LocalAppData%No
RDListenerXRDListener.exeRegDefense rogue registry cleaner - not recommendedNo
rdmh.exeXrdmh.exeDetected by Malwarebytes Anti-Malware as Trojan.Autoit. Note - the file is located in %UserStartup% and its presence there ensures it runs when Windows starts, see hereNo
rdmh.exeXrdmh.exeDetected by Malwarebytes Anti-Malware as Trojan.Autoit. Note - this entry loads from HKLM\Run and HKCU\Run and the file is located in %UserTemp%, see hereNo
rdmouwXrdmouw.exeDetected by Dr.Web as Trojan.DownLoader7.32785 and by Malwarebytes Anti-Malware as Trojan.Agent.GenNo
RDM+ Control PanelUrdmpserv_cpanel.exeRemote Desktop for Mobiles - "Access remotely your computer even through NAT and Firewall from mobile. You can send and receive emails, edit word documents, surf web, manage files and folders and do hundreds of other things that you usually do sitting in front of your home or office computer"No
ucquwfXrdpclipi.exeDetected by Dr.Web as Trojan.DownLoader8.37095No
RDPlatinum v5XRDPlatinumv5.exeRegistry Defender Platinum rogue registry cleaner - not recommended, removal instructions hereNo
RAMDriveURDTask.exeVirtual Hard Drive Pro from Farstone - "takes a portion of your system memory and creates a RAM disk drive, which functions like a physical hard drive, only with much better access rates." No longer availableNo
RE.exeURE.exeRegistryEasy registry cleaner - regarded by Symantec as a potentially unwanted application, see hereNo
RealP1ayerXrea1p1ayer.exeAdded by the RPLAY.A TROJAN! Note that the name has a number "1" in place of the second lower case "L". The filename has a number "1" in place of both lower case "L"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).

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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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