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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 :- 28th April, 2016
49109 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
lgbrz32XPopStop32.exeAdded by the SPYBOT.HFT WORM!No
PopSubtractUPopSub.exePopSubtract by InterMute - pop-up stopper. Trend Micro acquired InterMute in 2005 and this has now been discontinuedNo
pool managerXpopsvr.exeAdded by the AGENT-S BACKDOOR!No
PopTrayUPopTray.exePopTray - POP3 mail notifierNo
PopularXPopular.exeDetected by Intel Security/McAfee as RDN/Generic.bfr!ex and by Malwarebytes Anti-Malware as Backdoor.Agent.GenNo
PopupEliminatorUPopup Eliminator.exePopupEliminator pop-up blocker from SurfSecret - no longer availableNo
PopUp DestroyUPopup-Destroy.exeFrench pop-up killer from VSoftNo
PopupUPopup.exePop-up blocker part of the Tweak-XP optimization utility for Windows XP from Totalidea SoftwareNo
Pop-Up-BlockerUpopup.exePop-up blocker part of the Tweak-XP optimization utility for Windows XP from Totalidea SoftwareNo
PopupAgentUPopupAgent.exeSpytech PopupAgent "kills and stops ad popups from annoying you and wasting your browsing time on the web"No
PopupBlockUPopupBlock.exePopupBlock pop-up blocker by planetscott.caNo
Popup Blocker SystemXPopUpBlocker.exeAdded by a variant of W32/Sdbot.worm. The file is located in %System%No
System Mechanic Popup BlockerUPopupBlocker.exePopup blocker part of Iolo System Mechanic utility suiteNo
Blocker System611 MonitoringXPopUpBlocker611.exeDetected by Trend Micro as WORM_RBOT.BLJNo
Popup Blocker System326a MonitoringXPopUpBlocker6a.exeDetected by Trend Micro as WORM_RBOT.AUHNo
Popup Blocker System8 MonitoringXPopUpBlocker8.exeAdded by a variant of W32/Sdbot.worm. The file is located in %System%No
PopUp Buster+Upopupbuster.exePopUp Buster - free Pop-up blockerNo
MasterBoot SwitchXpopupkill.exeDetected by Trend Micro as WORM_SDBOT.AYONo
Ashampoo PopUpBlockerUPopUpKiller.exeAshampoo® Popup Blocker - part of a number or their products, including Magical Security and WinOptimizer Platinum 3No
PopUpKillerUPopUpKiller.exePopUpKiller - pop-up killerNo
Ultimate Popup KillerUPopupkiller.exeUltimate Popup Killer - pop-up killerNo
Asmw Soft Popups BurnerUpopups burner.exePopup blocker, part of Asmw Soft PC OptimizerNo
Pop-Up_ScannerUPopupscn.exePanicware popup blockerNo
Pop-Up SmasherUPopupSmasher.exePop-Up Smasher - pop-up killerNo
System Mechanic Popup StopperUPopupstopper.exePopup stopper part of Iolo System Mechanic utility suiteNo
PopUpStopperProfessionalUPopUpStopperProfessional.exePanicware's Pop-Up Stopper - paid for versionNo
PopupVanishUPopupVanish.exePop-up blockerNo
PopUpWasherUPopUpWasher.exeWebroot PopUpWasher pop-up killer - now discontinuedNo
POPUPWATCHXPopUpWatch.exeBPS Spyware Remover rogue spyware remover - not recommended, removal instructions hereNo
[various names]Xporka_.exeFake startup entry created by the Wareout rogue spyware and dialer remover - not recommended, removal instructions here. Archived version of Andrew Clover's original pageNo
IE6Xporn.pifDetected by Sophos as W32/Rbot-ATFNo
TrojanShield ProtectorUPort.exeTrojanShield anti-hacker/anti-trojan softwareNo
Pure Networks Port MagicNPortAOL.exePure Networks Port Magic (as available with versions AOL® software) automatically configures most in-home Internet gateways, improving access and performance for applications such as instant messaging, online gaming, and streaming music and videoNo
portcrds.exeUportcrds.exeDetected by Malwarebytes Anti-Malware as PUP.Optional.Chad. The file is located in %ProgramFiles%\WinPcaC. If bundled with another installer or not installed by choice then remove itNo
GW Port ControllerYPORTCT95.EXEFrom a visitor - "I must keep it active in start up or my Lexmark printer and RCA Cam program cannot discover a working port to work". From the file properties, the file is known as "Smart Thru Fax Drive Spy" and is supplied by SamsungNo
postsosXpost.exeAdded by the TATERF-Z WORM!No
winsXPostalSecreto.exeDetected by Microsoft as Trojan:Win32/Sisron and by Malwarebytes Anti-Malware as Trojan.Agent. The file is located in %Windir%No
wuaclt.exeXpostal_tarjeta.batDetected by Intel Security/McAfee as Generic.dx!balw and by Malwarebytes Anti-Malware as Worm.AutoRun.ENo
LastwordXPosta_Update.exeDetected by ESET as Win32/LastwordNo
M Player Post Installer?postinstallm.exe??No
PostTipXPostTip.exeDetected by Ikarus as AdWare.Win32.SideTabNo
jiungasXpot.exeDetected by Malwarebytes Anti-Malware as Trojan.Agent. The file is located in %AppData%\settingNo
poueuploadXpoueupload.exeDetected by Malwarebytes Anti-Malware as Trojan.Injector.AI. The file is located in %AppData%No
GtermxXPouitnx.exeDetected by Intel Security/McAfee as RDN/Generic PWS.y!wa and by Malwarebytes Anti-Malware as Trojan.KeyLogger.GenNo
POW!Upow.exePop-up killerNo
HKCUXpower excell.exeDetected by Intel Security/McAfee as RDN/Generic.bfr!hy and by Malwarebytes Anti-Malware as Backdoor.HMCPol.GenNo
HKLMXpower excell.exeDetected by Intel Security/McAfee as RDN/Generic.bfr!hy and by Malwarebytes Anti-Malware as Backdoor.HMCPol.GenNo
PoliciesXpower excell.exeDetected by Intel Security/McAfee as RDN/Generic.bfr!hy and by Malwarebytes Anti-Malware as Backdoor.Agent.PGenNo
Power-Antivirus-2009XPower-Antivirus-2009.exePower Antivirus 2009 rogue security software - not recommended, removal instructions hereNo
winsXpower12.exeDetected by Dr.Web as Trojan.DownLoader11.19985 and by Malwarebytes Anti-Malware as Trojan.Downloader.ENo

 

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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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