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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 :- 31st May, 2016
49526 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
plugin-container.exeXplugin-container.exeDetected by Intel Security/McAfee as RDN/Generic.hra and by Malwarebytes Anti-Malware as Trojan.Agent.CMA. Note - the file is located in %AllUsersStartup% and its presence here ensures it runs when Windows startsNo
No Credit CardXplugin-[random].exeAdult content pop-up diallerNo
AdobeXplugin.exeDetected by Intel Security/McAfee as RDN/Generic BackDoor and by Malwarebytes Anti-Malware as Backdoor.Agent.DCENo
Adobe ReaderXplugin.exeDetected by Malwarebytes Anti-Malware as Backdoor.Agent.DCE. The file is located in %AppData% - see hereNo
Adobe ReaderXplugin.exeDetected by Malwarebytes Anti-Malware as Trojan.Agent.MPL. Note - this entry loads from HKCU\Run or HKCU\Policies\Explorer\Run and the file is located in %AppData%\Microsoft - see hereNo
Adobe ReaderXplugin.exeDetected by Malwarebytes Anti-Malware as Trojan.Agent.MPL. Note - this entry loads from the Windows Startup folder and the file is located in %AppData%\Microsoft - see hereNo
Adobe ReaderXplugin.exeDetected by Malwarebytes Anti-Malware as Trojan.Agent. The file is located in %Temp%No
AppleUtilityXplugin.exeDetected by Intel Security/McAfee as RDN/Generic BackDoor and by Malwarebytes Anti-Malware as Backdoor.Agent.DCENo
AVGXplugin.exeDetected by Intel Security/McAfee as RDN/Generic.bfr!fj and by Malwarebytes Anti-Malware as Backdoor.Agent.ENo
CLSIDXplugin.exeFirstEnter - Switch dialer and hijacker variant, see hereNo
Dlls do WindowsXPlugin.exeDetected by Malwarebytes Anti-Malware as Backdoor.Agent.CSR. The file is located in %Root%\MicrosoftNo
HKCUXPlugin.exeDetected by Malwarebytes Anti-Malware as Backdoor.HMCPol.Gen. The file is located in %System%No
HKLMXPlugin.exeDetected by Malwarebytes Anti-Malware as Backdoor.HMCPol.Gen. The file is located in %System%No
Java UpdaterXPlugin.exeDetected by Malwarebytes Anti-Malware as Backdoor.Agent.Gen. The file is located in %Windir%\installNo
MicrosoftXPlugin.exeDetected by Malwarebytes Anti-Malware as Trojan.Agent.MSGen. The file is located in %System%\MicrosoftNo
mofenitorXplugin.exeDetected by Malwarebytes Anti-Malware as Backdoor.Agent. The file is located in %ProgramFiles%\plugin - see hereNo
MOVIDARXplugin.exeDetected by Malwarebytes Anti-Malware as Backdoor.Agent. The file is located in %System%\WindowsNo
pluginXplugin.exeDetected by Intel Security/McAfee as RDN/Generic BackDoor!yt and by Malwarebytes Anti-Malware as Backdoor.Agent.DCENo
PoliciesXPlugin.exeDetected by Malwarebytes Anti-Malware as Backdoor.Agent.PGen. The file is located in %System%\MicrosoftNo
PoliciesXplugin.exeDetected by Intel Security/McAfee as RDN/Generic.bfr!fj and by Malwarebytes Anti-Malware as Backdoor.Agent.PGen. The file is located in %Windir%\ctfmonNo
PoliciesXPlugin.exeDetected by Malwarebytes Anti-Malware as Backdoor.Agent.PGen. The file is located in %Windir%\Cursors\CursoresNo
PoliciesXPlugin.exeDetected by Malwarebytes Anti-Malware as Backdoor.Agent.PGen. The file is located in %Windir%\installNo
SkypeXPlugin.exeDetected by Malwarebytes Anti-Malware as Backdoor.Agent.Gen. The file is located in %Windir%\installNo
Smiley DistrictXplugin.exeSmiley District adwareNo
souregndXplugin.exeDetected by Malwarebytes Anti-Malware as Backdoor.Agent. The file is located in %ProgramFiles%\plugin - see hereNo
SystemXPlugin.exeDetected by Malwarebytes Anti-Malware as Backdoor.Agent.CSR. The file is located in %Root%\MicrosoftNo
UPTADEXPlugin.exeDetected by Intel Security/McAfee as RDN/Generic Dropper!sp and by Malwarebytes Anti-Malware as Backdoor.Agent.UPDNo
Win32XPlugin.eXeDetected by Malwarebytes Anti-Malware as Backdoor.Agent.Gen. The file is located in %Root%\directory\CyberGate\MicrosoftNo
Win32XPlugin.exeDetected by Intel Security/McAfee as RDN/Generic.bfr and by Malwarebytes Anti-Malware as Backdoor.Agent.Gen. The file is located in %System%\MicrosoftNo
Win32XPlugin.exeDetected by Malwarebytes Anti-Malware as Backdoor.Agent.Gen. The file is located in %Windir%\Cursors\CursoresNo
Win32XPlugin.exeDetected by Malwarebytes Anti-Malware as Backdoor.Agent.Gen. The file is located in %Windir%\Microsoft - see hereNo
WindowsXPlugin.exeDetected by Malwarebytes Anti-Malware as Backdoor.Agent.CSR. The file is located in %Root%\MicrosoftNo
Windows Live MessengerXplugin.exeDetected by Malwarebytes Anti-Malware as Trojan.Agent.ADB. The file is located in %AppData%\MicrosoftNo
Windows UpdatesXplugin.exeDetected by Malwarebytes Anti-Malware as Trojan.Agent.WU. The file is located in %UserTemp%No
Windows WordXplugin.exeDetected by Dr.Web as Trojan.MulDrop2.39589 and by Malwarebytes Anti-Malware as Backdoor.Agent.DCGenNo
ShellXplugin.exe,explorer.exeDetected by Intel Security/McAfee as RDN/Generic BackDoor and by Malwarebytes Anti-Malware as Hijack.ShellA.Gen. Note - this entry adds an illegal HKCU\Software\Microsoft\Windows NT\CurrentVersion\Winlogon "Shell" entry. The value data points to "explorer.exe" (which is a legitimate file located in %Windir% and shouldn't be deleted) and "plugin.exe" (which is located in %AppData%)No
ShellXplugin.exeexplorer.exeDetected by Malwarebytes Anti-Malware as Hijack.ShellA.Gen. Note - this entry adds an illegal HKCU\Software\Microsoft\Windows NT\CurrentVersion\Winlogon "Shell" entry. The value data points to "plugin.exeexplorer.exe" (which should be located in %AppData% but does not exist as there should have been a "," between "ee" - see here)No
Windows Plugin OneXplugin01.exeDetected by Intel Security/McAfee as PWS-Banker!hcqNo
 Windows Plugin TwoXplugin02.exeDetected by Intel Security/McAfee as PWS-Banker!hcq and by Malwarebytes Anti-Malware as Trojan.Banker. Note the space at the beginning of the "Startup Item" fieldNo
Windows Plugin ThreeXplugin03.exeDetected by Intel Security/McAfee as PWS-Banker!hcq and by Malwarebytes Anti-Malware as Trojan.BankerNo
WinXPXplugin1.exeAdded by the Downloader-JW TROJAN!No
WinXPHomeXplugin2.exeDetected by Trend Micro as VBS_INOR.TNo
Plugin Live 64Xplugin64.exeDetected by Intel Security/McAfee as PWS-Banker!hcq and by Malwarebytes Anti-Malware as Spyware.BankerNo
SGOFRVXPluginIntro.exeDetected by Intel Security/McAfee as RDN/Generic Dropper!sn and by Malwarebytes Anti-Malware as Backdoor.Agent.PLGenNo
XURNMSXPluginIntro.exeDetected by Intel Security/McAfee as RDN/Generic Dropper!sp and by Malwarebytes Anti-Malware as Backdoor.Agent.PLGenNo
Adobe ReaderXplugins.exeDetected by Malwarebytes Anti-Malware as Trojan.Agent.ADB. The file is located in %AppData%No
Adobe ReaderXplugins.exeDetected by Malwarebytes Anti-Malware as Trojan.Agent.ADB. The file is located in %UserTemp%No
PoliciesXplugins.exeDetected by Malwarebytes Anti-Malware as Backdoor.Agent.PGen. The file is located in %Windir%No
RGGTXplugins.exeDetected by Malwarebytes Anti-Malware as Backdoor.Agent.Gen. The file is located in %Windir%No
TRTHYXplugins.exeDetected by Malwarebytes Anti-Malware as Backdoor.Agent. The file is located in %Windir%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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