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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 August, 2016
50072 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
NoWayVirusXpgs.exeNoWayVirus rogue security software - not recommended, removal instructions here. A member of the AVSystemCare familyNo
overinstallXpgs.exePart of VirtualPCGuard, VirusGuardPlus and other members of the AVSystemCare family of rogue security software suites. See here for more examplesNo
PCAntiVirusProXpgs.exePCAntiVirusPro rogue security software - not recommended, removal instructions here. A member of the AVSystemCare familyNo
PCSecureSystemXpgs.exePCSecureSystem rogue security software - not recommended. A member of the AVSystemCare familyNo
PCTotalDefenderXpgs.exePCTotalDefender rogue security software - not recommended. A member of the AVSystemCare familyNo
PCViruslessXpgs.exePCVirusless, French rogue security software - not recommended, removal instructions here. A member of the AVSystemCare familyNo
ProtectionCompleteXpgs.exeProtectionComplete rogue security software - not recommended. A member of the AVSystemCare familyNo
ProtectionConueXpgs.exeProtectionConue rogue security software - not recommended. A member of the AVSystemCare familyNo
ProtezionefiDataXpgs.exeProtezionefiData rogue security software - not recommended. A member of the AVSystemCare familyNo
SichererAntivirusXpgs.exeSichererAntivirus, German rogue security software - not recommended. A member of the AVSystemCare familyNo
SichererSchutzXpgs.exeSichererSchutz, German rogue security software - not recommended. A member of the AVSystemCare familyNo
SolelunaAntiVirusXpgs.exeSolelunaAntiVirus rogue security software - not recommended. A member of the AVSystemCare familyNo
SpyGuardProXpgs.exeSpyGuardPro rogue security software - not recommended. A member of the AVSystemCare familyNo
TrojansFilterXpgs.exeTrojansFilter rogue security software - not recommended. A member of the AVSystemCare familyNo
TrojansFiltreXpgs.exeTrojansFiltre, French rogue security software - not recommended. A member of the AVSystemCare familyNo
TrustedAntivirusXpgs.exeTrustedAntivirus rogue security software - not recommended. A member of the AVSystemCare familyNo
VeiligheidAgentXpgs.exeVeiligheidAgent, Dutch rogue security software - not recommended. A member of the AVSystemCare familyNo
VirtualPCGuardXpgs.exeVirtualPCGuard rogue security software - not recommended, removal instructions here. A member of the AVSystemCare familyNo
VirusDifesaXpgs.exeVirusDifesa, Italian rogue security software - not recommended. A member of the AVSystemCare familyNo
VirusEffaceurXpgs.exeVirusEffaceur, French rogue security software - not recommended. A member of the AVSystemCare familyNo
VirusForsvarXpgs.exeVirusForsvar, Danish rogue security software - not recommended. A member of the AVSystemCare familyNo
VirusGardeXpgs.exeVirusGarde, French rogue security software - not recommended. A member of the AVSystemCare familyNo
VirusGuardPlusXpgs.exeVirusGuardPlus rogue security software - not recommended, removal instructions here. A member of the AVSystemCare familyNo
VirusSchlachtXpgs.exeVirusSchlacht, German rogue security software - not recommended. A member of the AVSystemCare familyNo
VirusSeigyoXpgs.exeVirusSeigyo rogue security software - not recommended. A member of the AVSystemCare familyNo
VirusVaktXpgs.exeVirusVakt, Swedish rogue security software - not recommended. A member of the AVSystemCare familyNo
WegVonVirenXpgs.exeWegVonViren, Swedish rogue security software - not recommended. A member of the AVSystemCare familyNo
WinSecureAvXpgs.exeWinSecureAv rogue security software - not recommended, removal instructions here. A member of the AVSystemCare familyNo
WinSpyControlXpgs.exeWinSpyControl rogue security software - not recommended. A member of the AVSystemCare familyNo
FantasyFootballBoss Search Scope MonitorUpgsrchmn.exeFantasyFootballBoss toolbar (now retired) - powered by the Ask Partner Network toolbars by IAC Applications (was Mindspark). Detected by Malwarebytes Anti-Malware as PUP.Optional.MindSpark. The file is located in %ProgramFiles%\FantasyFootballBoss\bar\*.bin - where * represents a number or letter. If bundled with another installer or not installed by choice then remove itYes
pgtaffXpgtaff.exeAdRotator adware variantNo
PiracyGuardXpguard_nbvpeqv.exeDetected by Malwarebytes Anti-Malware as Trojan.Agent. The file is located in %CommonAppData%\PiracyGuardNo
Winux Piriax ServiceXPH32.EXEDetected by Symantec as W32.Randex.GNo
PHOTOfunSTUDIONPhAutoRun.exePanasonic PHOTOfunSTUDIO photo/video management and editing software for their LUMIX range of digital cameras - "smartly sorts your photos and videos into practical folders that are created automatically as you upload them from your camera to a computer. The folders and their icons interface are linked with your LUMIX"No
PHOTOfunSTUDIO -viewer-NPhAutoRun.exePanasonic PHOTOfunSTUDIO photo/video management and editing software for their LUMIX range of digital cameras - "smartly sorts your photos and videos into practical folders that are created automatically as you upload them from your camera to a computer. The folders and their icons interface are linked with your LUMIX"No
DRam prmaessorXpHELLd.exeDetected by Malwarebytes Anti-Malware as Backdoor.IRCBot. The file is located in %System%No
Hyper FilesXphfhost.exeDetected by Sophos as Troj/Agent-JQONo
PhiBtnYPhiBtn.exeSnapshot and Launch button application from Philips belonging to Philips SPC 900NC CameraNo
Philips Intelligent AgentUPhilips Intelligent Agent.exePhilips Intelligent Agent searches automatically the correct update for your recordable drive in only three simple stepsNo
PhilipsRemoteUPhilipsRemote.exeRemote control support for MusicMatch Jukebox on Philips audio players such as the AZ2555 Sound Machine - see hereNo
PeresXPhisyco.scrDetected by Intel Security/McAfee as PWS-Banker.dldr!s and by Malwarebytes Anti-Malware as Trojan.BankerNo
GamecomSoundUPhoebus_x64.exeSupport for the ASUS ROG Xonar Phoebus soundcardNo
Dialgo SDKUPhoneAnswer.exeDialgo Wave Modem ActiveX SDK - telephone answering machine for scripting your own professional call center business scripts using a voice modem. "Features Caller ID Extraction, Digit Monitor and Playback, Wave File Playback and Recording on Phone Line. With this application you can save your Wave File in more than 20 Audio Formats"No
PhoneFree version 6.2UPHONEF??.EXEAn Internet telephony application. Complicated registration and ad banners tailored to your profile - see hereNo
Client AgentXphotes.exeDetected by Sophos as Troj/PPdoor-PNo
photo sex #.exeXphoto sex #.exeDetected by Malwarebytes Anti-Malware as Trojan.Agent.E - where # represents one or more digits. Note - the file is located in %UserStartup% and its presence there ensures it runs when Windows startsNo
PhotoXPhoto.exeDetected by Sophos as W32/SillyFDC-KH and by Malwarebytes Anti-Malware as Worm.SFDC.GenNo
POURXphoto.exeDetected by Intel Security/McAfee as RDN/Autorun.bfr!d and by Malwarebytes Anti-Malware as Worm.AutoRun.ENo
RunXPhoto.exeDetected by Malwarebytes Anti-Malware as Backdoor.Agent.TRJE. The file is located in %AppData%No
StartupXPhoto.exeDetected by Malwarebytes Anti-Malware as Trojan.Agent.STU. The file is located in %CommonAppData%\Microsoft\Windows\Start Menu\Programs (8/7/Vista) or %AllUsersProfile%\Start Menu\Programs (XP)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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