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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 :- 29th August, 2014
41816 items listed
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|Startup Item or Name||Status||Command or Data||Description||Tested|
|StartNow Search Protect||U||search_protect.exe||StartNow toolbar by Conduit Ltd. Detected by Malwarebytes Anti-Malware as PUP.Optinal.StartNow. The file is located in %ProgramFiles%\StartNow Toolbar. If bundled with another installer or not installed by choice then remove it||No|
|O7E4KBFZJO||X||SEBuPMd.exe.lnk||Detected by McAfee as Generic BackDoor and by Malwarebytes Anti-Malware as Backdoor.Agent.DCE||No|
|Shell||X||SEBuQMe.exe,explorer.exe||Detected by McAfee as RDN/Generic.bfr!fc. 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 "SEBuQMe.exe" (which is located in %AppData%\E6e9nrI8)||No|
|SecureExpertCleaner||X||sec.exe||Secure Expert Cleaner rogue privacy program - not recommended, removal instructions here. Detected by Malwarebytes Anti-Malware as Rogue.SecureExpertCleaner||No|
|Windows applicaton||X||sec.exe||Detected by McAfee as RDN/Generic.dx!d2h and by Malwarebytes Anti-Malware as Trojan.Agent||No|
|run=||X||sec5dec.exe||Added by the ATAK.G WORM!||No|
|Second Copy||U||SecCopy.exe||Second Copy® by Centered Systems - "is the perfect automatic backup software designed for Windows XP and above. It makes a backup of your data files to another directory, internal or external hard disk or to a computer across the network"||No|
|Second Copy 2000||U||SecCopy.exe||Second Copy® by Centered Systems - "is the perfect automatic backup software designed for Windows XP and above. It makes a backup of your data files to another directory, internal or external hard disk or to a computer across the network"||No|
|*Security Center||X||secctr.exe||Detected by Trend Micro as WORM_SDBOT.BRO||No|
|secdrive.exe||X||secdrive.exe||Added by a variant of the SPYBOT WORM! See here||No|
|load||X||Secret.bat||Detected by Dr.Web as Trojan.MulDrop4.9061 and by Malwarebytes Anti-Malware as Trojan.Ransom. Note - this entry modifies the legitimate HKCU\Software\Microsoft\Windows NT\CurrentVersion\Windows "load" value data to include the file "Secret.bat" (which is located in %Temp%)||No|
|secir||X||secret.exe||Detected by Dr.Web as Trojan.DownLoader10.8716 and by Malwarebytes Anti-Malware as Trojan.Downloader.XN||No|
|Secret||X||Secret.exe||Detected by Sophos as Troj/Delf-LW||No|
|SECRETMAKER||U||secretmaker.exe||Secretmaker is a combination of eight privacy-defending programs, including Spam Fighter Pro, Worm Hunter, Pop-Up Killer, Banner Blocker, Cookie Eraser, Privacy Protector, History Cleaner, and Garbage Cleaner||No|
|Windows Update||X||SecretStub.exe||Detected by Malwarebytes Anti-Malware as Backdoor.IRCBot. The file is located in %Windir%||No|
|secserv.exe||X||secserv.exe||Detected by Panda as an EasySearch adware variant. Note - EasySearch modifies the Internet Explorer settings and may download programs onto the infected computer||No|
|Security Server DB||X||secserver.exe||Added by a variant of the IRCBOT BACKDOOR! See here||No|
|Security Service DB||X||secservice.exe||Added by a variant of the IRCBOT BACKDOOR! See here||No|
|Security Shield||X||secshield.exe||Detected by McAfee as Generic PWS.y and by Malwarebytes Anti-Malware as Trojan.Agent.Gen||No|
|secsrvrc||X||secsrvrc.exe||Detected by Kaspersky as Trojan-Spy.Win32.SCKeyLog.au||No|
|Network Security||X||secsvc.exe||Added by the RBOT-ALX WORM!||No|
|Security Service||X||secsvc.exe||Added by the RBOT-GGF WORM!||No|
|System Event Manager||X||secsvc.exe||Detected by Trend Micro as WORM_RBOT.BMY||No|
|secsvc32||X||secsvcnt.exe||Detected by Total Defense as Global Patrol 1.31||No|
|Secsys||U||Secsys.exe||UltraSoft Key Interceptor surveillance software - uninstall this unless you put it there yourself!||No|
|SecUpd||X||SecUpd.exe||Detected by McAfee as Ransom and by Malwarebytes Anti-Malware as Trojan.Agent.RNS||No|
|Security Agent||X||securag.exe||Detected by Sophos as Troj/Bancban-F||No|
|Secure||X||Secure.exe||Detected by McAfee as RDN/Generic Dropper!tz and by Malwarebytes Anti-Malware as Backdoor.Agent.DCE||No|
|Bat||X||secure2.bat||Added by the ZCREW.C TROJAN!||No|
|Compaq Computer Security||?||Secure32.exe||??||No|
|Win32 Security Protocol||X||secure32.exe||Added by the RBOT-ETI WORM!||No|
|Winsecure Antivirus||X||Secureantivirus.exe||Added by a variant of the SPYBOT WORM!||No|
|MicrosoftCorp||X||securebind.exe||Detected by Malwarebytes Anti-Malware as Trojan.Agent.MSGen. The file is located in %System% - see here||No|
|MicrosoftNAPC||X||securebind.exe||Detected by Malwarebytes Anti-Malware as Backdoor.Bot. The file is located in %System% - see here||No|
|SecureCleaner||X||SecureCleaner.exe||SecureCleaner rogue spyware remover - not recommended, removal instructions here||No|
|SecureFighter||X||SecureFighter.exe||SecureFighter rogue security software - not recommended, removal instructions here. A member of the WiniGuard family||No|
|securefile.cpl||X||securefile.cpl||Detected by Malwarebytes Anti-Malware as Trojan.Banker.E. The file is located in %AppData%||No|
|SecureItPro||U||Secureitpro470p.exe||SecureIt Pro - lock your computer when you're not there, to stop malicious users from accessing your desktop||No|
|SecureKeeper||X||SecureKeeper.exe||SecureKeeper rogue security software - not recommended, removal instructions here. Detected by Malwarebytes Anti-Malware as Rogue.SecureKeeper. A member of the AntiAID family||No|
|SecureMessenger||X||SecureMessenger.exe||Detected by McAfee as RDN/PWS-Banker and by Malwarebytes Anti-Malware as Trojan.Banker.PRC||No|
|Security Monitor||X||securemon.exe||Added by the SLENFBOT.ABH WORM!||No|
|Microsoft Information||X||securenet.exe||Added by the SDBOT.AJM WORM!||No|
|SecurePcAv||X||SecurePcAv.exe||SecurePcAv rogue security software - not recommended, removal instructions here. A member of the AntiAID family||No|
|Security Center Distribution||X||securesec.exe||Added by a variant of the IRCBOT BACKDOOR! See here||No|
|Security System||X||securesys.exe||Added by a variant of the IRCBOT BACKDOOR! See here||No|
|2kowmeuswvw3||X||securetystudio.exe||Security Inspector 2010 rogue security software - not recommended, removal instructions here||No|
|SecureVeteran||X||SecureVeteran.exe||SecureVeteran rogue security software - not recommended, removal instructions here. A member of the WiniGuard family||No|
|SecureWarrior||X||SecureWarrior.exe||SecureWarrior rogue security software - not recommended, removal instructions here. A member of the WiniGuard family||No|
|[random characters]||X||securewinload32x.exe||Added by the OPTIXP-N TROJAN!||No|
|Security Central||X||Security Central.exe||Security Central rogue security software - not recommended, removal instructions here||No|
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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).
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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