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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
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|Startup Item or Name||Status||Command or Data||Description||Tested|
|lgbrz32||X||PopStop32.exe||Added by the SPYBOT.HFT WORM!||No|
|PopSubtract||U||PopSub.exe||PopSubtract by InterMute - pop-up stopper. Trend Micro acquired InterMute in 2005 and this has now been discontinued||No|
|pool manager||X||popsvr.exe||Added by the AGENT-S BACKDOOR!||No|
|PopTray||U||PopTray.exe||PopTray - POP3 mail notifier||No|
|Popular||X||Popular.exe||Detected by Intel Security/McAfee as RDN/Generic.bfr!ex and by Malwarebytes Anti-Malware as Backdoor.Agent.Gen||No|
|PopupEliminator||U||Popup Eliminator.exe||PopupEliminator pop-up blocker from SurfSecret - no longer available||No|
|PopUp Destroy||U||Popup-Destroy.exe||French pop-up killer from VSoft||No|
|Popup||U||Popup.exe||Pop-up blocker part of the Tweak-XP optimization utility for Windows XP from Totalidea Software||No|
|Pop-Up-Blocker||U||popup.exe||Pop-up blocker part of the Tweak-XP optimization utility for Windows XP from Totalidea Software||No|
|PopupAgent||U||PopupAgent.exe||Spytech PopupAgent "kills and stops ad popups from annoying you and wasting your browsing time on the web"||No|
|PopupBlock||U||PopupBlock.exe||PopupBlock pop-up blocker by planetscott.ca||No|
|Popup Blocker System||X||PopUpBlocker.exe||Added by a variant of W32/Sdbot.worm. The file is located in %System%||No|
|System Mechanic Popup Blocker||U||PopupBlocker.exe||Popup blocker part of Iolo System Mechanic utility suite||No|
|Blocker System611 Monitoring||X||PopUpBlocker611.exe||Detected by Trend Micro as WORM_RBOT.BLJ||No|
|Popup Blocker System326a Monitoring||X||PopUpBlocker6a.exe||Detected by Trend Micro as WORM_RBOT.AUH||No|
|Popup Blocker System8 Monitoring||X||PopUpBlocker8.exe||Added by a variant of W32/Sdbot.worm. The file is located in %System%||No|
|PopUp Buster+||U||popupbuster.exe||PopUp Buster - free Pop-up blocker||No|
|MasterBoot Switch||X||popupkill.exe||Detected by Trend Micro as WORM_SDBOT.AYO||No|
|Ashampoo PopUpBlocker||U||PopUpKiller.exe||Ashampoo® Popup Blocker - part of a number or their products, including Magical Security and WinOptimizer Platinum 3||No|
|PopUpKiller||U||PopUpKiller.exe||PopUpKiller - pop-up killer||No|
|Ultimate Popup Killer||U||Popupkiller.exe||Ultimate Popup Killer - pop-up killer||No|
|Asmw Soft Popups Burner||U||popups burner.exe||Popup blocker, part of Asmw Soft PC Optimizer||No|
|Pop-Up_Scanner||U||Popupscn.exe||Panicware popup blocker||No|
|Pop-Up Smasher||U||PopupSmasher.exe||Pop-Up Smasher - pop-up killer||No|
|System Mechanic Popup Stopper||U||Popupstopper.exe||Popup stopper part of Iolo System Mechanic utility suite||No|
|PopUpStopperProfessional||U||PopUpStopperProfessional.exe||Panicware's Pop-Up Stopper - paid for version||No|
|PopUpWasher||U||PopUpWasher.exe||Webroot PopUpWasher pop-up killer - now discontinued||No|
|POPUPWATCH||X||PopUpWatch.exe||BPS Spyware Remover rogue spyware remover - not recommended, removal instructions here||No|
|[various names]||X||porka_.exe||Fake startup entry created by the Wareout rogue spyware and dialer remover - not recommended, removal instructions here. Archived version of Andrew Clover's original page||No|
|IE6||X||porn.pif||Detected by Sophos as W32/Rbot-ATF||No|
|TrojanShield Protector||U||Port.exe||TrojanShield anti-hacker/anti-trojan software||No|
|Pure Networks Port Magic||N||PortAOL.exe||Pure 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 video||No|
|portcrds.exe||U||portcrds.exe||Detected 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 it||No|
|GW Port Controller||Y||PORTCT95.EXE||From 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 Samsung||No|
|postsos||X||post.exe||Added by the TATERF-Z WORM!||No|
|wins||X||PostalSecreto.exe||Detected by Microsoft as Trojan:Win32/Sisron and by Malwarebytes Anti-Malware as Trojan.Agent. The file is located in %Windir%||No|
|wuaclt.exe||X||postal_tarjeta.bat||Detected by Intel Security/McAfee as Generic.dx!balw and by Malwarebytes Anti-Malware as Worm.AutoRun.E||No|
|Lastword||X||Posta_Update.exe||Detected by ESET as Win32/Lastword||No|
|M Player Post Installer||?||postinstallm.exe||??||No|
|PostTip||X||PostTip.exe||Detected by Ikarus as AdWare.Win32.SideTab||No|
|jiungas||X||pot.exe||Detected by Malwarebytes Anti-Malware as Trojan.Agent. The file is located in %AppData%\setting||No|
|poueupload||X||poueupload.exe||Detected by Malwarebytes Anti-Malware as Trojan.Injector.AI. The file is located in %AppData%||No|
|Gtermx||X||Pouitnx.exe||Detected by Intel Security/McAfee as RDN/Generic PWS.y!wa and by Malwarebytes Anti-Malware as Trojan.KeyLogger.Gen||No|
|HKCU||X||power excell.exe||Detected by Intel Security/McAfee as RDN/Generic.bfr!hy and by Malwarebytes Anti-Malware as Backdoor.HMCPol.Gen||No|
|HKLM||X||power excell.exe||Detected by Intel Security/McAfee as RDN/Generic.bfr!hy and by Malwarebytes Anti-Malware as Backdoor.HMCPol.Gen||No|
|Policies||X||power excell.exe||Detected by Intel Security/McAfee as RDN/Generic.bfr!hy and by Malwarebytes Anti-Malware as Backdoor.Agent.PGen||No|
|Power-Antivirus-2009||X||Power-Antivirus-2009.exe||Power Antivirus 2009 rogue security software - not recommended, removal instructions here||No|
|wins||X||power12.exe||Detected by Dr.Web as Trojan.DownLoader11.19985 and by Malwarebytes Anti-Malware as Trojan.Downloader.E||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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