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If you're frustrated with the time it takes your Windows 10/8/7/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 :- 30th December, 2016
50736 listed

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Startup Item or Name Status Command or Data Description Tested
PCMAgentNPCMAgent.exePreloads parts of CyberLink's PowerCinema digital home entertainment software to speed up the launch of the main program. Only required on slower/older systems and if disabled it loads when required via an instance of svchost.exe. Also included with versions of PowerCinema bundled (and re-branded) with systems from Acer, Dell, ASUS and othersYes
PC MaticRTUPCMaticRT.exePart of an older version of the PC Matic utility suite from PC Pitstop, LLCNo
PCM DefenderXpcmdefenderp.exeDetected by Malwarebytes as Rogue.PCMDefender. The file is located in %AppData%\PCM DefenderNo
PCMedicXPCMedic.exePCMedic rogue security software - not recommended, removal instructions hereNo
PCMedicXPCMedicLaunch.exePCMedic rogue security software - not recommended, removal instructions hereNo
PCMMRealtimeXpcmm.exePC MightyMax rogue security software - not recommended, see hereNo
PCMM2007RTXpcmm2007.exePC MightyMax 2007 rogue security software - not recommended, see hereNo
PCMMediaSharing?PCMMediaSharing.exePart of Acer HomeMedia Connect, which is part of Acer Arcade Live. What does it do and is it required?No
pcmn891.exeUpcmn891.exeFreeKeyLogger surveillance software. Uninstall this software unless you put it there yourselfNo
PCMaster AntispywareXpcmp.exePCMaster Antispyware rogue security software - not recommended, removal instructions hereNo
Cyberlink PowerCinema 3.0NPCMService.exePart of Cyberlink's PowerCinema - which can be used to watch movies, play music and even watch TV in a central location. Commonly, PC manufacturers will base their own multimedia player/organizer on PowerCinema (such as Dell's Media Experience and Acer's Arcade Deluxe). Disabling this entry will not prevent PowerCinema working and doing so can prevent problems such as the screensaver not starting or a laptop not entering standby/hibernation/sleep-modeYes
PCMServiceNPCMService.exePart of Cyberlink's PowerCinema - which can be used to watch movies, play music and even watch TV in a central location. Commonly, PC manufacturers will base their own multimedia player/organizer on PowerCinema (such as Dell's Media Experience and Acer's Arcade Deluxe). Disabling this entry will not prevent PowerCinema working and doing so can prevent problems such as the screensaver not starting or a laptop not entering standby/hibernation/sleep-modeYes
pcn.exeXpcn.exeDetected by Dr.Web as Trojan.DownLoader10.49964. Note - the file is located in %UserStartup% and its presence there ensures it runs when Windows startsNo
SoundXPCNT_Trend.exeDetected by Malwarebytes as Trojan.Agent.AI. The file is located in %System%\driversNo
ProtectXPCoptimizer2010.exePCoptimizer 2010 rogue security software - not recommended, removal instructions hereNo
PC_Clean_OptimizerXPCOUpdate.exeDetected by Malwarebytes as Rogue.PCCleanerOptimizer. The file is located in %ProgramFiles%\PCONo
PCPrivacyCleanerXpcpc.exePCPrivacyCleaner rogue privacy tool - not recommendedNo
Total Protect 2009Xpcpc_starter.exeTotal Protect 2009 rogue security software - not recommended, removal instructions hereNo
PCPerfUpcperf.exePC Accelerator 2007 from DefendGate Inc. "Powerful all-in-one PC performance and Internet acceleration solution designed to help increase your system and online performance and security"No
RDReminderUPCPerformer.exePC Performer optimization utility by PerformerSoft. Detected by Malwarebytes as PUP.Optional.PCPerformer. The file is located in %ProgramFiles%\PC Performer. If bundled with another installer or not installed by choice then remove itNo
PC Pitstop EraseUPCPitstopErase.exeScheduler for an earlier release of Erase from PC Pitstop LLC - which "protects your privacy by removing personal information stored on your computer. Safely and easily removes traces of your computing and Internet activities." Now superseded by PC Magnum (which is detected by Malwarebytes as PUP.Optional.PCMagnum)Yes
PC Pitstop Erase SchedulerUPCPitstopErase.exeScheduler for an earlier release of Erase from PC Pitstop LLC - which "protects your privacy by removing personal information stored on your computer. Safely and easily removes traces of your computing and Internet activities." Now superseded by PC Magnum (which is detected by Malwarebytes as PUP.Optional.PCMagnum)Yes
PCPitstopEraseUPCPitstopErase.exeScheduler for an earlier release of Erase from PC Pitstop LLC - which "protects your privacy by removing personal information stored on your computer. Safely and easily removes traces of your computing and Internet activities." Now superseded by PC Magnum (which is detected by Malwarebytes as PUP.Optional.PCMagnum)Yes
PCPitStopEraserUPCPitStopErase.exeScheduler for an earlier release of Erase from PC Pitstop LLC - which "protects your privacy by removing personal information stored on your computer. Safely and easily removes traces of your computing and Internet activities." Now superseded by PC Magnum (which is detected by Malwarebytes as PUP.Optional.PCMagnum)No
PCPlus SecurityXpcplusupsc.exePCPlus rogue security software - not recommended, removal instructions hereNo
PC Pitstop Optimize SchedulerUPCPOptimize.exeScheduler for an older version of the Optimize system optimization utility from PC Pitstop LLCNo
PCPOptimizeUPCPOptimize.exeScheduler for an older version of the Optimize system optimization utility from PC Pitstop LLCNo
PCPowerSpeedUPCPowerTray.exePCPowerSpeed optimization utility. Detected by Malwarebytes as PUP.Optional.PCPowerSpeed. The file is located in %ProgramFiles%\PCPowerSpeed. If bundled with another installer or not installed by choice then remove itNo
pcprivacyXpcprivacy.exePCPrivacy rogue security software - not recommended, removal instructions hereNo
PC Privacy2XPcPrivacy2Up.exePCPrivacy rogue security software - not recommended, removal instructions hereNo
PCPrivacyDockUPCPrivacyDock.exePC Privacy Dock by Tweaklogy Technologies - "a system cleaner that makes cleaning your computer a safe and simple process." Detected by Malwarebytes as PUP.Optional.PCPrivacyDock. The file is located in %ProgramFiles%\PC Privacy Dock. If bundled with another installer or not installed by choice then remove itNo
PCprotectar.exeXPCprotectar.exePCprotectar rogue security software - not recommended. A member of the AntiAID familyNo
PC Protection CenterXPcProtection.exePC Protection Center 2008 rogue security software - not recommended, removal instructions hereNo
PCPUReminderUPCPurifier.exeOptimize and improve your PC?s performance with PC Purifier. Get rid of all registry errors to make your PC run faster and smoother. Detected by Malwarebytes as PUP.Optional.PCPurifier. The file is located in %ProgramFiles%\PC Purifier or %ProgramFiles%\PC-Purifier. If bundled with another installer or not installed by choice then remove itNo
PCRecSAUPCRecSA.exePart of the IBM/XPoint Rapid Restore backup utility. If you choose, you can use it to create a "clean" backup of your hard drive. The process involves the software partitioning your hard drive, making a compressed image of the working drive which will then allow you to revert to that should you need toNo
pcsXpcs.exeDetected by Intel Security/McAfee as RDN/Generic BackDoor and by Malwarebytes as Backdoor.Agent.DCENo
pcspeedupXpcs.exePC Speed Up rogue security software - not recommended, removal instructions hereNo
PC ScanAndSweepNPCScanAndSweep.exeAscentive PC Scan & Sweep junk file remover - not recommended, see here and hereNo
PC ScoutXpcscout.exePC Scout rogue security software - not recommended, removal instructions hereNo
PCSpeed ServiceXpcsdup.exePCSpeed rogue security software - not recommended, removal instructions hereNo
PCSecureMainXPCSecure.exePC Secure rogue security software - not recommended, removal instructions hereNo
PcSecureNetXPcSecureNet.exePcSecureNet rogue security software - not recommended, removal instructions here. A member of the AntiAID familyNo
BGDDS9N8RWXPCSetups.exe.lnkDetected by Intel Security/McAfee as RDN/Generic Dropper!uv and by Malwarebytes as Trojan.Agent.IMNNo
CyberArmorHelperYpcshelp.exePart of the CyberArmor enterprise class personal firewallNo
PC Speedup-Pro_LogonNpcsp.exePC Speedup Pro optimization utility - "designed and tested with utmost care to keep your PCs running smooth, fast and error free". Detected by Malwarebytes as PUP.Optional.PCSpeedupPro. The file is located in %ProgramFiles%\Aerojet. If bundled with another installer or not installed by choice then remove itNo
PCScan AntispywareXpcsp.exePCScan Antispyware rogue security software - not recommended, removal instructions hereNo
PC SpeedScan ProNPCSpeedScan.exeAscentive PC SpeedScan Pro registry optimizer - not recommended, see here and hereNo
PC-SpiderXpcspiup.exePC Spider rogue security software - not recommended, removal instructions hereNo
PcsProtectorXPcsProtector.exePcsProtector rogue security software - not recommended, removal instructions here. A member of the AntiAID familyNo
PcsSecureXPcsSecure.exePcsSecure rogue security software - not recommended, removal instructions here. A member of the AntiAID familyNo

 

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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).

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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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