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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 :- 30th April, 2015
45214 items listed

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Startup Item or Name Status Command or Data Description Tested
Windows UpdateXrrgw3nec.qmq.$$$$$$$$$Detected by McAfee as RDN/Generic PWS.y!ut and by Malwarebytes Anti-Malware as Backdoor.Agent.ENo
StartupXrrining.exeDetected by Dr.Web as Trojan.DownLoader9.9849 and by Malwarebytes Anti-Malware as Trojan.MSIL.RNNo
RRMedicXrrmedic.exeTroubleshooting utility for the RoadRunner cable internet service. Not required and you are advised to completely uninstall it. Provides a lot of false alarms and gets a lot of people panicking about there internet connectionNo
Windows LoL LayerXrrntsbq.exeDetected by Kaspersky as Backdoor.Win32.Bifrose.dpoa and by Malwarebytes Anti-Malware as Backdoor.Bot. The file is located in %System%No
Rapid RestoreUrrpcsb.exeXPoint "Rapid Restore PC" - "a Managed Recovery solution that enables IT Administrators to protect the corporate image, while offloading personal data backup and recovery chores to the end user"No
AdobeReaderProXrruxdkf.exeDetected by Kaspersky as Backdoor.Win32.Rbot.adf and by Malwarebytes Anti-Malware as Backdoor.Bot. The file is located in %System%No
rs32netXrs32net.exeDetected by Sophos as Troj/Agent-IFHNo
arjtqhalypXrsacir.exeDetected by Malwarebytes Anti-Malware as Trojan.Agent. The file is located in %System%No
[random characters]Xrsbmsc.exeDetected by AntiVir antivirus as the BDS/Agent.adt TROJAN!No
Rsbot293.exeXRsbot293.exeDetected by Malwarebytes Anti-Malware as Trojan.MSIL.Bladabindi. The file is located in %AppData%\MicrosoftNo
RscmptURscmpt.exeRequired on the GeFroce 64 meg MX card to show the full 64 meg memory and appears to be a software memory emulator running under the Win2K - see here. High CPU useage results - hence the U statusNo
RandomScreenURSD.exeRandomScreen Deluxe by angGoGo Software - "is a powerful, easy to use utility for managing your screensavers and desktop wallpaper. You can run randomly your all screensavers or show favorite picture or flash in screensaver, change desktop wallpaper, play mp3 in screensaver background"No
(Default)Xrsddoser.exeDetected by Microsoft as PWS:MSIL/Petun.A. Note - this malware actually changes the value data of the "(Default)" key in HKLM\Run and HKCU\Run in order to force Windows to launch it at boot. The name field in MSConfig may be blankNo
Red Swoosh EDN ClientURSEDNClient.exeRed Swoosh distributed networking software - a desktop client that enables users to download and stream files from each other, rather than from webservers. Now superseded by the Akamai NetSession Interface download manager which is used by companies such as Adobe and Corel to download and install their online products. Required for the download to start and complete but once finished it can be disabled and re-instated at a later date if neededNo
(Default)XRSEpicbot2007.exeDetected by Malwarebytes Anti-Malware as Trojan.Clicker. Note - this malware actually changes the value data of the "(Default)" key in HKCU\Run in order to force Windows to launch it at boot. The name field in MSConfig may be blank and the file is located in %AppData%\Microsoft\Windows\Start Menu\Programs (8/7/Vista) or %UserProfile%\Start Menu\Programs (XP)No
Microsoft ServerXrserv.exeDetected by Trend Micro as WORM_AGOBOT.AVSNo
Synchronization ManagerXrservers.exeAdded by the FORBOT-FM WORM!No
rsmbXrsmb.exeDetected by Sophos as W32/Stration-HNo
rsmb32Xrsmb32.exeAdded by the STRATION.AV WORM!No
Enterprise HarmonyUrsMenu.exeEnterprise Harmony 99 for CASIO - synchronization software for use with Microsoft® Outlook 97/98/2000No
Enterprise Harmony '99UrsMenu.exeEnterprise Harmony 99 for CASIO - synchronization software for use with Microsoft® Outlook 97/98/2000No
Randsoft Harmony '98UrsMenu.exeRandsoft Harmony '98 (superseded by Enterprise Harmony 99) for CASIO - synchronization software for use with Microsoft® Outlook 97/98/2000No
rsMenuUrsMenu.exeEnterprise Harmony 99 for CASIO - synchronization software for use with Microsoft® Outlook 97/98/2000. Formally Randsoft Harmony '98No
rsn32.exeXrsn32.exeDetected by Malwarebytes Anti-Malware as Trojan.Agent.TMGen. The file is located in %Temp%No
defrag.exeXrsnotify.exeDetected by Malwarebytes Anti-Malware as Trojan.Agent. The file is located in %AppData%\pe explorerNo
Resource MeterNrsrcmtr.exeWindows Resource Meter. Available via Start → Programs. You may want this enabled if your PC is suffering from crashes and want to know potential causesNo
RSRCMTZ?RSRCMTZ.exe??No
VgaDriverXRsrVga32.exeDetected by Sophos as Troj/Keylog-AHNo
rsrvmon.exeXrsrvmon.exeAdded by the AGENT.NY TROJAN!No
RssReaderURssReader.exeRssReader - a free RSS reader able to display any RSS and Atom news feed (XML)No
WinFix serviceXrsswjzgp.exeAdded by the RBOT-FAE WORM!No
Alcohol120Xrst.exeDetected by Dr.Web as Trojan.Siggen5.37516 and by Malwarebytes Anti-Malware as Trojan.Agent.ENo
Random Interface NetworkXrst.exeDetected by Sophos as W32/Delbot-PNo
SCISoundXrstray.exeDetected by Kaspersky as Trojan-Spy.Win32.KeyLogger.cpn and by Malwarebytes Anti-Malware as Trojan.Keylogger.OLNo
*RestoreYrstrui.exePart of Windows System Restore and added as a RunOnce registry entry. Leave aloneNo
SystemRestoreXrstrui_w.exeDetected by Malwarebytes Anti-Malware as Backdoor.Bot. The file is located in %Windir%No
RSV StartXRSV.exeDetected by Malwarebytes Anti-Malware as Trojan.Ardamax. The file is located in %System%\KIRKSWNo
MSN UPDATERXRSVC32.EXEAdded by the RBOT-HW WORM!No
Network Administration ServiceXrsvc32.exeAdded by the RBOT.ABH WORM!No
rsvpXrsvp.exe /waitserviceDetected by Microsoft as TrojanDownloader:Win32/Horst.Q. Note - this is not the legitimate rsvp.exe which is always located in %System%. This one is located in either %Windir%, %Windir%\System, %Temp%, %AppData%, %AppData%\Microsoft or %System%\driversNo
Remote Access DomainXrswsvc.exeDetected by Microsoft as Worm:Win32/Slenfbot.FPNo
rtasksXrtasks.exePart of rogue software including members of the AVSystemCare security suite family (see here for examples), WinAntiVirus Pro 2006 and WinAntiVirus Pro 2007No
rtcdllUrtcdll.exeRTCDLL is "Real Time Communication" and is associated with Windows Messenger (the IM application, not messenger service). It is only necessary if you use Windows Messenger. Most people use MSN Messenger instead, so it is not required in those casesNo
startkeyXrtfmsv.exeDetected by Sophos as Troj/Edepol-C and by Malwarebytes Anti-Malware as Backdoor.BotNo
NETXRTHDCPL.EXDetected by Malwarebytes Anti-Malware as Backdoor.Agent.DEM. The file is located in %AppData%\MediaNo
WINXRTHDCPL.EXDetected by Malwarebytes Anti-Malware as Backdoor.Agent.DEM. The file is located in %AppData%\MediaNo
 Realtek HD Audio Sound Effect ManagerXRthdcpl.exeDetected by Malwarebytes Anti-Malware as Trojan.Agent.FI. Note the space at the beginning and end of the "Startup Item" field and this is not the legitimate Realtek file of the same name which is normally located in %System%. This one is located in %MyDocuments%\RealtekNo
Realtek HD Audio Sound Effect ManagerURTHDCPL.EXERealtek HD Audio Control Panel, installed with the XP/2K drivers for on-board Realtek HD audio codecs. Provides a default (but optional) System Tray icon which allows you to manage audio device settings and gives you access to the Sound Manager and other multimedia functions. You will also receive notifications when devices are plugged into and removed from the jacks (such as headphones and a microphone). In some cases, if this is not running when such a device is plugged it it may not be detected and therefore may not workYes
RTHDCPLURTHDCPL.EXERealtek HD Audio Control Panel, installed with the XP/2K drivers for on-board Realtek HD audio codecs. Provides a default (but optional) System Tray icon which allows you to manage audio device settings and gives you access to the Sound Manager and other multimedia functions. You will also receive notifications when devices are plugged into and removed from the jacks (such as headphones and a microphone). In some cases, if this is not running when such a device is plugged it it may not be detected and therefore may not workYes
HD Audio Background Process?RtHDVBg.exeInstalled with the 32-bit 8/7/Vista drivers for on-board Realtek HD audio codecs. The exact purpose is unknown at presentNo

 

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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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