Startup Applications List
Unfortunately, due to a change in my circumstances, the startup programs database here at Sysinfo.org will no longer be updated and the off-line downloads are no longer available. The version at Pacman's Portal will, however, continue to be updated and it's recommended that you refer to that site for more up to date information. The reason for this change in policy cannot be disclosed at this time but I hope you have enjoyed using the database here and thank you for your support and kind comments over the years.
If you're frustrated with the time it takes your Windows 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 startup programs (as opposed to processes/tasks) list - one of the most accurate and comprehensive. Services are not included - see below. The database is mirrored in a slightly different format at Pacman's Portal.
"Name or Startup Item" in the table below refers to how an entry is displayed in MSConfig, Windows Defender or the registry "Run" keys. "Command or Data" refers to the program the entry runs. For further information on this and how to identify and disable startup programs you may want to also visit this page.
For further information on random startup entries please visit the Startups Info page.
Last update :- 29th July, 2011
24133 items listed
|Name or Startup Item||Status||Command or Data||Description||Tested?|
|Google Updater||N||GOOGLE~1.EXE||Downloads and installs updates for Google applications (Google Earth, Google Desktop, etc.)||No|
|Google Updater||N||GoogleUpdater.exe||Downloads and installs updates for Google applications (Google Earth, Google Desktop, etc.)||No|
|GoogleBot.exe||X||GoogleBot.exe||Added by the GB TROJAN!||No|
|GoogleDCClient||N||GoogleDCC.exe||Google Compute Client - only present if you installed the Google Toolbar with "Google Compute" client active. Does complex calculations in the background when idle. If you want to turn it off go to your browser, click on the little double-helix on the Google Toolbar, and click "Stop Computing". No longer supported||No|
|GoogleQuickSearchBox||U||GoogleQuickSearchBox.exe||Part of Google Toolbar (from version 6 onwards) for IE. The Quick Search Box sits between the "Start" button and Quick Launch toolbar and "lets you easily search both your computer and the Web from a slick-looking search box that comes up only when you need it"||Yes|
|googletalk||U||googletalk.exe||Google Talk "enables you to call or send instant messages to your friends for free-anytime, anywhere in the world". Can be launched manually||No|
|GoogleUpdate||X||googleupdate.exe||Added by the FYNLOSKI-A BACKDOOR! Note - this is not the valid Google program which is normally located in %AppData%\Google\Update. This version resides in the main %AppData% directory||No|
|GoogleUpdater3||X||GoogleMapper.exe||Added by the ROUTROBOT WORM!||No|
|gotnewupdate000.exe||X||gotnewupdate000.exe||Added by the FAKEAV-BGA TROJAN!||No|
|GoToAssist Express Customer||U||g2ax_service.exe||Citrix GotoAssist Express - "provides you with live-support capability. Easily view and control your customers' computers online to quickly resolve their technical issues." End customer's version||No|
|GoToAssist Express Expert||U||g2ax_start.exe||Citrix GotoAssist Express - "provides you with live-support capability. Easily view and control your customers' computers online to quickly resolve their technical issues." Support expert's version||No|
|GoToMeeting||U||g2mstart.exe||Citrix GotoMeeting - web conferencing and online meeting tool which "allows you to host an online meeting with up to 15 people - so you can do more and travel less"||No|
|GoToMyPC||U||g2svc.exe||Citrix GoToMyPc - web-based remote-access solution that allows individuals and companies to register their computers online and then securely access those computers from any web browser||No|
|GoTrusted||U||GoTrusted Secure Tunnel.exe||"GoTrusted is the fast, easy way to secure your PC's Internet data and protect your privacy"||No|
|GotSmiley||X||GotSmiley.exe||GotSmiley - ad supported program that provides the user with smileys for use in emails. Not recommended. Please note that Claria Corporation no longer support GAIN-Supported software - see here||No|
|GP Updater||X||gpupdater.exe||Added by a variant of the IRCBOT BACKDOOR! See here||No|
|gqgqqger||X||gqgeqegl.exe||Added by the SDBOT-CLJ WORM!||No|
|GRA||N||gra.exe||Looks at system resources at startup and warns you if they have dropped. Contains links to the Disk Clean Up, Defrag and Start Up Menu. It does have a link to a startup configuration utility. Similar to msconfig but can keep a list of disabled apps. Not really necessary. Only appears if you load the Gateway Startup Utility||No|
|Gravis Xperience Driver Support||U||Grxp4exe.exe||Driver for Gravis game controllers such as the Eliminator Aftershock. Must be loaded if you run the supplied application software for the controller to be recognized. Start it manually via a shortcut if not used||No|
|GrdSys32||?||GrdSys32.exe||X-Stream ISP software. Offers free Net access funded by on-screen ads. Is it required or can you create your own dial-up networking connection to use on demand?||No|
|GreatDefender||X||GreatDefender.exe||GreatDefender rogue security software - not recommended, removal instructions here. A member of the AntiAID family||No|
|GreatDefender.exe||X||GreatDefender.exe||GreatDefender rogue security software - not recommended, removal instructions here. A member of the AntiAID family||No|
|Greetings Workshop||N||GWREMIND.EXE||You really want to be reminded about somebody's birthday at the expense of resources?||No|
|grinders||X||grinders.exe||Added by a variant of the Storm/Nuwar/Zhelatin WORM! See here for an example||No|
|Grokster||N||Grokster.exe||Grokster peer-to-peer (P2P) file-sharing client - now defunct||No|
|Groove Virtual Office||Y||Groove.exe||"Groove Virtual Office uses a peer-to-peer networking model to connect users in Groove Workspaces. In these workspaces geographically dispersed coworkers can do almost everything they could do in the same office. They can hold online meetings, store files and folders, save threaded discussions, scribble on whiteboards, share calendars, and track project information and timelines." Formerly by Groove Networks - now owned by Microsoft and part of MS Office||No|
|GrpConv||N||grpconv.exe||Microsoft Windows Program Group Converter - used by installers (ONLY in the RunOnce keys) - provides the translation of groups and group items to folders and links. Also see this MS Knowledge Base article||No|
|GsAds||X||gms2.exe||PacerD Media/Pacimedia.com adware||No|
|Gsiconexe||N||Gsicon.exe||ADSL modem monitor from Eicon Networks (now Dialogic). Can safely be disabled without affecting the connection - all this does is give an indication of connectivity and access to the diagnostic facilities||No|
|GSOrganizer||N||GSOrganizer.exe||GoldenSection Organizer (now WinOrganizer - personal information manager)||No|
|gStart||Y||gStart.exe||Garmin Training Center® software for their sports GPS devices. "Track and analyze your fitness activities with Garmin Training Center. Use it to review activity history as well as create workouts and send them to your Garmin fitness device"||No|
|GStartup||X||GMT.exe||Gator spyware component - see here. Please note that Claria Corporation no longer support GAIN-Supported software - see here||No|
|gsv||X||gsv.exe||Added by the ROBAL 1.0 backdoor TROJAN!||No|
|GT||X||GT.EXE||Added by the SDBOT-AJ WORM!||No|
|GTVEpg||U||GTVEpg.exe||Part of Got All Media - control your TV tuner and other utilities from your PC||No|
|GTVRec||U||GTVRec.exe||Part of Got All Media - control your TV tuner and other utilities from your PC||No|
|Gtwatch||N||gtwatch.exe||Associated with a Mustec scanner and not required||No|
|gtydf||X||ggrrgg.exe||Added by the DLOADR-AZK TROJAN!||No|
|Guard||U||Guard.exe||Related to Phoenix Technologies Core Managed Environment (cME) Integration and Certification program||No|
|Guard.Mail.ru.gui||Y||GuardMailRu.exe||Associated with Mail.Ru - "the largest free e-mail service of the Runet". Guard Mail.Ru - is "a multifunctional safety management programs to protect your PC from unwanted user actions"||No|
|GuardCenter||X||GuardCenter.exe||GuardCenter rogue security software - not recommended||No|
|GuardPcs.exe||X||GuardPcs.exe||GuardPcs rogue security software - not recommended, removal instructions here. A member of the AntiAID family||No|
|GuardWWW||X||GuardWWW.exe||GuardWWW rogue security software - not recommended, removal instructions here. A member of the AntiAID family||No|
|gummy||X||gummy.exe||Added by the VANEBOT-AQ WORM!||No|
Notes & Warnings
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 database of tasks/processes taken from Task Manager or the Close Program window (CTRL+ALT+DEL) but a database of startup applications, although you will find some of them listed via this method. Pressing CTRL+ALT+DEL identifies programs that are currently running - not necessarily at startup. For a list of tasks/processes you should try the Process Library from Uniblue, the list at PC Pitstop or one of the many others now available. Therefore, before ending a task/process via CTRL+ALT+DEL just because it has an "X" recommendation, please check whether it's in MSConfig or the registry first. An example would be "svchost.exe" - which doesn't appear in either under normal conditions but does via CTRL+ALT+DEL. If in doubt, don't do anything.
To avoid the database becoming too large, all virus 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" above for example. Multiple viruses can also use the same startup entries, in this case only those with significant differences (such as file location) are repeated in this database.
NOTE: 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
IMPORTANT: 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 NT/2K/XP/Vista/7 operating systems are not included. I 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.
If you're looking for a startup manager then why not try Spybot - Search & Destroy (by Safer Networking Ltd) as the startup programs section (select the Advanced mode) includes descriptions from this database. You might also want to try their RunAlyzer and FileAlyzer tools.As there are more than 10,000 entries in this database related to viruses, trojans, worms and other malware we recommend you use a quality internet security package. Which ever you choose, keep it updated.
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