Startup Applications List

Unfortunately, due to a change in my circumstances, the startup programs database here at 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.

Paul Collins

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

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Name or Startup ItemStatusCommand or DataDescriptionTested?
SyBot v2.1 By Sky-DancerXHPSV.exeAdded by the ZOTOB.I WORM!No
Sygate Personal FirewallXhost32.exeAdded by the RBOT.ALD WORM!No
Sygate Personal FirewallXhostserv.exeAdded by the RBOT.BKO WORM!No
Sync DataUHndsync.exePocket Real Estate - mobile synchronization managerNo
systhreadXHELLO.EXEAdded by the WINKER.F BACKDOOR!No
tgcmdUhcenter.exeBellsouth help center. Part of software from SupportSoft (aka provided to manufacturers and ISPs that allows them to offer on-line support - to update drivers, fix faults, etc. Also see the TgAddServer entry. This part ensures the software is installed correctly (similar to an installation wizard) as reported by Cox. Regarded as spyware by some as it has the ability to retrieve user information. Whether it does so depends upon the provider. One Toshiba user reports problems with hibernate on his laptop if disabled - hence the "U" recommendation"No
TomcatStartup?hpbpsttp.exeApache Tomcat web server, part of HP LaserJet "Printer Tools" software. What does it do and is it required?No
TomcatStartup 2.5?hpbpsttp.exeApache Tomcat web server, part of HP LaserJet "Printer Tools" software. What does it do and is it required?No
ToolBoxFXUHPTLBXFX.exeHP ToolBoxFX - "provides desktop configuration, status and support for every feature". Supplied with some HP multifunction printersNo
ToolHelpXhwpv.exeAdded by a variant of the INFOSTEALER TROJAN!No
Toshiba Hotkey UtilityUHotkey.exeMultimedia/function key manager for Toshiba laptopsNo
Ultra Hal Assistant 4.5 StartupNHalAsst.exeZabaware Ultra Hal Assistant - artificial intelligence conversation simulator. It is capable of being your digital secretary and companionNo
UnHackMe MonitorUhackmon.exeUnHackMe allows you to detect and remove a new generation of 'invisible' Trojan programs called "rootkits"No
UpdateXhanz.exeAdded by a variant of the RBOT-GLJ WORM!No
UwezigXhumom.exeAdded by the MULTIDR-CR TROJAN!No
VDI Manager (HP)?HPO0VDX05.exeHP (Hewlett-Packard) related. Now - what does it do?No
Verknüpfung mit der High Definition Audio-EigenschaftenseiteUHDAudPropShortcut.exeRealtek audio card related. Probably adds the odd feature to one of the "Sounds" Control Panel applet tabs - doesn't appear to be required. German versionNo
Verknüpfung mit der High Definition Audio-EigenschaftenseiteNHDAShCut.exeHigh definition audio page shortcut for Realtek audio devices - not required. German versionNo
vhostXhost.exePeppi adwareNo
VMware hptrayXhpmon.exeTrojan that is typically bundled with rogue security programs (such as Virus Trigger and AntivirusTrigger) and fake codecs. Note - this is not a legitimate VMware entryNo
voipsoftXhkicmd.exeAdded by the AGENT-QVJ TROJAN!No
VSMPXhlojsnigc.exeAdded by the RBOT-GQS WORM!No
WeatherOnTrayXHbtWeatherOnTray.exeHotbar adwareNo
winUhomesec.exeRelated to the Sentry Parental Controls softwareNo
Win Drivers SSLXhpws.exeAdded by the IRCBOT.67098 WORM!No
Win Drivers SSL32Xhpwsnnsbc.exeAdded by the SPYBOT.MAR WORM!No
Win USB 2.0 USB DriverXHPPrint.exeAdded by the SPYBOT.DNB WORM!No
windowsXhkey.exeAdded by the GAOBOT.AFW WORM!No
Windows File Migration WizardXHIMENSYST.EXEAdded by the RBOT-EMO WORM!No
Windows Help System?Help.pif??No
Windows HostXhosts.exeAdded by the KELVIR.U WORM!No
Windows Host BooterXhostbooter.exeAdded by an unidentified WORM or TROJAN! See hereNo
Windows Host DeviceXhostsvc.exeAdded by the ZOOTY-A WORM!No
Windows Host ServiceXhost.exeAdded by the KELVIR.AN WORM!No
Windows Host32 StarterXhostserv.exeAdded by the SDBOT-WU WORM!No
Windows HostsXhosts.exeAdded by the KELVIR-O TROJAN!No
Windows HP DriversXhpdmws.exeAdded by the SDBOT.AQU WORM!No
windows messengersXhkcmds.exeAdded by the AGENT-CRZ TROJAN!No
Windows SoftwareXhbsppe.exeAdded by the RBOT-GLL WORM!No
Windows svchostXhappy2008.exeAdded by the PUSHBOT.AM WORM!No
WINDOWS SYSTEM CleanerXh3.exeAdded by the MYTOB.EQ WORM!No
Windows UpdateXhost32.exeAdded by the RBOT-GU WORM! No
Windows UpdateXhpztsb02.exeAdded by the BANCD-C TROJAN! Note - this it not the legitimate HP Deskjet series printer utility with the same filename located in %System%\spool\drivers\w32x86\3. This on is found in %Windir%No
Windows-NetworkXHost.exeAdded by the ESION BACKDOOR!No
winlogon.exeXhelper.exeAdded by the FAKESPY-A TROJAN!No
WinReg32 serviceXholqdnoxpmeu.exeAdded by a variant of the SDBOT WORM!No
WinServiceXhosth.exeAdded by the DWNLDR-FUX TROJAN!No
winterXhappy.exeAdded by the SDBOT-YF WORM!No
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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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Database creation and support by Patrick Kolla
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