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?
hachimitsu-lemonXhachimitsu-lemon.exeAdded by the HACHILEM TROJAN!No
HackMuFptXHackMuFpt.exeAdded by the SCLOG-AG TROJAN!No
HalflifeXhalflife2.exeAdded by the AGOBOT-OC BACKDOOR! Note - this file is not associated with Valve Corporation's Half-Life 2 gameNo
HalloweenDesktopUHalloweenDesktop.exeAnimated desktop gadget included with the Halloween theme for MyColors from Stardock CorporationNo
HamachiYhamachi.exeLogMeIn Hamachi remote control and VPN softwareNo
HaMFrontPanelUhampanel.exeDisplays a panel simulating modem lights for the Intel HaM internal modem. The lights are useful as a reminder to disconnect from the net if you are likely to forget, but otherwise pointlessNo
Handy Backup 3.9Uhbagent.exeHandy Backup - automatic backup of your critical data to virtually any type of storage media including CD-RW devices and remote FTP serversNo
HanUpdateXhanz.exeAdded by the RBOT-GLJ WORM!No
Hard Disk SentinelNHDSentinel.exeHard Disk Sentinel - a multi-OS hard disk drive monitoring application. Its goal is to find, test, diagnose and repair hard disk drive problems, display hard disk health, performance degradations and failuresNo
Hard drive ControllerXhdcontroller.exeAdded by the KIMAN.B WORM!No
Hardware DoctorUHwdoctor.exeWinbond Hardware Doctor - as included on some motherboard using Winbond's hardware monitoring chips. Displays fan speeds, voltages, temperatures. Only required if you're concerned about your system temperature - typically for "overclocked" systemsNo
Hardware ProfileXhxdef.exeAdded by the LOVGATE.AB WORM!No
Hardware ProfileXhxdef.exe...Added by the LOVGATE.Z WORM!No
Hardware Sensors MonitorUhmonitor.exeHardware Sensors Monitor by AB Software - "utilizes sensor chips on smart motherboards to track system and CPU core temperatures, voltages and cooling fans." Only required if you overclock your system or live in a hot environment and want to monitor the status or execute tasks such as sounding audio alarms are shutting down the computerNo
HareUhare.exeHare - improve and optimize performance of desktop/laptop PCsNo
HawkEyeUHAWK_95.EXEControl Panel application for the old Number Nine graphics cards to change resolution, colour depth, etc. Available via Start -> ProgramsNo
HawkEye IV Control PanelUHAWK_32.EXEControl Panel application for the old Number Nine graphics cards to change resolution, colour depth, etc. Available via Start -> ProgramsNo
Hawking HWU54G UtilityUHWU54G.exeWireless management utility for the HWU54G Mini Wireless-G USB Adapter from Hawking Technologies, IncNo
Hawking Wireless UtilityUHWU8DD.exeWireless management utility for the HWU8DD Hi-Gain™ USB Wireless-G Dish Adapter from Hawking Technologies, IncNo
HbinstXHbinst.exeHotbar adwareNo
HbToolsXHbtOEAddOn.exeHotbar adwareNo
HC ReminderNhc.exeFor Compaq PC's. Help Compiler, crunches help database, will run without being in startup when neededNo
HCDetectNHCDetect.exeMS HomeClick Network - simple home network setup and configuration program included with 3Com HomeConnect home networking products. Runs in the background for network printer notification, detection, and Internet Connection Sharing (ICS) taskbar icon. Not required - network can be set-up manually, also has a known memory leak problemNo
HCEmployeeUHce.exeHiddenCamera surveillance software. Uninstall this software unless you put it there yourselfNo
hcenXhcen.exeAdded by the SMALL.LR TROJAN!No
hcenterUhcenter.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
hchosXhchos.exeAdded by the SCAR.BVBM TROJAN!No
hclean32.exeXhclean32.exeWareout - malware masquerading as a spyware and dialer removerNo
HcontrolUhcontrol.exeHotkeys on an ASUS Notebook. Only required if you use the additional keysNo
hcontrol32.exeXhcontrol32.exeAdded by the VB-EUF WORM!No
HControlUserUHControlUser.exeHotkeys on an ASUS Notebook. Only required if you use the additional keysNo
hcsystrayNhc_tray.exeKuma Notifier for the Shootout! game from the History Channel. "It lets you know whenever there's a new episode that's been released or an announcement from the Kuma team. Just click it to get up-to-the-minute game and event information"No
HDAShCutNHDAShCut.exeHigh definition audio page shortcut for Realtek audio devices - not requiredNo
HDAudDeckUHDAudioCPL.exeVista control panel for VIA Vinyl HD Audio Codecs from VIA Technologies, Inc - such as the VT1708BNo
HDAudDeckUHDeck.exeXP control panel for VIA Vinyl HD Audio Codecs from VIA Technologies, Inc - such as the VT1708BNo
HDAudioXhda.exeAdded by the TACTSLAY.U TROJAN!No
HDDHealthUhddhealth.exeHDD Health is a "full-featured failure-prediction agent for machines using Windows 95, 98, NT, Me, 2000 and XP. Sitting in the system tray, it monitors hard disks and alerts you to impending failure"No
HDDlifeUHDDlife.exeHDDlife checks the health of your hard drives at regular intervals and informs you about the results of these checksNo
HDMICtrlMan?HDMICtrlMan.exeRelated to HD video support on some Toshiba laptops. What does it do and is it required?No
HDriveSweeperXHDriveSweeper.exeHDriveSweeper rogue privacy program - not recommended, removal instructions hereNo
HDtrayNHDtray.exePhilips Edge Series Control Panel Tray Utility - system tray icon for a Philips Edge series soundcards. Available via Start -> Settings -> Control PanelNo
Hekio StartupsXHnksvc32.exeAdded by the AGOBOT-QE WORM!No
HelloIntXhello3.exeAdded by the CASAL.A TROJAN!No
helloservXhelloserv.exeAdded by the ZHELATI.BHA WORM!No
helpXhelp.scrAdded by the BANCOS-BBU TROJAN!No
helpctl.exeXhelpctl.exeAdded by the GASLIDE TROJAN!No
HelpDeskXHelpDesk.exeAdded by the BANKER.CIY TROJAN!No
HelpExp.exeXHelpExp.exeAttune HelpExpress - spyware. Disable and uninstall - see hereNo
helpoXhelpo.exeAdded by the BANLOA-BU TROJAN!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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Portions Copyright İ Peter Forrest, Denny Denham, Sylvain Prevost, Tony Klein, CastleCops & Bleeping Computer
Database creation and support by Patrick Kolla
Software support by John Mayer
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