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?|
|Pink Calendar||U||PinkCal.exe||Pink Calendar & Day Planner||No|
|PinnacleDriverCheck||Y||PSDrvCheck.exe||Part of Pinnacle Systems InstantCD/DVD and InstantCopy CD/DVD copying software that verifies drive settings. Once loaded it doesn't use any resources so you can leave it enabled||No|
|PINotify||N||PINotify.exe||Property Intellect from Wild Rabbit Software Ltd - "is widely used in the residential lettings markets to help landlords, investors and managing agents deal with the day-to-day aspects of looking after property"||No|
|Piolet||N||piolet.exe||Piolet - peer-to-peer file sharing client||No|
|PIPE SYSTEM||X||pipe.exe||Added by the MYTOB-FF WORM!||No|
|Pittsburgh Penguins Weather||U||Pittsburgh Penguins Weather.exe||Weather gadget included with the Pittsburgh Penguins theme for MyColors from Stardock Corporation||No|
|Pixel32||X||Pixel32.exe||Added by the GEMA TROJAN!||No|
|Pixelpwr32||X||Pixelpwr32.exe||Added by the GEMA TROJAN!||No|
|Pixelsvr||X||Pixelsvr.exe||Added by the GEMA TROJAN!||No|
|pjWebCam||U||pjWebCam.exe||Webcam automation software that saves regular photos from webcam and can also act as HTTP server||No|
|PK Guard||X||pkguard32.exe||Added by the GUAPIM WORM!||No|
|PK Services||X||pksvc.exe||Added by the FORBOT-BW WORM!||No|
|PKR Pal||N||pkrpal.exe||PKR Pal utility from PKR - "helps keep your software updated so in future there will be no lengthy waits for new versions to install. Based on your selected options it will also let you know when your favourite tournaments are starting!"||No|
|pkrpal||N||pkrpal.exe||PKR Pal utility from PKR - "helps keep your software updated so in future there will be no lengthy waits for new versions to install. Based on your selected options it will also let you know when your favourite tournaments are starting!"||No|
|pkrpal.exe||N||pkrpal.exe||PKR Pal utility from PKR - "helps keep your software updated so in future there will be no lengthy waits for new versions to install. Based on your selected options it will also let you know when your favourite tournaments are starting!"||No|
|PktAnything||U||PocketCompanion.exe||PocketAnything lets you save anything on your computer to your mobile, with one click||No|
|Playboy||X||playavi.exe||Added by the GAMANLOCK TROJAN!||No|
|PLEAPCPUCPL||U||pleapu.exe||CPU Control Panel for the Powerleap CPU upgrade||No|
|PLFSetI||?||PLFSetI.exe||Appears to be related to the webcam on some Acer laptops and users disabling it don't notice anything unusual. Can anyone confirm What it does and if it's required?||No|
|PLFSetL||?||PLFSetL.exe||Sonix chipset driver on some Acer and other laptops - possibly webcam related. Can anyone confirm What it does and if it's required?||No|
|Plguni||U||Plguni.exe||Part of McAfee's QuickClean - which removes internet clutter and unwanted programs. This entry monitor changes made to the registry so that they can be undone later using QuickClean - such as removing programs. QuickClean is now integrated into their Total Protection, Internet Security and AntiVirus Plus products primarily as a file cleaner/shredder and no longer supports program removal||No|
|plite731||X||plite731.exe||Poplite A adware||No|
|plmg.exe||U||plmg.exe||Paragon Last Minute Bidder - auction assistant software||No|
|PLNRNote||N||PLNRNote.exe||Part of Sierra/Hallmark Card Studio - System Tray notification of events such as birthdays and anniversaries that you've scheduled with the customizable Event Planner||No|
|Plook||X||plook.exe||AffiliateTarget.com alias PLook adware||No|
|Pluck Tray||U||PluckTray.exe||RSS (XML TAGS) reader program||No|
|PluckSvr||N||PluckUpdater.exe||Pluck Toolbar updater||No|
|plugsys||X||plugsys.exe||Added by the AGENT-OVX TROJAN!||No|
|PLXSTART||U||PLXSTART.EXE||Sets the spindown timeout and access speeds at startup and displays the "Plextor Manager 2000" splash screen for Plextor CD-RW.||No|
|PLXTASK||N||PLXTASK.EXE||Taskbar utility for a "control panel" for a Plextor CD-RW. Has MVP 2000 (audio CD player), DiscDupe 2000 (self explanatory CD copying program) and AudioCapture 2000 (rips audio CDs into MP3 or WAV files)||No|
|pm32ctrl||X||pwr32crtl.exe||Added by the CRYPTER.A TROJAN!||No|
|pm32info||X||pm32info.exe||Added by the CRYPTER.A TROJAN!||No|
|pmcqt||X||pmcqt.exe||Added by the DLUCA-V TROJAN!||No|
|PMCS||?||PMC.Service.Main.exe||Related to MediaCenterService from Pinnacle Systems. What does it do and is it required?||No|
|PMHandler||?||PMHandler.exe||Related to IBM/Lenovo Thinkpad notebooks - possibly related to power management features? What does it do and is it required?||No|
|PMPro32||X||pmpro32.exe||SpyArsenal Print Monitor Pro spyware||No|
|PmProxy||?||PmProxy.exe||Associated with Analog Devices "SoundMAX" audio chipset - often built-in to motherboards. What does it do and is it required?||No|
|pmr||X||pmr.exe||PowerStrip foistware. Note - this is not the same as the video tweaking utility of the same name here||No|
|pmsngr.exe||X||pmsngr.exe||Added by the ZLOB.MEDIA-CODEC TROJAN! This purports to be a Windows Media Player upgrade (with names such as "iCodecPack", "X Password Manager" and "Media-Codec") to allow the user to view adult oriented videos on certain websites - but actually downloads and installs additional malware on the user's machine. Various directories and filenames are used - see the link for details||No|
|PMSpeed||?||PMSpeed.EXE||Related to Presto! PageManager from NewSoft Technology Corporation - which "allows you see your entire file organization structure - from the overall picture to the smallest detail. You can create, write, and open PDF files without file conversion or other application"||No|
|PMT||X||personalmoneytree.exe||Personal Money Tree adware||No|
|PMTSHOOT||N||pmtshoot.exe||MS tool for troubleshooting power management problems||No|
|PMXInit||U||pmxinit.exe||Restores user display preferences Kyro2 based graphics cards. Not required unless you change the default settings - such as gamma||No|
|PNAgent||N||PNAgent.exe||PhatNoise Music Manager - manages WMA, MP3, WAV, etc music files||No|
|PnP Driver||X||playboy.exe||Added by the FORBOT-FR WORM!||No|
|Pnpchk||U||Pnpchk.exe||Aztech Labs Sound 3 PnP driver||No|
|PNSetup||U||PNSetup.exe||PopNot - pop-up killer||No|
|PNtask Services||X||pntask.exe||Added by the LALA.C TROJAN!||No|
|Pocket Sheet Sync||U||PSXLTRAY.EXE||Casio Pocket Sheet synchronization software||No|
|POEngine||N||POEngine.exe||"PokerOffice is much more than just a poker odds calculator and poker software. It is the most sophisticated poker software tool on the market for Online Poker"||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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