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.

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
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Name or Startup ItemStatusCommand or DataDescriptionTested?
GoogleDesktopUGoogleDesktop.exeGoogle Desktop - "a desktop search application that provides full text search over your email, files, music, photos, chats, Google Mail, web pages that you've viewed and more. By making your computer searchable, Google Desktop puts your information easily within your reach and frees you from having to manually organise your files, emails and bookmarks"Yes
GoogleToolbarNotifierUGoogleToolbarNotifier.exePart of Google Toolbar (from version 4 onwards) for IE. "Google Toolbar Notifier allows you to set Google as your default search engine and prevents your search settings from being changed without your consent. An icon in your system tray blinks if the Notifier identifies an attempt to change your default search engine. You can click the icon to get more details and allow the change". There was a bug in earlier versions where disabling the option resulted in the entry still running at startup but this has now been resolvedYes
GPLv3X[random name].dllVundo adwareNo
gramdate?2Stop.exe??No
GraphicsX_default.pifAdded by the AUTOSKY WORM!No
grgtgvgb.exeX[random].exeAdded by the AGENT-EBF TROJAN!No
GrooveMonitorUGrooveMonitor.exePart of MS Office Groove - a stand-alone product or included with the Enterprise/Ultimate versions of MS Office 2007. "A collaboration software program that helps teams work together dynamically and effectively, even if team members work for different organizations, work remotely, or work offline". GrooveMonitor is responsible for synchronizing the Groove workspaces between the users PC and those of other workspace participants. If you don't use Groove to collaborate with co-workers you can safely disable this entryYes
GrooveMonitor UtilityUGrooveMonitor.exePart of MS Office Groove - a stand-alone product or included with the Enterprise/Ultimate versions of MS Office 2007. "A collaboration software program that helps teams work together dynamically and effectively, even if team members work for different organizations, work remotely, or work offline". GrooveMonitor is responsible for synchronizing the Groove workspaces between the users PC and those of other workspace participants. If you don't use Groove to collaborate with co-workers you can safely disable this entryYes
GSISETUP?[path] GsiInst.exe INSTALL [path] V205Res 13BT Voyager ADSL modem related - what does it do and is it required?No
GuardGui ApplicationYGuardGui.exeSystem Tray access to the main user interface for Ashampoo® AntiVirus from Ashampoo GmbH & Co. KG.Yes
GustavVEDX[filename].exeAdded by the OPASERV.H WORM!No
H/PC Connection AgentUWCESCOMM.EXEConnection manager for Microsoft ActiveSync - mobile device synchronization software for Windows XP (and earlier), supporting mobile devices based upon the Windows CE OS (such as Pocket PC, Handheld PC and Windows Mobile). Automatically launches ActiveSync (if enabled) when the mobile device is connected. If disabled it will re-instate the next time ActiveSync runs - hence the reluctant "U" recommendationYes
HATAPEX[path to trojan]Added by the BANKER-QF TROJAN!No
hcenterUtgcmd.exePart of software from SupportSoft (aka Support.com) 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
HD Audio Control PanelNRtHDVCpl.exeRealtek HD Audio Manager, installed with the Vista/7 drivers for on-board Realtek HD audio codecs. Unless you have the default (but optional) System Tray icon enabled, the only purpose this entry serves is to detect and allow you to configure any devices plugged into the jacks - such as headphones and a microphone. With the System Tray icon enabled it will also inform you when devices are removed and give you access to the Sound Manager and other multimedia functions. The Sound Manager is also available via the Control Panel and this entry is therefore only required if you regularly change sound schemesYes
HDAudio Driver 1.0X[random filename].exeAdded by the TEADOOR-D TROJAN!No
HDAudio Driver 2.0X[random filename].exeAdded by the TEADOOR-E TROJAN!No
HDDControlGuardUHDDControlGuard.exePart of Ashampoo® HDD Control from Ashampoo GmbH & Co. KG - a hard drive monitoring utility which also incorporates defragmentation and cleaners for browsing history and unnecessary files. This entry loads the Ashampoo HDD Control Guard component on startup which runs in the background and monitors the hard drives and provides System Tray accessYes
HDDControlGuard.exeUHDDControlGuard.exePart of Ashampoo® HDD Control from Ashampoo GmbH & Co. KG - a hard drive monitoring utility which also incorporates defragmentation and cleaners for browsing history and unnecessary files. This entry loads the Ashampoo HDD Control Guard component on startup which runs in the background and monitors the hard drives and provides System Tray accessYes
hdlpscomX[8 random letters].exeAdded by the RBOT-FUL WORM!No
HELLBOT TESTX1hellbot.exeAdded by the MYDOOM.BO WORM!No
henX[filename].exeAdded by the TARNO.G TROJAN!No
hffsrvYhffsrv.exeHide Files & Folders - "great easy-to-use password-protected security utility working at Windows kernel level you can use to password-protect certain files and folders, or to hide them securely from viewing and searching just with a click of mouse". If this entry is disabled, any files/folders that are protected/hidden will no longer be accessible without first accessing the main programYes
hffsrv.exeYhffsrv.exeHide Files & Folders - "great easy-to-use password-protected security utility working at Windows kernel level you can use to password-protect certain files and folders, or to hide them securely from viewing and searching just with a click of mouse". If this entry is disabled, any files/folders that are protected/hidden will no longer be accessible without first accessing the main programYes
Hide and Protect any Drives for Win95/98/Me/2k/XPUHPDAgent.exeLoads Hide and Protect any Drives - which allows you to "Protect Hard drive, CD, DVD, floppy and flash, and deny access to partitions of your hard drives. Stop unauthorized software installations and data leak by removable media". If disabled, hidden and locked drives still retain their original status so the user will only be able to change their status them via the main UIYes
himem.exeX[path to worm]Added by the STRATION-FW WORM!No
hiwiX2qw9.exeAdded by the VB.AQQA TROJAN!No
hkcmdUhkcmd.exeHot Key handler for Intel desktop and mobile motherboard chipsets with integrated graphics. With this enabled, you can access settings like graphics properties and screen rotation via pre-programmed key combinations - such as CTRL+ALT+F12 which displays the graphics properties (otherwise available via a right-click on the desktop or the Control Panel). Different chipset versions may have different pre-programmed settings and in some cases these may be programmableYes
HostManagerNAOLSoftware.exeQuoted from AOL Beta Team, "Manages a component essential to the operation of most current AOL software, client or not. You should be able to remove it from Startup (it'll just load when Explorer is launched, which will extend load time a bit), but do leave it on your system"Yes
HotKeysCmdsUhkcmd.exeHot Key handler for Intel desktop and mobile motherboard chipsets with integrated graphics. With this enabled, you can access settings like graphics properties and screen rotation via pre-programmed key combinations - such as CTRL+ALT+F12 which displays the graphics properties (otherwise available via a right-click on the desktop or the Control Panel). Different chipset versions may have different pre-programmed settings and in some cases these may be programmableYes
HotKeysCmdsX[path to worm]Added by the PAHATIA-A WORM!No
HP Info ExpressN??On HP PCs, allows the computer to automatically receive notifications from HP over the Internet. Associated with BackWebNo
HP RecordNowU??From HP "Software for the CD writer. Do not prevent from starting unless the CD writer is never going to be used."No
HP Software Updater v1.4X[path to worm]Added by the ACKANTTA.H WORM!No
HP UpdatesN??On HP PCs, allows the computer to automatically receive notifications from HP over the Internet. Associated with BackWebNo
HPDAgentUHPDAgent.exeLoads Hide and Protect any Drives - which allows you to "Protect Hard drive, CD, DVD, floppy and flash, and deny access to partitions of your hard drives. Stop unauthorized software installations and data leak by removable media". If disabled, hidden and locked drives still retain their original status so the user will only be able to change their status them via the main UIYes
hpsysconf1X[random filename]Added by a variant of the VIVIA.A TROJAN!No
hqtrayNhqtray.exeVMware Host Network Access Status Tray Application - part of both VMware Player (from version 2.0) and Workstation (until version 6.5) - which allow you to "run multiple operating systems simultaneously on a single PC." It's function is uknown at present and it displays no tray icon as the name suggests. Can be disabled without affecting the operation of either productYes
hxadsecX[path to trojan]Added by the ADCLICK-AP TROJAN!No
HydraDMUHydraDM.exePart of HYDRAVISION - ATI's software for managing mutliple displays and virtual desktops. This is the HYDRAVISION Desktop Manager - which "customizes the behaviour of windows and dialog boxes, allows you to set up Hotkeys for navigation in multiple display configurations and applies special effects like transparency and shadows to you desktop"Yes
HydraMDUHydraMD.exePart of HYDRAVISION - ATI's software for managing mutliple displays and virtual desktops. This is HYDRAVISION MultiDesk - which "creates, organizes and arranges up to nine active multi-monitor desktop combinations and allows you to cycle between them with a mouse." There is an optional System Tray icon or a hotkey can be configured to cycle through the desktopsYes
HydraVisionDesktopManagerUHydraDM.exePart of HYDRAVISION - ATI's software for managing mutliple displays and virtual desktops. This is the HYDRAVISION Desktop Manager - which "customizes the behaviour of windows and dialog boxes, allows you to set up Hotkeys for navigation in multiple display configurations and applies special effects like transparency and shadows to you desktop"Yes
HydraVisionViewPortUHydraMD.exePart of HYDRAVISION - ATI's software for managing mutliple displays and virtual desktops. This is HYDRAVISION MultiDesk - which "creates, organizes and arranges up to nine active multi-monitor desktop combinations and allows you to cycle between them with a mouse." There is an optional System Tray icon or a hotkey can be configured to cycle through the desktopsYes
IAAnotifUIaanotif.exePart of Intel® Matrix Storage Manager (formally known as Intel® Application Accelerator and Intel® Application Accelerator RAID Edition). Used in conjunction with the event monitor service (IAANTMON - Iaantmon.exe) to display event notifications (such as RAID volume status changes, HDD I/O errors or HDD SMART event) via a System Tray icon when an event occurs. Via this icon you can then choose to launch the Intel Matrix Storage Console or ignore the current alertYes
ibinX[path to trojan]Added by the PERDA-C TROJAN!No
IBM Client SecurityYcerttool.exePart of Client Security Software for IBM\Lenovo notebooks. If you have configured the software via the associated wizard this will need to be running if you want to mount password protected areas of the disk (created with SafeGuard PrivateDisk), use the password manager or file/folder encryption optionsYes
IBM Client Security SoftwareNcsecwiz.exeSetup wizard for the Client Security Software for IBM\Lenovo notebooks. This entry only runs once, after the software has been installed and the notebook rebooted for the first time. If the wizard isn't completed a shortcut is available via the Start menu until it isYes
IBM Password ManagerYpwmgr.exePart of Client Security Software for IBM\Lenovo notebooks - IBM® Client Security Password Manager "enables you to manage your sensitive and easy-to-forget login information, such as user IDs, passwords, and other personal information, with IBM Client Security. The IBM Client Security Password Manager stores all information through the IBM Security Chip so that your UVM user authentication policy controls access to your secure applications and Web sites." Can also be used with or without the Fingerprint Reader on select modelsYes
IBM RecordNow!NRecordNow.exeIBM customized version of the RecordNow! CD-writing utility from Sonic SolutionsYes
IBM ThinkPad EasyEject Support ApplicationUEzEjMnAp.ExeEasyEject Utility for IBM/Lenovo Thinkpad notebooks. Quote: "The IBM ThinkPad EasyEject Utility makes removing multiple devices from your computer faster and easier by enabling you to stop more than one device at once, rather than stopping each device individually." Configuration and performing of EasyEject actions is available via Fn+F9 key combination on some modelsYes
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Notes & Warnings

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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 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.

RECOMMENDATIONS:

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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Presentation, format & comments Copyright 2001 - 2011 Pacman's Portal
Portions Copyright 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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