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If you're frustrated with the time it takes your Windows 10/8/7/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 start-up programs (as opposed to processes/tasks) list - one of the most accurate and comprehensive. Services are not included - see below. For further information on this and how to identify and disable start-up programs please visit the Introduction page.

See here for further information on random entries - which are typically added by viruses and other malware or unwanted programs.

Last database update :- 28th June, 2019
53684 listed

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Startup Item or Name Status Command or Data Description Tested
Microsoft Update MachineX[worm filename]Detected by Sophos as W32/Rbot-GWD and by Malwarebytes as Backdoor.BotNo
Win I5oahderX[worm filename]Detected by Sophos as W32/Agobot-DSNo
Random Unique IDX[worm filename]Detected by Sophos as W32/Xrove-ANo
Win Secure UpdateX[worm filename]Detected by Sophos as W32/Rbot-AGINo
Config LoaderX[worm filename]Detected by Sophos as W32/Agobot-AENo
MSN Message Background loaderX[worm filename]Detected by Sophos as W32/Rbot-AIENo
Msgsvc32X[worm filename]Detected by Sophos as W32/Nautical-A. The file is located in %System%No
SilentSoftechX[worm filename]Detected by Sophos as W32/SillyFDC-BLNo
Win2DrvX[worm filename]Detected by Symantec as W32.Wintoo.WormNo
Microsoft UpdatesX[worm filename]Detected by Sophos as W32/Agobot-AIZ and by Malwarebytes as Backdoor.BotNo
SpeedBossX[worm filename]Detected by Symantec as W32.Opaserv.AD.WormNo
InterceptedSystemX[worm filename]Detected by Sophos as W32/Anacon-B. Note - the filename is SysAna32.exe, Anacon.exe or Syspoly32.exe and is located in %System%No
Services004X[worm filename]Detected by Symantec as W32.Bugbros@mmNo
G00123X[worm filename]Detected by Symantec as W32.Bugbros@mmNo
DNSX[worm filename]Detected by Sophos as W32/Bckdr-CQGNo
rdvsX[worm filename]Detected by Trend Micro as WORM_ULTIMAX.BNo
NotePadX[worm filename]Detected by Sophos as W32/SillyFDC-GNo
Windows System ServiceX[worm filename]Detected by Trend Micro as WORM_RBOT.XGNo
risingX[worm filename]Detected by Sophos as W32/AutoRun-AWNo
Proc992X[worm filename]Detected by Sophos as W32/Ixbot-CNo
CompliantX[worm filename]Detected by Sophos as W32/Rbot-LBNo
NocanaX[worm filename]Detected by Sophos as W32/Anacon-B. Note - the filename is SysAna32.exe, Anacon.exe or Syspoly32.exe and is located in %System%No
AHUX[worm filename]Detected by Sophos as W32/Anacon-B. Note - the filename is SysAna32.exe, Anacon.exe or Syspoly32.exe and is located in %System%No
educational writerX[worm filename].exeDetected by Sophos as W32/Rbot-LZNo
SaMailX[worm filename].vbsDetected by Symantec as VBS.LidoNo
WindowzX[worm filename].vbsDetected by Symantec as VBS.Nukip and by Malwarebytes as Backdoor.Messa.GenNo
VBS.Ipnuker@mmX[worm filename].vbsDetected by Symantec as VBS.NukipNo
Flash MediaX^ ^ % ^ % % ^ ^ ^%% ^% %%^^.exeDetected by Trend Micro as BKDR_IRCBOT.BAW. The file is located in %System%No
Flash MediaX^ ^^^ %% % ^% ^%%^ %^ .exeAdded by a variant of W32.IRCBotNo
Flash MediaX^%%^%%%^% %^ ^ .exeAdded by a variant of W32.IRCBot. The file is located in %System%No
Flash MediaX^%^^^%% ^ ^ %^^^^^ %^ ^%^^ ^%^^^^^ %^ ^^^%^%%.exeAdded by a variant of W32.IRCBot. The file is located in %System%No
Flash MediaX^^% ^ %%% %^%%%^%%^%^% % ^^%% % %^^^^ ^%%^%% .exeAdded by a variant of W32.IRCBotNo
Flash MediaX^^^^^.exeDetected by Trend Micro as TROJ_AGENT.ZOY. The file is located in %System% - see hereNo
Flash MediaX^^^^^^.exeDetected by Symantec as Backdoor.IRC.Bot. The file is located in %System% - see hereNo
Swf32X_backup.exeDetected by Symantec as W32.HLLW.Symten@mmNo
CyberDefender Early Detection CenterX_cdas[random].exeCyberDefender Early Detection Center rogue security software - not recommended. On testing with a clean image, this reported registry entries pointing to the legitimate Java "jqs_plugin.dll" file (located in %ProgramFiles%\Java\jre6\lib\deploy\jqs\ie as the Anticlear rogue (see an example here). In addition, it claimed that the installer for an older version of HashTab contained W32.MalwareF.KJAE and quarantined a valid 7-zip file ("7zCon.sfx" in %ProgramFiles%\7-Zip) as W32/Malware. Also read this post where a Tech Support person uses other free tools such as MBAM to fix a problemNo
[various names]X_ctcp.exeFake startup entry created by the Wareout rogue spyware and dialer remover - not recommended, removal instructions here. Archived version of Andrew Clover's original pageNo
DefaultX_default.pifDetected by Sophos as W32/Rubble-CNo
GraphicsX_default.pifDetected by Symantec as W32.AutoskyNo
Bron-Spizaetus-5118REPMX_default32142.pifDetected by Sophos as W32/Brontok-RNo
A5118rX_default32142.pifDetected by Sophos as W32/Brontok-AKNo
[random]X_default[8 random characters].pifDetected by Sophos as W32/Brontok-AINo
_ZZZZAdobe Flash AccelearatorX_E39msnmsgrskypess.exeDetected by Malwarebytes as Worm.Agent.ZZZH. The file is located in %AppData%\Microsoft\_ZZZZCertifiededdNo
snifferX_ex-08.exeDetected by Sophos as Troj/Oficla-X and by Malwarebytes as Trojan.DownloaderNo
IntelAgentX_ex-08.exeDetected by Sophos as Troj/FakeAV-FIP and by Malwarebytes as Trojan.AgentNo
_explore managerX_explore.exeDetected by Sophos as Troj/Spexta-CNo
lolololX_hideme_imhiddenlololol.exeDetected by Sophos as Troj/Hideme-ANo
loadX_Kerne1.exeDetected by Sophos as Troj/Lineage-AN. Note - this entry modifies the legitimate HKCU\Software\Microsoft\Windows NT\CurrentVersion\Windows "load" value data to include the file "_Kerne1.exe" (which is located in %System%)No
nor_virX_K_M_1_HookAndSend.exeDetected by Dr.Web as Trojan.KeyLogger.25295 and by Malwarebytes as Trojan.KeyLoggerNo
ad_virX_K_M_1_OnAdminWorks.exeDetected by Dr.Web as Trojan.KeyLogger.25295 and by Malwarebytes as Trojan.KeyLoggerNo


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Notes & Warnings

If you can help identify new entries and verify/identify those entries with a "?" status (especially hardware specific - such as laptops and motherboards) then please E-mail us (startups_at_pacs-portal_dot_co_dot_uk).

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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 list of tasks/processes taken from the Task Manager (CTRL+SHIFT+ESC) "Processes" tab. This displays some startup programs AND other background tasks and "Services". These pages are concerned with startup programs from the common startup locations shown above ONLY. Please do not submit entries collected from this method as they will not be used. For a list of tasks/processes you should try the list at PC Pitstop, the Process Library from Uniblue or one of the many others now available.

Therefore, before ending a task/process via CTRL+SHIFT+ESC just because it has an "X" recommendation, please check whether it's in the registry or common startup locations first. An example would be "svchost.exe" - which doesn't appear in either under normal conditions but does via CTRL+SHIFT+ESC. If in doubt, don't do anything.

To avoid the database becoming too large, all malware 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.exe" above for example. Multiple malware can also use the same start-up entries, in this case only those with significant differences (such as file location) are repeated in this database.

As more than 25K entries in this database related to malware you should use a quality internet security package. Which ever you choose, keep it updated and get the latest version at least every two years.

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.

NOTE: 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 Windows 8/7/Vista/XP/2K/NT operating systems are not included. We 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.


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