Startup Applications List: Database of over 20,000 startup programs allows users to quickly research at-Windows-boot startup apps

Every program and its grandmother wants to start up automatically at Windows boot. Why? I have no bloody idea. Apparently developers think forcing their program down the throats of users is the best way to gain popularity and loyalty. To combat this pro at-Windows-boot startup culture, there are many programs out there such as WinPatrol, AnVir Task Manager, and Autoruns. Even Windows has a built-in controller, called MSConfig. However, there is one problem with trying to control what programs/processes start at Windows boot and which ones don’t: You need to know exactly what the program/process is before you can decide if you want it running or not. This is where Startup Applications List comes in.

Startup Applications List is an online database containing information regarding over 20,000 startup programs:

The database contains information regarding legitimate and ill-legitimate (i.e. malicious) programs; it provides the name of startup entries, the executable or command connected with startup entries, and descriptions of the startup programs/entries. The database also provides suggestions as to what one should do with each startup entry/program; and there is a “Tested” column, which I am not 100% sure what it means but I presume it indicates whether the creator of the database has tested the startup entry/program himself or not.

Seeing as there are over 20,000 data items (22,528 at the time of this writing, to be exact) in the Startup Applications List database, it can be a bit of a bother to find particular entries. Hence, there is a search box users can use to look for specific startup entries/programs.

One interesting thing I noticed on the Startup Applications List page is that it says

[…]WinPatrol [and] Advanced SystemCare Free…include the option to search this database for a particular entry.[..]

I did not find any explicit way to search the Startup Applications List through WinPatrol (and as far as I can remember Advanced SystemCare Free doesn’t a way either, but I haven’t used ASC in a while so I can’t be sure), so I am not particularly sure what the above statement means. It may just mean that both programs integrate the database in their code as reference – I don’t know. I just thought I should mention it.

While the information in the Startup Applications List is not guaranteed to be 100% accurate – don’t take the information you receive from Startup Applications List as the ultimate undeniable truth – it is an excellent place to start looking if you are confused about what to do with a particular startup program. You can access Startup Applications List from the following link:

Website works on: Any modern browser

Startup Appliations List homepage

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  • rowal5555

    Bleeping Computer is a trusted site with a similar database and assistance if required.

  • Tommy Tutone

    WTF?? “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”

  • jumbi

    Till now, I had been using different sites like “process library” etc and bookmarked couple of them because there a lot of spamming-advertising ones.

    So getting to know about through this article is very useful as a more “trusted” and tried library.

    Thank you for sharing :-)

  • janetb

    Also sounds to me like WinPatrol PLUS.
    This sounds a lot like MS’s free Sysinternals programs (e.g., Process Explorer).

  • Mike

    Thanks for the info., Ashraf–both helpful and incredibly comprehensive. And Bill, thanks for the info. on Advanced System Care–seems to be an easy way to access the database info.

  • bill

    Hi Ashraf,

    I’ve used this data base for some time via Advanced system care, click Utilities-Admin tools-Startup manager then right click the program you want and then online search. Not to sure about winpatrol but will have a look. Hope this helps. Keep up the great work Ashraf.

  • WobblyWombat

    Thanks Ashraf, looks like a great resource! The reference to WinPatrol is for WinPatrol Plus I believe, there’s a button for “Plus Info” in the panel after clicking “Info” on the startup items tab. If you don’t have the Plus version it takes yo to to the WP home page, where as wellas trying to get you to upgrade, there’s a link that says: “For additional info click here to search the database”