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?
SmartCopy?SmartCopy.exeRelated to SmartCopy from Northstar Systems Corp. What does it do and is it required?No
SmartDefragUIObit SmartDefrag.exeThis is the original Smart Defrag disk defragmenter utility from IObit. Required if you use either of the "Auto Defrag" or scheduled options. Smart Defrag 2 runs as a scheduled task - as do both versions on Windows 7/Vista. Note - in November 2009 IObit were accused of stealing database information from Malwarebytes' Anti-Malware and others so review the links on the Wikipedia page and make your own mind upYes
SmartExNSmartEx.exeSmartException from Stardock Corporation - "is a utility that can be used to help gather additional information about an application that has crashed". Run manually via the Start menu if you experience problems with an application crashingYes
SmartExceptionNSmartEx.exeSmartException from Stardock Corporation - "is a utility that can be used to help gather additional information about an application that has crashed". Run manually via the Start menu if you experience problems with an application crashingYes
SmartFaceVWatcherYSmartFaceVWatcher.exeToshiba's Face Recognition that allows the user login to their laptop hands-free via the built-in webcam on some modelsNo
SmartfixerXSmartFixer.exeSmartFixer rogue system error and cleaning utility - not recommendedNo
SmartGuardianUItesmart.exeHardware monitor (voltages, temperatures, fan speeds, etc) for motherboard system IO devices from ITE - included on some SOYO motherboards (and possibly others)No
SmarthruengineUQS.exeSamsung smarthru software, used with Lexmark Z82 or Samsung multifunction printersNo
SmartIndexX[path to worm]Added by the KELIHOS.SM WORM!No
SmartLauncher?SmartLauncher.exeRelated to SmartLauncher from Northstar Systems Corp. What does it do and is it required?No
SmartMenuYSmartMenu.exeIncluded on most HP Pavilion desktop and laptop PCs. "Used to launch the MediaSmart application from keyboards and remote controls. Do not disable this program" - see hereNo
SmartPCXLUpcaccel.exeSmartalec PC Accelerator - system optimization utilityNo
smartprotectorXsmartprotector.exeSmart Protector rogue security software - not recommended, removal instructions hereNo
SmartProtector-ProUSmartProtector-Pro.exeSmart Protector Pro internet eraser from SmartSoft - "keeps out prying eyes and protects your private data on all Windows systems"Yes
SmartRAMUMemCleaner.exeSmartRAM - the memory management part of the older Advanced WindowsCare V2 optimization utility from IObit - which "monitors you system in the background and frees up memory whenever needed to increase the performance of your computer." Note - in November 2009 IObit were accused of stealing database information from Malwarebytes' Anti-Malware and others so review the links on the Wikipedia page and make your own mind upYes
SmartRAMUSup_SmartRAM.exeSmartRAM - the memory management part of the Advanced SystemCare 3 optimization utility from IObit - which "monitors you system in the background and frees up memory whenever needed to increase the performance of your computer." Note - in November 2009 IObit were accused of stealing database information from Malwarebytes' Anti-Malware and others so review the links on the Wikipedia page and make your own mind upYes
SmartSecurityXSmartSecurity.exeSmart Security rogue security software - not recommended, removal instructions hereNo
SmartSync ProUSmartSync.exeRelated to CompanionLink Software Inc. Synchronization solutions for ACT!, GoldMine, Lotus Notes and Microsoft OutlookNo
SmAudio?SmAudio.exeAudio driver for Conexant SmartAudio HD integrated soundcards. System Tray access to the control panel?No
Smax4NSmax4.exeSystem Tray icon for Analog Devices SoundMax integrated soundcards. Sound properties can be accessed through the Start Menu or Control PanelYes
SMax4PNPUSMax4PNP.exeAnalog Devices SoundMax integrated soundcard utility. Brings up the SoundMAX Control Panel when it detects if new audio devices (such as microphones, headphones, speakers, etc.) are plugged in - giving the user the option to configure them. Also required if you have custom settings for your sound, such as effects and environmentsYes
SMax4PNP ApplicationUSMax4PNP.exeAnalog Devices SoundMax integrated soundcard utility. Brings up the SoundMAX Control Panel when it detects if new audio devices (such as microphones, headphones, speakers, etc.) are plugged in - giving the user the option to configure them. Also required if you have custom settings for your sound, such as effects and environmentsYes
smbdpmi?smbdpmi.exeIBM Netfinity Director and Universal Management Services related. What does it do and is it required?No
smcYsmc.exeSygate FirewallNo
smcYspfsmc.exeSygate FirewallNo
smcXsmc.exeAdded by the EBOD TROJAN! Note - this is not the valid (but now discontinued) Sygate Personal Firewall which has the same filename and is normally located in %ProgramFiles%\Sygate\SPF. This one is located in %System%No
SMC ServiceYsmc.exeSygate FirewallNo
SMC ServiceYspfsmc.exeSygate FirewallNo
SMC2862W-G 54Mbps WLAN MonitorUWLANUTL.exeSMC Networks SMC2862W-G Wireless LAN configuration utilityNo
smcservXwinsrv.exeAdded by the AGOBOT-OU WORM!No
SmcServiceYsmc.exeSygate FirewallNo
SmcServicesYsmc.exeSygate FirewallNo
SmcServicesYspfsmc.exeSygate FirewallNo
smcssXsmcss.exeAdded by the SCLOG-AJ TROJAN!No
Smcsta.exe?Smcsta.exeSMC Networks wireless PCI card driver. Is it required?No
SmcSVRXSmcSVR.exeAdded by the LEGMIR.JU TROJAN!No
smgrXmgrs.exeCovert Sys Exec malware variantNo
smgrXsmgr.exeAdded by an unidentified WORM or TROJAN!No
smileXwcs.exeAdded 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 detailsNo
SmileboxTrayNSmileboxTray.exeSystem Tray access to Smilebox photo sharing/printing serviceNo
Smiley DistrictXplugin.exeSmiley District adwareNo
SmileyAppXstbapp.exeDoubleD adwareNo
SmileyconsNsmileycons.exeSmileycons - free smileys, emoticons and animations packageNo
Smith Micro tryNsmiptray.exeSmith Micro shared files. Comes with D-Link web camNo
smodulUsmodule.exeUserMonitor from Neuber. Teachers can broadcast screen to other screens, see students screens in a network and detect unauthorized softwareNo
SmoothViewNSmoothView.exeTOSHIBA Zooming Utility - allows "automatic" zoom feature in some appications, like IE, MS-Office, WMPlayer, Adobe Reader and also desktop iconsNo
SMPAutoStartUsmpdemo.exeSmart Phone Recorder demo from KenGolf.com. Answering Machine, Caller ID, Call Recording No
SmpcSysUSmpSys.exe"Set Up My PC" utility supplied with some Packard Bell computersNo
smrUcvshost.exeSilent Monitoring surveillance software. Uninstall this software unless you put it there yourselfNo
smresXsmres.exeAdded by the AGOBOT-UA WORM!No
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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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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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