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
24133 items listed

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Name or Startup ItemStatusCommand or DataDescriptionTested?
SpyLocked 3.9XSpyLocked 3.9.exeSpylocked rogue spyware remover - not recommended, removal instructions hereNo
SpyLocked 4.0XSpyLocked 4.0.exeSpylocked rogue spyware remover - not recommended, removal instructions hereNo
SpyLocked 4.1XSpyLocked 4.1.exeSpylocked rogue spyware remover - not recommended, removal instructions hereNo
SpyLocked 4.3XSpyLocked 4.3.exeSpylocked rogue spyware remover - not recommended, removal instructions hereNo
SpyMarshalXSpyMarshal.exeSpyMarshal rogue spyware remover - not recommended, removal instructions hereNo
SpyMaxxXSpyMaxx.exeSpyMaxx rogue spyware remover - not recommended, removal instructions hereNo
SpyMedicXSpyMedic.exeSpyMedic spyware remover - not recommended, see hereNo
SpymonitorXSpymonitor.exeSpyware Removal Wizard rogue spyware remover - not recommendedNo
SpyNukerXSpynuker.exeA "spyware removal program" by TrekBlue, which is being heavily advertised through junk e-mail from its affiliates and misleading fake-dialogue-box web advertising. This is the same company as E-mail marketers 'TrekData' and 'Blue Haven Media', who distribute spyware through ActiveX drive-by-download on web pagesNo
SpyOnThis MonitorXSpyOnThisMonitor.exeSpyOnThis rogue spyware remover - not recommendedNo
SpyOnThisScannerXSpyOnThis.exeSpyOnThis rogue spyware remover - not recommendedNo
spyprodetectorUspydetector.exeSpyware Process Detector spyware removerNo
SpyPryXSpyPry.exeSpyPry rogue spyware remover - not recommended, removal instructions hereNo
SpyQuake2.comXSpy-Quake2.exeSpywareQuake 2.3 rogue spyware remover - not recommended, removal instructions hereNo
SpyRidXSpy-Rid.exeSpy-Rid rogue spyware remover - not recommendedNo
spyshelterUantikeylogger.exeSpyShelter - anti-keylogger protects against keylogger programs monitoring your keystrokesNo
SpySheriffXSpySheriff.exeSpySheriff rogue spyware remover - not recommended, removal instructions hereNo
SpyShredderXSpyShredder.exeSpyShredder rogue spyware remover, removal instructions hereNo
spysnipeXspysnipe.exeSpySnipe rogue security software - not recommendedNo
spysoldierXspysoldier.exeSpySoldier rogue spyware remover - not recommended, removal instructions hereNo
SpySpotterXSpySpotter.exeSpySpotter rogue spyware remover - not recommended, see hereNo
SpySpotter System DefenderXDefender.exeSpySpotter rogue spyware remover - not recommended, see hereNo
SpyStopperUspystopper.exeSpyStopper - blocks intrusive spyware, Web bugs, worms, scripts, advertisements, and cookies. Protects you from being profiled and trackedNo
SpySubtractUSpySub.exeSpySubtract - multi spyware removal toolNo
SpySweeperUSpySweeper.exeSpy Sweeper - detects and removes spywareNo
SpySweeperUSpySweeperUI.exeSpy Sweeper - detects and removes spywareNo
SpySweeperEnterpriseUSpySweeperUI.exeUser interface for Spy Sweeper Enterprise edition - "a centrally managed, scalable enterprise solution that provides best of breed protection against all types of malicious spyware, adware, and other harmful intruders"No
SpyTrooperXSpyTrooper.exeSpyTrooper rogue spyware remover - not recommended, see hereNo
SpyViperDemoXSpyViperDemoSpyViper rogue spyware remover - not recommended, removal instructions hereNo
SPYWAREXSpyware.exeBPS Spyware Remover rogue spyware remover - not recommended, removal instructions hereNo
Spyware BegoneUSpywareBeGone.exeSpyware BeGone - spyware remover. Previously not recommended, see hereNo
Spyware BegoneUfreescan.exeSpyware BeGone - spyware remover. Previously not recommended, see hereNo
Spyware DoctorYspydoctor.exeOlder version of Spyware Doctor antispyware from PC ToolsNo
Spyware DoctorYswdoctor.exeOlder version of Spyware Doctor antispyware from PC ToolsNo
Spyware Guard Control PanelUspywareguardcp.exe"SpywareGuard provides a real-time protection solution against spyware"No
Spyware NukerUswn2.exeSpyware remover by TrekBlue. Previously not recommended but the latest version was delisted hereNo
Spyware Nuker InstallerUSpywareNukerInstaller.exeSpyware remover by TrekBlue. Previously not recommended but the latest version was delisted hereNo
Spyware ProtectionXdefender.exeSpyware Protection rogue security software - not recommended, removal instructions hereNo
Spyware QuakeXSpywareQuake.exeSpywareQuake 2.0 rogue spyware remover - not recommended, removal instructions hereNo
Spyware removerXRemove_spyware.exeUnidentified, but not known to belong to any known spyware remover, and strongly suspected to be adware related! No
Spyware ScannerNAseScanner.exeAluria Software's spyware removal tool - we can't really recommend this product as Aluria have recently partnered with WhenU, the well known adware company, see here and hereNo
SpyWare ShieldUShield.exeAcronis Privacy Expert Spyware Shield prevents spyware and other suspicious programs from being installed on PCsNo
Spyware SlayerXSpywareSlayer.ExeSpyware Slayer spyware remover - not recommended, see hereNo
Spyware Soft StopXSpyware Soft Stop.exeSoftStop rogue security software - not recommendedNo
Spyware StormerXSpywareStormer.ExeSpyware Stormer rogue spyware remover - not recommendedNo
Spyware Striker ProXSpywareStriker.exeAscentive Spyware Striker Pro rogue spyware remover - not recommended, see hereNo
Spyware SweeperXSpywareSweeper.exeSpywareSweeper rogue spyware remover - not recommendedNo
Spyware VanisherUFreeScanner.exeSpyware Vanisher - spyware remover. Previously not recommended, see hereNo
Spyware VanisherUSpywareVanisher.exeSpyware Vanisher - spyware remover. Previously not recommended, see hereNo
Spyware X-terminatorYSpywareX.exeSpyware X-terminator antispyware from StompSoft, Inc - no longer available since StompSoft were acquired by Migo Software IncNo
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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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Copyright

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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