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?
Spyware-CopXSpyware-Cop.exeSpyware-Cop spyware remover - not recommended, see hereNo
Spyware-SecureXSpyware-Secure_trial.exeSpyware-Secure rogue spyware remover - not recommended, removal instructions hereNo
SpywareBombXSpywareBomb.exeSpywareBomb rogue spyware remover - not recommendedNo
SpywareBotXSpywareBot.exeSpywareBot spyware remover - not recommended, see here No
SpywareCease.exeNSpywareCease.exeSpyware Cease spyware remover. Previous versions were regarded as a rogue (see here) because it reported false or exaggerated system security threats but the latest version tested (6.5.1) has a new interface and produces no exaggerated threats on a clean system. Not recommended due to the past historyYes
spywarefighterguardUspfprc.exeSpyware Fighter - anti spyware program No
SpywareGuardYsgmain.exe"SpywareGuard provides a real-time protection solution against spyware"No
SpywareGuardXwinproc32.exeAdded by the STARTPA-DL TROJAN!No
SpywareGuardXdeinst_qfe001.exeAdded by a variant of the Win32.Small TROJAN! - Do NOT confuse with the legitimate SpywareGuard applicationNo
spywareguardXspywareguard.exeSpyware Guard 2008 rogue spyware remover - not recommended, removal instructions here. Note - do not confuse with the legitimate SpywareGuard applicationNo
Spywareguard lptt01XSpywareguard.exeRapidBlaster variant (in a "Spyguard" folder in Program Files). A dedicated "RapidBlaster Killer" removal tool used to be available but quality anti-malware tools will now remove itNo
Spywareguard ml097eXSpywareguard.exeRapidBlaster variant (in a "Spyguard" folder in Program Files). A dedicated "RapidBlaster Killer" removal tool used to be available but quality anti-malware tools will now remove itNo
SpywareGuardPlusXwinmm64.exeStartPage.ht homepage hijackerNo
SpywareHealXSpywareHeal.exeSpyHeal rogue spyware remover - not recommendedNo
SpywareHealXSpyHealer.exeSpyHeal rogue spyware remover - not recommendedNo
spywareisolatorXspywareisolator.exeSpywareIsolator rogue spyware remover - not recommended, removal instructions hereNo
SpywareKillaXSpywareKilla.exeSpywareKilla spyware remover - not recommended, see hereNo
spywareknightXspywareknight.exeSpywareKnight rogue spyware remover - not recommended, removal instructions hereNo
SpywareLockedXSpywareLocked.exeSpylocked rogue spyware remover - not recommended, removal instructions hereNo
SpywareLocked 3.3XSpywareLocked 3.3.exeSpylocked rogue spyware remover - not recommended, removal instructions hereNo
SpywareLocked 3.4XSpywareLocked 3.4.exeSpylocked rogue spyware remover - not recommended, removal instructions hereNo
SpywareLocked 3.5XSpywareLocked 3.5.exeSpylocked rogue spyware remover - not recommended, removal instructions hereNo
SpywareLockerXSpywareLocker.exeSpywareLocker rogue security software - not recommended, removal instructions hereNo
SpywareNoXSpywareNo.exeSpywareNo spyware remover - not recommended, see hereNo
SpywareProMFCXSpywarePro.exeSpywarePro rogue security software - not recommended, removal instructions hereNo
SpywareQuakeXSpywareQuake.exeSpywareQuake 2.0 rogue spyware remover - not recommended, removal instructions hereNo
SpywareQuake.comXSpyware-Quake.exeSpywareQuake 2.0 rogue spyware remover - not recommended, removal instructions hereNo
SpywareQuakedXSpywareQuaked.exeSpywareQuake 2.4 rogue spyware remover - not recommended, removal instructions hereNo
SpywareRemoverXSpywareRemover.exeSpywareRemover rogue spyware remover - not recommended, removal instructions hereNo
SpywareRemover2009XSR.exeSpywareRemover 2009 rogue spyware remover - not recommended, removal instructions hereNo
spywarescannerXspywarescanner.exeSpyware Scanner 2008 rogue security software - not recommended, removal instructions hereNo
SpywareSoftStopXSpywareSoftStop.exeSoftStop rogue security software - not recommendedNo
SpywareStopXSpywareStop.exeSpywareStop rogue spyware remover - not recommended, see hereNo
SpywareStrikeXSpywareStrike.exeSpywareStrike rogue spyware remover - not recommended, removal instructions hereNo
SpywareSweeperXSpywareSweeper.exeSpywareSweeper rogue spyware remover - not recommendedNo
SpywareSweeperProMFCXSpyware Sweeper Pro.exeSpyware Sweeper Pro rogue security software - not recommended, removal instructions hereNo
SpywareTerminatorYSpywareTerminatorShield.exeSpyware Terminator's real-time protection. Initially not recommended due to false positives but the later versions have since improved - see hereNo
SpywareTerminatorUpdateYSpywareTerminatorUpdate.exeAutomatic updates for Spyware Terminator. Initially not recommended due to false positives but the later versions have since improved - see hereNo
SPYWATCHXSpyWatch.exeBPS Spyware Remover rogue spyware remover - not recommended, removal instructions hereNo
SpyWatchEXSpyWatchE.exeSpyWatchE rogue security software - not recommended, removal instructions hereNo
SPY_NET_RATXSPY_NET_RAT.exeAdded by a variant of the AGENT-LRO TROJAN!No
SQConfigCheckerXcc.exeXupiter SQWire toolbar related. Use Spybot S&D, Adware or similar to detect and remove and to prevent it re-installing in the future see hereNo
SQInstallerXSQInstaller.exeXupiter SQWire toolbar related. Use Spybot S&D, Adware or similar to detect and remove and to prevent it re-installing in the future see hereNo
SQLXserver.exeAdded by the PUNYA-B WORM!No
SQL ServerNscm.exeSQL Server Service Control Manager. Available via Start -> ProgramsNo
SQL Server ServiceXsql.exeAdded by the RBOT-ADFNo
sqlpdroXprovidd.exeAdded by the AGENT-LXF TROJAN!No
sqservicesXwins32.exeAdded by the PROGENT-B TROJAN!No
SQUpdatesCheckerXuc.exeXupiter SQWire toolbar related. Use Spybot S&D, Adware or similar to detect and remove and to prevent it re-installing in the future see hereNo
sqvynikpXsqvynikp.exeFree_Scratch_Cards foistwareNo
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Notes & Warnings

Variables:

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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