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?
CryptoExVolumeAutoMount?CexVolume.exePart of the CryptoEx Client Suite from Glück & Kanja Technology AG. What does it do and is it required?No
Crystal 3D Audio Control?CWD3DSND.EXECrystal 3D Audio sound driver. Is it required?No
CS UpdateXcopy /Y [path] ActivationManager.dll.upd [path] ActivationManager.dllAdded by an unidentified malwareNo
cscUcsc.exeCommand line compiler for Microsoft C# it gets installed with the .NET SDKNo
cscriptsXcscripts.exeAdded by the BDOOR-AAP BACKDOOR!No
CSCRS ValueXcscrs.exeAdded by the RBOT-AAA WORM!No
CsecXcs.exeCyber Security rogue security software - not recommended, removal instructions hereNo
cserv32Xcserv32.exeAdded by the STRATION.EC WORM!No
CsimPlayerXCsimPlayer.exeAdded by the KOOBFACE-AD WORM!No
CSINJECT.EXEUCSINJECT.EXEPart of Quarterdeck/Norton CleanSweep. "Csinject must be loaded in order for Smart Sweep to automatically monitor installations and properly track registry changes"No
csm Win UpdatesXcsm.exeAdded by the ZOTOB.B WORM!No
CSO.exeYCSO.exeONO Service Center tool installed when you choose to install their internet security suite - sourced by Radialpoint. Apart from downloading the suite installation files, the exact purpose is unknown at this time but it may be used to source critical updates and alerts so should therefore be left enabledNo
csosXcsos.exeAdded by the SDBOT-DFE WORM!No
csrXcsrrs.exeAdded by the RBOT-CKM WORM!No
csrcsXcsrcs.exeAdded by the AGENT-HUA TROJAN!No
csrrsXcsrrs.exeAdded by the INEUDOK.A TROJAN!No
csrsXcsrs.exeAdded by the GAOBOT.GEN!POLY WORM!No
csrscXcsrsc.exeAdded by the SILLYDC WORM!No
CSRSSXCSRSS.EXESearch page hijacker, redirecting to h**p://www.search-aide.com/. Note - this is not the legitimate csrss.exe process which is always located in %System% and should not normally figure in Msconfig/Startup!No
CsrssXcsrss.exeAdded by the CHOD WORM! Note - this is not the legitimate csrss.exe process which is always located in %System% and should not normally figure in Msconfig/Startup! This one is located in a random subfolderNo
csrssXcsrss.exeAdded by the KEYLOG-AQ KEYLOGGER! Note - this is not the legitimate csrss.exe process which is always located in %System% and should not normally figure in Msconfig/Startup! This one is located in %Windir%No
csrssXcsrss.exeAdded by the CHODE-J WORM! Note - this is not the legitimate csrss.exe process which is always located in %System% and should not normally figure in Msconfig/Startup! This one is located in a random subfolderNo
csrssUcsrss.exeBeyondKeylog surveillance software. Uninstall this software unless you put it there yourself. Note - this is not the same file as the csrss.exe process which is always located in %System% and should not normally figure in Msconfig/Startup! This one is located in %ProgramFiles%\SupremtecNo
CsrssXCSRSS.EXEAdded by the PUNYA-B WORM! Note - this is not the legitimate csrss.exe process which is always located in %System% and should not normally figure in Msconfig/Startup! This one is located in C:\Documents and Settings\Administrator\Local Settings\Application Data\WINDOWSNo
Csrss HostXcsrhost.exeAdded by the IRCBOT.BIZ WORM!No
CSRSS LoaderXcsrsss.exeAdded by the AGOBOT.TX WORM!No
csrss.exeXcsrss.exeAdded by the DALBUG WORM! Note - this is not the legitimate csrss.exe process which is always located in %System% and should not normally figure in Msconfig/Startup! This one is located in %Windir%No
csrssLevel4Xcsrss.exeUnidentified malware! Note - this is not the legitimate csrss.exe process which is always located in %System% and should not normally figure in Msconfig/Startup! This one is located in a "Level4" subfolderNo
CSRSSUXCSRSSU.exeCoolWebSearch parasite variant - hijacking to Slawsearch.com. Also detected as the CWS-E TROJAN!No
CSRSSWXCSRSSW.EXEAdded by the CWS-F TROJAN!No
csrvssXcsrvss.exeAdded by a variant of the SDBOT TROJAN!No
CSS ServerUCSSServer.exeComSpySysSvr surveillance software. Uninstall this software unless you put it there yourselfNo
cssautheNcssauthe.exePart of Thinkvantage Client Security Solution for IBM/Lenovo ThinkPad notebooks and ThinkCentre desktops. Once configured via the associated setup screens this loads via winlogon.exe (and loads the password manager) and therefore disabling this entry has no effectNo
cssrsXcssrs.exeAdded by the BANCBAN-DW TROJAN!No
cssrss.exeXcssrss.exeMalware installed by different rogue security software including SpyKillerProNo
csssXCsss.exeAdded by the BALICK TROJAN!No
CSS_CentralUCSS_1631.EXECSS Communication Agent (95 Host) from Command Software Systems (now Authentium). "CSS Central™ provides administrators with a powerfully proactive tool to effectively manage and maintain the anti-virus strategy from a centralized console"No
CSV10P1XCSP001.exeClearSearch adwareNo
CSV10P70XCSv10P070.exeClearSearch adwareNo
CSV7P26XCSV7P26.exeClearSearch adwareNo
CSV7P70XCSV7P070.exeClearSearch adwareNo
CSV7P91XCSV7P91.exeClearSearch adwareNo
csvdeaUcsvdea.exeSpyArsenalLog surveillance software. Uninstall this software unless you put it there yourselfNo
csvhost.exeXcsvhost.exeAdded by the CIMUZ-BD TROJAN!No
ctYct.exect.exe is a file is for the HP Learning Adventure software and if you use this software it is required to run itNo
CT Control SettingsXCTSVCCD.EXEAdded by the RBOT-YS WORM!No
CTAPR2UCTAPR2.exeConsole Launcher for the Creative Sound Blaster X-Fi seriesNo
CTAVTrayNCTAvTray.exeFor Creative Soundblaster Live! series soundcards. Plays the EAX animation on start-up and adds a System Tray icon for it. Available via AudioHQNo
CTCheckUCTCheck.exeAssociated with the ZEN range of MP3 players from Creative Technology Ltd. A visitor recommended the "U" status but what does it do?No
CTCMonitorUCTCMonitor.exeClick-to-Convert - document-to-HTML or doc-to-PDF converter. Only required if you are going to use the File -> Print method of using Click-to-Convert. If converting directly from MS Office, it is not requiredNo
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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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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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