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?
spa_startXRundll32.exe spads.dllIconAds adware. Note that rundll32.exe is a legitimate Microsoft file used to launch DLL file types and shouldn't be deleted. The "spads.dll" file is located in the Winnt or Windows folderNo
spa_startXRundll32.exe sprt_ads.dllSuperiorads adware. Note that rundll32.exe is a legitimate Microsoft file used to launch DLL file types and shouldn't be deleted. The "sprt_ads.dll" file is located in %System%No
SPIRun?Rundll32 SPIRun.dll, RunDLLEntryRelated to Creative audio products. What does it do and is it required?No
SPP?run.exe??No
sppXregedit -s spp.regIE search hijacker - changes the default search to h**p://www.hotsearchbox.com/ie/. Note that the Windows registry editor (regedit.exe) is a legitimate Microsoft file located in %Windir% and shouldn't be deleted. The file "spp.reg" is located in the root folder (ie, C:\)No
Spyware removerXRemove_spyware.exeUnidentified, but not known to belong to any known spyware remover, and strongly suspected to be adware related! No
sreXrundll32.exe sre.dll, RegisterCoolWebSearch parasite variant - also detected by Kaspersky as the AGENT.FC TROJAN!No
srePostpone?rundll32.exe [path] srescan.dll, DoSpecialActionRelated to ZoneAlarm. What does it do and is it required? No
SRFirstRun?rundll32 srclient.dll, CreateFirstRunRpCreated by execution of the Windows XP sr.inf file, which installs the Windows XP System Restore feature, needed for example when installing System Restore into Windows Server 2003. Does this indeed need to run at every bootup?No
Srv32 spool serviceXrunsrv32.exeTopantispyware adwareNo
staXrundll32 fjzkp.dllAdded by the MDROP-CSP TROJAN! Note that rundll32.exe is a legitimate Microsoft file used to launch DLL file types and shouldn't be deleted. The "fjzkp.dll" file is located in %System%No
startkeyXRunWinRaR.exeAdded by a variant of the BIFROSE-LV TROJAN!No
startkeyXroyale.exeAdded by a variant of the SDBOT WORM!No
startkeyXrtfmsv.exeAdded by the EDEPOL-C TROJAN!No
StartwdXrundll32.exe wd081025.dll,HookAdded by the AGENT.DE TROJAN! Note that rundll32.exe is a legitimate Microsoft file used to launch DLL file types and shouldn't be deleted. The "wd081025.dll" file is found in %System%No
startwindowskeyuserXrundle2.exeAdded by the JAVAKILLER TROJAN!No
stlbdistXrundll32exe stlbdist.DLL, DllRunMainHijacker pointing to www.searchandclick.comNo
stlbupdtXrundll32.exe stlbupdt.DLL,DllRunMainBrowserAid adware. Note that rundll32.exe is a legitimate Microsoft file used to launch DLL file types and shouldn't be deleted. The "stlbupdt.dll" file is found in %System%No
StopSignSsFwMonURundll32.exe [path] ssfwmon.dll,VerifyStatuseAcceleration Stop-Sign security software related - previously not recommended (see here). It has now been delisted, so make sure you have the latest version - hence the "U" recommendationNo
StopSignSsSsMonURundll32.exe [path] ssssmon.dll,VerifyStatuseAcceleration Stop-Sign security software related - previously not recommended (see here). It has now been delisted, so make sure you have the latest version - hence the "U" recommendationNo
StopSignSsTsMonURundll32.exe [path] sstsmon.dll,VerifyStatuseAcceleration Stop-Sign security software related - previously not recommended (see here). It has now been delisted, so make sure you have the latest version - hence the "U" recommendationNo
StopSignStatusURundll32.exe [path] stopsinfo.dll,VerifyStatusInstaller for eAcceleration Stop-Sign security software - previously not recommended (see here). It has now been delisted, so make sure you have the latest version - hence the "U" recommendationNo
SunJavaUpdateSchedXrundll32.exeAdded by the VBKRYPT.FNL TROJAN! Note - this is not the legitimate rundll32.exe process, which is found in %Windir% (Me/98) or %System% (Windows 7/Vista/XP/2K/NT). This one is located in %AppData%No
supdate2.dllXrundll32.exe supdate2.dll,RunAdded by the ZLOB-VL TROJAN! Note that rundll32.exe is a legitimate Microsoft file used to launch DLL file types and shouldn't be deleted. The "supdate2.dll" file is found in %System%No
supdate2.dllXregsvr32.exe /s supdate2.dllAdded by the ZLOB-VL TROJAN! Note that regsvr32.exe is a legitimate Microsoft file used to register and unregister OLE controls and shouldn't be deleted. The "supdate2.dll" file is found in %System%No
SurfBuddyXrundll32 [path] sbuddy.dllSurfBuddy adware - not to be confused with the legitimate SurfBuddy application by SurfApps!. Note that rundll32.exe is a legitimate Microsoft file used to launch DLL file types and shouldn't be deletedNo
svchostXrundll16.exeAdded by the STARTPA-PB TROJAN!No
SvcManagerXrestore3.exeAdded by the AGENT-DSS TROJAN!No
SWLUrundll32.exe [path] SWL.dll rdlStealthWeblog surveillance software. Uninstall this software unless you put it there yourself! Note that rundll32.exe is a legitimate Microsoft file used to launch DLL file types and shouldn't be deletedNo
Symantec Antivirus professionalXregedit.exeAdded by a variant of the FORBOT WORM! Note - this is not the valid Windows registry editor which resides in %Windir% and will not normally figure in Msconfig/Startup! This version resides in %System%No
Sympatico Security ManagerYRps.exeMain program for the Sympatico Security Manager internet security suite for Bell Canada ISP customers - sourced by RadialpointNo
Synchronization ManagerXrservers.exeAdded by the FORBOT-FM WORM!No
sysXregedit /s sys.regRaxmus adware. Note that the Windows registry editor (regedit.exe) is a legitimate Microsoft file located in %Windir% and shouldn't be deleted. The file "sys.reg" is located in %Windir%No
sysXregedit sysdllwm.regCoolWebSearch parasite variant - also detected as the FEMAD-L TROJAN!No
sysXrundll32.exeAdded by the LINEAG-G TROJAN! Note - this is not the legitimate rundll32.exe process, which is found in %Windir% (98/ME) or %System% (NT/2K/XP). This one is located in %Windir%\IntelNo
SysDeskqqfxXRunddll32.exeAdded by the CHANGGAME TROJAN!No
SysmonXrpcmon.exeAdded by the RANDEX.ATX WORM!No
SysPnPXrundll32 setupapi, InstallHinfSection [varies] oemsyspnp.infCoolWebSearch PnP parasite variantNo
SysSearchXRegedit.exe -s pcsearch.regAdded by the STARTPAGE-FN TROJAN! Note that regedit.exe is a legitimate Microsoft file and shouldn't be deleted. The "pcsearch.reg" file is located in %Windir%No
SysSearchXRegedit.exe -s sysreg.regAdded by the STARTPA-ME TROJAN! Note that regedit.exe is a legitimate Microsoft file and shouldn't be deleted. The "sysreg.reg" file is located in %Windir%No
Systam13Xresx.exeAdded by a variant of the IRCBOT BACKDOOR! See hereNo
SystemXrun322.exeAdded by the LANFILT TROJAN!No
systemXregedit -s system.dllHomepage hijackerNo
SYSTEMXRUNDLL16.exeAdded by the DELF-EW BACKDOOR!No
System CheckURundll32.exe SysDll32.dll, SystemCheckXPCSpy Pro keystroke logger/monitoring program - remove unless you installed it yourself! Note that rundll32.exe is a legitimate Microsoft file used to launch DLL file types and shouldn't be deletedNo
System ProfileXRegsrv.exeAdded by a variant of the OPTIX TROJAN!No
System RAID ManagerXraid64.exeAdded by the AGENT-NNZ TROJAN!No
System RebootXrebootsys.exeAdded by the RBOT-WU WORM!No
System SetupXrpcxcmod.exeAdded by an unidentified WORM or TROJAN!No
system32Xrunescape.exeAdded by the AGENT-XB MALWARE!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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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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