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?
run=Xsec5dec.exeAdded by the ATAK.G WORM!No
run=Xsvhost.exeAdded by the ADMINCASH.B TROJAN!No
rundll32Xsvchs0t.exeAdded by the PWSTEAL-E TROJAN!No
RunDLL34Xsyscnfg.exeAdded by an unidentified VIRUS, WORM or TROJAN! "syscnfg.exe" is found in %Windir%\fonts\font2 where no *.exe files should resideNo
RunJava2Xsysttray.exeAdded by the AUTORUN-BEL WORM!No
RunnerXsvchost.exeAdded by the ADCLICK-AG TROJAN! Note - this is not the legitimate svchost.exe process which is always located in %System% and should not normally figure in Msconfig/Startup! This one is located in %Windir%No
RunOnceExXsms.exeIESearchToolbar parasite. Identified by Ewido Security Suite (Ewido is now part of AVG Technologies) as the DELF.LF TROJAN!No
RunProgXServer.exeAdded by the OPTIX.04.A BACKDOOR!No
runservicesXservices.exeIdentified as a variant of the SMALL.QO TROJAN! Note - this is not the legitimate services.exe process which is always located in %System% and should not normally figure in Msconfig/Startup! This one is located in %Windir%No
RunServicesXservice.exeAdded by the VEBISP VIRUS!No
ryan1918Xservidevice.exeAdded by the RBOT-GVR WORM!No
r_serverXservice.exeAdded by the MULTIDR-CP TROJAN!No
SXsvhost.exeAdded by the AGOBOT-LN WORM!No
S0undManXsvch0st.exeAdded by the LOVGATE.AB WORM! Note - the filename has the digit 0 rather then the uppercase "o"No
S24EvMon?S24EvMon.exeEvent Monitor - supports driver extensions to NIC Driver for wireless adapters. Is it required?No
S3 Chip3Xs3int.exeAdded by the AGOBOT.LM BACKDOOR!No
S3 InternalXs3chip4.exeAdded by the AGOBOT-FQ BACKDOOR!No
S3 Internal ChipXs3serv.exeAdded by the AGOBOT-DD WORM!No
S3 Internal ChipXs3chip3.exeAdded by the AGOBOT-FW WORM!No
S3apphkNS3apphk.exeA tool installed alongside the drivers for your S3 video output device. It is not necessary but should be allowed to run unless it is causing problemsNo
S3HotkeyUs3hotkey.exeHotkey system tray icon to enable switching between monitors. Found on laptops with an S3 Twister integrated graphics cardNo
S3Mon?S3Mon.exeS3DuoVue multi-monitor taskbar helper by S3 Graphics. What does it do and is it required?No
S3TRAYUS3Tray.exeS3 display configuration taskbar utility for S3 chipset based graphics cards. Can be run from Start-> Settings -> Control Panel -> DisplayNo
s3tray2?s3tray2.exeS3 display configuration taskbar utility for S3 chipset based graphics cards?No
S3TRAYHP?S3trayhp.exeS3 Video driver related. What does it do and is it required?No
S3TraypUS3trayp.exeS3 display configuration taskbar utility for S3 chipset based graphics cards. Can be run from Start-> Settings -> Control Panel -> DisplayNo
S4FUS4F.exeFilterPak from S4F, Inc - internet filtering softwareNo
s4helperXs4helper.exeSearchcentrix hijackerNo
SA?Sa3.exeLogitech QuickCam driver. Is it required?No
SA Service?SAservice.exeAssociated with Cyber Trio and Warner troubleshooting software from G-Tek Technologies and pre-installed on some Packard Bell and NEC PCs. What function does this perform and is it required?No
Sa3dsrvNSa3dsrv.exeFor Aureal based 3D soundcards. A3D sound features won't work with this disabledNo
saapXsaap.exe180solutions adwareNo
Sabre Printing StartUSabstart.exePart of the Sabre computer reservations system/global distribution system (GDS) - used by airlines, railways, hotels, travel agents and other travel companies for reservations and ticketingNo
Sabre ServerUsabserv.exePart of the Sabre computer reservations system/global distribution system (GDS) - used by airlines, railways, hotels, travel agents and other travel companies for reservations and ticketingNo
Sabre Task Tray IconUSabstart.exePart of the Sabre computer reservations system/global distribution system (GDS) - used by airlines, railways, hotels, travel agents and other travel companies for reservations and ticketingNo
SabreserverUSABSERV.EXEPart of the Sabre computer reservations system/global distribution system (GDS) - used by airlines, railways, hotels, travel agents and other travel companies for reservations and ticketingNo
sacXsac.exe180Search adwareNo
SACCXsacc.exeSurfAccuracy adwareNo
sacmemdsXsmcntlwio.exeAdded by the MAILBOT-BZ TROJAN!No
sadsXsdsa.exeAdded by the RBOT-PA WORM!No
SafeXSafeWin.exeAdded by the FOCOSENHA TROJAN!No
SafeFighterXSafeFighter.exeSafeFighter rogue security software - not recommended, removal instructions here. A member of the WiniGuard familyNo
Safeguard 2009Xsf2009.exeSafeguard 2009 rogue spyware remover - not recommended, removal instructions hereNo
Safeguard.exeXSafeguard.exeSuper Spyware Killer rogue spyware remover - not recommendedNo
SafeHardDriveXSysRep.exeSafeHardDrive rogue system error and cleaning utility - not recommended, removal instructions here. A member of the ErrClean familyNo
SafeHouseSystemTrayUSDWTRAY.EXESafeHouse "Personal Privacy" system tray icon - PP protects and hides your private and personal photos, videos, files and folders by making them "invisible" and encryptedNo
SafeInstall.exeNSAFEIN~1.EXEMonitors a download and ensures an newer version of a file isn't replaced by an older oneNo
SafeOFFNSafeOff.exeProvides protection that if user accidentally presses the power switch a dialog will pop up for confirmationNo
SafePcAvXSafePcAv.exeSafePcAv rogue security software - not recommended, removal instructions here. A member of the AntiAID familyNo
SafePCToolXSysRep.exeSafePCTool rogue system error and cleaning utility - not recommended, removal instructions here. A member of the ErrClean familyNo
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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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