Startup Applications List

Unfortunately, due to a change in my circumstances, the startup programs database here at 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?
SafePrivateXSafePrivate.exeSafePrivate rogue security software - not recommended, removal instructions hereNo
SaferScanXSaferScan.exeSaferScan rogue security software - not recommendedNo
SafeSearchXsafesearch.exeSafeSearch.A adwareNo
SafeSpaceYSafeSpaceSysTray.exePart of SafeSpace (from Artificial Dynamics) which "protects computers from Internet malware infection without the need for signature updates or regular maintenance"No
SafeStripXSafeStrip.exeSafeStrip rogue security software - not recommended, removal instructions hereNo
SafeStripReminderXSafeStripReminder.exeSafeStrip rogue security software - not recommended, removal instructions hereNo
SafeSurfingUpdateXSSUpdate.exeMoneyTree parasite - ActiveX control used to download premium-rate dialersNo
SafeSysXSafeSys.exeAdded by the AUTORUN.DMI WORM!No
Safety Anti-Spyware 3XSafety Anti-Spyware 3.exeSafety Anti-Spyware rogue security software - not recommended, removal instructions hereNo
SafetyKeeperXSafetyKeeper.exeSafetyKeeper rogue security software - not recommended, removal instructions here. A member of the WiniGuard familyNo
Sagate Security FirewallXsagate.exeAdded by the GAOBOT.BOW WORM!No
SAgent2ExePathNSAgent2.exeSeiko Epson printer status agent. Disable if printer is not used oftenNo
SAGENTSERVICEUSagent.exeTinySpyAgent commercial keystroke logger. Uninstall this software if you did not install it yourselfNo
sagntXsagnt.exeAdware web downloaderNo
SAHagentXSahagent.exeShopAtHomeSelect parasiteNo
SAHBundleXshop1003.exeShopAtHomeSelect parasiteNo
saieXsaie.exe180solutions adwareNo
saihoiXsaihoi.exeAdded by the MDROP-CUT TROJAN!No
SAIMONUSaiMon.exeSaitek joystick driverNo
sainXsain.exe180Search adwareNo
saisXsais.exe180solutions adwareNo
SaiSmartUSaiSmart.exe"Smart Button Special Sauce" - included with support software for some of the Saitek game controllers. Related to the "S", "Shift" or "Smart" button and gives gamers extra features on the buttons. Only required if you use this featureNo
SaitekAutoConfigureUsaicnfig.exeConfiguration for Saitek game controllersNo
SakemsneqlXsimenu.exeAdded by the SDBOT.BTO WORM!No
SakoraXSakora.exeAdded by the GOWELES.A TROJAN!No
SalaatTimeNSalaatTime.exe"Salaat Time is a FREE multi-function Islamic application that calculates the prescribed five daily Muslim prayer times as well as Qiblah direction for anywhere in the world"No
SalestartXstm.exePart of SecurePCCleaner, WinAnonymous and other members of the PCPrivacyTool rogue privacy tool and other members of this family. See here for more examplesNo
SalestartXstrpmon.exePart of the ErrClean rogue system error and cleaning utility and other members of this family. See here for more examplesNo
SalestartXstmon.exePart of rogue software including members of the AVSystemCare security suite family (see here for examples) and the PcRaiser and SystemOptimizer2008 optimization utilitiesNo
SalestartXstartmon.exeErrorProtector rogue system error and cleaning utility - not recommendedNo
salmXsalm.exe180Search adwareNo
salyXsaly*****.exeAdded by a variant of the AW.AWK TROJAN!No
Sam-sungXSam-sung.exeAdded by a variant of the SDBOT WORM!No
SAMcalUSAMcal.exeSamCal - calendar/reminder programNo
SamPsXsvcvc.exeAdded by the RIKEN BACKDOOR!No
SamsongXSamsong.exeAdded by the SDBOT.BNE WORM!No
SamsungXSamsungs.exeAdded by a variant of the IRCBOT BACKDOOR!No
Samsung PanelMgrUSSMMgr.exeMonitors ink levels, paper present and other parameters for some Samsung printersNo
SamsungSM PanelMgrUSSMMgr.exeMonitors ink levels, paper present and other parameters for some Samsung printersNo
SandboxieControlUSbieCtrl.exe"SandBoxie runs your programs in an isolated space which prevents them from making permanent changes to other programs and data in your computer"No
SandIconNSandIcon.exeSanDisk ImageMate CompactFlash card reader SDDR-31 (USB). Very little use except to place the Sandisk icon beside its drive designation in Windows Explorer. The reader itself will work fine without it. The simplest thing is to just unplug the reader when you're not using it. It may slow the startup by a few nanoseconds, but once the software sees there's no reader, you get back the resourcesNo
SANS ServiceXsansv.exeAdded by the VANEBOT-AH WORM!No
SansaDispatchUSansaDispatch.exeSansa Updater - "The Sansa Updater is an application that checks for the latest firmware updates then downloads and installs the firmware to your Sansa device"No
Santa Bastards BitchXSANTAS.BITCH.txtAdded by the ATNAS.A WORM!No
sappXsapp.exeNCase adwareNo
SaskTel Accelerated Dial-upUsasktelgui.exe"Experience faster surfing, downloading and e-mail by adding SaskTel Accelerated Dial-up Internet"No
SATARaidUSATARaid.exeRAID driver for serial ATA disks on some motherboards such as the DFI Lanparty range. Only loaded if one is using RAID support on SATA drivesNo
satmatXsatmat.exeVX2.Transponder parasite updater/installer relatedNo
sauXsau.exe180Search adwareNo
SAUpdateUSAUpdate.exeBig Brother from Quest Software. System and network monitorNo
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Notes & Warnings


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.


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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Database creation and support by Patrick Kolla
Software support by John Mayer
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