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?
SearchSpyXSearchSpyMenu.exeSearchSpy rogue spyware remover - not recommended, removal instructions hereNo
SearchSquire[number]XSearchSquire[number].exeSearchSquire adwareNo
SearchUpgraderXSearchUpgrader.exeHijackerNo
secdrive.exeXsecdrive.exeAdded by a variant of the SPYBOT WORM! See hereNo
Second Copy 2000USecCopy.exeRelated to Second Copy? - a files/folders backup utilityNo
SecondChanceUsctray.exePower Quest Second Chance. Sets checkpoints for saving a backup copy of the registry to a disk so you can restore it if you have a crashNo
SecretXSecret.exeAdded by the DELF-LW TROJAN!No
Secret-CrushXstart.exeHijacker that may reset your browser's home page and/or search settings to point to undesired sitesNo
SECRETMAKERUsecretmaker.exeSecretmaker is a combination of eight privacy-defending programs, including Spam Fighter Pro, Worm Hunter, Pop-Up Killer, Banner Blocker, Cookie Eraser, Privacy Protector, History Cleaner, and Garbage CleanerNo
SecretSmileysUss.exe"Secret Smileys is an add-on for AIM that provides users access to 1000's of new Smileys that can be viewed by anyone using a current version of AIM. Secret Smileys also adds other features such as logging of IM conversations, and it gets rid of that annoying advertisement on your buddy list window"No
secserv.exeXsecserv.exeDetected by Panda as an EasySearch adware variant. Note - EasySearch modifies the Internet Explorer settings and may download programs onto the infected computerNo
secsvc32Xsecsvcnt.exeAdded by the GLOBAL PATROL TROJAN!No
SecsysUSecsys.exeUltraSoft Key Interceptor surveillance software - uninstall this unless you put it there yourself!No
secureXsvshost.exeAdded by the RBOT-AFO WORM!No
Secure Socket Layer CertificationXsslcert.exeAdded by the VANEBOT-AN WORM!No
Secure32XShell32.com StartUpAdded by the BRONTOK-CJ WORM!No
SecureClean4RegManagerNscregmanager4.exeWhiteCanyon SecureClean 4 disk cleaner - clean hard drive data, MRUs, temp files and more. Can be started manuallyNo
SecureClean4TrayNsctray4.exeWhiteCanyon SecureClean 4 disk cleaner - clean hard drive data, MRUs, temp files and more. Can be started manuallyNo
SecureCleanerXSecureCleaner.exeSecureCleaner rogue spyware remover - not recommended, removal instructions hereNo
SecureCleanIECleanNSCIEClean.exeSecureClean - scans your system for hidden temporary files, deleted email messages, Internet histories and cachesNo
SecureExpertCleanerXsec.exeSecure Expert Cleaner rogue privacy program - not recommended, removal instructions hereNo
SecureFighterXSecureFighter.exeSecureFighter rogue security software - not recommended, removal instructions here. A member of the WiniGuard familyNo
SecureItProUSecureitpro470p.exeSecureIt Pro - lock your computer when you're not there, to stop malicious users from accessing your desktopNo
SecureKeeperXSecureKeeper.exeSecureKeeper rogue security software - not recommended, removal instructions here. A member of the AntiAID familyNo
SecureOnlineAccountNumbersUSOAN.exeRelated to Secure Online Account Numbers by Discover(R) Card from Orbiscom Ltd. Secure and innovative payment solutionsNo
SecurePcAvXSecurePcAv.exeSecurePcAv rogue security software - not recommended, removal instructions here. A member of the AntiAID familyNo
securerXsyshost.exeAdded by the BDOOR-DU BACKDOOR!No
SecureVeteranXSecureVeteran.exeSecureVeteran rogue security software - not recommended, removal instructions here. A member of the WiniGuard familyNo
SecureWarriorXSecureWarrior.exeSecureWarrior rogue security software - not recommended, removal instructions here. A member of the WiniGuard familyNo
Security 2009XSecurity2009.exeSecurity 2009 rogue security suite - not recommended, removal instructions hereNo
Security Accounts Manager SMXsamsm.exeAdded by the WOOTBOT.BC WORM!No
Security AgentXsecurag.exeAdded by the BANCBAN-F TROJAN!No
Security AntivirusXSA[random characters].exeSecurity Antivirus rogue security software - not recommended, removal instructions hereNo
Security CenterXscvhost.exeAdded by the RBOT-TG WORM!No
Security Center DistributionXsecuresec.exeAdded by a variant of the IRCBOT BACKDOOR! See hereNo
Security CentralXSecurity Central.exeSecurity Central rogue security software - not recommended, removal instructions hereNo
Security essentials 2010XSE2010.exeSecurity Essentials 2010 rogue security software - not recommended, removal instructions hereNo
Security GuardXSG[random characters].exeSecurity Guard rogue security software - not recommended, removal instructions hereNo
Security iGuardXSecurity iGuard.exeSecurity iGuard rogue spyware remover - not recommended, removal instructions hereNo
Security Inspector 2010XSecurity_Inspector_2010.exeSecurity Inspector 2010 rogue security software - not recommended, removal instructions hereNo
Security ManagerUSecurityManager.exeA ComCast Internet software suite that provides a variety of features (firewall, popup blocker, parental controls etcetera) to help ensure your computer is secure, and your information is kept private No
Security ManagerXsecuritymanager.exeAntiVirus System 2011 rogue security software - not recommended, removal instructions here. Note - this is not the valid Comcast security program typically located in %ProgramFiles%\Comcast\Security Manager\app. This one is located in %AppData%\AntiVirus System 2011No
Security Master AVXSM[random characters].exeSecurity Master AV rogue security software - not recommended, removal instructions hereNo
Security MonitorXsecuremon.exeAdded by the SLENFBOT.ABH WORM!No
Security PatchXscmss.exeAdded by the RBOT-ZW WORM!No
Security Server DBXsecserver.exeAdded by a variant of the IRCBOT BACKDOOR! See hereNo
security serviceXsyss.exeAdded by an unidentified WORM or TROJAN!No
Security ServiceXsecsvc.exeAdded by the RBOT-GGF WORM!No
Security Service DBXsecservice.exeAdded by a variant of the IRCBOT BACKDOOR! See hereNo
Security Service ProcessXsvhost.exeAdded by the AGOBOT-LC WORM!No
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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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