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?
setup.exeXsetup.exeAdded by the GOLDUN-GB TROJAN!No
SetVrcXsetvrc.exeAdded by the HUNTOCX WORM!No
SevenSowrdXSysSevenSowrd.exeAdded by the AGENT-GIR TROJAN!No
Sex TerisXst01b.exeAdded by the REPAD WORM!No
SexnowXSexnow.exeAdded by the SENOW-B premium rate adult content diallerNo
Sexy_BlondesXSexy_Blondes.exeAdded by the Sexy DIALER! Related also to Hot Tarts DIALER! No
Sexy_sgXSexy_sg.exePremium rate adult content diallerNo
sfXsf.exeSurfEnhance adwareNo
SFIGUINSFIGUI.EXESonic Focus - "enhances music, movie and game sound by analyzing compressed audio streams in realtime, then restoring and enriching audio back to its original performance qualities"No
sfitaXsfita.exeAdded by the FAVADD-H TROJAN!No
sfpcUsfpc.exeSpy4PC surveillance software. Uninstall this software unless you put it there yourselfNo
SfWinStartInfoUsfWinStartupInfo.exeSFIRM32 Online Banking softwareNo
SgecryptUSgecrypt.exeSafeGuard Easy - "provides total company-wide protection for sensitive information on laptops and workstations. Boot protection, pre-boot user authentication and hard disk encryption using powerful algorithms guarantee against unauthorized access and hacker attacks"No
sginstUsginst.exeeAcceleration 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
SGPUpdaterXsgpUpdaters.exeFast Browser Search/Search Guard Plus parasite - installed with "Make the Web Better" applications such as My Web Tattoo, My Face LOL and Google Easy Money Kit. See here and here for more informationNo
SGTBox?SGTBox.exeCanon scanner driver. Is it required?No
sgtrayUsgtray.exeStorageGuard from Veritas. Free utility that integrates with Backup MyPC (formerly Backup Exec Desktop), Simple Backup and MS Backup. Provides system tray access and background monitoring - warning you of files that haven't recently been backed up. Required unless you backup manually on a regular basis or have scheduled backupsNo
ShadowYShadow.exe"NTI Shadow 3 is an award-winning easy-to-use backup application that automatically protects your photo, music, video, and various data files. It makes data restoration as easy as dragging and dropping files from one place to another"No
ShadowUser Pro EditionUShadowUser.exeStorageCraft ShadowUser™ "provides easy to use desktop security and protection for Windows operating systems. ShadowUser is the best way to prevent unwanted changes to PCs and laptops." No longer available - see hereNo
shambl3r*Xshambl3r.exeAdded by the REMABL WORM! where * is 2 to 11No
SHAProcXSHAProc.exeAdded by the WINKO.AO WORM!No
ShareazaNShareaza.exeShareaza P2P clientNo
sharedpremXsharedprem.exeAdded by the MAKECALL TROJAN!No
SharpTrayUSharpTray.exePart of the Sharpdesk from Sharp Electronics. "A desktop-based, personal document management application that lets users browse, edit, search, compose, process, and forward both scanned and native electronic documents"No
shdefXshdef.exeAdded by the VB-DVS TROJAN!No
SheduIerXsvchst.exePremium rate adult content diallerNo
SheduIerXshch.exeAdded by the BDOOR-EB BACKDOOR!No
ShellXShell32.exeAdded by the BADSECTOR TROJAN!No
ShellXsvchost.exeAdded by the GOLDSPY-B 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
ShellXsmsc.exeAdded by the BANCBAN-OY TROJAN!No
Shell API32Xsvcnet.exeAdded by the TIBICK.C WORM!No
Shell ExtensionXspollsv.exeAdded by the LOVGATE.Z WORM!No
Shell Tray WindowXShellTraywnd.exeAdded by the STULTDOR-A TROJAN!No
shell updateXshellexec.exeAdded by the RBOT-ANC WORM!No
Shell.exeXShell.exeAdded by the EMERLEOX.S WORM!No
Shell32XShell32.vbsAdded by the SCAFENE WORM!No
Shellapi32XShellapi32.exeAdded by the NETDEVIL (or NERTE) TROJAN!No
shellbnXshlext32.exeMalware installed by different rogue security software including SpyKillerPro and the XP AntiVirus seriesNo
ShelldaemonXShelldaemon.exeAdded by a variant of the AGENT.ALN TROJAN!No
ShellExXShellEx.exeAdded by the ANAKHA TROJAN!No
ShellsplXspools.exeAdded by the PROXAGE-A TROJAN!No
shellsystemXshellsystem.exeAdded by the UPCHAN TROJAN!No
shhostXshhost.exeAdded by the AGENT.CE BACKDOOR!No
shicoxpNshicoxp.exeInstalled with the drivers for multi card readers of various brands. To differentiate between the various card slots on multi slot readers the shicoxp.exe file assigns and loads unique drive icons for the various card slots that are displayed in Windows ExplorerNo
Shield SecurityXshield.exeAdded by the RIZO.A TROJAN!No
Shield32 SecurityXshield32.exeAdded by the RIZO.A TROJAN!No
ShieldSafenessXShieldSafeness.exeShieldSafeness rogue security software - not recommended, removal instructions here. A member of the WiniGuard familyNo
ShineXShine.exeAdded by the HAPPYLOW (or NISHE-A) VIRUS!No
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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
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