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.
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
|Name or Startup Item||Status||Command or Data||Description||Tested?|
|sm||X||sf_exe.exe||Added by the OLFEB.A TROJAN!||No|
|sm||X||sm_exe.exe||Added by the OLFEB.A TROJAN!||No|
|sm||X||sr_exe.exe||Added by the LUKUSPAM TROJAN!||No|
|SM1BG||N||SM1BG.EXE||USB driver for downloading from within Napster and iTunes to portable MP3 players. Only required at startup if you use it all the time - otherwise start it manually when required||No|
|SM1NINT||N||SM1NINT.exe||Cypress USB Mass Storage Driver Notification Icon Application - tray notification for Cypress base memory sticks and external storage devices for Win98||No|
|SM56 Helper Win32 Utility||N||sm56hlpr.exe||Helper utility for Motorola based SM56 software modems - resides in the System Tray||No|
|Sm56acl||N||sm56hlpr.exe||Helper utility for Motorola based SM56 software modems - resides in the System Tray||No|
|sma||U||sma.exe||SmartKeylogger keystroke logger/monitoring program - remove unless you installed it yourself!||No|
|SManager||X||smanager.6.exe||Added by the AGENT.BJO TROJAN!||No|
|SManager||X||smanager.7.exe||Added by the DWNLDR-GVG TROJAN!||No|
|Smart Antivirus-2009.exe||X||Smart Antivirus-2009.exe||Smart Antivirus 2009 rogue security software - not recommended, removal instructions here||No|
|Smart Card Service||N||ScardSvr.exe||For Smart Card readers. Known to cause problems, especially for Windows 2000 users - see here. Probably not required unless you use such a device regularly||No|
|Smart Connect Monitor||U||SCMon.exe||Appears on a Sony Vaio. Smart Connect Version 2.1 enables data transfer between Vaios via i.LINK cable. Smart Connect supports File and Printer Sharing for MS networks. You can copy files from your Vaio to another Vaio or print using a printer connected to a remote Vaio||No|
|Smart Connect Setup||U||SCSetup.exe||Appears on a Sony Vaio. Smart Connect Version 2.1 enables data transfer between Vaios via i.LINK cable. Smart Connect supports File and Printer Sharing for MS networks. You can copy files from your Vaio to another Vaio or print using a printer connected to a remote Vaio||No|
|Smart Defender PRO||X||smrtdefp.exe||Smart Defender PRO rogue security software - not recommended, removal instructions here||No|
|Smart Engine||X||SM[random characters].exe||Smart Engine rogue security software - not recommended, removal instructions here. The filename is typically in the form "SM***_***.exe"||No|
|Smart Keyboard||U||Smartkbd.exe||Netropa Smart Keyboard driver||No|
|Smart Label O Server||N||ssloserv.exe||Part of the printer software for the smart-label printer made by Seiko. Can be disabled safely||No|
|Smart Label RFViewer||N||SSLFVIEW.EXE||Part of the printer software for the smart-label printer made by Seiko. Can be disabled safely||No|
|Smart Security||X||SMM[random characters].exe||Smart Security rogue security software - not recommended, removal instructions here. The filename is typically in the form "SM***_***.exe"||No|
|Smart Touch||U||STouch.exe||Related to Plustek OpticSlim scanner||No|
|Smart Type Assistant||N||sta.exe||Smart Type Assistant - a complex typing automation tool, intended to make your work faster and safer||No|
|Smart Virus Eliminator||X||SM[random characters].exe||Smart Virus Eliminator rogue security software - not recommended, removal instructions here||No|
|SmartAudio||U||SmartAudio.exe||Conexant SmartAudio PC audio chipset software - typically available on HP notebooks with built-in microphones||No|
|SmartBarXP||N||SmartBarXP.exe||SmartBarXP is a bar that runs down the side of your screen, and can be configured to display interactive panels known as 'panes'. These panes include media players, slideshow and image viewing panes, a virtual desktop manager, and live news, weather and stock feeds to mention but a few||No|
|sMaRTcaPs||N||SMARTC~1.EXE||sMaRTcaPs from Phoebus LLC - enables you to configure the time needed to depress Caps Lock, Num Lock & Insert keys||No|
|SmartCopy||?||SmartCopy.exe||Related to SmartCopy from Northstar Systems Corp. What does it do and is it required?||No|
|SmartFaceVWatcher||Y||SmartFaceVWatcher.exe||Toshiba's Face Recognition that allows the user login to their laptop hands-free via the built-in webcam on some models||No|
|Smartfixer||X||SmartFixer.exe||SmartFixer rogue system error and cleaning utility - not recommended||No|
|SmartLauncher||?||SmartLauncher.exe||Related to SmartLauncher from Northstar Systems Corp. What does it do and is it required?||No|
|SmartMenu||Y||SmartMenu.exe||Included on most HP Pavilion desktop and laptop PCs. "Used to launch the MediaSmart application from keyboards and remote controls. Do not disable this program" - see here||No|
|smartprotector||X||smartprotector.exe||Smart Protector rogue security software - not recommended, removal instructions here||No|
|SmartSecurity||X||SmartSecurity.exe||Smart Security rogue security software - not recommended, removal instructions here||No|
|SmartSync Pro||U||SmartSync.exe||Related to CompanionLink Software Inc. Synchronization solutions for ACT!, GoldMine, Lotus Notes and Microsoft Outlook||No|
|SmAudio||?||SmAudio.exe||Audio driver for Conexant SmartAudio HD integrated soundcards. System Tray access to the control panel?||No|
|smbdpmi||?||smbdpmi.exe||IBM Netfinity Director and Universal Management Services related. What does it do and is it required?||No|
|smc||X||smc.exe||Added by the EBOD TROJAN! Note - this is not the valid (but now discontinued) Sygate Personal Firewall which has the same filename and is normally located in %ProgramFiles%\Sygate\SPF. This one is located in %System%||No|
|SMC Service||Y||smc.exe||Sygate Firewall||No|
|SMC Service||Y||spfsmc.exe||Sygate Firewall||No|
|smcss||X||smcss.exe||Added by the SCLOG-AJ TROJAN!||No|
|Smcsta.exe||?||Smcsta.exe||SMC Networks wireless PCI card driver. Is it required?||No|
|SmcSVR||X||SmcSVR.exe||Added by the LEGMIR.JU TROJAN!||No|
|smgr||X||smgr.exe||Added by an unidentified WORM or TROJAN!||No|
|SmileboxTray||N||SmileboxTray.exe||System Tray access to Smilebox photo sharing/printing service||No|
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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