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?
SNDSrvcYSNDSRVC.EXECommon process for older versions of Symantec's security products including Norton Internet Security and the now discontinued Norton AntiSpam and Norton SystemWorks suite. Used for the scanning of incoming POP3 emails for viruses, threats or spam. Loads via the registry "Run" or "RunServices" keys in 98/Me and as a service in XPNo
SnippetUSnippingTool.exeThe Snipping Tool (part of the Experience Pack for Tablet PC) allows you to easily "cut out" anything on screen and share it with other people. The whole screen becomes an "inkable" surface that you can add comments to and mark up however you like. You can then save that annotated image to use later, or send it to someone else in an E-mail messageNo
SNMUSNM.exeSpyNoMore spyware remover - previously not recommended, see hereNo
SnoopUSnoop.exeSnoop surveillance software. Uninstall this software unless you put it there yourselfNo
SnoopFreeUIUSnoopFreeUI.exeAnti-keylogging software made by SnoopFree SoftwareNo
SNP Generic Host ProcessXsvchost.exeAdded by the ZAPCHAS-O TROJAN! Note - this is not the legitimate svchost.exe process which should NOT appear in Msconfig/Startup!No
SnsiconNSnsicon.exeLaunches a screensaver program from Second NatureNo
SNSS.EXEXSNSS.EXENunci premium rate dialerNo
snvcXsnvc.exeAdded by an unidentified WORM or TROJAN!No
SO5 Integrator Pass One?sointgr.exePart of StarOffice 5 by StarDivision - a proprietary office suite and the predecessor of OpenOfficeNo
SO5 Integrator Pass Two?sointgr.exePart of StarOffice 5 by StarDivision - a proprietary office suite and the predecessor of OpenOfficeNo
Sock32Xsock32.exeAdded by the SDBOT TROJAN!No
Socket UtilityXsvchostz.exeAdded by the DAEMONI-E TROJAN!No
Socket UtilityXsocket.exeAdded by the DAEMONI-E TROJAN!No
SoDA StartupYSodaStartup.exeUsed by the IBM Rational SoDA project management tool. Unsure of it's actual purpose but it's recommended you leave it enabled if you use the softwareNo
sofficeNSOFFICE.EXEPart of StarOffice by StarDivision - a proprietary office suite and the predecessor of OpenOffice. Displays the quick start applet in the System Tray. Right clicking on the icon allows rapid starting up of components of the StarOffice suite. Automatically started when any StarOffice component is run from the Start menu and is a resource hog (it uses more than 16 MB of memory)No
SoftAuto.exeNSoftAuto.exeAuto-updater for Creative Labs softwareNo
SoftBarrierXSoftBarrier.exeSoftBarrier rogue security software - not recommended, removal instructions here. A member of the WiniGuard familyNo
SoftCopXSoftCop.exeSoftCop rogue security software - not recommended, removal instructions here. A member of the WiniGuard familyNo
SoftGridTrayUSFTTray.exeSystem Tray access to SoftGrid from Microsoft - "the only virtualization solution that delivers applications that are never installed and dynamically delivered, on demand"No
SoftloadXsoftload.exeAdded by the SDBOT-SV WORM!No
SoftSafenessXSoftSafeness.exeSoftSafeness rogue security software - not recommended, removal instructions here. A member of the WiniGuard familyNo
SoftSoldierXSoftSoldier.exeSoftSoldier rogue security software - not recommended, removal instructions here. A member of the WiniGuard familyNo
SoftStrongholdXSoftStronghold.exeSoftStronghold rogue security software - not recommended, removal instructions here. A member of the WiniGuard familyNo
SoftStuff Wallpaper ChangerUsoftstrt.exeAzureBay wallpaper changerNo
SoftVeteranXSoftVeteran.exeSoftVeteran rogue security software - not recommended, removal instructions here. A member of the WiniGuard familyNo
SoftwareXsoftware.exeAdded by the CRABTON-B TROJAN!No
softwareXspools.exeAdded by the AUTORUN-CS WORM!No
Software Soft StopXSpyware Soft Stop.exeSoftStop rogue security software - not recommendedNo
SoftwareStationUstation.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
Solid Key LoggerUSolidKeyLogger.exeSolid Key Logger keystroke logger/monitoring program - remove unless you installed it yourself!No
SolidCaptureNsolidcapture.exeSolidCapture - screen capture and image sharing toolkitNo
SolidWorks Task Scheduler EngineUswBOEngine.exeTask scheduler for SolidWorks 3D CAD softwareNo
Solo SentryYSolosent.exeSolo AntivirusNo
SoloScheduleUSolocfg.exeScheduler for Solo Antivirus. Leave enabled unless you scan manually on a regular basisNo
SoloSysCheckUSyscheck.exeSolo antivirus System Integrity Check - Monitors system registry, system.ini, win.ini and startup to protect you from new Internet Worms and BackdoorsNo
SolutionRegXSysRep.exeSolutionReg rogue system error and cleaning utility - not recommended. A member of the ErrClean familyNo
somaticXsomatic.exeSearchcentrix hijackerNo
someXscit.exeAdded by the ZLOB.MEDIA-CODEC TROJAN! This purports to be a Windows Media Player upgrade (with names such as "iCodecPack", "X Password Manager" and "Media-Codec") to allow the user to view adult oriented videos on certain websites - but actually downloads and installs additional malware on the user's machine. Various directories and filenames are used - see the link for details. This particular one is "NetProject"No
Sonic RecordNow!Xsmsc.exeAdded by a variant of the SDBOT WORM!No
SonicFocusNSFIGUI.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
SoniqueQuickStartNsqstart.exeQuickstart for the discontinued Sonique audio player. Available via Start -> ProgramsNo
SonnRegNSonnReg.exeRegistration for Colorific® and 3Deep® monitor calibration software from E-Color. Now superseded by ColorWizzard™ and 3DxWizzard™No
SonudManXSonudMan.exeAdded by the STARTPAGE.Q TROJAN!No
SonudMonXSonudMon.exeAdded by the LEWOR-J TROJAN!No
SonyPowerCfgUSPMgr.exeRelated to Sony VAIO Power Management Module installed on laptops and provides additional configuration options for these devicesNo
sophagnt?sophagnt.exePossibly related to Sophocles Screenwriting Software?No
SOSXSOS.exeAdded by the PHILIS VIRUS!No
SoSyncMonitor?SoSyncMonitor.exeSuperOffice related. What does it do and is it required?No
Sound LoaderXsndloader.exeAdded by the AGOBOT-BV 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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