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?
SpywareTerminatorUpdateYSpywareTerminatorUpdate.exeAutomatic updates for Spyware Terminator. Initially not recommended due to false positives but the later versions have since improved - see hereNo
SPYWATCHXSpyWatch.exeBPS Spyware Remover rogue spyware remover - not recommended, removal instructions hereNo
SpyWatchEXSpyWatchE.exeSpyWatchE rogue security software - not recommended, removal instructions hereNo
SPY_NET_RATXSPY_NET_RAT.exeAdded by a variant of the AGENT-LRO TROJAN!No
SQInstallerXSQInstaller.exeXupiter SQWire toolbar related. Use Spybot S&D, Adware or similar to detect and remove and to prevent it re-installing in the future see hereNo
SQLXserver.exeAdded by the PUNYA-B WORM!No
SQL ServerNscm.exeSQL Server Service Control Manager. Available via Start -> ProgramsNo
SQL Server ServiceXsql.exeAdded by the RBOT-ADFNo
sqvynikpXsqvynikp.exeFree_Scratch_Cards foistwareNo
Sr AgentYSrLogon.exeRelated to Secure Resolutions - desktop virus protection No
SrchfstUpdateXsrchupdt.exeSearchFast adware downloader No
SrmcleanUsrmclean.exeSrmclean helps in the installation and execution of the SoundMax SoftPaq for Compaq/ADI SoundMax Integrated Digital Audio. According to Compaq - "If you disable the entry from loading into startup, then you will not be able to use the features of the sound card"No
SRNGXsrng.exeShopNavSearch.Srng search hijackerNo
SRP StartupUsrrpro.exeSystem Restore Remover Pro allows you to safely and easily remove System Restore and various other Windows Millennium "features". This is enabled if you tick the "Remove unnecessary System Restore information on startup" box. Available via Start -> Settings -> Control PanelNo
SRS AppletYSrsTray.ExeS3 Sonic Vibes sound card drivers - if disabled you loose soundNo
SRS Audio SandboxUSRSSSC.exeSRS Audio Sandbox "provide amazing audio immersion and maximum thump for a personalized audio experience!"No
SRS Premium SoundUSRSPremiumSoundBig_Small.exePart of SRS Premium Sound™ technology by SRS Labs, Inc - which "delivers a superior audio experience for music, video and games on your PC regardless of audio environment - small internal notebook speakers, external desktop PC speakers or headphones"No
srshost.exeXsrshost.exeAdded by a variant of the RBOT-ASW WORM!No
Srv HostXsrvhost.exeAdded by a variant of the IRCBOT BACKDOOR! See hereNo
Srv32XSrv32.exeAdded by the OPASERV.J WORM!No
Srv32 spool serviceXspoolsrv32.exeAdded by the SPYRE-B TROJAN!No
Srv325XSrv325.exeAdded by the AGOBOT-PR WORM!No
Srv32WinUSpyAgent4.exeSpyAgent - monitoring software that creates records of everything people do on a computer, ie, spying or monitoring depending upon how you call itNo
Srv32WinUSvchost.exeRealtime-Spy keystroke logger/monitoring program - remove unless you installed it yourself!No
Srv32WinUsysdiag.exeSpyAgent surveillance software. Uninstall this software unless you put it there yourselfNo
Srvce Pack UpdteXsvcpack.exeAdded by a variant of the RBOT WORM!No
srvexc.exeXsrvexc.exeAdded by the SERVSAX TROJAN!No
srvhostXsrvhost.exeAdded by the LIVUP.A BACKDOOR!No
srvprcUsrvprc.exeActMon surveillance software. Uninstall this software unless you put it there yourselfNo
SRVState_[Server name]Xsvhost.exeAdded by the TODNAB-B WORM!No
srxTrayNsrxTray.exeTitan FTP Server - FTP serverNo
SSA.exeYSSA.exeBell Sympatico Security Advisor tool installed when you choose to install their internet security suite - sourced by Radialpoint. Apart from downloading the suite installation files, the exact purpose is unknown at this time but it may be used to source critical updates and alerts so should therefore be left enabledNo
SSBkgdUpdateNSSBkgdupdate.exeAutomatic updates for ScanSoft (now Nuance) products such as OmniPage and PaperPort. Can be disabled using the main program's options. Note - if you have a Soundblaster Audigy2 ZS soundcard installed on your computer and the volume of your sound system is turned on extremely high disabling this will solve the problemNo
SSC Service UtilityUssc_serv.exeSSC Service Utility is a printer utility for refilled Epson cartridgesNo
SSCFBTN.EXEUSSCFBTN.EXESamsung smarthru software,used with Lexmark Z82 or Samsung multifunction printersNo
sscRunYSSCRun.exeAOL's firewall No
SsdYStd.exeStealthdisk - file and folder hiding/locking utilityNo
ssdiag?ssdiag.exeEquinox (now Avocent) "Configuration and DOS Diagnostic for DOS and Windows platforms"No
SSDPSRVNssdpsrv.exeSimple Service Discovery Protocol (SSDP) and General Event Notification Architecture (GENA) services for network plug and play functionality. Starts up a web server on port 5000. Used by Universal Plug and Play (for network device discovery). To remove this program, open Add/Remove Programs, select either Communications (Me) or Networking Services (XP), and remove the checkmark next to Universal Plug and PlayNo
sserrvvXsserrvv.exeAdded by the STRATION.DB WORM!No
ssgrate.exeXsystem.exeAdded by the MITGLIEDER.C TROJAN!No
ssgrate.exeXsysdoor.exeAdded by the MITGLIEDER.N TROJAN!No
SSh32USSh32.exe2Spy keystroke logger/monitoring program - remove unless you installed it yourself!No
SSLXsvchost.exeAdded by an unidentified VIRUS, WORM or TROJAN! Note - this is not the legitimate svchost.exe process which should NOT appear in Msconfig/Startup!No
SSLXSearchNDestrou.exeAdded by the SDBOT-WG WORM!No
SSMMgrUSSMMgr.exeMonitors ink levels, paper present and other parameters for Samsung, Xerox, Dell and other printersNo
ssms.exeXSSMS.EXEAdded by the GISMOR WORM!No
ssmssXssmss.exeAdded by the AGENT-MOF TROJAN!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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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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