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?
ssp2.exeXssp2.exeAdded by the RBOT-BBK WORM!No
SSPYUSSYTEM.EXESurfingSpy keystroke logger/monitoring program - remove unless you installed it yourself!No
SSS7USSS7.exeSteganos Security Suite 7 - "A comprehensive collection of methods to prevent your data falling into the wrong hands, and highly recommended if you have anything you feel you need to hide"No
sssasasb32Xsssasasb32.exeAdded by the TACTSLAY.F TROJAN!No "ServerSide" keyword hijackerNo
sstrayNsstray.exenVidia nForce Taskbar Utility - quick access to the nForce2 "Sound Storm" control panel and related utilitysNo
SSUpdateXSSUpdate.exeMoneyTree parasite - ActiveX control used to download premium-rate dialersNo
ssvchostXssvchost.exeAdded by the HELIOS.B TROJAN!No
StacmonNStacmon.exeInstalled with the drivers for a SigmaTel C-Major Audio card (on a Dell Inspiron 600m PC for example). Appears as though it can be disabled with no ill effectsNo
StacSysTrayNStacSysTray.exeSystem Tray control panel for SigmaTel C-Major on-board audio - as used on some Dell and Packard Bell PCsNo
Staffcop SchedulerUscheduler.exeStaffCop surveillance software. Uninstall this software unless you put it there yourselfNo
standalone.exeXstandalone.exeAdded by the AGOBOT-ADS WORM!No
Stardock CentralNsdctray.exeStardock Central from Stardock Corporation - "is an enhanced download manager that enables users to install and manage Stardock's software products." Now replaced by the Impulse digital distribution platformNo
StarSkinUstarskin.exeStarSkin allows you to change the view and appearance of your Windows XP box with the use of publically available themesNo
startXsdcc.exeAdded by the AGENT.CSX TROJAN!No
startXsbmntr.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
start extractingXspoolvse.exeAdded by the RBOT-XF WORM!No
start extractingXspoolvs.exeAdded by the RBOT.BAN WORM!No
Start It UppingXsvchosets.exeAdded by a variant of the RBOT WORM!No
Start Network Scanner ToolUsdFTP.exePart of 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
Start PageXsvcnt32.exeHomepage hijacker, also detected as Trojan-Downloader.Win32.Delf.ksNo
Start Up CopUstartcop.exeStartUp Cop - startup managerNo
start uploadingXsmsss.exeAdded by a variant of the SDBOT WORM!No
Start UppingXSVCHOSTES.EXEAdded by the RBOT-NB WORM! No
Start UppingXspoolnt.exeAdded by the RBOT-TM WORM!No
Start UppingsXsvcchosts.exeAdded by the SDBOT.VY WORM!No
StartaccUstartacc.exeLaunches Webroot's Accelerate 2000 software that "speeds up your Internet connection by up to 300%". Leave enabled if you find it improves internet connectionNo
startdrvXstartdrv.exeAdded by the DROPRK-A TROJAN!No
StartEAKUStartEAK.exeEasy Access Button Support for Compaq PCs. Allows the use of programmable keys on multimedia keyboards. Required if you use the additional keysNo
StartEaseUStartEase.exeStartEase from PC Magazine - application launcher that managed programs in the Windows Start menu into an A-to-Z menu structureNo
StarterXscvhosting.exeAdded by the SDBOT.RU WORM!No
starterXscvhostingg.exeAdded by the FORBOT-FB WORM!No
StartFoxieUStartFoxie.exeFoxie Suite from Softonic International. "This suite of free tools comes in the form of an Internet Explorer add-on and includes a mix of powerful security enhancements" No
startkeyXsvcmgr.exeAdded by the HIPPER-B TROJAN!No
startkeyXscvhost.exeAdded by the BIFROSE-PM TROJAN!No
startkeyXserver.exeAdded by the BIFROSE-DB TROJAN!No
startkeyXsvchost32.exeAdded by a variant of the SDBOT WORM!No
startkeyXsvchost.exeAdded by the AGENT-FPL 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
startl.exeNstartl.exeLingocom LingoWare - translates any application into your languageNo
StartMenuXs_menu.exeAdded by the TACTSLAY.C TROJAN!No
startpageXstartpage.exeBrowser hijacker - redirecting to pages2start.comNo - prevents spyware from changing your startpage and other browser properties. The start1.exe file is located in a NOSPY.ORG folderNo
StartSecurDocUSDPin.exeSecurDoc from WinMagic Inc - "Provides full disk encryption to protect sensitive information stored on laptops, desktops and PDAs"No
StartStopUSTARTSTOP.EXEStartStop from TFI Technology - startup managerNo
StartSurfingUSTARTS.exeStart Surfing allows you to protect your privacy while surfing and searching the Internet by acting as a "filter" between you and the website you are visiting. Startsurfing acts as your shield from Pop Up Windows, Mouse Traps, Window Resizing, and scripts that attempt to record your personal information. Available via Start -> ProgramsNo
StartupXsvchost.exeAdded by the AGENT-QCK 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 %AppData%\MicrosoftNo
Startup AgentUstartupagent.exeStartup Agent by KillerSoftware - "provides constant monitoring of the startup areas during your Windows session. If Startup Agent has detected changes to your registry or startup files, you will be displayed with a Warning Message and asked if you want to remove those new changes"No
Startup Manager ScannerUStartupMonitor.exeStartup-Mechanic Startup monitor - offers boot protection of your PC from harmful trojans, adult-dialers, and other scumwareNo
StartupMonitorUStartupMonitor.exeMike Lin's StartupMonitor, throws up an alert and asks your permission every time any change is made to your start-up configuration, either in the registry or start menuNo
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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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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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