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?|
|ssp2.exe||X||ssp2.exe||Added by the RBOT-BBK WORM!||No|
|SSPY||U||SSYTEM.EXE||SurfingSpy keystroke logger/monitoring program - remove unless you installed it yourself!||No|
|SSS7||U||SSS7.exe||Steganos 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|
|sssasasb32||X||sssasasb32.exe||Added by the TACTSLAY.F TROJAN!||No|
|SStb.exe||X||SStb.exe||Adpowerzone.com "ServerSide" keyword hijacker||No|
|sstray||N||sstray.exe||nVidia nForce Taskbar Utility - quick access to the nForce2 "Sound Storm" control panel and related utilitys||No|
|SSUpdate||X||SSUpdate.exe||MoneyTree parasite - ActiveX control used to download premium-rate dialers||No|
|ssvchost||X||ssvchost.exe||Added by the HELIOS.B TROJAN!||No|
|Stacmon||N||Stacmon.exe||Installed 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 effects||No|
|StacSysTray||N||StacSysTray.exe||System Tray control panel for SigmaTel C-Major on-board audio - as used on some Dell and Packard Bell PCs||No|
|Staffcop Scheduler||U||scheduler.exe||StaffCop surveillance software. Uninstall this software unless you put it there yourself||No|
|standalone.exe||X||standalone.exe||Added by the AGOBOT-ADS WORM!||No|
|Stardock Central||N||sdctray.exe||Stardock 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 platform||No|
|StarSkin||U||starskin.exe||StarSkin allows you to change the view and appearance of your Windows XP box with the use of publically available themes||No|
|start||X||sdcc.exe||Added by the AGENT.CSX TROJAN!||No|
|start||X||sbmntr.exe||Added 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 extracting||X||spoolvse.exe||Added by the RBOT-XF WORM!||No|
|start extracting||X||spoolvs.exe||Added by the RBOT.BAN WORM!||No|
|Start It Upping||X||svchosets.exe||Added by a variant of the RBOT WORM!||No|
|Start Network Scanner Tool||U||sdFTP.exe||Part 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 Page||X||svcnt32.exe||Homepage hijacker, also detected as Trojan-Downloader.Win32.Delf.ks||No|
|Start Up Cop||U||startcop.exe||StartUp Cop - startup manager||No|
|start uploading||X||smsss.exe||Added by a variant of the SDBOT WORM!||No|
|Start Upping||X||SVCHOSTES.EXE||Added by the RBOT-NB WORM!||No|
|Start Upping||X||spoolnt.exe||Added by the RBOT-TM WORM!||No|
|Start Uppings||X||svcchosts.exe||Added by the SDBOT.VY WORM!||No|
|Startacc||U||startacc.exe||Launches Webroot's Accelerate 2000 software that "speeds up your Internet connection by up to 300%". Leave enabled if you find it improves internet connection||No|
|startdrv||X||startdrv.exe||Added by the DROPRK-A TROJAN!||No|
|StartEAK||U||StartEAK.exe||Easy Access Button Support for Compaq PCs. Allows the use of programmable keys on multimedia keyboards. Required if you use the additional keys||No|
|StartEase||U||StartEase.exe||StartEase from PC Magazine - application launcher that managed programs in the Windows Start menu into an A-to-Z menu structure||No|
|Starter||X||scvhosting.exe||Added by the SDBOT.RU WORM!||No|
|starter||X||scvhostingg.exe||Added by the FORBOT-FB WORM!||No|
|StartFoxie||U||StartFoxie.exe||Foxie 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|
|startkey||X||svcmgr.exe||Added by the HIPPER-B TROJAN!||No|
|startkey||X||scvhost.exe||Added by the BIFROSE-PM TROJAN!||No|
|startkey||X||server.exe||Added by the BIFROSE-DB TROJAN!||No|
|startkey||X||svchost32.exe||Added by a variant of the SDBOT WORM!||No|
|startkey||X||svchost.exe||Added 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.exe||N||startl.exe||Lingocom LingoWare - translates any application into your language||No|
|StartMenu||X||s_menu.exe||Added by the TACTSLAY.C TROJAN!||No|
|startpage||X||startpage.exe||Browser hijacker - redirecting to pages2start.com||No|
|STARTPAGE||U||start1.exe||NoSpy.org - prevents spyware from changing your startpage and other browser properties. The start1.exe file is located in a NOSPY.ORG folder||No|
|StartSecurDoc||U||SDPin.exe||SecurDoc from WinMagic Inc - "Provides full disk encryption to protect sensitive information stored on laptops, desktops and PDAs"||No|
|StartStop||U||STARTSTOP.EXE||StartStop from TFI Technology - startup manager||No|
|StartSurfing||U||STARTS.exe||Start 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 -> Programs||No|
|Startup||X||svchost.exe||Added 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%\Microsoft||No|
|Startup Agent||U||startupagent.exe||Startup 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 Scanner||U||StartupMonitor.exe||Startup-Mechanic Startup monitor - offers boot protection of your PC from harmful trojans, adult-dialers, and other scumware||No|
|StartupMonitor||U||StartupMonitor.exe||Mike 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 menu||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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