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?
cplXs_menu.exeAdded by the TACTSLAY.C TROJAN!No
cpntmgcXsimcss.exeAdded by the MAGICON.A TROJAN!No
CPQEASYACCUStartEAK.exeEasy Access Button Support for Compaq PCs. Allows the use of programmable keys on multimedia keyboards. Required if you use the additional keysNo
CPQEASYACCUSTARTDRV.exeFor Compaq PC's. Allows the use of programmable keys on multimedia keyboards. Required if you use the additional keysNo
CPQSTUTFIXYstutfix.exeFor Compaq PC's. Fixes audio stutter problems for ESS Maestro soundcards. You can download it here. This is a Compaq originated file and has been verified as free from viruses by McAfree/NortonNo
CRC Value VerifierXsvchost32.exeAdded by the RBOT-OA WORM!No
Creates stractures for system managementXstacture.exeAdded by the SDBOT-DHS WORM!No
Creative PCI Audio Configuration UtilityNstarter.exeSystem Tray icon to configure a Creative Soundblaster PCI soundcard. Not required and re-instates itself when un-checked. Try one of the solutions on this special page. Similar to EnsoniqMixerNo
CrisysTec SentryXSentry.exeCrisysTec Sentry rogue privacy program - not recommendedNo
CrnsavaXscrnsave.pifAdded by the SDBOT-ZV WORM!No
CrnsavsundXscrnsund.pifAdded by the SDBOT-AJQ WORM!No
csaRemNspqmdmui.exeCompaq modem country selection No
csoftokXsoftok.exeAdded by the QQPASS.G TROJAN!No
csrssXssms.exeAdded by an unidentified malwareNo
CSScheduleCheckYSCHWIZEX.EXEPart of ConfigSafe - lets you identify changes to the registry, INI files, System asset files, system hardware, network connections, and operating system versions - provides a restore function. This part takes a snapshot of your system following a healthy re-bootNo
ctfmonXsvhost.exeAdded by the BACKDR-EL BACKDOOR!No
CTFMON.EXEXsvchost.exeAdded by the JUEGO-B WORM! 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
ctfnom.exeXSVOHOST.exeAdded by the DIGIDOR-A TROJAN!No
CTHELPERXsvhost.exeAdded by the SDBOT-RZ WORM!No
cursorNScreendragon_VS_Taskbar.exeScreenDragon video playerNo
cvmsyslpdXsdservss.exeAdded by the MAILBOT-BY TROJAN!No
Cyber TrioUshowmode.exeFrom G-Tek Technologies. Allows you to set the PC in one of three modes, Standard, Enhanced and Kiddo. Standard is full function, Enhanced prevents accidental damage and Kiddo is a play environment for kids. Pre-installed on some Packard Bell PCsNo
DataXSystem.dat.vbsAdded by the BISCUIT.A WORM!No
dbar_starterXstarter.exeDeskbar adware - adds a search bar to your Windows taskbar which performs searches on www.w-w-w-dot-com.comNo
dc2k5XSVIQ.EXEAdded by the COIDUNG-A WORM!No
DCPstrAppYSecurityDeviceInfoSetRegistryString.exePart of the Dell ControlPoint Security Manager - which "provides access to your security, user identification, fingerprint readers, and smartcard security technology". Dell ControlPoint is "designed to simplify and unify the execution of what should be simple system functions" and "integrates best-of-breed software and utility solutions into one helpful solution"No
ddoctorv2Usprtcmd.exe /P ddoctorv2Comcast Desktop Doctor (provided by SupportSoft, Inc) is a free self-help tool for Comcast broadband users. Identifies and automatically fixes typical problems that may occur with your high-speed internet serviceNo
DDriverXsvchost.exeAdded by a variant of the DELF.IT TROJAN! Note - this is not the legitimate svchost.exe process which is always located in %System% and should not normally figure in Msconfig/Startup! The location of this file variesNo
DebugXSMSS.exeDreamAd adware. Note - this is not the legitimate csrss.exe process which is always located in %System% and should not normally figure in Msconfig/Startup! This one is located in %Windir%No
defaultXshell32.exeAdded by the BINGHE TROJAN!No
defragsysXsvchost.exeAdded by the BIFROSE-TH TROJAN! Note - this is not the legitimate svchost.exe process which should normally figure in Msconfig/Startup!No
DefSysdifyXSyst.exeAdded by the NAUGHTER.D TROJAN!No
DelayShredNShrCL.EXEMcAfee Shredder - not required at startup. You can run it manually via McAfee Security CenterNo
Delete USB Error KeyYSPS3_USB_Driver_Setup.exeInstalled with SAMSUNG PC Studio and New PC Studio mobile device management utilities. The exact purpose is unknown at present and it runs only once on the first boot after installation is complete before exitingYes
Dell PanelMgrUSSMMgr.exeMonitors ink levels, paper present and other parameters for some Dell printersNo
DellSupportCenterUsprtcmd.exe /P DellSupportCenterDell Support Center (provided by SupportSoft, Inc) is a free self-help tool for Dell users. Identifies and automatically fixes typical problems that may occur with your high-speed internet serviceNo
devenvXsmvss.exeAdded by the DEDLER-G TROJAN!No
DHCPXsmss.exeAdded by the WINSPY.88 TROJAN! Note - this is not the legitimate smss.exe process which is always located in %System% and should not normally figure in Msconfig/Startup! This one is located in %Windir%\displayNo
DHCP32Xservices.exeAdded by the WINSPY.AG TROJAN! Note - this is not the legitimate services.exe process which is always located in %System% and should not normally figure in Msconfig/Startup! This one is located in %Windir%\displayNo
Direct settingsXsdchost.exeAdded by the DAEMONI-I TROJAN!No
directxXSqlexploit.exeAdded by the SDBOT.D TROJAN!No
DirectX DriverXstdhost.exeAdded by the SDBOT.GVJ BACKDOOR!No
DirectX for Microsoft WindowsXSservice.exeAdded by the PRORAT TROJAN!No
DirectX9Xsvchost32.exeAdded by the RBOT.AQG WORM!No
Disk KeeperXSECURITY.EXEDaosearch adwareNo
DiskRetterXSysRep.exeDiskRetter, German rogue system error and cleaning utility - not recommended. A member of the ErrClean familyNo
DiskstartXSnt.exeAdult content diallerNo
Dll LinkXsvchoist.exeAdded by the AUTOSKY WORM!No
Dll LinkXsvchost.exeAdded by the AUTOSKY WORM! 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 Documents and Settings\<User>\Favourites folderNo
DokterFixXSysRep.exeDokterFix, Dutch rogue system error and cleaning utility - not recommended. A member of the ErrClean familyNo
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Notes & Warnings

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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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