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?
sXe InjectedUsXe Injected.exeAnti-cheat system for servers and clients running the Half Life series of games (such as Counter Strike and Day of Defeat) which prevents any cheat programs being loadedNo
SXGDSENU?sxgdsenu.exeYamaha SXG soundcard driverNo
SxgTkBarNsxgtkbar.exeYamaha SXG soundcard utility - gives quick and easy access via the system tray bar to diagnostics and configuration No
Sxplog?sxpstub.exePart of CA Unicenter Software Delivery - manage software across various systems, from desktops and servers to PDAs and mobile phones, in a controlled and standardized way - is it required at startup?No
sxrrvXsxrrv.pifAdded by the VAX-A TROJAN!No
syXs2.exeAdded by a variant of the RBOT WORM!No
SybaseCentral43Uscjview.exeRelated to SQL Anywhere from Sybase. A comprehensive package providing data management and data exchange technologiesNo
SyesmXSyesm.exeAdded by the BUZUS WORM!No
Sygaete Personal FirewallXSyGate.exeAdded by the RBOT-GLX WORM!No
Sygate Peral FirewallXSyga.exeAdded by the RBOT-AQK WORM!No
Sygate Personal 3Xsvrv.exeAdded by the RBOT-XD WORM!No
Sygate Personal BlockXStudio.exeAdded by the RBOT-TW WORM!No
Sygate Personal FirewallXsystem32.exeAdded by the RBOT.VI WORM!No
Sygate Personal FirewallXsysgut.exeAdded by the SDBOT.WM WORM! No
Sygate Personal FirewallXSygate.exeAdded by the RBOT-PN WORM!No
Sygate Personal FirewallXSygate32.exeAdded by the RBOT.ATW WORM!No
Sygate Personal FirewallXservice.exeAdded by a variant of the RBOT WORM!No
Sygate Personal FirewallXsexy.exeAdded by the RBOT-XY WORM!No
Sygate Personal FirewallXsys.exeAdded by the RBOT-ZC WORM!No
Sygate Personal FirewallXsyserror.exeAdded by the RBOT.UC WORM!No
Sygate Personal FirewallXSygat.exeAdded by a variant of the RBOT WORM!No
Sygate Personal FirewallXSyga.exeAdded by the RBOT-AQD WORM!No
Sygate Personal FirewallXsvchots.exeAdded by the RBOT.ABT WORM!No
Sygate Personal FirewallXsmc.exeAdded by the RBOT-AZY WORM! Note - this is not the valid (but now discontinued) Sygate Personal Firewall which has the same filename and is normally located in %ProgramFiles%\Sygate\SPF. This one is located in %System%No
Sygate Personal FirewallYsmc.exeSygate Personal Firewall - now discontinuedNo
Sygate Personal Firewall StartXservices32.exeAdded by the RBOT-MB WORM!No
Sygate Personal Firewall StartXservic.exeAdded by the RBOT-RY WORM!No
Sygates Personal FirewallXsygs.exeAdded by the RBOT.XB WORM!No
SyGateServiceUsgserv95.exeSyGate is a useful little program that lets you share an internet connection over an intranet. Is it needed - it saves a lot of headache to just let SyGate load at startup. Available via Start -> ProgramsNo
Symantec Active-Sync DBXsymdbsv.exeAdded by the AUTORUN-YN WORM!No
Symantec Anti VirusXsymantec32.exeAdded by a variant of the WOOTBOT WORM!No
Symantec AntivirusXSPY_NET_RAT.exeAdded by a variant of the AGENT-LRO TROJAN! See hereNo
Symantec Antivirus professionalXSymantex.exeAdded by a variant of the FORBOT WORM!No
Symantec Client SecurityXsymclient.exeAdded by a variant of the IRCBOT BACKDOOR! See hereNo
Symantec Core LCYsymlcsvc.exeCommon process for older versions of Symantec's products including Norton Internet Security, Norton AntiVirus, Norton Ghost and the now discontinued Norton Personal Firewall and Norton SystemWorks suite. The exact purpose is unknown at present. Loads via a registry "Run" key in 98/Me and as a service in XPNo
Symantec Debug ClientXsymdebugs.exeAdded by the IRCBOT-ACM TROJAN!No
Symantec NetDriver MonitorYSNDMon.exePart of Symantec's LiveUpate for older versions of Symantec's security products including Norton Internet Security, Norton AntiVirus and the now discontinued Norton SystemWorks suite. Leave alone to ensure virus definitions are updated. Also, if SNDMon is disabled on one of the computers on a small office network then other computers disappear from the network for this computer, including shared devices like printers and scannersNo
Symantec NetDriver WarningUSNDWarn.exePart of Symantec Live Update - displays the warning when you need to update the firewall databaseNo
Symantec Secure ServerXsvrhost.exeAdded by the IRCBOT-UB TROJAN!No
Symantec SecurityXsymantec32.exeAdded by the RANDEX.PR or RANDEX.YR WORMS!No
SymantecFilterCheckXsvhost.exeAdded by the BANKER-EEO TROJAN!No
SymAVXSymAV.exeAdded by the NETSKY.U WORM!No
Symmetrical NetworkXsymmec.exeAdded by the DELBOT-N WORM!No
SymmTimeUSymmTime.exeOlder version of SymmTime from Symmetricon - freeware utility that "synchronizes your PC clock to Coordinated Universal Time (UTC), the high precision atomic time standard"No
SymTray - Norton SystemWorksNSymTray.exeKeeps all System Tray icons for older versions of Symantec's now discontinued Norton SystemWorks utility suite together to reduce clutter. SystemWorks includes Norton Anti-Virus, Norton Utilities, Norton CleanSweep and others - dependent upon the versionNo
SynAsusAcpiYSynAsusAcpi.exePart of the Synaptics touchpad driver for the Asus Eee PC rangeNo
Sync-ItUSyncit.exeSync-It - synchronizes the system clock with time servers on the internetNo
SyncAgentUsyncagent.exeGhost Keylogger keystroke logger/monitoring program - remove unless you installed it yourself! No
SyncManXSyncMan.exeAdded by the AGENT-BNYL TROJAN!No
syncpatchXsyncpatch.exeMyClean rogue security software - not recommended, removal instructions hereNo
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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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Database creation and support by Patrick Kolla
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