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?
Windows Driver AdapterXsvchost.exeAdded by the ANTINNY-K 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 a "drivers" subfolderNo
Windows DriversXssms.exeAdded by the RBOT-AT WORM!No
Windows Event SectionXsntsvc.exeAdded by a variant of the IRCBOT TROJAN! See hereNo
Windows ExecuterXsvchostie.exeAdded by the EGGDROP.V BACKDOOR!No
Windows ExplorerXsystem32.exeAdded by the RBOT-AJH WORM!No
Windows ExplorerXsystem.exeAdded by the STIRAUT WORM!No
Windows FirewallXsvchost.exeAdded by the PROXY-HT 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
Windows FirewalllXscvhost.exeAdded by the RBOT-EK WORM!No
Windows FirewalllXsphost.exeAdded by a variant of the RBOT WORM!No
Windows FirewalllXsvvhost.exeAdded by a variant of the RBOT WORM!No
Windows Font ManagerXsmss.exeAdded by the ZANAYAT.B WORM! 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%\fontsNo
Windows FrameworkXscvh0st.exeMalware installed by different rogue security software including SpyKillerPro and the XP AntiVirus seriesNo
Windows GenuineXsvghost.exeAdded by a variant of the SPYBOT WORM! See hereNo
Windows HelpXStney.exeAdded by the AGOBOT-VI WORM!No
Windows Help ManagerXsvchost32.exeAdded by the RBOT-OZ WORM! No
Windows Host ServiceXscvhosts.exeAdded by the SPYBOT.NLI WORM!No
Windows Host ServiceXsvchoste.exeAdded by the KELVIR.BF WORM!No
Windows Host ServiceXsvchosts32.exeAdded by the KELVIR.AW WORM!No
Windows HTML file readerXSysconf32.exeAdded by the NOOMY.A WORM!No
Windows IdentifyXsysays.exeAdded by a variant of the SPYBOT WORM! See hereNo
Windows Internet ManagerXsvchost.exeAdded by the IRCBOT-AAC 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
Windows LoaderXSysUpdate.exeAdded by a variant of the SDBOT WORM!No
Windows Local ServicesXspoolsvc.exeAdded by the DLOADER-NY TROJAN!No
Windows Local ServicesXsvcadmin.exeAdded by the DLOADER-NY TROJAN!No
Windows Local ServicesXsvcman.exeAdded by the DLOADER-NY TROJAN!No
Windows Local ServicesXsvcrun.exeAdded by the DLOADER-NY TROJAN!No
Windows Logon ApplicationXservices.exeAdded by the CIADOOR-L 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%No
Windows Logon ProcedureXSvchoste.exeAdded by a variant of the SPYBOT WORM!No
Windows Logon ProcedureXSvchosta.exeAdded by a variant of the SPYBOT WORM!No
Windows Media CenterXsmss.exeAdded by the WARBOT 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%No
Windows media serviceXSygate32.exeAdded by the RBOT.ADE WORM!No
Windows Messanger Control CenterXsvchosl.exeAdded by a variant of the IRCBOT BACKDOOR! See hereNo
Windows Messanger Control CenterXsvhost.exeAdded by a variant of the IRCBOT BACKDOOR! See hereNo
Windows MS Update 32Xsucker.exeAdded by the FORBOT-GJ WORM!No
Windows MSN2 XPXswchost.exeAdded by the KOLAB.AA WORM!No
Windows Net CfgXservice.exeAdded by a variant of the RBOT WORM!No
Windows Nivedia DriverXsysMGT.exeAdded by a variant of the RBOT WORM!No
Windows NT Service NameXsvchcst.exeAdded by the RBOT-NV WORM!No
Windows NT Session ManagerXsess.exeAdded by a variant of the RBOT WORM!No
Windows Print Spooler?SCVHOSTS.EXESuspicious due to the similarity to the valid "svchost.exe" fileNo
Windows Print SpoolerXSVEHOST.EXEAdded by the SPYBOT.H WORM!No
Windows Reg ServicesXssservice.exeAdded by the PRORAT-D TROJAN!No
Windows Register SettingsXsvmhost.exeAdded by a variant of the FORBOT WORM!No
Windows RegistersXSvchosts.exeAdded by the RBOT-HV WORM!No
Windows Registery CenterXsvhchosts.exeAdded by a variant of the IRCBOT BACKDOOR! See hereNo
Windows Registry ScanXsvcdll.exeAdded by the RBOT-TP WORM!No
Windows reportXswchost.exeAdded by the SMALL-BD TROJAN!No
windows runXsystem.exeAdded by the ICPASS-A WORM!No
Windows Scheduler!Xscheduler.exeAdded by a variant of the IRCBOT BACKDOOR! See hereNo
Windows ScreensaverXService.exeAdded by the KELVIR.P WORM!No
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Notes & Warnings

Variables:

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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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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