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?
WindowsServicesHXservicedhs.exeAdded by the AGOBOT-JD WORM!No
WindowsServicesStartupXsvchost.exeAdded by the ECUP 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 %Temp%No
WindowsSp2Xsp2.exeAdded by the POSSE WORM!No
WindowsSystem32Xsvchosts.exeAdded by the AGENT-EDA TROJAN!No
WindowsUpdateXsvchost.exeAdded by the ASTEF or RESPAN WORMS or AGENT-V TROJAN! Note - this is not the legitimate svchost.exe process which should NOT appear in Msconfig/Startup!No
WindowsUpdateXsvchost.exeAdded by the BDOOR-IK BACKDOOR! Note - this is not the legitimate svchost.exe process which should NOT appear in Msconfig/Startup!No
WindowsUpdateXsvchostw.exeAdded by the NURECH TROJAN!No
WindowsUpdateXStrad.exeAdded by the CULLER-D WORM!No
WinDOwsUPdateXsmss.exeAdded by the AUTORUN.DIB 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 a ~A~m~B~u~R~a~D~u~L~� subfolderNo
WindowsUpdateXsvdhost.exeAdded by the AGOBOT-BP WORM!No
WindowsUpdatem2Xsvchost.exeAdded by an unidentified WORM or TROJAN! Note - this is not the legitimate svchost.exe process which is always located in %System% and should not normally figure in Msconfig/Startup!No
WindowsUpdateNTXsvwhost.exeAdded by the SHELLOT-B TROJAN!No
WindowsUpdatesvchostssXsvchostss.exeAdded by the AGENT-HZ TROJAN!No
WindowsXp SecurityXspool.exeAdded by the RBOT-GRK WORM!No
WindowsXPservXsvcnxp32.exeAdded by the NANINF-A TROJAN!No
Windows_SerivceXSERVICE.exeAdded by the WOOTBOT.AH WORM!No
Windows_UpdatesXsvthost.exeAdded by a variant of the SPYBOT WORM!No
WinDVR SchSvrNSchSvr.exeWinScheduler is installed with WinDVD Remote Control for WinDVD from Intervideo. If you want to schedule recordings from your TV tuner card, you will need it. Available via Start -> ProgramsNo
Winlogin.exeXsteam.exeAdded by a variant of the AGENT.AH TROJAN!No
winlogonXsystem.exeAdded by a variant of the DELF.CNS TROJAN!No
WinlogonXscssrr.exeAdded by the AGENT-LXB TROJAN!No
WinLsassXservicec.exeAdded by the SCANE WORM!No
WinManager?schost.exe??No
WinMessengerXsyshost.exeAdded by the OPANKI-E WORM!No
Winmgr.exeXscvhost.exeAdded by the AGOBOT.AFG WORM!No
WinPCDoctorXSysRep.exeWinPCDoctor rogue system error and cleaning utility - not recommended, removal instructions here. A member of the ErrClean familyNo
WinProfileXsndcfg16.exeAdded by the SNDC.A WORM!No
WinProtXserver.exeAdded by the CHUPACABRA TROJAN!No
winreg_32Xsvchosst.exeAdded by the BANCOS-CE TROJAN!No
winreg_32Xsysdll.exeAdded by the DLOADER-IJ TROJAN!No
WINRUNXsvchost32.exeAdded by the MYTOB-AI WORM!No
Wins Update 32Xservices32.exeAdded by the FORBOT-FN WORM!No
Winsecure AntivirusXSecureantivirus.exeAdded by a variant of the SPYBOT WORM!No
WinSecured32Xssmr.exeAdded by a variant of the FORBOT WORM!No
winserverXServer.txt.vbsAdded by the DELTAD.A WORM!No
winserviceXsvchost.exeAdded by the CVK BACKDOOR! 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 "services" sub-folderNo
WinService32Ussmgr.exe007 Spy Software - "stealthy monitoring program which allows you to secretly track all activities of computer users and automatically deliver logs to you via Email or FTP"No
WinService32Usvchost.exe007 Spy Software - "stealthy monitoring program which allows you to secretly track all activities of computer users and automatically deliver logs to you via Email or FTP"No
winsockXsvch0st.exeAdded by the SAGE-A WORM! Note - the filename has the digit 0 rather then the uppercase "o"No
Winsock DriverXscvhost.exeAdded by the RBOT.AEU BACKDOOR!No
Winsock2 driverXSDJOIJE.EXEAdded by the SPYBOT.DR TROJAN!No
Winsock2 driverXSPOLSV.EXEAdded by the SPYBOT-CM WORM! No
Winsock2 driverXsysreq.exeAdded by the SPYBOT-CC WORM!No
Winsock2 driverXsvchorsst.exeAdded by the SPYBOT-EE WORM!No
Winsock2 driverXSYSTEM32.EXEAdded by the SPYBOT-EG WORM!No
Winsock2 driverXSVCHOSTS.EXEAdded by the SPYBOT-BW BACKDOOR!No
Winsock32 driverXsystem32.exeAdded by the IRCBOT-VT TROJAN!No
Winsock32driverXsp2XPupdate.exeAdded by the HACKARMY.S BACKDOOR!No
Winsock32driverXsvchhost.exeAdded by the HACKARMY.I BACKDOOR!No
Winsock32driverXsvshost.exeAdded by the HACKARMY.I BACKDOOR!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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