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?
WinspoolXspoolsvr.exeAdded by a variant of the SDBOT WORM!No
WinSrvXSHIZZLE.EXEAdded by the HOBBIT.C WORM!No
winsrv3Xservices.exeAdded by the NAFBOT-A 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
WinstosXSVCH0S.EXEAdded by the AUTORUN-EA WORM!No
winsupdateXsvchost.exeAdded by the AGENT-RHZ 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 %AllUserProfile%No
winsysXsyschost.exeAdded by an unidentified TROJAN!No
WinSysXsystem.exeAdded by the DAPROSY WORM!No
WinsysXSysWindows.exeAdded by the RIMECUD-BD WORM!No
WinSysCheckUsb32mon.exePart of the SpyBuddy keystroke logger/monitoring program - see here. Remove unless you installed it yourself!No
WINTASKXsys32.exeAdded by the MYTOB.K WORM!No
WINTASKXscvhost.exeAdded by the MYTOB-I WORM!No
WINTASK DLL32Xsmsrss.exeAdded by the MYTOB.BS WORM!No
WINTASKMGRXsp2winfix.exeAdded by the MYTOB.KJ WORM!No
WinUpXsvchost.exeAdded by the SILLY.BR 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 file is located in a "4350" sub-folderNo
WinUpdateXsvhost.exeAdded by a variant of the SDBOT WORM!No
WinUpdateXsvchots.exeAdded by the SMALL.GXJ TROJAN!No
winupdateXsvchost.exeAdded by the MDROP-CHC 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 %Temp%No
Win_api_driverXsystem.exeAdded by the REVIRD TROJAN!No
WIN_DRIVR32Xshchostv.exeAdded by a TROJAN - see hereNo
Wireless Switching Setting UtilityUSwitcher.exeOn a Sony laptop with built in wireless it allows the user to select which wireless services they want to run (i.e. Wireless LAN, Bluetooth, both) when turning the wireless switch on if disabled)No
WireLessKeyboardUStartAutorun.exe PS2USBKbdDrv.exeWireless keyboard driverNo
WireLessMouseUStartAutorun.exe MouseDrv.exeWireless mouse driverNo
wlXsvhost32.exeAdded by the WOWPWS-AF TROJAN!No
wlinlesXsvchost.exeAdded by the LIJI-A 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 the "spool" sub-folderNo
wmXsvhost32.exeAdded by the LINEAGE.CIS TROJAN!No
WMAudioXservices.exeAdded by the NEVEG.B or NEVEG.C WORMS! Note - this is not the legitimate services.exe process, which should not appear in Msconfig/Startup!No
WMI Standard Event Consumer - hostingXscrcs.exeAdded by the IRCBOT.ATP WORM!No
WMI Standard Event Consumer - ScriptingXscrcons32.exeAdded by the RBOT-GRD WORM!No
wnddrvXsvchost.exeAdded by an unidentified 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
wnxpupdateXspvspool.exeAdded by the DABORA.B WORM!No
WOOKIT?Shell.exe appLaunchClientZone.shlRelated to the Wanadoo broadband ISP (now rebranded as Orange). What does it do and is it required?No
Working System AnalyzerXsyswork.exeAdded by the FORBOT-FZ WORM!No
wqdfadadsXsdqdad.exeAdded by the MULDROP.F TROJAN!No
Write DVD-R!Usaimon.exeSaimon's WriteDVD! "gives total support for DVD-RAM drives. It provides many functions such as setting partitions on DVD-RAM disks and FixDVD! can diagnose and repair UDF formatted disks"No
ws2 32Xsvchst.exeAdded by the VOKEN-A TROJAN!No
WSAConfigurationXsvchostt.exeAdded by the AGOBOT.ZT WORM!No
WSAConfigurationXsyxtem32.exeAdded by the AGOBOT-MF BACKDOOR!No
WSAConfigurationXsvchostx.exeAdded by the AGOBOT-JV BACKDOOR!No
WSConfigurationXspoolsc.exeAdded by the AGOBOT-HY WORM!No
wsock32Xsvchost.exeAdded by the HORST-A 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
WSSVCXsmsc.exeAdded by the AUTORUN-AGA WORM!No
WSVCHOXsvhost.exeAdded by the SPYBOT-OQ WORM!No
WSVCSUSERVICES.EXEWSLogger keystroke logger/monitoring program - remove unless you installed it yourself! 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 a WALI\SVCS sub-directoryNo
ws_dsXsws32.exeAdded by the DELF-GZ TROJAN!No
WTIndicatorUSchedInd.exeWinTask - software that automates a variety of routine tasks quickly and simplyNo
wupdXsymcsvc.exeAdded by the ABWIZ.C TROJAN!No
X-GrabberNsswizard.exeScreenShot WizardNo
xcxdsaa7Xslcskxsdl7.exeAdded by the ONLINEG-K TROJAN!No
XemiComputers SchedulerUScheduler.exeSmooth Program Scheduler from XemiComputers "will start any program you want at a scheduled time"No
Xerox PanelMgrUSSMMgr.exeMonitors ink levels, paper present and other parameters for some Xerox printersNo
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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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