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?
SMSERIALWORKERSTARTERXwinstrse.exeAdded by the RENOS.IC TROJAN! Installed with the SpyBurner spyware remover - which is not recommended, see hereNo
smsgerXWin.exeAdded by a variant of the SDBOT WORM!No
Smss.exe driverXwinupd32.exeAdded by the SDBOT.MI BACKDOOR!No
softIce Update 32Xwininits.exeAdded by the RBOT-ANB WORM!No
someXwcs.exeAdded by the ZLOB.MEDIA-CODEC TROJAN! This purports to be a Windows Media Player upgrade (with names such as "iCodecPack", "X Password Manager" and "Media-Codec") to allow the user to view adult oriented videos on certain websites - but actually downloads and installs additional malware on the user's machine. Various directories and filenames are used - see the link for detailsNo
SonudManXWNILOGON.exeAdded by the QQROB-DC TROJAN! Note - this is not the legitimate winlogon.exe process, which should not appear in Msconfig/Startup!No
Sound SystemXWinSound1.exeAdded by an unidentified VIRUS, WORM or TROJAN!No
Speedport W 100 Stick WLAN ManagerUWifiusb.exeWireless management utility for the Speedport W 100 Stick WLAN USB stickNo
SPHandlerXwuauclt23.exeAdded by the SDBOT-DIL WORM!No
SPINXXWscript.exe OXNEY.B.VBSAdded by the YENO.B and YENO.C WORMS! Note that wscript.exe is a legitimate Microsoft file used to launch script files and shouldn't be deleted. The "OXNEY.B.VBS" file is located in %System%No
SpoolXwys.exeWhileUSurf adwareNo
Spool Driver ServiceXwmsncs.exeAdded by the BBJC.A TROJAN!No
Spooler SubSystem ApplicationXwebsvc.exeAdded by the DLOADER-NY TROJAN!No
spoolsvsXwintre.exeAdded by the SDBOT.EGQ WORM!No
spoolsvsXwincfy.exeAdded by a variant of the IRCBOT BACKDOOR!No
SpyExXWinllogo.exeAdded by the PRSKEY-A WORM!No
SpywareGuardXwinproc32.exeAdded by the STARTPA-DL TROJAN!No homepage hijackerNo
sqservicesXwins32.exeAdded by the PROGENT-B TROJAN!No
srvXwinlogon.exeAdded by the SILLYFDC.BCA WORM! Note - this is not the legitimate winlogon.exe process which is always located in %System% and should not normally figure in Msconfig/Startup! This one is located in %UserProfile%\Local Settings\Application DataNo
srv32winUwin16dll.exeScreenspy captures screenshots silently. If you didn't install this yourself remove itNo
ssate.exeXwinsys.exeAdded by the BEAGLE.K WORM!No
ssgrate.exeXwinerdir.exeAdded by the MITGLIEDER.O TROJAN!No
ssgrate.exeXwinsystems.exeAdded by the BAGLEDL-J TROJAN!No
ssgrate.exeXwintems.exeAdded by the MITGLIEDER.Q TROJAN!No
SSK ServiceXwinssk32.exeAdded by the SOBIG.E WORM!No
ssms.exeXwinn.exeAdded by the SDBOT-DHE WORM!No
StartXwindows.vbsHomepage hijackerNo
Start UppingXwindupds.exeAdded by the SDBOT.AFH WORM!No
Start UppingXwindupdts.exeAdded by a variant of the RBOT WORM!No
Starting upXwvsvc.exeAdded by the RBOT-NF WORM!No
startkeyXwin32i.exeAdded by the BIFROSE-R TROJAN!No
startkeyXwinampXP.exeAdded by the BIFROSE-OY TROJAN!No
startkeyXwinlogin.exeAdded by the BIFROSE-PM TROJAN!No
StartupXWinlogonStartupUnidentified malwareNo
Startup ConfigurationXwztoid.exeAdded by the RBOT-ASD WORM!No
stgclean?w32main2.exeRelated to IBM Standard Software Installer. What does it do and is it required?No
stmhaXwkfxi.jsAdded by the SPETH WORM!No
StreamApplianceXwuauclt14.exeAdded by the RBOT-GMB WORM!No
StreamApplianceXwuauclt16.exeAdded by the RBOT-GME WORM!No
STVXwinscrne.exeAdded by a variant of the SDBOT WORM!No
SurfinGuard ProUwinsfcm.exeSurfinGuard Pro from Finjan - internet protection software, protects against all malicious code delivered through executables, scripting files, ActiveX and JavaNo
SvchostXwinhost.exeAdded by the LOLAWEB.A TROJAN!No
svchostXwinhelp.exeAdded by the GAOBOT.GEN!POLY WORM!No
svchostXwin.exeAdded by the VBSAUTO-A WORM!No
svchostXwindowsrx.exeAdded by the AGOBOT-MZ WORM!No
SvchostXwinprint.exeAdded by the AGENT-PGT TROJAN!No
svcshareXwinampXP.exeAdded by the FUJACKS-J VIRUS!No
SWdUwinwd.exePC Security™ from Tropical Software - "is the ultimate in computer security, offering multiple locking systems for the windows environment and internet. Lock files, monitor programs activities, even detect intruders!"No
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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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