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.
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
|Name or Startup Item||Status||Command or Data||Description||Tested?|
|SMSERIALWORKERSTARTER||X||winstrse.exe||Added by the RENOS.IC TROJAN! Installed with the SpyBurner spyware remover - which is not recommended, see here||No|
|smsger||X||Win.exe||Added by a variant of the SDBOT WORM!||No|
|Smss.exe driver||X||winupd32.exe||Added by the SDBOT.MI BACKDOOR!||No|
|softIce Update 32||X||wininits.exe||Added by the RBOT-ANB WORM!||No|
|some||X||wcs.exe||Added 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 details||No|
|SonudMan||X||WNILOGON.exe||Added by the QQROB-DC TROJAN! Note - this is not the legitimate winlogon.exe process, which should not appear in Msconfig/Startup!||No|
|Sound System||X||WinSound1.exe||Added by an unidentified VIRUS, WORM or TROJAN!||No|
|Speedport W 100 Stick WLAN Manager||U||Wifiusb.exe||Wireless management utility for the Speedport W 100 Stick WLAN USB stick||No|
|SPHandler||X||wuauclt23.exe||Added by the SDBOT-DIL WORM!||No|
|SPINX||X||Wscript.exe OXNEY.B.VBS||Added 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|
|Spool Driver Service||X||wmsncs.exe||Added by the BBJC.A TROJAN!||No|
|Spooler SubSystem Application||X||websvc.exe||Added by the DLOADER-NY TROJAN!||No|
|spoolsvs||X||wintre.exe||Added by the SDBOT.EGQ WORM!||No|
|spoolsvs||X||wincfy.exe||Added by a variant of the IRCBOT BACKDOOR!||No|
|SpyEx||X||Winllogo.exe||Added by the PRSKEY-A WORM!||No|
|SpywareGuard||X||winproc32.exe||Added by the STARTPA-DL TROJAN!||No|
|SpywareGuardPlus||X||winmm64.exe||StartPage.ht homepage hijacker||No|
|sqservices||X||wins32.exe||Added by the PROGENT-B TROJAN!||No|
|srv||X||winlogon.exe||Added 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 Data||No|
|srv32win||U||win16dll.exe||Screenspy captures screenshots silently. If you didn't install this yourself remove it||No|
|ssate.exe||X||winsys.exe||Added by the BEAGLE.K WORM!||No|
|ssgrate.exe||X||winerdir.exe||Added by the MITGLIEDER.O TROJAN!||No|
|ssgrate.exe||X||winsystems.exe||Added by the BAGLEDL-J TROJAN!||No|
|ssgrate.exe||X||wintems.exe||Added by the MITGLIEDER.Q TROJAN!||No|
|SSK Service||X||winssk32.exe||Added by the SOBIG.E WORM!||No|
|ssms.exe||X||winn.exe||Added by the SDBOT-DHE WORM!||No|
|Start Upping||X||windupds.exe||Added by the SDBOT.AFH WORM!||No|
|Start Upping||X||windupdts.exe||Added by a variant of the RBOT WORM!||No|
|Starting up||X||wvsvc.exe||Added by the RBOT-NF WORM!||No|
|startkey||X||win32i.exe||Added by the BIFROSE-R TROJAN!||No|
|startkey||X||winampXP.exe||Added by the BIFROSE-OY TROJAN!||No|
|startkey||X||winlogin.exe||Added by the BIFROSE-PM TROJAN!||No|
|Startup Configuration||X||wztoid.exe||Added by the RBOT-ASD WORM!||No|
|stgclean||?||w32main2.exe||Related to IBM Standard Software Installer. What does it do and is it required?||No|
|stmha||X||wkfxi.js||Added by the SPETH WORM!||No|
|StreamAppliance||X||wuauclt14.exe||Added by the RBOT-GMB WORM!||No|
|StreamAppliance||X||wuauclt16.exe||Added by the RBOT-GME WORM!||No|
|STV||X||winscrne.exe||Added by a variant of the SDBOT WORM!||No|
|SurfinGuard Pro||U||winsfcm.exe||SurfinGuard Pro from Finjan - internet protection software, protects against all malicious code delivered through executables, scripting files, ActiveX and Java||No|
|SvcH0st||X||WINAGENT.EXE||Added by the BDOOR-EB BACKDOOR!||No|
|Svchost||X||winhost.exe||Added by the LOLAWEB.A TROJAN!||No|
|svchost||X||winhelp.exe||Added by the GAOBOT.GEN!POLY WORM!||No|
|svchost||X||win.exe||Added by the VBSAUTO-A WORM!||No|
|svchost||X||windowsrx.exe||Added by the AGOBOT-MZ WORM!||No|
|Svchost||X||winprint.exe||Added by the AGENT-PGT TROJAN!||No|
|svcshare||X||winampXP.exe||Added by the FUJACKS-J VIRUS!||No|
|SWd||U||winwd.exe||PC 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|
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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