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?
support-reverse-smileysX[trojan filename]Added by the LITEBOT TROJAN!No
Support.com Scheduler and Command DispatcherUtgcmd.exePart of software from SupportSoft (aka Support.com) provided to manufacturers and ISPs that allows them to offer on-line support - to update drivers, fix faults, etc. Also see the TgAddServer entry. This part ensures the software is installed correctly (similar to an installation wizard) as reported by Cox. Regarded as spyware by some as it has the ability to retrieve user information. Whether it does so depends upon the provider. One Toshiba user reports problems with hibernate on his laptop if disabled - hence the "U" recommendation"Yes
Sup_SmartRAMUSup_SmartRAM.exeSmartRAM - the memory management part of the Advanced SystemCare 3 optimization utility from IObit - which "monitors you system in the background and frees up memory whenever needed to increase the performance of your computer." Note - in November 2009 IObit were accused of stealing database information from Malwarebytes' Anti-Malware and others so review the links on the Wikipedia page and make your own mind upYes
Sup_SmartRAM.exeUSup_SmartRAM.exeSmartRAM - the memory management part of the Advanced SystemCare 3 optimization utility from IObit - which "monitors you system in the background and frees up memory whenever needed to increase the performance of your computer." Note - in November 2009 IObit were accused of stealing database information from Malwarebytes' Anti-Malware and others so review the links on the Wikipedia page and make your own mind upYes
svchosdX[path to trojan]Added by the BANCOS-BCX TROJAN!No
svchostX[path to trojan]Added by the HAZZER TROJAN!No
svchostX[path] SETUP.EXEAdded by the SETCLO WORM!No
svchostX[path to explorer.exe]Added by the UNREAL-A TROJAN! Note - the legitimate Windows Explorer (same filename) is located in %Windir% and would not normally appear in Msconfig/Startup unless you added it manually!No
svchost.exeX[path to executeable]Added by the BANKER-MO TROJAN!No
SvcManagerX[path to trojan]Added by the ZALON-A BACKDOOR!No
SvcSysX[path to file]Added by the BANCOS.Z TROJAN!No
svcwinprocess32X[path to worm]Added by the UPERING WORM!No
SW CfgWizUcfgwiz.exeConfiguration wizard for Symantec's now discontinued Norton SystemWorks security product. On the first run after installation or a significant software update via LiveUpdate this entry looks after registration, subscription and post-installation tasks (such as LiveUpdate, full scan and scheduling) and confirms the default configuration settingsYes
Swf32X_backup.exeAdded by the SYMTEN WORM!No
swgUGoogleToolbarNotifier.exePart of Google Toolbar (from version 4 onwards) for IE. "Google Toolbar Notifier allows you to set Google as your default search engine and prevents your search settings from being changed without your consent. An icon in your system tray blinks if the Notifier identifies an attempt to change your default search engine. You can click the icon to get more details and allow the change". There was a bug in earlier versions where disabling the option resulted in the entry still running at startup but this has now been resolvedYes
SwitchBoardNSwitchBoard.exePart of both stand-alone Adobe CS5 products (such as Photoshop) and suites. "SwitchBoard makes it possible for AIR stand-alone applications to work with Creative Suite applications. Whilst testing, it would appear that this entry can be safely disabled as it will be loaded when required but if you experience problems try re-enabling it. There is also a Switchboard service using the same file which forwards messages between AIR and CS applicationsYes
SwitchDeskUSwitchDesk.exePowerUp SwitchDesk - virtual desktop manager which allows "you have the possibility to launch games, working and development applications, office and entertainment software on multiple desktops to bring order to your system". Part of Ashampoo® PowerUp XP Platinum 2 from Ashampoo GmbH & Co. KGYes
sws.exeX[random filename]Haldex type adult content diallerNo
SYDNEYX[file path]Added by the SYNEY WORM!No
syelimS-esreveR-troppuSX[filename]Added by the LITBOT.C BACKDOOR!No
Symantec AutoscanX[random filename]Added by the RBOT-AJO WORM!No
Symantec Security TechnologiesYccApp.exePart of older versions of Symantec's security products including Norton 360, Norton Internet Security, Norton AntiVirus and the now discontinued Norton SystemWorks suite. Effectively the "master" process which calls the different program features and makes sure they are running. Auto-protect and E-mail check will not function without thisYes
SymantecFilterCheckX[path to trojan]Added by the BANKER-EIN TROJAN!No
SymKeepAliveUCKA.exePart of Symantec's now discontinued Norton SystemWorks security and utility suite. Keeps a dial-up modem connection aliveYes
SymlcsX[path to file]Added by the YASPY-A TROJAN!No
SymmTimeUGeTTime.exeSymmTime from Symmetricon - freeware utility that "synchronizes your PC clock to Coordinated Universal Time (UTC), the high precision atomic time standard"Yes
SymmTime ApplicationUGeTTime.exeSymmTime from Symmetricon - freeware utility that "synchronizes your PC clock to Coordinated Universal Time (UTC), the high precision atomic time standard"Yes
Synaptics Pointing Device DriverUSynTPEnh.exeSynaptics TouchPad Enhancements - included with drivers for Synaptics based TouchPads, which are common on many laptops. Required to display the System Tray icon and support enhanced features such as Tap Zones, Virtual Scrolling and EdgeMotion. If you don't use these features this can safely be disabled. Required on IBM Thinkpads with UnltraNav (pointstick and touchpad combo) if you don't want to loose the advanced pointstick features such as scrollYes
Synaptics Pointing Device DriverUSynTPLpr.exeSynaptics TouchPad driver helper - included with drivers for Synaptics based TouchPads, which are common on many laptops. Works in conjunction with SynTPEnh and is required if you use any of the enhanced features such as Tap Zones, Virtual Scrolling and EdgeMotionYes
Synchronization ManagerUmobsync.exeMicrosoft Synchronization Manager for 2K/XP - used to update network copies of materials that were edited offline, such as documents, calendars, and e-mail messages. Available via Start → All Programs → Synchronize, this entry appears if you select Setup → "When I log on to my computer"Yes
Synchronization MessagerX[trojan filename].exeAdded by the THROD.A TROJAN! The filename is a random combination the following: ms, svc, win, 16, 32, 64, mes, prn, reg - "ms16prn.exe", for example - and is located in %System%No
SynTPEnhUSynTPEnh.exeSynaptics TouchPad Enhancements - included with drivers for Synaptics based TouchPads, which are common on many laptops. Required to display the System Tray icon and support enhanced features such as Tap Zones, Virtual Scrolling and EdgeMotion. If you don't use these features this can safely be disabled. Required on IBM Thinkpads with UnltraNav (pointstick and touchpad combo) if you don't want to loose the advanced pointstick features such as scrollYes
SynTPLprUSynTPLpr.exeSynaptics TouchPad driver helper - included with drivers for Synaptics based TouchPads, which are common on many laptops. Works in conjunction with SynTPEnh and is required if you use any of the enhanced features such as Tap Zones, Virtual Scrolling and EdgeMotionYes
SysBkupU[path to file]Keyspy keystroke logger/monitoring program - remove unless you installed it yourself!No
SysDataX[path to file]Added by the RANCK-BA TROJAN!No
sysdllX[trojan filename]Added by the HUGESOT TROJAN!No
SysDrvX[trojan filename]Added by the AGENT-GOT TROJAN!No
sysinX[path to file]Added by the DSRC-A TROJAN!No
sysmon12X[various filenames]Wareout - malware masquerading as a spyware and dialer removerNo
SySPowerX[path to trojan]Added by the BANCBAN-OC TROJAN!No
sysserX[path to file]Added by the RAHACK WORM!No
SysStartX[random filename]ZenoSearch adwareNo
System backupX[random filename]Added by the ADMINCASH.B TROJAN! Note - multiple different file names have been spotted, examples: web.exe, soft.exe, msxmidi.exe, wmplayer.exe, as well as completely random ones such as 9a2de006.exe, 36c75e3c.exe and so onNo
System CPL managerX[random filename]Added by the RBOT-SR WORM!No
System Directory ServiceX[trojan filename].exeAdded by the THROD.A TROJAN! The filename is a random combination the following: ms, svc, win, 16, 32, 64, mes, prn, reg - "ms16prn.exe", for example - and is located in %System%No
System ExplorerNSystemExplorer.exeSystem Explorer by Mister Group - a "free, awards winning software for exploration and management of System Internals." Provides detailed information about tasks, processes, startups and services; suspicious file checking via VirusTotal, Jotti and their own database and other resourcesYes
System PresetsX[temp name].exeAdded by the HOSTINF-A WORM!No
System Restore DataX[path] repcale.exe [path] beird.exeAdded by the RANDON.AN WORM! Both files are located in %System%\frbyjedNo
System Service ControlX[trojan filename].exeAdded by the THROD.A TROJAN! The filename is a random combination the following: ms, svc, win, 16, 32, 64, mes, prn, reg - "ms16prn.exe", for example - and is located in %System%No
System service78X[path to file]Added by the ELITEBAR-T and ELITEBAR-U TROJANS!No
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Notes & Warnings

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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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Copyright

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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