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Key:

  • "Y" - Normally leave to run at start-up
  • "N" - Not required - typically infrequently used tasks that can be started manually if necessary
  • "U" - User's choice - depends whether a user deems it necessary
  • "X" - Definitely not required - typically viruses, spyware, adware and "resource hogs"
  • "?" - Unknown



Startup Name Process Name Details
NAim6AOLLaunch.exe"AOL Instant Messenger - start it when you want to use it"
Xaimaol lptt01aimaol.exe"RapidBlaster variant (in a ""Aimaol"" folder in Program Files). Recommended you use RapidBlaster Killer to uninstall - see here"
Xaimaol ml097eaimaol.exe"RapidBlaster variant (in a ""Aimaol"" folder in Program Files). Recommended you use RapidBlaster Killer to uninstall - see here"
NAmerica Onlineaoltray.exe"Adds the AOL icon in the System Tray (*.* denotes version if present) for versions of AOL up to and including 9.0. Start AOL via the desktop or quick launch shortcuts or via Start → All Programs"
NAmerica Online *.* Tray Iconaoltray.exe"Adds the AOL icon in the System Tray (*.* denotes version if present) for versions of AOL up to and including 9.0. Start AOL via the desktop or quick launch shortcuts or via Start → All Programs"
Yaolavp.exe"AOL's Active Virus Shield (by Kaspersky) - found in an AOLActive Virus Shield sub-directory"
NAOLAOL.exe"Fast Start loads the AOL integrated email
XAOL 9.0 OptimizedAOLClient.exe"Added by the SPYBOTER.A TROJAN!"
UAOL Broadband Check-Upmatcli.exe"""matcli.exe is a motive Assistant Command line interface that gathers information about your system's identity like your name email address
UAOL Companioncompanion.exe"The AOL Companion is a small window that appears when you connect to the service using verison 8.0 and early builds of version 9.0. ""Use the Companion to quickly get to your favourite features
XAol Configuration Loaderaimsng.exe"Added by the SDBOT-XE WORM!"
NAOL Fast StartAOL.exe"Fast Start loads the AOL integrated email
XAOL Instant Messangeraim.exe"Added by the SDBOT-YT WORM! Note - this is not the popular AOL Instant Messenger utility"
XAOL Instant Messengaraol.exe"Added by the AGOBOT-FN WORM!"
XAOL Instant MessengerAlM.EXE"Added by unidentified malware. Note - there ia a lower case ""L"" between the A and M in the filename"
XAol Instant Messengeraolmsg.exe"Added by the KELVIR.AL WORM!"
XAOL Instant Messengeraimsgr.exe"Added by the IRCBOT.N TROJAN!"
XAOL Instant Messenger 7.213aim9283.exe"Added by the SDBOT-ZF WORM!"
XAOL Instant Messenger dll runtimeMSAOL32dll.exe"Added by the RBOT-ATA WORM!"
XAol Instant Messenger Fixaolfix.exe"Added by the SDBOT-ABJ WORM!"
XAOL Messenger[random filename]"Added by an unidentified VIRUS
XAOL Messengeraolmsngr.exe"Added by the SDBOT-JF WORM!"
XAOL Messenger OptimizedAOLOpt.exe"Added by the AOLOPT TROJAN!"
NAOL Service LibrariesAOLSoftware.exe"Quoted from AOL Beta Team
XAOL Services Hostsaolserviceshosts.exeAdded by an unidentified WORM or TROJAN!
UAOL Spyware ProtectionAOLSP Scheduler.exeAOL's spyware protection program
UAOL TopSpeedMonitoraoltsmon.exe"AOL's TopSpeed ""web-acceleration technology speeds up your web-browsing experience by storing and reusing elements of web pages that you visit
YAolAcsDaemon1Acsd.exe"AOL Connectivity Service - automatically restores the connection to AOL should you lose it while online. Negates having to go through the procedure of signing back on manually. This version is obsolete and has been replaced by AOLACSD.EXE so update your version of AOL. Starts via a registry ""RunServices"" key on Windows 98/Me and as a service on Windows 2K/XP/Vista"
YAolAcsDaemon1AOLACSD.EXE"AOL Connectivity Service - automatically restores the connection to AOL should you lose it while online. Negates having to go through the procedure of signing back on manually. Starts via a registry ""RunServices"" key on Windows 98/Me and as a service on Windows 2K/XP/Vista"
?AOLCCACCAgnt.exe"AOL ISP software related
XAolConconfig.com"Added by the TAPLAK WORM!"
NAOLDialerAOLDial.exeAOL ISP software dialer - can be activated through a desktop shortcut
NAolFixAolFix.exe"Run on Gateway Astra computers
XAOLRegKey32AOREGSVR512.EXE"Unidentified malware - see here"
?AOLSAVAOLAgent.exe"AOL ISP related. What does it do and is it required?"
NAOLSoftwareAOLSoftware.exe"Quoted from AOL Beta Team
XAOLSPYWAREREMOVER32AOLSPYWARECLEANER32.EXE"Added by the SPYBOT-HJ WORM!"
XAOLStartAOLStart.exe"Added by the KRAIMER.12 TROJAN!"
Xaolupdater.exeaolupdater.exe"Added by a variant of the IRCBOT TROJAN!"
Xbrowsermsgaol.exe"Added by the TACTSLAY.C TROJAN!"
UccWasheraolwasher.exe"Webroot Cache & Cookie Washer - cleaning browser tracks
Xcplmsgaol.exe"Added by the TACTSLAY.C TROJAN!"
UHostManagerAOLHostManager.exe"Manages a component essential to the operation of most current AOL software. If you remove it from startup it will load when IE is launched
NHostManagerAOLSoftware.exe"Quoted from AOL Beta Team
Xhttpdmsgaol.exe"Added by the TACTSLAY.C TROJAN!"
XMessangermsgaol.exe"Added by the TACTSLAY.C TROJAN!"
XMicrosoft AOL Instant MessengerMSAOL32.exe"Added by the RBOT-AAI WORM!"
XMicrosoft AOL32 Protocolaol32.exe"Added by a variant of the SPYBOT WORM!"
XMS Windows AOL DriverMSAOLdrv.exe"Added by the RBOT-ASP WORM!"
Umsaimmsaolim.exe"MessageSpy keystroke logger/monitoring program - remove unless you installed it yourself!"
NPure Networks Port MagicPortAOL.exe"Pure Networks Port Magic
XquickenWaol.exe"CoolWebSearch Therealsearch parasite variant"
XStartMenumsgaol.exe"Added by the TACTSLAY.C TROJAN!"


DISCLAIMER: It is assumed that users are familiar with the operating system they are using and comfortable with making the suggested changes. I will not be held responsible if changes you make cause a system failure.

This is NOT a list of tasks/processes taken from Task Manager or the Close Program window (CTRL+ALT+DEL) but a list 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 WinTasks 5 Standard/Professional from LIUtilities or the list at AnswersThatWork. 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.