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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
XAdobeAdobe.exe"Added by an unidentified VIRUS
XAdobesysconfig.exeAdded by an unidentified WORM or TROJAN!
Xadobegam.exeAdded by an unidentified WORM or TROJAN!
XAdobesysbat32.exe"Added by the LOWZONES.T TROJAN!"
XAdobezteam.exeAdded by an unidentified TROJAN!
NAdobe AcrobatREADER~1.EXE"Speeds up the time it takes to load the Adobe Reader PDF document reader. ""The Speed Launcher quickly opens and closes all of the files that Acrobat or Adobe Reader will use when the application starts. Opening and closing the files allows your virus protection software to check these programs and add them to its list of safe files"" - see here. Not required for Adobe Reader to function properly"
NAdobe AcrobatReader_sl.exe"Speeds up the time it takes to load the Adobe Reader PDF document reader. ""The Speed Launcher quickly opens and closes all of the files that Acrobat or Adobe Reader will use when the application starts. Opening and closing the files allows your virus protection software to check these programs and add them to its list of safe files"" - see here. Not required for Adobe Reader to function properly"
XAdobe Acrobat Distiller Applicationacrotray.exe"Added by the RANDEX.DFJ WORM!"
XAdobe Acrobat Reader CFG[random filename]"Added by a variant of the RBOT WORM!"
NAdobe Acrobat Speed Launcheracrobat_sl.exe"Speeds up the time it takes to load Adobe's Acrobat PDF creation and management tool. From version 7.0 onwards"
NAdobe ARMAdobeARM.exe"Adobe Reader Manager (ARM) - update/download manager added with Adobe Reader from version 9.2. Taken from the Adobe user forums - ""AdobeARM.exe is a part of new Adobe AcrobatReader updater. If you manage updates yourself
XAdobe Filter Platformafilterplatform.exe"Added by the RBOT-OP WORM!"
XAdobe Flash PlayerAdobeFP.exe"Added by the AUTORUN-BBP WORM!"
UAdobe Gamma LoaderAdobe Gamma Loader.exe"Adjusts monitor colours across all programs
UAdobe Gamma Loader.exeAdobe Gamma Loader.exe"Adjusts monitor colours across all programs
NAdobe Photo Downloaderapdproxy.exe"Part of Adobe's Photoshop Album or Photoshop Elements packages - starts each time you connect an external image device to your PC (see here)"
NAdobe Reader Speed LaunchReader_sl.exe"Speeds up the time it takes to load the Adobe Reader PDF document reader. ""The Speed Launcher quickly opens and closes all of the files that Acrobat or Adobe Reader will use when the application starts. Opening and closing the files allows your virus protection software to check these programs and add them to its list of safe files"" - see here. Not required for Adobe Reader to function properly"
NAdobe Reader Speed LaunchREADER~1.EXE"Speeds up the time it takes to load the Adobe Reader PDF document reader. ""The Speed Launcher quickly opens and closes all of the files that Acrobat or Adobe Reader will use when the application starts. Opening and closing the files allows your virus protection software to check these programs and add them to its list of safe files"" - see here. Not required for Adobe Reader to function properly"
NAdobe Reader Speed LauncherReader_sl.exe"Speeds up the time it takes to load the Adobe Reader PDF document reader. ""The Speed Launcher quickly opens and closes all of the files that Acrobat or Adobe Reader will use when the application starts. Opening and closing the files allows your virus protection software to check these programs and add them to its list of safe files"" - see here. Not required for Adobe Reader to function properly"
UAdobe Reader SynchronizerAdobeCollabSync.exe"Adobe Synchronizer - installed along with Adobe Reader 8.x. ""Synchronizer is a small application that runs in the background
XAdobe Reader32Acrord32.exe"Added by the RBOT-BLC WORM! Note - this is not the popular Adobe Reader"
UAdobe Version Cue CS2VersionCueCS2Tray.exe"File manager that's part of Adobe Creative Suite 2 - ""find files fast
XAdobeAadobes.exe"Added by the FLOOD.BA TROJAN!"
NAdobeARMAdobeARM.exe"Adobe Reader Manager (ARM) - update/download manager added with Adobe Reader from version 9.2. Taken from the Adobe user forums - ""AdobeARM.exe is a part of new Adobe AcrobatReader updater. If you manage updates yourself
XAdobeFontsfonts.htaBrowser hijacker - redirecting to Hugesearch.net
XAdobeManagerrundtl.exe"Added by the INJECT.IB TROJAN!"
Xadobemgradobemgr.exe"Added by the ADCLICKER TROJAN!"
XAdobeReadermsni.exe"Added by the RBOT.DAO TROJAN!"
XAdobeReaderPromsnxpsp.exe"Added by the RBOT-ASK or RBOT-AUS WORMS!"
XAdobeReaderProntkernell32.exe"Added by the RBOT-ATY WORM!"
XAdobeReaderPromsnserve.exe"Added by the SDBOT-AKH WORM!"
XAdobeReaderProupdt.exe"Added by the IRCBOT-VQ WORM!"
XAdobeReaderProrruxdkf.exe"Added by the RBOT.ADF BACKDOOR!"
XAdobeReaderProsvxhost.exe"Added by a variant of the RBOT WORM - see here"
XAdobeReaderProwinslog.exe"Added by a variant of the RBOT WORM!"
XAdobeReaderProlxlfsprrj.exe"Added by the RBOT.BDZ BACKDOOR!"
XAdobeReaderProcbdzfrsl.exe"Added by the RBOT.AZQ BACKDOOR!"
XAdobeReaderProsubset.exe"Added by the RBOT.OCU WORM!"
XAdobeReaderProwinini.exe"Added by a variant of the RBOT WORM!"
XAdobeReaderProrvdjlefr.exe"Added by the RBOT-CQZ WORM!"
XAdobeReaderProspoolss.exe"Added by the SDBOT-AKZ WORM!"
XAdobeReaderProlssas.exe"Added by the RBOT-CLB WORM!"
XAdobeReaderPromsnservex.exe"Added by the RBOT.AKM BACKDOOR!"
XAdobeReaderPromsnsrcdv.exe"Added by the INJECT-H WORM!"
XAdobeReaderProchkdisk.exe"Added by the RBOT-BDV WORM!"
XAdobeReaderProservice.exe"Added by the RBOT-BCA WORM!"
XAdobeReaderProfessionalmsx64.exe"Added by the RBOT-GAT WORM!"
XAdobeReaderProssysmsn.exe"Added by the RBOT-BGH WORM!"
NAdobeUpdaterAdobeUpdater.exeAutomatic updater for Adobe software - run manually
NAdobeVersionCueVersionCueTray.exe"""An exclusive feature of the Adobe® Creative Suite
?Adobe_ID0EYTHMVERSIO~2.EXE"Part of an Adobe product. What does it do and is it required?"
XAdobe_Readeracrotray.exe"Added by the AGENT-LNS TROJAN! Note that the legitimate Adobe file (if installed) would normally be found in %ProgramFiles%\Adobe%\%ProgramName% (where %ProgramName% is Acrobat 9.0\Acrobat or Acrobat 7.0\Distillr for example) whereas this one is located in %ProgramFiles%\Adobe"
XAdobe_RLXccwap.exe"Added by the BCKDR-RCL TROJAN!"
NdlmMgrAdobeDownloadManager.exe"Adobe Download Manager - ""can prevent you from having to start from the beginning should your download process be interrupted
NLancement rapide d'Adobe Readerreader_sl.exe"Speeds up the time it takes to load the Adobe Reader PDF document reader. ""The Speed Launcher quickly opens and closes all of the files that Acrobat or Adobe Reader will use when the application starts. Opening and closing the files allows your virus protection software to check these programs and add them to its list of safe files"" - see here. Not required for Adobe Reader to function properly. French version"
XRavAvAdobeR.exe"Added by the RJUMP.D WORM!"
XServicosAdobeLanc.exe"Added by the BANKER-EHR TROJAN!"
NupdateMgrAdobeUpdateManager.exeAutomatic updates for the Adobe Reader file viewer


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.