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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
Y!AVG Anti-Spywareavgas.exe"System Tray access to and notifications for AVG Anti-Spyware 7.5. This has now been superseded by AVG Anti-Virus which includes Anti-Spyware"
XAvGsvchost323.exe"Added by the RBOT-ZA WORM!"
YAVG Anti-Spywareavgas.exe"System Tray access to and notifications for AVG Anti-Spyware 7.5. This has now been superseded by AVG Anti-Virus which includes Anti-Spyware"
YAVG Anti-Virus systemavgcc.exe"System Tray access to and notifications for the 7.* series of anti-virus products from AVG Technologies. If this entry is disabled
YAVG Anti-Virus Systemavgemc.exe"E-mail scanner for the 7.* series of anti-virus products from AVG Technologies. This process scans incoming and outgoing E-mails for viruses and other malware. From version 7.1 onwards this entry only appears in 9x/Me as a startup entry
YAVG Anti-Virus Systemavgw.exe"This entry is included with the 7.* series of anti-virus products from AVG Technologies. Once installed (or on first run for a different user) it runs the configuration sequence to set up the product and doesn't run on subsequent restarts"
XAvg Antivirusicpldrvx.exe"Added by the BANKER.BYU TROJAN!"
XAVG AntiVirus Scanneravgscnx.exe"Added by the SILLYFDC.BBE WORM! Note - this is not a legitimate AVG entry"
XAVG AntiVirus Updateravgwusv.exe"Added by the SILLYFDC.BAX WORM! Note - this is not a legitimare AVG entry"
XAVG Grisoft Updaterupdater.exe"Added by the AGOBOT-OT WORM!"
YAVG IDSAVGIDSUI.exe"System Tray access to and notifications for AVG Identity Protection - identity theft prevention which is available as a stand-alone product or included with AVG Internet Security. ""Always-on identity theft prevention for Windows from one of the world's most trusted security companies. Shop and ensure safe surfing of the web
UAVG Internet Securityavgtray.exe"System Tray access to and notifications for the range of internet security products from AVG Technologies - including Internet Security
YAVG7_AMSVRAVGAMSVR.EXE"This is the AVG7 Alert Manager for the 7.* series of anti-virus products from AVG Technologies. It is essential for both scheduled activities (such as automatic updates and scans) and for displaying alerts and reports via the Control Center (avgcc.exe). Appears in 9x/Me as a startup entry and as a service in 2K and higher"
YAVG7_CCavgcc.exe"System Tray access to and notifications for the 7.* series of anti-virus products from AVG Technologies. If this entry is disabled
YAVG7_EMCavgemc.exe"E-mail scanner for the 7.* series of anti-virus products from AVG Technologies. This process scans incoming and outgoing E-mails for viruses and other malware. From version 7.1 onwards this entry only appears in 9x/Me as a startup entry
YAVG7_Runavgw.exe"This entry is included with the 7.* series of anti-virus products from AVG Technologies. Once installed (or on first run for a different user) it runs the configuration sequence to set up the product and doesn't run on subsequent restarts"
UAVG8_TRAYavgtray.exe"System Tray access to and notifications for the 8.* series of internet security products from AVG Technologies - including Internet Security
UAVG9_TRAYavgtray.exe"System Tray access to and notifications for the 9.* series of internet security products from AVG Technologies - including Internet Security
Yavgamsvr.exeAvgamsvr.exe"This is the AVG7 Alert Manager for the 7.* series of anti-virus products from AVG Technologies. It is essential for both scheduled activities (such as automatic updates and scans) and for displaying alerts and reports via the Control Center (avgcc.exe). Appears in 9x/Me as a startup entry and as a service in 2K and higher"
Yavgasavgas.exe"System Tray access to and notifications for AVG Anti-Spyware 7.5. This has now been superseded by AVG Anti-Virus which includes Anti-Spyware"
Yavgccavgcc.exe"System Tray access to and notifications for the 7.* series of anti-virus products from AVG Technologies. If this entry is disabled
Yavgcc32avgcc32.exe"System Tray access to and notifications for the 6.* (and maybe earlier) series of anti-virus products from AVG Technologies. Also enables scheduled tests
YAVGCtrlAVGCtrl.exe"Part of AntiVir® PersonalEdition Classic antivirus"
Yavgemcavgemc.exe"E-mail scanner for the 7.* series of anti-virus products from AVG Technologies. This process scans incoming and outgoing E-mails for viruses and other malware. From version 7.1 onwards this entry only appears in 9x/Me as a startup entry
YavgfwsrvAVGFWSRV.EXE"Integrated firewall for the 7.* series of anti-virus products from AVG Technologies. Protects the users computer from outside attacks
YAVGIDSAVGIDSUI.exe"System Tray access to and notifications for AVG Identity Protection - identity theft prevention which is available as a stand-alone product or included with AVG Internet Security. ""Always-on identity theft prevention for Windows from one of the world's most trusted security companies. Shop and ensure safe surfing of the web
YAVGIDSUIAVGIDSUI.exe"System Tray access to and notifications for AVG Identity Protection - identity theft prevention which is available as a stand-alone product or included with AVG Internet Security. ""Always-on identity theft prevention for Windows from one of the world's most trusted security companies. Shop and ensure safe surfing of the web
Yavgmsvr.exeavgmsvr.exe"AVG Anti-Virus 7.0 related"
YAVGntAVGnt.exe"AntiVir® PersonalEdition Classic antivirus. System Tray icon and control program"
YAvgserv9.exeAvgserv9.exe"Background monitoring and scanning for the 6.* (and maybe earlier) series of anti-virus products from AVG Technologies when running on 9x/Me. Loaded from the ""RunServices"" registry key"
Uavgtrayavgtray.exe"System Tray access to and notifications for the range of internet security products from AVG Technologies - including Internet Security
YAVGuardAVGuard.exe"AntiVir® PersonalEdition Classic antivirus. Background task which scans files transparently"
Xavguard3876000b09274b.exe"AntiVirus ransomware security software - not recommended
YAVG_CCavgcc32.exe"System Tray access to and notifications for the 6.* (and maybe earlier) series of anti-virus products from AVG Technologies. Also enables scheduled tests
YAVG_EMCAVGEMC.exe"AVG Anti-Virus 7.0 Email Cleaner. Scans incoming and outgoing email for viruses"
YAVG_RegCleanerAVGREGCL.exe"Boot time registry cleaner for the 7.* series of anti-virus products from AVG Technologies - for checking the registry for virus additions and other security problems"
XMicrosoft DLL Verifierwinavguard.exeAdded by the SDBOT.AAD WORM!
XMicrosoft Updatingnavguard.exe"Added by the RBOT.HW WORM!"
XSpecial Firewall Serviceavguard.exe"Added by the NETSKY.G WORM! Note - do not confuse with AntiVir® antivirus which uses the same filename. This one is located in %Windir%"
XVideo ProcessAvg123.exe"Added by the AGOBOT-MS WORM!"


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.