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  • "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
X0_AVD32xzboot.exe"Added by the AGENT-IWI TROJAN!"
Xbootboot.exe"Added by the PUPPET-A TROJAN! Located in the %System%"
UBootBoot.exe"Part of Acer Empowering Technology. ""Acer ePower Management is a straightforward interface that allows users to select from pre-configured power usage profiles
Xcfgboostcfgboot.exeAdded by an unidentified WORM or TROJAN!
XFontboot.exe"Added by the AGENT-LZW TROJAN!"
NHGTXPEIFirstReboot.exeHerucles Audio tool for the Hercules Game Theater XP soundcard. Available via Start -> Settings -> Control Panel
NMicrosoft Office Fast CacheFastboot.exe"Part of MS Office 95 (v7.0). According to this it improves the performance. Most likely a predecessor of MS Find Fast and can be disabled"
XMicrosoft Service Bootsboot.exe"Added by a variant of the IRCBOT TROJAN!"
NMimBootmimboot.exe"Starts Musicmatch Jukebox at bootup - can be started manually"
UMultiCAM InitializerMCamBoot.exe"The MultiCAM Initializer is part of the MultiCAM software package provided by Vista Imaging in order to run up to 10 USB ViCAM or 3Com Home Connect PC Digital cameras on a single computer. Clears itself from memory once initialized but can also be safely disabled"
URadBootRadBoot.exeRadLinker - tweaker/linker for ATI Radeon based graphics cards. It allows you easy access to per game settings
NRebootReboot.exeMS-DOS/Win3.1 utility use to clean boot a system. Sometimes installed by default from some driver CDs for motherboards
NRecoverFromRebooRecoverFromReboot.exe"Part of a DSL installer package from SBC (probably SBC/Yahoo DSL). If the installation is botched
NRecoverFromRebootRecoverFromReboot.exe"Part of a DSL installer package from SBC (probably SBC/Yahoo DSL). If the installation is botched
XSystem Config Bootsyscgboot.exe"Added by the AGENT.VWU TROJAN!"
XWifi Bootwifiboot.exe"Added by a variant of the IRCBOT BACKDOOR! See here"
Xwinbootwinboot.exe"Added by the BANLOAD-W TROJAN!"
XWindows Bootwinboot.exe"Added by the AGENT.HBD TROJAN!"
XWindows Bootwindowsboot.exe"Added by the IRCBOT.AZT BACKDOOR!"
XWindows Booterwinboot.exe"Added by a variant of the IRCBOT TROJAN!"
?zzz-hpi-boothpi-boot.exe"Associated with HP Photosmart printers"
X[random name]w?auboot.exe"PurityScan adware"
X[random name]wuauboot.exe"PurityScan adware. Note - do not confuse with the legitimate wuauboot.exe process which should not figure in Msconfig/Startup!"

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.