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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
UDirect UpdateDUControl.exe"DirectUpdate dynamic DNS updater"
UHcontrolhcontrol.exeHotkeys on an ASUS Notebook. Only required if you use the additional keys
?HsuGuiControlHsuGuiControl.exe"Part of the Starband Internet satellite client. What does it do and is it required?"
XICcontroliccontrol.exe"ICcontrol premium rate adult content dialer"
?Packard Bell EverSafe Tray ControlTrayControl.exe"Packard Bell EverSafe software. What does it do
UParentalControlParentalControl.Exe"Crawler Parental Control - ""Get perfect control of websites your children browse
UPestPatrol Control CenterPPControl.exe"PestPatrol Control Terminal - utility that launched PestPatrol features such as PPMemCheck and CookiePatrol before CA's acquisition"
UPPControlPPControl.exe"PestPatrol Control Terminal - utility that launched PestPatrol features such as PPMemCheck and CookiePatrol before CA's acquisition"
XProgramControlProgramControl.exe"Added by the DLOADR-BAG TROJAN!"
USandboxieControlControl.exe"SandBoxie - allows data to be read from the hard drive by an application but never written back unless you allow it"
XSecurity CenterAppControl.exe"Added by the SDBOT.CFT WORM!"
USoftany Monitor ControlMonitorControl.exe"Softany Monitor Control - ""control your computer's monitor and screensaver"""
XSpy-ControlSpy-Control.exe"Spy-Control spyware remover - not recommended
UTOSHIBA Volume IndicatorVolControl.exeOn-screen volume indicator for Toshiba notebooks
YVistaFirewallControlVistaFirewallControl.exe"Vista Firewall Control from Sphinx Software (forerunner to Windows 7 Firewall Control) - ""Protects your applications from undesirable network incoming and outgoing activity
XVolume ControllerVolumeControl.exe"Added by the SDBOT.AYI WORM!"
XWindows ControlControl.exe"Added by the GREK.A TROJAN! If there is another file with the same file name in the Windows folder
YWindows7FirewallControlWindows7FirewallControl.exe"Windows 7 Firewall Control from Sphinx Software - ""Protects your applications from undesirable network incoming and outgoing activity
UxPlanetControlxPlanetControl.exe"Tool that displays a globe with current day/night zones and clouds on users desktop."


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.