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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
NAutomatically launches the United Devices Agent when you start your computerUD.EXEThe United Devices Agent can recycle your PC's unused resources and use them to perform valuable scientific and medical research without disturbing your usual computer use - similar to SETI@home but for medical research. Available via Start > Programs
XCmpntDevices2.exe"Added by the TOMPAI-D TROJAN!"
XDevice Security Driverdevicesec.exe"Added by a variant of the IRCBOT BACKDOOR! See here"
UDevicesolesvr.exe"Salfeld Child Control - parental control software"
NDriverMaxdevices.exe"DriverMax from Innovative Solutions - ""a new tool that allows you to download the latest driver updates for your computer. No more searching for rare drivers on discs or on the web or inserting one installation CD after the other"""
XSystem Devicedevices.exe"Added by the AGENT.AFIF WORM!"
XUniversal Plug & Play devicesWinUPPD.exeAdded by an unidentified WORM/TROJAN!
Xwin32servsystemdevices.exe"Added by a variant of the PUSHBOT WORM! A family of worms that spread using MSN Messenger"
XWindows Portable DevicesMSKSVRTSS.EXE"Added by the SPYBOT.APEO 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.