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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
NADSL Diagnostic Toolsmapiicon.exeSystem tray access to ADSL modem diagnostic tools. Available via Start -> Programs
XDiagnosticdiagnostic.exe"Added by the ALPHA-C TROJAN!"
XDiagnostic Agentdiagent.exe"Added by the AGOBOT-CW WORM!"
NMatrox Diagnosticmgadiag.exeFor Matrox video cards. Quick access to diagnostics
XMicrosoft Diagnostic[random filename]"Added by the ACEBOT TROJAN!"
XMicrosoft Diagnosticmsdiag32.exe"Added by the RBOT-UC WORM!"
UPSDiagnosticMPSDiagnosticM.exe"Diagnostic utility for the Linksys Wireless-G PrintServer"
USpeedtouch USB DiagnosticsDragdiag.exeFor an external Alcatel ADSL high-speed modem. A diagnostic tool and can be run from the Start menu when required. The only reason it might be useful on startup is if you like seeing an 'at-a-glance' status indicator on the taskbar (the icon is a different colour depending on the status of the device/line)
XSystem Diagnosticssysdiag32.exe"Added by the SDBOT.GEN TROJAN!"
XWindows Time Service Diagnostic Toolwinscrvs.exe"Added by the RBOT.FTV BACKDOOR!"

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.