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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
UACWLIconACWLIcon.exe"Part of the ThinkVantage Access Connections connectivity-assistant program for IBM/Lenovo ThinkPad or 3000 Family notebook computers - ""allowing users to seamlessly switch between wired and wireless environments
NADSL Diagnostic Toolsmapiicon.exeSystem tray access to ADSL modem diagnostic tools. Available via Start -> Programs
NAGEIA PhysX SysTrayTrayIcon.exe"System Tray access to display properties for AGEIA PhysX graphics cards. Unless you change your desktop resolution
XAuto File System Conversion Utilityscricon.exe"Added by the SDBOT.EYB WORM!"
UAXIS Print System TrayIconTrayIcon.exe"System Tray access to AXIS Print System from AXIS Communications - ""adds printer discovery
UCacheBoosttrayicon.exe"CacheBoost ""optimizes the System Cache-Management of Windows XP/2000/NT and Windows .Net Servers
UCCUTRAYICONCCU_TrayIcon.exe"Related to Traybar Launcher from Intel Corporation belonging to Intel® Viiv®"
NDiskeeperSystrayDkIcon.exe"DisKeeper defragmentation software - can be started manually"
NDisplayTrayIconTrayIcon.exe"System Tray access to display properties for ABIT graphics cards. Unless you change your desktop resolution
UDriveIconsDriveIcon.exe"Drive Icons from Realtek - shows a specific icon for each card type for their card reader controllers"
UDrvIconDrvIcon.exe"""Vista Drive Icon changes the drive icons shown in Windows ""My Computer""
NGsiconexeGsicon.exe"ADSL modem monitor from Eicon Networks (as used by BT for its Broadband internet service for example). Can safely be disabled without affecting the connection - all this does is give an indication of connectivity and access to the diagnostic facilities"
XIcon lptt01icon.exe"RapidBlaster variant (in a ""Icon"" folder in Program Files). Recommended you use RapidBlaster Killer to uninstall - see here"
XIcon ml097eicon.exe"RapidBlaster variant (in a ""Icon"" folder in Program Files). Recommended you use RapidBlaster Killer to uninstall - see here"
UImgIconImgIcon.exe"Displays Iomega icons in Explorer/My Computer
UIomega Disk IconsIMGICON.EXE"Displays Iomega icons in Explorer/My Computer
UIomega Drive IconsIMGICON.EXE"Displays Iomega icons in Explorer/My Computer
UJOYTECH USB Neo S ControllerJoytechNeoSTrayIcon.exe"System Tray access to Joytech Neo S PC gamepad controller software"
?KYE_Showiconshwicon.exe"Card reader for memory cards from digital cameras. Is it required? "
NLIURubicon.exe"Logitech Internet Update. Used to update drivers/software for Logitech's Wingman
XMCMAGICON.EXE"Added by the MAGICON.A TROJAN!"
UMCI USB IconUSBIcon.exeMCI USB software used for managing a USB card reader
NPocketCam 3Mega MonitorICON.exeInstalled with the Aiptek PocketCam 3Mega digital camera. Automatically invokes an import process if the camera is connected and has media on it
UQCWLICONQCWLICON.EXE"Part of IBM Access Connections - forerunner to the current ThinkVantage verison. Connectivity-assistant program for IBM/Lenovo ThinkPad or 3000 Family notebook computers - ""allowing users to seamlessly switch between wired and wireless environments
NRoboFormRoboTaskBarIcon.exe"Roboform - password manager and web form filler. Will work without this startup entry
NSandIconSandIcon.exe"SanDisk ImageMate CompactFlash card reader SDDR-31 (USB). Very little use except to place the Sandisk icon beside its drive designation in Windows Explorer. The reader itself will work fine without it. The simplest thing is to just unplug the reader when you're not using it. It may slow the startup by a few nanoseconds
NSetIconSetIcon.exe"Installed by a 6-in-1 (4 Media Card slots
?ShowIcon_Justrams_USB Product Driver v2.12r012shwicon.exe"Related to Just Rams USB product driver. Is it required?"
UShowIcon_PNY_PNY Attachéshwicon.exe"PNY Attaché USB flash memory stick System Tray icon - shows when the device is plugged in"
?ShowIcon_SmartDisk Corporation_USB Card Reader v1.14e051shwicon.exe"Card reader for memory cards from digital cameras. Is it required? "
NSnsiconSnsicon.exeLaunches a screensaver program from Second Nature
UThinkVantage Access ConnectionsACWLIcon.exe"Part of the ThinkVantage Access Connections connectivity-assistant program for IBM/Lenovo ThinkPad or 3000 Family notebook computers - ""allowing users to seamlessly switch between wired and wireless environments
Utranicontranicon.exe"A Tweak-XP component (only in the registered version)
UTransparentIconstranicon.exe"A Tweak-XP component (only in the registered version)
YTridentTVIcontvicon.exe"Trident Microsystems
NTurbine Download Manager Tray IconTurbineDownloadManagerIcon.exe"Turbine Download Manager (TDM) - download manager associated with the game ""The Lord of the Rings Online™"""
XWifi Connectionwificon.exe"Added by the SLENFBOT.AC WORM!"
NWOOTASKBARICONGestMaj.exe TaskbarIcon.exe"Wanadoo broadband ISP (now rebranded as Orange) taskbar icon - not required"
?xiconxicon.exe"Part of the IBM/XPoint Rapid Restore utility. What does it do and is it required?"
NYBrowserybrwicon.exeSBC Yahoo! Browser system tray icon
UZipDisk IconsIMGICON.EXE"Displays Iomega icons in Explorer/My Computer


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.