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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
U12Ghosts Synchronize12sync.exe"12Ghosts Synchronize - ""Sync PC clock with an atomic clock over the Internet"""
UActual Window MinimizerActualWindowMinimizerCenter.exe"Actual Window Minimizer - ""allows minimizing any window to task tray notification area or to the edge of the screen"""
UAdobe Reader SynchronizerAdobeCollabSync.exe"Adobe Synchronizer - installed along with Adobe Reader 8.x. ""Synchronizer is a small application that runs in the background
UAnonymizer Total Net ShieldAnonTns.exe"Anonymizer Total Net Shield - ID protection and privacy software"
YANONYMIZER_SPYWAREKILLERSpyWareKiller.exe"Anonymizer Spyware Killer
YANONYMIZER_SPYWAREKILLERAnonAntiSpyware.exe"Anonymizer Anti-Spyware - now discontinued"
UAnyTime OrganizerAtDem.exe"AnyTime Organizer Deluxe from Individual Software Inc - ""all the tools you need to organize your calendar
UAnyTime OrganizerAtw.exe"AnyTime Organizer Deluxe from Individual Software Inc - ""all the tools you need to organize your calendar
XAOL 9.0 OptimizedAOLClient.exe"Added by the SPYBOTER.A TROJAN!"
XAOL Messenger OptimizedAOLOpt.exe"Added by the AOLOPT TROJAN!"
UAshampoo Magical Optimizer TaskplanerAMO_TA~1.EXE"Part of Ashampoo® Magical Optimizer from Ashampoo GmbH & Co. KG - which removes stagnant and unnecessary hard drive files
UAshampoo Magical Optimizer TaskplanerAMO_Taskplaner.exe"Part of Ashampoo® Magical Optimizer from Ashampoo GmbH & Co. KG - which removes stagnant and unnecessary hard drive files
UAtomic Time SynchronizerTimeSync.exe"TimeSync - lets you synchronize your computer's clock with any internet atomic clock"
UAutoSizerAUTOSIZER.EXE"AutoSizer - utility that automatically maximizes windows when they're opened"
NBuddyizerBuddyizer.exePart of the AIMster Peer to Peer (P2P) file sharing application that runs over the AOL Instant Messenger network
YCSScheduleCheckSCHWIZEX.EXE"Part of ConfigSafe - lets you identify changes to the registry
UCustomizer2000logon.exe"Automatic logon feature of Customizer 2000 - ""a special utility which is designed to optimize Win9x/ME performance. The program lets you explore the many hidden settings in Windows
XDyFuCAoptimize.exe"Adult content dialler - see here"
NEnergizer FileSaverEnergizer FileSaver.exe"Energizer FileSaver - UPS back-up utility for Energizer UPS products. From their Tech Support staff this is known to have a memory leak since it's release - with no fix planned! It will grab 2-5 handles per second and crash the average system in less than 3 days - therefore not recommended"
UFree Ram Optimizerfro.exe"Free Ram Optimizer monitors your memory
NGSOrganizerGSOrganizer.exe"GoldenSection Organizer (now WinOrganizer - personal information manager)"
?HP Visualize InitHpVisIni.exe"HP Visualize software related. What does it do and is it required?"
UIE New Window Maximizeriemaximizer.exe"IE New Window Maximizer - automatically maximize new Internet Explorer and Outlook Express windows"
YInitialize8x88x8_init.exeTool that initializes a Pinnacle PCTV card - maybe in capture or in showing overlay
XInternet Optimizeroptimize.exe"Internet Optimizer parasite - detected by Sophos as the DLUCA-G TROJAN and variants"
XInternet2 Optimizerwkfix.exe"Added by a variant of the RBOT WORM!"
?IZEN/A"??"
NKeyboard CustomizerTpKmapAp.exe"Part of the Keyboard Customizer Utility for IBM/Lenovo Thinkpad notebooks. This is the main user interface for the utility but it doesn't normally seem to be running if enabled at startup. Also
NLotus Organizer EasyClipeasyclip.exe""The Easy Clip icon automates the collection of information from sources such as e-mail to create an Organizer address
XMaxsizedgqasqs.exe"Added by the LIOTEN.IR WORM!"
XModule Call initialize"RUNDLL32.EXE reg.dll ondll_reg"
XMSStartOptimizerIexpres.exe"Added by the DASMIN-E TROJAN!"
XMSStartOptimizerWINUPD.EXE"Added by the DASMIN-E TROJAN!"
XMSStartOptimizerSCVHOST.EXE"Added by the DASMIN-E TROJAN!"
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"
UNotebook Maximizermaximizer_startup.exeToshiba Notebook Maximizer software - adjust settings to save battery power and increase efficiency
NNvInitialize"rundll32.exe NvQtwk.dll NvXTInit"
XOptimize WindowsKuntilanak.exe"Added by the SILLYFDC WORM!"
XOPTIMIZERiexplore.exe"Added by the EVEVINC BACKDOORNote - this is not the legitimate Internet Explorer (iexplore.exe) which is always located in %ProgramFiles%\Internet Explorer and should not normally figure in Msconfig/Startup! This one is located in %System%"
XOPTIMIZERiexplore.exe"Added by the EVIVINC BACKDOOR! Note - this is not the legitimate Internet Explorer (iexplore.exe) which is always located in %ProgramFiles%\Internet Explorer and should not normally figure in Msconfig/Startup! This one is located in %System%"
NPC Pitstop Optimize ReminderReminder.exe"Registration reminder for the PC Pitstop Optimize 2.0 system optimizatoon utility by CA. Located in %ProgramFiles%\PCPitstop\Optimize2"
UPC Pitstop Optimize SchedulerPCPOptimize.exe"Scheduler for the Optimize system optimization utility from PC Pitstop"
UPCPOptimizePCPOptimize.exe"Scheduler for the Optimize system optimization utility from PC Pitstop"
UPraize MessengeritLoad.exe"Praize IM Christian chat instant messenger"
XPrizeSurferprizesurfer.exe"""PrizeSurfer is the free software that automatically enters you to win cash and prizes just for surfing the web and shopping online!"" Stealth installed malware"
YSCHWIZEXSCHWIZEX.EXE"Part of ConfigSafe - lets you identify changes to the registry
USpeedOptimizerspo.exe"SpeedOptimizer is designed to optimize and speed-up your Internet data transmission including browsing
UStealth Anonymizer 2.5stealth25.exe"Now named Stealther - proxy server agent that lets you travel the Internet with maximum possible privacy"
XSystemOptimizer2008main.exe"SystemOptimizer2008 rogue optimization utility - not recommended
USystweak Memory Optimizermemtuneup.exe"Part of SysTweak Advanced System Optimizer"
XTimeSyncAppTimeSynchronize.exe"DealHelper adware"
UTuneUp MemOptimizermemoptimizer.exe"Part of ""TuneUp Utilities""
Xwebalizewebalize.exe"Searchcentrix hijacker"
XWind OptimizerWindOptimizer.exe"Wind Optimizer rogue system optimization tool - not recommended
XWinGate initializeWinGate.exe"Added by the LOVGATE.F WORM!"
XWinStabilizerWinStabilizer.exe"Added by the AGOBOT-SW WORM!"
UWinUtilities Memory OptimizerToolMemoryOptimizer.exe"""WinUtilities Memory Optimizer optimizes the memory management of your system and boost-up its performance amazingly!"" MS MVPs (Most Valued Professional) recommend not using memory managers with Win98/SE/ME. See this article and make up your own mind"


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.