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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
?3Com LauncherLauncher.exe"Related to networking products from 3Com Corporation. What does it do and is it required?"
UAcer Assist Launcherlauncher.exe"Acer Assist - program that provides information about new updates or notices from Acer"
UAcer ePower ManagementePowerTrayLauncher.exeLauncher for the Acer® PowerSmart Manager power management utility included on some models in the Aspire range of notebooks
NAdobe Acrobat Speed Launcheracrobat_sl.exe"Speeds up the time it takes to load Adobe's Acrobat PDF creation and management tool. From version 7.0 onwards"
NAdobe Reader Speed LauncherReader_sl.exe"Speeds up the time it takes to load the Adobe Reader PDF document reader. ""The Speed Launcher quickly opens and closes all of the files that Acrobat or Adobe Reader will use when the application starts. Opening and closing the files allows your virus protection software to check these programs and add them to its list of safe files"" - see here. Not required for Adobe Reader to function properly"
?anycom bluetoothftflauncher.exe"Associated with an Anycom bluetooth wireless card. What does it do and is it required?"
NApplication LauncherApplication Launcher.exe"System Tray access to the Sony Ericsson PC Suite and HTC Sync mobile phone management utilities. Run manually via the Start Menu (or optional desktop shortcut) before connecting the phone"
NBBLauncher.exeBBLauncher.exe"BounceBack Professional - back-up software"
NBookmarkCentralBMLauncher.exe"Bookmark Express - "offers a more flexible way to manage Web site bookmarks
UBrowser LauncherCommandr.exeLogitech internet keyboard "Commander" software - loads the software for the shortcut keys on the keyboard. Not required unless you want to use the short cut keys
?CameraApplicationLauncherCameraApplicationLaunchpadLauncher.exe"Supports the integrated webcam on IBM/Lenovo Thinkpad notebooks. What does it do and is it required?"
UChikkaDefaultChikkaLauncher.exe"Chikka PC text messanger and IM client"
NClickSight Launchercs.exe"Launcher for the ClickSight® marketing tool from ClickStream Technologies - which ""is a patented data-collection technology that helps independent software vendors understand the current and future usage of their product"""
NCreative LauncherCTLauncher.exeFor Creative Soundblaster Live! series soundcards. Adds a quick-launch bar to the top of the display and a System Tray icon. Available via Start -> Programs
UDMXLauncherDMXLauncher.exe"Part of Dell's Media Experience
NDVDLauncherDVDLauncher.exe"Part of Cyberlink's Power Cinema - allows you to play DVDs upon insertion"
NECenterEULALauncher.exeEnd User License Agreement (EULA) launcher - related to Dell E-Center/Google Toolbar
?Empowering Technology LaunchereAPLauncher.exe"Part of Acer Empowering Technology. What does it do and is it required?"
?EmpoweringTechnologyFramework.Launcher.exe"Part of Acer Empowering Technology. What does it do and is it required?"
UExif LauncherExiflaquickdcr.exeUSB mass storage driver used by some digital cameras such as the Fuji Finepix. Only required if you use it regularly
UExif LauncherQuickDCF.exeUSB mass storage driver used by some digital cameras such as the Fuji Finepix. Only required if you use it regularly
NEye Tide Launcheroneeyetideone.exeNascar wallpaper
XLauncherlauncher.exeSpyware component related to DownloadWare and found in %ProgramFiles%\KFH
NLauncherrelaunch.exeAudio Applications Launcher for the Philips Rythmic Edge soundcard (the Philips Rhythmic Edge is the same as the Thunderbird PCI soundcard - see TBtray). Available via Start -> Programs
ULauncherlauncher.exe"PC Angel recovery program from SoftThinks. Located in a ""SMINST"" sub-folder of the Windows or Winnt directory"
ULauncherLauncher.exe"SpeedUpMyPC 2009 from Uniblue - which ""lets you monitor and control all your PC resources with easy
ULingvo LauncherLvagent.exe"ABBYY Lingvo Electronic Dictionaries"
UM-Audio MobilePre Control Panel LauncherMPTask.exe"Control Panel Launcher for MobilePre USB bus-powered preamp and audio interface from M-Audio"
XMicrosoft Office Quick Launcheriau1.exe"Added by the DLOADR-AWD TROJAN!"
NMobile Connectivity SuiteApplication Launcher.exe"System Tray access to the HTC Sync mobile phone management utility for models including the Hero
NNet-It LauncherNILaunch.exe"Net-It - web publishing software"
NOneNote 2007 Screen Clipper and LauncherONENOTEM.EXE"System Tray access to MS Office OneNote 2007 - an electronic notebook that allows you to create free-form notes
NPC Suite for SmartphonesApplication Launcher.exe"System Tray access to the Sony Ericsson PC Suite mobile phone management utility for some models
UPDAsyncSyncLauncher.exe"Laplink PDASync - PDA synchronisation utility"
?PrimaLauncherLauncher.exe"Associated with PrimaScan scanners. Is it required?"
YPSQLLauncherlauncher.exe"IBM ThinkVantage Fingerprint Software"
YQuickLaunchErQuickLaunchEr.ExeQuickLaunchEr - allows you to quickly launch programs from an icon in the system tray
URK LauncherRKLauncher.exe"RK Launcher by RaduKing - ""is a free application that will allow the user to have a visually pleasing bar at the side of the screen that is used to quickly launch shortcuts"""
Xsbss Launchersbss.exe"SideBySide adware"
Nsclaunchersclauncher.exe"SimpleCenter digital media player/manager that supports the iPod
?SDMSSplashlauncher.exe"Part of HP's Smart Desktop Management System - ""Preloaded on select business desktops
UService Centrelauncher.exe"Management tool for the Open Networks iConnect series of products - as used by Australian ISP's such as iiNet and Hotkey"
?SmartLauncherSmartLauncher.exe"Related to SmartLauncher from Northstar Systems Corp. What does it do and is it required?"
USMS Application LauncherLAUNCH32.EXE"Microsoft Systems Management Server - used to manage computers on a network remotely"
NSony Ericsson PC SuiteApplication Launcher.exe"System Tray access to Sony Ericsson PC Suite which ""connects your phone to your computer and expands the capabilities of your phone"". Run manually via the Start Menu (or optional desktop shortcut) before connecting the phone"
XSSWPlaunchercomet.exe"Comet Cursor adware"
?Startup Launcher GUIGUI.exe"Startup manager?"
NsuSchedulerUCLauncher.exe"Scheduler for versions of ThinkVantage System Update (for software updates) found on IBM/Lenovo ThinkCentre/ThinkStation desktops and Thinkpad notebooks"
Ntoolbar_eula_launcherEULALauncher.exe"Related to Google Desktop"
NTrueSync Launchertstool.exe"Starfish TrueSync - for synchronization between Windows platforms and popular devices
UUniblueSpeedUpMyPCLauncher.exe"SpeedUpMyPC 2009 from Uniblue - which ""lets you monitor and control all your PC resources with easy
NVegas Palms - LauncherLauncher.exe"Vegas Palms on-line cassino"
NWaveTop LauncherWaveTop.exe"WaveTop - ""Get push content from TV without an Internet connection"" - now possibly a defunct system in the US included as an optional part of WebTV in Win98"
UWebshotsLauncher.exe"Webshots - software that displays photos as your screensaver and wallpaper
XWindows Remote Launcherwnpmcs.exe"Added by the IRCBOT.ASX BACKDOOR!"
XwowLauncher.exe"Added by the DELF-DOR TROJAN!"
NYAMAHA DS-XG Launcherdslaunch.exeSystem Tray access for the features of the Yamaha DS-XG soundcard unless you regularly change set-ups
UzBrowser LauncheriTouch.exe"Loads the iTouch configuration settings for supported Logitech keyboards. It's required if your keyboard has shortcut buttons and you use them or have reconfigured them for different functions. It's also required if your keyboard does not have the num lock
UzBrowser LauncherCommandr.exe"For a Logitech internet keyboard - loads the software for the shortcut keys on the keyboard. Also used to display your keyboard LEDs on-screen to indicate Caps Lock
NZune LauncherZuneLauncher.exe"Automatically launches the Zune software for Microsoft's Zune media players when they're connected to your PC. The software can be used to manage media
NZuneLauncherZuneLauncher.exe"Automatically launches the Zune software for Microsoft's Zune media players when they're connected to your PC. The software can be used to manage media
NZuneŽZuneLauncher.exe"Automatically launches the Zune software for Microsoft's Zune media players when they're connected to your PC. The software can be used to manage media


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.