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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
YCOMODO Memory Firewallcmf.exe"""Comodo Memory Firewall is a buffer overflow detection and prevention tool which provides the ultimate defence against one of the most serious and common attack types on the Internet - the buffer overflow attack"""
XInternal Memory Filesysintmemory.exe"Added by the RBOT-GKT WORM!"
XMemory Allocation Hostcihost.exe"Detected by Avast as a variant of the IRCBOT-CHZ WORM!"
XMemory Allocation Serverciserv.exeAdded by an unidentified malware
XMemory Allocation Servicescisrv.exe"Added by the IRCBOT.FC BACKDOOR!"
XMemory Checkmemore.exe"Added by the KILLAV.C TROJAN!"
XMemory managerhimem32.exe"Added by the MANCSYN TROJAN!"
XMemory Managermemorymanager.pif"Added by the DELF-JJ TROJAN!"
XMemory relocation servicereloc32.exe"Added by the RELFEERWORM!"
XMemory Servicefreememory.exeAdded by the RBOT.GEN WORM!
NMemory Stick MonitorMSTAT.exe"Used with the Sony floppy disk adapter for memory sticks
UMemory Stick MonitorMSstat.exeSony/SmartDisk memorystick-floppydisk-adapter software - allows you to read memorysticks in a normal floppydrive
XMemory WatcherMemoryWatcher.exe"MemoryWatcher spyware"
XMicrosoft Memory Dumping Protocolmemdump.exe"Added by the IRCBOT.BJK BACKDOOR!"
XMicrosoft Memory Flow Cycleflowcycle.exe"Added by the IRCBOT.WAD BACKDOOR!"
XMicrosoft Memory Flow Cycleflowcycles.exe"Added by the WAREZOV.AAK WORM!"
XSysMemory managermdms.exe"Added by the CIMUZ-D TROJAN!"
USystweak Memory Optimizermemtuneup.exe"Part of SysTweak Advanced System Optimizer"
UUlead Memory Card DetectorMonitor.exe"Ulead Memory Card Detector - ""Automatically starts datadownload when your card is inserted into a memory card reader"""
XWindows Memory Driversmemretain.exe"Added by a variant of the IRCBOT TROJAN!"
XWindows Memory Managerwindowsmem.exe"Added by a variant of the IRCBOT TROJAN! See here"
XWindows Memory Running Servicesmemrun.exe"Added by the IRCBOT.BLL BACKDOOR!"
XWindows Memory Sharingmemoryshr.exe"Added by a variant of the IRCBOT TROJAN!"
XWindows Memory Sharingmemshare.exe"Added by the IRCBRUTE.AG TROJAN!"
XWindows Memory Sharingmemshr.exe"Added by the IRCBOT.MC BACKDOOR!"
XWindows Storm-Memory Driversmemorystorm.exe"Added by the SLENFBOT.CO 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.