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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
XAOL Instant Messangeraim.exe"Added by the SDBOT-YT WORM! Note - this is not the popular AOL Instant Messenger utility"
XLive Messangerlivemsgr.exe"Added by the RBOT.BXX WORM!"
XLive Messangerwllmsngr.exe"Added by a variant of the IRCBOT BACKDOOR! See here"
XMessangertrillian.exe"Added by the RBOT.CKI WORM!"
XMessangerdeamon.exe"Added by the TACTSLAY.C TROJAN!"
XMessangermsgaol.exe"Added by the TACTSLAY.C TROJAN!"
XMessangers_menu.exe"Added by the TACTSLAY.C TROJAN!"
XMessangerbrowse.exe"Added by the TACTSLAY.C TROJAN!"
XMSN Live Messangermsnlivegs.exe"Added by the RBOT-FSG WORM!"
XMSN Messangermsnmsng.exe"Added by the SDBOT.XN WORM!"
XMSN messangermsnmsgsm.exe"Added by the RBOT-FMP WORM!"
XMSN Messangermsnmsgsmn.exe"Added by the RBOT-FOQ WORM!"
XMsn Messangercrsss.exe"Added by a variant of the IRCBOT BACKDOOR!"
XMsn Messangermsnmsgem.exe"Added by the RBOT.BLL BACKDOOR!"
XMSN MessangerSystem.exe"Added by the IRCBOT-AFX TROJAN!"
XMSN Messanger Livewinntmsn.exe"Added by the RBOT-FSO WORM!"
XWindow Msn Live Messangermsnmsgsls.exe"Added by the RBOT.BJD BACKDOOR!"
XWindows Messanger Control Centersvchosl.exe"Added by a variant of the IRCBOT BACKDOOR! See here"
XWindows Messanger Control Centersvhost.exe"Added by a variant of the IRCBOT BACKDOOR! See here"
XWindows Messanger Control Centerwinlogin.exe"Added by a variant of the IRCBOT BACKDOOR! See here"
XWindows Messanger Control Centerwinlogon.exe"Added by a variant of the IRCBOT BACKDOOR! See here. Note - this is not the legitimate winlogon.exe process which is always located in %System% and should not normally figure in Msconfig/Startup! This one is located in %Windir%"
XWindows Messanger Control Centerwinsys.exe"Added by a variant of the IRCBOT BACKDOOR! See here"
XWindows Msn Live Messangermsnmsgsman.exe"Added by a variant of the SDBOT WORM!"
XWindows MSN Live Messangerwmsnlive.exe"Added by the RBOT.BMV BACKDOOR!"
XWindows MSN Live Messangerlivemsngs.exe"Added by a variant of the SPYBOT WORM! See here"
XYahoo! Messangerymsngr32.exe"Added by the WOOTBOT.HY WORM! Note - this should not be confused with Yahoo! Messenger"

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.