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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
XMicrosoft Update 32explore32.exe"Added by the SPYBOT.CYM WORM!"
XMicrosoft Update 32MSupdate32.exe"Added by a variant of the SPYBOT WORM!"
XMicrosoft Update 32wininit.exe"Added by the RBOT-ANY WORM!"
XMicrosoft Update 32wininit32.exe"Added by the RBOT-AKJ WORM!"
XMicrosoft Update 32[path to file]"Added by the RBOT-AJJ WORM!"
XMicrosoft Update 32mscnfg.exe"Added by the RBOT-ALM WORM!"
XMicrosoft Update 32servic.exe"Added by the RBOT-AXN WORM!"
XMicrosoft Update 32winitXP32.exe"Added by a variant of the RBOT WORM!"
XMicrosoft Update 32mssetup32.exe"Added by a variant of the RBOT WORM!"
XMicrosoft Update 32wiit.exe"Added by the RBOT-AMS WORM!"
XMicrosoft Update 32explorer.exe"Added by the RBOT-ARF WORM! Note - the legitimate Windows Explorer (same filename) is located in %Windir% and would not normally appear in Msconfig/Startup unless you added it manually! This one is located in %System%"
XMicrosoft Update 32network.exe"Added by the RBOT-ARZ WORM!"
XMicrosoft Update 32om4r.exe"Added by the RBOT-AQP WORM!"
XMicrosoft Update 32winin.exe"Added by the RBOT-ARR WORM!"
XMicrosoft Update 32wuinit.exe"Added by the AGOBOT-UE WORM!"
XMicrosoft Update 32neta.exe"Added by the RBOT-AMI WORM!"
XMicrosoft Update 32spoolvs.exe"Added by the RBOT-BBQ WORM!"
XMicrosoft Update 32rundll32.exe"Added by the RBOT.AIE BACKDOOR! Note that this BACKDOOR modifies the file rundll32.exe
XMicrosoft Update 32taskMangr.exe"Added by the RBOT.AIE BACKDOOR!"
XMicrosoft Update 32winssx.exe"Added by the RBOT-ARW WORM!"

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.