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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
X123MonitorSpywareFreeMonitor.exe"1-2-3 Spyware Free rogue spyware remover - not recommended
U1A:MacVisionTrayMonitorTrayMonitor.exe"Part of MacVision by Jeff Bargmann - an discontinued program that makes your PC's desktop look and feel incredibly like that of a Macintosh OS8 computer. Handler that puts the icons that are in your system tray into the MacVision taskbar
U802.11g Wireless AdatperMonitor.exe"Related to wireless card (802.11) adapter/standard. System Tray icon that provides a shortcut to ""Wireless Connection Status"" and allows to turn WL on and off. Supplier unknown. Adapter is miss-spelled"
?Acer Empowering Technology MonitorSysMonitor.exe"Part of Acer Empowering Technology. What does it do and is it required?"
UAcronis True ImageTimounterMonitor.exe"Part of Acronis True Image backup software. Monitor for the backup archive explorer for moving and viewing files within an archive"
NAcronis True Image MonitorTrueImageMonitor.exe"Part of Acronis True Image - backup software. Can be disabled without affecting TrueImage"
NAcronis TrueImage MonitorTrueImageMonitor.exe"Part of Acronis True Image - backup software. Can be disabled without affecting TrueImage"
NAcronis*True*Image MonitorTrueImageMonitor.exe"Part of Acronis True Image - backup software. Can be disabled without affecting TrueImage"
UAcronisTimounterMonitorTimounterMonitor.exe"Part of Acronis True Image backup software. Monitor for the backup archive explorer for moving and viewing files within an archive"
NAcronisTrueImage MonitorTrueImageMonitor.exe"Part of Acronis True Image - backup software. Can be disabled without affecting TrueImage"
NActiveWordsAWMonitor.exe"ActiveWords from ActiveWord Systems
UAdvanced Uninstaller PRO Installation Monitormonitor.exe"Innovative Solutions Advanced Uninstaller PRO - ""easy-to-use suite for uninstalling applications and keeping your computer fast
XAdware Punisher MonitorAdwarePunisher_monitor.exe"Adware Punisher rogue spyware remover - not recommended
UAimMonitorAimMonitor.exe"AIM Monitor Sniffer surveillance software for the AIM instant messenger. Uninstall this software unless you put it there yourself"
UASMASMonitor.exe"Active Security Monitor from AOL - helps you determine how vulnerable your PC is to computer viruses
UAWMONAd-Monitor.exe"F-Secure Anti-Spyware"
UBgMonitor_{79662E04-7C6C-4d9f-84C7-88D8A56B10AA}NMBgMonitor.exe"Associated with Nero Scout
NBose Wave/PC Monitorwavepcmonitor.exe"System Tray access for this system (more info on the system here). Available via Start -> Programs"
?Calendar 200X Monitorcalmonitor.exe"Background task for Calendar 200X by Joel Graffman - which is no longer supported or available from it's author. The exact purpose of this startup entry is unknown at present but it appears to be related to the Calendar 200X Reminder entry - as disabling that entry via the program also disables this one"
?calmonitorcalmonitor.exe"Background task for Calendar 200X by Joel Graffman - which is no longer supported or available from it's author. The exact purpose of this startup entry is unknown at present but it appears to be related to the Calendar 200X Reminder entry - as disabling that entry via the program also disables this one"
UCPU Power MonitorCpuPowerMonitor.exe"Included with some ASUS motherboards (such as the Maximus Extreme & Striker II Extreme). Associated with the ""Energy Saving"" feature of AI Gear - which ""is a utility designed to configure and support all ASUS EPU (Energy Processing Unit) features."" Part of AI Suite"
UCTCMonitorCTCMonitor.exe"Click-to-Convert - document-to-HTML or doc-to-PDF converter. Only required if you are going to use the File -> Print method of using Click-to-Convert. If converting directly from MS Office
Xcvmonitor.execvmonitor.exe"Added by the SDBOT.BV WORM!"
NCXMonHpi_Monitor.exeAutodetects when a HP camera is attached to the computer and launches the "HP Photoimaging Software". Available via Start -> Programs
UDC300 Monitorcmonitor.exeMonitor for a Acer DC300 digital camera
XDebugMonitordebugmonitor.exe"Added by the MYDOOM.BG WORM!"
UDiscWizardMonitor.exeDiscWizardMonitor.exe"Seagate DiscWizard - hard disk utility for Seagate's SATA and PATA (IDE) drives"
UDisk_MonitorDisk_Monitor.exe"Multi-media
UDT 11Mbps WLAN PC Card StationDTCARDMonitor.exe11Mbps PC Card based wireless LAN connection monitor - possibly from Deutsche Telekom
UDT 11Mbps WLAN USB StationDTUSBMonitor.exe11Mbps USB based wireless LAN connection monitor - possibly from Deutsche Telekom
UDWHeartbeatMonitorDWHeartbeatMonitor.exeDWHeartbeatMonitor.exe is installed alongside the Weather.com instant messaging utility. This is a non-essential process. Disabling or enabling this is down to user preference
NENCMONITORmonitor.exeThe Encompass Monitor. This program is the Connect Direct Program. It is more trouble than it is worth and few use it
UeRecoveryServiceMonitor.exe"Part of Acer Empowering Technology. ""Acer eRecovery Management is a powerful utility that does away with the need for recovery disks provided by the manufacturer
YGenie USB MonitorUSBmonitor.exePort monitor for an external USB hard drive. Required to enable access to the drive
UGrooveMonitorGrooveMonitor.exe"Part of MS Office Groove - a stand-alone product or included with the Enterprise/Ultimate versions of MS Office 2007. ""A collaboration software program that helps teams work together dynamically and effectively
UGrooveMonitor UtilityGrooveMonitor.exe"Part of MS Office Groove - a stand-alone product or included with the Enterprise/Ultimate versions of MS Office 2007. ""A collaboration software program that helps teams work together dynamically and effectively
NGWInkMonitorGWInkMonitor.exe"Gateway ink monitor - makes an annoying popup that says your printer may be running out of ink
UHardware Sensors Monitorhmonitor.exeUtility to monitor fan speed and temperatures - similar to Motherboard Monitor. Only required if you're concerned about your system temperature - typically for "overclocked" systems
UHmonitorHmonitor.exeHardware sensor monitoring program. Only required if you overclock your system and want to check on the status
Xhomepage.monitor.exeisamonitor.exe"Added by the ZLOB.MEDIA-CODEC TROJAN! This purports to be a Windows Media Player upgrade (with names such as ""iCodecPack""
UIBWin MonitorIBMonitor.exe"IBackup for Windows"
UICQMonitorICQMonitor.exe"ICQ Monitor Sniffer surveillance software for the ICQ instant messenger. Uninstall this software unless you put it there yourself"
NInk MonitorInkMonitor.exeAssociated with Epson (and maybe other) printers. Tells you when the ink's running low and asks if you want to buy another cartridge on-line
Xisamini.exeisamonitor.exe"Added by the ZLOB.MEDIA-CODEC TROJAN! This purports to be a Windows Media Player upgrade (with names such as ""iCodecPack""
Xisamonitor.exeisamonitor.exe"Added by the ZLOB.MEDIA-CODEC TROJAN! This purports to be a Windows Media Player upgrade (with names such as ""iCodecPack""
NLiveMonitorLMonitor.exeMSI Live Update - auto-detects and suggests the latest BIOS/Driver/Utilities information
NLMonitorLMonitor.exeMSI Live Update - auto-detects and suggests the latest BIOS/Driver/Utilities information
ULSPFixLSPmonitor.exe"eAcceleration Stop-Sign security software related. Previously not recommended
ULSPmonitorLSPmonitor.exe"eAcceleration Stop-Sign security software related. Previously not recommended
XMalwareMonitorMalwareMonitor.exe"MalwareMonitor rogue security software - not recommended"
UManager Monitormonitor.exe"MindStorm AnalyzerPro from Secure Associates. ""A security management tool for customers easy to manage report and analyze security events across heterogeneous security devices"""
UMaxBlastMonitorMaxBlastMonitor.exe"Maxblast hard drive utility for Maxtor (Seagate) drives"
UMedia Card Companion MonitorMCC Monitor.exe"Monitor for Media Card Companion from ArcSoft. ""Automates the tedious processes associated with downloading and sharing files from digital cameras
XMicrosoft DLL Monitordllmonitor.exe"Added by a variant of the IRCBOT TROJAN!"
Xmonitormonitor.exe"Browser hijacker
UMonitorSD Monitor.exe"""Transfer data quickly between your memory card and your computer with SanDisk's Readers
?MonitorMonitor.exe"Related to the Philips SPC610NC & PixArt PAC207 webcams (and possibly others) and Leapfrog Connect Application. What does it do and is it required?"
UMonitor Apache ServersApacheMonitor.exePart of the Apache Web Server package. Useful only if you're running such a server on your PC. Available via Start -> Programs
UMonitor Helpermonitor.exe"MyLittleSpy keystroke logger/monitoring program - remove unless you installed it yourself!"
UMonitorSDSDMonitor.exe"Spyware Detector - spyware remover. Initially not recommended due to false positives but the later versions have since improved - see here"
UMsnMonitorMsnMonitor.exe"MSN Messenger Monitor Sniffer surveillance software for the MSN instant messenger. Uninstall this software unless you put it there yourself"
NNeuroSpeech OESpeakerOEMonitor.exe"Part of OESpeaker - a program that allows you to listen to long E-mails instead of reading them in Outlook Express. OEMonitor.exe checks whether OE is open or not"
NNikon Monitornkmonitor.exeMonitors for a Nikon CoolPix camera being connected via USB port. As soon as it detects a CoolPix camera it executes the Nikon View software to enable the user to transfer images from the camera to the PC
UNitro PDF Printer MonitorNitroPDFPrinterMonitor.exe"Printer monitor for Nitro PDF Professional from Nitro PDF
NNkbMonitor.exeNkbMonitor.exe"Part of Nikon PictureProject - image management for Nikon digital cameras"
UNMBgMonitorNMBgMonitor.exe"Associated with Nero Scout
XNVIDIA DisplayDisplayMonitor.exe"Added by the ABI.C WORM! Note - this is not a legitimate nVidia entry"
UNVIDIA System MonitorNVMonitor.exe"NVIDIA System Monitor - part of NVIDIA System Tools. Utility for monitoring and logging system statistics (such as temperatures
UNVMonitorNVMonitor.exe"NVIDIA System Monitor - part of NVIDIA System Tools. Utility for monitoring and logging system statistics (such as temperatures
NOM2_MonitorMMonitor.exe"Olympus Master 2 - digital camera management tools"
NOM_MonitorMonitor.exe"Olympus Master 1 - digital camera management tools"
NOne Touch MonitorOneTouchMonitor.exeFor Visioneer OneTouch scanners. System tray access to the control panel for the scanner
NOneTouchMonitorOneTouchMonitor.exeFor Visioneer OneTouch scanners. System tray access to the control panel for the scanner
NONETOU~2OneTouchMonitor.exeFor Visioneer OneTouch scanners. System tray access to the control panel for the scanner
UOptus Cable Data Monitordatamonitor.exe"Allows Optus customers to monitor their actual data usage against Optus' ""data allowance limits"""
UPAC7302_MonitorMonitor.exe"Related to PixArt CMOS image sensors from PixArt Imaging Inc"
UPagis Schedule MonitorMonitor.exeScheduler for the Pagis scanning suite from Scansoft (now Nuance)
NPagis SchedulerMonitor.exeScheduler for the Pagis scanning suite from Scansoft (now Nuance)
UPassword Door LoaderPDMonitor.exe"Password Door - password protection software"
YRemote Update Monitorimonitor.exe"Sophos Antivirus Remote Update utility - provides an easy way for remote workers to keep up to date with their virus protection via a website or network connection provided by their employer"
YRTMonitorRTMonitor.exe"Cheyenne (now eTrust) antivirus"
URun StartupMonitorStartupMonitor.exe"Mike Lin's StartupMonitor
?SDClientMonitorsdclientmonitor.exe"Related to LANDesk Management Suite from LANDesk Software Ltd. What does it do and is it required?"
XSM_IANian_monitor.exe"AdvancedCleaner rogue security software - not recommended
?SoSyncMonitorSoSyncMonitor.exe"SuperOffice related. What does it do and is it required?"
USpam MonitorSpamMonitor.Exe"System Tray access to Spam Monitor from PC Tools - which ""is an easy-to-use spam filter that detects and isolates unsolicited junk mail sent to your mailbox. Designed for computer users
USpamMonitorSpamMonitor.Exe"System Tray access to Spam Monitor from PC Tools - which ""is an easy-to-use spam filter that detects and isolates unsolicited junk mail sent to your mailbox. Designed for computer users
USpamMonitor ApplicationSpamMonitor.Exe"System Tray access to Spam Monitor from PC Tools - which ""is an easy-to-use spam filter that detects and isolates unsolicited junk mail sent to your mailbox. Designed for computer users
?SPC610NC_MonitorMonitor.exe"Related to the Philips SPC610NC webcam. What does it do and is it required?"
XSpyOnThis MonitorSpyOnThisMonitor.exe"SpyOnThis rogue spyware remover - not recommended"
UStartup Manager ScannerStartupMonitor.exe"Startup-Mechanic Startup monitor - offers boot protection of your PC from harmful trojans
UStartupMonitorStartupMonitor.exe"Mike Lin's StartupMonitor
XSysmonSystemMonitor.exe"Added by the NUJAMA-A WORM!"
XThe Spy Guard Monitorspyguard_monitor.exe"The SpyGuard rogue spyware remover - not recommended
UTimounterMonitorTimounterMonitor.exe"Part of Acronis True Image backup software. Monitor for the backup archive explorer for moving and viewing files within an archive"
NTMMonitortmmonitor.exe"System Tray access and sync monitor for TotalMedia from Arcsoft - ""an all-in-one multimedia application that allows you to access and work with digital photos
UTotalMedia Backup MonitoruBBMonitor.exe"ArcSoft's TotalMedia Backup - ""Backing up your precious photos
UTrack4WinMonitorSTMonitor.exe"Track4Win Monitor surveillance software. Uninstall this software unless you put it there yourself"
NTrueImageMonitor.exeTrueImageMonitor.exe"Part of Acronis True Image - backup software. Can be disabled without affecting TrueImage"
?Ulead AutoDetectorMonitor.exe"Related to Ulead Systems Inc. programs. What does it do and is it required?"
?Ulead AutoDetector v2monitor.exe"Related to Ulead Systems Inc.. What does it do and is it required?"
UUlead Memory Card DetectorMonitor.exe"Ulead Memory Card Detector - ""Automatically starts datadownload when your card is inserted into a memory card reader"""
UViivMonitorViivMonitor.exe"Related to Intel Media Share Software. ""Stream or download media files from your Intel® Core®2 Processor with Viiv® technology-based PC"""
UWD Backup MonitoruBBMonitor.exe"WD Backup - customized version of ArcSoft's TotalMedia Backup for Western Digital external drives (see here)"
XWindows Monitor Serviceswinmonitor.exe"Added by the RBOT-XX WORM!"
UX1FileMonitor.exeX1FileMonitor.exe"Part of X1's Enterprise Desktop Search Resource Center. An enterprise desktop search engine"
UXPCMonitorXPCMonitor.exe"XPC Monitor Keylogger keystroke logger/monitoring program - remove unless you installed it yourself!"
UYahooMonitorYahooMonitor.exe"Yahoo Messenger Monitor Sniffer surveillance software for the Yahoo! instant messenger. Uninstall this software unless you put it there yourself"


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.