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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
XConfiguration LoaderMSTasks.exe"Added by the LOADCFG or SDBOT TROJANS!"
XMicrosoft Windowsmstask0.exe"Added by the SDBOT.FQ WORM!"
XMicrosoft Windows Task Managementmstasks.exe"Added by a variant of the SDBOT WORM!"
XMicrosoft Windows WKS Servicemstask0.exe"Added by the SDBOT.FV WORM!"
XMicrosoftServiceManagermstask32.exe"Added by the YAHA.P WORM!"
XMstaskmstask.exe"Added by the OPASERV.N WORM! Note - this is not the legitimate mstask.exe system file and the executable resides in %Windir%"
Xmstaskmstask.exe"Browser hijacker - redirecting to find-more.net. Note - this is not the legitimate mstask.exe system file"
XMSTaskrun dll.exe"Yuupsearch adware"
XMStasksvchost.exe"Added by the LDPINCH-BV TROJAN! Note - this is not the legitimate svchost.exe process which is always located in %System% and should not normally figure in Msconfig/Startup! This one is located in %Windir%"
XMsTaskwstask32.exe"Added by the MYTOB-FE WORM!"
XMstaskkernel32.exe"Added by the STAP-C WORM!"
XMstaskMSDTC.exe"Added by the STAP-D WORM!"
XMSTask Monitormstaskmon.exe"Added by the SDBOT-LU WORM!"
XMstask32driverMstask32.exe"Added by the LOONY-D TROJAN!"
XMSTaskbar 32tbsvc32.exe"Added by the RBOT.BQZ WORM!"
Xmstasksmstasks.exe"Added by the MULTIDR-AY TROJAN!"
UPlanlægningsagentmstask.exe"Windows Task Scheduler (on Danish language versions of Windows) - displayed as a box with a stopwatch in the System Tray. Required if you have regularly scheduled tasks like defragmenting
XRunOnce[path to mstask32.exe]"Added by the DELF-IA TROJAN!"
USchedulingAgentmstask.exe"MS Scheduling Agent in Win98/Me/2K - displayed as a box with a stopwatch in the System Tray that is only needed if you have regular scheduled disk defragmenting
XSchedulingAgentmstask.exeAdded by unidentified MALWARE! Note - this is not the MS Scheduling Agent in Win98/Me/2K. This one also loads via the HKLM\RunServices registry key but is located in %System% on a WinXP machine - where a file of that name does not normally exist
XSchedulingAgentmstasks.exe"Added by the MSIC BACKDOOR!"
XSVC Socksmstaskm.exe"CoolWebSearch parasite variant"
XWindows Task Mgrmstasks.exe"Added by the IRCBOT.UN BACKDOOR!"
XWindows Task Mgr!mstasker.exe"Added by the IRCBOT.OE BACKDOOR!"


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.