|X||(Default)||NOTEPAD.exe||"Added by the RUSTY WORM! Note - not to be confused with the valid Windows ""NOTEPAD"" text editor! Note - this malware actually changes the value data of the ""(Default)"" key in HKLM\Run in order to force Windows to launch it at boot. The name field in MSConfig may be blank"
|X||Microsoft NotePad||notepad.exe||"Added by a variant of the RBOT WORM!"
|X||Notepad lptt01||notepad.exe||"RapidBlaster variant (in a ""Notepad"" folder in Program Files). Recommended you use RapidBlaster Killer to uninstall - see here. Note - this is not Windows Notepad which has the same executable name"
|X||Notepad ml097e||notepad.exe||"RapidBlaster variant (in a ""Notepad"" folder in Program Files). Recommended you use RapidBlaster Killer to uninstall - see here. Note - this is not Windows Notepad which has the same executable name"
|X||notepad.exe||upx.exe||Added by a variant of the AGENT.AH TROJAN!
|X||notepad.exe||msmsgs.exe||"Added by the ZLOB TROJAN and variants! Note - this particular msmsgs.exe file is located in %System% and should not be mistaken for the MSN Messenger file of the same name which is located in %Program Files%\Messenger"
|X||[random name]||notepad.exe||"PurityScan adware. Note - this is not Windows Notepad which has the same executable name"
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
) 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