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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
UAshampoo Magical Optimizer TaskplanerAMO_TA~1.EXE"Part of Ashampoo® Magical Optimizer from Ashampoo GmbH & Co. KG - which removes stagnant and unnecessary hard drive files
UAshampoo Magical Optimizer TaskplanerAMO_Taskplaner.exe"Part of Ashampoo® Magical Optimizer from Ashampoo GmbH & Co. KG - which removes stagnant and unnecessary hard drive files
UFree Ram Optimizerfro.exe"Free Ram Optimizer monitors your memory
XInternet Optimizeroptimize.exe"Internet Optimizer parasite - detected by Sophos as the DLUCA-G TROJAN and variants"
XInternet2 Optimizerwkfix.exe"Added by a variant of the RBOT WORM!"
XMSStartOptimizerIexpres.exe"Added by the DASMIN-E TROJAN!"
XMSStartOptimizerWINUPD.EXE"Added by the DASMIN-E TROJAN!"
XMSStartOptimizerSCVHOST.EXE"Added by the DASMIN-E TROJAN!"
XOPTIMIZERiexplore.exe"Added by the EVEVINC BACKDOORNote - this is not the legitimate Internet Explorer (iexplore.exe) which is always located in %ProgramFiles%\Internet Explorer and should not normally figure in Msconfig/Startup! This one is located in %System%"
XOPTIMIZERiexplore.exe"Added by the EVIVINC BACKDOOR! Note - this is not the legitimate Internet Explorer (iexplore.exe) which is always located in %ProgramFiles%\Internet Explorer and should not normally figure in Msconfig/Startup! This one is located in %System%"
USpeedOptimizerspo.exe"SpeedOptimizer is designed to optimize and speed-up your Internet data transmission including browsing
XSystemOptimizer2008main.exe"SystemOptimizer2008 rogue optimization utility - not recommended
USystweak Memory Optimizermemtuneup.exe"Part of SysTweak Advanced System Optimizer"
UTuneUp MemOptimizermemoptimizer.exe"Part of ""TuneUp Utilities""
XWind OptimizerWindOptimizer.exe"Wind Optimizer rogue system optimization tool - not recommended
UWinUtilities Memory OptimizerToolMemoryOptimizer.exe"""WinUtilities Memory Optimizer optimizes the memory management of your system and boost-up its performance amazingly!"" MS MVPs (Most Valued Professional) recommend not using memory managers with Win98/SE/ME. See this article and make up your own mind"


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.