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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
UActive shieldActiveshield.exe"Active Shield is ""an heuristic screen that actively protects your computer from trojans
XAntiSpywareShieldAntiSpywareShield.exe"AntiSpywareShield rogue security software - not recommended
YAPVXDWINClShield.exe"""Panda ClientShield with TruPrevent is designed for companies that want the best protection for their workstations. It protects against viruses and other known and unknown threats including spam
YArovax ShieldArovaxShield.exe"Part of Arovax Shield from Arovax
YArovaxShieldArovaxShield.exe"Part of Arovax Shield from Arovax
YfsprFolderShield.exe"Folder Shield - hide personal files and folders"
XInternetShieldInternetShield.exe"InternetShield rogue security software - not recommended
UiShieldiShield.exe"""GuardWare iShield blocks pornographic images when you surf the Internet on your computer using a web browser"""
XMcafee Auto Protectmcafeshield.exe"Added by the RBOT-UH WORM!"
XMsshield.exeMsshield.exe"Added by a variant of the IRCBOT TROJAN!"
NQuikShieldqkshield.exe"QuikShield popup blocker - reportedly stealth installed
XShield Securityshield.exe"Added by the RIZO.A TROJAN!"
USpyWare ShieldShield.exe"Acronis Privacy Expert Spyware Shield prevents spyware and other suspicious programs from being installed on PCs"
YSpywareTerminatorSpywareTerminatorShield.exe"Spyware Terminator's real-time protection. Initially not recommended due to false positives but the later versions have since improved - see here"
XVirus Shield 2009VShield.exe"Virus Shield 2009 rogue security software - not recommended
XWebSpyShieldWebSpyShield.exe"WebSpyShield rogue security software - not recommended"
XWinDLL (wchshield.exe)"rundll32.exe wchshield.exestart"
XWindows applications serverSysShield.exe"Added by the unregistered version of Personal Anti Malware rogue security software - not recommended
XWiniShieldWiniShield.exe"WiniShield rogue security software - not recommended
XXPShieldXP-Shield.exe"XP-Shield rogue security software - not recommended

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.