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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
Y!AVG Anti-Spywareavgas.exe"System Tray access to and notifications for AVG Anti-Spyware 7.5. This has now been superseded by AVG Anti-Virus which includes Anti-Spyware"
Y'Ashampoo AntiSpyWare 2 Guard'AntiSpyWare2Guard.exe"Part of Ashampoo® AntiSpyWare 2 from Ashampoo GmbH & Co. KG. This part is the realtime monitor that looks for changes on the users system such as BHO
X007-Anti-Spyware.exe007-Anti-Spyware.exe"007 Anti-Spyware rogue security software - not recommended"
X123MonitorSpywareFreeMonitor.exe"1-2-3 Spyware Free rogue spyware remover - not recommended
XAdvanced Spyware RemoverAsr.exe"Advanced Spyware Remover rogue spyware remover - not recommended
XAdvanced Spyware Remover ProAsr.exe"Advanced Spyware Remover rogue spyware remover - not recommended
NAluria's Spyware EliminatorASE.exe"Aluria Software's spyware removal tool - we can't really recommend this product as Aluria have recently partnered with WhenU
YANONYMIZER_SPYWAREKILLERSpyWareKiller.exe"Anonymizer Spyware Killer
YANONYMIZER_SPYWAREKILLERAnonAntiSpyware.exe"Anonymizer Anti-Spyware - now discontinued"
XAntiSpywareAntiSpyware.exe"AntiSpywareApp rogue spyware remover - not recommended
XAntiSpyware ProAntiSpyware Pro.exe"AntiSpyware Pro 2009 rogue spyware remover - not recommended
XAntispyware PRO XPasproxp.exe"AntiSpyware Pro XP rogue spyware remover - not recommended
XAntispyware-2008.exeAntispyware-2008.exe"AntiSpyware 2008 rogue security software - not recommended
YAntiSpyWare2GuardAntiSpyWare2Guard.exe"Part of Ashampoo® AntiSpyWare 2 from Ashampoo GmbH & Co. KG. This part is the realtime monitor that looks for changes on the users system such as BHO
XAntiSpyware3000.exeantispyware.exe"AntiSpyware 3000 rogue spyware remover - not recommended
XAntiSpywareBotAntiSpywareBot.exe"AntiSpywareBot rogue spyware remover - not recommended
XAntiSpywareControlpgs.exe"AntiSpywareControl rogue security software - not recommended
XAntispywareDAntispywareD.exe"AntiSpywareDeluxe rogue security software - not recommended
XAntiSpywareExpertase.exe"AntiSpywareExpert rogue security software - not recommended
XAntiSpywareGuardasg.exe"AntiSpywareGuard rogue spyware remover - not recommended
XAntiSpywareMasterasm.exe"AntiSpywareMaster rogue security software - not recommended
XAntiSpywareShieldAntiSpywareShield.exe"AntiSpywareShield rogue security software - not recommended
XAntiSpywareSuitepgs.exe"AntiSpywareSuite rogue security software - not recommended. A member of the AVSystemCare family"
XAntiSpywareXP 2009AntiSpywareXP2009.exe"AntiSpywareXP 2009 rogue spyware remover - not recommended
UAOL Spyware ProtectionAOLSP Scheduler.exeAOL's spyware protection program
XAOLSPYWAREREMOVER32AOLSPYWARECLEANER32.EXE"Added by the SPYBOT-HJ WORM!"
UArovax AntiSpywarearovaxantispyware.exe"Part of Arovax AntiSpyware from Arovax
Uarovaxantispywarearovaxantispyware.exe"Part of Arovax AntiSpyware from Arovax
XASC-AntiSpywareWinCleaner.exe"WinCleaner 2009 rogue security software - not recommended
XASC-AntiSpywareWinAntivirus.exe"Win Antivirus Vista/XP rogue security software - not recommended
YAshampoo AntiSpyWare 2AntiSpyWare2Guard.exe"Part of Ashampoo® AntiSpyWare 2 from Ashampoo GmbH & Co. KG. This part is the realtime monitor that looks for changes on the users system such as BHO
YAshampoo AntiSpyWare 2 GuardAntiSpyWare2Guard.exe"Part of Ashampoo® AntiSpyWare 2 from Ashampoo GmbH & Co. KG. This part is the realtime monitor that looks for changes on the users system such as BHO
XAV AntiSpywareava.exe"AV AntiSpyware rogue security software - not recommended
YAVG Anti-Spywareavgas.exe"System Tray access to and notifications for AVG Anti-Spyware 7.5. This has now been superseded by AVG Anti-Virus which includes Anti-Spyware"
XEasySpywareCleanerEasySpywareCleaner.exe"EasySpywareCleaner rogue spyware remover - not recommended
Yewido anti-spywareewido.exe"System Tray access to and notifications for Ewido Anti-Spyware 4.0. Ewido is now part of AVG Technologies so this has been superseded by AVG Anti-Virus which includes Anti-Spyware"
XMicrosoft AntiSpywareBazzi.exe"Added by the AHKER.J WORM!"
XMicrosoft AntiSpywareKT06.pif"Added by the IRCBOT.GEN WORM!"
YMicrosoftAntiSpywareCleanergcASCleaner.exe"Microsoft Antipsyware - now superseded by Microsoft's Windows Defender"
XMS AntiSpyware 2009msas2009.exe"MS AntiSpyware 2009 rogue spyware remover - not recommended
Xms_anti_spywaremwfirewall.exe"Added by the GAMQOWI TROJAN!"
Xms_anti_spywarebxpmwfirebpx.exe"Added by the SURILA-D TROJAN!"
Xms_anti_spywarebxpmwfibpx.exe"Added by the SURILA-J TROJAN!"
XNI.UWAS6_0001_N57M1312WinAntiSpyware2006FreeInstall.exe"Installer for the WinAntiSpyware 2006 rogue spyware remover - not recommended
XP Antispyware 09pas.exe"P Antispyware 09 rogue security software - not recommended
YParetoLogic Anti-SpywarePareto_AS.exe"""ParetoLogic Anti-Spyware delivers Active Protection in the form of real-time blocking"""
XPC Antispyware 2010PC_Antispyware2010.exe"PC Antispyware 2010 rogue security software - not recommended
XPC-AntispywarePC-Antispyware.exe"PC-AntiSpyware rogue spyware remover - not recommended"
XPro Antispyware 2009proas2009.exe"Pro AntiSpyware 2009 rogue spyware remover - not recommended
XPSGuard spyware removerPSGuard.exe"Variant of the SmitFraud alias FAKEALE-C TROJAN!"
XRESpyWare.exeRESpyWare.exe"RESpyWare rogue security software - not recommended
XSafety Anti-Spyware 3Safety Anti-Spyware 3.exe"Safety Anti-Spyware rogue security software - not recommended
XSBSpywareBomber.exe"SpywareBomber rogue spyware remover - not recommended
XScanSpywareScanner.exe"ScanSpyware rogue security software - not recommended
XScanSpyware v3.2Scanner.exe"ScanSpyware rogue security software - not recommended
XScanSpyware v3.5Scanner.exe"ScanSpyware rogue security software - not recommended
XSoftware Soft StopSpyware Soft Stop.exe"SoftStop rogue security software - not recommended"
XSpywareSpyware.exe"BPS spyware remover - not recommended
USpyware BegoneSpywareBeGone.exe"Spyware BeGone - spyware remover. Previously not recommended
USpyware Begonefreescan.exe"Spyware BeGone - spyware remover. Previously not recommended
YSpyware Doctorspydoctor.exe"Older version of Spyware Doctor antispyware from PC Tools"
YSpyware Doctorswdoctor.exe"Older version of Spyware Doctor antispyware from PC Tools"
USpyware Guard Control Panelspywareguardcp.exe"""SpywareGuard provides a real-time protection solution against spyware"""
USpyware Nukerswn2.exe"Spyware remover by TrekBlue. Previously not recommended but the latest version was delisted here"
USpyware Nuker InstallerSpywareNukerInstaller.exe"Spyware remover by TrekBlue. Previously not recommended but the latest version was delisted here"
XSpyware QuakeSpywareQuake.exe"SpywareQuake 2.0 rogue spyware remover - not recommended
XSpyware removerRemove_spyware.exe"Unidentified
NSpyware ScannerAseScanner.exe"Aluria Software's spyware removal tool - we can't really recommend this product as Aluria have recently partnered with WhenU
USpyWare ShieldShield.exe"Acronis Privacy Expert Spyware Shield prevents spyware and other suspicious programs from being installed on PCs"
XSpyware SlayerSpywareSlayer.Exe"Spyware Slayer spyware remover - not recommended
XSpyware Soft StopSpyware Soft Stop.exe"SoftStop rogue security software - not recommended"
XSpyware StormerSpywareStormer.Exe"Spyware Stormer spyware remover - not recommended
XSpyware Striker ProSpywareStriker.exe"Ascentive Spyware Striker Pro rogue spyware remover - not recommended
XSpyware SweeperSpywareSweeper.exe"SpywareSweeper rogue spyware remover - not recommended"
USpyware VanisherFreeScanner.exe"Spyware Vanisher - spyware remover. Previously not recommended
USpyware VanisherSpywareVanisher.exe"Spyware Vanisher - spyware remover. Previously not recommended
YSpyware X-terminatorSpywareX.exe"Spyware X-terminator antispyware from StompSoft
XSpyware-CopSpyware-Cop.exe"Spyware-Cop spyware remover - not recommended
XSpyware-SecureSpyware-Secure_trial.exe"Spyware-Secure rogue spyware remover - not recommended
XSpywareBombSpywareBomb.exe"SpywareBomb rogue spyware remover - not recommended"
XSpywareBotSpywareBot.exe"SpywareBot spyware remover - not recommended
XSpywareCease.exeSpywareCease.exe"Spyware Cease rogue security software - not recommended"
Uspywarefighterguardspfprc.exeSpyware Fighter - anti spyware program
YSpywareGuardsgmain.exe"""SpywareGuard provides a real-time protection solution against spyware"""
XSpywareGuardwinproc32.exe"Startpage adware Trojan"
XSpywareGuarddeinst_qfe001.exe"Added by a variant of the Win32.Small TROJAN! - Do NOT confuse with the legitimate SpywareGuard application"
Xspywareguardspywareguard.exe"Spyware Guard 2008 rogue spyware remover - not recommended
XSpywareguard lptt01Spywareguard.exe"RapidBlaster variant (in a ""Spyguard"" folder in Program Files). Recommended you use RapidBlaster Killer to uninstall - see here"
XSpywareguard ml097eSpywareguard.exe"RapidBlaster variant (in a ""Spyguard"" folder in Program Files). Recommended you use RapidBlaster Killer to uninstall - see here"
XSpywareGuardPluswinmm64.exeStartPage.ht homepage hijacker
XSpywareHealSpywareHeal.exe"SpyHeal rogue spyware remover - not recommended"
Xspywareisolatorspywareisolator.exe"SpywareIsolator rogue spyware remover - not recommended
XSpywareKillaSpywareKilla.exe"SpywareKilla spyware remover - not recommended
Xspywareknightspywareknight.exe"SpywareKnight rogue spyware remover - not recommended
XSpywareLockedSpywareLocked.exe"Spylocked rogue spyware remover - not recommended
XSpywareLocked 3.3SpywareLocked 3.3.exe"Spylocked rogue spyware remover - not recommended
XSpywareLocked 3.4SpywareLocked 3.4.exe"Spylocked rogue spyware remover - not recommended
XSpywareLocked 3.5SpywareLocked 3.5.exe"Spylocked rogue spyware remover - not recommended
XSpywareLockerSpywareLocker.exe"SpywareLocker rogue security software - not recommended
XSpywareNoSpywareNo.exe"SpywareNo spyware remover - not recommended
XSpywareProMFCSpywarePro.exe"SpywarePro rogue security software - not recommended
XSpywareQuakeSpywareQuake.exe"SpywareQuake 2.0 rogue spyware remover - not recommended
XSpywareQuake.comSpyware-Quake.exe"SpywareQuake 2.0 rogue spyware remover - not recommended
XSpywareQuakedSpywareQuaked.exe"SpywareQuake 2.4 rogue spyware remover - not recommended
XSpywareRemoverSpywareRemover.exe"SpywareRemover spyware remover - not recommended
XSpywareRemover2009SR.exe"SpywareRemover 2009 rogue spyware remover - not recommended
Xspywarescannerspywarescanner.exe"Spyware Scanner 2008 rogue security software - not recommended
XSpywareSoftStopSpywareSoftStop.exe"SoftStop rogue security software - not recommended"
XSpywareStopSpywareStop.exe"SpywareStop rogue spyware remover - not recommended
XSpywareStrikeSpywareStrike.exe"SpywareStrike rogue spyware remover - not recommended
XSpywareSweeperSpywareSweeper.exe"SpywareSweeper rogue spyware remover - not recommended"
XSpywareSweeperProMFCSpyware Sweeper Pro.exe"Spyware Sweeper Pro rogue security software - not recommended
YSpywareTerminatorSpywareTerminatorShield.exe"Spyware Terminator's real-time protection. Initially not recommended due to false positives but the later versions have since improved - see here"
YSpywareTerminatorUpdateSpywareTerminatorUpdate.exe"Automatic updates for Spyware Terminator. Initially not recommended due to false positives but the later versions have since improved - see here"
YSUPERAntiSpywareSUPERAntiSpyware.exe"SUPERAntiSpyware - spyware
YTrend Micro Anti-SpywareTmas.exe"Trend Micro Anti-Spyware - required when using real time monitoring but now discontinued"
XTZ Spyware RemoverSpyRem.exe"TZ Spyware Remover spyware remover - not recommended
Xvipantispywarevipantispyware.exe"VipAntiSpyware rogue spyware remover - not recommended"
XWin Antispyware Centerav.exe"Win Antispyware Center rogue security software - not recommended
XWinAntiSpyware 2005was5.exe"WinAntiSpyware 2005 rogue spyware remover - not recommended
XWinAntiSpyware 2006was6.exe"WinAntiSpyware 2006 rogue spyware remover - not recommended
XWinAntiSpyware 2006 Freewas6.exe"WinAntiSpyware 2006 rogue spyware remover - not recommended
XWinAntiSpyware 2006 Scannerwas6.exe"WinAntiSpyware 2006 rogue spyware remover - not recommended
XWinAntiSpyware 2007was7.exe"WinAntiSpyware 2007 rogue spyware remover - not recommended"
XWinAntiSpyware 2007 Freewas7.exe"WinAntiSpyware 2007 rogue spyware remover - not recommended"
XWinAntispyware2008WinAntispyware2008.exe"WinAntiSpyware 2008 rogue spyware remover - not recommended
XWindows spyware removerWindows-spyware.exe"Added by the SystemPoser TROJAN!"
XWinSpywareProtectWinSpywareProtect.exe"WinSpywareProtect rogue security software - not recommended
XWinSpywareProtect (ver. 5.1)WinSpywareProtect.exe"WinSpywareProtect rogue security software - not recommended
XXP Antispyware 2009XP_AntiSpyware.exe"XP AntiSpyware 2009 rogue spyware remover - not recommended
UZeroSpywareZeroSpyware.exeFBM Software ZeroSpyware 2004 spyware detector and remover
Y_AntiSpywareMssCli.exe"Part of McAfee AntiSpyware"
Y_AntiSpywaremasalert.exe"Part of McAfee AntiSpyware"


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.