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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
UCaISSDTcaissdt.exe"Computer Associates Dashboard Tray applet"
XDVAScvssdfaAsSDdwd.exe"Added by the LIOTEN.IP TROJAN!"
?ESS DaemonEssd.exe"Related to an ESS based soundacard. Is it required?"
YEssdcessdc.exeRelated to an ESS Solo soundcard. Seems as though it's required
Xfjdslssdfdmat2.exe"Added by the SLAPEW.C TROJAN!"
XFolder Servicewssdtu.exe"Added by the MANIFEST TROJAN!"
UJussDropUtilityJussDrop.exe"Related to DropShots Inc. A subscription based service for family to connect
XLSASS DaemonLSASSd.exe"Added by a variant of the AGOBOT/GAOBOT WORM!"
XMicrosoft media servicesIassd.exe"Added by a variant of the AGOBOT/GAOBOT WORM!"
XMicrosoft System Service Devicemssdh.exe"Added by a variant of the IRCBOT TROJAN!"
UMSRegScanSSDemo.exe"SupremeSpy surveillance software. Uninstall this software unless you put it there yourself"
UMSRegScanDDSSDemo.exe"SystemSleuth surveillance software. Uninstall this software unless you put it there yourself"
Xmssdbsrvmsupdtck.exeAdded by a variant of a password stealing TROJAN!
XServ-Uwssdsu.exe"Added by the MANIFEST TROJAN!"
YSsdStd.exe"Stealthdisk - file and folder hiding/locking utility"
?ssdiagssdiag.exe"Equinox (now Avocent) ""Configuration and DOS Diagnostic for DOS and Windows platforms"""
NSSDPSRVssdpsrv.exe"Simple Service Discovery Protocol (SSDP) and General Event Notification Architecture (GENA) services for network plug and play functionality. Starts up a web server on port 5000. Used by Universal Plug and Play (for network device discovery). To remove this program
?"Unknown but suspect as *.com are not usually run at start up and the name isn't recognized"
XvXCXssdss[path to trojan]"Added by the RANCK-BO TROJAN!"
XWindows Service Agenttjybssd.exe"Added by the RBOT.XVD BACKDOOR!"
X[random characters]xvassdf.exe"Added by the AUTORUN-BAD WORM!"
X[random][random]tssd.exe"Antivirus Suite and AntiSpyware Soft 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.