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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
X3.8853E+11AutomaticUpdates.exe"Added by the SDBOT-DEN WORM!"
XAntiVirus Updateupdates.exe"Added by the RBOT-JF WORM!"
XAntivirus Updatesavupdchk.exe"Added by the AGOBOT-IP WORM!"
XAuto Updatessvchost.exe"Added by the CHEUKO-A TROJAN! Note - this is not the legitimate svchost.exe process which is always located in %System% and should not normally figure in Msconfig/Startup! This one is located in %Windir%"
XAutomated Windows Updateswauclt.exe"Added by the GAOBOT.AJD WORM!"
XAutomatic Updatesalgs.exe"Added by the IRCBOT-AAM TROJAN!"
XBack UpdatesUninstall.log.vbs"Added by the YPSAN.D WORM!"
XBrowserUpdateSched[random filename]"ZenoSearch adware"
NCheck for TWS UpdatesWiseUpdt.exeInteractive Brokers - check for update to their standalone Java-based trading platform
Xcsm Win Updatescsm.exe"Added by the ZOTOB.B WORM!"
NHP Updates??"On HP PCs
Xieupdatesieupdates.exe"Added by a number of TROJANS such as DWNLDR-HGI and AGENT-HGA and the Antivirus 2009 rogue security software - see here"
XInstall part IIupdates.exe"Added by the RELFEERWORM!"
XJavaUpdateSchedjusched32.exe"Added by the BCKDR-CKB BACKDOOR!"
XMascro soft SDK updates2SDKrepair2.exe"Added by the SDBOT.BXM WORM!"
Xmicrosft windows updatesmwupdate32.exe"Added by a variant of the TOXBOT/CODBOT WORM!"
XMicrosoft Corp Updateswupdates.exe"Added by the RBOT-AUU WORM!"
XMicrosoft MachineUpdatesetempes.exe"Added by the RBOT.EWN BACKDOOR!"
XMicrosoft Office Startwinupdates.exe"Added by the GAOBOT.BC WORM!"
XMicrosoft Updatessystemc32.exe"Added by the RBOT-GR WORM!"
XMicrosoft Updateswkssvr.exe"Added by the RBOT.R WORM!"
XMicrosoft Updateswkssvrs.exe"Added by the RBOT-EB WORM!"
XMicrosoft Updateswuamgrd.exe"Added by the RBOT-CO WORM!"
XMicrosoft Updateswtemp32.exe"Added by the RBOT-AHQ WORM!"
XMicrosoft Updatessvehost.exe"Added by the RBOT-GRW WORM!"
XMicrosoft Updatessvshost.exe"Added by the AGOBOT-AIW WORM!"
XMicrosoft Updatessvdhost.exe"Added by the RBOT-GVH WORM!"
XMicrosoft Updatesservice.exe"Added by the POISON.HPT BACKDOOR!"
XMicrosoft Updates[worm filename]"Added by the AGOBOT-AIZ WORM!"
XMicrosoft Updateswgcptsud.exe"Added by the RBOT-GTF WORM!"
XMicrosoft Updateswinit.exe"Added by the SDBOT-CSB WORM!"
XMicrosoft Updates 2 USBwgafixer.exe"Added by a variant of the RBOT WORM!"
XMicrosoft Updates 5 USBsp3fixer.exe"Added by the RBOT-ADS WORM!"
XMicrosoft UpdateS Machinewgrd.exe"Added by the RBOT-FI WORM!"
XMicrosoft Updates ResourcesWinFixIDs.exe"Added by a variant of the RBOT WORM!"
XMicrosoft Windows UpdaterWINIUPDATES.EXE"Added by the RBOT-KK WORM!"
XMicrosoft Windows Updatesexplorer32.exe"Added by the SDBOT.VQ WORM!"
XMicrosoft Windows Updateswsap32.exe"Added by a variant of the SDBOT WORM!"
XMicrosoft WinUpdatesserm32.exe"Added by the RBOT.GE WORM!"
XMicrosoft--Updatessxvhost.exe"Added by the RBOT-FH WORM!"
XMicrosoft-Updatessvxhost.exe"Added by the RBOT-CT WORM!"
XMicrosofts Updateslsasss.exe"Added by the RBOT-AEX WORM!"
XMicrosoftUpdates[path to trojan]"Added by the DELF-LO TROJAN!"
XMicrosoftUpdatessyshelped.exe"Added by the FORBOT-AZ WORM!"
XModem Driverz Updatesmdmdrv.exe"Added by a variant of the SDBOT WORM!"
XMS Updatesmscache.exeSpyware web downloader
XMS Updatessyshosts.exe"Added by the MYDOOM.Y WORM!"
XMS Updatesaupd.exeSpyware web downloader
XMSN Auto-Updatermsnupdates.exe"Added by the AUTORUN.WORM.GEN WORM!"
XMSN Service Updateswinproc.exe"Added by the KELVIR-BB WORM!"
Xmsupdatesmsupdt.exe"Added by the RBOT-JO WORM!"
XNAV Auto Updatescsrssp.exe"Added by a variant of the SDBOT WORM!"
XNAV Auto Updatesnavwindows.exe"Added by a variant of the SDBOT WORM!"
XNAV Auto Updatesslserves.exe"Added by the RBOT.COI BACKDOOR!"
XNAV Auto Updatesnavupdaterx.exe"Added by a variant of the RBOT WORM!"
NQuicken Scheduled Updatesbagent.exeQuicken background downloading module
USDAutoLiveupdateLiveUpdateSD.exe"Spyware Detector - spyware remover. Initially not recommended due to false positives but the later versions have since improved - see here"
Xsp2updateupdatesp2.exe"Added by the SDBOT.CAS WORM!"
XSQUpdatesCheckeruc.exe"Xupiter SQWire toolbar related. Use Spybot S&D
NSunJavaUpdateSchedjusched.exe"Checks with Sun's Java updates site to see if newer Java versions are available. Either visit the Java download page or click on Start → Control Panel → Java → Update → Update Now"
XSunJavaUpdateSchedscvhost.exe"Added by the SDBOT-AVX WORM!"
XSunJavaUpdateSchedjavamx.exe"Added by the SDBOT-WI WORM!"
XSunJavaUpdateSched10jushed.exe"Added by the ACKANTTA.F WORM!"
XSunJavaUpdateSched132jschd.exe"Added by the AUTORUN-AQY WORM!"
XSunJavaUpdateSched16jvshed.exe"Added by the ACKANTTA.G WORM!"
Xsvhost updatesSvhost.exe"Added by a variant of the RBOT WORM!"
XSystem Manager Updateswinsvc.exe"Added by the AGOBOT.AEM WORM!"
XSystem Updateswinsci.exe"Added by a variant of the RBOT WORM!"
XSystem Updatesszwi.exe"Added by the RBOT-AXE WORM!"
XSystem Updatesunve.exe"Added by the RBOT-AWG TROJAN!"
XSystem Updateswmkl.exe"Added by the RBOT-AYJ WORM!"
XSystem Updates 4mssysfix.exe"Added by the RBOT-ADU WORM!"
XSystem Updates Managerwinserv32.exe"Added by the AGOBOT-AGA WORM!"
XSystem Updates Serviceupdates.pif"Added by the RBOT-AMA WORM!"
XUpdatesmsupdate.exe"CoolWebSearch parasite variant"
NUpdates from HPbackweb*****.exe"See here - ""messaging service that automatically sends you support information
NUpdates from HPUpdates from HP.exeAutomatically detects an internet connection and downloads any available updates
Xupdatesched[random filename]"ZenoSearch adware"
XUpdateServicewservice.exe"Added by the DREF-K WORM!"
XUpdatestatsUpdatestats.exe"Statblaster adware"
XUpdateStatsUpdateStats.exe"SeekSeek search hijacker related - see here"
XUSB Updatesmservices.exe"Added by a variant of the SDBOT WORM!"
XUSB Updatesmsfirewalls.exe"Added by a variant of the RBOT WORM!"
XUSB Updates 2wugfixx.exe"Added by a variant of the RBOT WORM!"
XWin Process Updateswinupdates.exe"Added by a variant of the SDBOT WORM!"
Xwin32 security updates downloadertskmngr.exe"Added by a variant of the SDBOT WORM! See here"
XWindows Automatic Updatesdvldr.exe"Added by the RBOT.MF WORM!"
XWindows Micro Driverswupdates32.exe"Added by the RBOT-AEH WORM!"
XWindows MSN Updateswnd32.exe"Added by the IRCBOT-ABA TROJAN!"
XWindows Updatemsnupdates.exe"Added by the RBOT-ALK WORM! Note - this file has nothing to do with Windows updates or MSN"
XWindows Update Automatic Updates[path to backdoor]"Added by the VBBOT.AM BACKDOOR!"
XWindows Updateslsassx.exe"Added by a variant of the SDBOT WORM!"
XWindows Updateswinupd32.exe"Added by the MYTOB.CE WORM!"
XWindows Updatesw32dns.exe"Added by the SDBOT-BFW WORM!"
XWindows Updates Agentwinupdate.exe"Added by the SPYBOT.HW WORM!"
XWindows�UpdatesUpdate.exe"Added by the RBOT.TRA BACKDOOR!"
XWindowsRegKey updateWINUPDATES.EXE"Added by the RBOT-MM WORM!"
XWindowsUpdatesvchostsssvchostss.exe"Added by the AGENT-HZ TROJAN!"
XWindows_Updatessvthost.exe"Added by a variant of the SPYBOT WORM!"
XWindUpdates[path to trojan]"Added by the AGENT.BF TROJAN!"
XWindUpdatesWinUpdt.exeWindupdates adware variant
Xwinsupdatesysmngr64winsys64mnger.exe"Added by the RBOT-BAG WORM!"
Xwinupdateswinupdates.exe"Added by the ALCRA-B WORM!"
XWUpdatesWUpdates.exe"Added by the SWEPDAT TROJAN!"
Xxpupdateupdates.exe"Added by the BROPIA.L WORM!"
XYhooUpdatesymsmsgs.exe"Added by the SMALL_K TROJAN!"

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.