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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
UAd-watchAd-watch.exe"Part of Lavasoft Ad-aware Plus - realtime spyware-monitor watching your memory and registry for spyware that tries to install or change your system"
UAnti-Trojan-WatchATWatch.exeAnti-Trojan Watch - trojan detector
UAT-WatchATWatch.exeAnti-Trojan Watch - trojan detector
UAwatchAwatch.exe"Diagnosis tool that monitors DSL connections
UAWMONAd-Watch.exe"Part of Lavasoft Ad-aware Plus - realtime spyware-monitor watching your memory and registry for spyware that tries to install or change your system"
Udefwatchdefwatch.exeDetects out-of-date virus definitions for Norton Anti-Virus Corporate Edition and runs the Defwatch Wizard. Only required if you don't update the virus definitions manually on a regular basis
NDLHelperEXEWATCH.exeDownload helper distributed with some software that allows the software installation to redirect download locations. Not required once the installation is finished
NDocuMagix InitPWATCH.EXE"PaperMaster is an application for the PC designed to automate the process of organizing
UEicon NetworksLAN_DAEMONwatch.exe"Associated with an Eicon Networks ISDN or ADSL modem. Watch protocols your connection with numbers and duration. You need callvu.exe (from Start Menu) to see your connection statistics. You can manually start watch.exe before you go online. Needs diinfo.exe (started by DiTask) to work correctly which can be started manually"
UEicon TechnologyLAN_DAEMONwatch.exe"Associated with an Eicon Networks ISDN or ADSL modem. Watch protocols your connection with numbers and duration. You need callvu.exe (from Start Menu) to see your connection statistics. You can manually start watch.exe before you go online. Needs diinfo.exe (started by DiTask) to work correctly which can be started manually"
YeSafe ProtectESPWatch.exe"eSafe from Aladdin - internet security for gateway and E-mail servers"
NGtwatchgtwatch.exeAssociated with a Mustec scanner and not required
XIEAgent update checkiewatch.exe"Added by the BOMKA TROJAN!"
NInkWatchInkWatch.exeAssociated with Canon (and maybe other) printers. Tells you when the ink's running low and asks if you want to buy another cartridge on-line
NIomega WatchIOWATCH.EXEUsed by Iomega drives. Available via Start -> Programs
UISDNwatchIWatch.exe"FRITZ!X ISDNWatch - ""dialing filter for more security and control on the ISDN PC. The PC is doubly protected against dialer programs and premium-service numbers: ISDNWatch allows the user to block calls to and from both individual numbers and whole number blocks"""
ULavasoft AdwatchAd-watch.exe"Part of Lavasoft Ad-aware Plus - realtime spyware-monitor watching your memory and registry for spyware that tries to install or change your system"
XNetWatch32netwatch.exe"Added by the MIMAIL.C WORM!"
UPCWatchpcwatch.exe"PCWatch surveillance software. Uninstall this software if you did not install it yourself"
XPopUpWatchPopUpWatch.exe"BPS spyware remover - not recommended
?Restart WatchWatch.exe"Associated with an Eicon Networks Diva ISDN or ADSL modem. What does it do and is it required?"
XSPYWATCHSpyWatch.exe"BPS spyware remover - not recommended
?Tvwatchtvwatch.exe"Associated with the TV-oOut option on Asus AGP or Intel graphics cards. Is it required?"
?VCDWATCHVCDWATCH.EXE"Confirmed as Voyetra CD Watcher as it was found in a Compaq/Voyetra/AS2 directory but what does it do?"
NWatchwatch.exeFound to be used by a Trust USB scanner for auto starting the scanning software when the lid is lifted
UWatch1200UBWATCH.EXEButton press monitor for the Mustek 1200 UB Scanner
NWoowatchWatch.exe"Wanadoo broadband ISP (now rebranded as Orange) related - not required"
Ux3watchx3watch.exe"""program helping with online integrity. Whenever you browse the internet and accesses a site which may contain questionable material


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.