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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
XMicroSoft Wind0ws Updaterwinsupdater.exe"Added by a variant of the RBOT WORM!"
XWIND0WSmella.bat"Added by the ALLEM WORM!"
XWind0wswordpad.exe"Added by the AGOBOT-TL WORM! Note - this is not the legitimate Windows application wordpad.exe (which is found in the %ProgramFiles%\Accessories folder) which should not normally be seen in Msconfig or as a Startup item. This one is Located in %System%"
XWind0ws Ser7ice Agentcolwindos.exe"Added by the RBOT-GQO TROJAN!"
XWind0ws Sharingssprotecter.exe"Added by the RBOT-AHW WORM!"

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.