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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
XA New Windows Updaterw32NTupdt.exe"Added by the MYTOB.BM WORM!"
XAutomatic Microsoft Windows Updatersuchost.exe"Added by the RBOT-EQ WORM!"
XAutomatic Windows UpdaterUpdate.exe"Added by the GAOBOT.AO WORM!"
XMicrosoft Windows Updaterwinupdgm.exe"Added by the GAOBOT.BI WORM!"
XMicrosoft Windows UpdaterWINIUPDATES.EXE"Added by the RBOT-KK WORM!"
XMicrosoft Windows UpdaterWINUPDATE.EXE"Added by the RBOT-LI WORM!"
XMicrosoft Windows UpdaterTMNTSrv.exe"Added by a variant of the RBOT WORM!"
XMicrosoft Windows Updaterwin32upd.exe"Added by the RBOT-EC WORM!"
XMicrosoft Windows Updatermsnupdateit.exe"Added by the AGOBOT-RL WORM!"
XMicrosoft Windows Updaterwindates.exe"Added by the SDBOT.TE WORM!"
XMicrosoft Windows Updaterspoolvs.exe"Added by the RBOT.ACQ WORM!"
XMicrosoft Windows Updatersuvhost.exe"Added by a variant of the SDBOT WORM!"
XMicrosoft Windows Updaterwinfix.exe"Added by the RBOT-CM WORM!"
XMicrosoft Windows updaterDlog32zx.exe"Added by the MYDOOM.W WORM!"
XWindows Updaterwupdmgr32.exe"Added by a variant of the DOS.AUTOCAT TROJAN!"
XWindows Updateriexplorerrs.exe"Added by the RBOT-TN WORM!"
XWindows Updatersvigost.exe"Added by the RBOT-VS WORM!"
XWindows Updaterwupdate.exe"Added by the WOOTBOT.AJ WORM!"
XWindows Updatersdsys.exe"Added by the FORBOT-JG WORM!"
XWindows Updater Onlinewinupdatexx.exe"Added by a variant of the RBOT WORM!"
XWindows Updater Servcxpuupdate.exe"ContraVirus rogue security software - not recommended
XWindows Updater Service Managerwinupdatr.exe"Added by a variant of the IRCBOT BACKDOOR!"
XWindows Updater Servicesmsnupdate.exe"Added by a variant of the RBOT WORM!"
Xwindows updaterswinupdats.exe"Added by the SPYBOT-IS 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.