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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
Xautoloadwindowsupdate.exe"Added by the POLYCRYP.DY TROJAN!"
XcftmonWindowsUpdate.exe"Added by the AGENT.AQK BACKDOOR!"
XDRam prosessorWindowsUpdate.exe"Added by the RBOT-BBZ WORM!"
XHKLMRunwindowsupdate.exe"Added by the FORBOT-BJ WORM (where HKLM\Run represents HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Run)!"
XMicrosoft Security Monitor Processwindowsupdate.exe"Added by a variant of the IRCBOT BACKDOOR! See here"
XMicrosoft Windows Updatewindowsupdate.exe"Added by the AGOBOT.ON WORM!"
XWindows Auto UpdaterWINDOWSUPDATE.EXE"Added by the SDBOT.PB WORM! Note the space at the beginning of the filename"
XWindows drivers updatewindowsupdate.exe"Added by the RBOT-ACE WORM!"
XWindows Firewall Updaterwindowsupdate.exe"Added by the SPYBOT.AVEO WORM!"
XWindows UpdateWindowsUpdate.exe"Added by the BAYROB-A TROJAN!"
XWindowsupdateWindowsupdate.exe"Added by the BANKER.ARK 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.