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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
X$WindowsRegKey%updateIEXPLORE.EXE"Added by the RBOT-EZ WORM! Note - this is not the legitimate Internet Explorer (iexplore.exe) which is always located in %ProgramFiles%\Internet Explorer and should not normally figure in Msconfig/Startup! This one is located in %System%"
Xcmssappiexplore.exe"Added by the BANCBAN-GF TROJAN! Note - this is not the legitimate Internet Explorer (iexplore.exe) which is always located in %ProgramFiles%\Internet Explorer and should not normally figure in Msconfig/Startup! This one is located in %Windir%"
XConfig LoadationiEEexplore.exe"Added by the SDBOT.H TROJAN!"
XConfiguration Loaderlexplore.exe"Added by the RBOT-AGX WORM! Note - the executable is spelt with a lower case ""L"" rather than an lower or upper case ""i"" which is the case with Internet Explorer"
XConfiguration LoaderIEXPLORE.EXE"Added by the SDBOT-KW WORM! Note - this is not the legitimate Internet Explorer (iexplore.exe) which is always located in %ProgramFiles%\Internet Explorer and should not normally figure in Msconfig/Startup! This one is located in %System%"
XConfiguration Loadriexplore.exeeAdded by an unidentified WORM or TROJAN!
XExplorer UpdaterIEXPLORE.exe"Added by the SDBOT-WO WORM! Note - this is not the legitimate Internet Explorer (iexplore.exe) which is always located in %ProgramFiles%\Internet Explorer and should not normally figure in Msconfig/Startup! This one is located in %System%"
XFireExplore UpdateFireExplore.exe"Added by a variant of the RBOT WORM!"
XIexploreiexplore.exe"Added by the BOXER TROJAN! Note - this is not the legitimate Internet Explorer (iexplore.exe) which is always located in %ProgramFiles%\Internet Explorer and should not normally figure in Msconfig/Startup! This one is located in %System%"
XIEXPLOREiexplore.exe"Added by the APHEXDOOR TROJAN! Note - this is not the legitimate Internet Explorer (iexplore.exe) which is always located in %ProgramFiles%\Internet Explorer and should not normally figure in Msconfig/Startup! This one is located in %Windir%"
XIExploreIEXPLORE.EXE"Added by the DLOADER-YZ TROJAN! Note - this is not the legitimate Internet Explorer (iexplore.exe) which is always located in %ProgramFiles%\Internet Explorer and should not normally figure in Msconfig/Startup! This one is located in a ""Custom"" subfolder"
XIEXPLOREIEXPLORE.EXE"Added by the BANKER-BWE TROJAN! Note - this is not the legitimate Internet Explorer (iexplore.exe) which is always located in %ProgramFiles%\Internet Explorer and should not normally figure in Msconfig/Startup! This one is located in %System%"
XIexplore Servicesiexplore.exe"Added by the LITHIUM BACKDOOR! Note - this is not the legitimate Internet Explorer (iexplore.exe) which is always located in %ProgramFiles%\Internet Explorer and should not normally figure in Msconfig/Startup!"
XIEXPLORE.EXE[path to trojan]"Added by the BANCOS-CJ TROJAN!"
XIEXPLORE.EXEgoot.exe"Added by the BIFROSE-C TROJAN!"
XInternet Explore MicrosoftlEXPLORE.EXE"Added by the RBOT-AOF WORM! Note - the executable is spelt with a lower case ""L"" rather than an lower or upper case ""i"" which is the case with Internet Explorer"
XInternet ExplorerIEXPLORE.EXE"Added by the RBOT-EY WORM! Note - this is not the legitimate Internet Explorer (iexplore.exe) which is always located in %ProgramFiles%\Internet Explorer and should not normally figure in Msconfig/Startup! This one is located in %System%"
XInternet Explorer ConfigurationIEXPLORE.EXE"Added by the SDBOT-UL WORM! Note - this is not the legitimate Internet Explorer (iexplore.exe) which is always located in %ProgramFiles%\Internet Explorer and should not normally figure in Msconfig/Startup! This one is located in %System%"
XInternet Explorer6IEexplore.exe"Added by the RBOT.AGC WORM. Note - this is not the legitimate Internet Explorer (iexplore.exe) which is always located in %ProgramFiles%\Internet Explorer and should not normally figure in Msconfig/Startup! This one is located in %System%"
XInternet Explorer6.0IEXPLORE.EXE"Added by the RBOT.ENZ WORM! Note - this is not the legitimate Internet Explorer (iexplore.exe) which is always located in %ProgramFiles%\Internet Explorer and should not normally figure in Msconfig/Startup! This one is located in %System%"
XIntespentionIEXPLORE.exe"Added by the FORBOT-FL WORM! Note - this is not the legitimate Internet Explorer (iexplore.exe) which is always located in %ProgramFiles%\Internet Explorer and should not normally figure in Msconfig/Startup! This one is located in %System%"
XJava Runtimesiexplore.exe"Added by the KILLAV.B WORM! Note - this is not the legitimate Internet Explorer (iexplore.exe) which is always located in %ProgramFiles%\Internet Explorer and should not normally figure in Msconfig/Startup! This file is located in a %Windir%\Java\Java folder"
XKernellAppslexplore.exe"Added by the BANCBAN-BS TROJAN! Note - the executable is spelt with a lower case ""L"" rather than an lower or upper case ""i"" which is the case with Internet Explorer"
Xlexplorelexplore.exe"Added by the BROPIA WORM! Note - the executable is spelt with a lower case ""L"" rather than an lower or upper case ""i"" which is the case with Internet Explorer"
Xlnternet UpdatelExplore.exe"Added by the RBOT-GRH WORM! Note - the executable is spelt with a lower case ""L"" rather than an lower or upper case ""i"" which is the case with Internet Explorer"
XMicrosoftiexplore.exe"Added by the QQROB-R TROJAN! Note - this is not the legitimate Internet Explorer (iexplore.exe) which is always located in %ProgramFiles%\Internet Explorer and should not normally figure in Msconfig/Startup! This one is located in %System%"
XMicrosoft Explorer Servicemsexplore.exe"Added by the IRCBOT.AYB BACKDOOR!"
XMicrosoft IEIexplore.exe"Added by the FORBOT-AG WORM! Note - this is not the legitimate Internet Explorer (iexplore.exe) which is always located in %ProgramFiles%\Internet Explorer and should not normally figure in Msconfig/Startup! This one is located in %System%"
XMicrosoft Internet Exploreriexplore.exe"Added by the POEBOT-J WORM! Note - this is not the legitimate Internet Explorer (iexplore.exe) which is always located in %ProgramFiles%\Internet Explorer and should not normally figure in Msconfig/Startup! This one is located in %System%"
XMicrosoft Internet ExplorerlEXPLORE.EXE"Added by the RBOT-AMM WORM! Note - the executable is spelt with a lower case ""L"" rather than an lower or upper case ""i"" which is the case with Internet Explorer"
XMicrosoft Windows (D)iexplore.exeIdentified as a variant of the TrojanSpy.Agent malware
XMicrosoft©iexplore.exe"Added by the IRCBOT-ACO TROJAN! Note - this is not the legitimate Internet Explorer (iexplore.exe) which is always located in %ProgramFiles%\Internet Explorer and should not normally figure in Msconfig/Startup! This one is located in %System%\dllcache"
XMS Explorermexplore.exe"Added by the YAHA.AE WORM!"
Xmsmsgs.exeIEXPLORE.EXE"Added by the VB.FQX TROJAN! Note - this is not the legitimate Internet Explorer (iexplore.exe) which is always located in %ProgramFiles%\Internet Explorer and should not normally figure in Msconfig/Startup! This one is located in %System%"
Xnternet Exploreriexplore.exe"Added by the FORBOT-CT WORM! Note - this is not the legitimate Internet Explorer (iexplore.exe) which is always located in %ProgramFiles%\Internet Explorer and should not normally figure in Msconfig/Startup! This one is located in %System%"
XOPTIMIZERiexplore.exe"Added by the EVEVINC BACKDOORNote - this is not the legitimate Internet Explorer (iexplore.exe) which is always located in %ProgramFiles%\Internet Explorer and should not normally figure in Msconfig/Startup! This one is located in %System%"
XOPTIMIZERiexplore.exe"Added by the EVIVINC BACKDOOR! Note - this is not the legitimate Internet Explorer (iexplore.exe) which is always located in %ProgramFiles%\Internet Explorer and should not normally figure in Msconfig/Startup! This one is located in %System%"
XProgram in WindowsIEXPLORE.exe"Added by the LOVGATE.AB WORM!"
Xravshell1explore.exe"Added by the DLOADER.MJF TROJAN!"
XServicesiexplore.exe"Added by the MOGI WORM! Note - this is not the legitimate Internet Explorer (iexplore.exe) which is always located in %ProgramFiles%\Internet Explorer and should not normally figure in Msconfig/Startup! This one is located in %System%"
XShellExplorer.exe iexplore.exe"Added by the KIPIS-U WORM! Note - do not delete the legitimate Windows Explorer (explorer.exe) which is located in %Windir% and can be used to launch other files. The legitimate Internet Explorer (iexplore.exe) is always located in %ProgramFiles%\Internet Explorer and should not normally figure in Msconfig/Startup! This one is located in %System%\Microsoft"
XShell32iexplore.exe"Added by the IRCBOT-AY BACKDOOR! Note - this is not the legitimate Internet Explorer (iexplore.exe) which is always located in %ProgramFiles%\Internet Explorer and should not normally figure in Msconfig/Startup! This one is located in %System%"
XShellRun32iexplore.exe"Added by the IRCBOT-AY BACKDOOR! Note - this is not the legitimate Internet Explorer (iexplore.exe) which is always located in %ProgramFiles%\Internet Explorer and should not normally figure in Msconfig/Startup! This one is located in %System%"
XslideIexplore.exe"Added by the GASLIDE TROJAN! Note - this is not the legitimate Internet Explorer (iexplore.exe) which is always located in %ProgramFiles%\Internet Explorer and should not normally figure in Msconfig/Startup!"
Xstarteriexplore.exe"Added by the FORBOT-DU WORM! Note - this is not the legitimate Internet Explorer (iexplore.exe) which is always located in %ProgramFiles%\Internet Explorer and should not normally figure in Msconfig/Startup! This one is located in %System%"
XSystem Configurationiexplore.exe"Added by the RANDEX.AD WORM! Note - this is not the legitimate Internet Explorer (iexplore.exe) which is always located in %ProgramFiles%\Internet Explorer and should not normally figure in Msconfig/Startup! This one is located in %System%"
XSystem Information Manageriexplore.exe"Added by a variant of the IRCBOT BACKDOOR! Note - this is not the legitimate Internet Explorer (iexplore.exe) which is always located in %ProgramFiles%\Internet Explorer and should not normally figure in Msconfig/Startup! This one is located in %System%"
XTelephony ProviderIexplore.exe"Added by the FORBOT-DF BACKDOOR! Note - this is not the legitimate Internet Explorer (iexplore.exe) which is always located in %ProgramFiles%Internet Explorer and should not normally figure in Msconfig/Startup! This one is located in %System%"
Xwindowsiexplore.exe"Added by the RBOT-UM WORM! Note - this is not the legitimate Internet Explorer (iexplore.exe) which is always located in %ProgramFiles%\Internet Explorer and should not normally figure in Msconfig/Startup! This one is located in %System%"
XWindows Configuration SystemIExplore.exe"Added by the RBOT-DDG WORM! Note - this is not the legitimate Internet Explorer (iexplore.exe) which is always located in %ProgramFiles%\Internet Explorer and should not normally figure in Msconfig/Startup! This one is located in %System%"
Xwindows Live Messengeriexplore.exe"Added by the BCKDR-QTS BACKDOOR! Note - this is not the legitimate Internet Explorer (iexplore.exe) which is always located in %ProgramFiles%\Internet Explorer and should not normally figure in Msconfig/Startup! This one is located in %Windir%"
XWindows Servicesiexplore.exe"Added by the RBOT-WE WORM! Note - this is not the legitimate Internet Explorer (iexplore.exe) which is always located in %ProgramFiles%\Internet Explorer and should not normally figure in Msconfig/Startup! This one is located in %System%"
XWINDOWS SYSTEM CLEANERiexplore.exe"Added by the MYTOB.ET WORM! Note - this is not the legitimate Internet Explorer (iexplore.exe) which is always located in %ProgramFiles%\Internet Explorer and should not normally figure in Msconfig/Startup! This one is located in %System%"
XWindows USB Control Driveriexplore.exe"Added by a variant of the IRCBOT BACKDOOR! See here. Note - this is not the legitimate Internet Explorer (iexplore.exe) which is always located in %ProgramFiles%\Internet Explorer and should not normally figure in Msconfig/Startup! This one is located in %Windir%"
XWindows Vista TransformationIEXPLORE.exe"Added by the FORBOT-GV WORM! Note - this is not the legitimate Internet Explorer (iexplore.exe) which is always located in %ProgramFiles%Internet Explorer and should not normally figure in Msconfig/Startup! This one is located in %System%"
XWindowsUpdate renewiexplore.exe"Added by the AGENT.QG TROJAN! Note - this is not the legitimate Internet Explorer (iexplore.exe) which is always located in %ProgramFiles%\Internet Explorer and should not normally figure in Msconfig/Startup! This one is located in %Windir%"
XWindws Configuration LoaderLEXPLORE.exe"Added by the SODABOT WORM!"
XZonealarmiexplore.exe"Added by the FORBOT-CP WORM! Note - this is not the legitimate Internet Explorer (iexplore.exe) which is always located in %ProgramFiles%\Internet Explorer and should not normally figure in Msconfig/Startup! This one is located in %System%"
X_explore manager_explore.exe"Added by the SPEXTA-C 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.