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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
UATTRedUpdateAutoUpdate.exeAdditional item added to start-ups after AT&T took over the now bankrupt Excite@home high-speed internet service. Included for automatically downloading and installing updates. Leave it unless you plan to regularly run it to check for updates
XAutoLoaderEnvoloAutoUpdaterauto_update_loader.exe"Envolo/AproposMedia adware updater"
Nautoupdautoupd.exeRaxco Software auto update utility
Xautoupdautoupd.exe"Added by an unidentified VIRUS
Xautoupdate"rundll32 DATADX.DLLSHStart"
Xautoupdate"rundll32 SUPDATE.DLLSHStart"
XAutoUpdatesmss.exe"Added by WINSPY.88! Note - this is not the legitimate smss.exe process which is always located in %System% and should not normally figure in Msconfig/Startup! This one is located in %Windir%\debug64"
XAutoupdate Servicekaka.exe"Added by the SYMPE-B TROJAN!"
XAutoupdate Service[path to trojan]"Added by the AGENT-CB TROJAN!"
XAutoUpdate32services.exe"Added by WINSPY.88! Note - this is not the legitimate services.exe process which is always located in %System% and should not normally figure in Msconfig/Startup! This one is located in %Windir%\debug64"
XAutoUpdateraupdate.exe"Tinybar variant"
XAutoUpdaterAutoUpdate.exe"PeopleonPage foistware"
Xautoupdatev2[path to file]"Added by the DROPPER-BM TROJAN!"
Xautoupdatev2autoupdatev2.exe"Detected by Kaspersky as the AGENT.FQ TROJAN!"
NBlackBerryAutoUpdateRIMAutoUpdate.exe"Automatic updates for BlackBerry smartphones
NCreative Software UpdateAutoUpdate.exeAuto-updater for Creative Labs software
XDeskMateAutoUpdateDeskMateAutoUpdate.exe"DeskMates: Virtual scantily clad girls enhance your desktop. BargainBuddy adware related"
YDPASUpdateDPASAutoUpdate.exe"Automatic updates for DefenderPro AntiSpy spyware remover - now incorporated Defender Pro 15-in-1 and 5-in-1"
UEMBASSY Trust Suite Secure UpdateAutoUpdate.exe"Updates for Wave Systems Corp. Embassy Trust Suite - ""delivers advanced levels of security to the client PC using the TPM security chip found on most enterprise PCs today"""
UGoogle IME AutoupdaterGooglePinyinDaemon.exe"Google Pinyin Input Method Editor (IME) - allows a user to input Chinese characters by entering the pinyin of a Chinese character (with or without tone
NLG Intelligent Updateautoupdate.exe"Automatic update utility for LG Notebooks"
XMicrosoft AutoUpdatersvhost.exe"Added by the RBOT.QG WORM!"
XNod32 ServiceAutoUpdateWin32.exe"Added by the SDBOT-DJG WORM!"
XNorton SpySweeper AutoUpdatenavsw.exe"Added by the FORBOT-AS WORM!"
USBAutoUpdatesbautoupdate.exe"SpywareBlaster auto-updater"
XSpyFighterUpdateAutoUpdate.exe"SpyFighter spyware remover - not recommended
XWindows Update AutoUpdate Clientwaucult.exe"Added by a variant of the RBOT WORM!"
XWindows Update AutoUpdate Clientwuauclt.exe"Added by the LAZAR.B TROJAN! Note - this is not the legitimate wuauclt.exe process
XWindows Update AutoUpdate Client Productwuauct.exe"Added by the AGOBOT.ACL WORM!"
XWindowsRegKey Autoupdate[random filename]"Added by a variant of the RBOT WORM!"
Xwindowsupdateautoupdate.exe"Added by the IRCBOT-P BACKDOOR!"

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.