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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
XAutoUpdaterAutoUpdate.exe"PeopleonPage foistware"
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"""
NLG Intelligent Updateautoupdate.exe"Automatic update utility for LG Notebooks"
USBAutoUpdatesbautoupdate.exe"SpywareBlaster auto-updater"
XSpyFighterUpdateAutoUpdate.exe"SpyFighter spyware remover - not recommended
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.