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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
UAuto SwitchTASKBAR.exeRelated to 2-port Bitronics AutoSwitch kit from Belkin
NAuto T Barautotbar.exeIf you disable the HP VIEW toolbar in IE and rearrange the toolbars on a reboot they will be back as they were before if this is left enabled
UAutobarautobar.exe"Connect buttons on the keyboard for internet direct access
Nautotbarautotbar.exeIf you disable the HP VIEW toolbar in IE and rearrange the toolbars on a reboot they will be back as they were before if this is left enabled
YAVKBarAVKBar.exe"GData AntiVirusKit Anti-virus"
UBatteryBarbatterybar.exe"BatteryBar - displays battery usage
UCamera Assistant Softwaretraybar.exeCamera Assistant Software utility for Toshiba laptops - allows you to take pictures with and control the integrated WebCam
NCashsurfers Cashbar NavigatorCashbar.Exe"Cashsurfers CashBar Navigator - ""The CashBar rotates banner advertisements once per minute and provides you with access to up to date special offers and deals"""
NcursorScreendragon_VS_Taskbar.exe"ScreenDragon video player"
UDefragTaskBardefragTaskBar.exe"System Tray access to Ashampoo® Magical Defrag 2 from Ashampoo GmbH & Co. KG - which ""works is similar to a screensaver. Whenever the computer is idle the program cuts in automatically and starts cleaning up your hard disk"""
UdefragTaskBar.exedefragTaskBar.exe"System Tray access to Ashampoo® Magical Defrag 2 from Ashampoo GmbH & Co. KG - which ""works is similar to a screensaver. Whenever the computer is idle the program cuts in automatically and starts cleaning up your hard disk"""
NEarthLink ToolBar 5.0etoolbar.exe"EarthLink Toolbar is a tool to help you get to all of the resources of the internet. EarthLink 5.0 Setup adds a few basic buttons to the Toolbar
XeBay ToolbarEBAYTBAR.EXE"eBay Toolbar - reportes as spyware as it "phones home""
UFooBar 1.0FooBar.exe"FooBar - ""combines fifteen high-quality productivity tools in a single toolbar that floats on your desktop or runs in the Windows task bar"""
Xfreexstylelockbar.exe"Added by the LOXBOT.D WORM!"
XFUKLBARbar.exe"PurityScan adware"
Nhp center UIShadowBar.exe"User Interface for HP Center - see here"
Xhsimtoolbar.exeUnidentified malware
YIcaBaricabar.exeRelated to Citrix MetaFrame
XIE-Bariebar.exe"DesktopMedia adware"
NiLikeilikesidebar.exe"iLike Sidebar for iTunes and Windows Media Player"
Niolo Utility BarSMUtilityBar.exe"Iolo System Mechanic Utility Bar - can be launched manually"
NJBJiffybar.exe"Get Paid As You surf" application
XMicrosofttaskbar.exe"Added by a variant of the RBOT WORM!"
UMicrosoft Windows SidebarSidebar.exe"Windows Sidebar is a pane on the side of the Microsoft Windows Vista desktop where you can keep your gadgets organized and always available. In Windows 7 this feature is known as Desktop Gadgets and each gadget can be placed anywhere on the desktop. If the file isn't located in %ProgramFiles%\Windows Sidebar or you're using other versions of Windows it could be part of the Searchcentrix hijacker"
UMicrosoft® Windows® Operating SystemSidebar.exe"Windows Sidebar is a pane on the side of the Microsoft Windows Vista desktop where you can keep your gadgets organized and always available. In Windows 7 this feature is known as Desktop Gadgets and each gadget can be placed anywhere on the desktop. If the file isn't located in %ProgramFiles%\Windows Sidebar or you're using other versions of Windows it could be part of the Searchcentrix hijacker"
NNecbarNecbar.exe"Nec Assistant; Ark's Navigator
NPowerBarPowerbar.exe"Part of Cyberlink's PowerDVD software. Not sure what exactly it does
UQuick ControlsAstrotoolbar.exeGateway Astro Screen and Sound Controls tray icon
NRedline Taskbartaskbar.exeTaskbar icon for the Redline RegTweak overclocking program as supplied with Sapphire ATI graphics cards
NSDPhotoBar.exeSDPhotoBar.exe"SmartDraw Photo (now FotoFinsh) - ""organize
XSearch Bartaskbar.exe"Added by the OPANKI-F WORM!"
XSearchEnhancementscbar.exe"SCBar foistware"
USidebarSidebar.exe"Windows Sidebar is a pane on the side of the Microsoft Windows Vista desktop where you can keep your gadgets organized and always available. In Windows 7 this feature is known as Desktop Gadgets and each gadget can be placed anywhere on the desktop. If the file isn't located in %ProgramFiles%\Windows Sidebar or you're using other versions of Windows it could be part of the Searchcentrix hijacker"
NSIDEBARdsidebar.exe"""Desktop Sidebar provides you with instant access to the information you most desire by grabbing data from your PC and the internet. The result is a dynamic visual display you configure and control"""
NSMToolbarSMToolbar.exeStartMake.com toolbar
XStatBarSTATBAR.exe"StatBar (system status bar) allows you to quickly get an overview of your system's condition (memory
NSxgTkBarsxgtkbar.exeYamaha SXG soundcard utility - gives quick and easy access via the system tray bar to diagnostics and configuration
XTask BarTASKBAR.EXE"Added by the FRETHEM.J WORM!"
NTaskbarTaskbar.exeTaskbar icon for the Redline RegTweak overclocking program as supplied with Sapphire ATI graphics cards
UThoosje Vista SidebarThoosje Vista Sidebar.exe"Thoosje's Vista Sidebar - sidebar and skins for microsoft Windows XP and Vista"
UViewbarViewbar.exe"Agloco Viewbar is a small toolbar that rests on the bottom of your screen or browser window while you surf the Internet. The Viewbar software is what enables AGLOCO to collect the money you are earning while browsing the Internet"". Get paid for browsing but you must consent to them collecting your personal information"
UWinBarWinBar.exe""WinBar is a free and compact program that lets you monitor your system and provides easy access to frequently used controls""
Xwowbar.exe"PurityScan adware"
UY'z ToolbarYzToolBar.exe"Y'z Toolbar ""allows the user to change the toolbar icons in Explorer and Internet Explorer. The user can also create and add their own themes"""
Xyahoo_toolbar lptt01yahoo_toolbar.exe"RapidBlaster variant (in a ""yahoo_toolbar"" folder in Program Files). Recommended you use RapidBlaster Killer to uninstall - see here"
Xyahoo_toolbar ml097eyahoo_toolbar.exe"RapidBlaster variant (in a ""yahoo_toolbar"" folder in Program Files). Recommended you use RapidBlaster Killer to uninstall - see here"
X[various names]sitebar.exeAdded by an unidentified TROJAN!
X[various names]CToolBar.exe"Wareout - malware masquerading as a spyware and dialer remover"
X[various names]ftbar.exe"Wareout - malware masquerading as a spyware and dialer remover"
X[various names]xxtoolbar.exe"Wareout - malware masquerading as a spyware and dialer remover"


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.