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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
XApplication Layer Browserabgsvc.exe"Added by the ULPM.FX TROJAN!"
UAuto EPSON Stylus D78 Series on XE_FATIBGE.EXE"Epson Status Monitor 3 for the Stylus D78 Series printer - for monitoring printer status
UBackgroundSwitcherbgswitch.exe"Originally included with Microsoft's XP PowerToys (but now withdrawn - see here
XBackup Onesmbguard.exe"Added by the SDBOT-MI WORM!"
Ybgbullguard.exe"Bullguard antivirus and firewall. The P2P version is free with KaZaA Media Desktop and Grokster"
UBGInfoBginfo.exe"BGinfo automatically displays relevant information about a Windows computer on the desktop's background
UBgMonitor_{79662E04-7C6C-4d9f-84C7-88D8A56B10AA}NMBgMonitor.exe"Associated with Nero Scout
YBGNewsAgentbgnewsag.exe"BullGuard antivirus updater"
Xbgoomain.exebgoomain.exe"Baigoo.a malware"
Nbgsmsndbgsmsnd.exePrinter driver to generate PDF files from any program
Nbldbubgbldbubg.exePart of Dell Alerts which provides customers with an update on latest updates for his/her system
NBuildBUbldbubg.exePart of Dell Alerts which provides customers with an update on latest updates for his/her system
XDbgHlp32DbgHlp32.exe"Added by the WINKO.AO WORM!"
XDebuggerdbg32.exe"Added by the MYTOB-FW WORM!"
XDebuggerexplorer32dbg.exe"Added by the CWS-M TROJAN!"
XDebuggeriexplore_dbg.exe"Added by the CWS-M TROJAN!"
XDist-FBGeneveGDC.exe"NettoyeurDePC French rogue privacy tool - not recommended. A member of the PCPrivacyTool family"
UEPSON Stylus D78 SeriesE_FATIBGE.EXE"Epson Status Monitor 3 for the Stylus D78 Series printer - for monitoring printer status
XGames toolbarrundll32.exe [path] tbGame.dll DllShowTB" ""Games Toolbar"" adware. Note that rundll32.exe is a legitimate Microsoft file used to launch DLL file types and shouldn't be deleted"
XJavaScript Debugging ServiceJsDbgMan.exe"Added by the DERDERO.E WORM!"
Xlivekeywebgrade.exe"LiveKeys adware. File located in %Program Files%\livekey\livekeys"
Xlivekeyswebgrade.exe"LiveKeys adware. File located in %Program Files%\livekey\livekeys"
UMgabgMgabg.exe"Matrox BIOS Guard - monitors a Matrox card's BIOS
XMicrosoft Debug Servicedbgbgr.exe"Added by a variant of the RBOT WORM!"
XMSAdminjdbgmrg.exe"Added by the DASMIN.A TROJAN! Note - this is not the valid JDBGMGR.EXE file - see here"
XMSConfigrjdbgmrg.exe"Added by the DASMIN.C TROJAN! Note - this is not the valid JDBGMGR.EXE file - see here"
Xmsdbgm.exemsdbgm.exe"Added by the CIMUZ-CQ TROJAN!"
XMSInfoAVBgle.exe"Added by the NETSKY.O WORM!"
UMXOBGMXOALDR.EXEMaxtor includes a driver to bypass the Windows certified drivers check just when it detects an external drive. MXOaldr.exe is installed with the new driver and if disabled the button on a Maxtor OneTouch External Store no longer functions
UNMBgMonitorNMBgMonitor.exe"Associated with Nero Scout
YPCBGPCBODYGUARD.EXE"PC Bodyguard from Calluna - protects system files and settings from being deleted
Yproxim_orinoco_11abgorinoco.exe"Proxim ORiNOCO 11a/b/g PCI Card wireless configuration utility"
XRVC6Playertskdbg.exe"Added by the ZAPCHAS-M TROJAN!"
XService Registry NT Savejdbgmgrnt.exe"Added by the BANCOS-CG TROJAN!"
NSM1BGSM1BG.EXEUSB driver for downloading from within Napster and iTunes to portable MP3 players. Only required at startup if you use it all the time - otherwise start it manually when required
XTask Debuggertskdbg.exe"Added by the AGOBOT-KK WORM!"
Xtskdbgtskdbg.exe"Added by the FLOOD.E TROJAN!"
XWindows Debuggerwindbg.exe"Added by the FORBOT-BY WORM!"
XWindows Debuggermsdbg32.exe"Added by a variant of the RBOT WORM!"
XWindows Debuggerwindbg32.exe"Added by the ZOTOB.L WORM!"
XWinXPServiceTskdbg.exe"Added by the MDROP-BPQ TROJAN!"
?XeroxEndeavorBackgroundTaskxGKOHbgnd.exe"Associated with a Xerox multifunction and/or scanner. What does it do and is it required?"

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.