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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
UAccessoriesPlusclockplus.exe"Clock Plus
UAlfaClock ClassicAlfaClock.exe"AlfaClock Free Edition from AlfaSoft Research Labs - ""enhances your taskbar clock (tray clock) with fully customizable clock display
UAlfaClock2AlfaClock2.exe"AlfaClock2 from AlfaSoft Research Labs -""enhances your tray clock functionality. Of course
UBeatNik Internet ClockBeatNik.exe"BeatNik Internet Clock is a Windows clock add-on that supports 'skins'. It can also synchronize your computer's clock with an atomic clock"
UChamClockChamClock.exe"Chameleon Clock - system tray clock replacement"
Xclock[various filenames]"LiveChat Adware - known file names include: mssetup.exe
XClock Manageramsngr.exe"Added by the SDBOT-XM TROJAN!"
XClockSyncSync.exe"ClockSync - synchronizes your system clock with an internet time server. It's by WhenU
UClockWiseCLOCKWISE.EXE"ClockWise - produced by R J Software - a time utility. It is a schedueler not only for dates
XCPCmscl0ckCPCmsclock.ExE"Added by the IRCFLOOD.BF TROJAN!"
UDS Clockdsclock.exe"Digital desktop clock including synchronization with atomic servers - see here"
ULClocklclock.exe"LClock is a program that makes the Windows' clock look like a Windows Longhorn Clock"
XMicrosoft Digital Clockmsclock.exe"Added by the NACKBOT-D WORM!"
XMP Tcloakssmptclock.exe"Added by the NACKBOT-B WORM!"
XMP Tclockvvmptclock.exe"Added by the NACKBOT-A WORM!"
XMP Tclockvvmptclock.exe"Added by the NACKBOT-A WORM!"
XMP Tclockvvmptclockvv.exe"Added by the RANDEX.CJ WORM!"
?NVCLOCK"rundll32 nvclock.dll fnNvclock"
UPlus! Alarm ClockAlarmClock.exeAlarm Clock function of Microsoft Plus! Digital Media Edition (which is no longer available)
NPrecision Time Clock CheckerPrecisionTime.exePrecision Time 2.0. Checks your computer clock time against the Naval Observatory or some other source to assure accurate time
UResumeFixClocksresumefix.exe"Part of the RadeonTweaker utility for overclocking ATI Radeon graphics cards"
Xrun32dllWINClock.exe"Added by an unidentified VIRUS
USkinClockAtomicAlarmClock.exe"Atomic Alarm Clock - ""Alert yourself about important events with different alarms and replace your computer tray clock using different skins. Computer Alarm clock that will play any MP3 file. It can also run a program
USpeaking Clock DeluxeSpClDlx.exe"Speaking Clock Deluxe - turns your computer into a speaking clock with several languages. It can also keep track of up to 50 alarms that can be set to a time and a date
UTClockTCLOCK.EXEKazubon TClock. Utility that amongst other things synchronizes your system clock with Internet time servers. Available via Start -> Programs
XTClock.exetclock_install.exe"TClock - distributed and installed without user permission by other rogue software or malware. TClock contains no uninstall facility through Windows. As TClock is of dubious origin and usefulness
UTClockExTCLOCKEX.EXE"Puts a configurable time/date display in the tray (and other features). Freeware by Dale Nurden and is popular on cover disks"
UTiTleBarClockTiTleBarClock.exe"TitleBarClock - displays Day
UTopmostClockTopMostClock.exe"TopMost Clock - transparent analog clock which displays on top of your other windows"
Xwiseclockwise.exe"Added by the LAZAR-A 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.