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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
Uctfmonctfmon.exe"Supports multiple languages and alternative method inputs in Windows and MS Office. The language bar is displayed alongside the System Tray if more than one keyboard layout is enabled (for switching input languages) or
UCTFMonctfmon.exe"Family KeyLogger keystroke logger/monitoring program - remove unless you installed it yourself! Note - this is not the legitimate ctfmon.exe process associated with alternate text inputs which is always located in %System%. This one is located in a ""CTF"" sub-folder"
XCtfmon.exectfmon32.exe"CoolWebSearch Ctfmon32 parasite variant"
Xctfmon.exectfmon.exe"Added by the RAIDYS TROJAN! Note - this overwrites the legitimate ctfmon.exe process associated with alternate text inputs which is located in %System%"
Xctfmon.exemsupdate32.exe"Spy Sheriff/SpywareNO malware
Uctfmon.exectfmon.exe"Supports multiple languages and alternative method inputs in Windows and MS Office. The language bar is displayed alongside the System Tray if more than one keyboard layout is enabled (for switching input languages) or
Xctfmon.exectfmon.exe eminem.exe"Added by the BHARAT.A WORM!"
XCTFMON.EXEsvchost.exe"Added by the JUEGO-B WORM! Note - this is not the legitimate svchost.exe process which is always located in %System% and should not normally figure in Msconfig/Startup! This one is located in %Windir%"
Xctfnnonctfmon.exe"Added by the TURKOJAN.IL BACKDOOR! Note - this is not the legitimate ctfmon.exe process associated with alternate text inputs which is always located in %System%. This one is located in %Windir%"
XFirewallctfmon.exe"Added by a variant of the IRCBOT BACKDOOR! Note - this is not the legitimate ctfmon.exe process associated with alternate text inputs which is always located in %System%. This one is located in %Windir%"
UMicrosoft CTF Loaderctfmon.exe"Supports multiple languages and alternative method inputs in Windows and MS Office. The language bar is displayed alongside the System Tray if more than one keyboard layout is enabled (for switching input languages) or
Xntuserctfmon.exe"Added by the AGENT-GSG TROJAN! Note - this is not the legitimate ctfmon.exe process associated with alternate text inputs which is always located in %System%. This one is located in %UserProfile%"
XWindows Live Messenger 8.12ctfmon.exe"Added by the LIPARK-A WORM! Note - this is not the legitimate ctfmon.exe process associated with alternate text inputs which is always located in %System%. This one is located in %UserProfile%"
XWinXPServicectfmon.exe"Added by a variant of the IRCBOT BACKDOOR! Note - this is not the legitimate ctfmon.exe process associated with alternate text inputs which is always located in %System%. This one is located in a ""ctf"" sub-folder"


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.