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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
XAdKillerAD Defender.exe"Part of the Advanced Spyware Remover rogue spyware remover - not recommended
Xadvanceddefenderadvanceddefender.exe"Advanced Defender rogue security software - not recommended
XAPcDefenderAPcDefender.exe"APcDefender rogue security software - not recommended
XArmorDefenderArmorDefender.exe"ArmorDefender rogue security software - not recommended
XAXPDefenderAXPDefender.exe"Advanced XP Defender rogue security software - not recommended
YBitDefender 12bdwizreg.exe"Configuration wizard for BitDefender internet security products. Only runs once the product has been installed. Guides you through the steps necessary to configure the BitDefender modules
YBitDefender 2009IEShow.exe"Anti-phishing component of BitDefender internet security products. Anti-phishing prevents sensitive data such as usernames
YBitDefender 2009bdagent.exe"BitDefender Agent - for BitDefender internet security products. Maintains settings (for all users) and provides alerts and System Tray access to the main program. Note - for the System Tray icon to be displayed the Terminal Services service must be set to either ""Manual"" or ""Automatic"". It can also be licensed by other products such as versions of The Shield Deluxe from PCSecurityShield (see here) - who's reputation is poor"
YBitDefender Antiphishing HelperIEShow.exe"Anti-phishing component of BitDefender internet security products. Anti-phishing prevents sensitive data such as usernames
XBitDefender AntivirusBITDEFENDERX.EXE"Added by a variant of the SPYBOT WORM!"
YBitDefender Communicatorxcommsvr.exe"BitDefender antivirus"
UBitDefender for MSN Messengermsnmon.exe"Bitdefender anti-virus for MSN Messenger - no longer supported at the BitDefender website"
UBitDefender for Yahoo! Messengeryahmon.exe"Bitdefender anti-virus for Yahoo! Messenger - no longer supported at the BitDefender website"
YBitDefender Live! Initbdinit.exe"BitDefender antivirus"
YBitDefender Scan Serverbdss.exe"BitDefender antivirus"
YBitDefender Virus Shieldvsserv.exe"BitDefender antivirus"
Ybitdefenderliveavxlive.exe"Main program of BitDefender virus scanner/firewall"
UBitDefender_P2P_StartupBitDefender_P2P_Startup.exe"Bitdefender anti-virus for P2P clients - no longer supported at the BitDefender website"
XByteDefenderByteDefender.exe"ByteDefender rogue security software - not recommended
XComputer Defender 2009cd2009.exe"Computer Defender 2009 rogue security software - not recommended
UCyber-Defender 2003uwcdsvr.exe"
Xdefenderdefender25.exe"DollarRevenue adware"
Xdefenderdfndref_7.exe"DollarRevenue adware"
Xdefender[path to trojan]"Added by the VB-BAQ TROJAN!"
XDesktop Defender 2010Desktop Defender 2010.exe"Desktop Defender 2010 rogue security software - not recommended
XDriveDefenderGDC.exe"DriveDefender rogue privacy tool - not recommended. A member of the PCPrivacyTool family"
XGreatDefenderGreatDefender.exe"GreatDefender rogue security software - not recommended
XGreatDefender.exeGreatDefender.exe"GreatDefender rogue security software - not recommended
Xmsdefendermsdefender.exe"Identified as a variant of the PAKES.CMD TROJAN! See here for an example"
Xmsdefender.exemsdefender.exe"Added by the PAKES.ZL TROJAN!"
XPCPrivacyDefender FreewareUPSPDAP.exe"PCPrivacyDefender rogue privacy program - not recommended
XPCTotalDefenderpgs.exe"PCTotalDefender rogue security software - not recommended. A member of the AVSystemCare family"
XPerfect Defender 2009pdfndr.exe"Perfect Defender 2009 rogue security software - not recommended
XPersonal Defender 2009pdefendr.exe"Personal Defender 2009 rogue security software - not recommended
UPopup DefenderPD.exe"
XProof Defender 2009pdfndr.exe"Proof Defender 2009 rogue security software - not recommended
XProtectDefenderProtectDefender.exe"ProtectDefender rogue security software - not recommended
XSaveDefenderSaveDefender.exe"SaveDefender rogue security software - not recommended
XSearch DefenderSearchDefender.exe"Installed by SpeedItUp without permission
XService Defender[random filename]"Added by a variant of the ZLOB TROJAN! See here"
XSmart Defender PROsmrtdefp.exe"Smart Defender PRO rogue security software - not recommended
XSpySpotter System DefenderDefender.exe"SpySpotter rogue spyware remover - not recommended
XSysDefendersSysDefenders.exe"SysDefenders rogue security software - not recommended
XSystem DefenderWS[random characters].exe"System Defender rogue security software - not recommended
XSystemDefenderSystemDefender.exe"SystemDefender rogue spyware remover - not recommended
XTheLastDefenderLastDefender.exe"The Last Defender rogue security software - not recommended
XTotal PC DefenderTotal PC Defender.exe"Total PC Defender rogue security software - not recommended
XTotal PC Defender 2010Total PC Defender 2010.exe"Total PC Defender rogue security software - not recommended
XUltimate DefenderUltimateDefender.exe"Ultimate Defender rogue security software - not recommended
Xwindefenderwindefender.exe"Added by the AGENT.BYH TROJAN!"
XWinDefender 2008WDefDemo.exe"WinDefender 2008 rogue privacy program - not recommended
XWinDefender2009windef.exe"WinDefender 2009 rogue security software - not recommended
YWindows DefenderMSASCui.exe"Main user interface for Microsoft's Windows Defender on XP/Vista - which ""helps protect your computer against pop-ups
XWindows Defenderwdc*.exe"Added by a variant of the FakeAlert TROJAN! This infection displays fake Windows Defender alerts which link to spyware-kicker.com"
XWindows Defender Addswda*.exe"Added by a variant of the FakeAlert TROJAN! This infection displays fake Windows Defender alerts which link to spyware-kicker.com"
XWindows Defender Monitorwdm*.exe"Added by a variant of the FakeAlert TROJAN! This infection displays fake Windows Defender alerts which link to spyware-kicker.com"
XWindows Defender Updaterwdu*.exe"Added by a variant of the FakeAlert TROJAN! This infection displays fake Windows Defender alerts which link to spyware-kicker.com"
XWindows Enterprise DefenderWindowsEDefender.exe"Windows Enterprise Defender rogue security software - not recommended
XWindows PC DefenderWP[random characters].exe"Windows PC Defender rogue security software - not recommended
XWindows System DefenderWS[random characters].exe"Windows System Defender rogue security software - not recommended
XWinXDefenderWinXDefender.exe"WinXDefender rogue spyware remover - not recommended
XXPdefenderXPdefender.exe"XPdefender rogue spyware remover - not recommended


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.