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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
NAccuWeather.comŽ DesktopAccuWeatherDesktop.exe"Desktop weather from AccuWeather"
Xdesktopdesktop.exe"Added by the SDBOT.MD WORM!"
XDesktop Searchdesktop.exe"iSearch adware"
UFresh Desktopfreshdesktop.exe"Fresh Desktop is a utility that lets you manage vast collections of wallpapers for your desktop with ease. When run on bootup it changes the desktop wallpaper at startup or at specified intervals"
UGoogle DesktopGoogleDesktop.exe"Google Desktop - ""a desktop search application that provides full text search over your email
UGoogle Desktop SearchGoogleDesktop.exe"Google Desktop - ""a desktop search application that provides full text search over your email
UGoogleDesktopGoogleDesktop.exe"Google Desktop - ""a desktop search application that provides full text search over your email
UiDesktopidesktop.exe"Immersion TouchWare Desktop software for devices such as the Logitech iFeel Mouse"
UOutlookOnDesktopOutlookDesktop.exe"""Outlook On the Desktop is a program that displays Outlook as a transparent
URestoreDesktopRestoreDesktop.exe"Softwarium Restore Desktop ""is a Windows Context Menu addition that automatically saves and restores the icons' positions on the Windows desktop after a resolution change"""
XWeatherStudio DesktopWeatherStudio Desktop.exe"WeatherStudio adware"
XWindows Desktop Controlerwindesktop.exe"Added by the SDBOT-XH WORM!"

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.