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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
YAshampoo FireWallFireWall.exe"Ashampoo® Firewall FREE from Ashampoo GmbH & Co. KG"
YAshampoo FireWall PROFireWall.exe"Ashampoo® Firewall PRO from Ashampoo GmbH & Co. KG"
NdwStartFireWall.exe"The Shield firewall from Not recommended by some (see here) and there are better free alternatives out there such as Zone Alarm. Located in %ProgramFiles%\PCSecurityShield\The Shield Firewall"
Xfirewallfirewall.exe"Added by the SURO-A TROJAN!"
XFirewall.exeFirewall.exe"Added by the AGENT.AGL BACKDOOR! Located in %System%"
YFireWall.exeFireWall.exe"Ashampoo® Firewall PRO and Ashampoo® Firewall FREE from Ashampoo GmbH & Co. KG. Located in an Ashampoo related sub-directory of %ProgramFiles%"
XMicrosoft Internet Firewallfirewall.exe"Added by the IRCBOT.MD BACKDOOR! Located in %System%"
XMicrosoft Security Monitor Processfirewall.exe"Added by a variant of the IRCBOT BACKDOOR! Located in %System%"
XMicrosoft Service firewall Managerfirewall.exe"Added by a variant of the SDBOT BACKDOOR! Located in %System%"
XMS FIREWALLmsfirewall.exe"Added by the SDBOT-QH WORM!"
Xms_anti_spywaremwfirewall.exe"Added by the GAMQOWI TROJAN!"
Xnetwork device drivermsfirewall.exe"Added by the DELF-LB TROJAN!"
XProtectionFirewall.exe"Added by the ELIPTER.A or ELIPTER.B WORMS! Located in %ProgramFiles%\Internet Explorer"
UProxyFirewallProxyFirewall.exe"Proxy Firewall by Unique Internet Services
XSPAM FIREWALLmfirewall.exe"Added by the SDBOT.AOU WORM!"
XSystem Firewallsysfirewall.exe"Added by the AGOBOT-ACY WORM!"
XWin32 Firewall Driverswinfirewall.exe"Added by the WOOTBOT.GX WORM!"
XWindows FirewallWindowsFirewall.exe"Added by the MYTOB.AO WORM!"
XWindows Network Firewallfirewall.exe"Added by the POEBOT-J WORM! Located in %System%"
XWindows Service XPXpFirewall.exe"Added by the MYTOB.AM WORM!"
XWindows USBDmsifirewall.exeAdded by an unidentified WORM or 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.