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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
Y!1_ProcessGuard_Startupprocguard.exe"DiamondCS ProcessGuard security software - stops malicious worms and trojans from being executed silently in the background
Y'Ashampoo AntiSpyWare 2 Guard'AntiSpyWare2Guard.exe"Part of Ashampoo® AntiSpyWare 2 from Ashampoo GmbH & Co. KG. This part is the realtime monitor that looks for changes on the users system such as BHO
Ya-squareda2guard.exe"System Tray access to and Anti-Malware Guard feature of Emsisoft Anti-Malware from Emsi Software GmbH - which provides ""comprehensive PC protection against viruses
Ya-squareda2adguard.exe"System Tray access to and Background Guard feature of Emsisoft Anti-Dialer from Emsi Software GmbH - which provides ""provides a complete defense against Dialers"""
Ya-squared Anti-Dialera2adguard.exe"System Tray access to and Background Guard feature of Emsisoft Anti-Dialer from Emsi Software GmbH - which provides ""provides a complete defense against Dialers"""
Ya2adguarda2adguard.exe"System Tray access to and Background Guard feature of Emsisoft Anti-Dialer from Emsi Software GmbH - which provides ""provides a complete defense against Dialers"""
Ya2guarda2guard.exe"System Tray access to and Anti-Malware Guard feature of Emsisoft Anti-Malware from Emsi Software GmbH - which provides ""comprehensive PC protection against viruses
XAntiSpyGuardAntiSpyGuard.exe"AntiSpyGuard rogue security software - not recommended
YAntiSpyWare2GuardAntiSpyWare2Guard.exe"Part of Ashampoo® AntiSpyWare 2 from Ashampoo GmbH & Co. KG. This part is the realtime monitor that looks for changes on the users system such as BHO
YAshampoo AntiSpyWare 2AntiSpyWare2Guard.exe"Part of Ashampoo® AntiSpyWare 2 from Ashampoo GmbH & Co. KG. This part is the realtime monitor that looks for changes on the users system such as BHO
YAshampoo AntiSpyWare 2 GuardAntiSpyWare2Guard.exe"Part of Ashampoo® AntiSpyWare 2 from Ashampoo GmbH & Co. KG. This part is the realtime monitor that looks for changes on the users system such as BHO
UAshampoo HDD Control GuardHDDControlGuard.exe"Part of Ashampoo® HDD Control from Ashampoo GmbH & Co. KG - a hard drive monitoring utility which also incorporates defragmentation and cleaners for browsing history and unnecessary files. This entry loads the Ashampoo HDD Control Guard component on startup which runs in the background and monitors the hard drives and provides System Tray access"
YAVGuardAVGuard.exe"AntiVir® PersonalEdition Classic antivirus. Background task which scans files transparently"
Ya2guard.exe"System Tray access to and Anti-Malware Guard feature of Emsisoft Anti-Malware from Emsi Software GmbH - which provides ""comprehensive PC protection against viruses
XBackup Onesmbguard.exe"Added by the SDBOT-MI WORM!"
Ybgbullguard.exe"Bullguard antivirus and firewall. The P2P version is free with KaZaA Media Desktop and Grokster"
YBullGuardBullGuard.exe"Part of BullGuard antivirus"
Udguarddguard.exe"eAcceleration Stop-Sign security software related. Previously not recommended
XDr. Guarddrguard.exe"Dr. Guard rogue security software - not recommended
YEmsisoft Anti-Malwarea2guard.exe"System Tray access to and Anti-Malware Guard feature of Emsisoft Anti-Malware from Emsi Software GmbH - which provides ""comprehensive PC protection against viruses
XErrorGuardErrorGuard.exe"ErrorGuard rogue spyware remover - not recommended
XFlashGuardFlashGuard.exe"Added by the AUTOIT.AL WORM!"
UGuardGuard.exe"Related to Phoenix Technologies Core Managed Environment (cME) Integration and Certification program"
UHDDControlGuardHDDControlGuard.exe"Part of Ashampoo® HDD Control from Ashampoo GmbH & Co. KG - a hard drive monitoring utility which also incorporates defragmentation and cleaners for browsing history and unnecessary files. This entry loads the Ashampoo HDD Control Guard component on startup which runs in the background and monitors the hard drives and provides System Tray access"
UHDDControlGuard.exeHDDControlGuard.exe"Part of Ashampoo® HDD Control from Ashampoo GmbH & Co. KG - a hard drive monitoring utility which also incorporates defragmentation and cleaners for browsing history and unnecessary files. This entry loads the Ashampoo HDD Control Guard component on startup which runs in the background and monitors the hard drives and provides System Tray access"
XLanGuardlanguard.exe"Adware downloader - also detected as the SECONDT-C TROJAN!"
XLowRiskFileTypessysguard.exe"Added by the FAKEAV-UY TROJAN!"
ULUGuardLUGuard.exe"PC-Duo Remote Control enables your help desk technicians to take instant control of any remote desktop PC at any location across the LAN
XMicrosoftguard.exe"Added by a variant of the SDBOT WORM!"
XMicrosoft DLL Verifierwinavguard.exeAdded by the SDBOT.AAD WORM!
XMicrosoft Updatewauguard.exe"Added by the RBOT.AEE WORM!"
XMicrosoft Updatingnavguard.exe"Added by the RBOT.HW WORM!"
XMS Unix BinaryWinGuard.exe"Added by the RBOT-ACL WORM!"
XMS Windows Updatescguard.exe"Added by the RBOT-YZ WORM!"
XMyAVavpguard.exe"Added by the NETSKY.J WORM!"
XNetDyVisualGuard.exe"Added by the NETSKY.N or NETSKY.W WORMS!"
UNetGuardNetGuard.exeFBM Software ZeroSpyware 2004 spyware detector and remover - real time monitor
XOnlineGuardOnlineGuard.exe"OnlineGuard rogue security software - not recommended
YPCBGPCBODYGUARD.EXE"PC Bodyguard from Calluna - protects system files and settings from being deleted
YPCBODYGUARDPCBODYGUARD.EXE"PC Bodyguard from Calluna - protects system files and settings from being deleted
Xpersonalguardpersonalguard.exe"Personal Guard 2009 rogue security software - not recommended
XPSGuardPSGuard.exe"Variant of the SmitFraud alias FAKEALE-C TROJAN!"
XPSGuard spyware removerPSGuard.exe"Variant of the SmitFraud alias FAKEALE-C TROJAN!"
YRecguardrecguard.exe"On HP computers
XSafeguard.exeSafeguard.exe"Super Spyware Killer rogue spyware remover - not recommended"
XSecurity iGuardSecurity iGuard.exe"Security iGuard spyware remover - not recommended
XSpecial Firewall Serviceavguard.exe"Added by the NETSKY.G WORM! Note - do not confuse with AntiVir® antivirus which uses the same filename. This one is located in %Windir%"
Xspywareguardspywareguard.exe"Spyware Guard 2008 rogue spyware remover - not recommended
XSpywareguard lptt01Spywareguard.exe"RapidBlaster variant (in a ""Spyguard"" folder in Program Files). Recommended you use RapidBlaster Killer to uninstall - see here"
XSpywareguard ml097eSpywareguard.exe"RapidBlaster variant (in a ""Spyguard"" folder in Program Files). Recommended you use RapidBlaster Killer to uninstall - see here"
Xsysguardsysguard.exe"Added by the FAKEAV-KI TROJAN!"
XSystem Guardmhguard.exe"Added by the RBOT-AGU WORM!"
USystem Mechanic Startup GuardStartupGuard.exe"System Mechanic Startup Guard protects the Window's startup locations from being modified by viruses
Xsystem toolsysguard.exe"Antivirus System Pro rogue security software - not recommended
Xsystemguardsystemguard.exe"System Guard 2009 rogue security software - not recommended
XThe Spy Guardspyguard.exe"The SpyGuard rogue spyware remover - not recommended
UTHGuardTH_Guard.exe"Resident memory scanning for TrojanHunter"
UTHGuardTHGuard.exe"Resident memory scanning for TrojanHunter"
Xtipguard.exetipguard.exe"Privacy Commander rogue privacy program - not recommended
UTrojancheck 6 Guardtcguard.exe"TrojanCheck anti-trojan software"
XWindows firewall managermsguard.exe"Added by a variant of the RANDEX.GEL WORM!"
XWindows modez VerifierWwuamguard.exe"Added by the RBOT.EZJ WORM!"
XWindows modez Verifierwuamguard.exe"Added by the RBOT.EZJ BACKDOOR!"
XWindows Network ControllerMqguard.exe"Added by the FORBOT-CL WORM!"
XWindows Updatewinmguard.exe"Added by the RBOT-EM WORM!"
XWindows Xpnortonguard.exe"Added by the MYTOB-DZ WORM!"
XWinGuardwinguard.exe"Added by the AGOBOT-OQ WORM! The file is located in %System%"
UWinGuardWinguard.exe"Winguard Popup Remover - pop-up stopper. The file is located in %ProgramFiles%\Winguard Popup Remover"
XWiniGuardWiniGuard.exe"WiniGuard rogue security software - not recommended. There are number of variants in this family sharing the same user interface - see here"
Xwinusb.dllwinguard.exe"Added by the FORBOT-CN WORM!"
XXPGuardXP-Guard.exe"XP-Guard rogue security software - not recommended
UzSPGuardSpguard.exe""StartPage Guard (SPG) protects your PC from cyberscam
X[random][random]sysguard.exe"Antivirus Soft


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.