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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
U00THotkey00THotKey.exe"For Toshiba Satellite notebook series to use the front buttons
U00THotkeysystem32THotkey.exe"For Toshiba Satellite notebook series to use the front buttons
UAcerPowerkeyPowerkey.exePowerKey utility for Acer TravelMate notebook PCs. Allows the user to quickly switch between different power schemes by pressing Fn+F3
UAnti-keylogger checkantikey.exe"Anti-keylogger - protects against keylogger programs monitoring your keystrokes"
XASDPLUGINturkey.exe"AsdPlug premium rate adult content dialer"
?BTSETBOOTKEYBTSetBootKey.exe"Related to a USB Bluetooth adaptor. What does it do and is it required?"
NButtonKeyButtonKey.exe"CyberView TWAIN driver for the Pacific Image range of 35mm film scanners. Enables the one touch scanning button and places an icon an the System Tray. Use your scanners software or run it manually by creating a shortcut"
UCeEKEYCeEKey.exeHot Key utility included on Toshiba Satellite laptops
UCHotKeymhotkey.exe"Enables special keys on Chicony keyboards. Special combinations include Internet
UCHotKeyzHotkey.exe"Enables special keys on Chicony keyboards. Special combinations include Internet
?CYNHKeyCYNHKey.exe"??"
UDirkeyDirkey.exe"Dirkey - small utility that allows you to bookmark up to 9 folders by using the Ctrl+Alt+1..9 shortcut keys in an Open/Save File dialog or in Windows Explorer. After this the Ctrl+1..9 shortcut keys can be used in the same or another window to go to any of the 9 bookmarked folders"
UDSKEYDsKey.exe"Part of PC PhoneHome - ""secretly sends an invisible email message to an email address of your choice containing the physical location of your computer every time you get an Internet connection"". Security software from Brigadoon Security Group for tracking down lost/stolen computers"
UEasy Keyeasykey.exeFor programming of the built-in functions keys on some laptops (and maybe desktops). Required if these are used
UEasyKeyeasykey.exeFor programming of the built-in functions keys on some laptops (and maybe desktops). Required if these are used
NInControl Desktop ManagerDMHKEY.EXEFor Diamond Multimedia video cards. Allows System Tray access to desktop utilities such as screen resolution. Available via Start -> Programs
UKM9801UMMHotKey.exeMultimedia key handling for the relevant type of Turbo-Media keyboard. Shortcut available. Note that with this running it can crash DirectX8/9 under WinXP when a game switches to full-screen
ULaoKeyLaoKey.exe"Lao Script for Windows (LSWin) is an extension to the Windows operating system to allow Lao language to be used with many different Windows-based applications"
UledpointerCNYHKey.exeChicony Electronics Multimedia Keyboard Hotkey Driver
Yload=hotkey.exeSolo 5300 display driver for Win2K on some Gateway laptops
UMediaKeyMediaKey.exe"Multimedia keyboard manager. Required if you use the multimedia keys"
UMicrosoft Intellitype Prospeedkey.exeAdditional keyboard shortcuts on MS programmable keyboard
XMicroSoft Toolbarkey.exe"Added by the RBOT-AEW WORM!"
XMicrosoft Winedows startupWinKey.exe"Added by a variant of the SDBOT WORM! See here"
XMicrosoft Winedows UpdateingNinKey.exe"Added by a variant of the SPYBOT WORM! See here"
XMircrosoft Technic HelpEditKey.exe"Added by the KOLABC.AS WORM!"
XMircrosoft Technic HelpRegKey.exe"Added by a variant of the SPYBOT WORM! See here"
NMMHotKeyMMHotKey.exeMultimedia key handling for the relevant type of Turbo-Media keyboard. Shortcut available. Note that with this running it can crash DirectX8/9 under WinXP when a game switches to full-screen
UModPS2ModPS2Key.exe"Hotkey drivers for Chicony keyboard. Required if you use the hotkeys"
UMulti-function keyboardGWHotkey.exe"Software that sets up the Gateway AnyKey keyboard shortcuts (a series of buttons that allow one-click access to e-mail
XNetworkKeynetkey.exe"Added by the IRCBOT-AJ TROJAN!"
UPowerKeyPowerKey.exe"Part of Acer Launch Manager - programmable keys on such laptops as the TravelMate 610"
URCHotKeyRCHotKey.exe"Part of RingCentral Call Controller™ which ""turns your PC into your personal business command center. It brings you real time control of your calls
US3Hotkeys3hotkey.exeHotkey system tray icon to enable switching between monitors. Found on laptops with an S3 Twister integrated graphics card
NShortKeys 99SHORTKEY.EXE"ShortKeys from Insight Software Solutions - allows you to program keys with text strings"
YsHotKeysHotKey.exe"Special function key manager for Chicony keyboards - see here"
USpeedkeySPEEDKEY.EXEAdditional keyboard shortcuts on MS programmable keyboard
UTEscKeyTEscKey.exeToshiba Escape Key handler. Enables you to program and use the <FN><Esc> key combination to perform a specific function
UTFunckeyTFuncKey.exeDeals with the <Fn> - <Function> key combinations on a Toshiba laptop
UTHOTKEYTHotkey.exe"Associated with the Fn+ keys on Toshiba laptops. When disabled some keys still worked
Uva10keyva10key.exeOnly required if you use the 10 kay bay unit with a Sony Vaio laptop
NWebKeyWebKey.exe"WebKey from JB Utilities. Utility to keep track of login data required when browsing the internet"
Xwindowshkey.exe"Added by the GAOBOT.AFW WORM!"
UWinKeywinkey.exe"Loads Copernic's WinKey. Used to map out Windows key hotkey combinations. Not required for the system


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.