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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
X(Default)KEYBOARD.exe"Added by the AUTORUN.BUK WORM! Note - this malware actually changes the value data of the ""(Default)"" key in HKLM\Run in order to force Windows to launch it at boot. The name field in MSConfig may be blank"
XDisableKeybaord"Rundll32.exe KeyboardDisable"
UEasyKeyboardLoggerEasyKeyboardLogger.exe"EasyKeyLogger keystroke logger/monitoring program - remove unless you installed it yourself!"
UHP Gaming Keyboardrazerhid.exeHP VoodooDNA Gaming Keyboard (powered by Razer) driver - required if you use the additional features and programmed keys/macros
XIBM Keyboard Driverikeybdrv.exe"Added by the SDBOT.IC TROJAN!"
Xkeyboardkeyboard*.exe [* = number]"Detected by Kaspersky as the VB.ZG TROJAN!"
Xkeyboardkybrdef_7.exe"DollarRevenue adware"
Xkeyboard[path to trojan]"Added by the DLOADR-AOZ TROJAN!"
XKeyboardlsass.exe"Added by the AGENT.US WORM! Note - this is not the legitimate lsass.exe process which is always located in %System% and should not normally figure in Msconfig/Startup! This one is located in %CommonAppData%\Fearghus"
NKeyboard CustomizerTpKmapAp.exe"Part of the Keyboard Customizer Utility for IBM/Lenovo Thinkpad notebooks. This is the main user interface for the utility but it doesn't normally seem to be running if enabled at startup. Also
UKeyboard ManagerMMKeybd.exeMultimedia keyboard manager. Required if you use the additional keys
YKeyboard Preload CheckPreload.exeMillenium Multi-Function Keyboard driver
?Keyboard StatusKeyStat.exe"Multimedia keyboard manager for Medion desktop and notebook PCs? Located in %ProgramFiles%\Medion\KeyStat"
Xkeyboard_enumkeyboard_enum.exe"Added by the BDOOR-GP BACKDOOR!"
ULWBKEYBOARDKbdAp32A.exeKeyboard utility for a Labtec brand (and possibly others) keyboard. If you disable this entry you will not be able to use any of the keyboard hotkeys or other non-standard functions on the keyboard
UMagicKeyboardPreMKBD.exe"Related to Samsung laptops. Provides ability to program keys to perform specific functions"
XMicrosoft Keyboard Enhance 2.0.iasrecst.exe"Added by the BCKDR-QIL BACKDOOR!"
XMicrosoft Keyboard Enhance V2.0iasrecst.exe"Detected by F-Prot as the DOWNLOADER2.AILI TROJAN!"
XMicrosoft Taskmanager Updaterkeyboard.exe"Added by the RBOT-ALU WORM!"
XMicrosoft Windows Keyboard servicekeyboard.exe"Added by the RBOT-CRF WORM!"
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
UMULTIMEDIA KEYBOARDMMKeybd.exeMultimedia keyboard manager. Required if you use the additional keys
XMULTIMEDIA KEYBOARD88smss.exe"Added by the SILLYFDC WORM! Note - this is not the legitimate smss.exe process which should not normally figure in Msconfig/Startup!"
XNLS Keyboardkeyboard.exe"Added by a variant of the SPYBOT WORM!"
UPrivacyKeyboardPrivacyKeyboard.exe"PrivacyKeyboard is a product ""that can provide every computer with strong protection against ALL types of keylogging programs and keylogging hardware devices
USiS Compatible Super VGA Keyboard Daemonkeyhook.exe"Hotkey manager for Silicon Integrated Systems (SiS) based graphics chipsets - disable unless you use hotkeys"
USmart KeyboardSmartkbd.exeNetropa Smart Keyboard driver
YStart RF Wireless Keyboardktrexe.exeYuanxun Electronics RF wireless keyboard driver
?USB Hub Keyboard PatchSKBPATCH.EXEUSB HUB Update
XWindows Keyboard Serviceswinkeyboard.exe"Added by the IRCBOT.AFS WORM!"
XWindows Keyboard Serviceswinkeybrd.exe"Added by a variant of the IRCBOT TROJAN! See here"
XWindows Keyboard Serviceswinkeybrd32.exe"Added by a variant of the IRCBOT TROJAN! See here"
UWireLessKeyboardPS2USBKbdDrv.exe"Related to WireLess Keyboard Multimedia Combo Set by SANSUN Industries"

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.