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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
?3Com LauncherLauncher.exe"Related to networking products from 3Com Corporation. What does it do and is it required?"
UAcer Assist Launcherlauncher.exe"Acer Assist - program that provides information about new updates or notices from Acer"
UAcer ePower ManagementePowerTrayLauncher.exeLauncher for the Acer® PowerSmart Manager power management utility included on some models in the Aspire range of notebooks
?anycom bluetoothftflauncher.exe"Associated with an Anycom bluetooth wireless card. What does it do and is it required?"
NApplication LauncherApplication Launcher.exe"System Tray access to the Sony Ericsson PC Suite and HTC Sync mobile phone management utilities. Run manually via the Start Menu (or optional desktop shortcut) before connecting the phone"
NBBLauncher.exeBBLauncher.exe"BounceBack Professional - back-up software"
NBookmarkCentralBMLauncher.exe"Bookmark Express - "offers a more flexible way to manage Web site bookmarks
?CameraApplicationLauncherCameraApplicationLaunchpadLauncher.exe"Supports the integrated webcam on IBM/Lenovo Thinkpad notebooks. What does it do and is it required?"
UChikkaDefaultChikkaLauncher.exe"Chikka PC text messanger and IM client"
NCreative LauncherCTLauncher.exeFor Creative Soundblaster Live! series soundcards. Adds a quick-launch bar to the top of the display and a System Tray icon. Available via Start -> Programs
UDMXLauncherDMXLauncher.exe"Part of Dell's Media Experience
NDVDLauncherDVDLauncher.exe"Part of Cyberlink's Power Cinema - allows you to play DVDs upon insertion"
NECenterEULALauncher.exeEnd User License Agreement (EULA) launcher - related to Dell E-Center/Google Toolbar
?Empowering Technology LaunchereAPLauncher.exe"Part of Acer Empowering Technology. What does it do and is it required?"
?EmpoweringTechnologyFramework.Launcher.exe"Part of Acer Empowering Technology. What does it do and is it required?"
XLauncherlauncher.exeSpyware component related to DownloadWare and found in %ProgramFiles%\KFH
ULauncherlauncher.exe"PC Angel recovery program from SoftThinks. Located in a ""SMINST"" sub-folder of the Windows or Winnt directory"
ULauncherLauncher.exe"SpeedUpMyPC 2009 from Uniblue - which ""lets you monitor and control all your PC resources with easy
NMobile Connectivity SuiteApplication Launcher.exe"System Tray access to the HTC Sync mobile phone management utility for models including the Hero
NPC Suite for SmartphonesApplication Launcher.exe"System Tray access to the Sony Ericsson PC Suite mobile phone management utility for some models
UPDAsyncSyncLauncher.exe"Laplink PDASync - PDA synchronisation utility"
?PrimaLauncherLauncher.exe"Associated with PrimaScan scanners. Is it required?"
YPSQLLauncherlauncher.exe"IBM ThinkVantage Fingerprint Software"
YQuickLaunchErQuickLaunchEr.ExeQuickLaunchEr - allows you to quickly launch programs from an icon in the system tray
URK LauncherRKLauncher.exe"RK Launcher by RaduKing - ""is a free application that will allow the user to have a visually pleasing bar at the side of the screen that is used to quickly launch shortcuts"""
Nsclaunchersclauncher.exe"SimpleCenter digital media player/manager that supports the iPod
?SDMSSplashlauncher.exe"Part of HP's Smart Desktop Management System - ""Preloaded on select business desktops
UService Centrelauncher.exe"Management tool for the Open Networks iConnect series of products - as used by Australian ISP's such as iiNet and Hotkey"
?SmartLauncherSmartLauncher.exe"Related to SmartLauncher from Northstar Systems Corp. What does it do and is it required?"
NSony Ericsson PC SuiteApplication Launcher.exe"System Tray access to Sony Ericsson PC Suite which ""connects your phone to your computer and expands the capabilities of your phone"". Run manually via the Start Menu (or optional desktop shortcut) before connecting the phone"
NsuSchedulerUCLauncher.exe"Scheduler for versions of ThinkVantage System Update (for software updates) found on IBM/Lenovo ThinkCentre/ThinkStation desktops and Thinkpad notebooks"
Ntoolbar_eula_launcherEULALauncher.exe"Related to Google Desktop"
UUniblueSpeedUpMyPCLauncher.exe"SpeedUpMyPC 2009 from Uniblue - which ""lets you monitor and control all your PC resources with easy
NVegas Palms - LauncherLauncher.exe"Vegas Palms on-line cassino"
UWebshotsLauncher.exe"Webshots - software that displays photos as your screensaver and wallpaper
XwowLauncher.exe"Added by the DELF-DOR TROJAN!"
NZune LauncherZuneLauncher.exe"Automatically launches the Zune software for Microsoft's Zune media players when they're connected to your PC. The software can be used to manage media
NZuneLauncherZuneLauncher.exe"Automatically launches the Zune software for Microsoft's Zune media players when they're connected to your PC. The software can be used to manage media
NZuneŽZuneLauncher.exe"Automatically launches the Zune software for Microsoft's Zune media players when they're connected to your PC. The software can be used to manage media


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.