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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
UAdobe Gamma LoaderAdobe Gamma Loader.exe"Adjusts monitor colours across all programs
UAdobe Gamma Loader.exeAdobe Gamma Loader.exe"Adjusts monitor colours across all programs
XAutoloaderaproposclientApropos_Client_Loader.exe"AproposMedia adware"
XAutoloaderaproposclientcxtpls_loader.exe"AproposMedia adware"
XAutoLoaderEnvoloAutoUpdaterauto_update_loader.exe"Envolo/AproposMedia adware updater"
Ublsloaderblsloader.exe"BellSouth ISP Internet Tools"
XBootLoaderBootLoader.exe.vbs"Added by the WATERWORKS WORM!"
UDMHotKeyDMLoader.exeHotKey access to the Samsung Display Manager on laptops and ultra-mobiles that support it - such as the M55 and Q1
Xdmloaderdmloader.exe"Added by a variant of the RBOT WORM!"
UeDataSecurity LoadereDSloader.exe"Part of Acer Empowering Technology. ""Acer eDataSecurity Management is a handy file encryption utility that protects files from being accessed by unauthorized persons
NEDLoaderDTLoader.exeEffective Desktop from MiniStars Software - desktop management software no longer being supported
UFirefox PreloaderFirefoxPreloader.exe"Firefox Preloader - ""a utility that is designed to load parts of Mozilla Firefox into memory before it is used to improve the its startup time"". Even on fast machines Firefox can take a while to load"
XFXieloader.exeAdded by the SMALL.RR TROJAN!
XIomega_loaderIomega_loader.exe"Added by the ANTINNY.F WORM!"
Xloaderloader.exe"Homepage hijacker
ULogon LoaderLogonLoader.exe"Logon Loader - customize boot & login screens"
ULogon Loader RandomLogonLoader.exe"Logon Loader - customize boot & login screens"
XMicrosoft Windows Loaderwloader.exe"Added by a variant of the AGOBOT/GAOBOT WORM!"
Xmswsplvnmispoisn downloader.exeSearchBarCash adware variant
XNeroLoaderNeroLoader.exe"Added by the BANCBAN-EJ TROJAN!"
NNorton Navigator Loadernnloader.exe"An older Norton utility for file management under Windows 95. More information here"
XOeloaderOeloader.exe"Xupiter OrbitExplorer toolbar related. Drive-by foistware. Use Spybot S&D
UQoeloaderQoeloader.exe"Qurb 2.0 anti-spam tool for Outlook/Outlook Express. Required when supporting OE but not for Outlook. Shortcut available via Start -> Programs"
Xsearchbarvnmispoisn downloader.exeSearchBarCash adware variant
NSMSI LoaderSMLoader.exe"Smith Micro HotFax - fax software"
XSound Loadersndloader.exe"Added by the AGOBOT-BV WORM!"
Xstcloaderstcloader.exe"SecondThought adware"
Xvnmispoisn downloadervnmispoisn downloader.exeSearchBarCash adware variant
XWifi Loader!wifiloader.exe"Added by the IRCBOT.XES BACKDOOR!"
XWindows Media Loaderwmloader.exe"Added by a variant of the GAOBOT WORM!"
?XTCsgloaderXTCsgloader.exe"Another Xupiter toolbar variant??"
XXupiterCfgLoaderXTCfgLoader.exe"Xupiter - adware and homepage hijacker. Use Spybot S&D
XXupiterCfgLoaderBWCfgLoader.exe"Xupiter - adware and homepage hijacker. Use Spybot S&D
XXupiterToolbarLoaderXupiterToolbarLoader.exe"Xupiter - adware and homepage hijacker. Use Spybot S&D
X[random name]CXTPLS_LOADER.EXE"AproposMedia adware"
X[Randomly chosen existing folder name]_loader.exe"Added by the ANTINNY-L WORM!"

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.