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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
XMicrosoft Java Virtual MachineMsConfiG.exe"Added by the FORBOT-DV WORM! Note - this is not the legitimate msconfig.exe which should only appear in Msconfig/Startup if you leave the warning box unchecked after changing an Msconfig entry and rebooting"
NMicrosoft System Configuration Utilitymsconfig.exeEntry that appears when you uncheck an item in the MSConfig Startup group and will disappear if on the next reboot you select the option to not be reminded that you are running in Selective Startup mode. Located in %System% (98/Me/Vista) or %Windir%\PCHealth\HelpCtr\Binaries (XP)
NMSConfigmsconfig.exeEntry that appears when you uncheck an item in the MSConfig Startup group and will disappear if on the next reboot you select the option to not be reminded that you are running in Selective Startup mode. Located in %System% (98/Me/Vista) or %Windir%\PCHealth\HelpCtr\Binaries (XP)
Xmsconfigmsconfig.exe"CoolWebSearch MSConfig parasite variant. Note - this overwrites the legitimate msconfig.exe which should only appear in Msconfig/Startup if you leave the warning box unchecked after changing an Msconfig entry and rebooting"
Xmsconfigmsconfig.exe"Added by the WINUR WORM! Note - this is not the legitimate msconfig.exe which should only appear in Msconfig/Startup if you leave the warning box unchecked after changing an Msconfig entry and rebooting. This one is located in c:\winrun"
Xmsconfigmsconfig.com"Added by the IRCBOT-SM WORM!"
Xmsconfigmsconfig.bat"Added by the PAHATIA.B WORM!"
XMsconfig lptt01msconfig.exe"RapidBlaster variant (in a ""msconfig"" folder in Program Files). Recommended you use RapidBlaster Killer to uninstall - see here. Note - this is not the valid Windows Msconfig which has the same executable name"
XMsconfig ml097emsconfig.exe"RapidBlaster variant (in a ""msconfig"" folder in Program Files). Recommended you use RapidBlaster Killer to uninstall - see here. Note - this is not the valid Windows Msconfig which has the same executable name"
Xmsconfig.msconf.exe"Added by the BUZUS-AY WORM!"
Xmsconfig.exeproxy.exeAdded by a variant of the AGENT.AH downloader TROJAN!
Xmsconfig.exeuline.exeAdded by a variant of the AGENT.AH downloader TROJAN!
NMSConfigRemindermsconfig.exeEntry that appears when you uncheck an item in the MSConfig Startup group and will disappear if on the next reboot you select the option to not be reminded that you are running in Selective Startup mode. This particular entry is specific only to 98/Me and is located in %System%
Xmsdevmsconfig.exe"Added by the AGOBOT.AAU WORM! Note - this is not the legitimate msconfig.exe which should only appear in Msconfig/Startup if you leave the warning box unchecked after changing an Msconfig entry and rebooting"
Xwinrunmsconfig.exe"Added by the WINUR WORM! Note - this is not the legitimate msconfig.exe which should only appear in Msconfig/Startup if you leave the warning box unchecked after changing an Msconfig entry and rebooting. This one is located in c:\winrun"


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.