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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
XMicrosoft Development Debuggermsdev.exe"Added by a variant of the RBOT WORM!"
XMicrosoft Development Servicesmsdevelop.exe"Added by the RBOT-FWS WORM!"
XMicrosoft Device Managermsdevmgr32.exe"Added by the LATEDA.B TROJAN!"
Xmsdevmsdev.exe"Added by the FORBOT-CR WORM!"
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"
Xmsdev controlmsdevctrl.exe"Added by the SPYBOT.N BACKDOOR!"
Xmsvsc32msdev.exe"Added by the RBOT-GJ WORM!"
XWINDOWS SYSTEMmsdev32.exe"Added by the MYTOB.EH WORM!"
XWindows UpdateMSDEVS30.exeAdded by the SPYBOT.AHC 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.