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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
UAgere SoftModem Messaging AppletAGRSMMSG.exeInstalled with the drivers for internal software modems based upon Lucent/Agere Systems chipsets - required if you use the SoftModem Assistant to configure the modem
UAGRSMMSGAGRSMMSG.exeInstalled with the drivers for internal software modems based upon Lucent/Agere Systems chipsets - required if you use the SoftModem Assistant to configure the modem
UAlwaysReady Power Message APPARPWRMSG.EXE"""Away Mode"" feature added with Update Rollup 2 for Windows XP Media Center Edition 2005 that allows the computer to appear off to the user while it continues to perform tasks that do not require user input
UAMSGAmsg.exe"Part of the IBM ThinkVantage Productivity Center. ""The Message Center sends automatic notification on ThinkVantage Technologies integrated with your system. Once you're online"""
UAntiWindowsMessengerAntiMsMsg.exe"Anti-Windows_Messenger is a small application that prevents Windows Messenger from remaining resident in memory"
XAol Instant Messengeraolmsg.exe"Added by the KELVIR.AL WORM!"
UARPWRMSGARPWRMSG.EXE"""Away Mode"" feature added with Update Rollup 2 for Windows XP Media Center Edition 2005 that allows the computer to appear off to the user while it continues to perform tasks that do not require user input
XaugmsgAUGMSG.EXE"Added by the SPYBOT-CO WORM!"
YBCMDMMSGbcmdmmsg.exeBCM voicemodem driver. Required for dial-up if you have one of these modems
YBCMSMMSGBCMSMMSG.exeBCM voicemodem driver. Required for dial-up if you have one of these modems
XcandynetTaskmsg.exe"Added by the RBOT-NA WORM!"
XConfiguration Loadermsg.exe"Added by the SDBOT.BT WORM!"
NGWMDMMSGGWMDMMSG.exeUsed with internal modems on Gateway and vprMatrix PCs. This is the "GTW modem messaging applet" and is not required for the modem to work correctly
YLTMSGltmsg.exe"Lucent Technologies (now Alcatel-Lucent) WinModem - which uses software rather than hardware
NLTSMMSGLTSMMSG.exe"Lucent Tech. Soft Modem Messaging application - may be found on Fujitsu Lifebook
YLTWinModem1ltmsg.exe"Lucent Technologies (now Alcatel-Lucent) WinModem - which uses software rather than hardware
YLUCENT TECHNOLOGIES ltmsgltmsg.exe"Lucent Technologies (now Alcatel-Lucent) WinModem - which uses software rather than hardware
YMessengerSCANMSG.EXE"AntiVirus Quick Heal - virus protection"
XMicrosoft Genuine Logonmsnmsg.exe"Added by the IRCBOT-XH WORM!"
XMicrosoft MSN 7 Servicesmsnmsg.exe"Added by a variant of the IRCBOT BACKDOOR!"
XMicrosoft Server Applacationsmsnmsg.exe"Added by the AGOBOT.BBM WORM!"
XMicrosoft Windows Update Servicemsnmsg.exe"Added by a variant of the IRCBOT BACKDOOR!"
XmsMGRrtkmsg.exe"Added by the SDBOT-BPY WORM!"
Xmsnmsnmsg.exe"Added by the RBOT-GO WORM!"
XMSN Message Servicemsnmsg.exe"Added by a variant of the IRCBOT BACKDOOR! See here"
XMsn Messenger Servicemsnmsg.exe"Added by the SDBOT.BMU WORM!"
Xmsnmsgmsnmsg.exe"Added by the BANKER-CLX TROJAN!"
Xmsnmsg.exemscmd32.exeAdded by a variant of the AGENT.AH TROJAN!
Xmsnmsg.exemsnmsg.exe"Added by the BANCBAN-KN TROJAN!"
Unetmsgnetmsg.exe"Net_Message is a small tool to send messages across the network
Unwrecmsgnwrecmsg.exe"Broadcast message handler part of Novell Netware that displays server
XPlug And Playmsnmsg.exe"Added by the RBOT-ID WORM!"
NQuickenSEMessageQsemsg.exeQuicken option
USMS Win9x Message AgentSMSMsg.exeThis program assigns a user to a Systems Management Server site
UTWarnMsgtwarnmsg.exe"Toshiba System Warning Function for Windows 98
XUser Messagesusrmsg.exe"Added by a variant of the IRCBOT TROJAN! See here"
YVet AlertVETMSG.EXE"Computer Associates Vet Anti-Virus software"
YVetAlertVETMSG.EXE"Computer Associates Vet Anti-Virus software"
UWAWifiMessageWiFiMsg.exe"""HP Wireless Assistant is a user application that provides a method for controlling the enablement of individual wireless devices (such as Bluetooth or WLAN devices) and that shows the state of the radios for these wireless devices"""
XWindows Generic Procprocmsg.exe"Added by the ALLIM.B WORM!"
XWindows iMessenger Messengerwinimsg.exe"Added by the ALLIM.A WORM!"
XWindows Live Msgswlivemsg.exe"Added by a variant of the IRCBOT TROJAN! See here"
XWindows Messengermsnmsg.exe"Added by the SPYBOT.BV WORM!"
XWindows Messenger Messengerwinmsg.exe"Added by the VELKBOT.A WORM!"
XWindows Registrymsnmsg.exe"Added by a variant of the RBOT WORM!"
XWindows Servicesscmsg.exe"Added by a variant of the SDBOT WORM!"
XWinDynManageramsnmsg.exe"Added by the SDBOT-IA BACKDOOR!"
XYahoo MessengerYahoomsg.exeAdded by an unidentified WORM or TROJAN!


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.