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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
Xafmsmsgsafmsmsgs.exe"Added by the DLOADR-CUX TROJAN!"
Xcsrssmsmsgs.exe"Added by the CHODE-J BACKDOOR! Note - this malware uses MSN Messenger (which is located in %Program Files%\Messenger) in the background to propogate itself"
NMessengermsmsgs.exe"Windows Messenger instant messenger utility included with Windows 2K/XP. Available via the Start menu. Go to Windows Messenger → Tools → Options → Preferences and uncheck ""Run this program when Windows starts"""
XMessenger Servicemsmsgs.exe"Added by the SDBOT-ZB WORM! Note - this particular msmsgs.exe file is located in %System% and should not be mistaken for the MSN Messenger file of the same name which is located in %Program Files%\Messenger"
XMicrosoft Excelemsmsgs.exe"Added by the AGENT.AJQG TROJAN! Note - this particular msmsgs.exe file is located in %System% and should not be mistaken for the MSN Messenger file of the same name which is located in %Program Files%\Messenger"
XMicrosoft Msn Messengermsmsgs.exe"Added by the BUZUS.AYX TROJAN! Note - this particular msmsgs.exe file is located in %System% and should not be mistaken for the MSN Messenger file of the same name which is located in %Program Files%\Messenger"
XMicrosoft Ofticemsmsgs.exe"Added by the IRCBOT.ALT WORM! Note - this particular msmsgs.exe file is located in %System% and should not be mistaken for the MSN Messenger file of the same name which is located in %Program Files%\Messenger"
NMSMSGSmsmsgs.exe"Windows Messenger instant messenger utility included with Windows 2K/XP. Available via the Start menu. Go to Windows Messenger → Tools → Options → Preferences and uncheck ""Run this program when Windows starts"""
XMsmsgsMsmsgs.exe"Added by the SILLYFDC-AP WORM! Note - this particular msmsgs.exe file is located in %System% and should not be mistaken for the MSN Messenger file of the same name which is located in %Program Files%\Messenger"
Xmsmsgsmsmsgs.exe"Added by the SCLOG-AL TROJAN! Note - this particular msmsgs.exe file is located in %System% and should not be mistaken for the MSN Messenger file of the same name which is located in %Program Files%\Messenger"
Xmsmsgs.exeIEXPLORE.EXE"Added by the VB.FQX TROJAN! Note - this is not the legitimate Internet Explorer (iexplore.exe) which is always located in %ProgramFiles%\Internet Explorer and should not normally figure in Msconfig/Startup! This one is located in %System%"
XMSNmsnmsgs.exe"Added by the RBOT-KL WORM! Note - not to be confused with msmsgs.exe
XMsn Messengermsnmsgs.exe"Added by the LOONY-P TROJAN! Note - not to be confused with msmsgs.exe
XMSN Messengermsmsgs.exe"Added by the ZLOB TROJAN! Note - this particular msmsgs.exe file is located in %System% and should not be mistaken for the MSN Messenger file of the same name which is located in %Program Files%\Messenger"
XMsn Update Manager (Sp2)MSMSGS.EXE"Added by the AGOBOT-NL WORM! Note - this particular msmsgs.exe file is located in %System% and should not be mistaken for the MSN Messenger file of the same name which is located in %Program Files%\Messenger"
Xmsnmsgs.exemsnmsgs.exe"Added by the BANKER-HK TROJAN! Note - not to be confused with msmsgs.exe
Xnotepad.exemsmsgs.exe"Added by the ZLOB TROJAN and variants! Note - this particular msmsgs.exe file is located in %System% and should not be mistaken for the MSN Messenger file of the same name which is located in %Program Files%\Messenger"
XRegSvr32msmsgs.exe"Added by the ZLOB.B TROJAN! Note - this particular msmsgs.exe file is located in %System% and should not be mistaken for the MSN Messenger file of the same name which is located in %Program Files%\Messenger"
XSchedulerMSMSGS.EXE"Added by the HOSTBANK-A TROJAN! Note - this particular msmsgs.exe file is located in %System%\Config and should not be mistaken for the MSN Messenger file of the same name which is located in %Program Files%\Messenger"
XSSL Manageramsnmsgs.exe"Added by a variant of the SDBOT WORM!"
XUser Messages Managerusnmsgs.exe"Added by a variant of the IRCBOT TROJAN! See here"
XWindows Live Msgs!wlivemsgs.exe"Added by a variant of the IRCBOT TROJAN! See here"
XWindows Service Managermsgs.exe"Added by the OSCABOT-E WORM!"
XYhooUapdatesymssmsgs.exe"Added by a variant of the SMALL_K TROJAN!"
XYhooUpdatesymsmsgs.exe"Added by the SMALL_K 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.