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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
XMstaskmstask.exe"Added by the OPASERV.N WORM! Note - this is not the legitimate mstask.exe system file and the executable resides in %Windir%"
Xmstaskmstask.exe"Browser hijacker - redirecting to Note - this is not the legitimate mstask.exe system file"
UPlanlægningsagentmstask.exe"Windows Task Scheduler (on Danish language versions of Windows) - displayed as a box with a stopwatch in the System Tray. Required if you have regularly scheduled tasks like defragmenting
USchedulingAgentmstask.exe"MS Scheduling Agent in Win98/Me/2K - displayed as a box with a stopwatch in the System Tray that is only needed if you have regular scheduled disk defragmenting
XSchedulingAgentmstask.exeAdded by unidentified MALWARE! Note - this is not the MS Scheduling Agent in Win98/Me/2K. This one also loads via the HKLM\RunServices registry key but is located in %System% on a WinXP machine - where a file of that name does not normally exist

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.