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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
Xctfmon.exemsupdate32.exe"Spy Sheriff/SpywareNO malware
XDRam prosessormsupdate.exe"Added by the DELF-FAW TROJAN!"
XIntec Services Driversmsupdate22e.exe"Added by the RBOT-CGC WORM!"
XMicrosoftMSUPDATE.exeAdded by an unidentified WORM or TROJAN!
XMicrosoft IT Updatemsupdate.exe"Added by the RBOT-FE WORM!"
XMicrosoft MSUPDATESpoolSvc.exe"Added by the SXTB-A TROJAN!"
XMicrosoft Updatemsupdate32.exe"Added by a variant of the SPYBOT WORM!"
XMicrosoft Updatemsupdate32.exe"Added by the SPYBOT.LZ WORM!"
XMicrosoft Updatemsupdate.exe"Added by the BOROBOT-I TROJAN!"
XMicrosoft Update 32MSupdate32.exe"Added by a variant of the SPYBOT WORM!"
XMicrosoft Update Servicemsupdate.pif"Added by the RBOT-AQB WORM!"
XMS Updating Utilitymsupdater.exe"Added by the RBOT-XR WORM!"
XMSConfig Managermsupdate.exe"CoolWebSearch parasite variant"
Xmsconfig serviceMSupdate32.exe"Added by a variant of the SPYBOT WORM!"
XMSUpdatewupd.exe"Added by the ALADINZ.M TROJAN!"
XMSUpdatesvchosthlp.exe"Added by the BLASTER.T WORM!"
Xmsupdatemsupdate.exe"Added by the RBOT-MZ WORM!"
XMSUpdatecriticalUpdate.exe"Affilred adware"
Xmsupdateupdate.exe"Added by a variant of the SDBOT WORM!"
XMsupdateexpIorer.exe"Added by the TACTSLAY.A TROJAN!"
XMsupdateoutIook.exe"Added by the TACTSLAY.A TROJAN!"
XMsupdatesvchosts.exe"Added by a variant of the TACTSLAY TROJAN!"
XMsupdatesvcrhost.exe"Added by the TACTSLAY.A TROJAN!"
XMsupdatesvcshost.exe"Added by the TACTSLAY.A TROJAN!"
XMSupdate.exeN/A"CoolWebSearch parasite variant - resets home page to an adult content site"
XMSUpdateDevKitaxfd.exe"Added by the SDBOT-ZD WORM!"
Xmsupdatermsupdater.exe"Added by a variant of the Storm/Nuwar/Zhelatin WORM! See here for an example"
XMsUpdater Systemudpsys32.exe"Added by the RBOT.AAA WORM!"
XMSupdater.exeN/A"CoolWebSearch parasite variant. Installs the Winshow.dll browser plugin"
Xmsupdater25lsasser.exe"Added by the RBOT-ATS WORM!"
Xmsupdatesmsupdt.exe"Added by the RBOT-JO WORM!"
XUpdatesmsupdate.exe"CoolWebSearch parasite variant"
XUSB Drivers1msupdate.exe"Added by a variant of the RBOT WORM!"
XWindows Update Servicemsupdate32.exe"Added by the DLOADR-CRJ TROJAN!"
XWinTimermsupdate.cmd"Hijacker - detected by Kaspersky as the STARTPAGE.TJ 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.