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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
N@lohareminder.exe"Registration reminder for
NAcer Tour ReminderReminder.exePopup reminder to take the tour of your new Acer laptop
XAIM reminderAIM reminder.exe"Added by the BUDDY.E TROJAN!"
UBreak_ReminderBREAK REMINDER.exe"Break Reminder - Remind yourself to take breaks to prevent computer related injuries. See here"
NCreateCD_Reminderreminder.exeReminder to create system recovery CD/DVDs on a Sony Vaio laptop or desktop
NInstant Update Centerreminder.exe"Event reminder for calendar dates
NKana ReminderReminder.exe"Kana Reminder is a program which can be used to set a reminder to be triggered at a specified time"
UMiniReminderMiniReminder.exe"""MiniReminder is a small
NOrderReminderOrderReminder.exeThe HP Order Reminder utility is installed with the HP LaserJet printer software and allows you to set specific times for reminders to check the current level of toner in the print cartridge - it also contains an Order Now link to a Web page that helps you order supplies online from a reseller of your choice
NPC Pitstop Optimize ReminderReminder.exe"Registration reminder for the PC Pitstop Optimize 2.0 system optimizatoon utility by CA. Located in %ProgramFiles%\PCPitstop\Optimize2"
NPCPitstop Registration ReminderReminder.exe"Registration reminder for the Exterminate antimalware package from PC Pitstop"
NPitFrame ModuleReminder.exe"Registration reminder for the PC Pitstop Optimize 2.0 system optimizatoon utility by CA. Located in %ProgramFiles%\PCPitstop\Optimize2"
NQBReminderFlashQBReminder.exe"Upgrade reminder for Intuit's QuickBooks"
NReminderreminder.exeFrom MS Money. Reminds you of your bills
NReminderReminder.exe"Registration reminder for the PC Pitstop Optimize 2.0 system optimizatoon utility by CA. Located in %ProgramFiles%\PCPitstop\Optimize2"
XReminderReminder.exe"Registration reminder for the Secure Expert Cleaner rogue privacy program - see here. Located in %ProgramFiles%\SecureExpertCleaner"
Xrun=RegistryReminder.exe"Added by the APSTROJAN.OB TROJAN!"
XSafeStripReminderSafeStripReminder.exe"SafeStrip rogue security software - not recommended
NShockmachineReminderSmReminder.exe"""Shockmachine is a stand-alone application that lets users collect Macromedia Shockwave and Flash titles and play them offline"". Could be a registration reminder for the trial version"
NTalkingReminderTALKINGREMINDER.EXE"Talking Reminder from Software River Solutions - talking calendar reminder"
UVirtuaReminderVirtuaReminder.exe"VirtuaReminder is a tool allowing the user to create reminders for such things as important appointments
UWinColorReminderWinColorReminder.exe"The Microsoft Color Control Panel Applet for Windows XP ""helps you manage Windows color settings in one place."" Part of the Pro Imaging Powertoys"

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.