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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
XActiveScan AntivirusActiveScan.exe"Added by the RBOT-FKQ WORM!"
Xantispyscan.exe"IE AntiVirus rogue security software - not recommended
Xavscanavscan.exe"Added by the SILLYFDC.BCR WORM! The file is in the users %Temp% directory"
XAvScanavscan.exe"Antivirus System PRO and Spyware Protect 2009 rogue security software. The file is located in %ProgramFiles%\<rogue name>"
XIE-Securityiescan.exe"IE-Security rogue spyware remover - not recommended
XIE-Securitywdscan.exe"IE-Security rogue spyware remover - not recommended
XLTM2winscan.exe"Added by the LITMUS-B TROJAN!"
XMicrosoftrtvcscan.exe"Added by the RBOT-GGU WORM!"
Xmsscan.exemsscan.exe"Microsoft Security Adviser rogue security software - not recommended"
UNBKeyScanNBKeyScan.exe"This tool comes with a special version of Nero BackItUp for some external harddisks. Controls two buttons on the drive - one button power off the drive and the other directly calls Nero BackItUp to make a quick backup"
YNOD32POP3Pop3scan.exe"POP3 E-mail part of Eset's NOD32 virus-scanner"
NPC SpeedScan ProPCSpeedScan.exe"Ascentive PC SpeedScan Pro registry optimizer - not recommended
XPDASCANpdascan.exe"Added by the AGOBOT-QY WORM!"
XPower Scanpowerscan.exe"Foistware by Integrated Search Technologies - the people behind ISTBar adware"
XPrivacyScannerpscan.exe"Privacy Champion
XRegScanRegscan.exe"Added by the TALEX TROJAN!"
USpyware Begonefreescan.exe"Spyware BeGone - spyware remover. Previously not recommended
XTotalSecure2009scan.exe"Total Secure 2009 rogue security software - not recommended
UTrojanScannerTrjscan.exe"Trojan Remover from Simply Super Software. Scans for an removes trojan viruses where anti-virus software may have not detected or removed"
NVistascanvistascan.exe"Included in VistaScan are VistaAccess and VistaShuttle. VistaAccess gives you quick and easy access to scanning functions right from your desktop. For Windows users
YVrBootScanVRBScan.exe"Boot scan feature of the HAURI ViRobot series of internet security products. HAURI's ViRobot engine is included in those used by VirusTotal
XWidnows Xp Web scanxpscan.exe"Added by a variant of the SDBOT WORM!"
XWindows Anti Virus Control Centeravrscan.exe"Added by a variant of the IRCBOT BACKDOOR!"
XWindows Anti Virus Control Centerwinavscan.exe"Added by a variant of the IRCBOT BACKDOOR!"
XWindows Registry Scanregscan.exe"Added by the RBOT-HA WORM!"
XWlan Driveravscan.exe"Added by the WOOTBOT.DH WORM!"

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.