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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
UAOL Spyware ProtectionAOLSP Scheduler.exeAOL's spyware protection program
NASE SchedulerASE Scheduler.exe"Aluria Software's spyware removal tool - we can't really recommend this product as Aluria have recently partnered with WhenU
NCONNECTAuto UpdateCONNECTScheduler.exe"Automatic update scheduler for the Sony CONNECT Player originally supplied with their range of USB or hard disk based MP3 players and used in conjunction with the CONNECT Music store download service - now replaced by SonicStage CP"
NCONNECTSchedulerCONNECTScheduler.exe"Automatic update scheduler for the Sony CONNECT Player originally supplied with their range of USB or hard disk based MP3 players and used in conjunction with the CONNECT Music store download service - now replaced by SonicStage CP"
UDell DataSafe SchedulerDataSafeOnlineScheduler.exe"Scheduler for Dell DataSafe™ Online which ""helps protect your music
NDMASchedulerDMAScheduler.exe"Related to DigitalMedia Plus Archiver. This program is non-essential process to the running of the program
UHP Health Check ScheduleHPHC_Scheduler.exeHP Health Check Scheduler from Hewlett-Packard
NIntervideo WinSchedulerWinScheduler.exe"WinScheduler is installed with WinDVD Remote Control for WinDVD from Intervideo. If you want to schedule recordings from your TV tuner card
UMRU-Blaster Schedulerscheduler.exe"Scheduler for MRU-Blaster - ""a program made to do one large task - detect and clean MRU (most recently used) lists on your computer"""
UOpSchedulerOpScheduler.exe"Part of Nuance (was Scansoft) OmniPage Pro document conversion software"
UPBKSchedulerPBKScheduler.exe"Scheduler for CyberLink PowerBackup - archiving/backup utility"
NPowerReg SchedulerPowerReg Scheduler.exe"PowerREGISTER from Leadertech. Registration reminder as used by Iomega
?PPSchedulerPPScheduler.exe"Part of Nuance (ScanSoft) PaperPort - ""scan
URegClean Expert SchedulerRCScheduler.exe"""Registry Clean Expert scans the Windows registry and finds incorrect or obsolete information in the registry. By fixing these obsolete information in Windows registry
URetrieverSchedulerretrieverscheduler.exe"80-20 Retriever from 80-20 - ""80-20 Retriever is a powerful personal search tool that encompasses email folders
Uscheduler_monitorinit_scheduler.exe"Scheduler for ReaConverter advanced image converter"
XScheduling AgentScheduler.exe"Added by the SUBWOOFER TROJAN! Note - this is not the real MS Scheduling agent as the executable is incorrect"
XService Schedulerscheduler.exe"Added by the AGOBOT-PH WORM!"
XWindows Schedulerwmscheduler.exe"Added by a variant of the SDBOT WORM! See here"
XWindows Scheduler!scheduler.exe"Added by a variant of the IRCBOT BACKDOOR! See here"
UWSchedulerWScheduler.exe"Windows Scheduler - "schedule unattended running of applications
UXemiComputers SchedulerScheduler.exe"Smooth Program Scheduler from XemiComputers ""will start any program you want at a scheduled time"""
U{1290A33C-85F5-4164-A1BE-7DD299D4986A}PBKScheduler.exe"Scheduler for CyberLink PowerBackup - archiving/backup utility"

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.