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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
Y1A:Stardock MCPmcpserver.exe"Master Control Program for Stardock apps
Y1A:Stardock TrayMonitorTrayServer.exeFor monitoring tray icons - if disabled icons will not be displayed in ObjectBar or DesktopX
UAXIS Print System DriverServerDriverServer.exe"Part of AXIS Print System from AXIS Communications - ""adds printer discovery
XBoot Serverbootserver.exe"Added by a variant of the IRCBOT BACKDOOR! See here"
NBulletProof FTP Serverbpftpserver.exe"BulletProof FTP Server"
XCARPserverCARPserver.exe"Added by the BANKER-AN TROJAN!"
NCesarFTP FTP Serverserver.exe"CesarFTPd - FTP server"
UCGServercgserver.exe"Associated with an Eicon Networks ISDN or ADSL modem. Call Guard Server (CGserver) watches your modem and blocks incoming or outgoing calls. You need cgard.exe (from Startmenu) to configure cgserver with rules and telephone numbers. Good against unwanted dialer programs"
Xcmsiserver.exe"Added by the DLOADER-WK TROJAN!"
XCOM+ EventSystem ServicesECSERVER.EXE"Added by a variant of the SDBOT WORM!"
UCSS ServerCSSServer.exe"ComSpySysSvr surveillance software. Uninstall this software unless you put it there yourself"
XDM_serverdmserver.exe"Comet Cursor adware"
NDoroServerDoroServer.exe"Doro PDF Writer from The SZ Development. All what you need for creating pdf files"
Xdreamsserver.exe"Added by a variant of the SDBOT WORM!"
XeasyServServer.exe"Added by the EASYSERV TROJAN!"
?ENSApServer2_0APSERVER.EXE"Intel AnyPoint Wireless II Home Network related. Now discontinued. What does it do and is it required?"
UFaxCtrl.exeASMediaProxyServer.exe"Part of Avaya's Contact Center Express - ""a multi-channel
?FtpServer.exeFtpServer.exe"Part of the Sharpdesk from Sharp Electronics. ""A desktop-based
UGravis Appawareloaderdbserver.exe"Looks like it's associated with Gravis game controllers and the Keyset Manager
XG_Server.exeG_Server.exe"Added by the FEUTEL-C TROJAN!"
XHKCUserver.exe"Added by the AGENT-NLT TROJAN!"
XHKLMserver.exe"Added by the AGENT-NLT TROJAN!"
XHpPrinterhpserver.exe"Added by the CMJSPY-W TROJAN!"
XhuigeziHgzServer.exe"Added by the GRAYBIRD.C TROJAN!"
NICServerIcserver.exeIntel Intercast viewer software. Gives access to selected internet pages which are broadcasted by several TV stations
UIEServerIEServer.exe"HB Screen Spy surveillance software. Uninstall this software unless you put it there yourself"
XMicrosoft Svchost local servicesmsnserver.exe"Added by the RBOT-GPM WORM!"
XMiniServer.exeMiniServer.exe"Added by the LITTLEW-E TROJAN!"
Umm_servermm_server.exe"Part of MusicMatch Jukebox - digital music player / CD burner and ripper / music organizer / playlist creator"
XMSN Servermsmsnserver.exe"Added by the IRCBOT.AUS BACKDOOR!"
XMSN User Servermsnserver.exe"Added by a variant of the IRCBOT BACKDOOR! See here"
NMusic01 ServerMusic01 Server.exe"J River Media Jukebox"
NNGServerngserver.exeSymantec/Norton Ghost Console service
UNokia M PlatformNokiaMServer.exe"Part of the Nokia Music music manager
UNokiaMServerNokiaMServer.exe"Part of the Nokia Music music manager
XNtcheckmapserver.exe"Added by the TOMPAI-B WORM!"
YObject Store Serverosserver.exe"Comes with HyperTextStudio. From the supplier - "The Osserver maintains the database for HyperText Studio projects - absolutely vital
XpcServerserver.exe"Ssppyy spyware"
XPoliciesserver.exe"Added by the SPYRAT WORM!"
XPoliciesserver.exe"Added by the AGENT-NLT TROJAN!"
XRunProgServer.exe"Added by the OPTIX.04.A TROJAN!"
YR_serverr_server.exe"Radmin - remote admistrator server. Note - the file is located in %ProgramFiles%\Radmin"
Xr_serverr_server.exe"Added by the HACDEF-DR TROJAN! Note - do not confuse with the valid Radmin file with the same name which is located in %ProgramFiles%\Radmin. This one is located in %System%"
XSecurity Server DBsecserver.exe"Added by a variant of the IRCBOT BACKDOOR! See here"
Xserverserver.exe"Added by the DELTAD.A WORM!"
Xserverserver.exe"Added by the SINGU-Q TROJAN!"
Nslimp3SliMP3 Server.exe"Slimp3 Server - ""presents an entirely new way of accessing and enjoying your music collection. Instead of storing your music on CDs or memory cards
XSQLserver.exe"Added by the PUNYA-B WORM!"
Xstartkeyserver.exe"Added by the BIFROSE-DB TROJAN!"
YSunProtectionServerSunProtectionServer.exe"CounterSpy antispyware software"
YSunServerSunServer.exe"CounterSpy antispyware software"
XSystem Services Monitorserver.exe"Bifrost malware"
USystemServicensserver.exe"NiceSpy keystroke logger/monitoring program - remove unless you installed it yourself!"
XsystrSYSERVER.exe"Added by the VB-DQY WORM!"
XTCPServerTCPServer.exe"Added by a variant of the SDBOT WORM!"
UTivoServerTiVoServer.exe"Tivo Server - installed with the TiVo Home Media Option. It streams audio files to your television/home theater from your PC"
NTrayServerTrayServer.exeFor monitoring tray icons
XUSB Device Server!usbserver.exe"Added by a variant of the IRCBOT TROJAN!"
XWin Server Updtwinserver.exe"Added by a variant of the IMISERV TROJAN!"
Xwin32 internet serverwinserver.exe"Added by the DERMON-D TROJAN!"
Xwin32 system serverwinserver.exe"Added by the DERMON-A TROJAN!"
XWindows Media Server!wmserver.exe"Added by a variant of the IRCBOT BACKDOOR! See here"
XWinProtserver.exe"Added by the CHUPACABRA TROJAN!"
XWinsock32driverwin32server.exe"Added by the BACKDOOR-AZV TROJAN!"
XWinsock32driverwin32server.exe"Added by the HACARMY.F TROJAN!"
Xwserverwserver.exe"Added by the NETSKY.AC or SASSER.G WORMS!"

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.