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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
XcmssSystemProcesscsms.exe"Added by the AGENT-Y TROJAN!"
XConnectorsms.EXE"Added by the ExDial-B premium rate adult content dialer"
Xcsrssssms.exeAdded by an unidentified malware
XKernelFaultChksms.exe"Added by the DEADHAT WORM! Do not confuse with the valid ""kernelfaultcheck"" which runs ""dumprep 0 -k"" or ""dumprep 0 -u"""
Xmackfy.exemsms.exe"Added by the SDBOT-DID WORM!"
XMicrosoft (R) Windows Network Security Management Servicensms.exe"Added by the RANKY.LC TROJAN!"
XMicrosoft Virual Machinesms.exe"Added by the RBOT-SP WORM!"
XRunOnceExsms.exeIESearchToolbar parasite. Identified by Ewido Security Suite (Ewido is now part of AVG Technologies) as the DELF.LF TROJAN!
XScan Registerssms.exe"Added by the RBOT-AT WORM!"
XSmssssms.exe"Added by the RBOT.OP WORM!"
Xssms.exeSSMS.EXE"Added by the GISMOR WORM!"
Xssms.exewinn.exe"Added by the SDBOT-DHE WORM!"
XSystem Servicesssms.exe"Added by a variant of the RBOT WORM!"
XSystesms.exesystesms.exe"Added by the RBOT-HI WORM!"
XWindows Driversssms.exe"Added by the RBOT-AT WORM!"
XWindows Secure Servicesssms.exe"Added by the RBOT-GAR 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.