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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
XivHosttaskManager.exe"Added by a variant of the SPYBOT WORM! See here"
XMicrosoft Taskmanager Updaterkeyboard.exe"Added by the RBOT-ALU WORM!"
XMicrosoft Update 32taskMangr.exe"Added by the RBOT.AIE BACKDOOR!"
XMicrosoft Update MachineTASKMAN4.EXE"Added by a variant of the RBOT WORM!"
XMS taskmanagertskmgr.exe"Added by the RBOT-AKA WORM!"
XSystem Update2taskman.exe"Added by the AUTOTROJ-C TROJAN!"
XTask Managertaskman.exe"Added by the FORBOT-T WORM!"
XTask managertaskmangr.exe"Added by the SPYBOT-CH WORM!"
XTaskManRundll32.exe"Added by the DVLDR TROJAN! Note - this is not the legitimate rundll32.exe process
XTaskmanKHATRA.exe"Added by the AUTORUN-AKR WORM!"
Xtaskmantaskman.exe"Added by the SILLYFDC.BBB WORM!"
XTaskmansysdate.exe"Added by the SILLYFDC.BCQ WORM!"
XTaskmansysdrv.exe"Added by the AGENT-LRB TROJAN!"
XTaskmanufxw.exe"Added by the VBINJ-D TROJAN!""Added by the BEREB WORM!"
Xtaskmanagertaskmanager.exe"Added by the AGOBOT-TF WORM!"
XTaskManager[path to trojan]"Added by the LDPINCH-CF TROJAN!"
XTaskManager Load ModuleTSKMNGR32.EXE"Added by the SPYBOT.I WORM!"
Xtaskmangertaskmanger.exe"Added by a variant of the RBOT WORM!"
Xtaskmgrtaskmanager.exe"Added by the BCKDR-QHT BACKDOOR!"
XWin Drivers SSLTASKMAN4.exe"Added by a variant of the RBOT WORM!"
XWindows Taskmanagerlsassx.exe"Added by the KELVIR.E WORM!"
XWindows Taskmanageriexplorer.exe"Added by a variant of the IRCBOT BACKDOOR! See here. Note - this is not the legitimate Internet Explorer (iexplore.exe)"
XWindows Taskmanagerservice.exe"Added by the PUSHBOT.OR WORM!"
XWindows Taskmanagersvchost.exe"Added by the IMBOT.AC WORM! Note - this is not the legitimate svchost.exe process which is always located in %System% and should not normally figure in Msconfig/Startup! This one is located in %Windir%"
XWindows Taskmanagertaskmrg.exe"Added by a variant of the IRCBOT BACKDOOR! See here"
XWindows Taskmanagertaskngr.exe"Added by a variant of the IRCBOT BACKDOOR!"
XWindows Taskmanagertskmngr.exe"Added by the IRCBOT.DHR BACKDOOR!"
XWindows Taskmanagerwdtsvc.exe"Added by the PUSHBOT.AU WORM!"
XWindows Taskmanagerwinpifviewer.exe"Added by the PUSHBOT.BB WORM!"
XWindows Taskmanagerwinrl.exe"Added by a variant of the IRCBOT BACKDOOR! See here"
XWindows Taskmanagertaskxphost.exe"Added by the PUSHBOT.BI WORM!"
XWindows Taskmanager Datacsrrss.exe"Added by the RBOT-BBH WORM!"
XWindows TaskManager Servicewindns32.exe"Added by the AGOBOT-JP WORM!"
XWINTASKMANAGERtaskgmr.exe"Added by the MYTOB-AF 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.