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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
X(Default)winhelp.exe"Added by the BLACKMAL.C WORM! Note - this malware actually changes the value data of the ""(Default)"" key in HKLM\Run in order to force Windows to launch it at boot. The name field in MSConfig may be blank"
XConfiguration LoaderWinHelper.exe"Added by a variant of the AGOBOT/GAOBOT WORM!"
XDynamic Dns BinaryWinHelpcfn.exe"Added by a variant of the RBOT WORM!"
Xsvchostwinhelp.exe"Added by the GAOBOT.GEN!POLY WORM!"
XsystemWinhelp.exe"Added by the IMAUT.CN WORM!"
XWindows Help Filewinhelper32.exe"Added by the SDBOT-QK TROJAN!"
XWindows Help Servicewinhelpsv.exe"Added by the RBOT-LP WORM!"
XWindows Helperwinhelp.exe"Added by the BANKER.APE TROJAN!"
XWinhelpwinhe1p.exe"Added by the QQPASS.E TROJAN!"
XWinHelpWinHelp.exe"Added by the LOVGATE.F WORM! Note - this file is located in %System% whereas the valid one is located in %Windir%"
XWinHelprealsched.exe"Added by the LOVGATE-F WORM! Note - this is not the legitimate RealPlayer (realsched.exe) application of the same name. This one is located in %System%"
XWinhelpTkBellExe.exe..."Added by the LOVGATE.Z WORM!"
Xwinhelpdns32.exe"Added by a variant of the RBOT WORM!"
XwinhelpUpdadv.exe"Added by the QQPASS-N TROJAN!"
XWinhelpTkBellExe.exe"Added by the LOVGATE.E 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.