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By  Super Admin  | Published  03/28/2005 | Start Up Applications | Rating:
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Close Program/Task Manager
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.

Operating System Differences
A number of entries are repeated due to the way that different operating systems display startup items. For example, WinMe lists "POPROXY.EXE" as "Norton eMail Protect" in both MSCONFIG and the registry whereas WinXP lists it as "Poproxy" in MSCONFIG and "Noeton eMail Protect" in the registry.

To avoid the list becoming too large, all VIRUSES are shown using the registry version which is common to all Windows versions.

Alternatively use your browsers search facility - Ctrl+F for IE users.

Key:

"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

Use your browsers search facility - Ctrl+F for IE users.

? M Player Post Installer postinstallm.exe ??
X M-soft Office M-soft Office.hta HTA file which creates an executable on the hard drive which subsequently proceeds to download files from a malware site!
X M1cr0s0ft S3rcurity systemconfig.exe Added by the RBOT.BKB WORM!
X M1cr0s0ft Upd4t4zS update32.exe Added by the RBOT-MI WORM!
X m32info m32info.exe Added by the CRYPTER.A TROJAN!
N M3Tray m3tray.exe Movielink - internet movie rental System Tray access
X Macfee Security Patch Mpfsheild.exe Added by the RBOT-NP WORM!
U Machine Debug Manager mdm.exe Used by developers for debugging. Those who have encountered it have unchecked it with no degradation in performance. May cause your computer to "hang" if you have MS Visual Studio installed and this disabled because it appears to take over error handling - hence the U recommendatioon. Can also be listed as MDM7. See here to disable
N MacLic MacLic.exe Part of Conversions Plus from DataViz - allowing PC and MAC owners to share disks
N MacName MacName.exe Part of Conversions Plus from DataViz - allowing PC and MAC owners to share disks
Y MAD.EXE MAD.EXE MAD.exe is the MS Exchange 5.5 System Attendant and can also consume a large amount of resources - resolved by the latest Exchange 5.5 Service Pack. Also part of Exchange 2000 Server but does it have the same problems?. Apparently you need to leave this running but is it needed at start-up?
N MadExe LaunchRA.exe Dell Resolution Assistant
U MagicDsk MAGICDSK.EXE Magic DeskTop is a small and novel utility which will allow you the option of hiding or showing your desktop icons
N Magitime Magitime.exe Magitime - connection tracking utility which monitors online time, expense, data transfer
? Mail.com mcalert.exe Mail.com - free web-mail service. Does mcalert.exe notify you when new mail has arrived?
U MailBell mailbell.exe MailBell e-mail notification tool that will notify you about new messages arrived to your mailbox. Works with both POP3 mailboxes and web-mail based systems. You should be able to set your mail system to check all accounts at regular intervals anyway if you prefer (in Outlook for instance)
U Mailbox Verifier mboxvrfy.exe Mailbox Verifier (MV) is free software that will notify you about new messages arrived to your mailbox. Only works with POP3 mailboxes (not web-mail based systems). You should be able to set your mail system to check all accounts at regular intervals anyway if you prefer (in Outlook for instance)
Y MailScan Dispatcher Launch.exe MailScan Dispatcher splits each e-mail message into various components such as the header, body and attachment. Compressed formats (ZIP, ARJ, etc.) are scanned for viruses and cleaned
X Mail_Check Mail_Check.exe Added by the PANOIL.C WORM!
U MAIN main.exe SpyCop surveillance software detection - checks to see when your machine was last scanned and if it was more than a week asks if you want to scan
? Main Executable (HP) HP05T0R5.exe HP (Hewlett-Packard) related. Maybe related to printers. Now - what does it do?
X main16 main16.exe Added by the CRYPTER.A TROJAN!
X main32 main32.exe Added by the CRYPTER.A TROJAN!
X mainviewex mainviewex.exe Added by the GEMA.D TROJAN!
N Mania Win Restore RESWIN.EXE Pinball Mania for Windows from 21st Century Entertainment LTD (1995). Runs briefly at start-up then terminates. Available via Start -> Programs
X Mantis [filename] Added by the MANTIBE VIRUS!
X MapiDrv mpisvc.exe Added by the MIPSIV TROJAN!
X mapisvc32 mapisvc32.exe Added by the KX VIRUS and also recognised by Symantec as FPAI adware
N masqform.exe masqform.exe PureEdge Viewer 6.0, reportedly associated with viewing and text editing US Air Force electronic forms
N Mass storage check registry rundll32.exe MSDServ.dll, check registry Used with a USB based smartmedia card reader
U Master Volume Spy MASTERVOLUMESPY.EXE Volume control for the Gateway Destination "DestiVu" media interface
U Matador mlfbuddy.exe MailFrontier - anti-spam application
U Matador mantispm.exe MailFrontier Desktop (Matador) email spam blocker software
X MatrixScreen [filename] Added by the MATRIXSCREEN TROJAN!
X MatrixScreenSaver mss.exe Malware, see here
N Matrox Color Control hgcctl95.exe For Matrox video cards. Quick access to changing colors
N Matrox Control Center mgactrl.exe For Matrox video cards. Quick access to settings
N Matrox Diagnostic mgadiag.exe For Matrox video cards. Quick access to diagnostics
N Matrox Powerdesk PDesk.exe For Matrox video cards. Quick access to tweak your card to your liking
N Matrox PowerDesk 8 Matrox.PowerDesk.exe /silent For Matrox video cards. Quick access to tweak your card to your liking
N Matrox QuickDesk mgaqdesk.exe For Matrox video cards. Quick access to tweak your card to your liking
X MaxAlerts max.exe Bonzi MaxALERT - spyware
Y MaxtorCombo ComboButton.exe Required to be able to use the Maxtor OneTouch button on your external Maxtor harddrive. It is used to start up backup software (Retrospect)
U MaxtorReg AUTOREG.EXE Part of SYSagent - small utility for retrieving all the hardware and software information required by anyone administering a machine and/or the network it's a part of
U MBM 4 MBM4.exe Motherboard Monitor 4 - only needed if you overclock your system and want to keep a check on system temperatures/voltages/etc. Available via Start -> Programs
U MBM 5 MBM5.exe Motherboard Monitor 5 - only needed if you overclock your system and want to keep a check on system temperatures/voltages/etc. Available via Start -> Programs
U MBProbe mbrpobe.exe MBProbe - only needed if you overclock your system and want to keep a check on system temperatures/voltages/etc. Available via Start -> Programs
X MC wintrims.exe Added by the WINTRIM TROJAN!
X Mcafee Anti Scan NortonScn.exe Added by a variant of the RBOT WORM!
X Mcafee Antivirus Monitoring System32mn VSStatmn32.exe Added by a variant of the RBOT WORM!
Y McAfee Firewall CPD.EXE Firewall bundled with McAfee VirusScan 6.*. Can also be listed as CPD_EXE
N McAfee Guardian CMGRDIAN.EXE McAfee's QuickClean, an offline version of the one in their online Clinic. Normally run offline and not needed. Incidentally, incorporates more cleanup programs than the likes of WinOptimizer and System Mechanic
N McAfee QuickClean Imonitor Plguni.exe McAfee QuickClean 3.0 - removes internet clutter and unwanted programs
X McAfee Windows Protection mcafee32.exe Added by a variant of the SPYBOT WORM!
N McAfee Winguage ?? Part of McAfee Nuts & Bolts. "WinGuage is a dynamic reporting tool that constantly monitors your use of Windows and your applications, to alert you to potential problems before they become serious". Resource hog. Available via Start -> Programs
U McAfee.InstantUpdate.Monitor RuLaunch.exe Instant Updater for McAfee's VirusScan, Internet Security, Quick Clean, Uninstaller and Firewall products. In the case of VirusScan leave it enabled unless you update manually on a regular basis
Y McAfeeUpdaterUI UpdaterUI.exe Associated with McAfee Enterprise 7.0.0. - background process
Y McAfeeVirusScanService Avsynmgr.exe From McAfee VirusScan version 5.x. Runs VirusScan System Tray (Vsstat.exe), WebScanX (Webscanx.exe), VirusScan System Scan (Vshwin32.exe) and VirusScan Console (Avconsol.exe) under one application
Y McAfeeWebscanX WebScanX.exe From McAfee VirusScan up to version 4.x. Provides functionality for VShield Download Scan and Internet Filter modules. Enables internet scanning. Guards against malicious ActiveX programs, etc
X Mcaffe Antivirus Mcafeescn.exe Added by a variant of the SPYBOT WORM!
U McAgentExe mcagent.exe From McAfee VirusScan On-line. The Agent is a red M icon that appears in the Windows system tray or Notification Area (if you're running Windows XP). If you don't see the agent icon, VirusScan Online may not be installed
? Mcappins.exe mcappins.exe McAfee Application Installer. What does it do and is it required?
N MChanger MChanger.exe Media Changer - utility that allows you to change wallpapers, sounds, themes, etc
? McRegWiz mcregwiz.exe McAfee antivirus related. What does it do and is it required?
U McUpdateExe mcupdate.exe From McAfee VirusScan On-line. Automatically updates your virus definitions. Leave enabled unless you regularly update these definitions
Y McVsRte mcusrt.exe Part of McAfee's SecurityCenter. Must remain checked but one  user reports Windows glitches with no response from McAfee as to why
Y mcvsshld mcvsshld.exe McAfee VirusScan On-line. See also the McAgentExe entry
X MD IE Plugin md.exe Adult content dialler
X MD IE Plugin winy.exe Adware
N mdac_runonce runonce.exe Associated with MS Data Access Components (MDAC). Sometimes left over after installation - not required. NOTE :- don't delete "runonce.exe". 
X mdetect [path to trojan] Added by the SPABOT TROJAN!
X Mdm Mdm.vbs Added by the WHITEHO VIRUS or TRAPPY WORM!
X mdm mdm.exe Added by the LYDRA-F TROJAN! Note - this is not the valid Machine Debug Manager which shares the same filename
U MDM7 mdm.exe Used by developers for debugging. Those who have encountered it have unchecked it with no degradation in performance. May cause your computer to "hang" if you have MS Visual Studio installed and this disabled because it appears to take over error handling - hence the U recommendatioon. Can also be listed as Machine Debug Manager. See here to disable
X Mdmdll mdmdll.exe Added by the CRYPTER TROJAN!
X Mdmdll32 mdmdll32.exe Added by a variant of the CRYPTER.C TROJAN!
X MDN MDNS.exe Added by the SPYBOT.JPB WORM!
X MDN MDNZ.exe Added by the RBOT.AQD WORM!
X mdwmdmsp mdwmdmsp.exe Adware - recognized by Kaspersky antivirus and others as TrojanDownloader.Win32.Agent.am
N MECA Meca.exe Meca instant messenging client
X Media Access MediaAccK.exe Windupdates adware variant
X Media Load msn32.exe Added by a unidentified WORM or TROJAN!
U Media Manager Indexer AIRSVCU.EXE Part of MS Visual InterDev, Media Manager is an easy media file management system that works in conjunction with Windows Explorer. The Media Manager Indexer is a program that indexes all the information about your media files and puts it into a database. For more information see here
X Media Pass MediaPassK.exe Windupdates adware variant
X Media Player media.exe Added by the FLDMEDIA-A TROJAN!
X Media Player wmplayer.exe Added by the AGOBOT-BM WORM!
X Media Plug x.1.2 msdm.exe Added by the MULDROP.352 VIRUS!
X Media Service msn64.exe Added by the SPYBOT.EV WORM!
X Media service msnmsgxr.exe Added by the SDBOT.TF WORM!
X Media service SYSTEM64.EXE Added by the RBOT.QV WORM!
N MediaFace Integration Sethook.exe Fellowes Neato™ cd label design software. "Launch NEATO's MediaFACE II label making software directly from the productname toolbar"
U Mediafour Mac Volume Notifications Macvntfy.exe Mediafour Xplay - allows you to use an Apple iPod digital music player with a PC running Windows. If not used regularily start manually before connecting the iPod
U Mediafour XPlay Tray Notification Icon Xptryicn.exe Mediafour Xplay - allows you to use an Apple iPod digital music player with a PC running Windows. If not used regularily start manually before connecting the iPod
U MediaKey MediaKey.exe Multimedia keyboard manager. Required if you use the multimedia keys
X MediaLoads dw.exe Medialoads is advertising software - running DownloadWare as its executable. Installed as a bundle with Kazaa Media Desktop. See here for more information
X MediaLoads Installer dw.exe Medialoads is advertising software - running DownloadWare as its executable. Installed as a bundle with Kazaa Media Desktop. See here for more information
N MediaMonitor Mediam~1.exe Installed by Smartdisk MVP CD burning software. Software will work fine without it
X mediamotor.exe mmups.exe Roimoi/Media-Motor adware
X MediaPath Proyecto1.exe Added by the GRUEL WORM!
X MediaPath Root.exe Added by the GRUEL WORM!
N MediaRing Talk mrtalk.exe Media Ring Talk, voice recognition software, Resource hog. Available via Start -> Programs
X media_manager mediaman.exe Mini-Player,  IMESH related foistware, see here
X media_stub stub.exe Mini-Player,  IMESH related foistware, see here
X MemConfig SetupIE.com Added by the TAPLAK WORM!
U MemoKit MK.EXE Memory optimizer. It loads from startup group and it goes off as soon as the program (memokit.exe) is loaded in the System Tray. Mk.exe does not run while the memokit.exe is running. Probably loads a flash screen at startup and shutdown that stays on screen less than 5 seconds and gives you a button to push to purchase the full version. MS professionals recommend not using memory managers with Win98/SE/ME. See this article and make up your own mind
X Memory Check memore.exe Added by the KILLAV.C TROJAN!
N Memory Stick Monitor MSTAT.exe Used with the Sony floppy disk adapter for memory sticks, showing if there is a stick in the computer
U Memory Stick Monitor MSstat.exe Sony/SmartDisk memorystick-floppydisk-adapter software - allows you to read memorysticks in a normal floppydrive
X Memory Watcher MemoryWatcher.exe MemoryWatcher spyware
U Memory+ tfimemsr.exe Memory optimizer. MS professionals recommend not using memory managers with Win98/SE/ME. See this article and make up your own mind
X MemoryMeter MemoryMeter.exe Autoinstalling spyware by Total Velocity
X MEMreaload MEMreaload.exe Added by the LAZAR TROJAN!
N MemScanner MemScanner.exe SpyHunter - spyware remover of somewhat dubious repute, see note
U MemTurbo memturbo.exe MemTurbo memory optimizer. MS professionals recommend not using memory managers with Win98/SE/ME. See this article and make up your own mind
N MenuSnap MenuSnap.exe MenuSnap from Rietta Solutions. Utility that re-orders your Start Menu items alphabetically. You may not want this utility if you're able to do this manually by selecting Start -> Programs and right-clicking and choosing "Sort by Name" if availabe
X Message Queuing msmqs.exe Added by the FREEFORS TROJAN!
N MessagerStarter Freeserve StartMessager.exe Freeserve Messenger
U Message_Blocker messageblock.exe Message Blocker - "prevents Outlook Express from loading images or other content from the internet without confirmation, as well as executing scripts when displaying a formatted email message"
X Messanger trillian.exe Added by a variant of the AGOBOT/GAOBOT WORM!
X Messenger messenger.exe Added by the KUTEX TROJAN!
X Messenger Block msngrblock.exe Added by the PATOO WORM!
X Messenger start-up Msgran.exe Added by the GRAMOS WORM!
X Messenger6 command.pif Added by the INZAE.B WORM!
U MessengerDiscovery MessengerDiscovery.exe MessengerDiscovery is a MSN Messenger add-on - adding over 70 new features
N MessengerPlus MsgPlus.exe MessengerPlus - third party MSN Messenger extension that adds a number of useful features. Bundles the hard to remove C2Media LOP adware. The software does offer you a choice during setup - make sure to install MessengerPlus WITHOUT that "sponsor program"!
N MessengerPlus2 MsgPlus.exe MessengerPlus - third party MSN Messenger extension that adds a number of useful features. Bundles the hard to remove C2Media LOP adware. The software does offer you a choice during setup - make sure to install MessengerPlus WITHOUT that "sponsor program"!
N MessengerPlus3 MsgPlus.exe MessengerPlus - third party MSN Messenger extension that adds a number of useful features. Bundles the hard to remove C2Media LOP adware. The software does offer you a choice during setup - make sure to install MessengerPlus WITHOUT that "sponsor program"!
X messnger [worm filename] Added by the DELODER WORM!
X messnger Dvldr32.exe Added by the DELODER.A WORM!
X MeTaLRoCk (irc.musirc.com) has sex with printers metalrock-is-gay.exe Added by the RANDEX.Q WORM!
? mfgboot ?? ??
X mfin32 mfin32.exe MyFreeInternetUpdate - adware downloader
? MGA Hook Mgahook.exe MATROX Graphics card related. What does it do and is it required?
N MGA Quickdesk MGAQDESK.EXE For Matrox video cards. Quick access to tweak your card to your liking
? Mgabg Mgabg.exe Matrox BIOS Guard. What does it do and is it required?
Y mgavctrl mgavrtcl.exe McAfee's Virus Scan Online
Y mgavctrl mgavrte.exe McAfee's Virus Scan Online
Y mgavrtclexe mgavrtcl.exe McAfee's Virus Scan Online
Y mgavrtclexe mgavrte.exe McAfee's Virus Scan Online
N MGA_CD_Install mgasetup.exe Matrox Millennium video driver. Not required once drivers installed
X MHDOGStart mhdogst.EXE Added by an unidentified VIRUS, WORM or TROJAN! A possibility is a trojan known as PENIS
N MHINIT MHINIT.EXE Part of the Cybermedia Clean Sweep package
X Mickey Mouse Cereal [random filename].exe Added by the RANKY.Q TROJAN!
X Micr Update soundblaster.exe Added by the SDBOT.NP WORM!
U Microangelo Desktop Muamgr.exe Quick access to MicroAngelo 5.0. It can make the background of the icon text transparent and also change the color of the shortcut's text to a color you want. Very useful, if you have a wallpaper. Available via Start -> Programs

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