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By Super Admin
Published on 03/28/2005
 
Starting with letter O

Start Up Applications O

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.

? oadaemon oadaemon.exe Background process that establishes connection with a C3-1000 scanner and watch general status of the device and for scanner button presses. Can it be started manually?
Y oahstifr oahstifr.exe Comes with HyperTextStudio. From the supplier - "The Osserver maintains the database for HyperText Studio projects - absolutely vital, it verifies all the links etc in a site. It runs as a service in NT, 2K and XP but needs to start up in Win 9.x so you'll see a DOS box for a short while during boot up."
U OAKSTART OAKSTART.EXE Sets the spindown timeout and access speeds at startup and displays a splash screen for CD-RW.
N OAKTASK OAKTASK.EXE Taskbar utility for a "control panel" for a CD-RW
Y Object Store Server osserver.exe Comes with HyperTextStudio. From the supplier - "The Osserver maintains the database for HyperText Studio projects - absolutely vital, it verifies all the links etc in a site. It runs as a service in NT, 2K and XP but needs to start up in Win 9.x so you'll see a DOS box for a short while during boot up."
? objtjprx objtjprx.exe ??
? obsver obsver.exe Part of LingoWare translating software - what does it do and is it required?
N OCAudioIni OCAudioIni.exe One-click Audio Converter - allows you to convert files of multiple audio formats right from Windows Explorer
N ocraware ocraware.exe Optical Character Recognition software as part of OmniPage Limited Edition - supplied with some scanners. Scan directly into most word processor applications, such as Word, WordPerfect, etc. Available via Start -> Programs
X ocx32 ocx32.exe Added by the ASTEF or RESPAN WORMS!
X OD SYSCNTR.EXE HotVideo dialler
X od-matrxx od-matrxx.exe Adult dialler - xx can be any number
X od-stndxx od-stndxx.exe Adult dialler - xx can be any number
X od-teenxx od-teenxx.exe Adult dialler - xx can be any number
U ODBC BackUp fdxxl.exe G Data "PC Spion" - monitoring and surveillance software, captures all users activity on the PC, see here. Disable/remove if you didn't install it yourself!
N Odometer Odometer.EXE Mouse odometer - tracks how far your pointer/arrow has traveled on the screen. Shortcut available
X Oeloader Oeloader.exe Xupiter OrbitExplorer toolbar related, drive-by foistware
X OEM Tools 32 tres32.exe Added by the RBOT.QB WORM!
X OEM32 Tools sres32.exe Added by a variant of the SPYBOT WORM!
N OEMCLEANUP oemreset.exe Resets OEM installation settings at bootup. Not required unless you're new to PC's
U OEMRESET oemreset.exe Resets OEM installation settings at bootup. Not required unless you're new to PC's
? OEPowerPlugs winoeinit.exe ??
N OEXCheck EA2Check.exe Express Assist from AJSystems.com. Utility for use with Outlook Express to backup, restore, synchronize amongst others
X Offer Companion offers.exe Adware
X Offers offers.exe Adware
N Office Startup Osa.exe Application which launches common MS Office components to help speed up the launch of Office programs. It's somewhat of a resource hog, and some users claim there's no difference with or without it but it usually isn't required. Note - if you make use of the Microsoft Office Shortcut Bar outside an office program this application will need to be enabled for it to show
X Office Startup Exploer.exe Added by the GAOBOT.BV WORM! Note the different filename to the valid MS Office entries
N Office Startup Osa9.exe Application which launches common MS Office components to help speed up the launch of Office programs. It's somewhat of a resource hog, and some users claim there's no difference with or without it but it usually isn't required. Note - if you make use of the Microsoft Office Shortcut Bar outside an office program this application will need to be enabled for it to show
Y OfficeGuard RegChecker ogrc.exe Kaspersky Labs anti-virus
? officejet 6100 hposol08.exe Associated with a HP PSC2110 (and maybe others) all-in-one machine
Y OfficeScan95 pccwin97.exe Trend Micro antivirus OfficeScan
Y OfficeScanNT Monitor pccntmon.exe Trend Micro OfficeScan Antivirus real-time scan monitor
N OfotoNow USB Detection Rundll32.exe OFUSBS.DLL, WatchForConnection OfotoNow Autodetects when a digital camera is attached to a USB port and launches OfotoNow image software. Available via Start -> Programs
Y ogrc ogrc.exe Kaspersky Labs anti-virus
N Oil Change OCTray32.exe From CyberMedia/Network Associates. Checks for updates to software installed on your PC. Available via Start -> Programs
? OIM oim.exe Related to the O2 (was "genie") mobile phone service. What does it do and is it required?
X OLE [filename] Added by the STAWIN or TARNO.D TROJANS!
X OLE Automation Server ole32aut.vbe CoolWebSearch parasite related
X Olehelp Olehelp.exe CoolWebSearch parasite variant
X olehelp olehelp.exe Added by the BOOKMARKER.D or BOOKMARKER.G TROJANS!
U olesvr olesvr.exe Salfeld Child Control 2003 - parental control software
X Olive System Szchost.exe Added by the MERCURYCAS.A TROJAN!
X Omf4 OMF4.EXE Added by the FREEMEGA TROJAN!
N OmgStartup omgstartup.exe Sony program called OpenMG Jukebox - player and music organizer
U OmniHTTPd ohttpd.exe OmniHTTPd web server from Omnicron
N OmniPage Opware32.exe Part of OmniPage Pro from Scansoft (was Caere) - "the fastest, easiest way to turn paper documents into digital files you can edit." Opware32.exe links Word, via OLE, with OmniPage. If running, a user can call up OmniPage from inside of Word and ask it to scan something, via "File, Acquire Page." Also some of OmniPage's Options dialog boxes are accessible from within Word. Only required by novices and is Available via Start -> Programs
U OmniPass scureapp.exe OmniPass from Softex Inc. - secure password management software
U On Screen Display OSD.EXE By Netropa for HP and other brands. Same group as KBD MediaCenter & Touch Manager. Pressing a "hot key" on such a keyboard brings a corresponding panel on the screen for volume, etc. Nice but not required if you don't adjust things regularly - can also freeze
N One Touch Monitor OneTouchMonitor.exe For Visioneer OneTouch scanners. System tray access to the control panel for the scanner
N One Touch Monitor 1tou~2.exe For Visioneer OneTouch scanners. System tray access to the control panel for the scanner
N One Touch Monitor ONETOU~2.EXE For Visioneer OneTouch scanners. System tray access to the control panel for the scanner
N OneTouch Monitor OneTouchMon.exe For Visioneer OneTouch scanners. System tray access to the control panel for the scanner
N OneTouchMonitor OneTouchMonitor.exe For Visioneer OneTouch scanners. System tray access to the control panel for the scanner
N OneTouchMonitor 1tou~2.exe For Visioneer OneTouch scanners. System tray access to the control panel for the scanner
N OneTouchMonitor ONETOU~2.EXE For Visioneer OneTouch scanners. System tray access to the control panel for the scanner
N ONETOU~2 OneTouchMonitor.exe For Visioneer OneTouch scanners. System tray access to the control panel for the scanner
N ONETOU~2 1tou~2.exe For Visioneer OneTouch scanners. System tray access to the control panel for the scanner
N ONETOU~2 ONETOU~2.EXE For Visioneer OneTouch scanners. System tray access to the control panel for the scanner
X Onflow onflow.exe Onflow is a internet company that offers an online advertising program. Not required - uninstall
? online cdrom Active acid.exe ??
X Online Service svchost.exe Added by the HOSTIDEL.B or HOSTIDEL.C or TARNO.B TROJANS! Note - this is not the legitimate svchost.exe process which should NOT appear in Msconfig/Startup!
U OnlinePCfix SmoothSurfer SS.exe Smooth-Surfer - blocks banners, ads, popups, and cleans MRU and Recent file lists
N OnlineTime onlinetime.exe OnlineTimer - monitors your Windows dial-up network and logs the time you spend online as well as the resulting costs
X online_party online_party.exe Adult content dialler
X OnSrvr OnSrvr.exe OnWebMedia adware
X oo4 RunDLL32.EXE oo4.dll, DllRun BookedSpace parasite variant
? OOLHELPT OOLHELPT.exe ??
N OP12 Reminder Ereg.exe Registration reminder for OmniPage Pro 12 from ScanSoft
X Open Site opnste.exe Adware - see here
X Open2Enter runme.exe Adult content dialler
X Open2Enter runme2.exe Adult content dialler
X OpenMstart mcmgr32.exe "Switch" adult content dialler
X OpenMstart mmgr32.exe "Switch" adult content dialler
N OpenOffice.org x QUICKS~1.EXE Displays OpenOffice quick start applet in System tray. Right clicking on the icon allows rapid starting up of components of the OpenOffice suite. Available via Start -> Programs. Will automatically be started when any OpenOffice component is started from Start -> Programs. A resource hog (takes > 16 MB of memory). "x" represents the version number
U Openwares LiveUpdate LiveUpdate.exe Web-update utility as used by various types of software - see here
N Operator ?? Media Pilot operator, in Win.ini. Locks port open
U Operator xtmop.exe Fax/Phone answering facility for Extreem Machine - as supplied with the old Diamond SupraExpress modems. No longer supported
N OpiStat OPISTAT.EXE OpiStat is a European Research Institute whose goal is to understand consumer needs and opinions better
X OPQFile regedit.exe /s ...rad03FA6.tmp Unsavoury program that resets your homepage every time you restart - uncheck in MSCONFIG and delete it via a registry edit
X OPTIMIZER iexplore.exe Added by the EVIVINC TROJAN! Note - this is not the legitimate Internet Explorer (iexplore.exe) process, which should not appear in Msconfig/Startup unless you add it manually!
N Optimum Online Netsurf.exe Optimum Online ISP software. Not required, just window dressing & advertising from Optimum
U Optus Cable Data Monitor datamonitor.exe Allows Optus customers to monitor their actual data usage against Optus' "data allowance limits"
U OptusNetUsage OptusNet Usage Meter.exe Designed specifically for OptusNet users who wish to have their connection monitored on a frequent basis. It can also estimate when you are going to hit your usage limit, and how far over your suggested limit you should be
N Opware12 Opware12.exe OmniPage Pro 12 from ScanSoft
N Opware14 Opware14.exe ScanSoft's OmniPage Pro 14 - If running, a user can call up OmniPage from inside of Word and ask it to scan something, via "File, Acquire Page." Also some of OmniPage's Options dialog boxes are accessible from within Word. Only required by novices and is available via Start -> Programs
X OrbitUpdate update.exe Xupiter OrbitExplorer toolbar, drive-by foistware
X OrbitView view.exe Xupiter OrbitExplorer toolbar, drive-by foistware
? org5.exe org5.exe Lotus Organizer 5 application file, Lotus Organizer software. What does it do and is it required?
X OrgyCam OrgyCam.exe Adult content dialler
U OrigRage128Tweaker RAGE128TWEAK.EXE Third party tweaker for ATI Rage 128 Video cards from http://www.rageunderground.com
U ORiNOCO Cmluc.exe Client Manager software for an ORiNOCO wireless LAN card
X Osa32 NTOSA32.exe Added by the ANIG WORM!
U OSD OSD.exe By Netropa for HP and other brands. Same group as KBD MediaCenter & Touch Manager. Pressing a "hot key" on such a keyboard brings a corresponding panel on the screen for volume, etc. Nice but not required if you don't adjust things regularly - can also freeze
X OSS ossproxy.exe NetSetter/Marketscore foistware
X OSS rk.exe RelevantKnowledge, NetSetter/Marketscore foistware variant
X OSSProxy OSSPROXY.EXE NetSetter/Marketscore foistware
U OStivityInvAgt ostivity.exe OStivity - "a desktop and server hardware and software asset/inventory solution for small to enterprise sized organizations that need to quickly gain knowledge of 'what's installed' without having to manually touch every computer in the company. The next time the computer logs into the network, a complete inventory (software and hardware) is taken of the system"
X Osus acao.exe PurityScan/Clickspring adware
X otcx otcxxh.exe Added by the CAROOL TROJAN!
X outlook outlook.exe Added by the SDBOT-RU WORM!
Y Outpost Firewall outpost.exe Outpost personal firewall
X Outwar syslaunch.exe Outwar adware downloader
? OVCJ ovcj.exe ??
N Overnet Overnet.exe Overnet peer-to-peer (P2P) file sharing program
U OWCCardbusTray ocbtray.exe Icon in the system tray for safely removing PCMCIA cards. Only required if you have a laptop or desktop which includes a PCMCIA card interface
U OWCWebCamDV wcdvtray.exe WebCamDV from Orange Micro, Inc - enables the user to use a DV camera connected via Firewire as a Webcam
X OWMngr OWMngr.exe OnWebMedia advertising foistware - see here for exactly what to look for
X oz2 oz2.exe Added by the MYDOOM.W WORM!