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Start Up Applications V
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By Super Admin
Published on 03/28/2005
 
Starting with letter V

Start Up Applications V Page 1

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.

U V.92 Modem On Hold Ltmoh.exe Modem On Hold utility - manages incoming/outgoing voice calls on a single phone line while being connected to the internet
Y V128IID Rundll32.exe v128iitw.dll, STB_InitTweak Loads drivers for some STB graphics cards such as the STB nVIDIA TNT 16MB. Required if you don't want to experience lock-ups or error messages
? V128IITV ?? Loads drivers for some STB graphics cards. May be related to such a card with a TV out option?
? V66SHELL V66SHELL.EXE It looks to be part of the display driver set for ASUS V3800, V6600 and V6800 display adapters. Probably a system tray quick access control?
U va10key va10key.exe Only required if you use the 10 kay bay unit with a Sony Vaio laptop
Y VAGCtrl VAGCTRL.EXE Vexira Antivirus - virus scanner from Central Command
Y VAGuard VAGNT.exe Vexira Antivirus - virus scanner from Central Command
U VAIO Action Setup (Server) VAServ.exe Sony Vaio utility that auto-launches selected applications when you plug in a digital video camera, digital still camera, etc. via iLink (FireWire) or USB
U VAIO Recovery PartSeal.exe System backup for Sony Vaio PCs. Adds a recovery mechanism for users over and above any System Restore features - allowing users to revert a drive back to the state it was when bought form the factory by hitting F10. The user obviously loses any data stored if not backed-up elsewhere
X ValidData [path to trojan] Added by the RANKY.H TROJAN!
X vb6 vb6.exe Added by the MUGLY.D WORM!
X VBouncer VirtualBouncer.exe Virtual Bouncer - malware from Spyware Labs. It is distributed by the same bundling and drive-by download techniques as the parasites it claims to remove, so definitely qualifies as unsolicited commercial software in itself. It also has an update feature that can download and execute arbitrary code. Warning - choose "custom" uninstall as "automatic" may remove other programs - see here and here
X VbouncerDL VbouncerInner****.exe [* = random char] Virtual Bouncer - malware from Spyware Labs. It is distributed by the same bundling and drive-by download techniques as the parasites it claims to remove, so definitely qualifies as unsolicited commercial software in itself. It also has an update feature that can download and execute arbitrary code. Warning - choose "custom" uninstall as "automatic" may remove other programs - see here and here
X VbouncerDL VBouncerInner.exe Virtual Bouncer - malware from Spyware Labs. It is distributed by the same bundling and drive-by download techniques as the parasites it claims to remove, so definitely qualifies as unsolicited commercial software in itself
X VBundleOuterDL BundleOuter.EXE VirtualBouncer 2.0 - malware from Spyware Labs. It is distributed by the same bundling and drive-by download techniques as the parasites it claims to remove, so definitely qualifies as unsolicited commercial software in itself. It also has an update feature that can download and execute arbitrary code. Warning - choose "custom" uninstall as "automatic" may remove other programs
X VB_run comctl_32.exe Dubious downloader from densmail.com
X VC5MediaPlayer csmss.exe Added by the DEDLER-B WORM!
N VC5Play VC5Play.exe Virtual CD drive emulator - version 5. Available via Start -> Programs
X VCatch Vcatch.exe CommonSearch Vcatch - "antivirus" software which actually bundles spy/adware itself!
X VCatch Premium VCatchpre.exe VCatch antivirus. Considered spyware itself - see here
N VCDPlayer VCDPlayer.exe Virtual CD drive emulator. Available via Start -> Programs
N vcdplayx vcdplayx.exe CD emulation part of GameDrive & VirtualDrive from Farstone. Not required as starting these programs load this automatically 
U VCDTower VCDTower.exe Goldensoft CD Ghost related - turns a computer into a 200X-speed CD-ROM tower. Working from the hard drive, users can simultaneously access as many as 23 virtual CD-ROM drives at a speed of 200X for true multitasking
? VCDWATCH VCDWATCH.EXE Confirmed as Voyetra CD Watcher as it was found in a Compaq/Voyetra/AS2 directory but what does it do?
N VCSPlayer vcsplay.exe Virtual CD drive emulator. Available via Start -> Programs
? VDI Manager (HP) HPO0VDX05.exe HP (Hewlett-Packard) related. Now - what does it do?
N vdtask vdtask.exe Program part of GameDrive & VirtualDrive from Farstone. Not required as starting these programs load this automatically 
N Vegas Palms - Launcher Launcher.exe Vegas Palms on-line cassino
N Verizon Control Pad cpad.exe Control Pad - installed with Verizon DSL accounts. Tool designed to streamline the online experience
U Verizon Online Support Center matcli.exe "matcli.exe is a motive Assistant Command line interface that gathers information about your system's identity like your name email address, city, state, etc and gets written to a log file". Verizon Online Support Center is required to run with the Help and Support program. If you uncheck Verizon Online Support Center and and then run help and Support it will add another Verizon Online Support Center in the startup menu. If you remove the Verizon Online Support Center in the add/remove program some help menus in help and support will not be available. You decide
X vern16.dll regsvr32.exe [path] vernn16.dll DailyWinner adware
U versato versato.exe "Hot" button (such as volume and browser control) management and a CD player as supplied with QTronix (as possibly Micro Innovations) keyboards
X Version Version.exe JRAUN adware variant
X Version manage.exe JRAUN adware variant
X version adl_dh.exe DealHelper adware related
Y Vet Alert vetmsg9x.exe Computer Associates "InnoculateIT" and Vet Anti-Virus virus software
Y Vet Start Up vet98.exe Computer Associates "InnoculateIT"  and Vet Anti-Virus virus software. This option will slow down your system, if set too aggressively. There is no need to scan every file when opened, closed, etc. Check in InoculateIT PE options
Y Vet Start Up vet32.exe Computer Associates "InnoculateIT"  and Vet Anti-Virus virus software. This option will slow down your system, if set too aggressively. There is no need to scan every file when opened, closed, etc. Check in InoculateIT PE options
U VetTray vettray.exe Computer Associates "InnoculateIT"  and Vet Anti-Virus virus software. System Tray quicklaunch access, not really necessary but only occupies 36k resources
X VFW Encoder/Decoder Settings RUNDLL32.exe MSSIGN30.DLL ondll_reg Added by a variant of the LOVGATE WORM!
U VGAUtil G-VGA.exe Gigabyte VGA Utility - access card options (application needs to be run at startup, but is not system critical)
X vid32cntl vid32cntl.Exe Added by the CRYPTER.A TROJAN!
X vidcntl vidcntl.Exe Added by the CRYPTER.A TROJAN!
X Vidcompat Vidcompat.exe Added by the GEMA TROJAN!
X Video explored.exe Added by the GAOBOT.RF WORM!
X Video winamp32.exe Added by the AGOBOT-NG WORM!
X Video Lan Player VideoLanPlayer.exe Added by the RBOT-MY WORM!
X Video Manager videomgr.exe Added by the PANDEM.C WORM!
X Video Multimedia Driver ndrives32.exe Added by the RBOT-DK WORM!
X Video Proces winaps.exe Added by the AGOBOT.HD WORM!
X Video Process sysconf.exe Added by the GAOBOT.GEN!POLY or GAOBOT.UM or GAOBOT.ADX WORMS!
X Video Process MS32x16.exe Added by the RBOT.RH WORM!
X Video Process netsvcs.exe Added by the AGOBOT.LH WORM!
X Video Process MSlti64.exe Added by the AGOBOT.UE WORM!
X Video Process [random filename] Added by the RBOT-LM WORM!
X Video Process winasp.exe Added by the AGOBOT-IS WORM!
X Video Services explore.exe Added by the GAOBOT.GL WORM!
X Video Services videol_32.exe Added by the AGOBOT-DM WORM!
X Video Services sys32.exe Added by the AGOBOT.PS WORM!
X Videocntl Videocntl.exe Added by a variant of the GEMA.D TROJAN!
X VideoDriver [filename] Added by the GSPOT20.A TROJAN!
X VideoDriver videodrv.exe Added by the MIMAIL.A WORM!
X VideoDriver gspotbot.exe Added by the SPIGOT.C TROJAN!
X Videool32 VIDEOL32.EXE Added by the AGOBOT.EC WORM!


Start Up Applications V Page 2
N VidSvr vidsvr.exe MS WebTV for Windows Channel Guide. Used to display TV on your PC via a compatible video card with in-built tuner (such as ATI All-In-Wonder). If you don't use it - uninstall it
X vietato.exe vietato.exe Adult content dialler
N ViewMgr ViewMgr.exe Viewpoint Manager - automatic updates for ViewPoint products such as ViewPoint Media Player (as bundled with AOL, AOL Instant Messenger, Compuserve, etc). Can be run manually via Start -> Settings -> Control Panel by enabling auto-updates temporarily, re-booting and then disabling again
? Vinny ?? ??
X Virt.exe Virt.exe Added by the REMADM-C TROJAN!
U VirtuaGirl Vg.exe VirtuaGirl is a shareware program featuring scantily dressed girls on your desktop. They say hi in the morning, remind you of your appointments and dance for you on request...
U VirtuaGirl2 VirtuaGirl2 VirtuaGirl is a shareware program featuring scantily dressed girls on your desktop. They say hi in the morning, remind you of your appointments and dance for you on request...
X virtual winit.exe Added by the MUGLY.A or MUGLY.B WORMS!
X virtual winprotect.exe Added by the MUGLY.C WORM!
U Virtual Access Scheduler VASCHD32.EXE The scheduler for mail and usenet tool
X Virtual Bouncer VirtualBouncer.exe Virtual Bouncer - malware from Spyware Labs. It is distributed by the same bundling and drive-by download techniques as the parasites it claims to remove, so definitely qualifies as unsolicited commercial software in itself. It also has an update feature that can download and execute arbitrary code. Warning - choose "custom" uninstall as "automatic" may remove other programs - see here and here
N VirtualCloneDrive VCDDaemon.exe Virtual Clone Drive, part of CloneCD CD/DVD copying sofware. Discontinued
N VirtualDrive VDTask.exe VirtualDrive from Farstone - virtual CD drive emulator. Available via Start -> Programs
U VirtuaReminder VirtuaReminder.exe VirtuaReminder is a tool allowing the user to create reminders for such things as important appointments, birthdays, etc
X Virus Scan virscana.exe Added by an unidentified VIRUS, WORM or TROJAN!
X VirusCheckII AVIRCHK.EXE Added by the DASMIN TROJAN!
Y VirusScan Online mcvsshld.exe McAfee VirusScan On-line. See also the McAgentExe entry
? VirusScanMSC VsStat.exe Part of McAfee VirusScan. System Tray application as with previous versions (were also VsStat.exe), McAfee SecurityCenter integration or something else? Is it required?
X Virus_Scanner Virus_Cleaner.exe Added by the PANOL WORM!
N visionGS VISIONGS.EXE visionGS webcam software
N Vistascan vistascan.exe Included in VistaScan are VistaAccess and VistaShuttle. VistaAccess gives you quick and easy access to scanning functions right from your desktop. For Windows users, you'll see a scanner icon in the Windows Tray of the Taskbar. Click this icon and a menu opens
X VividGalut VividGalut.exe Adult content related web downloader
Y VMDFW vmdfw.exe VirusMD Personal Firewall
X Vmmon32 vmmon32.exe Browser hijacker
X vmsnGraber VMSNGRABER.EXE Added by the ENVID.B WORM!
X vmss vmss.exe Delfin Media Viewer or "Promulgate" adware variant
X VnCplUpdate msdm.exe Masssend - spam relayer. Listens on a port for the spammers to feed it a list of addresses and what to send out. More information in this advisory
U VOBID InstantDrive.exe Pinnacle Systems (ex VOB) InstantDrive - creates a virtual CD-ROM drive on the computerís hard drive. Part of InstantCD/DVD burning software
Y VOBRegCheck VOBRegCheck.exe Part of Pinnacle Systems InstantCD/DVD and InstantCopy CD/DVD copying software that verifies drive settings. Once loaded it doesn't use any resources so you can leave it enabled
U Vonage click2call.exe Vonage Voice over IP Internet phone service
U VoodooBanshee rundll32.exe 3DBBps.dll, BansheeLoadSettings Loads the configuration settings for a 3dfx Voodoo Banshee chipset based graphics card. If you change some of the settings from default you probably need this - otherwise maybe not 
? voowsmcr huhdir.exe ??
N Vortex Tray asp4setp.exe System Tray application for Aureal Vortex based soundcards. Can be run manually via Start -> Settings -> Control Panel
N VortexTray au30setp.exe System Tray application for Aureal Vortex based soundcards. Can be run manually via Start -> Settings -> Control Panel
N VortexTray asp4tray.exe System Tray application for Aureal Vortex based soundcards. Can be run manually via Start -> Settings -> Control Panel
N VortexTray asp4setp.exe System Tray application for Aureal Vortex based soundcards. Can be run manually via Start -> Settings -> Control Panel
N VoyetraTray vtray.exe This provides an abbreviated Control Group for the Turtle Beach Montego II sound functions/associated with AudioStation 3 and 32
U Vpop3 Mail Server vpop3.exe Mail server from Paul Smith Computer Services. Runs in system tray to collect mail. Can be run from a shortcut and if it isn't running then it won't get your email!
U vptray vptray.exe System Tray icon for Norton Anti-Virus Corporate Edition. Gives access to the options available and may not be required. Some users may have problems - refer here
Y Vrmon vrmonnt.exe HAURI Anti-Virus
Y VrSchedule Vrres.exe HAURI Anti-Virus
Y VS.VSN Part of eSafe antivirus "SmartScan" - alerts the user if files have been changed/added
X vscanner spooll32.exe Added by the OPTIXPRO.10 TROJAN!
N VsEcomrEXE VSECOMR.EXE From McAfee VirusScan up to version 4.x. This executable is responsible for the periodic "update" prompts
Y Vshwin32EXE VSHWIN32.EXE From McAfee VirusScan up to version 4.x and Dr Solomon's VirusScan. Communicates between VSSTAT.EXE and the VShield System Scan module. Can be started automatically or available via Start -> Programs
N VSN VSN.exe Software to share photographs across the internet
Y VSOCheckTask MCMNHDLR.EXE Part of McAfee's SecurityCenter and Virusscan Online. Must be enabled for scanning to work
N vspdfprsrv.exe vspdfprsrv.exe Visage PDF Printer
Y VsStatEXE VSSTAT.EXE From McAfee VirusScan up to version 4.x and Dr Solomon's VirusScan. Communicates between VSSTAT.EXE and the VShield System Scan module. Can be started automatically or available via Start -> Programs
N vTPass vtpassld.exe Part of vTrails - a live media delivery solution. vTPass is the driver enabling the system to work. If unavailable via Start -> Programs, create your own shortcut for the "vtpass.exe" file
U VTPreset VTPreset.exe Savage Pro S3 graphics software
U VTTimer VTTimer.exe Driver file for the on-board VIA/S3G KM400/KN400 graphics which enables TV in/out communication
N vTunerStartUp vTuner.exe vTuner - "an easy way to find and listen to radio and TV broadcasts over the Internet"
X VVSN VVSN.exe SaveNow adware