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TDSS0103 - Windows Startup List


For your computer to run effectively and efficiently you should have 70% plus system resources available immediately after starting the computer. After using the system for a while the resources will fluctuate this is normal. To determine the total resources your computer is utilizing first restart Windows. Once back into Windows click Start then click on Run, type in msconfig and click on OK. Once the window opens up, click on Help then About System Configuration Utility.

There should be a number percentage just above the OK button. If this number is less than 70% after a fresh boot, then you may want to free some resources. If the number is above the 70% mark then you may not need to free up additional resources.

To return to the msconfig window, click OK. If you decide to free up additional resources, here are the steps continuing from the msconfig utility. The five tabs at the top should be marked as follows:

If you have Windows 98: you should have the following: General, Config.sys, Autoexec.bat, System.ini, Win.ini, and Startup.

If you have Windows ME(Millennium): you should have the following: General, System.ini, Win.ini, Startup, Environment, International.

Start out by clicking on the Startup tab.

In the startup tab there will be a list of all the applications that are set to run once windows has loaded. These are the main resource utilizing programs because most are run constantly in the background. The list is usually quite long and if you have installed any Windows management software (typically these are the utilities that claim to do all updating and cleaning for you, be it system files, downloaded files or virus files) you will notice a lot of programs may be repetitive.

If software is not required to be loaded on boot uncheck the item. For example Microsoft Office preloads a few files. A couple are the "find fast" and "office shortcut bar". If you find you are not using these, simply remove the checkmark and reboot. After you have cleaned up the startup group, we can reboot and follow the first steps to check for the resource percentage.

Important Note: If you are unclear of what a particular file is used for, it is best to contact the vendor of the software in order to determine how important it is for the file to load during boot up. If you are unable to locate the purpose of the file, you may wish to allow the file to continue loading to prevent any problems from occurring.

In an effort to clarify what these programs are and whether they are necessary the following list is provided. .

Items in BLUE may be related to pre-installed software on a Compaq Presario or software related to a Compaq printer.

Items in RED are related to viruses.

Item
Description
(Default)%SysDir%\matcher.exe W32/Matcher@MM Virus Removal Instructions http:// vil.mcafee.com/dispVirus.asp?virus_k99072&
1on1mail.htm VBS.1ON1MAIL Virus Removal Instructions http:// vil.mcafee.com/dispVirus.asp?virus_k98724&
3com Modem Manager (mdmmgr.exe) 3com Modem Manager is a program that tells you the progress of your connection, send and receive speed, and where any problems are happening.It also creates a animated taskbar icon to access 3com's options menu. Not required. Can be started manually. http: //scripts.infoart.ru/it/news/engnews/98/11/18_019.htm
fx Task Manager System tray application for fx Voodoo 3/4/5 functions - available via Start -> Programs. Not required in startup .For more information http://www.fx.com/
fx Tools fx icon that appears in the system tray to access the fx tools. Not required in startup. Can be run manually For more information http://www.fx.com/
A1000 Settings Utility (cpqa1000.exe) Compaq A1000 Print Fax All-in-One copy scan printer software. Required in the startup in order to scan,Print,copy and fax. !NEEDED!
Access Ramp Monitor (armon32.exe) The program is used to monitor your progress on the internet hang-ups, connection speeds, internet congestion, and traffic flow.It prevents some games from running also. Not required
Adaptec DirectCD (Directcd.exe) Allows the user to drag and drop files to a CD-RW. If this capability isn't used frequently, this doesn't need to be always loaded.
Adobe Gamma Loader.exe Loads graphic parameters for Adobe Photoshop Not necessary in Startup.
AGSatellite (AGSatellite.exe) A Program from AudioGalaxy that lets you download some Mp392s from their server. Not required Can be started manually Start-> Programs
Ahqtb More controls for a Creative sound card. These functions are all available through the Start menu.
Aim Reminder Part of AOL Instant Messenger Not required in Startup
AIM Reminder.exe The BUDDYLIST.exe Trojan is downloaded normally through an email where the member was prompt to check out a Greeting Card or, as usual, a picture. It then installs the 6 files onto your system, adds the hidden attribute to them, and monitors for aol. When the member logs on, it captures the passwords and places it in an email sent to the Author. Removal Instructions http:// vil.mcafee.com/dispVirus.asp?virus_k10232&
Album Fast Start Scanner software, not required for scanner to work
Alexa The Alexa Toolbar 5.0 is a downloadable toolbar that helps you navigate the Internet as you surf, by instantly providing you with Related Information about the site you're viewing. Not required Can be run manually via E0 Start E0 Programs
alogserv.exe (alogserv.exe) From McAfee VirusScan for logging scanning activities. It is reported to cause jerky graphics response in many games. Not required
AMD POWERNOW! (gemback.exe) AMD PowerNow! Utility. This utility will optimize your battery life by managing the CPU speed. With the default setting, the CPU speed will be decreased when the system is running on battery power. Required on Laptops
America Online 5.0 Tray Icon (aoltray.exe) Puts AOL icon in system tray, not required in startup menu
America Online 6.0 Tray Icon (aoltray.exe) Puts AOL icon in system tray, not required in startup menu
America Online Tray Icon (aoltray.exe) Puts AOL icon in system tray, not required in startup menu
AOL Instant Messenger (TM) (aim.exe) AOL Instant Messenger Not Required.
ATI GART Set-up Utility Program that checks the motherboard CHIPSET and determines which GART driver bundle to install on ATI cards. If you have one, once installed it shouldn't be required to have it.
ATI Scheduler Component that remains resident in memory and automatically launches the ATI VIDEO PLAYER at a user selected time and date. Not required
ATI Task Application System tray access to common display functions on ATI Rage Pro video cards.Tasktray program used for launching display options and programs on systems with an ATI video cardNon-essential.Not required in startup
AtiCwd32 (aticwd32.exe) Part of a driver enhancement for ATI Graphic Cards not required
Atikey (Atitask.exe) [atitask] Launches an ATI shortcut icon which provides instant access to various programs, display settings, and the ATI Desktop online help system. Not required in startup.
Attune Download This is a PC help network that provides relevant, plain-English messages to help you avoid, or solve, many common computer problems. It also keeps you current with important product-support information, helpful tips, and upgrades from major technology vendors, such as Dell, Hewlett-Packard, Corel, 3Com, and many others. This program connects to the internet to contact their homepage, to get the latest updates to your computer.Not required in startup.
Attune Download (attunel.exe) This is a PC help network that provides relevant, plain-English messages to help you avoid, or solve, many common computer problems. It also keeps you current with important product-support information, helpful tips, and upgrades from major technology vendors, such as Dell, Hewlett-Packard, Corel, 3Com, and many others. This program connects to the internet to contact their homepage, to get the latest updates to your computer.Not required in startup. For more information http://www.aveo.com/
AudioHQ This loads the desktop control panel for the Creative Live card. Not Required
Aureal Interactive Audio (ainit.exe) For Compaq PC's with Aureal based soundcards. A sound features won't work with this disabled. Not required
Aureal Interactive Audio Init (aInit.exe) For Compaq PC's with Aureal based soundcards. A sound features won't work with this disabled. Not required
AutoUpdate (xupdate.exe) Launches Mcafee's quickclean software updates to verify that the software is up to date. Not required. Can be updated manually.
Avconsole.exe (avconsol.exe) This is an Mcafee antivirus program. Some users don't have AV running all the time preferring rather to do manual scans. Not required
BACKWEB (userprof.exe) Automatically detects internet connection and downloads any available updates. Required for Backweb (Compaq Service Connection) to function
Battery Bar This is a utility for estimating the amount of life left on the battery. It can be launched manually when on battery power.
BayMgr This is a Dell-installed program, DockApp, which is useful for warm-swapping a battery, DVD, or other item in the bay.
BillMinder (remind32) Can be setup in Quicken to remind user of due payments. It92s your choice
BitMagic (bitloader.exe) Loads up Bitmagic's Bitplayer 2.0 2.X at startup which make it easier to access the menu options from the system tray icon. Not required. Note: If removed this will stop the automatic download of new editions.
BlackICE utility (blackice.exe) A Firewall program by Network ICE Corporation that launches an icon on the System Tray which has a menu options to offer the following commands, which provide you assistance with this application: View BlackICE Attacks,Edit BlackICE Settings,Stop or Start BlackICE Engine,WWW Network ICE and exit. Required in order to have the firewall program to work.When you remove the checkmark in msconfig it rechecks itself back the next time you reboot, better to leave it.You can also remove it manually in registry editor. http://www.networkice.com/products/blackice_defender.html
bmlic-1 (loader.exe) Loads up Bitmagic's Bitplayer 3.0 3.X at startup which make it easier to access the menu options from the system tray icon. Not required. Note: If removed this will stop the automatic download of new editions.
Bonzei Buddy Talking parrot, and monkey. Not required.Can be run manually
bpcpost (bpcpost.exe) Microsoft TV Viewer Post Setup Program. Not i required in Startup
Cal reminder shortcut (wkcalrem.exe) Produces a pop-up reminder of events scheduled using the MS Works Calendar. Not required
CallControl (ftctrl32.exe) FaxTalk Messenger Pro is a Windows TAPI based 32-bit application. When installed, the software automatically loads FaxTalk CallControl when you start Windows. When FaxTalk CallControl is running, any TAPI compliant application can request to use the modem from Windows. Not required.
CallControl 4.X (FTClr32.exe) FaxTalk CallControl is a program that resides in the Windows system tray and handles incoming and outgoing calls. This allows the software to handle incoming and outgoing communications without requiring the FaxTalk Communicator application to be loaded into memory. CallControl also provides convenient direct access to many of the commonly used functions of FaxTalk Communicator via CallControl92s right-click menu. Not required if your computer receives any faxes when the phone rings. Can be started manually
Cardscan 300start (csreset.exe) This program is to reset Cardscan 300 scanners when your system starts up. Not required in the startup menu
CBWAttn (cbwattn.exe) Required for Bitware to answer incoming faxes, can cause sleep mode problems It92s your choice. Not required if you're not using your computer as a fax machine.
CBWHost (cbwhost.exe) Required for Bitware to answer incoming faxes, can cause sleep mode problems It92s your choice. Not required if you're not using your computer as a fax machine.
CC2KUI (comet.exe) A Program called Comet Cursor creates a system tray icon so you can quickly launch Smart cursors or fun cursors. However, if you do not want the Comet Cursor icon to load at startup, you may turn it off. Not required. Can be run manually.
CIJ3P2PSERVER (CIJ3P2PS.EXE) Compaq printer utility which is required in the startup menu in order to make the printer work correctly. !NEEDED!
CISRVR Program (cisrvr.exe) Related to Compaq internet setup Not required
CleanSweep Smart Sweep- Internet Sweep Automatic logging of installs from Quarterdeck/Norton CleanSweep - available via Start -> Programs - not needed. Remove the shortcut in the Start -> Programs -> Startup folder as well.
CleanSweep, SmartSweep, InternetSweep All three of these CleanSweep modules can be run manually.
Click TheButton (ctb.exe) A program from BonziBuddy that launches an system Tray icon that has a dollar sign in it that you can access its menu options. Not required. Can be run manually.
Compaq C3-1000 Settings Utility (cpqc31k.exe) [cpqc31k.exe) Launches a Printer utility called the Control Program which includes five tabs: Status, Options, Cartridges, and About. Each tab contains settings relating to the operation of your printer and its software. Required in startup
Compaq Internet Setup (inetwizard.exe) Runs Compaq internet setup wizard and offers customera to signup from ISP list. Not required
Compaq Knowledge Center (silent.exe & 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 while silent.exe execute matcli.exe quietly in the background. Compaq Knowledge Center is required to run with the Help and Support program. If you remove the checkmark on Compaq Knowledge Center and and then run help and Support it will add another Compaq Knowledge Center in the startup menu. If you remove the Compaq Knowledge Center in the add/remove program some help menus in help and support will not be available like Fix my Presario, Preference, and Contact Technical Support. It's best to leave it.
Compaq Video CD Watcher MPEG viewer Not required
CompaqPrinTray (printray.exe) Puts printer icon in systray When this option is disable you will no longer be able to access the Control Program or Printer Driver directly from your desktop.!NEEDED!
CompaqSystray (cpqpscp.exe) Compaq Systray icon. Not required in the Startup
COMSMDEXE 3Com tray icon Not required
ConfigServices Part of initial setup Not required
ConMgr.exe (conmgr.exe) Connection Manager program which enable you to connect to your Earthlink's account. Not required Can be run manually by clicking the Earthlink shortcut on your desktop.
Controller This starts WinFax Pro at startup. Required for Winfax to answer incoming faxes. It92s your choice
Cookie Crusher (cookie.exe) Launches a system tray icon that looks like a flashing lightbulb to enable you to access the option menu. Cookie Crusher, an Internet cookie manager, works with your web browser to give you complete control over the cookies which are accepted by and stored on your system. Not Required in startup. Can be started manually.
Cool Note (cool.exe) This convenient notes program is a great way to replace all the little pieces of paper scattered everywhere. Cool Note version of the classic Post-itAE can help you organize all of those little ideas and tasks that you just need to jot down for the moment. An icon resides in the system tray for easy access. You can write all kinds of reminders without running out of paper. Not required in startup. Can be run manually
Corel Desktop Application Director The Desktop Application Director (DAD) gives you easy access to all CorelAE WordPerfectAE Suite 7 applications. available via Start menu - Not required
Corel Registration Reminder If you don't want to register Corel products and be reminded about it every 2 weeks disable it.
CountrySelection (pctptt.exe) Modem related, if you remove it, it comes back. It92s better to leave it
CPQDFWAG Runs Compaq diags on every boot. Not required in Startup.
CPQEASYACC (cpqeadm.exe) [bttnserv] For Compaq's Easy Access button support. Not needed if you don't use these buttons.
CPQinet (cpqinet.exe) Required for easy access buttons on certain models, on some models it has to be removed for EABs to be reprogramable.
CPQInet Runtime Services For Compaq PC's. Allows AOL and Compuserve to use the Easy Access buttons for the internet. Not needed if you don't use the ISP providers.
cpqinkag (cpqinkag.exe) That is the Compaq Ink Agent for some IJ printers, it lets EU's know when their ink cartridges are getting close to empty (by how many pages they have printed)Not required
cpqns (cpqnpcss.exe) Related to Compaq.Net - if customer does not use Compaq.Net. Not required
CPQSTUTFIX Cures problems with sound stutter. !NEEDED!
CQSCP2P SERVER Compaq printer utility which is required in the startup menu in order to make the printer work correctly. !NEEDED!
CQSCP2PS Compaq printer utility which is required in the startup menu in order to make the printer work correctly. !NEEDED!
CreateCD (createcd.exe) Easy CD launcher icon in systray,
Creative Lab's AudioHQ (Ahqrun.exe) System tray application for SB Live! Environmental Audio Control plug-ins - available via Start menu Not required
Creative Lab's AudioHQ (Ahqtb.exe) System tray application for SB Live! functions - available via Start menu - not needed.
Creative Lab's Disc Detector Detects when you insert a CD-ROM, DVD-ROM, etc. Not required
Creative Lab's Program Launcher Adds a quick-launch bar to the top of the display and a System Tray icon. Not required
Critical Update Contacts Microsoft frequently looking for updates. Uncheck it and visit the update site manually.
CSInject.exe Part of Quarterdeck/Norton CleanSweep -needed for CleanSweep Smart Sweep-Internet Sweep. Can start logging manually if this doesn't load when automatic monitoring is set. Not required
CTSysVol This is associated with a Creative sound card, and adds volume controls to the Windows volume controls Not required
Cybermedia Guard Dog (Gdlaunch.exe) Launches the Mcafee's Internet Guard Dog Software which protects your data and lets take charge of how you use the internet. Not required. Can be run manually
CyDoorCD_Load.exe Advertising Spyware, More Info
datcheck (datcheck.exe) Keypanic.Trojan When this Trojan horse program is run, it remaps your keyboard. When you type, an alternate message is displayed on the computer monitor which is " I am so f__king gay". Removal Instructions http://v il.mcafee.com/dispVirus.aspvirus_k98880&
Dcomcnfg (dcomcnfg.exe) An utility that comes with Microsoft Basic DCOMCNFG.EXE (known as DCOM Config) is a utility that can be used to secure distributed COM (DCOM) objects that have been created. Because security is much more advanced on Windows NT and Windows 2000, the options differ on Windows NT and Windows 2000 systems. This program enables Windows NT or Windows 2000 to communicate with an NT or Windows client and back(assuming that there are no firewalls or proxy servers involved)
Description of Shortcut (EZTART.exe) Launches EZsetup software from Mcafee's Utilities which lets you customize the appearance of windows (the windows desktop, startup programs, icons, startup and close screens, and so on)Not required in startup
devldr16.exe Associated with Creative Labs sound cards. Provides audio support for DOS applications. If you don't have those, Not required
Digital Dashboard (devgulp.exe) Loads Digital Dashboard options Not required
Digital River eBot (downloa~1.exe) Launches the Ebot program on startup which creates a system tray icon. EBot is an "electronic robot" that sits on your PC's desktop and helps ensure your computer always has the latest technology, fixes, add-ons, upgrades and "cool stuff." EBot also helps you download, install and manage your downloadable digital products. http://www.ebot.com
Disknag (disknag.exe) This is a little program from DELL that reminds you to make your backup diskettes. It is not required in Startup.
DMISL DMI (Desktop Management Software) for Intel TokenExpress network card software. DMI support for the Intel network card managed through the Desktop Management Interface. Not required
DMISTART (win32sl.exe) This utility which launches at startup is function is to collect system information for Client Manager. This DMI (Desktop management interface)software is made by Intel which is called Intel LDCM Client Manager and also shipped with Dell systems called Inspector Software. Not required in startup.
DSS Broderbund software, Not required
DXM6Patch_981116 (p_981116.exe) Win32 cabinet self extractor Not required
EACLEAN (eaclean.exe) For Compaq PC's. Easy Access button support for the keyboard. Not needed if you don't use these buttons.
Eapcisetup Rockwell RipTide soundcard application software. sound works without it. Not required
EarthLink ToolBar 5.0 (etoolbar.exe) The EarthLink Toolbar is a tool to help you get to all of the resources of the internet. EarthLink 5.0 Setup adds a few basic buttons to the Toolbar, but you can delete these or add more buttons any time. Not required
eFax.com Tray Menu (Hottray.exe) Launches the Efax Messenger software on startup and also creates a system tray icon with menu options. Efax Messenger is a program that lets you receive faxes and voicemail by email. Not required in startup. Can be started manually.For more information http://www.efax.com/
EM_EXEC (em_exec.exe) Logitech Mouse Driver. Required for full mouse functionality, but not essential
ENCMONITOR (monitor.exe) The Encompass Monitor. This program is the Connect Direct Program. It is more trouble than it is worth and few use it. Not required
EnsonicMixer (starter.exe) Puts the Ensonic mixer in system tray Not required
EPSON Background Monitor This little utility is supposed to keep an Epson printer ready for quick printing. Users report little difference whether it is on or not.
Essdc (essdc.exe) Related to sound, sound works without it Not required
Event Reminder Part of Dr.Watson Not required in Startup
ewell.htm VBS.1ON1MAIL Virus Removal Instructions http:// vil.mcafee.com/dispVirus.asp?virus_k98724&
FaxTalk CallControl 6.X (FTClCtrl.exe) FaxTalk CallControl is a program that resides in the Windows system tray and handles incoming and outgoing calls. This allows the software to handle incoming and outgoing communications without requiring the FaxTalk Communicator application to be loaded into memory. CallControl also provides convenient direct access to many of the commonly used functions of FaxTalk Communicator via CallControl92s right-click menu. Not required if your computer receives any faxes when the phone rings. Can be started manually
FEELitDeviceManager (feelitDM.exe) Associated with Immersion TouchSense devices (Logitech Wingman Force Feedback Mouse and possibly other peripherals) !NEEDED!
Filterguard (Filtrgrd.exe) An Icon located in the lower left of the screen and looks like a lifesaver. This icon is a 93short-cut94 to access the basic features of SOS-Guardian, SOS-KidProof Lite, SOS Best Defense and SOS Pro such as Internet filtering utility. You can access this menu by 93right-clicking94 on the icon. Required in the startup. But it can be run manually by creating a shortcut from c:\program files\sos\Filtrgrd.exe
Find Fast Complete utter waste of space!. Part of Microsoft Office - searches disk drives for Office file types to make opening them easier.
Fine Print Dispatcher (fpdisp3.exe) Compaq printer !NEEDED!
Finish Installing (bbsmar~1.exe) It's a reminder from BonziBuddy the monkey that some files needs to be downloaded in order to complete the installation.
Fix-It Av (memcheck.exe) A virus scanner utility from Ontrack (Trend Micro) that stays in memory (tsr). This utility is from a program called Fix-It which is a revolutionary set of computer utilities for maintaining, operating, tunning, optimizing and anti-virus software for your personal computer. Required for most users.
FlyswatDesktop (flydesk.exe) A program called flyswat that creates a direct links from any word on your screen to the web's most relevant resources.Starts Flyswat everytime you boot the system and creates a system tray icon that is a squared box with a fly in it, to access the menu options. Not required. can be started manually.
FMLITES (fmlites.exe) This handy utility program will present a visual display of your send and receive modem lights. This program is especially useful for internal modems. Not Required. Can be run manually
FTUNINST (FTUnInst.exe) Fax Talk Messenger Pro uninstall program. Not required in startup
Gator (gator.exe) Uses 5% resources Loads a squared tray icon that looks like an alligator looking at you so you can access the menu faster and also to type in your password to login. Can be started manually Start->Programs->Gator. Not required
Go!Zilla Monster Downloads Adds System Tray applet for Go!Zilla. available via Start menu - Not required
GuardDogEXE (Gdlaunch.exe) Launches the Mcafee's Internet Guard Dog Software which protects your data and lets take charge of how you use the internet. Not required. Can be run manually
Guardian (CMGrdian.exe) Launches Mcafee's Guardian system tray icon to enable you to access the menu from the icon. Not required. Can be run manually.
HC Reminder (hc.exe) Registration reminder. If user is already registered then it92s not required
help"C:\WINDOWS\help.vbs VBS/Pleh@MM Virus. Removal Instructions http:// vil.mcafee.com/dispVirus.asp?virus_k99063&
Hidserv (hidserv.exe) This is the Human Interface Device Server, it is required if you are using USB Audio Devices
Hotbar The Hotbar is an Internet infrastructure utility. It enhances the surfing experience offering a variety of innovative and fresh skins to the browser while providing users worldwide with access to various services of addedvalue and fun. It92s your choice
HotSync Manager (hotsync.exe) Launches the Hotsync Manager software for Palmpilot on startup and creates a System tray icon which you can uses the menu options.Hotsync Manager is a two-way synchronization of records between your handheld and your computer. Changes that you make on your handheld or your computer are updated on both platforms after a HotSync operation. A HotSync operation only synchronizes the changed portions of data, reducing the time it takes to complete a HotSync operation.Not required in startup. Can be started manually. For more information->http://pal m.3com.com/newspromo/corporate/hotsync.html
HP JetDiscovery HP JetAdmin software which monitors printing jobs on a network environment. Needed if your printing in a network environment
HP Lamp Hp Scanner Utility that controls your scanner92s light bulb. !NEEDED!
HP ScanPicture Used with an HP scanner. It will load when the scanner is going to be used no need to have it available all the time.
hppswrsev HP scanner or printer
HPSCANMonitor HP scanning software that enables you to scan images from your scanner. !NEEDED!
Hpscanpatch A patch for use with certain types of scanners (5100c) !NEEDED!
HumanClick (hc.exe) A program called Human Click that launches a system tray icon that is a bell to access its option menu. HumanClick allows you to communicate with visitors to your web site and to monitor their comings and goings. When a visitor enters your site, a bell sound and a flashing button on the taskbar will notify you. From the Web Operator Window (WOW), you can see information about the visitor (IP number, type of browser, what page in your site they are visiting, and more.). You may send the visitor an invitation to chat (a small popup screen will invite them to ask for help), and the visitor may also click on the 'Click to Chat' button in order to talk to you. Not Required in Startup. Can be started manually.
ICQ NetDetect Agent This automatically connects to ICQ when the user goes online. Not necessary, but a convenience.
ICSMGR Monitors DNS and DHCP requests for ICS (Internet Connection Sharing). Needed if you92re sharing the internet on various computers
Imesh (imeshclient.exe) Launches imesh at startup and creates a system tray icon for you to access its menu options.(an unstable program which crashes the system constanly.) iMesh lets you download your files from several users at the same time like mp3's mpg..etc For more information-> http://www.imesh.com/index.cfm
imesh Auto Update (wiseupdt.exe) Everytime you reboot your system, imesh will check to see if there is an update available to be download. Cannot be remove in msconfig. It puts back the checkmark after you remove it.
Incontrol desktop mgr (dmhkey.exe) Intouch Control software that adds extra tab in the display properties for the Diamond Multimedia video card extra settings. Can be run manually Start->Program->Diamond->Intouch Control 95 Not required
instant access Scanner
IntelProcNumUtility Disables CPU ID Not required
internat (internat.exe) Language selection icon in system tray Makes it possible for you you to switch between installed keyboard languages and layouts. It92s your choice
Introduction-Registration Should only run first time, PC introduction & Compaq registration REMOVE IT IF UNABLE TO BOOT FOR FIRST TIME
Iomega Disk Icons All this does is change the icon form the Iomega drive.
Iomega QuickSync 3 (quicksync3.exe) [quicksync3] Launches QuickSync 3 at startup and creates a system tray icon. A utility from Iomega that protects you from data loss caused by disasters such as viruses, power outages, computer crashes and accidental deletion.Not required in startup. Can be started manually. http://ww w.iomega.com/direct/products/quiksync_uk.jsp?
Iomega Startup Options This is related to the Zip drive. It adds the right-click context menu selections for the Zip drive. It92s your choice
Iomega Watch Related to the Zip drive-- Not required
Iomon98.exe PCCILIN 98 real time virus check. . Keep it unless you are sure you will faithfully do manual scans and practice safe computing.
IrMon This is required for IrDA to be active.
isdbdc (isdbdc.exe) Related to instant internet Not required
K6CPU.EXE Authenticates CPU as K6 in system properties Not required
kagou KAK virus removal Instructions http:// vil.mcafee.com/dispVirus.asp?virus_k10509&
KAK.HTA Kak Virus Removal Instructions http://vil.mcafee. com/virusSupport/kakRMV.asp
KAK.HTML Kak Virus Removal Instructions http://vil.mcafee. com/virusSupport/kakRMV.asp
Kernel16 SUB Seven Trojan Virus Removal Instructions http:// vil.mcafee.com/dispVirus.asp?virus_k10171&
kernel32kern32.exe W32/Badtrans@MM Virus Removal Instructions http:// vil.mcafee.com/dispVirus.asp?virus_k99069&
Keyboard Manager (mmkeybd.exe) This program installs the Hewlett-Packard Multimedia Keyboard Driver which is part of the HP Pavillion systems.It can also be used on any HP-Pavilion PC which uses the three-button keyboard. Some older version of this software launches a system trat icon to access the menu options.Not required in startup if you don't use the special keys. Otherwise it's needed (Internet/Suspend/Information) or the multimedia keyboard with a rotary volume knob just above the F11 key.
Launchboard (lnchbrd.exe) LaunchBoard software from Darwin turns your keyboard into a remote control for the Internet and your computer! With LaunchBoard 2.0, you can customize up to 38 keys on your PC keyboard to instantly launch Web Sites, start applications, perform custom macros, handle Windows shortcuts, store passwords, and perform loads of other customizable functions
Lexmark PrinTray (printray.exe) A Lexmark Printer icon. Not required
Lexstart (lexstart.exe) You92re using a Lexmark printer. The Lexmark printer software may add Lexstart.exe in the startup folder to handle print commands that you send to the printer.This can cause dial-up networking to prompt you to dial your isp. Not required
LIU Related to Logitech Quick Cam 5.2 - CAM STILL WORKS WITHOUT IT
Load ocraware.exe This feature allows you to scan directly into most word processor applications, such as Word, WordPerfect, etc. Not required can be run manually
Load WebCheck (loadwc.exe) is responsible for customizing some of the settings in Internet Explorer. Loadwc.exe is responsible for adding, removing, and updating subscriptions. Loadwc.exe also propagates settings for user profiles. After restarting your computer during Internet Explorer Active Setup, Loadwc.exe copies Internet Explorer settings that need to be updated for each user profile. Not required
Loadblackd (blackd.exe) This launches The black Ice defender engine and the user interface. If you remove this in the startup you will not have a operational blackice.BlackICE Defender is an intrusion detection product, that also has some firewall capabilities. It is designed to protect against unsolicited incoming intrusions, and it logs the information about these intrusions.For more information http:/ /www.networkice.com/products/blackice_defender.html
LoadPowerProfile (rundll32.exe powrprof.dll,LoadCurrentPwrScheme) This is required if you are using Power Management (accessed through Start|Settings|Control Panel|Power). If so, there will be two instances. This is normal.
Loadqm Loads the MSN Explorer Query Manager--a waste of resources and bandwidth. Not required
Logitech ImageWare Control Center This programs allows you to do all basic scanning functions with a Logitech Pagescan Color scanner. Not required in startup. Can be run manually.
Logitech Wakeup (lgwakeup.exe) lgwakeup.exe loads at startup and monitors the scanner. When a document is inserted in the scanner the wakeup program feed the document at a fraction of a inch into the scanner and then it launches the control center software. From the control center you can select whether to fax or copy or peint the scanned documents. If you remove the logitech wakeup software from the startup it no longer launches the control center or feeds the document a fraction of an inch. You can manually launch the control center software the Start--> program and still able to scan images. Not required
Lotus Organizer Easy Clip The Easy Clip icon automates the collection of information from sources such as e-mail to create an Organizer address, appointment, task or Notepad page. Not required, Can be run manually
Lotus Quick Start Lotus also has a central application, called SmartCenter, which runs on the Windows desktop. The SmartCenter toolbar stretches across the top or, optionally, the bottom of the screen and uses the metaphor of a filing cabinet to provide quick access to SmartSuite's applications, reference materials or Internet-supplied news and information. It takes a lot of resources. Not required to run. Can be run manually.
Lotus Suite Start Suite Start Icons appear on the taskbar when you start Windows. It92s required or you92ll get error messages like Unable to load Organizer APl file: orgapi32.dll. It is very important to leave this in the startup group. !NEEDED!
LS120 Superdisk Supposed to accelerate transfer rate on LS-120, contributes to system lockupsNot required
LVComs (lvcoms.exe) Lvcomm server, part of Logitech QuickCam CAM STILL WORKS WITHOUT IT
Lwinst Run Profiler Logitech Wingman Profiler for the Logitech joysticks. Not required. Can be run manually.
Lwinst Run Profiler (lwtest.exe & Lwemon.exe) A Wingman Profiler utility from Logitech that creates an icon that is a big W on the system tray to access the option menu. WingMan Profiler allows you to customize your WingMan gaming device's behavior for a particular game. You will most likely only need to use WingMan Profiler rarely, because WingMan Profiler preconfigures most games for you.Not required in startup.Can be run manually.
LXSUPMON (LXSUPMON.EXE) It is for a Lexmark Printer. The printer should work fine without it,
Machine Debug Manager (mdm) Used by developers for debugging. Those who have encountered it have unchecked it with no degradation in performance.
MapNDrive (MapNDrive.exe) A Consumer Login scripting tools that enables you to logging to a map drive. Needed.
Matrox Powerdesk Powerdesk is a Matrox utility incorporated into your Windows display properties. Powerdesk allows you to tweak your Matrox card to your liking. Not required
McAfee Guardian (CMGRDIAN.EXE) Launches McAfee's Uninstaller software at startup. We've all got a junk drawer, but not all of us have a maid to clean it out. The Uninstaller automatically identifies and removes the unnecessary files that accumulate in your pc. Not required. Can be run manually.
McAfee Image (image32.exe) Launches Mcafee's Utility software wizard (mcafee Image)to create an image snapshot of the critical sectors on your hard drive. In the event these sectors are corrupted by a disk crash or virus, Image can use the snapshot to restore your hard drives. Not required. Can be run manually
McAfee VirusScan Registration Pop-up reminding McAfee VirusScan owners to update to the latest version.Not required
Mcafee Wingauge Monitors your system and alerts you to potential problems, including impending hard disk failures. Not needed - can be run manually via Start -> Programs.
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 Consol (Avconsol.exe) under one application. Scanning can be enabled via Start -> Programs if required.
McAfeeWEbScanX Antivirus program. Keep it unless you are sure you will faithfully do manual scans and practice safe computing.
MDAC_RUNONCE (runonce.exe) MDAC Run Once Wrapper. This is required fo Microsoft Data Access Components. Although it should only 'run once', it actually runs once per session and is therefore required by MDAC. !Needed!
MediaRing Talk (mrtalk.exe) Media Ring Talk, voice recognition software, takes a lot of resources, can be run manually for more information-> http://dl.mediaring.com/scri pts/ad/?adcorporate&urlhttp://www.mediaring.com/products/produc ts.html
Memturbo This is a program used for freeing up memory. It is shareware and can significantly improve performance.
MGAVRTCL.EXE (mgavrtcl.exe) MGAVRTCL.EXE is part of the Mcafee's anti-virus software that stays in memory(TSR) to protect you from viruses. It also creates a System Tray icon that looks like a shield so you can access the menu options. Needed for most users.
Microangelo Desktop Quick access to MicroAngelo 5.0. Not required - can be run manually via Start -> Programs.
Microsoft Critical Update Detects and installs critical updates from the Microsoft site. Most users prefer to install these manually.
Microsoft Find Fast (findfast.exe) This program is unnecessary and troublesome when it is running.
Microsoft Greetings Reminders You really want to be reminded about somebody's birthday at the expense of resources?. Not required
Microsoft Office Shortcut Bar Alternative shortcuts to the Start -> Programs way of running applications installed as part of Microsoft Office. Some people prefer it but a better way is to create Desktop Shortcuts if you want access these programs quickly.
Microsoft Office Startup A resource hog and not needed. If quick access to Office is needed, put a shortcut on the desktop. (Some users report that unchecking this item cause difficulty. Bear this in mind if it is removed and performance is degraded.)
Microsoft Sidewinder Game Controller Software Pre-loads profiles for games. Not needed - can be run manually via Start -> Programs.
Microsoft Webserver Personal web server program which enables you to create and host a web server from your computer.
Microsoft Works Calendar Reminders You really want to be reminded about somebody's birthday at the expense of resources?. Not required
Microsoft Works update Detection Detects and installs updates from the Microsoft site. Most users prefer to install these manually.
MINIFERT.EXE Part of Backweb. Not required
Minilog (Minilog.exe) This activates ZoneAlarm's logging module.Minilog is part of ZoneAlarm, and does the logging of intruders to the log file. Needed!
Mirabilis ICQ If connected to the internet, automatically runs up ICQ. Convenience more than anything. ICQ can be started from Start -> Programs
Mixghost This is management software for Altec Lansing speakers. If a change is needed, the user can launch it from the Start menu.
mmtray Places a Music Box Jukebox icon in the system tray. The program works fine without it.
MoneyAgent (money express.exe) Part of Microsoft Money Not required
MotiveMonitor (motmon.exe) Watches for errors and attempts to assist in resolution through the internet and email. Not required
Mount Safe & Sound From McAfee VirusScan version 5.x. Creates back-up sets of critical files in a separate area of a hard drive. If you make regular back-ups it's not needed and can be painful during system start.
MSKernel32 (WINDOWS\SYSTEM\MSKernel32.vbs) LOVE-LETTER-FOR-YOU.TXT.VBS Virus Removal Instructions http:// vil.mcafee.com/dispVirus.asp?virus_k98617&
MSMSGS (msmsgs.exe) MSN instant messanger that starts automatically at startup. Can be started manually. Not required.
MSN Messenger MSN Messenger utility starts up automatically every time you start Windows. If you don't use MSN Messenger, this can be annoying. Not required Can started manually
MSNQuickView A Microsoft Network Toolbar that launches at startup. Not Required
Mstask see Scheduling Agent Can be setup to run several applications at specified times, ie; defrag, scandisk, etc85 These applications can be started manually It92s your choice
MSUser32 (WINDOWS\SYSTEM\MSUser32.vbs) LOOK.vbs Virus Removal Instructions http:// vil.mcafee.com/dispVirus.asp?virus_k98631&
NAV defalert Norton Anti-Virus Definitions Alert. Warns you if virus definitions are out of date. You should update definitions on at least a weekly basis anyway if you use the internet regularly. Leave it if you think you might forget.
Nav_setup (nav_se~1.exe) It's a software from mcafee that is partially installed or someone cancelled the installation process.
Ndetect If connected to the internet, automatically runs up ICQ. Convenience more than anything. ICQ can be started from Start -> Programs
NeoPlanet (neo.exe) Starts Neoplanet automatically when in the startup and creates a system tray icon that you can access it's options. NeoPlanet, Inc. connects companies with their customers through dynamic desktop software, integrated with versatile, customer-interacting infrastructure.
Netsonic (webmain.exe) An Internet accelerator program thats speeds Web surfing by using its proprietary cache technology to store all of the main text and graphical elements of a Web page. It creates an system tray icon that you can access Netsonic's Option menu. Not Required Can be started manually.
Netsonic Pro (webmain.exe) An Internet accelerator program thats speeds Web surfing by using its proprietary cache technology to store all of the main text and graphical elements of a Web page. It creates an system tray icon that you can access Netsonic's Option menu. Not Required Can be started manually.
Netword Agent (nwant33.exe) An interesting browser utility that allows you to navigate by typing a single word or phrase (a "NetWord") related to what you're looking for into your browser's location field.It also put an icon in system tray icon that is a circle with the letter N in the center to access the menu faster. Can be run manually ->Start->Programs->Netword Agent Not required
network.vbs Network.VBS Network Removal Instructions http:// vil.mcafee.com/dispVirus.asp?virus_k98477&
NetworkSetup (Dlink.exe) A program that launches a system Tray icon that is a big letter "D" that enable you that access the following menus.1 Our Homepage 2.Update Notification 3.Warranty Registration 4.Contact Support. Not required in startup. Can be run manually.
Netzero (nzstart.exe) Starts the Netzero free isp software at bootup. Can be run manually. Not Required.
Netzip smart downloader This programs lets you adds Pause, Resume, and Reconnect to your downloads. Not needed. Can be run manually.
NomdCheck Same has QuickenSeMessage an option Not required
Norton AutoProtect This is Norton's real-time scanner for viruses. It can save a lot of grief in the event an email with a contaminated attachment.
Norton Crashguard Monitor Troublesome program that doesn't actually work with Windows ME so Norton removed it from SystemWorks 2001. Generally considered an unstable program, most users avoid it.
Norton Email Protect This is a feature which sets up a proxy server to isolate the main system from email-borne viruses. If this feature is not desired, it is recommended that it be turned of in the programs control panel under Options|E-Mail Protection. When it is inactivated incoming email is still scanned as it is saved to your hard disk, but no proxy server is involved as an additional layer of protection.
Norton System Doctor A major resource hog, you will be well off without it.
NovastorSchedulerd NovaStor NovaBACKUP Scheduler back-up utility.If you don't have regularly scheduled back-ups you can run it manually.Not required
NPROTECT Norton Protected Recycle Bin from Norton Utilities. Adds an extra layer of safety before you remove deleted files from the Recycled Bin. Its your choice
nscheck (nscheck.exe) A High Speed Internet Accelerator software from Netsetter that launches at startup. Required if you want to run the software. Causes problem with isp software such as AOL..etc. For more information http://www.netsetter.com/
oadaemon (oadaemon.exe) [oadaemon] The oadaemon.exe program is a background process that establishes connection with the C3-1000 device, it's other function is to watch general status of device and for scanner button presses. So oadaemon.exe must be running in the background to do printing because the oadaemon program establish the connection to the C3-1000. !Needed!
OEMCLEANUP (oem_reset.exe) Resets OEM installation settings at bootup. Not required unless you're new to PC's.
Office Startup (osa.exe) Speeds up launching of office programs Not required
Onflow (unistall onflow.exe) This program clears the onflow player from your system.Onflow is a Internet company that offers a online advertising program.This software comes with Gator software Not required http://www.onflow.com/su pport/index.php
Operator Media Pilot operator, in Win.ini. Locks port open Not required
pagekeeper jobs PageKeeper Jobs is a separate PageKeeper program that handles the analysis of new documents and keeps track of the location and content of current documents in PageKeeper. Pagekeepers comes bundledwith scanners such has HP, Microtek, etc. It92s your choice.
Password Pal (passpal.exe) Password Pal runs as a tray icon on the Windows taskbar. Right-clicking the Password Pal icon will display a menu of available options. Password Pal was designed to allow you to store password and account information safely and securely in a single place. The database of account information that Password Pal maintains is encrypted on disk and can only be accessed with a single master password that unlocks the information.Not required in startup. Can be run manually.
PCHealth (pchschd.exe) This is a part of Windows Millennium which provides Restore functionality. !NEEDED!
PCTVOICE (pctvoice.exe) The program PCTVoice is used by the modem to interface with your computer and also used for some V.80 functions for Video Conferencing. Not required in startup
Pe2ckfnt SE (chkfont.exe) 93Chkfont.exe is used to check whether the fonts are installed properly on your computer or not.This utility comes from Ulead Photo Express 2 SE software.If you don't want to execute it,you can remove it in the startup menu. Not required
Photo Express Calender Checker SE If you create multiple Weekly/Monthly/Yearly calendars to use as your wallpaper, Photo Express will replace the wallpaper automatically. Photo Express 2.0 has a calendar checker which checks the date on your system and updates your wallpaper accordingly. Not required.
PiDunHk (pidunhk.exe) Launches a Orb icon from Prodigy Internet on the System Tray icon to access the various menus. Not required in startup. Can be run manually.For more information->http: //www.prodigy.com/pcom/prodigy_internet/pi_index.html
PiStartup (pistartup.exe) Launches the Prodigy Internet enrollment Connection Wizard in order to create a Internet account. Not required. Can be run manually in Start->Programs->Prodigy Internet.For more information->http: //www.prodigy.com/pcom/prodigy_internet/pi_index.html
Pointer (point32.exe) This is mouse utilities, from Microsoft and is required for the wheel to work with full functionality.
Power Meter This is a Dell-installed monitor for battery strength and AC power source for batteries. It can be manually launched when it is needed.
Power Reg Scheduler Displays reminders to register software. Not required
pp5300USB A Paperport software that monitors the status of a Visioneer OneTouch 5300. Not needed Can be run manually
Primax Mouse For scroll mouse (you do not need this if you don92t have a scroll mouse) Its your choice
Promon.exe (promon.exe) Intel Pro100 + network card icon in the system tray by the clock. These tools typically display the LEDs on the NIC, and information about the link status, duplex mode, etc. None of the functionality of such agents is necessary required.
Prpcui This is a Dell-installed program which relates to Intel's Speed-Step. It provides an easy way to disable speed step. Its icon can be removed from the taskbar in the Preferences settings.
Ptsnoop.exe This is a modem driver used by several software modems to monitor the COM port. Its functions become active when the modem is in use.
Q shlf|Quick Shelf (encicons.exe) [qshlfed] Launches an icon on the system tray that looks like a dictionary that enable you to open Encarta world Dictionary from the icon. http://www.microsoft.com/catalog/display.asp? subid22&site10471&x26&y3
Qagent The Quicken program is controlled by a separate utility program called the Quicken Download Manager (also known as Qagent). When the Quicken Download Manager option is enabled, background downloading takes advantage of unused bandwidth to download current financial information anytime your computer is connected to the Internet. Not required
QBCD autorun To run Quick Books CD, Not required
QD FastAndSafe Automatically runs Fast & Safe clean-up from Norton/Quarterdeck Cleansweep. Deletes safe to remove files such as Temporary Internet Files (cache). Recommended you run it manually. Not required
QuickenSEMessage Quicken option , Not required
QuickShelf 99 Places an icon in the system tray for launching Microsoft Bookshelf. Use the Start menu or a shortcut instead.
RamBooster (Rambooster.exe) RamBooster is a free program that frees up Ram. This is done by forcing Windows to remove all the data that is not currently needed from the memory. Not required in startup. Can be run manually. For more information http://www.sci.fi/ ~borg/rambooster/index.html
Rave 2 (rave.exe) Rave 2 is a Windows application that allows you to talk (just like a telephone conversation) to your ICQ contacts, or to any other person at a fixed IP or domain name address. It creates a system tray icon that you can access the menu options. Not required. Can be started manually
Real Jukebox Systray This is the Jukebox counterpart to Real Player. It makes no discernible difference if it is not running.
RealTray (realplay.exe) A similar program to Real Jukebox Systray for RealPlayer v7. Not required
Refresh Part of Iomega Zip Drive, Not required
Register Drop Handler A Program that works with Still Image monitor software for USB Cameras andScanners. It92s a drag & drop utility for imaging devices.
Register MediaRing Talk (register.exe) If you don't want to register MediaRing and be reminded about it every bootup disable it.
Regtrk This is Norton's Registry Tracker. Leave it checked if you want it to monitor changes in the Registry.
Reminder (reminder.exe) Money Express in Microsoft Money reminds you about upcoming bills and allows you to quickly enter payments into Money without opening the program and accessing the appropriate account. To turn this feature on or off, open the Tools menu and select Options. Click the Bills and Deposits tab in the new window. At the top of this window, check or uncheck the box next to Use Money Express. Not required at Startup.
Reminder-cpqXXXXX (remind32.exe) Compaq printer Registration, Not required
RFTray Reality Fusion GameCam Video Interaction Technology Software that comes with the Logitech QuickCam PC Video Camera and other Usb Cameras. It is only a icon that appears on your system tray Not requiredCan started manually.
Ring Central Fax Only needed if customer wants PC to answer faxes automatically. It92s your choice.
rnaapp Used in Dial Up Networking. It loads when you initiate a connection. There is no particular reason to have it load at startup.
Run (WINDOWS\SYSTEM\list.vbs) List.vbs Virus Removal Instructions http:// vil.mcafee.com/dispVirus.asp?virus_k98726&
run Multiple run in the startup. Usual symptoms include system not shutting down or rebooting, and system very slow on boot and while operating. Deleting file does nothing, removed checkmarks from startup simply doubles the number of entries (30+) in startup that refer to msdos98.exe. Also, there is a win98.exe - this is a back office virus that turns the users' unit into into an internet server so hackers can have access to any unit running this program.
run (temp\list.vbs) list.vbs Virus Removal Instructions http:// vil.mcafee.com/dispVirus.asp?virus_k98726&
runhpfsched This program pops up a reminder to register a new HP printer or scanner. It is not required
Sasrv sound extension for windows Not required
Savenow (savenow.exe) This program is installed by software such as Imesh,and other software that comes bundled with Savenow. Savenow is also identified as SPYWARE, meaning that it transmits data from your machine to other machines on the Internet. Not required.For more information -> http://www.whenu.com/index.html< /A>
ScanRegistry (WINDOWS\list.vbs) LIST.VBS Virus Removal Instructions http:// vil.mcafee.com/dispVirus.asp?virus_k98726&
ScanRegistry (scanregw.exe) This program scans your Registry at startup and makes copies. Useful for backing up in the event of a corrupted Registry. !NEEDED!
Scheduling Agent (mstask.exe) Keep this if Task Scheduler is being used. a general-purpose scheduling program that comes preconfigured to maintain the computer's hard disks by running programs such as ScanDisk,Defrag and Disk Cleanup scheduled times. You can also use Scheduling Agent to schedule programs to run at specified intervals. These applications can be started manually These applications can be started manually and it not required
Service Connection (sccenter.exe) This is Backweb also Not required
ShockmachineReminder (smreminder.exe) Creates a Shockwave icon in your system tray that notifies you about new content on shockwave.com. Shockmachine is a digital media player that lets you save your favorite Shockwave.com titles, control your entertainment experiences with VCR-style buttons, and play back your titles in full-screen mode or even offline. Not required.
SHPC32 Compaq printer utility which is required in the startup menu in order to make the printer work correctly. !NEEDED!
ska.exeska.exe The Happy99.Worm can be received as an email attachment or from newsgroup postings. The attachment is usually named Happy99.exe. When executed the worm opens a window titled Happy New Year 1999 and shows a fireworks display to disguise its installation. The worm sends itself to other users when infected computer is online. Removal Instructions http:// vil.mcafee.com/dispVirus.asp?virus_k10144&
Sm56acl SM56 Software Modems system tray icon. Not required
SMS Client Service When the SMS Client service starts on a domain controller, the Client service modifies the SMSCliToknAcct & user account group membership, user rights, and account comment. The Client service then waits for the synchronization of the comment to verify that the account and user rights are properly set for this account. This account is used to obtain a token to start the SMS Client processes, such as the Software Inventory and Software Distribution agents. (Microsoft systems Management Server)
SMS Win9x Message Agent This program assigns a user to a Systems Management Server site
Snsicon (snsicon.exe) Launches a leaf icon on the System Tray to enable a screensaver Program from Second Nature. The screensaver is a high-quality images from different image collections published by Second Nature Software, which can be used as screen savers and wallpaper. The photographic or painted images include colorful outdoor scenes, warbirds, fantasy, castles, sailing, steam engines, and more. The program features a "Slide Show Toolbar" which controls the wallpaper and screen saver settings. Not required in startup. Can be run manually.
Sonic A Control (vrtxctrl.exe) Sound related options Not required
SpeedRacer Software for a Creative sound card. Not required at startup.
Spinner Plus (spinner.exe) Spinner Plus lets you listen to over 100 channels of music broadcast from Spinner.com. Spinner Plus uses RealNetwork's G2 technology to provide high-quality online audio. The technology adjusts the audio streaming to match your Internet connection speed, which helps eliminate sound distortion or choppiness. Spinner Plus starts automatically when its in the startup menu.Can be run manuallyE0 StartE0 ProgramE0 Spinner Plus
SS Runner V3.0 (runner.exe) Launches a Screensaver program by synthesoft that creates a system tray icon which enables the screensaver and also that you can access it's option menus. Not required in startup Can be run manually.
SSPDSRV (ssdpsrv.exe) Provides Simple Service Discovery Protocol (SSDP) and General Event Notification Architecture (GENA) services for Universal Plug and Play functionality.
Startacc (startacc.exe) Launches Webroot's Accelerate 2000 software that speeds up your Internet connection by up to 300%. Not required in startup. Can be run manually.
Startup Part of Iomega Zip Drive, Not required
Startupmonitor This is a freeware tool which monitors the startup list and provides a warning when an application tries to add something to it, which allows the user to determine whether to allow the addition.
StateMgr (statemgr.exe) Another portion of Windows Millennium required for Restore functionality.!NEEDED!
Still imageMonitor (Stimon.exe) The still image monitor (stimon.exe) is a program installed by Windows Millennium Edition (Me) and Windows 98 when a Universal Serial Bus scanning device is successfully enumerated. It is configured to load and run automatically at startup, and is loaded from the registry key. Stimon.exe enables a USB still-image device (scanner) to initiate data transfer to another program. This is called 93push model94 behavior and is exemplified by scan buttons on scanning devices that iniates scanning. Stimon.exe contains two modules: Event Monitor and Control Center. Event Monitor detects events from connected USB scanning devices while Control Center determines how to react to these incoming events. Not required
Stutfix Cures problems with sound stutter !NEEDED!
SXGDSENU (sxgdsenu.exe) Sleep related !NEEDED!
SymTray - Norton SystemWorks Keeps all System Tray icons for Norton SystemWorks together to reduce clutter. SystemWorks includes Norton Anti-Virus, Norton Utilities and Norton CleanSweep - mentioned elsewhere here. Personally I only have Norton eMail Protect running which doesn't need SymTray.
SynTPEnh (syntpenh.exe) On Laptops 96 Required for touchpad features to work !NEEDED!
SynTPLpr (syntplpr.exe) On Laptops 96 Required for touchpad features to work !NEEDED!
Sysdoc (sysdoc32.exe) Norton System Doctor helps keep your computer free of problems and running at peak efficiency. By default, Norton System Doctor runs quietly in the background, continually monitoring your computer's operating environment. It can alert you immediately when conditions require attention. Not Required in startup. Can be run manually.
System DLF (cpqdiaga.exe) A Compaq Diagnostic record system utility which allow you to view information about your computer's hardware and software configuration. Not required Can be run manually.
SystemBackup C:\WINDOWS\MTX_.EXE W95.MTX has a virus component and a worm component. It propagates by email. It also infects some Win32 executables in specific folders. The virus has the capability to block access to certain Web sites. This may prevent you from downloading new virus definitions. Removal Instructions http:// vil.mcafee.com/dispVirus.asp?virus_k10144&
SystemTray (systray.exe) Required for your clock and other items in the System Tray. !NEEDED! For more information ->h ttp://support.microsoft.com/support/kb/articles/Q128/1/29.asp< /TD>
SystemWizard Sniffer A program from SystemSoft that solves hardware and software problems on your PC It92s your choice
T4UMHF5C:\WINDOWS\TEMP\T4UMHF5.VBS VBS/Anjulie@MM Virus Virus Removal Instructions http:// vil.mcafee.com/dispVirus.asp?virus_k99055&
Taskbar Display Controls Only appears in MSCONFIG if you have a Display Settings icon in the System Tray allowing resolution changes on the fly. Can also be disabled under Start -> Settings -> Control Panel -> Display -> Settings -> Advanced -> General. if you remove it, it comes back. It92s better to remove it manually
TaskMonitor (Taskmon.exe) This is a Microsoft utility which keeps track of the rate of usage of programs to make defragging more efficient. With short seek times and high transfer rates of today's hard drives, it is probably superfluous Not required
TCAUTIEXE (tcaudiag) A program from 3COM that creates a system tray icon that you use to run the 3com NIC diagnostic program. Momentarily place your mouse cursor over the 3com icon to obtain network traffic(frame sent, frame received and link speed) and information about the installed NIC. .Not Required. Can be run manually.
TGCMG Related to Rogers@Home, causes errors in WinSock32.dll. Not required for connection to work.
Time Sync Add Client For palm pilots, and Pda92s needed in the startup in order for those devices to function properly
Timemanager.exe An easy to use program for recording how you spend your time, designed to help you in billing multiple clients. Not required
Tips Provides tips for using the mouse--probably Not required by most users.
Touch Manager A keyboard utility. Not required for Windows, but a very nice program. NOTE: some users report that unchecking this item resulted in loss of screen and power saver functions.
Tour (Wincool.exe) A program that reminds you to watch the Windows Millennium Interactive Video Sampler. Not required
Trayzip (trayzip.exe) A Zip Compression utility that creates a system Tray icon that says zip in blue. You can just click the right mouse button on the TrayZip icon to bring up the menu options. Not required. Can be started manually.
Trickler (fsg.exe) This program is installed by software such as Roger Wilco, Snood and other software that comes bundled with Gator. Gator is also identified as SPYWARE, meaning that it transmits data from your machine to other machines on the Internet. Not required.For more information -> http://pe te.rogerwilco.com/bbs/Forum1/HTML/002789.html
TrueVector (vsmon.exe) Required for users running the ZoneAlarm firewall. ZoneAlarm is dependent on a component called TrueVector. TrueVector monitors and controls Internet access on your computer. By default, TrueVector (vsmon.exe) is configured to run as a service when your system boots up. Currently, the TrueVector service continues to run when you close any client, until you shut down your computer or the service in the services manager. This ensures that security rules are enforced when your computer is running, even if no one is logged on
TVWakeup Hidden TV Control from Microsoft Web TV, Not required
TweakDUN An utility to optimize your Internet Browser Software. TweakDUN promotes faster Internet data transfer rates and faster downloads by eliminating fragmentation of data packets. It92s your choice
TweakUI Tweak UI lets you adjust dozens of tiny settings without having to mess around with the registry. Some users will need to have this loaded at startup to enable some of its options. If TweakUI is used to enter a network password it will be listed twice.
updatemgr.exe (updatemgr.exe) Once a month, your EarthLink 5.0 Update Manager contacts EarthLink's servers to check for software updates. If an update is available for your EarthLink software, Update Manager will inform you and, with your permission, download and install the update. Not required. Can go to http://www.earthlink.net and download the updates manually
USB Hub Keyboard Patch (skbpatch.exe) USB HUB Update extends the support of Windows 98 USB Hub for newer USB Technology. Needed
USBMMKBD A program for usb keyboard Needed
User32DLL (WINDOWS\User32DLL.vbs) LOOK.vbs Virus Removal Instructions http:// vil.mcafee.com/dispVirus.asp?virus_k98631&
Usrobotics online registration Pop-up reminding customers to register their products online at Us Robotics.Not required
VidSvr Web TV channel guide Not required
VirusScan Console From McAfee VirusScan up to version 4.x. Used to schedule regular scans. If you don't have scans scheduled ,then its not required
VirusScan System Scan From McAfee VirusScan up to version 4.x. McAfee's real-time scanner - scans files on Run/Create/Copy/Rename. Normally disabled as it interferes with other programs. Scan files manually.
VirusScan System Tray From McAfee VirusScan up to version 4.x. Runs if you have any of the VirusScan options running.
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. Not required
Voodoo2 (fxv2ps.dll) Loaded and run via RUNDLL32.EXE to launch the UpdateRegSettings function to restore Voodoo2 registry settings that can't be retained normally. Essential for fx/Voodoo2 owners. !NEEDED!
VortexTray System Tray application for Aureal Vortex based soundcards. Can be run manually via Start -> Settings -> Control Panel. Not needed
VoyetraTray This provides an abbreviated Control Group for the Turtle Beach Montego II sound functions/associated with AudioStation 3 and 32.
VsecomrEXE (vsecomr.exe) McAfee nag popup to encourage users to upgrade to the latest version.
Vshield McAfee virus scan. Not required if manual scans of downloads and disk contents are faithfully done--should remain checked for most users.
Vshwin32EXE (vshwin32.exe) Also McAfee. Not required if manual scans of downloads and disk contents are faithfully done--should remain checked for most users.
VsStatEXE (vsstat.exe) McAfee antivirus program. If you are careful about downloads and faithfully perform manual virus scans this can be unchecked. For most users, however, it should stay.
W3kNETWORK (W3KNET.DLL) The Web3000 Network technology displays unobtrusive online advertising services to Internet savvy users through a network of installed software products. The advertising allows developers who are part of the Web3000 Network to offer these products to you at no cost. Needed in the startup for customers that has software like Netsonic, etc. Not required http://www.web3000.com /partners/index.asp
Washer (washer.exe) Windows Washer utility from webroot which automatically cleans your browser's cache, cookies, history, mail trash..etc. when loaded in the startup menu it displays a system tray icon that look like a sqeegy that can perform timed cleaning. Can be run manually -> Start->Program Not required
washindex Windows Washer from Webroot Software. Useful utility that deletes safe to remove files. Re-instates itself in MSCONFIG every time you run it :
Watchdog Program (watchdog.exe) MONITORS ISP/DIALUP CONNECTION Not required
Wcmdmgr.exe It will periodically contact WildTangent servers to see if an update is available for your system and allows us to make the product exceptionally reliable. You can control its behavior, or disable it completely, inside your Windows Control Panel.(It is a visualization for the Winamp mp3 player) Not required http://www.wildtangent.com/
Web outfitter tray (sttray.exe) Launches the Intel web outfitter software at startup and creates a system tray icon which enable you to access the option menus. Chip manufacturer Intel has announced that its WebOutfitter service http://www.intelweboutfitter.c om/ for Pentium III processor owners is now live on the Web. WebOutfitter delivers , animated and immersive content, tools and tutorials that are designed to enhance the Internet experience users of Pentium III processor-based computers. Intel is using the service as a significant value add for consumers that have upgraded to new Pentium III models once they must first register at the site. Members of the service will get specialized plug-ins, have access to technical guidance on a variety of topics as well as be directed to a variety of theme sites, such as shopping and entertainment, in the Site Seeing section. Not required. Can be run manually.
WebHancer Agent (whagent.exe) System Tray application that starts up Webhancer software. A Software that optimizes your web browser. A waste of system resources. Not required
Webshots Screensaver program that automatically downloads from the webshots web site. Not required http://www.webshots.com/ho mepage.html
WhenUstart.exe (Whenu.exe) WhenUShop will launch itself automatically and appear on the left side of your browser when you surf to a retail shopping site covered by WhenUShop. It will provide you with lots of helpful information that saves you time and money. It will disappear from your screen when you surf to a site that WhenUShop does not cover.Not required in startup. Can be started manually For more information ->http://www.whenu.com/tour.html
Win32DLL (WINDOWS\Win32DLL.vbs) LOVE-LETTER-FOR-YOU.TXT.VBS Virus REMOVE IT
WinampAgent (winampa.exe) Launches a System Tray icon which you can access Winamp Player easier and it's menu options.Not required.Can be started manually from Start -> Programs.For more information on this Software -> http://www.winamp.com/
WIN-BUGSFIX LOVE-LETTER-FOR-YOU.TXT.vbs Virus Removal Instructions http:// vil.mcafee.com/dispVirus.asp?virus_k98617&
Windows Eyes For blind people, gives a voice description of items on the screen. Windows application which gives you total control over what you hear, when you hear it, and how you hear it. Not needed Can be run manually
Windowsc:\msdos98.exe This is a trojan which pretends to be compressed pictures. The trojan is 78K and has been sent with the file named mine.zip to some AOL users. The zip file contains the file MINE.EXE which is able to install the trojan to Windows PCs which have the DLLs for Visual Basic 5 installed. Removal Instructions http:// vil.mcafee.com/dispVirus.asp?virus_k10567&
WinFAT32WinFAT32.EXE VBS.Loveletter virus Removal Instructions http:// vil.mcafee.com/dispVirus.asp?virus_k98617&
Winkey This is a freeware Windows macro program which can be used to launch programs and open folders with Windows key combinations. Users rate it worth the RAM it uses.
Winmgmt.exe Used for Enterprise Management. If you are not an IT Administrator you don't need it to be running.
winmodem (winmodem.exe) Software Modem utility system tray icon. This is not required
Wkcalrem The Works Calendar Reminder. Leave it checked if you want the calendar to remind you of something.
WKDETECT An program that automatically looks for updates for Microsoft Works. The user can easily do this manually at convenient intervals.
WorksFUD (wkfud.exe) A marketing program for Microsoft Works. Not required
Yahoo Pager (ypager.exe) Yahoo! Messenger allows you to send instant messages. Using Yahoo! Messenger, you can see when friends are online and chat back and forth with them, like having a real conversation. Not required Can be run manually http://p2.yahoo.com/pager/
zBrowser Launcher (commandr.exe or Itouch.exe) Launches a keyboard software from Logitech named Key commander or Itouch on startup which creates a system tray icon which you can access the menu options. This software lets you program various key on the Logitech keyboard to open programs and internet web site with a touch of a button. Needed in startup for users of logitech keyboards For more information->http://www.logi tech.com/cf/support/kybdfiles.cfm
ZipDisk Icons Creates a Zip Drive icon on the system tray -- Not required
ZoneAlarm (zonealarm.exe) Uses 7% resources Launches ZoneAlarm at startup and creates a System tray Icon which you can access the menu options.!Needed! Please note that if users select not to run ZoneAlarm on startup in the Configure panel, then it will not load as a service.(Minilog & True Vector) For more information on this product ->http://www.zonea larm.com/products/za/index.html
ZoneAlarm Pro (zonealarm.exe) Launches ZoneAlarm Pro at startup and creates a System tray Icon which you can access the menu options. Please note that if users select not to run ZoneAlarm Pro on startup in the Configure panel, then it will not load as a service.(minilog & True Vector) Needed! For more information on this product -> http://www.zone alarm.com/products/zap/index.html




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