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Task List
Name

PROGRAM &
MANUFACTURER

WHAT IT IS
AND WHAT YOU CAN DO

F-sched

F-Sched.exe

(Frisk Software)

F-PROT Scheduler  for the  F-PROT  antivirus software.  This scheduler runs in the System Tray and enables you to schedule unattended virus definitions updates as well as unattended virus scans of your PC.

Recommendation :
At the time of writing, 15‑Nov‑2004, this is in our opinion one of the worst designed antivirus software scheduler programs.  If during the course of a virus definitions update the scheduler determines that there is a new version of the main F‑PROT antivirus software, it waits on the screen till you click  DOWNLOAD,  at which point your web browser is opened for you to manually download the software updates.  We actually do not have a problem with having to manually download full-program updates through the web browser.  What we take extreme exception to is the fact that when the above happens you are no longer in  automatic unattended  mode – until you click either  DOWNLOAD  or  CANCEL  the updating module stays open on the screen and  does not  update your virus definitions.  You could therefore be in the situation which we have seen a number of times where you have left your PC on for hours overnight or during the day, with your email software open and automatically picking up emails as they arrive, a new virus is released during that time, Frisk Software release both virus definitions and a new version of the F‑PROT program, but because your supposed unattended automatic update is actually waiting for user input, F‑PROT does not get updated with the latest definitions and your PC gets infected through a virus email which it received while the  F‑PROT  updater was waiting for user input !   And there is more :  if you have configured the scheduler to check for virus definitions updates every hour, like we do, but it got stuck for hours waiting for user input, and you come back and give it that user input  (either through cancelling or through downloading the full F‑PROT update), then the scheduler stacks up all the update checks it was not able to do while waiting for user input, and you then get bombarded over the next hour or two of work, with endless interruptions from the scheduler checking for updates.  Unbelievable.  Lastly, unlike with other software, it is our belief that, for antivirus software, scheduled automated virus definitions updates should occur seamlessly and  unobtrusively  in the background in the way that Symantec do with Norton Antivirus – you should never have a situation where you find yourself being interrupted by a virus update while you are writing an email with the result that you end up typing in the wrong window !   So, depending on how you use your PC, and on how often you check for virus definition updates, the F‑PROT scheduler can either be  OK  or a total and absolute source of frustration which will make you want to disable this task on the  Startups  tab of  The Ultimate Troubleshooter  and use manual updates instead.  Frisk Software need to have a serious look at this.  Your choice.

F-stopw F-StopW.exe

(Frisk Software)
On-Access scanner task for the F-PROT antivirus software. If this task is running your PC is protected in real-time as this task scans in the background each file that you access.  When F-STOPW is running you can also see an icon in the System Tray – if you right-click on the icon you can enable/disable the on-access scanner.

Recommendation :
Essential for the total virus protection of your PC.

F1tray

F1Tray.exe

(FusionOne)

System Tray icon for FusionOne’s  MightyPhone  software.  MightyPhone is a great concept for synchronizing the data on your mobile phone, with your web-based or PC based organizer.  On this one we will allow ourselves to say that we hope it succeeds.  We cannot explain the concept any better than MightyPhone (FusionOne) do themselves (as of 1‑Feb‑2004) :  “MightyPhone provides the ability for end-users to add, remove, or change data on their cellular handsets without having to enter it directly into the device (via the cumbersome keypad) or sync via a cable with a PC. All independent of their carrier, be it CDMA or GSM.  MightyPhone comes in two flavours regular web‑powered MightyPhone and the downloadable MightyPhone Pro desktop application.  The web version allows users to login and enter or change contact, calendar and task data via a web browser, and then sync the updates down to their phone over‑the‑air.  The downloadable desktop sync client, MightyPhone Pro, allows over‑the‑air, 2-way synchronization of contacts, calendar and tasks directly from popular PIM applications, such as Microsoft Outlook, Outlook Express, and Lotus Notes.  The web version is worthwhile for those who have minimal contact or calendar information to track, while the Pro version is more for the professional.  The major caveat with MightyPhone is that your phone has to be supported, however MightyPhone can support any mobile phone with built-in SyncML capabilities, something that is appearing in more and more models.  MightyPhone.com.

Recommendation :
Down to end-user preference.  If you often synchronize your phone with your PC, then it makes sense to have MightyPhone Pro accessible straight from the System Tray.

F1autosync

F1AutoSync.exe

(FusionOne)

See   F1TRAY   above for details of  MightyPhone.  F1AUTOSYNC is the background task which pulls data out of your Personal Information Organizer and sends it to your phone over the web and then over‑the‑air.  It also does the reverse operation when synchronizing from your phone back to your PC.

Recommendation :  
Essential for the proper functioning of MightyPhone Pro.  You can either decide to leave it as a startup task or you can decide to disable it on the  Startups  tab of  The Ultimate Troubleshooter  since starting the MightyPhone Pro software when you next need it will in any case start this task.

Fa_gd32

FA_GD32.exe

(Cybermedia Inc, now McAfee)

First Aid 98 Windows Guardian.  Once upon a time, in the days of Windows 95/98, a number of companies thought they could write software which would prevent or warn of Windows crashes, which would fix problems in tens of thousands of programs (Gee!!) thanks to constantly updated databases, which would provide safe installation and un‑installation of software, and with some of them, which would provide the  “System Restore”  function which is now part of Windows since Windows Millennium Edition.  Would you know, the majority of these products turned out to cause crashes themselves !!!   Right from day one we never believed in such programs, if only because it is an impossible feat to keep track of all the software produced around the world, of their bugs, of their newest bugs or corrections in their latest versions, etc…  Like most other such programs, First Aid 98 and the company that made it, Cybermedia, eventually disappeared (bought by McAfee/Network Associates in the case of Cybermedia).

Recommendation : 
Given that First Aid 98 has been a defunct product for some time, running it in 2002 and beyond without the benefit of program updates that take into account nowadays software, is courting trouble, if not disaster.  You certainly should not run it on anything other than Windows 95/98.  Our view is that if you are still running First Aid you should de-install it. 
Note, however, that because of the way in which First Aid interacts with Windows, the de-installation of First Aid may actually cause you instability problems later (catch 22!!).  So, if your PC is currently relatively stable, do not try to fix what doesn’t need fixing, keep First Aid.

Fameh32 FAMEH32.exe

(F-Secure)
F-Secure Alert and Management Extension Handler.  Part of F-Secure AntiVirus and Internet Firewall products.  We are not yet sure about what this task does.

Recommendation :
Since we have no information on this task we can only recommend that you leave it alone.
Fapiexe FAPIEXE.exe

(Thought Communications Inc.)
Part of FaxTalk Messenger Pro.

Recommendation :
We have as yet no idea as to what this task does, so our recommendation has to be to leave it alone.

Farmmext

Farmmext.exe

(Farmmext.com)

This startup entry is seriously crippling adware and will, usually, not be the only unwanted entry on your  Startups  tab in  The Ultimate Troubleshooter.  It is responsible, along with the other related programs which get downloaded onto your PC at the same time, for endless popup advertisements, very slow Internet access, freezes, boot-up or shutdown errors, and a generally frustrating computing experience, not to mention what sensitive information it may be sending out from your PC.  The most common method of infection is through the user having clicked somewhere on a web page, or an advertising banner, promising to block ........... popup advertisements and other unsafe web pests !!   Yes!, some adware/spyware masquerades as .... anti-adware/spyware !!!   We have also noticed that a significant number of our users who use the  Morpheus  file sharing program, seem to be infected with this pest.

Recommendation :
Get rid of it immediately, as follows :

1)   Restart your PC into Safe Mode by pressing  F8  continually after turning your PC ON till you get a menu where  “Safe Mode”  is one of the options  (if you are unable to start your PC into Safe Mode, then try the following in Normal Mode).

2)   Next, start  The Ultimate Troubleshooter  and go to the  Startups  tab and for each instance of any of the following –  AUTOUPDATE,  BMAN1,  BKZBRA,  CASHBACK,  CFGMGR51.DLL,  ELITEANV32,  EXP,  FARMMEXT,  GKBLA,  IAKD,  KZPRLK,  MBKWNST,  MORPHSTB,  MZNTXT,  NLS,  PSOFT1,  NETSYNC,  WINTASK,  WINUP2DATE.DLL,  WMSCT  –  do the following :  right-click on it and choose  Delete from the hard disk the file that this Startup points to;  next, right-click on this entry again and this time choose  Delete this Startup entry.

3)   Click the big green  APPLY  button to make your changes stick.

4)   Reboot your PC into Normal Mode.

5)   Download  Ad-Aware  or  SpyBot  from our  Downloads  library and run it to eliminate all possible adware and spyware.

6)   Make sure you have an up-to-date reputable antivirus program and run a full virus scan on your PC.

Fast Fast.exe

(Microsoft)
From the little documentation we have found on this program FAST.EXE seems to be a program that gets installed only with older versions of Microsoft’s PowerToys for Windows XP.

Recommendation :
Microsoft’s recommendation is to upgrade to the latest version of PowerToys for Windows XP, available here.
Fawgrd32 FAWGrd32.exe

(Cybermedia Inc, now McAfee)
Part of First Aid 98.  Read FA_GD32 above for more details.

Faxsvc

FaxSvc.exe

(Microsoft)

Microsoft Fax service for Windows 2000/XP/2003, and also NT4 with Service Pack 4 or later.  This service implements the fax configurations you have defined in the Fax Service Management Console that you can access through the Fax icon in the Control Panel.  FAXSVC also answers fax calls and sends the faxes you send from your programs (e.g. from Word, Excel, etc...).

Recommendation :
If you do not use Microsoft faxing, you can set this service to  Disabled  in  “Control Panel \ Services”  in Windows NT4,  or in  “Control Panel \ Administrative Tools \ Services”   in Windows 2000/XP/2003.  Look for the service called  Fax Service.

Fbdirect

FBDirect.exe

(Visioneer)

Background Task for Visioneer scanners whose purpose seems solely to handle the "one-touch" button of the Visioneer scanners.  It kicks in when the end-user tries to do a direct scan using that one-touch button.

Recommendation :
Since 1999 FBDIRECT has consistently caused problems to end-users :  illegal operations, not responding, "application errors", or "linked to missing export".  This is not good software writing at all. Users who experience all the above can try downloading the latest drivers from our Drivers pages, but that does not always fix the problem.  If the latest drivers do not fix the problem, then disable FBDIRECT with  The Ultimate Troubleshooter.  The only problem with doing so is that you lose the ability to do direct scans using the one-touch button on the scanner itself – you have to use the software to scan.

Fch32

FCH32.exe

(F-Secure Corporation)

F-Secure Configuration Handler.  Task which is part of the Corporate Edition of F-Secure AntiVirus and which receives updated F-Secure security policies handed down by the F-Secure server software on the network server.

Recommendation :  
Essential for the proper configuration updating of your F-Secure antivirus software.  Leave alone.

Find Fast FindFast.exe

(Microsoft)
Microsoft Office Find Fast.  This gets installed with Microsoft Office 95/97/2000.  The supposed benefit of Find Fast is that it will enable you to find documents faster from within Microsoft Office.  In practice :  as with TASKMON it makes no visible difference to end-users, particularly on nowadays fast PCs.  Thus, not only is Find Fast a total waste of time, but it is also a very significant annoyance too since, on many PCs, it results in the PC seemingly "freezing" for 2 to 5 seconds.

Recommendation :
Delete using  The Ultimate Troubleshooter
Also go into the FindFast icon in the Control Panel and choose the "Index \ Close and Stop" menu option.
Firedaemon Firedaemon.exe You have the Backdoor.NTHack virus.

Firewallsvr

FirewallSvr.exe

(???)

You have the   W32.Netsky.X@mm  \  W32.Netsky.Y@mm   virus.

Flashksk Flashksk.exe

(???)
Background task installed with the drivers for smartmedia card readers.  We are not sure yet as to what this task actually does.

Recommendation :
Given that we do not know the purpose of this task, we can only recommend to leave it alone.  That said, this task will sometimes generate illegal operations on shutdown or at startup, particularly on Windows 2000 PCs.  Additionally, many users have reported problems being able to eject/shutdown USB devices when this task is running – killing the task usually allows the end-user to eject/shutdown his USB devices.

FlashUtil10b

FlashUtil10b.exe

(Adobe)

Adobe Flash Player Helper for Vista.  Background task which shows up in Windows Vista when you have version 10.0.22.87 (March 2009), or later, of the Adobe Flash Player installed and you have Internet Explorer open.  This background task helps Internet Explorer display Flash videos (e.g. most news websites – CNN, CBS News, BBC, The Guardian, etc...) under Vista.  Our take on this, here at AnswersThatWork :  this is Adobe’s attempt at solving the dreadful problems that have plagued Adobe Flash when installed on Internet Explorer in Windows Vista, whereby countless end‑users would frequently experience Internet Explorer crashing (closing itself) for no apparent reason and at totally random times.

Recommendation :  
Leave alone – it is essential to the ability of Internet Explorer to properly display Flash animations and Flash videos on websites.

Flshstat

Flshstat.exe

(Toshiba)

Toshiba’s FlashPath Status Monitor software Tray icon.  The FlashPath Status Monitor software enables you to monitor the performance and possible problems with your FlashPath;  it also enables you to monitor the transfer of your photos from the camera to your PC via the floppy disk drive (using the FlashPath).

Recommendation : 
This Tray icon is not necessary for the good functioning of the FlashPath – it is purely a monitoring program. Unless you use your digital camera on a regular basis, we recommend disabling it with  The Ultimate Troubleshooter.  Whenever you want to monitor your FlashPath, simply start this monitor program through Start \ Programs \ FlashPath \ FlashPath Status.

FMserver

FMserver.exe

(FileMaker Inc)

FileMaker Server  service installed by the FileMaker Pro database software.  This service is the core FileMaker Pro database engine which opens, reads, and updates the FileMaker Pro databases.  All accesses to the databases is done through this service.  In a network environment this service will be found running on the central network fileserver.

Recommendation :
Essential for the proper functioning of your FileMaker Pro databases – Leave alone therefore.

FMShelper

FMshelper.exe

(FileMaker Inc)

FileMaker Server Helper  service installed by the FileMaker Pro database software.  This is a communications service which enables end-user workstations to connect to the FileMaker Pro databases through the FileMaker Pro Server process.  When an end-user opens a FileMaker Pro database and uses it, what actually happens in the background is that the end-user PC talks to this service which in turns passes the request on to the FileMaker Pro server process on the server.  The server process executes the necessary commands and updates, communicates back to this service which in turns communicates back to the end‑user PC.

Recommendation :
Essential for the proper functioning of your FileMaker Pro database system.  Leave alone therefore.

FnKeyHook

FnKeyHook.exe

(Toshiba)

Toshiba Accessibility.  Using Toshiba Accessibility enables the user to make the  Fn  key a sticky key  whereby the user can press the  Fn  key just the once, release it, and then press a function key to activate a  Fn+Fx  hot key combination  (e.g. FN+F1 to zoom the display, etc...).  Toshiba Accessibility is accessed through  “Programs \ Toshiba Utilities \ Accessibility”.  Once  Toshiba Accessibility  has been activated, this task, FNKEYHOOK, ensures in the background that the  Fn  key does behave as a  sticky key.

Recommendation :
Down to end-user requirements.  Essential if you use  Toshiba Accessibility, otherwise you can disable it on the  Startups  tab of  The Ultimate Troubleshooter.

Fotostation easy autolaunch FotoStation Easy AutoLaunch.exe

(FotoStation.com / FotoWare.com ???)
Background task installed when you install the CD that comes with Nikon digital cameras.  That CD installs, amongst other things, FotoStation Easy, a digital images management and editing software package.  FotoStation Easy AutoLaunch pre-loads part of FotoStation in memory so that FotoStation loads faster whenever you decide to run it.

Recommendation :
As with Microsoft’s FindFast, useless on nowadays’ PCs. Disable with  The Ultimate Troubleshooter.

FPAVServer

FPAVServer.exe

(FRISK Software)

F-PROT Antivirus dispatcher service.  The role of this background service is to  “constantly monitor the status of the program versions of F-PROT Antivirus such as virus signature file, scanning engine version number, version number, subscription and more.”.

Recommendation :
Essential to the ability of your F‑PROT antivirus program to keep itself up-to-date at all times – Leave alone therefore.  While this background service can occasionally use as little as 5Mb to 12Mb of memory, on most PCs it actually uses between 32Mb to 45Mb of memory.

Fpdisp4

Fpdisp4a

Fpdisp5a

FpDisp4.exe

FpDisp4a.exe

FpDisp5a.exe

(FinePrint Software)

The FinePrint Dispatcher.  This program handles the spooling of print jobs to the FinePrint printer.  “4” and “4a” indicate version 4.x of the software, while “5a” indicates version 5.x of the FinePrint software.

Recommendation :
Absolutely essential to the FinePrint software, so leave it alone.

Fppdis1

Fppdis1a

Fppdis2a

Fppdis1.exe

Fppdis1a.exe

Fppdis2a.exe

(FinePrint Software)

FinePrint pdfFactory.  This is the background task which handles the creation of  PDF  files when you print to the FinePrint pdfFactory printer.  The “1” and “1a” indicate versions 1.x, while the “2a” is version 2.x.  Both version 1.x and version 2.x of pdfFactory can co-exist on the same PC.

Recommendation :
Absolutely essential to the pdfFactory, so leave it alone.

Fppdis3a

Fppdis3a.exe

(FinePrint Software)

FinePrint pdfFactory Pro v3.x Dispatcher.  This is the background task which handles the creation of  PDF  files when you print to the FinePrint pdfFactory Pro printer.

Recommendation :
Absolutely essential to the proper functioning of pdfFactory Pro, so leave it alone.

Fs20

FreeSurfer
FS20.exe

(EMS Project)
EMS Free Surfer Companion for Internet Explorer – initially a popup stopper program, but nowadays also a safe personal information store, a cookies and cache management program, and more.

Recommendation :
Essential for the proper operation of Free Surfer – Leave alone.

Fsav32

FSAV32.exe

(F-Secure Corporation)

F-Secure  Antivirus Handler  task which is part of the F-Secure AntiVirus and F-Secure Internet Security products.  This task is part of the real-time antivirus scanning module of F-Secure (it scans programs and files for viruses as they are accessed or created/downloaded).

Recommendation :  
This task is crucial to the proper protection of your PC against viruses – Leave alone.

Fsb

Fsb.exe

(???)

You have the   W32.HLLW.Yero.Worm  /  W32/Fesber.worm   virus.

Fsbwsys

Fsbwsys.exe

(F-Secure Corporation)

F-Secure BackWeb.  Installed as a startup item on Windows 9x/ME and as a service under Windows NT4/2000/XP/2003, this task automatically downloads in the background antivirus database updates and informational content for F-Secure AntiVirus and other F-Secure security products.  If your PC is permanently connected to the Internet, F‑Secure BackWeb will automatically download new antivirus updates within about two hours after they have been published by F-Secure.  By default F‑Secure BackWeb also downloads Computer Virus News and F‑Secure News.  Downloading these can be disabled if so desired.  According to F‑Secure :  “F-Secure BackWeb shall be used only for receiving updates and related information on F-Secure's antivirus and security products.  F-Secure BackWeb may not be used for any other purpose or service.  ‘BackWeb’ is a trademark of BackWeb Technologies.”.

Recommendation :
The role of this task makes it a crucial component in the proper protection of your PC by your F‑Secure security product.  Leave alone therefore.

Fsdfwd

Fsdfwd.exe

(F-Secure Corporation)

F-Secure Internet Shield Daemon.  Task installed as a startup item under Windows 9x/ME, and as a service under Windows NT4/2000/XP.  This is one of the main components of the F-Secure firewall found in F-Secure Firewall and F-Secure Internet Security.

Recommendation :
Essential for the proper functioning of your F-Secure firewall.  Leave alone.

Fsg_4104 FSG_4104.exe

(Gator / now Claria)
Gator trickler software.  The purpose of the Gator Trickler is to gather information about the websites that you visit, and transmit it to the Gator servers when you are on the Internet so that aggregate statistics derived from that information can be sold to third-party vendors about users, traffic patterns, and websites visited.  This is what we call spyware/adware as it transmits information from your PC and it is advertising related.  Historically this program is in most cases installed by KaZaA, iMesh, AudioGalaxy, and other file sharing programs.

Recommendation :
We normally would remove any such software by first looking for any Gator entries in the "Add/Remove Programs" icon in the Control Panel, and then downloading and running Spybot from our Downloads page to complete the removal. Note, however, that the removal of Gator components may totally incapacitate your free version of the file sharing program that you installed, so proceed with caution if those programs are important to you.

Fsgk32

Fsgk32.exe

(F-Secure Corporation)

F-Secure Gatekeeper Handler  task.  This task is the core component of F‑Secure’s Gatekeeper technology which is part of F-Secure Internet Security.  Note that F‑Secure Gatekeeper is also a standalone product for Internet gateways.  F‑Secure Gatekeeper provides virus scanning of emails, of web pages, and of web downloads.  It is also a content filtering engine which provides the ability to block specific file types and/or file sizes, and which also provides the ability to selectively block access to specific websites (e.g. inappropriate websites – in some F‑Secure products this will be called  “Parental Control”).

Recommendation :
FSGK32 is started by  FSGK32ST  below if one or more of the Gatekeeper features is selected.  This task should therefore be left alone and any configuration/termination should be done through the F‑Secure configuration screens.

Fsgk32st

Fsgk32st.exe

(F-Secure Corporation)

F-Secure Gatekeeper Startup Service  installed on Windows NT4/2000/XP/2003 PCs by F‑Secure Internet Security or F‑Secure Gatekeeper.  This service starts  FSGK32, the core component of the F‑Secure Gatekeeper technology.  F‑Secure Gatekeeper provides virus scanning of emails, of web pages, and of web downloads.  It is also a content filtering engine which provides the ability to block specific file types and/or file sizes, and which also provides the ability to selectively block access to specific websites (e.g. inappropriate websites – in some F‑Secure products this will be called  “Parental Control”).

Recommendation :
Since most PCs running either F‑Secure Internet Security or F‑Secure Gatekeeper will be making use of at least one of the above mentioned features, this service should be left alone.  If, however, you want to disable all Gatekeeper features, do so within the F‑Secure configuration screens.

FSHDLL32

FSHDLL32.EXE

(F-Secure Corporation)

F-Secure DLL Hosting Plugin.  Background task spawned by other core F-Secure background services and whose role is to host the various F-Secure background programs that are constantly running and protecting your PC against malware and viruses.

Recommendation :   Essential for the proper running of your F-Secure security product – Leave alone therefore.

This background task normally uses 1Mb to 6Mb of memory.

Fshttps

Fshttps.exe

(F-Secure Corporation)

F-Secure Parental Control HTTP Server.  Windows NT4/2000/XP service installed by F‑Secure Internet Security and which implements your  Parental Control  configuration settings by scanning the web pages being accessed and restricting access to those which fall within the criteria that you have defined.

Recommendation :
Core component of F‑Secure’s Parental Control features.  Leave alone.  All configuration should be done through the F‑Secure configuration screens.

fsorsp

fsorsp.exe

(F-Secure Corporation)

F-Secure ORSP Client.  Service installed by the F‑Secure antivirus and Internet security products.  At the time of writing, 9-Aug-2010, we do not know the exact role of this background service.

Recommendation :
Since we do not know the exact role of this background service, the only recommendation we can make is to leave it alone.

This service normally uses 1Mb to 3Mb of memory.

Ftctrl32 FTCtrl32.exe

(Thought Communications Inc.)
Background support task for Thought Communications’ FaxTalk Messenger Pro.  This task watches for incoming voice and fax calls so that fax and voice calls can be routed to the appropriate fax and voicemail mailboxes.

Recommendation :
Essential to the proper functioning of FaxTalk. Leave alone.
Ftpqueue FTPQueue.exe

(Ipswitch)
FTP Queuing utility of the WS-FTP FTP client program from Ipswitch which enables you to schedule FTP jobs for specific times and dates.  It shows up as an icon in the System Tray.

Recommendation :
Very few FTP users actually schedule FTP jobs "for later" !  Unless you are such a user, we recommend disabling FTPQUEUE in  The Ultimate Troubleshooter.

FtpServer

FtpServer.exe

(Sharp Corporation)

SHARP Network Scanning Tool.  Background startup task installed when you install the network scanning software which comes with Sharp network scanners and multifunction printers.  This program enables users to scan documents at the Sharp scanner or multifunction printer, and have the resultant scan saved into a particular folder on the PC or server where this task is running.  When this task is running an icon shows up in the System Tray.

Recommendation :
Down to end-user requirements.  If you still have a Sharp network scanner or multifunction printer then you absolutely need this task to be running for the scan-to-network feature to work;  otherwise you can disable this task on the  Startups  tab of  The Ultimate Troubleshooter.

This task normally uses 4Mb to 13Mb of memory.

Fuel.Service

Fuel.Service.exe

(AMD)

AMD Fuel Service.  Background service installed when you install AMD’s Catalyst drivers for your AMD/ATI based graphics card (whether onboard or add-on card).  While we are not 100% certain about all the roles of this service, from the tests we have run this service is be used when you have set up various graphics profiles within the AMD/ATI Catalyst software to cater for various graphics configurations  (a feature that will typically be used mainly by gamers or users working in the graphics industry such as movie or video editing, etc…).  This service is also central to the ability, within the AMD Catalyst software, to set up different power profiles for your AMD graphics card or APU (CPU with embedded graphics processing), or to run your AMD graphics card or APU in overdrive mode (also called overclocking).  If a user has made use of any of the above features, at boot-up this service sets up your graphics card or APU for the profile you have chosen, and it helps in the switching to other profiles if you should choose to do that.

Recommendation :
As described above, for most users this service is of no relevance to their day-to-day use of their PC/laptop and will unnecessarily add to boot and shutdown timings, so those users can disable this service on the  Services  tab of  The Ultimate Troubleshooter.

Note :   It is critical to disable this service on server operating systems as, in our experience, it dramatically increases boot, shut-down and reboot times on server operating systems  (clue :  you may sometimes want to do a quick reboot of a LIVE production server), most particularly if the server is running terminal services (RDP services).

When it runs this background service normally uses 4Mb to 21Mb of memory.

Fvprotect

Norton Antivirus AV

FVProtect.exe

(???)

You have the   W32.Netsky.P@mm   virus.

Fws

Fws.exe

(Radialpoint Inc)

Radialpoint Internet Security Suite Firewall Service.  This is the core component of your Radialpoint firewall.

Note :  the Radialpoint Internet Security Suite is more commonly found as a rebadged security product which Internet Service Providers bundle with their services.  In your case it might be called  AT&T Internet Security Suite,  Bell Internet Security Suite,  BellSouth Internet Security Suite,  TELUS eProtect,  Sympatico Internet Security Suite,  Verizon Internet Security Suite,  Vidéotron Internet Security Suite,  Virgin Media PCGuard, or, indeed, 
Radialpoint Internet Security Suite.

Recommendation :
Leave alone.

If you have set up the Radialpoint Firewall to be active, then this service will be running automatically at every Windows boot‑up and you should leave it alone – your firewall will not work without it.

If, on the other hand, you are only using the antivirus feature of your Radialpoint Internet Security suite, then this service will have automatically been set to have a  Startup Mode  of  Manual  on the  Services  tab of  The Ultimate Troubleshooter  so that it does not start automatically at every Windows boot-up.

This service normally uses 1Mb to 10Mb of memory.

fwupdate

fwupdate.exe

(LG)

LG Firmware Auto-Update.  There are only two situations where you will see this program running :  either you performed a firmware upgrade of an LG‑manufactured device on your PC (DVD-Writer, monitor, etc... – the device may not have an LG badge but will have been manufactured by LG);  or this auto‑update task came pre-installed on a laptop or PC which has an internal LG DVD-Writer and the manufacturer of the laptop/PC wants to make sure your LG device is upgraded with the latest firmware the first few times that you use your PC/laptop.

Recommendation :
Upgrading the firmware of a device only needs to be performed when you actually need to solve a problem, and in the overwhelming majority of cases, just the one time only.  In the case of the task being pre-loaded on a PC/laptop that you purchased, this upgrade is most probably needed because the manufacturer knows of a compatibility problem with the operating system you are running and wants to make sure your LG device is flashed with the latest new firmware straight away on your first day of use of your new laptop/PC.

Once the firmware has been upgraded, however, and your LG device is working fine, you should not have this task running any longer as any later firmware upgrades could well break what’s now running fine !!

Consequently, two or three days after having performed your LG firmware upgrade, or after having used your new PC/laptop, disable this task on the  Startups  tab of  The Ultimate Troubleshooter.  You do not need it any more, particularly since it also uses anything from 6Mb to 25Mb of memory !

Fxredir FxRedir.exe

(Canon)
Canon MultiPASS Fax Redirector task installed by the drivers for some of Canon’s MultiPASS range of multifunction printers (fax/copier/printer/scanner).  This task enables your PC to send a fax from your PC through the fax component of your MultiPASS machine

Recommendation :
Essential if you fax through your MultiPASS printer, otherwise you can disable it with  The Ultimate Troubleshooter.
Fxssvc FxSSvc.exe

(Microsoft)
Microsoft’s Fax Service found on Windows XP and 2003.  Microsoft’s Fax enables the user to send and receive faxes.  This service is responsible for sending and receiving faxes, as well as logging various stats about your faxing loads, archiving sent faxes, and configuration of your fax device (fax modem, fax port).

Recommendation :
Set to disabled or manual in "Administrative Tools / Services" in the Control Panel if you do not use Microsoft Fax.  This is especially important given that this service uses a lot of memory and, also, it will often generate boot-up errors if it is enabled but was never configured.


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F-Secure Automatic Update.exe,  Fast2.exe,  Fatbit32.exe,  Faxcomdos.exe,  FAXRX.exe,  FBDirect.exe,  Feed Editor.exe,  Fensvc32.exe,  FerrariWP.exe,  FIH32.exe,  FileBack.exe,  FileMaker Pro.exe,  FileZilla.exe,  Firefox.exe,  FileSearchEX.exe,  FireSvc.exe,  FireTray.exe,  Firewall.exe,  FirewallGUI.exe,  Fireworks.exe,  Fixupdattr.exe,  FlashBack Recorder.exe,  Flashpaste.exe,  FlashPlayerPlugin_11_4_402_287.exe,  FlashPlayerPlugin_11_5_502_146.exe,  FlashPlayerPlugin_11_5_502_149.exe, FlashPlayerPlugin_11_6_602_168.exe,  FlashPlayerPlugin_11_6_602_171.exe,  FlashPlayerPlugin_11_6_602_180.exe,  FlashPlayerUpdateService.exe,  Flashy.exe,  FlashUtil9b.exe,  FlashUtil9c.exe,  FlashUtil9d.exe,  FlashUtil9e.exe,  FlashUtil9f.exe,  FlashUtil10a.exe,  FlashUtil10b.exe,  FlashUtil10c.exe,  FlashUtil10d.exe,  FlashUtil10e.exe,  FlashUtil10h_ActiveX.exe,  FlashUtil10h_Plugin.exe,  FlashUtil10i_Plugin.exe,  FlashUtil10j_ActiveX.exe,  FlashUtil10k_ActiveX.exe,  FlashUtil10k_Plugin.exe,  FlashUtil10L_ActiveX.exe,  FlashUtil10l_Plugin.exe,  FlashUtil10m_ActiveX.exe,  FlashUtil10m_Plugin.exe,  FlashUtil10n_ActiveX.exe,  FlashUtil10n_Plugin.exe,  FlashUtil10o_ActiveX.exe, FlashUtil10o_Plugin.exe,  FlashUtil10p_ActiveX.exe,  FlashUtil10p_Plugin.exe,  FlashUtil10q_Plugin.exe,  FlashUtil10r_ActiveX.exe,  FlashUtil10s_ActiveX.exe,  FlashUtil10s_Plugin.exe,  FlashUtil10t_ActiveX.exe,  FlashUtil10t_Plugin.exe,  FlashUtil10u_ActiveX.exe,  FlashUtil10u_Plugin.exe,  FlashUtil10v_ActiveX.exe,  FlashUtil10v_Plugin.exe,  FlashUtil10w_ActiveX.exe,  FlashUtil10w_Plugin.exe,  FlashUtil10x_ActiveX.exe,  FlashUtil10x_Plugin.exe,  FLMain.exe,  FLockBox.exe,  Fm3032.exe,  Fmempro.exe,  FmViewF9.exe,  FNF5SVC.exe,  FNPLicensingService64.exe,  FNPLicensingService.exe,  FNRB32.EXE,  FolderSizeSvc.exe,  Fooding.exe,  ForceField.exe,  Forge70.exe,  FormatM.exe,  FotomatDeviceConnect.exe,  Foxdg.exe,  Foxdhend.exe,  Foxhhelp7.exe,  Foxhhelp9.exe,  FOXITR~1.exe,  Foxit Reader.exe,  FoxitReader.exe,  FoxMail.exe,  Fpavupdm.exe,  FPPHelp3a.exe,  FProtTray.exe  FrameworkService.exe,  FreeCell.exe,  FreeMemory.exe,  FreeRAM.exe,  FreeRAM XP Pro.exe,  FreeRAM XP Pro 1.40.exe,  FrntGate.exe,  FRO.exe,  FrontPG.exe,  FrostWire.exe,  FSAua.exe,  Fsaw.exe,  FSBrowser.exe,  FSCapture.exe,  Fsguidll.exe,  FSGUIEXE.exe,  FsLoader.exe,  FSM32.EXE,  FSMA32.EXE,  FSMB32.EXE,  Fspc.exe,  FSQH.exe,  FSResizer.exe,  FSRW.exe,  Fssm32.exe,  Fsssvc.exe,  Fssui.exe,  FSSW.EXE,  Fsui.exe,  FSUs.exe,  FSViewer.exe,  FTnewsalerts.exe,  FTP.EXE,  FTPS.exe,  FTPTE.exe,  FTP Voyager.exe,  FTP Voyager Scheduler Tray.exe,  FUFAXRCV.exe,  FUFAXSTM.exe,  Fusion.exe,  Fwr.exe,  FWService.exe,  FWSvc.exe,  Fx_Imager.exe,  FxImager.exe,  Fxsvr2.exe
 

 

 

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