Windows Processes ExplainedUnderstanding Windows Process AuthenticationWindows Processes ExplainedWhat is MSConfig?System Configuration Utility overviewMSConfig TutorialMSConfig TutorialMSConfig
is a troubleshooting utility used to diagnose and fix system configuration issues. Although it works as a basic startup manager, msconfig should not be used routinely to disable auto-start programs
. Further, msconfig does not list all applications loaded in all possible startup locations (some entry points are hidden and unknown to the user) and does not allow the complete removal of disabled entries from its list. You should not use msconfig to disable startup applications related to a running service.
Doing so alters the registry and there are services that are essential for hardware and booting. When you uncheck a service in msconfig, you completely disable it. If you uncheck the wrong one, you may not be able to restart your computer. You should only disable services using Control Panel > Administrative Tools > Services.
A better alternative is to use a startup manager
like Startup Control Panel
or Starter by CodeStuff
If you untick an entry it will no longer run at startup. This will allow you to experiment and see how your system performs with any of them disabled. Note: some startup programs are necessary so be careful what you disable.
If you are unsure what any of the program entries are or if they are safe to disable, then do a search on Google or at one of the following databases:Startup Programs DatabaseStartupList Index
Determining whether a file is malware or a legitimate process depends on the location (path) it is running from. You can download and use Process Explorer
or Glarysoft Process Manager
to investigate all running processes and gather additional information to identify and resolve problems. These tools will show the process CPU usage, a description and its path location
The Process Explorer window shows two panes by default: the upper pane is always a process list and the bottom either shows the list of DLLs loaded into the process selected in the upper pane, or the list of operating system resource handles (files, Registry keys, synchronization objects) the process has open. In the menu at the top select View > Lower Pane View to change between DLLs and Handles.
Anytime you come across a suspicious file which you cannot find any information, the file has a legitimate name but is not located where it is supposed to be or you want a second opinion, then submit it to jotti's virusscan
. In the "File to upload & scan
" box, browse to the location of the suspicious file and submit (upload) it for scanning/analysis.