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How Do I Minimize Programs And Processes Running On My System?


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#1 dboren23

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Posted 24 January 2008 - 12:33 PM

I want to get rid of all unnecessary programs and process that run on my computer. I have uninstalled some programs, but I am afraid of uninstalling others because I don't know what they do. Also, I have 67 processes currently running. I don't know if those are all necessary, but I would like to minimize that as much as possible.

I currently use Avast anti-virus. I run Adaware on a regular basis. I regularly update Windows (currently running XP Home - Service Pack 2). I have recently run two online virus scans that came up clean (trendmicro & bit defender). I also run CCleaner occassionaly.

I don't know how to run a report of the running process, but I have included a list of programs on my computer below (exported from CCleaner). I have put an asteric next to any proggrams that I know I need. I'm not sure about the rest of them.

*µTorrent
*07 TAR1 Presentation Plus
Acer Arcade
Acer eDataSecurity Management
Acer eDataSecurity Management 1.00.23
Acer eLock Management
Acer Empowering Technology framework
Acer eNet Management
Acer ePerformance Management
Acer ePower Management
Acer ePresentation Management
Acer eSettings Management
Acer GridVista
Acer OrbiCam Driver
Acer OrbiCam Software
Acer Screensaver
*Ad-Aware 2007
Adobe Anchor Service CS3
Adobe Asset Services CS3
Adobe Bridge CS3
Adobe Bridge Start Meeting
Adobe Camera Raw 4.0
Adobe CMaps
Adobe Color - Photoshop Specific
Adobe Color Common Settings
Adobe Color EU Extra Settings
Adobe Color JA Extra Settings
Adobe Color NA Recommended Settings
Adobe Default Language CS3
Adobe Device Central CS3
Adobe ExtendScript Toolkit 2
Adobe Fonts All
Adobe Help Viewer CS3
*Adobe Illustrator CS3
Adobe Linguistics CS3
Adobe PDF Library Files
*Adobe Photoshop CS3
*Adobe Premiere Pro CS3
Adobe Premiere Pro CS3 Functional Content
*Adobe Reader 8.1.1
Adobe Setup
Adobe Stock Photos CS3
Adobe Type Support
Adobe Update Manager CS3
Adobe Version Cue CS3 Client
Adobe WinSoft Linguistics Plugin
Adobe XMP DVA Panels CS3
Adobe XMP Panels CS3
*American History Lux Demo 1.09
ATI - Software Uninstall Utility
ATI Catalyst Control Center
ATI Display Driver
AutoUpdate
*avast! Antivirus
*CCleaner (remove only)
*Creative MediaSource 5
*Crossword Weaver 8.0
DivX Codec
DivX Content Uploader
DivX Converter
DivX Player
DivX Web Player
*ExamView ActiveX Control v2
*ExamView Assessment Suite
*ExtractNow
FLV Player 2.0, build 23
FTDI FTD2XX USB Drivers
getPlus®_ocx
*Glencoe TWIPWE
*GOM Player
*Google Earth
HASP4 Device Drivers
HDAUDIO Soft Data Fax Modem with SmartCP
High Definition Audio Driver Package - KB888111
Hotfix for Microsoft .NET Framework 3.0 (KB932471)
Hotfix for Windows Media Format 11 SDK (KB929399)
Hotfix for Windows Media Player 11 (KB939683)
Hotfix for Windows XP (KB896256)
Hotfix for Windows XP (KB896344)
Hotfix for Windows XP (KB914440)
Hotfix for Windows XP (KB926239)
Hotfix for Windows XP (KB935448)
Intel® PROSet/Wireless Software
Java™ 6 Update 3
Launch Manager
*McAfee SiteAdvisor
mCore
Microsoft .NET Framework 1.1
Microsoft .NET Framework 1.1 Hotfix (KB928366)
Microsoft .NET Framework 2.0 Service Pack 1
Microsoft .NET Framework 3.0 Service Pack 1
Microsoft Base Smart Card Cryptographic Service Provider Package
Microsoft Compression Client Pack 1.0 for Windows XP
Microsoft Office Standard Edition 2003
Microsoft Silverlight
Microsoft User-Mode Driver Framework Feature Pack 1.0
mMHouse
*Mozilla Firefox (2.0.0.7)
mPfMgr
mProSafe
MSXML 4.0 SP2 (KB936181)
MSXML 6.0 Parser (KB933579)
mWlsSafe
mXML
*MySpaceIM
NTI Backup NOW! 4
NTI CD & DVD-Maker
*PDF Settings
*Pdf995
*PdfEdit995
*Photo Story 3 for Windows
*PowerISO
PowerProducer
*PowerTeacher Gradebook
Realtek High Definition Audio Driver
RunAlyzer
Security Update for CAPICOM (KB931906)
Security Update for Windows Internet Explorer 7 (KB937143)
Security Update for Windows Internet Explorer 7 (KB938127)
Security Update for Windows Internet Explorer 7 (KB939653)
Security Update for Windows Internet Explorer 7 (KB942615)
Security Update for Windows Media Player 11 (KB936782)
Security Update for Windows Media Player 6.4 (KB925398)
Security Update for Windows XP (KB890046)
Security Update for Windows XP (KB893756)
Security Update for Windows XP (KB896358)
Security Update for Windows XP (KB896423)
Security Update for Windows XP (KB896428)
Security Update for Windows XP (KB899587)
Security Update for Windows XP (KB899591)
Security Update for Windows XP (KB901017)
Security Update for Windows XP (KB901190)
Security Update for Windows XP (KB901214)
Security Update for Windows XP (KB902400)
Security Update for Windows XP (KB904706)
Security Update for Windows XP (KB905414)
Security Update for Windows XP (KB905749)
Security Update for Windows XP (KB908519)
Security Update for Windows XP (KB911562)
Security Update for Windows XP (KB911927)
Security Update for Windows XP (KB913580)
Security Update for Windows XP (KB914388)
Security Update for Windows XP (KB914389)
Security Update for Windows XP (KB917953)
Security Update for Windows XP (KB918118)
Security Update for Windows XP (KB918439)
Security Update for Windows XP (KB919007)
Security Update for Windows XP (KB920213)
Security Update for Windows XP (KB920670)
Security Update for Windows XP (KB920683)
Security Update for Windows XP (KB920685)
Security Update for Windows XP (KB921503)
Security Update for Windows XP (KB922819)
Security Update for Windows XP (KB923191)
Security Update for Windows XP (KB923414)
Security Update for Windows XP (KB923689)
Security Update for Windows XP (KB923789)
Security Update for Windows XP (KB923980)
Security Update for Windows XP (KB924270)
Security Update for Windows XP (KB924667)
Security Update for Windows XP (KB925902)
Security Update for Windows XP (KB926255)
Security Update for Windows XP (KB926436)
Security Update for Windows XP (KB927779)
Security Update for Windows XP (KB927802)
Security Update for Windows XP (KB928255)
Security Update for Windows XP (KB928843)
Security Update for Windows XP (KB929123)
Security Update for Windows XP (KB930178)
Security Update for Windows XP (KB931261)
Security Update for Windows XP (KB931784)
Security Update for Windows XP (KB932168)
Security Update for Windows XP (KB933729)
Security Update for Windows XP (KB935839)
Security Update for Windows XP (KB935840)
Security Update for Windows XP (KB936021)
Security Update for Windows XP (KB938829)
Security Update for Windows XP (KB941202)
Security Update for Windows XP (KB941568)
Security Update for Windows XP (KB941569)
Security Update for Windows XP (KB941644)
Security Update for Windows XP (KB943460)
Security Update for Windows XP (KB943485)
Security Update for Windows XP (KB944653)
*Signature995
SMSC CIR HID V5.3.2600.2
Synaptics Pointing Device Driver
*TeacherWorks
Texas Instruments PCIxx21/x515 drivers.
TIxx21
*Turning vPad 2006 for PC
*Turning vPad Presenter for PC
*TurningPoint 2006
Update for Windows XP (KB894391)
Update for Windows XP (KB898461)
Update for Windows XP (KB900485)
Update for Windows XP (KB904942)
Update for Windows XP (KB908531)
Update for Windows XP (KB910437)
Update for Windows XP (KB911280)
Update for Windows XP (KB916595)
Update for Windows XP (KB920342)
Update for Windows XP (KB920872)
Update for Windows XP (KB922582)
Update for Windows XP (KB925720)
Update for Windows XP (KB925876)
Update for Windows XP (KB927891)
Update for Windows XP (KB930916)
Update for Windows XP (KB933360)
Update for Windows XP (KB936357)
Update for Windows XP (KB938828)
Update for Windows XP (KB942763)
*VideoLAN VLC media player 0.8.6c
WebFldrs XP
WIDCOMM Bluetooth Software
Windows Defender
Windows Genuine Advantage Validation Tool (KB892130)
Windows Imaging Component
Windows Installer 3.1 (KB893803)
Windows Internet Explorer 7
Windows Media Format 11 runtime
Windows Media Player 11
Windows Movie Maker 2.0
Windows Presentation Foundation
Windows XP Hotfix - KB873339
Windows XP Hotfix - KB885835
Windows XP Hotfix - KB885836
Windows XP Hotfix - KB886185
Windows XP Hotfix - KB887472
Windows XP Hotfix - KB888302
Windows XP Hotfix - KB890859
Windows XP Hotfix - KB891781
Xvid 1.1.3 final uninstall
*ZENcast Organizer

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Posted 24 January 2008 - 04:05 PM

You may need the ACER stuff
Adobe is up to you
ATI you'll need
DivX codecs are for watching movies - up to you
HDAudio and High Definition Audio are for your sound card
Hotfix - keep
Intel® PROSet/Wireless Software - keep (for your network/wireless)
Java™ 6 Update 3 - keep
Microsoft - keep
MSXML - keep
NTI - may be needed for ACER apps above
Realtek - keep (sound card)
Security Update - keep
Synaptics Pointing Device Driver - keep (touchpad)
Texas Instruments PCIxx21/x515 drivers. - keep (network)
TIxx21 - keep (network)
Update for Windows - keep
WIDCOMM - keep if you use Bluetooth
Windows - keep

Anything else can go (IMO) at your discretion. Please remember to make the system restore CD's for your system - you never know when a slip of the mouse will make those necessary!
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