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#1 TomMc

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Posted 23 March 2008 - 12:53 AM

I'm trying to determine what the process codes refer to on my system. I browsed the glossary and a few of the tutorials here, but my computer skills are very limited and I would appreciate some guidance. I'll do the homework if someone could point me in the right direction. I'm using a 2 year old HP Pavilion a1210n Media Center PC, running on XP Home. I have Internet Explorer that I rarely use, and mainly use Mozilla Firefox for a browser. I use Trend PC-cillin Pro for security, if that makes a difference.
I have been told that I have way to many processes running (52) and I should get rid of a lot of them to improve performance. As I mentioned, my computer skills are very limited and I basically use my system for Internet construction forums, E-mail, trying to learn some Autocad, and picture files for magazine tool reviews that I write.
My question is; How do I determine which processes are unnecessary. I know how to get to the Task Manager, but all the processes and their functions are in codes I don't understand. Any help would be greatly appreciated.

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Edited by TomMc, 23 March 2008 - 11:00 AM.


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Posted 23 March 2008 - 06:35 AM

In the Process tab of Task Manager will be a list of the processes currently running on your system. Start by looking them up in the Bleeping Computer Startup List (located at the top of the page, or at this link: http://www.bleepingcomputer.com/startups/ ). If you still don't know,
Google for the name of the process to see what it is (be advised that many places will suggest that it could be a virus) and see what function that process provides. If you're uncertain, post back here with the name of the process and we can go from there.
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Posted 23 March 2008 - 10:50 AM

Thanks for the reply John. I looked up the first 8 of the 52 processes running but they seem to have slightly different names assigned to the files, ie. System, on many of them. I've noticed people posting entire screens here, but I couldn't figure out how to cut and paste my Task Manager screen. Would that be of any help?

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Posted 24 March 2008 - 11:26 PM

Download and execute this free program: http://www.microsoft.com/technet/sysintern...ssExplorer.mspx
Once open, click on the File menu and select "Save as". That'll save a text file with the process names (and a lot of other info also). You can copy/paste the info from there.
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