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Programs running in background?

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#1 qwerty654321


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Posted 10 June 2013 - 11:51 PM

My computer seems to work overtime when I am not even really doing anything and so my question is, could there be programs in the background running that I do not know about? How do I see what is running and stop them? How do I know which ones to stop?

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#2 Allan


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Posted 11 June 2013 - 06:53 AM


1) Open Task Manager to the Processes tab and sort on the "cpu" column (with highest usage on top). See what processes are using the cpu


2) Check "scheduled tasks" to see if anything is set to run on schedules


3) Turn of Indexing if you don't need it


4) Check your AV and Defrag apps and see if they are set to run in the background


5) Download and run Mike Lin's Startup Control Panel and uncheck any startup items you don't need or want (http://www.mlin.net/StartupCPL.shtml)


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