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#1 battlecrab

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Posted 15 July 2013 - 09:50 AM

I read the tutorial on Task Manager by Lawrence Abrams, a very good tutorial. I have questions:

 

When in Task Manager or if I'm running Process Explorer and happen to have Torch up, I notice multiple listings on either one of these tools for torch.exe. Is this suppose to be and if so why? If its not suppose to happen what makes it happen and what can I do?

 

When I right click on Process Name in Task Manager I don't get a properties choice in the pop up box. I'm running windows xp sp3 media center edition 2002.

 

Where can I learn more about processes?

 

Thanks for any help.

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Posted 15 July 2013 - 10:36 AM

Torch Browser is based on the Chromium technology platform. When using Chrome there are multiple copies of chrome.exe which show in task manager. This is intentional by designed as a crash control. Each tab is treated as it's own individual process for the life of the tab...meaning it is treated as a separate process so that multiple tabs can run with less problems. In the event of a browser crash or hand in one tab, this feature prevents the entire browser from closing down. I have never used Torch but since it is based on Google Chrome, I suspect torch.exe is performing the same function.

Most of the processes in Windows Task Manager will be legitimate as shown in these links.Windows Task Manager does not provide enough information so I prefer to use third party tools such as Process Explorer to investigate running processes, programs that run at startup, and services. System Explorer - System Explorer Portable is another good alternative. It provides a security check of running processing using their online security database when you first launch the program. Just press the Security Scan tab at the top, then click Start Security Check. After the check you can click the link to See the results of the security check >>. Keep in mind, that the check is not a guarantee of what is or is not detected as malware.

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Posted 15 July 2013 - 01:25 PM

Thanks so much. I'll check out the databases you have sent.



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Posted 15 July 2013 - 01:37 PM

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