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Too Many Running Processes

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#1 Nooodle


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Posted 26 April 2006 - 07:07 AM

The odd thing about it is that my comp is pretty fast at things, but as you will see on this link I have way too many processes running, I need to know how to and what to end and what they might be, if anyone has a clue please let me know.

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#2 Albert Frankenstein

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Posted 26 April 2006 - 07:29 AM

You can look the various processes up in the database HERE at BC. Or use google for each one. Google can be your friend!

but as you will see on this link I have way too many processes running

Whta constitues TOO many? As long as they are all legit and your computer is clean and running well, then I suggest to leave things alone. But again, that is IF your computer is clean and running well.

Perhaps you have some programs running that you don't need. It might be easier to change these programs than it would to change the various processes.

Start > Run

type "msconfig" (without the quotes)

Click on the Startup tab. Here you will find a list of programs that start when you boot your computer. Uncheck any you don't want to start when you boot up. (You still will be able to start programs through their shortcuts or by going to Start > All Programs. Unchecked programs just won't start automatically at bootup and won't be running in the background.)

You can Google entries or use the Bleeping Computer Startup Database HERE to research the various startup entries, as sometimes they can be a bit cryptic.

BTW, that is an interesting name for a webpage that you had open in Firefox when you took the screenshot.

Edited by Albert Frankenstein, 26 April 2006 - 07:36 AM.


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#3 jgweed


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Posted 26 April 2006 - 09:57 AM

Part of this large number of processes running is that you have many applications open at once; for example, it appears that Firefox and Opera are both running at the same time. Obviously the more applications open, the more processes that must run.
Follow Albert's good advice to review the applications that launch on start-up; this is the most sensible way of managing your processes.
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Posted 26 April 2006 - 10:06 AM

Startup Inspector is much easier to use as it identifies the aps the startup entries are connected with (which is difficult to determine withg msconfig) and doesn't alter the start mode as msconfig sometimes does if you are not careful to set it back to normal startup.

Download and install Startup Inspector freeware here:

While you're there, download Startup Monitor (freeware) as well. It is a small ap that prevents items from being installed on your startup menu without your consent.

By the way, you do not have an overabundance of processes running.
What determines if they should be running is if they are necessary to run what you have set up on your computer. Many of what you see there are normal system processes and others are used by Windows to facilitate running of other essential aps like a firewall or anti-malware - anti-spyware aps.

Determine what the start menu has starting when you start Windows and eliminate aps that are not essential to run Windows such as office, word, realplayer, excel, etc but be careful not to disable your anti-spyware ap which may have several processes running, or your firewall, or necessary Windows components.

Use Adaware and Spybot Search and Destroy updating regularly before each use. Be sure to enable "Teatimer" in Spybot for real time protection.

Windows Defender is also good realtime protection.

Anti-malware freeware
(You can run as many of these as you wish. Generally there is no conflict between these and you should always run several since each may find malware that the others may not find)

Ad-Aware SE Personal - freeware
Click on Adaware SE Personal in “Products” on the left side of the page
Or it may be easier to find it here:

Spybot S&D: http://www.safer-networking.org/en/index.html
Be sure to enable “Teatimer” which gives you realtime protection against malware invasion. (absolutely necessary)

Microsoft Windows Defender
This also provides realtime protection. (absolutely necessary)

Another good preventative automatic updating tool is the Microsoft Malicious Software Removal Tool (Win XP and Win 2000):

Edited by Enthusiast, 26 April 2006 - 10:06 AM.

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Posted 26 April 2006 - 10:26 AM

One thing about Windows is it loves to run Processes. This is another tech asking you to listen to Albert and I also wish to say, "If it is running good please leave well enough alone." If you want to mess with the processes that are running and not listen to the good advice you are being given here I will tell you, you are running into a complete reinstall of Windows and All of your applications. So before you mess with these processes backup all of your data first, because second is you messing up your system. Oh One other thing if you are going to mess with them write down each process you end and just do one at a time, of course this is after you research the process. You just end a process one at a time and reboot your computer to see if it is hosed.

Good luck and if you need it here is a good article for you, I suggest printing it out before you start. :thumbsup:

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Posted 26 April 2006 - 10:52 AM

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