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Is it safe to delete background running processes?

Discussion in 'Hardware' started by Neo7598, Apr 8, 2004.

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  1. Neo7598

    Neo7598 Thread Starter

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    when running a scan using ad aware i notice there are 29 running processes in the background, what are these? and would it ruin my system performance if I stopped the running processes?.
     
  2. Gram123

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    From way back in 2001, Dark Star put up a thread which said on a home PC with Windows XP, you can disable the following running processes without problem:

    Alerter
    Clipbook
    Computer Browser
    Fast User Switching
    Human Interface Access Devices
    Indexing Service (Slows the hard drive down)
    Messenger
    Net Logon (unnecessary unless networked on a Domain)
    Netmeeting Remote Desktop Sharing (disabled for extra security)
    Remote Desktop Help Session Manager (disabled for extra security)
    Remote Procedure Call Locator
    Remote Registry (disabled for extra security)
    Routing & Remote Access (disabled for extra security)
    Server
    SSDP Discovery Service (this is for the utterly pointless "Universal P'n'P", & leaves TCP Port 5000 wide open)
    TCP/IP NetBIOS Helper
    Telnet (disabled for extra security)
    Universal Plug and Play Device Host
    Upload Manager
    Windows Time
    Wireless Zero Configuration (for wireless networks)
    Workstation

    Additional info can be found at:
    blackviper.com/

    HTH

    Gram
     
  3. brushmaster1

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    Any processes that AdAware detects and reports are safe to remove.
     
  4. optimummind

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    Not true. If you meant any spyware that AdAware detects is safe to remove, then you're right. If you're talking about background processes, that's not correct. For instance, there are useful and critical background services such as for Windows Explorer, anti-virus, firewall, networking, etc.
     
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