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Simplifiying in Task Manager?

Discussion in 'Virus & Other Malware Removal' started by G00k, Jul 2, 2007.

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  1. G00k

    G00k Thread Starter

    Jun 4, 2004
    Maybe I'm paranoid, but that doesn't mean they aren't out to get me...

    I regularly look at task manager, and google processes that I don't recognize (which are many). The results are usually: "This program is a non-essential process, but should not be terminated unless suspected to be causing problems." There is a memory usage column on the right of each non-essential process. So my questions are:

    1. Does each of these non-essential processes tie up that memory in the right column as long as it is listed?

    2. Is there a fool-proof way to stop them from launching?

    A lot of these are update schedulers. If I need an update, especially when surfing the net, the webpage will tell me. And if the version I'm using works, why would I care to get an unsolicited update message? I think that tying up my memory uselessly IS a problem, don't you? I also think that simplifying the list of processes might go a long way to help noticing an intruder.

    Whadya think?

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