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Solved: Task Manager - how to see all processes

Discussion in 'Windows 8' started by rarodrig, May 27, 2014.

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  1. rarodrig

    rarodrig Thread Starter

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    Running Win 8.1 on HP laptop.
    Task Manager shows Disk at 100% but only a couple on tasks show any HDD activity.

    I assume that there are hidden processing eating up my HDD (and CPU).

    How do I see what else is running?
     
  2. Cookiegal

    Cookiegal Administrator Malware Specialist Coordinator

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    They should all be there under processes (some have a little arrow to the left which you can expand to see what else is running under it but it won't give individual values). You get a more detailed list under the "Details" tab.

    You can click in the heading (i.e. CPU or Disk) so that the numbers using the most resources show at the top of the column from highest to lowest. You can also change the values under Processes to read in percentages if you wish by right-clicking an entry and then selecting "resource values" and either "values" or "percents".
     
  3. rarodrig

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    I did that but I suspect something else is running. I show 100% disk but only a few processes show any disk activity and at times 100% totals to 30Mbs and at other times less than 15Mbs.

    Thanks for the response!

    R
     
  4. Cookiegal

    Cookiegal Administrator Malware Specialist Coordinator

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    Can you post a screenshot of what you're seeing?
     
  5. rarodrig

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    Here is one a few of days old.


    Hope I did it right from phone.
     

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    Looks like Kaspersky is the culprit. It does seem to weight heavily on certain systems.

    How often does the high disk usage occur and when it does is there any performance issue with the computer?
     
  7. rarodrig

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    Kaspersky definitely is a resource hog. It runs soon after start up (seems like everyday) and again when it gets an update.

    Kaspersky runs fine on my win7 PC and my win8 Tablet (I have added no files to tablet).

    At times when Kaspersky isn't using many responses, I can still get to 90% plus HDD. And with HDD at 90+% I might show usage of 35 Mbs or less than 15 Mbs. Which is why I thought something else might be eating resources as well.


    Thanks
     
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    I havnt been using Kaspersky for a long while, so cannot be explicit, but is there not an option to scan on demand, or similar. It does look as though it is running a full scan on every start?
    Also, assuming your screenshot is typical, I see five instances of Chrome? Why so many, I have no idea, but it does occur to me that Kaspersky may also be looking at cookies etc., which are automatically being loaded continuously, from the browsing.


    You could try, first, disabling Chrome and having a look t the result, and/or, if you cannot see an alternative customising option, disable Kaspersky temporarily.
     
  9. Cookiegal

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    I agree with Dave. Windows 8 also does have things that occur often through the Task Scheduler that you may not see in Task Manager like checking for updates.

    I would also recommend disabling Kaspersky as a test. Be sure to enable Windows Defender instead so you're protected.

    You can also try booting to safe mode and seeing if that makes a difference.
     
  10. rarodrig

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    I'll try disabling Kaspersky. I noticed the Chrome issue. I often run sites that use Silverlight. It frequently slows or crashes.

    I'm traveling for several weeks, so I will close this issue.

    Thanks for all your help.
     
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    The thread will remain open for 45 days after the last post so please continue here if you need further assistance with this. Should the thread be closed kindly use the report button to ask Moderators to reopen it. :)
     
  12. Macboatmaster

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    Re the five instances of Chrome
    You will have 1 + N
    1 Is the browser itself
    N is variable as there is one for each tab open and one for each extension that has its own process eg.
    Chromes Adblock


    If you open Chrome`s own task manager it will tell you what each is being used for
    Right click the tabs bar or click tools depending on which version of Chrome and then click Task Manager


    http://browsers.about.com/od/googlechrome/ss/Google-Chrome-Task-Manager-In-Windows.htm
     
  13. rarodrig

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    Thanks Macboatmaster and cookiegal. I un-instilled Kaspersky and things seem to run much much better.

    I also looked at the Chrome task manager. I'll keep a watch no if things go squirrelly again.
     
  14. Cookiegal

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    You're welcome. :)
     
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