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Too many Processes Running

Discussion in 'Windows XP' started by valleybldr, Nov 15, 2007.

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  1. valleybldr

    valleybldr Thread Starter

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    Like 78! Where is the best place online to have someone go through and nuke the ones I don't need? todd (Windows XP)
     
  2. TehTech

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    well the easiest way is to stop all but vital system processes.
    Goto: Startmenu
    Run
    Type : msconfig
    click "startup" tab
    click "Disable All"
    This will cancel all non-vital autostart applications. I turned if off my PC because I would rather start it on my own.. This can cause problems so if you want it will give you a list, just google search the names to find out what they are and see if you really need it to auto start.

    Around 35processes is a good area.
     
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    You can also use this freeware ... http://www.winpatrol.com/download.html
    To stop (optionally) other programs from adding to the startups ... and to quickly look at what's in your system.
     
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    Hi valleybldr. You have not rated yourself ie beginner/advanced. The simplest tool that I have found to use is startup inspector it is easy to use and will save you the stress of deciding what to delete in msconfig just follow the symbols anything you are not sure of or there is no information on google it.
    http://www.windowsstartup.com/
     
  6. valleybldr

    valleybldr Thread Starter

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    I spent hours going through the processes but still have over 60. Most all of them were recommended and so I left them. If I thought I could "get away" with hitting "End Process Tree" I did it.

    Most all freeware comes without telling you the price of the upgrade that will do something. That's annoying.

    Appreciate the help thus far.

    todd
     
  7. Dr. Chauncey

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    I have 18 processes, I consider that good. Did you try the "startup" tab in System Configuration Utility?

    Start > Run > Type "msconfig" under the "Startup" tab

    You can "Disable All" or uncheck each one individually.
     
  8. Dr. Chauncey

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    That's a marketing scam. It's technically not freeware, what you described is shareware.
     
  9. stantley

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    Why don't you post a HJT log. That will show what runs at startup.

    Go to this site http://www.trendsecure.com/portal/en-US/threat_analytics/hijackthis.php?page=download.

    Click on 'Download HijackThis Installer'.

    *Save HJTInstall.exe to your desktop, or to the location where you normally download.
    *Double-click on HJTInstall.exe.
    *Click on Install.
    *By default it will install to C:\Program Files\Trend Micro\HijackThis.
    *Once installed, it will launch Hijackthis.
    *Click on the 'Do a system scan and save a logfile button'. It will scan and the log will open in notepad.
    *Click Save to save the log file.
    *Click on 'Edit > Select All' then click on 'Edit > Copy' (or Ctrl-C) to copy the entire contents of the log.
    *Come back to this thread and Paste (or Ctrl-V) the log in your next reply.

    *DO NOT have HijackThis fix anything yet. Most of what it finds will be harmless or even required.
     
  10. valleybldr

    valleybldr Thread Starter

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    Shhhh. The MSN tech cleaned it up for me. I'm down to 24. todd
     
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    valleybldr Thread Starter

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    They keep coming back. I'm more concerned with those running all the time. I can't seem to get rid of them for good. todd:confused:
     
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    WinPatrol should help stop that ... At least it will ask for approval when anything is changed.
     
  14. stantley

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    Post a HJT log, it sounds like you have malware on your system.
     
  15. valleybldr

    valleybldr Thread Starter

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    WinPatrol can clean-up those in start-up menu but I don't see where they terminate the ones that run all the time. These are two different lists as best as I can tell.

    How much is their $$'d version?

    todd
     
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