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Which running processes can I end on my computer without screwing anything up>?

Discussion in 'All Other Software' started by coolmom509, Oct 23, 2007.

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  1. coolmom509

    coolmom509 Thread Starter

    Oct 22, 2007
    Okay, so I'm a computer moron most of the time. My computer is running really slow and I've taken some measures, the only ones I know I won't screw up on LOL I've run my Nortons for viruses and I've deleted cookies and temp int files. I looked at my running processes and I have a ton of them, but i don't know which ones I can end without wreaking havock on my computer. I tried to copy and paste but obviously for you computer geniuses you know that you can't do that lol Any ideas? :)
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  3. gamerbyron


    Apr 9, 2007

    what are you computer specs?

    Your CPU and RAM

    Also post your hijackthis


    Save the file to your desktop.
    Double click on the HJTsetup.exe icon on your desktop.
    By default it will install to C:\Program Files\HijackThis.
    Continue to click Next in the setup dialog boxes until you get to the Select Additional Tasks dialog.
    Put a check by Create a desktop icon then click Next again.
    Continue to follow the rest of the prompts from there.
    At the final dialog box click Finish and it will launch Hijack This.
    Click on the Do a system scan and save a log file button. It will scan and then ask you to save the log.
    Click Save to save the log file and then the log will open in notepad.
    At the top of the Notepad HJT log screen, hit Edit then Select All then click Edit and then click Copy doing that copies the text to the clipboard, you won't see it yet....
    Come back here to this thread and Paste the log in your next reply.
    DO NOT have Hijack This fix anything yet. Most of what it finds will be harmless or even required.
    A security expert with a gold shield to the right of their name should take a look at your log - please be patient.
  4. Elvandil


    Aug 1, 2003
  5. 1101doc


    Dec 8, 2006
    Many (most) of the processes that you have working in the background can be started manually when you need them and stopped when you are finished. For example, jusched is the update checking process for Java. Java only updates every once in a while (few times a year) so I stopped this one, and every once in a while use the Java control panel applet to check for updates. I think that you will find quite a few of this type of thing taking up resources that would be better used for something else. (like your browser)

    The start-up folder listed under "All Programs" is a place for you to easily put things that YOU want to start with Windows. I have a shortcut to Taskmanager and Process Explorer in mine, but you can add a shortcut for anything. (Or not) Delete things you do not want to start with Windows.

    Here are a couple of guides to msconfig:

    Since msconfig can have such a profound effect on my system, I much prefer to control what starts with Windows with the free WinPatrol: http://www.winpatrol.com/ Use the "Start-up" tab to turn off anything you don't really have to have start with Windows. It has other benefits as well. Some of the names listed there may not be familiar, and you will need to find out what they are, and how they work.

    I think that Sysinternals free Process Explorer is very helpful with all this. It is what Taskmanager wants to be when it grows up. Get it here: http://www.microsoft.com/technet/sysinternals/ProcessesAndThreads/ProcessExplorer.mspx (Download link at bottom of page)

    For information about the various processes, here are some good places to check:

    Of course, you can always google'em.

    Here is a place to check any questionable file. It gets scanned by almost all available "anti-" tools: http://www.virustotal.com/en/indexx.html

    When using Process Explorer I'm sure that you will begin to notice that there are several instances of svchost.exe listed. When you hover over a svchost, a small box opens with other stuff inside. A double click opens a "Properties" dialog. These are XP "Services," and they run in the background also. But before you start making changes to your Services, go to : http://www.theeldergeek.com/services_guide.htm and have a good read. I almost always set any Service that I don't want to start with Windows to "Manual" (except for those listed as default-disable for XP). With a manual setting, if your system needs the service for any reason it can be started. If Disabled you're out of luck.

    If you have recently installed IE7, you may have the troublesome ctfmon.exe working in the background: Go to :Control Panel>Regional and Language Options>Languages>Details>Advanced, and check the box that says "Turn off advanced text services." If that creates problems, go back and turn it back on. Ctfmon uses a lot of CPU time.

    It is also helpful to clean out the unneeded files that are stored by Windows (and other programs) in temp files. My favorite "cleaner" is ATF: http://www.atribune.org/content/view/19/2/ I like it because no installation is required. Just double click the icon on the desktop. You may not want to check the box for "Prefetch." I don't choose "select all" either. Prefetch cleaning is not necessary and will slow things down for a while untill the file is rebuilt. If you have ATF remove your cookies, you will have to login everywhere again. I don't use that one either. I have other ways to control my cookies.

    To summarize: At start-up have only those processes and Services start that are necessary. Anti-virus, anti-spyware client, firewall. Make shortcuts for everything else and start them when You need them. Watch for unknown processes on your machine, identify them, and control when they run. Use WinPatrol for a while every session so it can scan and let you know if something has changed. Keep your system clean and at least once a week use the built-in defragmenter: All Programs>Accessories>System tools>Disk Defragmenter. The first time you do, it may take quite a while.

    For screenshots, here is a terrific free little screen capture tool.
    (full or part-prints also) http://faststone.org/FSCaptureDetail.htm

    Good luck. Remember-this is not a do it once and forget about it deal. If you want a responsive system, it is necessary to be a responsible user. That means learning what is going on and how to control it. And as I learned, I discovered that I am having more fun than ever. Please do post back with your progress.
  6. rka0

    rka0 Banned

    Oct 12, 2007
    Hi coolmom509. I am not computer savvy so I use this utility called startup inspector it will guide you through without compromising your system just follow the symbols you can also use the consult button which helps you recognize what is safe to uncheck and what is not.
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