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Question: Suspicious processes in task manager...

I noticed that my computer currently has 41 processes running, and that number seemed a little high to me. I looked through some of the processes and noticed a couple suspicious processes, such as ALCXMNTR. I am pretty sure that my computer is infected.

I ran Spybot S&E 1.4, Ad-Aware SE Personal 1.06r1, and Microsoft AntiSpyware.

This is my HiJack This log:

Logfile of HijackThis v1.99.1
Scan saved at 7:23:08 PM, on 7/31/2005
Platform: Windows XP SP1 (WinNT 5.01.2600)
MSIE: Internet Explorer v6.00 SP1 (6.00.2800.1106)

Running processes:
C:\WINDOWS\System32\smss.exe
C:\WINDOWS\system32\winlogon.exe
C:\WINDOWS\system32\services.exe
C:\WINDOWS\system32\lsass.exe
C:\WINDOWS\system32\svchost.exe
C:\WINDOWS\System32\svchost.exe
C:\WINDOWS\system32\spoolsv.exe
C:\PROGRA~1\Grisoft\AVGFRE~1\avgamsvr.exe
C:\PROGRA~1\Grisoft\AVGFRE~1\avgupsvc.exe
c:\Program Files\Norton AntiVirus\navapsvc.exe
C:\WINDOWS\System32\nvsvc32.exe
C:\Program Files\Softex\OmniPass\Omniserv.exe
C:\WINDOWS\System32\svchost.exe
C:\Program Files\Softex\OmniPass\OPXPApp.exe
C:\WINDOWS\Explorer.EXE
C:\windows\system\hpsysdrv.exe
C:\Program Files\Hewlett-Packard\Digital Imaging\Unload\hpqcmon.exe
C:\Program Files\Hewlett-Packard\HP Share-to-Web\hpgs2wnd.exe
C:\HP\KBD\KBD.EXE
C:\Program Files\Common Files\Real\Update_OB\realsched.exe
C:\Program Files\Hewlett-Packard\HP Share-to-Web\hpgs2wnf.exe
C:\Program Files\Common Files\Symantec Shared\ccApp.exe
C:\WINDOWS\ALCXMNTR.EXE
C:\Program Files\Microsoft AntiSpyware\gcasServ.exe
C:\PROGRA~1\Grisoft\AVGFRE~1\avgcc.exe
C:\PROGRA~1\Grisoft\AVGFRE~1\avgemc.exe
C:\Program Files\Java\jre1.5.0_04\bin\jusched.exe
c:\Program Files\Common Files\Symantec Shared\ccEvtMgr.exe
C:\WINDOWS\System32\rundll32.exe
C:\Program Files\Hewlett-Packard\Digital Imaging\bin\hposol08.exe
C:\Program Files\interMute\SpamSubtract\SpamSubtract.exe
C:\Program Files\Microsoft AntiSpyware\gcasDtServ.exe
C:\Program Files\MSN Messenger\msnmsgr.exe
C:\WINDOWS\System32\wuauclt.exe
C:\Program Files\Mozilla Firefox\firefox.exe
C:\Program Files\HijackThis\HijackThis.exe

R0 - HKCU\Software\Microsoft\Internet Explorer\Main,Start Page = http://llwa.cjb.net/
R0 - HKLM\Software\Microsoft\Internet Explorer\Main,Start Page = http://llwa.cjb.net/
R1 - HKCU\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Internet Settings,ProxyOverride = 127.0.0.1
O2 - BHO: AcroIEHlprObj Class - {06849E9F-C8D7-4D59-B87D-784B7D6BE0B3} - C:\Program Files\Adobe\Acrobat 5.0\Reader\ActiveX\AcroIEHelper.ocx
O2 - BHO: (no name) - {53707962-6F74-2D53-2644-206D7942484F} - C:\PROGRA~1\SPYBOT~1\SDHelper.dll
O2 - BHO: NAV Helper - {BDF3E430-B101-42AD-A544-FADC6B084872} - c:\Program Files\Norton AntiVirus\NavShExt.dll
O3 - Toolbar: &Radio - {8E718888-423F-11D2-876E-00A0C9082467} - C:\WINDOWS\System32\msdxm.ocx
O3 - Toolbar: hp toolkit - {B2847E28-5D7D-4DEB-8B67-05D28BCF79F5} - C:\HP\EXPLOREBAR\HPTOOLKT.DLL
O3 - Toolbar: Norton AntiVirus - {42CDD1BF-3FFB-4238-8AD1-7859DF00B1D6} - c:\Program Files\Norton AntiVirus\NavShExt.dll
O4 - HKLM\..\Run: [hpsysdrv] c:\windows\system\hpsysdrv.exe
O4 - HKLM\..\Run: [HotKeysCmds] C:\WINDOWS\System32\hkcmd.exe
O4 - HKLM\..\Run: [CamMonitor] c:\Program Files\Hewlett-Packard\Digital Imaging\Unload\hpqcmon.exe
O4 - HKLM\..\Run: [Share-to-Web Namespace Daemon] c:\Program Files\Hewlett-Packard\HP Share-to-Web\hpgs2wnd.exe
O4 - HKLM\..\Run: [KBD] C:\HP\KBD\KBD.EXE
O4 - HKLM\..\Run: [StorageGuard] "C:\Program Files\Common Files\Sonic\Update Manager\sgtray.exe" /r
O4 - HKLM\..\Run: [TkBellExe] "C:\Program Files\Common Files\Real\Update_OB\realsched.exe" -osboot
O4 - HKLM\..\Run: [Recguard] C:\WINDOWS\SMINST\RECGUARD.EXE
O4 - HKLM\..\Run: [NvCplDaemon] RUNDLL32.EXE C:\WINDOWS\System32\NvCpl.dll,NvStartup
O4 - HKLM\..\Run: [nwiz] nwiz.exe /installquiet /keeploaded /nodetect
O4 - HKLM\..\Run: [NAV CfgWiz] c:\PROGRA~1\NORTON~1\Cfgwiz.exe /R
O4 - HKLM\..\Run: [ccApp] "c:\Program Files\Common Files\Symantec Shared\ccApp.exe"
O4 - HKLM\..\Run: [ccRegVfy] "c:\Program Files\Common Files\Symantec Shared\ccRegVfy.exe"
O4 - HKLM\..\Run: [BCNT] C:\PROGRA~1\AWS\WEATHE~1\BCNT.EXE
O4 - HKLM\..\Run: [AlcxMonitor] ALCXMNTR.EXE
O4 - HKLM\..\Run: [Reminder] "C:\Windows\Creator\Remind_XP.exe"
O4 - HKLM\..\Run: [PS2] C:\WINDOWS\system32\ps2.exe
O4 - HKLM\..\Run: [gcasServ] "C:\Program Files\Microsoft AntiSpyware\gcasServ.exe"
O4 - HKLM\..\Run: [Zone Labs Client] C:\Program Files\Zone Labs\ZoneAlarm\zlclient.exe
O4 - HKLM\..\Run: [AVG7_CC] C:\PROGRA~1\Grisoft\AVGFRE~1\avgcc.exe /STARTUP
O4 - HKLM\..\Run: [AVG7_EMC] C:\PROGRA~1\Grisoft\AVGFRE~1\avgemc.exe
O4 - HKLM\..\Run: [SunJavaUpdateSched] C:\Program Files\Java\jre1.5.0_04\bin\jusched.exe
O4 - HKCU\..\Run: [NVIEW] rundll32.exe nview.dll,nViewLoadHook
O4 - HKCU\..\Run: [MSMSGS] "C:\Program Files\Messenger\msmsgs.exe" /background
O4 - Startup: spamsubtract.lnk = C:\Program Files\interMute\SpamSubtract\SpamSubtract.exe
O4 - Global Startup: hp psc 2000 Series.lnk = C:\Program Files\Hewlett-Packard\Digital Imaging\bin\hpobnz08.exe
O4 - Global Startup: Microsoft Office.lnk = C:\Program Files\Microsoft Office\Office\OSA9.EXE
O4 - Global Startup: officejet 6100.lnk = ?
O4 - Global Startup: Quicken Scheduled Updates.lnk = C:\Program Files\Quicken\bagent.exe
O9 - Extra button: (no name) - {08B0E5C0-4FCB-11CF-AAA5-00401C608501} - C:\Program Files\Java\jre1.5.0_04\bin\npjpi150_04.dll
O9 - Extra 'Tools' menuitem: Sun Java Console - {08B0E5C0-4FCB-11CF-AAA5-00401C608501} - C:\Program Files\Java\jre1.5.0_04\bin\npjpi150_04.dll
O12 - Plugin for .spop: C:\Program Files\Internet Explorer\Plugins\NPDocBox.dll
O20 - Winlogon Notify: igfxcui - C:\WINDOWS\SYSTEM32\igfxsrvc.dll
O20 - Winlogon Notify: OPXPGina - C:\Program Files\Softex\OmniPass\opxpgina.dll
O23 - Service: AVG7 Alert Manager Server (Avg7Alrt) - GRISOFT, s.r.o. - C:\PROGRA~1\Grisoft\AVGFRE~1\avgamsvr.exe
O23 - Service: AVG7 Update Service (Avg7UpdSvc) - GRISOFT, s.r.o. - C:\PROGRA~1\Grisoft\AVGFRE~1\avgupsvc.exe
O23 - Service: Symantec Event Manager (ccEvtMgr) - Symantec Corporation - c:\Program Files\Common Files\Symantec Shared\ccEvtMgr.exe
O23 - Service: Symantec Password Validation Service (ccPwdSvc) - Symantec Corporation - c:\Program Files\Common Files\Symantec Shared\ccPwdSvc.exe
O23 - Service: Norton AntiVirus Auto Protect Service (navapsvc) - Symantec Corporation - c:\Program Files\Norton AntiVirus\navapsvc.exe
O23 - Service: NVIDIA Driver Helper Service (NVSvc) - NVIDIA Corporation - C:\WINDOWS\System32\nvsvc32.exe
O23 - Service: Softex OmniPass Service (omniserv) - Unknown owner - C:\Program Files\Softex\OmniPass\Omniserv.exe
O23 - Service: TrueVector Internet Monitor (vsmon) - Zone Labs, LLC - C:\WINDOWS\system32\ZoneLabs\vsmon.exe


Any help would greatly be appreciated.

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Answer: Suspicious processes in task manager...

Hi Monkey_O

Actually, the log isn't that bad.
The only item I'd recommend removing would be:
O4 - HKLM\..\Run: [BCNT] C:\PROGRA~1\AWS\WEATHE~1\BCNT.EXE

Which seems to be related to WeatherBug, which is adware.

ALCXMNTR.EXE is a dodgy entry which you can disable from Startup.

It's Realtek AC97 Audio - Event Monitor. It's a "Spyware" type file used surreptitiously monitor one's actions.
It is not a sinister one, like remote control programs, but it is being used by Realtek to gather data about customers.

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Answer:Suspicious Processes In Windows Task Manager

Hello and welcome ... if you can END that task, mpb_d 1.33version.exe ,do so.If running Spybot's TeaTimer....We need to disable Spybot S&D's "TeaTimer"TeaTimer works by preventing ANY changes to the system. It will attempt to undo any fixes we run, because it blocks these fixes from running.In order to safeguard your system from problems that can be brought on by a half finished fix, we need to disable TeaTimer. We can reenable it when we're done if you like.Open SpyBot Search and Destroy by going to Start -> All Programs -> Spybot Search and Destroy -> Spybot Search and Destroy.If prompted with a legal dialog, accept the warning.Click Mode > Advanced Mode.
You may be presented with a warning dialog. If so, click YesClick on Tools and then Resident
Uncheck this checkbox: "Resident TeaTimer {protection of over-all system settings) active"

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    Answer:Suspicious files in Task Manager

    If you suspect malware, head over to here and go through the "READ AND RUN ME FIRST" Sticky. If malware is detected during this process, post a new thread there according to the instructions given.
     

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    Answer:Suspicious .exe files in Task Manager

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    Answer:Cannot Open Task-manager ... very suspicious

    Download Fix Task ManagerSave it to your desktop.
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    Answer:Suspicious EXE file in Task Manager

    Can you name a couple for us.

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    Answer:Suspicious .exe files in Task Manager

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    Ok no worries, it looks like it relates to my wireless keyboard

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    Answer:Suspicious Services running on task manager

    From the web:
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    Two days ago I was going to end a process that was not responsive using Windows Task Manager.

    When I got into task manager I see two problems and possibly a third.
    1) The tab that normally reads "Applications" is now spelled "Applicitions" <- sounds russian
    2) The performance tab has NO graphic information (normally I see processor and memory usage graphs)
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    I also ran the TDSSKiller from Kapersky.

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    Okay, I've done an online scan from about every AV product I trust:
    ESET
    McAfee
    Symantec
    Kapersky

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    Answer:Suspicious process found in task manager

    mythix,


    Please submit the Win Update.exe file for analysis to VirusTotal:
    http://www.virustotal.com/

    Use the 'Choose File' button to navigate to the location of the file.
    (Path on the Desktop = C:\Users\(Your User Name)\Desktop\MBR.dat)

    In the Choose file to upload prompt, select the file, then, click the 'Open' button.
    The file is now displayed in the blank box of VirusTotal
    Click: Scan It, and wait for the results.

    If you get a message saying: File has already been analyzed, click: Reanalyze file now

    Once scanned, please provide the link to the results page in your reply.

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    This is a slightly strange post for help, and I hope you won't consider it a waste of your time to reply. It involves undirected use of ComboFix, which I only realised afterwards can be hazardous and is not advised. Rather than plough on and compound my mistake, I thought I'd ask for some help/get some reassurance.

    I noticed that I had a couple of iexplorer.exe processes running in Windows Task Manager, which I thought was odd as I use Firefox instead of IE. As they reappeared instantly whenever I closed them, I assumed they were a sign of malware. I ran HijackThis to see if there was anything I didn't recognise from previous scans in there, and there were a few things which looked fishy to me. However, it's been ages since I last used it, I've added lots of software to my PC since then, and I'm not really confident enough with tech in general to simply use HijackThis to remove stuff I don't like.

    I therefore searched google for the 'unwanted iexplorer.exe' symptom and followed the instructions given to someone else for cleansing his system. I downloaded and ran Malwarebytes' Anti-Malware, which found and removed one virus, but the iexplorer.exes were still running. I then downloaded and ran ComboFix, which deleted several files and seemed to fix the problem (getting rid of the iexplorer.exes). Running HijackThis to recheck for the suspicious-looking entries, I found it clean.

    My problem is this: I'm not sure what sort files Com... Read more

    Answer:Suspicious Unclosable iexplorer.exe in Task Manager

    Hello, Welcome to BleepingComputer.I'm nasdaq and will be helping you.If you can please print this topic it will make it easier for you to follow the instructions and complete all of the necessary steps.===Your logs are clean.Please run these tools and submit the logs for my review.Third party programs if not up to date can be an open door for an infection.Please run this security check for my review.Download Security Check by screen317 from here.Save it to your Desktop.Double click SecurityCheck.exe and follow the onscreen instructions inside of the black box.A Notepad document should open automatically called checkup.txt; please post the contents of that document.===Remove the AdWare, PUP (Potentially Unwanted Program) identified by this tool.Please download AdwCleaner by Xplode onto your Desktop.Please close all open programs and internet browsers.Double click on adwcleaner.exe to run the tool.Click on Delete.Confirm each time with OK.Your computer will be rebooted automatically. A text file will open after the restart.Please post the content of that logfile in your reply.You can find the logfile at C:\AdwCleaner[Sn].txt as well - n is the order number.===I'd like us to scan your machine with ESET OnlineScanHold down Control and click on the following link to open ESET OnlineScan in a new window.
    ESET OnlineScanClick the button.For alternate browsers only: (Microsoft Internet Explorer users can skip these steps)Click on to download the ESET Smart Installer.... Read more

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    I'm on Windows 8 on a refurbished Notebook, I've recently "reinstalled" in an attempt to reformat and it reloaded the same stuff back instead of wiping everything.
     
    I've looked at my router/firewall logs and have noticed lots of suspicious behavior. Below is a list of the apps running in Task Manager. Followed by the info from typing ipconfig in command prompt. Some unwanted connections that I didn't know about showed up.
    Lastly will be a short log from my router full of "DDos attacks"
     
    If anyone can help me please let me know what I should do. This is the computer I use for work and I work from home. So far I've already lost a lot of money while trying to figure this out on my own. Need to fix it asap so I can start working securely.
     
    Also, can't install Windows Updates. When I go to the Windows update through folders, the folder window freezes after I click on it.
     
     
    *(_TASK MANAGER_)*
    AccelerometerSt.exe
    AdaptiveSleepService.exe
    AERTs64.exe
    atieclxx.exe
    atierlxx.exe
    audiodg.exe
    conhost.exe
    CoolSense.exe
    csrss.exe
    csrss.exe
    Fuel.Service.exe
    hpqWmiEx.exe
    HPSA_Service.exe
    hpservice.exe
    HPWMISVC.exe
    lsass.exe
    mbam.exe
    mbamscheduler.exe
    mbamservice.exe
    MsMpEng.exe
    RAVBg64.exe
    RTKAUDIOSERVICE64.exe
    RtkNGUI64.exe
    SDFSSvc.exe
    SDScan.exe
    SDTray.exe
    SDUpdSvc.exe
    SDWSCSvc.exe
    services.exe
    smss.exe
    spoolsv.exe
    svchost.exe x 11   (<---- 11 Seperate svchost.exe programs are running simultaneously)
    SynTPEnh.exe
    SynTPHelper.exe
    System
    System Idle ... Read more

    Answer:Suspicious connections, apps in task manager, DoS Attacks

    Welcome aboard   Download Security Check from here or here and save it to your Desktop. Double-click SecurityCheck.exe Follow the onscreen instructions inside of the black box. A Notepad document should open automatically called checkup.txt; please post the contents of that document.NOTE 1. If one of your security applications (e.g., third-party firewall) requests permission to allow DIG.EXE access the Internet, allow it to do so.NOTE 2. SecurityCheck may produce some false warning(s), so leave the results reading to me.NOTE 3. If you receive UNSUPPORTED OPERATING SYSTEM! ABORTED! message restart computer and Security Check should run Please download Farbar Service Scanner (FSS) and run it on the computer with the issue.Make sure the following options are checked:
    Internet ServicesWindows FirewallSystem RestoreSecurity Center/Action CenterWindows UpdateWindows DefenderOther ServicesPress "Scan".It will create a log (FSS.txt) in the same directory the tool is run.Please copy and paste the log to your reply. Please download MiniToolBox and run it.Checkmark following boxes:Report IE Proxy SettingsReport FF Proxy SettingsList content of HostsList IP configurationList Winsock EntriesList last 10 Event Viewer logList Installed ProgramsList Devices (do NOT change any settings here)List Users, Partitions and Memory sizeList Restore PointsClick Go and post the result. Please download Malwarebytes Anti-Malware (MBAM) to your desktop.NOTE. If you already have MBAM 2.0 installed scr... Read more

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    In Task Manager I have a few files that, when I right click, will not Open File Location. Each of these - below - list no user name nor description.

    csrss.exe, rundll32.exe, winlogon.exe

    I always have 2 rundll32.exe files running, but 1 file cannot be found, via Task Manager.

    How do I get to these files?

    I have Windows 7 Enterprise and an HP DV9700 laptop. I am very familiar with navigating XP, but new to W7.

    Thanks!
     

    Answer:Suspicious files in Task Manager - No user name, description

    csrss.exe and winlogon.exe are probably legitimate system32 files, you may want to start by looking at start>run>msconfig, the rundll32.exe are probably listed there with file and registry location. An example found here: http://www.bleepingcomputer.com/startups/rundll32.exe_NvCpl.dll_NvStartup-3803.html
     

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    Running very slow, when I look at the processes on the Task Manager there are loads of them even when I am not running the programs etc. Processes like ITunes helper.exe ,
    ccsetmgr.exe , BTHelpnotifier.exe. IPodservice.exe. Does this mean these are running constantly? can I stop the process? what will happen when I want to use ITunes next if I stop the process. How can I find a list of processes I shouldnt stop? Really appreciate some help please.
     

    Answer:Task Manager Processes

    OK,

    Most processes are important for 1 reason or another
    A lot of them are part of Windows

    IPodservice.exe controls transfering between your ipod and your computer
    ITunes helper.exe helps itunes load faster and launches itunes when you plug in your ipod
    If you have an ipod or use itune those 2 processes are important

    BTHelpnotifier.exe is a part of BT Broadband Internet Service
    ccsetmgr.exe is a part of Norton Antivirus or Norton Internet Security

    Most of the processes you shouldn't stop but you can google the name of the process and usually some website will tell you what it does and if its important

    But then next time you restart they'll all be back so it would be a big hassle

    If your computer is slow then you might want to get more ram or get an ad-ware/spyware program if you don't already have 1

    Hope this helps,
    Ryan
     

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    I was just curious how many should be there that seem to be the same by all users. Mine has 4 users it seems, Network-System-Local-Owner. Here is an example when I show processes from all users there are 12 svchost.exe processes all described as Host Process for Windows. 3 for Network, 6 for System, 3 Local and 3 owner. Why so many?

    Answer:Processes in the Task Manager

    I have 12 on my Vista virtual machine - 6 for System, 3 for Network, and 3 for Local.To find out what's running beneath them, right click on each one and select "Go to services" - and it'll highlight the services that are running.For a more detailed look at them, you can hover your mouse over the process when using this free program: http://www.microsoft.com/technet/sysintern...ssExplorer.mspx

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    Is there any web site or program that can tell me what the actual processes running refer to some i can work out but most mean not a lot and it would ne nice to see what is riniig and perhaps some should not be

    Answer:Processes in Task Manager

    click here

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    Hello,

    I just have a quick question, I'd be grateful if someone could answer for me. I have been having problems with ending certain processes from Task Managers lately such as Teamspeak.exe and Limewire. The problem I have with these 2 (only ones I noticed) is that everytime I start another application up, they stack up in the Task Managers Processes tab. Even when I "End Task" on one they don't disappear from the processes list.

    I have also tried to use KillBox to end these processes but it still failed. Any ideas? I uninstalled Limewire to see whether it will work then, but it still won't do it.

    Here is a print screen of the processes:
     

    Answer:Can't end processes from Task Manager

    Bit of a longshot, but one quick thing you could try is right-clicking on the process, and choose "end process tree". Bear in mind this can cause other things to suddenly close, so it's best to make sure nothing else important (like word documents, or file backups, or games or anything. ) is running.

    Not sure if this will work any better than just ending the process in this case, though.
     

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    Hi,
    I'm trying to get rid of unnecessary processes running in the background, but I dont know which ones to tun off. I have Hijack this if that would help. A screenshot from task manager is attached. By the way msmpeng is the antivirus and I dont know why it takes so much ram or whatever.
    Thanks.
    EDIT: Here are my specs if that helps at all.
    Microsoft Windows XP
    Media Center Edition
    Version 2002
    Service Pack 3

    Dell Dimension DIMC521
    AMD Sempron(tm) Processor
    3400+
    1.80 GHz, 1.00 GB of RAM
    Physical Adress Extension
     

    Answer:Processes in task manager

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    after some extensive scans with Prevx & Microsoft security essentials They've come back with the all clear.

    However after some virus troubles, there are some processes left I'm rather suspicious of. I've done checks on them with free online scanners but I'm still left unsure.

    processes are;
    * csrss.exe
    * nvvsvc.exe
    * winmapin.exe
    * winlogin.exe

    what makes me slightly suspicious of them is none of them will let me open their file locations, nor view properties all other processes will but none of them are using cpu and none of them are running double instances.

    Any suggestions wouldn't mind viewing a healthy windows 7 task manager processes, will look for more info

    Regards

    Answer:task manager processes

    Watch this post and refresh. I will post as I find out.

    Csrss.exe file description
    Productname: Microsoft? Windows? Operating System
    Description: Client Server Runtime Process
    Company: Microsoft Corporation File size: Various


    Productname: NVIDIA Driver Helper Service, Version 175.76
    Description: NVIDIA Driver Helper Service, Version 175.76
    Company: NVIDIA Corporation File size: Various

    The last 2 look like legit windows .exe.

    Is it winlogon or winlogin?

    so far these are ok

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    Hi,

    I am using Windows 7 Professional 64-bit

    Do these processes look ok, particularky the *32 ones?

    Should all these be *32 - even IAStoreDataMgrSve.exe ?

    Thanks...

    Answer:Task Manager Processes *32

    Hi and welcome.

    Yes they seem okay. Many processes are still 32 bit (*32) even on a Windows 64 bit operating system.

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    Split from http://www.bleepingcomputer.com/forums/t/505772/windows-explorer-restarting-continiously/ - Hamluis.
     
     
    I don't know if this is the correct question, but this issue happens often with my internet explorer stopping and starting often but I noticed that in my task manager of the processes running, I have around 3 iexplorer.exe running and sometimes 6 iexplorer.exe*32 also running.  It seems my computer is operating sluggishly.  I have Norton and often runs scans also I have Emisoft Hijack free version.  It might be my wireless internet but the signal is strong when I check it.  I got an answer from bleeping computer and he told me to go to this link http://www.bleepingcomputer.com/download/farbar-recovery-scan-tool/ but when I did that my security said that it was dangerous to my computer???? so what to do now??? thanks

    Answer:Task Manager Processes

    Who...told you to run that tool?  How can that be, this is your first post at this website.
     
    The tool you linked to...is for attempting to neutralize malware.
     
    Please check your spelling of the processes listed in Task Manager.
     
    Iexplore.exe is the valid IE process...each time a window/tab is opened, another process begins, with 1 always being present in Windows.
     
    Iexplorer.exe is malware and should be treated as such.
     
    Louis

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    Apart from iexplore.exe, is it possible to kill all of my other processes in task manager when playing games, and by doing so would it increase the preformance of fps in games.

    Answer:Task Manager processes

    This may be of interest to you, don't let the names scare you, Black Viper is OK.http://majorgeeks.com/page.php?id=12Tip: Print it out then go into your services and attack!  

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    Hi,

    My computer has been running really slowly lately, mostly online. I'm trying to figure out if it is my computer or our cable modem connection.

    How can I tell if it is my modem connection? Is there a way to run a diagnostic on it?

    I have opened task manager and have 36 processes running. This seems high and leads me to believe it could be using valuable memory that my online games wants to use.

    Any suggestions?

    J.

    Answer:Task Manager processes

    Hey! How are you doing? I'm good, well-viruses and Spyware can cause your computer to run slowly so you may want to scan your computer. They also take up a lot of space..

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    I am wondering if someone can take a look at this task manager and let me know if there are some things that are slowing me down that are not necessary. (The blank spots under User Name have been erased 'cause it's a name.)

    Hopefully, there will be a successful screen shot of my "Processes" list here. I seem to be running a lot of things (41 in this shot) and this new computer is not quite the zippy little thing (opening programs, etc.) that I thought it would be.

    WinXP Pro, 256MB RAM, 40GB, 2.20GHZ, Pentium 4-M...

    Thanks much.
     

    Answer:XP Task Manager/Processes

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    My computer was running slowly so I looked in Task Manager processes and noticed iexplorer.exe listed twice.
    One using 74,000 K and the other using 20,000 K. I only have one IE tab opened.
    Also listed is explorer.exe with 7,300 K in use.

    I've run scans with Malwarebites and Ad Aware. Also have McAfee running.

    Do I have a problem?

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    Hi everyone,

    Below is my HijackThis log file. There are too many apps on the task manager and I am unable to turn them off. When I kill a process, it immediately starts again (SearchIndexer.exe Connectifyd.exe etc., and I noticed that all are running as services). How can this happen? And more importantly is there a remedy?

    Logfile of Trend Micro HijackThis v2.0.4
    Scan saved at 22:57:22, on 03.08.2012
    Platform: Windows 7 *(WinNT 6.00.3504)
    MSIE: Internet Explorer v8.00 (8.00.7600.16839)
    Boot mode: Normal

    Running processes:
    C:\Windows\system32\taskhost.exe
    C:\Program Files\TeamViewer\Version7\TeamViewer.exe
    C:\Windows\system32\Dwm.exe
    C:\Windows\Explorer.EXE
    C:\Windows\System32\igfxtray.exe
    C:\Windows\System32\hkcmd.exe
    C:\Windows\System32\igfxpers.exe
    C:\Program Files\Kaspersky Lab\Kaspersky Internet Security 2011\avp.exe
    C:\Program Files\Windows Sidebar\sidebar.exe
    C:\Users\Admin\Desktop\HijackThis.exe

    R1 - HKCU\Software\Microsoft\Internet Explorer\Main,Search Page = http://go.microsoft.com/fwlink/?LinkId=54896
    R1 - HKLM\Software\Microsoft\Internet Explorer\Main,Default_Page_URL = http://go.microsoft.com/fwlink/?LinkId=69157
    R1 - HKLM\Software\Microsoft\Internet Explorer\Main,Default_Search_URL = http://go.microsoft.com/fwlink/?LinkId=54896
    R1 - HKLM\Software\Microsoft\Internet Explorer\Main,Search Page = http://go.microsoft.com/fwlink/?LinkId=54896
    R0 - HKLM\Software\Microsoft\Internet Explorer\Main,Start Page = http://go.microsoft.com/fwlink/?LinkId=69157
    R0 - HKLM\Sof... Read more

    Answer:Too Many Processes on the Task Manager

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    Hi, I'm hoping someone can help me - I'm trying to sort out my computer by removing my processes to free up my CPU/Physical Memory. I'm a bit of a novice when it comes to things like this :SI only have 24 processes in my list, but the counter at the bottom says 71 - why is there such a big difference?I've added a photo - can someone tell me what I can end to free up CPU/Memory please?http://i50.tinypic.com/2usad68.jpgAlso, I have a filed called Ati2evxx.exe which has no description, and is not under my user name or SYSTEM - is this a virus?Thanks in advance to anyone who can help :)

    Answer:Need help with my Task Manager Processes please :)

    "ati2evxx.exe" is part of the device driver for an ATI display device. Probably best not to kill it.The difference between the list and the counter at the bottom is because the list is only showing process running under your user profile. If you click the "Show processes from all users" button you will see more.71 processes in all is a pretty average number. If you think that you are running out of memory an upgrade to more memory would be a good move. And, as you can see, most of the processes listed are using no CPU time, so that's not a concern.

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    heyal,

    i need some help

    firefox which has been depleting its speed and i always look in my task manager to see what processes are running so i can speed things up or try and figure out the cause.

    well i just looked a few minutes ago and found this new process called ielowutil.exe*32 internet low-mic utility tool ok maybe there can be one but its never been there before and now there is not only one but 21 instances of this process!

    i read up and its used by internet explorer private mode but i don't use internet explorer so i haven't opened it up in a very long time so there is actually no need for this process to be opened.

    so can anyone tell me why and what to do for this issue?

    i appreciate any and all help that yal can offer Very Happy

    until then i'm ending the processes....

     

    Answer:HEY!!! HELP!! I have 21 processes in task manager

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    Is there a place I can find information about the processes running on my computer. The task manager shows 41 processes running. I'd like to know what these are and what they are connected to. All help greatly appreciated.

    Answer:Task manager processes

    I would recommend www.sysinfo.org . Also if you are suspicious about something you can post your HJT log under HJT log help forum and an analyst would give you an idea of what is going on and any necessary steps u need. If it is curiosity I may recommend another fun stuff HJT :D

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    Hi again everyone!

    Well, I am trying to free up my processor so my TV Capture card will work better [in digital phase, the audio and video becomes choppy].

    I thought my processor would easily handle this TV Capture card and maybe it is and I just do not realize it. Perhaps it is something else....

    Well, I have read about removing items [ending the process] in the process window of task manager.

    My system is working perfect right now [with the exception of the capture card] and I do not want to mess it up after spending many, many days to build this. Please help me to not mess this up.

    Here is my system:

    Intel E4500
    ECS 945GCT-M/1333
    XP Pro w/SP2
    2 sticks of 1gb DDR2 = 2gb ocz
    Hauppauge 1600 capture card
    Cool Master 600 PS
    e-GeForce 6200 LE 256MB PCI-E

    I know, my system is not that good compared to most people here, but this is all I could afford due to my limited budget. The entire system cost me $296 to build, so I am not gonna complain. And I had to wait 6 months, constantly checking FRY's ads so I could get their rebated items that were often free. I am glad to have a dual core processor!

    Can anyone help me?

    I also posted in the overclocking post area because I read that my processor can be easily overclocked. My processor is presently operating at 25 degrees cel. and it rarely goes above 27.

    My MB will not permit me to install more than 2gb of RAM. Could that be the problem? And how do I know how much of my RAM is being utilized... Read more

    Answer:How do I know which processes are ok to end in Task Manager?

    try moving the capture card to another pci slot. that is an outboard video card right? I would also use nvidia pure decoder card as your dvd and mpeg decoder. it use hardware. I had your problem and it was because I was using nvidia onboard video. an outboard card fixed it

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    Would someone mind telling me which of these I can safely dump?



    It seems to be quite a list and I'm not sure if there's anything dodgy here.

    TIA
     

    Answer:Task manager processes

    oops, didn't read the entire thread....

     

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    In my Task Manager, under processes, there is about 50 applications there. How do I know what ir nessicary and what isnt? These are always there even when every thing is closed except windows running. Seems to be using alot of virtual memory and causing system to run slow. Any help?
     

    Answer:Task Manager Processes

    Hey Rjs12no, how do I open/check my task manager?

    The answer to your question can be found by going here:http://www.answersthatwork.com/ and clicking on task list.
     

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    Hi, every time i try to end a system process or local service in task manager it says, The operation could not be completed. Access is denied.
    ScreenShot
    Have been having this problem since i was flooded with spyware not so long ago, but now i have removed it all i still have this problem.
    Would be very grateful if anyone could help

    Dont know if this falls under the software category
     

    Answer:Cannot end processes in task manager

    Perhaps it's because of what you are trying to terminate. alg.exe is a part of the Microsoft Windows operating system. It's a core process for Microsoft Windows Internet Connection sharing and Internet connection firewall. This program is important for the stable and secure running of your computer and should not be terminated.

    Are you having this problem on other processes, or just this particular one?

    McAfee thinks it's a trojan, but then again, McAfee thinks everything is a trojan.
     

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    I am new on this website and I hope it is something that can help me since I get anxiety attacks when I can't fix a problem. :3-nuts. So hello, out there.

    I have a long list of processes constantly running in the task manager window and I am wondering if they are all eating up ram. When I use my old graphics program, microsoft picture it!, I have to change the display settings to the lowest and it still hangs after a while. It's even hard to shut it down at that point. BTW, what is "hijack this log" that I see. I thought it might pertain to what I am asking about---but I dont understand what anyone is asking. (I am only mildly computer literate):confused:

    Thanks. Linda

    Answer:task manager processes

    I typically have 43 running processes, so specific numbers are relative...said number of processes are without any applications running...

    whilst in the task manager, choose the performance tab and observe cpu usage, PageFile usage, Physical Memory to make a judgement as to whether or not you have RAM (memory) issues...as a note, IMHO 1GB of ram is pretty much necessary for a modern day machine running XP and other apps.

    HijackThis is a nice little proggie that lists out all running processes (with their paths) and also lets you know what is started up with your machine among other little goodies...

    if you really think you have some issues, download it, use it and choose to save a log, and copy and past the log into a post in the appropriate part of this forum

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    Hey all,

    I have recently been cleaning up my PC to improve its' abilities. I found that I had a number of unnecessary process occurring, slowing me down. (Thanks Google for the info. on what's what!)

    BUT....

    I found a strange reoccurrence of the process "svchost.exe"
    1) local service
    2) system
    3) network service
    4) system
    5) network service
    6) system

    I found nothing about these thus far in my searching. The closet theory I have is that they have to do with the Wireless Network I have setup. Maybe each computer has it's own process on the host computer (mine).

    Well, if anyone can give some of their know-how to this it would be greatly appreciated. Something tells me it is really nothing to worry about and I should just let it be.

    -Thanks all, have a joyous day.

    Answer:Task Manager Processes

    i usehttp://www.bleepingcomputer.com/filedb/http://www.programchecker.com/default.aspxhttp://www.processlibrary.com/http://www.bleepingcomputer.com/tutorials/

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    I have files under the Processes tab of Task Manager that I think might be causing me problems or at the very least don't need to be there. I was hoping that I might get some ideas on what programs do the best as far as managing processes. I want to be able to keep these processes from running and be able to remove them if needed. Shareware or commercial software doesn't matter as long as it does the job. See my profile for system info. Thanks for your help.
     

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    Why do processes for programs (like winword, firefox) stay in the processes list even after I have exited the programs? Sometimes the amount of memory used is small, other times it is large, Firefox particularly refuses to run or runs badly until I have manually ended the process, but the others just stay there eating up memory.
     

    Answer:Task manager Processes

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    Hello, my computer has been acting a bit slow recently for no apparent reason. I haven't had any new software installations or added anything else new. What i have noticed is that when i open up my task manager via ctrl+alt+del and look at the processes tab, there are a lot of process that are running. Is there any way i can shut down some of the unnecessary ones and get rid of them? Also when i look at the startup processes under "msconfig", there are a few of them that are checked. Would it be safe to uncheck some of them and would that make my computer start up faster?
    Thanks.

    Answer:Task Manager Processes

    Quote:





    Originally Posted by Phockercillie


    Hello, my computer has been acting a bit slow recently for no apparent reason. I haven't had any new software installations or added anything else new. What i have noticed is that when i open up my task manager via ctrl+alt+del and look at the processes tab, there are a lot of process that are running. Is there any way i can shut down some of the unnecessary ones and get rid of them? Also when i look at the startup processes under "msconfig", there are a few of them that are checked. Would it be safe to uncheck some of them and would that make my computer start up faster?
    Thanks.




    Yes, you can remove some proccesses, but be careful. Only do it if you know what it is, and know that it is not a important proccess. If you are unsure about what a proccess is, google it. Somewhere should give you the proccess information and wheather or not you can terminate it.

    You can also stop some start-up programs, which will make it start up faster. Don't change any of Windows componates, and again, only uncheck it, if you know what it is, again, google it for info.

    You may also want to check for spyware/viruses. Follow the steps in my sig.

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    I believe this is my first post on BleepingComputer.com and I hope I can get some help.

    I'm running Windows XP and my question is...

    How do I find out what the different processes are and is there anyway I can determine where they are coming from? I want to do this b/c I've got 60+ processes running and I'm not using any programs except internet explorer.

    Answer:Task Manager And Processes

    The first place to start would be http://www.blackviper.com - that'll tell you the one's for Windows.After that, it's a matter of using this link to look up what you find: http://www.bleepingcomputer.com/startups/ If it's not listed there, then try googling for it.

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    Hi All,

    Have just recently bought a new computer and have been dipping my toe into the world of audio file transfer. Found the files I wanted but know there seem to be more processes running in the Task Manager window than ever before!! I don't know which of these processes are crucial or even how to print off a list of these processes to show you! Having looked over the forum, I did see a query regarding what was included in the start-up menu and have used HijackThis to print off the following :

    Logfile of HijackThis v1.93.0
    Scan saved at 23:10:38, on 25/04/2003
    Platform: Windows XP SP1 (WinNT 5.01.2600)
    MSIE: Internet Explorer v6.00 SP1 (6.00.2800.1106)

    R0 - HKCU\Software\Microsoft\Internet Explorer\Main,Start Page=http://www.freeserve.com
    R1 - HKCU\Software\Microsoft\Internet Explorer\Main,Window Title=Microsoft Internet Explorer
    O2 - BHO: (no name) - {06849E9F-C8D7-4D59-B87D-784B7D6BE0B3} - C:\apps\Adobe\Acrobat 5.0\Reader\ActiveX\AcroIEHelper.ocx
    O2 - BHO: (no name) - {243B17DE-77C7-46BF-B94B-0B5F309A0E64} - C:\Program Files\Microsoft Money\System\mnyside.dll
    O2 - BHO: NAV Helper - {BDF3E430-B101-42AD-A544-FADC6B084872} - C:\Program Files\Norton AntiVirus\NavShExt.dll
    O2 - BHO: (no name) - {FDD3B846-8D59-4ffb-8758-209B6AD74ACC} - (no file)
    O4 - HKLM\..\Run: [ATIPTA] C:\ATI Technologies\ATI Control Panel\atiptaxx.exe
    O4 - Global Startup: BT Broadband Help.lnk = C:\Program Files\BT Broadband\Help\bin\matcli.exe
    O4 - Global Startup: Microsoft Office.lnk = C:\Program... Read more

    Answer:Processes in Task Manager have gone mad

    HI, Go to this site and have a read as he has itemized all the services in XP:-
    http://www.blackviper.com/

    Someone will look at your list later on I don't now enough. You did not state what problem you have. If you do get a lot of spyware or a virus it does cause physical signs on your computer such as slow startup etc. You never mentioned any signs at all and you have tested to see if you have spy ware so why are you worried about it. Peace Mal
     

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    This is only happening today and happened a few times before not a lot...Im using Windows XP Professional...when i pull up Task Manager and go to processes under the "User Names" spot...all of the processes are blank...i could see the processes names and everything being run its just i cant see whether its being run by Administrator or System...can someone tell me how to get it back to normal or how it went that way? thanks

    Answer:Task Manager processes help...

    View>Select Columns

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    here's a screenshot of the processes of my task manager..i like 2 have alot of free ram 4 other stuff..and not have it all slow..soo yeah..can someone tell me what processes i dont need? and how 2 keep them out? thanksss

    Answer:task manager processes

    I looked up all the ones I didn't already know about on processlibrary.com and it looks like everything there is necessary. One thing though, is that YT8SDK or YTBSDK? If it is the latter then it is part of Norton Antivirus, but it looks like you have AVG installed..you shouldn't use both.

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    so ive been doing the ctrl alt delete thing and looking at the task manager at all of the crap running when i first turn on my daughters new computer...

    out of the list below what can i blow out of my system, what can i get out of the start up folder (i assume thats where they reside) and what should i keep?

    my apologies if this is the wrong forum. i couldnt find anything else that seemed to fit...

    windows XPpro service pack 3 (downgrade from vista)
    pentium duocore
    4gb ram
    these are all EXE files:

    taskmgr
    isuspm
    myagttry (TWO of these running)
    pdvdaxsrv
    wuauclt (TWO of these running)
    iaanotif
    8169diag
    igfxsrvc
    jusched
    svchost (SIX of these things running!)
    igfxtray
    hkcmd
    igfxpers
    rthdcpl
    mpfsrv
    hwapi
    explorer
    alg
    jqs
    engine server
    spoolsv
    mcshield
    isass
    services
    winlogon
    csrss
    smss
    iaantmon
    mygtsvc

    then i also had

    system
    systemidlepross

    these last two didnt have the EXE extension

    i know what a couple of these are (mcshield is the mcafee software for example but the rest?...)

    thanks

    Answer:task manager processes

    At the very top of the forum page you will see a set of tabs
    Click on the one that says Startup List
    When searching, add the .exe
    Don't get worried when you see high numbers in System idle process. That's a good thing

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    G;day,running windows xp media centre edition pro...32 bit Sp3I read a reply to a post by "dpunisher" where he said " I usually like to see 32 (on average) or less processes running on a normal system."I opened task manager and I have 54 processes.Where do I start?I have autoruns on my pc, but dont have a very clear idea how to use it.Brian

    Answer:task manager..54 processes

    Hello,

    I have the same OS and service pack and I have 61 running. What makes you think there is a problem? Not all OS's and machines are created equal. Because someone has 32 does not mean your machine works with only 32. Unless you see performance issues or erratic behavior, I would not be overly concerned.

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    Betina would appreciate some sound advise regarding the number of processes running in the task manager on her pc!! At the moment i have 60 running and have been informed by a friend this to be quite excessive!!! and that a good running pc is around 20. I am a little confused by this i do admit that i am still learning about ram and gigabytes etc, and still find this abit of a quandry. However when i look at the graphs in task manager they are peaked at the very top. Am i running too many processes and do i have to upgrade my memory??? Another friend informed me that i have plenty memory and plenty space in my drives. Maybe i should stop listening to my friends as other than this my pc is working fine i would appreciate some help guys

    Answer:Processes in Task manager!!

    It depend on a number of factors including how many programs you allow to run at start up and the number of user accounts on the PC.For example, we have 4 users on this PC.If only one of us is logged in we have 41 running process.If all 4 of us are logged in, that jumps to 63.To disable some background processes go to Start; Run and type msconfig. Click OK. Then have a look under the Startup tab.This will help you decide which process can safely be disabled or not click here

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    Why don't the process always end when an application is closed? I have experienced this on multiple computers and it appears to be iexplore.exe and outlook.exe. I have to go to the task manager to manually force the process to end before I can open another instance of the application. The computers are running Windows XP, SP2.
     

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    can anybody throw a bit of light my way regarding task manager processes of which i have 28 running.some duplcated ?,it seems.(i,v done a site search and google with no return)i just need a quick explanation.knowledge is power.thanks.

    Answer:task manager processes

    It is quite normal to have that many processes running in XP (I've got about 40). The duplicates are probably svchost.exe click hereIf you follow that link and you want to run Tasklist (which is not included with XP Home, you can download it from the link in click here

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    Hi all,
    System:
    Dell inspiron 1300
    windows xp home edition
    1.7 processor
    512mb ram
    80 gig hardrive


    i currently have 84 processes commencing under task manager. I know that this isn't normall. Is there a reason for this. Is there a solution for this to help me reduce the number of processes?
    Thanks
     

    Answer:84 Processes Under Task Manager

    I would recommend that you follow the instructions in the My Computer Is Slow thread. This will give you good instructions on minimizing the number of background processes.
     

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    I'm not sure this is the right forum to ask this, and I apologize in advance if it is not. I have alot of processes running in my task manager. I think some of them are slowing down my computer, but if I go to end them I get a warning that ending it might cause my computer to become unstable and I won't be able to use some programs. How do I know if I can safely end some of these processes and where the heck to they come from? I know I didn't start out with this many! Thanks!
     

    Answer:processes in task manager

    try this
    http://www.majorgeeks.com/page.php?id=12
     

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    I'm new to Windows 2000...coming from a Unix background. How can I find out what all the processes listed in Task Manager are? I recognize some of them, but most are a mystery. Is there anyplace where I can look this sort of info up?
    Thanks.
     

    Answer:Task Manager processes

    http://www.answersthatwork.com/Tasklist_pages/tasklist.htm

    http://www.liutilities.com/products/wintaskspro/processlibrary/vsmon/

    http://www.windowsstartup.com/wso/browse.php
     

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    Does anyone know a good place to go to find out what all the processes in the task manager mean?
     

    Answer:Task manager processes

    http://www.answersthatwork.com/Tasklist_pages/tasklist.htm

    and

    http://www2.whidbey.net/djdenham/
    http://www.windowsstartup.com/wso/browse.php?l=1
    http://www.pacs-portal.co.uk/startup_content.htm
    http://www.3feetunder.com/krick/startup/list.html
    http://www.djbdesigns.com/wtvzone/startup.html
    http://www.sysinfo.org/startuplist.php
     

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    I am trying to find out exactly which processes i can eliminate from my computer to get a better performance from the games i play on it. i am just not sure what processes are necessary for the computer and which ones are just simply running for no reason. if there is anyone that can help please let me know...or even a program that i can utilize to help.. thank you

    Answer:task manager processes

    What's running in your task manager depends a lot on the program's you have installed. for a list of the windows processes you need go to www.eldergeeks.com for a list.

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    When I look in the Processes section of Task Manager I see a long list of only two of which are not tagged with my user name. Three things;

    1. Is this list the same as the list of programs in the Uninstall facility within Control panel?

    2. Does the term, "Process, "in this context have the same meaning as the term, "Program?"

    3. How can I best decide which Processes I can close without affecting the OS?​
     

    Answer:Task Manager - Processes

    1. No

    2. sometimes, a program running can be a process, but a process is not always a program.

    3. Google search the "image name" to help you discover what it is.

    4. not wise to terminate process unless you know what you are doing

    in task manager click "view" and then "select columns", then tick only the following

    PID
    User Name
    CPU usage
    Memory-private working set
    Image path name
    command line
    Description

    hit OK

    I use image path name to see where the process is originating from, this gives an indication if it is a installed program or not, depending on what directory it starts from, ie Program files directory.

    Usually anything running from the Windows or Windows/system32 folder is a windows process, but not always, some malware and nasties run from these folders also, that is why you can Google the "image path name" to help you learn more.
     

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    Windows XP

    I hear the computer constantly running something. When I open Task Manager I find that Processes are running over and over. Basically, this brings my computer to a standstill.

    For example:

    CCleaner takes 7 minutes to run, 2 minutes to close.
    Task Manager takes 4 minutes to close.
    Firefox takes 5 minutes to open.
    Takes 2 or 3 minutes to switch from one screen to another within a site.
    I'm typing this message too fast (huh?) and have to wait for the words to catch up.

    Other problems:

    I haven't been able to log out of sites.
    Last night, I couldn't turn off the computer. Had to switch off power.
    Tried a soft boot to close and reopen this morning. No dice. Had to switch off power.

    I read on another thread about a slow computer so I deleted Adobe Reader and installed Foxit. This isn't what caused the problem. My computer has been getting slower and slower, all because Processes are running constantly. I'm too scared to switch them off.

    I read on another thread about certain processes to stop running, but those don't show on my list.

    16 minutes to type this message? C'mon.

    What do you suggest as an alternative to chucking this thing out of the nearest window?
     

    Answer:Task Manager - Processes

    Wow! I started my computer at 8:10 and processes have just stopped at 11:03.
     

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    Hey Guys,

    When I open Task Manager, I have 47 processes opened (including Firefox), and then about 5 more of just Google Chrome when I open Google Chrome. The icon in the lower-right corner says CPU usage, 39% but varies up to 81%. Is this normal?

    Also when I shut down my computer asks me if I'm sure I want to shut down because other people are logged into my computer and they might lose work. But there is nobody logged into my computer. Is this a sign of spyware or software or hardware problem?

    Thanks,
    Tink
     

    Answer:Task Manager Processes - Too Many?

    I have about 100 processes running, so 47 is not unusual. However, 39% to 81% CPU is unusual; what process is using that much CPU?
     

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    Hi i have used ur forums alot and have come up with yet another problem i have,i have xp home edition sp3,3.06 gb hz,1.43 gb ram
    c drive 39 gb free,d drive 66 gb free
    my pc is so slow i have run ur tests and not seen anything,i am asumming its the processes that messing up any help again would be gratful thx.
     

    Answer:Task Manager - Processes xp

    Greetings, eddie17.

    What's the make and model # of your machine? Does the machine run quicker while in Safe Mode?

    Also, please download and run Free PC Audit, a stand-alone system information tool.

    (If you get a Security Warning, don't worry about it - uncheck the 'Always ask before opening this file' box, and click 'Run').

    When the scan completes, click File > Save As, name the file 'Report', and save to an easily found location, such as your Desktop.

    Then attach that file to your next post per these instructions: HOW TO: Attach Items To Your Post.
     

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    Vista 64, 2gb ram, Geforce 8600, 250 gb sata hd, intel 6420 core2duo cpu, asus P5L vm mobo.

    Anyone suggest a tool that will let me see what exactly is running in the background. In the task manager/processes there a "Host Process for Windows" going on thats using approx 107,212K of memory. Image name is Svchost.exe, would this be the Superfetch at work here ?

    Also I seem to have 68 processes (which I think could be reduced)going on in total, cpu usage when idle is at 1% and physical memory at 58 %.
    Are these figures near normal for the above specs ?
    The computer does'nt seem any slower.

    Answer:Task manager/Processes

    Hi Lazarus,

    While your in Task Manager, right click on the process and click Go to Service(s). This will take you inside of the Services tab where the responsible items are highlighted for your Svchost.exe process. This will tell you what they are.

    Shawn

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    I find that when I check processes on Task Manager there are three instances of Chrome exe with 86K, 36K and 15K usage and one instance of explorer.exe of 18K. When I choose to End processes on any of these, I get a dialogue box warning of severe consequences.
    I use only Chrome and at the time of checking TM had only one webpage open. All the other profiles (3 in no) are in logged-off mode.
    I use Windows XP Home.
    Could this be slowing down my computer?
    Please advise.
    Thanks
    Sajeev

    Answer:Processes on Task Manager

    It sounds as if the programs are being started more than once. To find out if this is so, go to 'Start/Run' type 'msconfig' in the box and click 'OK' click on the 'Startup' tab and look down the list of programs. If a program is running more than once it will show up here. Be aware that unchecking one entry may stop the program running at all.
    Using TM to stop the extra items is not likely to cause a problem, but if you have multiple starts of the same software you could look here for a cure link text. Most here are for XP but without knowing you OS it is not possible to be more specific.

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    Is this some kind of malware, or something? It's never happened to me before...
     
    http://i.imgur.com/qMLtAXH.png

    Answer:Many processes in Task Manager have *32 at the end?

    Hi belthagor On Windows 64-bit, processes that have *32 appended at the end means that they are 32-bit processes. This is to differentiate 64-bit and 32-bit processes. This doesn't mean that these processes are malicious at all. Also from a quick look, I can see that all the processes currently running on your system are also legitimate.

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    I have windows XP

    What are all of these process running under task manager at any giving time? I currently am not using my computer for anything, other than the internet viewing this site, yet I have 36 process running. Is this right?

    Here they are:

    IEXPLRE.EXE
    taskmgr.exe
    rnathchk.exe
    realsched.exe
    spamsub.exe
    PSfree.exe
    rundll32.exe
    pcsvc.exe
    hpztsb04.exe
    mmtask.exe
    shwicon2k.exe
    NAVAPSVC.EXE
    apg.exe
    ltmsg.exe
    ALCXMNTR.exe
    spoolsv.exe
    CCAPP.EXE
    CCEVTMGR.EXE
    CCSETMGR.EXE
    HpqCmon.exe
    svchost.exe
    hpsysdrv.exe
    svchost.exe
    explorer.exe
    svchost.exe
    svchost.exe
    hpqtra08.exe
    lsass.exe
    services.exe
    winlogon.exe
    csrss.exe
    smss.exe
    eber.exe
    PCHButton.exe
    System
    System Idle Process
    That's all of them in order as they appear, what do they mean? are any of them bad or useless?
     

    Answer:Task Manager (processes)

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    Can someone help my by giving me a list possibly of what all processes i need to be running in my task manager, because i think i have too many goin and i need to close some.I have 26 processes running is that too many. i have alot of the svchost.exe running do i need all the same ones running at once?
     

    Answer:Task Manager: Processes Help

    http://ask-leo.com/what_processes_in_windows_task_manager_should_i_be_wary_of.html
    http://www.neuber.com/taskmanager/process/index.html

    http://ask-leo.com/svchost_and_svchostexe_crashs_cpu_maximization_viruses_exploits_and_more.html
     

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    Hi. I have been reading through some of the tutorials on this site and was looking at the Startup Programs Database. I was looking in my Task Manager at processes running and noticed 3 entries that seem a little odd in that they are the only 3 that do not list a User Name or Description for the process. I am not sure whether these are OK processes or not so I would appreciate if someone can take a look and let me know. The processes I am concerned about are csrss.exe, winlogon.exe and rundll32.exe. Note that there is a 2nd process running called rundll32.exe with the Description 'Windows host process (Rundll32)
    Please find attached a screenshot of my Task manager showing the processes in question.
    Thanks
    Steve

    Answer:Strange processes in Task Manager?

    Hello Stephen W,Judging by your recently resolved HiJack This thread, I take it you have Windows XP installed.The files in question are legitimate. From the File Database on BC plus supplements from my knowledge:csrss.exe is from Service Pack 2 for Windows XPhttp://www.bleepingcomputer.com/filedb/csrss.exe-737.htmlwinlogon.exe also from Service pack 2 for Windows XP is what allows users to log in to the OS etc. It must stay running.http://www.bleepingcomputer.com/filedb/win...n.exe-3031.htmlrundll32.exe Again from SP2, this program allows a DLL file to run as an application. There are many such files that run this way. If rundll32.exe doesn't run, these programs won't either.http://www.bleepingcomputer.com/filedb/run...2.exe-2593.htmlYou can also read more about this file from here: http://www.howtogeek.com/howto/windows-vis...-is-it-running/and from the MS site here: http://windowsxp.mvps.org/rundll32.htmOrange Blossom

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    On my laptop running Windows XP Home it takes forever to boot up.  When I bring up the task manager to see what's running there has to be a couple of dozen processes going on very few of which I recognize so I am suspecting I could end a good portion of these processes without creating a major problem.  Unfortunately I don't know which processes are critical and which are not.  Anyone know where I might find such a list.  Thanks for any help.Dan.

    Answer:Task manager processes confusion

    A couple of dozen processes is not a large amount by any means, nor is it at all uncommon.You can check each process to determine exactly what it is at....http://www.processlibrary.com/

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    Hello:

    Concerning Windows XP... In working on a MalWare infection, I found references (some in advertising) to the notion that Task Manager will not show all of the processes running on your system.

    1. Are there any processes other than rootkit-type MalWare which would not be shown in Task Manager? Or to put it another way, would any legitimate process not be shown in Task Manager? If so, is there some common name for such processes?

    2. If legitimate processes wouldn't show, why not?

    3. Would a legitimitate process like this (assuming there are any) show up in a program that finds rootkits? If not, are there any programs which will show them?

    I no longer trust my Windows installation and am going to rebuild it from the ground up. I want to keep track of each and every process that runs on the rebuild so I'll have a leg up if/when something goes wrong next time.

    Thanks for any info
     

    Answer:What processes will not be shown in Task Manager?

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    'explorer.exe' appears twice in 'Task Manager Processes', why?
    One is using 35,628 k and the other is using 31,944 k.
    I've never noticed two instances of it running together like this?

    Answer:explorer.exe appear twice in Task Manager Processes, why?

    Would normally only expect one.
    What are they running at?
    explorer.exe running over 25000K to 30000K, is usually a sign of infection.
    Possibly a trojan have a read click here

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    Hi all

    I have no idea whats wrong with my laptop, and each time internet explorer crasheds, or firefox crashes, i cant do anything. Laptop slows down, or freezes, i go to task manager to end these processes, but they dont end, and i do it from the applications tab as well as processes :S :S :S sometimes 2 of the same application shows on the applications tab, both not repsonding, and it doesnt endddddddd..i have to shut down my laptop the non safe way eevery half hour i think , as this happens every half hour...please helppppppppppppppppppppppppppppp
     

    Answer:Task manager not ending processes..HELP!

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    Hello and thank you in advance.As suggested I am re-posting in this forum.http://www.bleepingcomputer.com/forums/topic425949.htmlI am running Window 7 64 bit on my laptop which is infected. I discovered this bug by a call from a relative asking if I sent an email to him and of course I did not. When I got home from work my inbox was full of email return notices from dead email addresses that I still have in my contact list. I didn?t think these things could send email if you are using cloud mail but is has sent mail to all my contacts. . I ran McAffee and Defender and no problems showed up. The next thing it did was send up a pop up telling me I needed to reboot and I had not rebooted for 5 days. Like a dummy I rebooted. I brought up task manager to see what processes were on the list and saw that there was nothing on the list. It has also removed labels from the tabs and buttons. The McAffee Center has no labels on it thus rendering it useless. Of course I have lost administrative control. I can't install Malwarebytes because the install window is colapsed and I cannot access any of the buttons. I am also getting a new error message when trying to get into some websites. It is titled "Message from Webpage" and says, "jCarousel: No width/height set for items. This will cause an infinite loop. Aborting...".UNLESS SPECIFICALLY INSTRUCTED, DO NOT POST THIS LOG.IF REQUESTED, ZIP IT UP & ATTACH IT.DDS (Ver_2011-08-26.01).Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premiu... Read more

    Answer:No Processes Showing in Task Manager

    I am starting to get blue screens now so still need help, please.

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    Forgive me for what all you knowledgable people will probably think is a dumb question. But when I'm not doing anything on my computer but opening my browser and have just booted up, do I really Need all these 35 Running Processes shown in my Task Manager? (I'm using XP Home)

    And why are there numerous duplicates of the same things with different "numeric values", please?

    Can I eliminate any of those and speed up my system in general? (my boyfriend added 512Meg of RAM to the existing 256Meg, which helps...but would also please like to know about this)

    If I can eliminate them from running/starting in the background when booting up, just how do I do that, please?

    Thank you
     

    Answer:Do I really need all these Running Processes in Task Manager?

    The two screen shots you showed have CPU usage at 6% and 10%, so those processes at that time aren't slowing you. But you are right that they can, and in particular starting unnecessary processes can increase your boot time.

    First look in the Startup folder (Start - All Programs - Startup). If there is anything there that you don't want running all the time, just delete it (they are just shortcuts in there) from the folder. For example, one of mine is Microsoft Office; it initializes Word, Excel, etc. so that they launch quicker. I use Excel all the time so I keep it there; if I seldom used Office, I would delete it from Startup and save the boot time.

    Second, Start - Run - msconfig - OK. Look at the Startup tab. Anything you don't want running, just remove the checkmark and remember to hit Apply before getting out. Be careful, and don't remove too many at a time, because you can make your system unstable or worse. I seldom remove anything until I've figured out what it is related to.

    As an example, two that I have removed the check marks from are iTunesHelper and qttask because I only use iTunes and Quick Time once a week if that often, so no sense in having them there all the time.

    The first time you boot after removing any of these you will get a scary looking message reminding you that you changed your system. Just tell it you don't want to see the message again, and forget it.
     

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    I was weary when under my task manager, after my internet would randomly just fail to do anything on this computer randomly, Notepad.exe was there (without being opened) as a "System" file. I immediately ran my Symantec anti-virus just to find nothing. So, I promptly installed Avast! Anti-virus (disabled my current anti-virus's protection during the installation) and it found one virus (I forget, sounded like El Dorado or something) which the anti-virus took care of, I assume. When doing a boot-time virus scan it found about 4 more, then it stopped finding them. At this point I uninstalled Avast! and re-enabled my Symantec anti-virus.
    Great, but then I noticed mshta.exe and later CLI.exe appearing far too many times (seems to only occur with one program at a time and it takes a little while for a new one to appear) than they should in the task manager and the same unusual breaks in the computer being able to load anything or just suddenly not connecting to the internet (with the connection running fine on the other computer connected to the router and the computer never telling me that the LAN connection was down.) Alright, so I assumed that Avast wouldn't find everything, so I installed AVG and once again swapped anti-viruses and scanned the computer. AVG found 1 virus, which is fine (I believe it was connected with my Java files.) Alright, so I disabled the real-time protection, updates, etc with the AVG and enabled my Symantec anti-virus. A few ho... Read more

    Answer:Processes in task manager too many times

    HiPlease run the following:Download OTL and save it to your desktop.Double click on the icon to run it.Make sure all other windows are closed and to let it run uninterrupted.Check the boxes beside LOP Check and Purity Check.Click the Run Scan button. Do not change any settings unless otherwise told to do so. The scan wont take long.
    When the scan completes, it will open two notepad windows. OTL.Txt and Extras.Txt.
    Note:These logs can be located in the OTL. folder on you C:\ drive if they fail to open automatically.Please copy (Edit->Select All, Edit->Copy) the contents of these files, one at a time, and post it with your next reply. You may need two posts to fit them both in.

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    How can I identify what's in my task mgr & safely remove? Ie, I have PandoraService.exe running (mem usage 10,720k)

    Answer:Windows XP processes in Task Manager

    I really don't understand your question. What is the problem you are experiencing?

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    ipoint.exe for the mouse
     

    Answer:Does this have to be loaded in task manager processes?

    I got this info from WinPatrol Plus.

    Microsoft Intellimouse monitor - IPOINT.EXE

    Ipoint.exe installs with Microsoft's Intellipoint software for their Intellimouse series of mice. This Intellipoint software can be safely removed via the "Add/Remove Programs" icon in the Control Panel, because most of the standard Intellipoint features have been integrated into the Windows 98/me/XP/2000 operating systems.

    Troubleshooting information and updates can be found in the Microsoft Knowledgebase.
    http://search.support.microsoft.com...uery=point32.exe&QuerySource=gsfxSearch_Query
     

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    Start up is very slow sometimes my computer will freeze for long periods (10 minutes or longer) if I click and it's not done setting up. I also have took dell dock and the side bar out of the start up services since I thought that was slowing my start up more, but even then it's still very slow.

    For my task manger when I bring it up I took a quick picture or screenie of it and it always has explorer.exe running using 20 percent cpu. But as quickly as I bring it up the cpu usage for explorer.exe drops to 0. Is it suppose to only show usage when you bring up your task manager?

    Also java.exe*32 uses 22-30 percent usage when I play this game called runescape. Not sure if this is normal considering I've seen the cpu usage for it at 11 percent at times but these times do not last longer then a period of 5minutes.

    I also got multiples of some items such as iexplore.exe*32, beepapp.exe, taskeng.exe, is that normal to have multiples of these items in your task manager or no?. None are using large amounts if any cpu usage at all from what I can see but it's weird to see multiples of these processes, or is to me, I'm not a computer expert by any means so if this is normal then ok.

    And my internet runs slow because it's dial up, but it disconnects more then it used to as of late. Sometimes up to 7 times in a single day compared to 2-3 times a day before. So maybe I assumed something was disconnecting my internet.

    I've attached pictures o... Read more

    Answer:Concerns regarding task manager processes

    Greetings, battleground...

    I'd recommend following the steps in the Read and Run Me First thread in the Malware Forum - you could very well have some suspicious activity going on...
     

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    I don't know what it is but this has been an ongoing problem for me with win7 x64 when I shut down an application or one crashes the program seems to close but is still running in task manager. For instance firefox does this all the time the current release and priors, I'll close it and then reopen it only to tell me that firefox is already running! So you open task manager and attempt to kill the process and you get nothing. What is causing this and is there a fix? It's driving me nuts!

    Answer:Task Manager not killing processes!!

    Not sure what is causing it for you, but I prefer to use Process Explorer Process Explorer instead of windows task manager. It seems to do better with killing them.

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    Hi,
    My laptop has been running extremely slow lately and when I open the task manager it says the computer is using 100%. When I look at the processes running these are what it shows:

    Image Name Username
    iexplore.exe mainuser
    taskmgr.exe mainuser
    iexplore.exe mainuser
    iexplore.exe mainuser
    Dot1xcfg.exe mainuser
    is360.exe system
    SSScheduler.exe mainuser
    GoogletoolbarNOT.exe mainuser
    ctfmon.exe mainuser
    Divxupdate.exe mainuser
    AvastUI.exe mainuser
    is360tray.exe mainuser
    jusched.exe mainuser
    Groovemonitor.exe mainuser
    iFrmewrk.exe mainuser
    zcfgsvc.exe mainuser
    igfxpers.exe mainuser
    hkcmd.exe mainuser
    explorer.exe mainuser
    alg.exe local service
    Avastsvc.exe system
    svchost.exe local service
    svchost.exe network service
    yahooAUservice.exe system
    WLKeeper.exe system
    S24EvMon.exe system
    EvtEng.exe system
    svchost.exe system
    svchost.exe network service
    svchost.exe system
    lsass.exe system
    services.exe system
    winlogon.exe system
    regSrvc.exe system
    csrss.exe system
    smss.exe system
    Googleupdate.exe system
    is360srv.exe system
    svchost.exe local system
    scardsvr.exe local system
    spoolsv.exe system
    system.exe system
    systemidleprocess.exe system

    Can anyone tell me if I need all these processes running and if not how to get them off my computer. Thank you so very much for any and all help.
     

    Answer:Processes Running in Task Manager Help!!

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    Hi,

    My symptoms are Firefox and some other programs not responding at least once or twice a day. I noticed some processes running in W-Task Manager that I do not recognize. Not sure it this is the cause or not, any way of knowing? thanks. Dano
     

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    Hi,
    I have a problem with a rogue programme running during gaming that causes full-screen gaming to flicker. The software appears to launch a window overlay that causes the flickering. I can't see the process in task manager because it seems to close as soon as I'm out of full-screen gaming. Is there anyway to record processes occuring during gaming that I can then view to identify the problem?
     

    Answer:Record processes using something like task manager

    Have you tried running a malware programs . To see if this may be your problem. Sounds like you may have some malware. If running a spyware or malware problem dose not help. You might want to jump over to the Virus and malware subforum here at Techspot.
     

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    Hello,

    As the title says I have over 120 processes running on task manager. And the number grows over time. I used to normally run 28 and now im just worried. Could it be a virus? The names of the processes that weren't there before don't show results when i look them up on the Process Library or google. I'll list a few of them: oxguof.exe, oxvend.exe, toqmm.exe, winhpxf.exe. Most of them start with win as the first three letters of they're name
    And my user profile is the one running all these processes, when i log into another user profile on my windows XP OS i don't see it running so many processes. Could deleting my user profile and creating a new one solve the problem? Im already downloading an anti-Virus to scan my system (avast)

    Well I hope I make it out of this in one piece

    Answer:I have 120+ processes running on Task Manager

    Sounds like a virus/malware:
    NEW INSTRUCTIONS - Read This Before Posting For Malware Removal Help

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    People tell me that 106 processes means something is wrong. Only two or three show numbers (low numbers) under the column "CPU". I have MANY applications installed in my system.

    Does 106 processes still mean there's a problem even if I have MANY applications? The system doesn't run slow; it only starts up slow.

    I use a SONY VAIO AR250G with XP SP2.
     

    Answer:Task Manager Shows 106 Processes

    I think you could kill a lot of Startup programs. It would increase your boot speed.

    Post a HJT log and we'll assist you in deleting unnecessary entries.
     

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    Forgive me if this is a stupid question.

    One of my laptops is running Vista Home Premium SP2 64-bit.

    I decided after the last update in March to disable them altogether and check them once a month myself. It's been exactly two months. Everything is hanging, this didn't happen in March.

    My question is what are the processes in Task Manager that are supposed to appear during updates. I tried to update earlier today but given that I have only 2GB of RAM and the svchost.exe related to wuauserv was using over half of it at one point, I used command prompt to quit because my system was becoming unresponsive. That didn't go well. I ended up having to shut down improperly and got a temporary profile message. I restarted twice and my old profile is back so I decided to give the updates another try.

    My current attempt to do updates began at 3:20 pm and it's now 7:20 pm. It was using a lot of memory at first but not 1GB and 50% cpu. Thankfully, after an hour or so, the memory usage went to normal but the 50% cpu usage remains. It is wuauserv in the services tab (one of the highlighted ones) but I was under the impression that there should be a process for windows update showing up in the Task Manager as well. But, I see none.

    The wuauserv service is running. Windows Update shows it checking for updates (4+ hours). Is this waiting all for naught? Shouldn't I see something regarding the update in the processes list? Perhaps, something was corrupted and this wait will be eternal.... Read more

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    For whatever reason when I open up the Task Manager on my Gateway laptop it shows a huge list of processes. I'm familiar with the option to check "Show processes from all users" and it appears that it's only showing this option even though it's not checked. Doesn't matter if it's checked or not I get a list of 58 processes. This started not long ago and was never the case in the past.

    Any ideas?
     

    Answer:Win XP Pro SP3 issue w/Task Manager Processes

    what all accounts are listed in the "User Name" column?
    If you only see your user account, SYSTEM, NETWORK SERVICE, and LOCAL SERVICE, then you just have quite a few services running and nothing is abnormal.
     

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    Hi I was wondering if someone could help me out and tell me which processes should be running and which shouldnt in my task manager, there are over 100 processes and I know that is way too much, so which should I end and which should I leave?
    Im attaching two pics of print screen of my task manager, please HELLLLP
     

    Answer:Task Manager over 100 processes running....

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    My cpu is at 50% while in task manager there are no processes adding up to 50%I've used CCleaner, Auslogics Registry cleaner but to no avail. Here is the Hijack This log:++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++Logfile of Trend Micro HijackThis v2.0.2Scan saved at 19:52:38, on 14/06/2009Platform: Windows Vista SP1 (WinNT 6.00.1905)MSIE: Internet Explorer v8.00 (8.00.6001.18702)Boot mode: NormalRunning processes:C:\Windows\system32\Dwm.exeC:\Windows\system32\taskeng.exeC:\Windows\Explorer.EXEC:\Program Files\Synaptics\SynTP\SynTPEnh.exeC:\Program Files\Intel\Intel Matrix Storage Manager\IAAnotif.exeC:\Program Files\Alwil Software\Avast4\ashDisp.exeC:\Program Files\COMODO\SafeSurf\cssurf.exeC:\Program Files\LogMeIn\x86\LogMeInSystray.exeC:\Program Files\COMODO\Firewall\cfp.exeC:\Program Files\IDT\WDM\sttray.exeC:\Program Files\Internet Download Manager\IDMan.exeC:\Program Files\Taskbar Shuffle\taskbarshuffle.exeC:\Program Files\LogMeIn\x86\LMIGuardian.exeC:\Program Files\Internet Download Manager\IEMonitor.exeC:\Program Files\Windows Media Player\wmpnscfg.exeC:\Program Files\Synaptics\SynTP\SynTPHelper.exeC:\Windows\system32\Taskmgr.exe... Read more

    Answer:My cpu is at 50% while in task manager there are no processes adding up to 50%

    Problem resolved: I formatted the hard disk - yes the easy way out . Well no-one replied but if anyone was intending to, thank you.

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    I just wondered how many instances svchost.exe is normal to be running in task manager. I have so many processes running it seems to be eating up all of my memory.

    It is listed like 10 times when i bring task manager up.

    Any info or advice would be appreciated.
     

    Answer:What processes should be running in task manager

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    Hi! When i check windows task manager there are ,on average, 50 processes running. My bro says there should only be around 20 or so. How can i tell what is needed and what isn't?

    Also, If i suspect my computer has spyware and i run a scan and it shows nothing, can there still be malware on my computer? If yes, what's the next step, an anti virus upgrade? (I use F-secure anti virus).

    Many thanks.
     

    Answer:Windows task manager: too many processes?

    I've got over 40 running & I have a clean system. (hopefully)

    Yours is probably not too bad.
     

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    When I start up my computer it is very slow. After checking the Task Manager, there are 56 processes open / running, (even when I'm not doing or running anything). How do I know which processes I need and which ones I don't. I have a limited knowledge of computers let alone what all of these processes (under the Image Name heading) are for. If it's any use, the CPU Usage is 2-4% when nothing is running. Would this speed up my computer if I could stop some of these ??Cheers

    Answer:WINDOW TASK MANAGER PROCESSES

    Go to Start; Run and type msconfig and hit OK.In the startup tab you can de-selsct superfluous programs which automatically run in the background.This will help you to decide click here

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