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Task Manager - Processes

Question: Task Manager - Processes

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?​

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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

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

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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I will open a program, close it, and then when i try to open it again a message appears saying that an existance of it is still running. When i look at my processes i see that it is in fact But when i try to "end Process" it does not close. The warning pops up, i say yes, and yet it does nothing. I can not seem to close these programs. And this causes shuting down to take up to 15-20 min unless i force a shut down. The problem has occured with Opera.exe CCAPP.exe outlook.exe and maybe more. Please help thanks!

Answer:HELP Task Manager wont close certain processes. End Task does nothing!

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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?

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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?

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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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


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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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

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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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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:

System Idle Process
That's all of them in order as they appear, what do they mean? are any of them bad or useless?

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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?


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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'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?, 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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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

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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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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.
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
1.80 GHz, 1.00 GB of RAM
Physical Adress Extension

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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 for a list.

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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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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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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.
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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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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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

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I looked up all the ones I didn't already know about on 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 shouldn't use both.

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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?

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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:

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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:

myagttry (TWO of these running)
wuauclt (TWO of these running)
svchost (SIX of these things running!)
engine server

then i also had


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?...)


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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Hi all,
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?

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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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.

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Split from - 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 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 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.

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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) 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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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.


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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?

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

The answer to your question can be found by going here: and clicking on task list.

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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!

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try this

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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.

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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.

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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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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

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click here

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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.


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


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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.

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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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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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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?

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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 . 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 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:\Program Files\TeamViewer\Version7\TeamViewer.exe
C:\Program Files\Kaspersky Lab\Kaspersky Internet Security 2011\avp.exe
C:\Program Files\Windows Sidebar\sidebar.exe

R1 - HKCU\Software\Microsoft\Internet Explorer\Main,Search Page =
R1 - HKLM\Software\Microsoft\Internet Explorer\Main,Default_Page_URL =
R1 - HKLM\Software\Microsoft\Internet Explorer\Main,Default_Search_URL =
R1 - HKLM\Software\Microsoft\Internet Explorer\Main,Search Page =
R0 - HKLM\Software\Microsoft\Internet Explorer\Main,Start Page =
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Is this some kind of malware, or something? It's never happened to me before...

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 believe this is my first post on 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 - 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: If it's not listed there, then try googling for it.

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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


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,

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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!)


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

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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.

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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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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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...

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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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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 ?


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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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?

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

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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. Print it out then go into your services and attack!  

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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?


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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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,

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=
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:-

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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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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'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, recently I've been downloading programs to check if my computer was infected by anything or was there anything running unusual in the background, I have Trend Micro Internet Security Pro and some other security software's but I don't run them at the same time. Getting to the point I've downloaded dds.scr as instructed by a moderator in a different thread which I didn't post I just downloaded. Can you please examine it? I used Security task manager to check if any processes were running high in CPU but apparently that was a virus of some sort which was hard to manually remove, but I'm not sure if it's removed, anyways can you please examine the whole thing, don't worry much about looking for the security task manager.I appreciate your help, and thank you very much.Here are the few logs; DDS.TXT & Attach.txt.DDS (Ver_10-03-17.01) - NTFSx86 Run by Jack at 10:37:19.73 on Wed 08/11/2010Internet Explorer: 8.0.6001.18928 BrowserJavaVersion: 1.6.0_21Microsoft? Windows Vista? Home Premium 6.0.6002.2.1252.1.1033.18.3070.2137 [GMT 10:00]SP: Windows Defender *enabled* (Updated) {D68DDC3A-831F-4FAE-9E44-DA132C1ACF46}============== Running Processes ===============C:\Windows\system32\wininit.exeC:\Windows\system32\lsm.exeC:\Windows\system32\svchost.exe -k DcomLaunchC:\Windows\system32\svchost.exe -k rpcssC:\Windows\System32\svchost.exe -k LocalServiceNetworkRestrictedC:&#... Read more

Answer:Task manager processes; possible infections?

Hello and welcome to Bleeping ComputerWe apologize for the delay in responding to your request for help. Here at Bleeping Computer we get overwhelmed at times, and we are trying our best to keep up. Please note that your topic was not intentionally overlooked. Our mission is to help everyone in need, but sometimes it takes just a little longer to get to every request for help. No one is ignored here.If you have since resolved the original problem you were having, we would appreciate you letting us know. If not please perform the following steps below so we can have a look at the current condition of your machine. If you have not done so, include a clear description of the problems you're having, along with any steps you may have performed so far.Upon completing the steps below another staff member will review and take the steps necessary with you to get your machine back in working order clean and free of malware.If you have already posted a DDS log, please do so again, as your situation may have changed.Use the 'Add Reply' and add the new log to this thread.Thanks and again sorry for the delay.We need to see some information about what is happening in your machine. Please perform the following scan:Download DDS by sUBs from one of the following links. Save it to your desktop.DDS.scrDDS.pifDouble click on the DDS icon, allow it to run.A small box will open, with an explaination about the tool. No input is needed, the scan is running.Notepad will open with the results.Foll... Read more

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Hi, i hav a few querries bout the nature of the task manager processes and how i can use them to improve my system speed.

Firstly, I have 11 different svchost.exe processes, one of which is using 222mb of memory >:|

Also the 'System' process seems to be vital to the computers functionality. Usually it runs at just over 2mb (from start-up), but sometimes it goes as high as 14mb, with little difference, but also as low as 448kb, where my computers slows right down and becomes laggy :'(

My brother's computer has a similar problem, where his 'System' process goes as high as 70mb, and runs incredibly slowly.

For me this isnt a major issue, but i would like to know what it is and how I could resolve it as, especially when it goes really low, my computer speed suffers greatly and the only way to restore it is to reboot my computer.

Also, my physical memory usage is usually between 1.5 - 2 GB, with a max of 4, which seems like alot of use when I have no applications running.

A couple of other points:

Internet explorer process uses 90mb memory

In the 'Performance' section of task manager i have 3837 total physical memory, with 2563 cashed and less than 10 free :\

So I would really appreciate some explanation on the finer points of task manager, what it all means, and if any of those points i mentioned can/should be solved

ty ;D

(Screenshots will follow shortly)

Answer:Task Manager Processes Query

Task Manager Processes (Top of mem usage list)


Task Manager Processes (Bottom of mem usage list)

Task Manager Performace

I think the red line on the performance charts represents 'Kernel Times'

Well I hope these help

+ is almost 20 million page faults for explorer.exe bad? it sounds bad

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Task manager performance tab says that my CPU is 100% overloaded. But when I open 'processes' tab and rank the processes by CPU usage, the percents don't add to 100%. For god's sake, they don't even add to 20%. On the other hand, in XP they always add to hundred percent.

Jeez, Windows 7 is such a downgrade from XP

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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.

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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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This program apparently was some anti-virus program I had never downloaded in my life. (As I use AVG) I looked at task manager and saw "fsgknxktm.exe" and sought to close it asap.Can't remember the full detail of the other "anti-virus".Anyone have a clue what this is?

Answer:What is fsgknxktm.exe under Processes in Task Manager?

This feels like its a fake name, many viri use random charactors to mask what is going on. I would use malwarebytes free to do a full scan, a lot of times fake antivirus's are involved with this kind of nameing. If you see the name of the fake, there is often a specific removal guide involved. If it is one of these I would run rkill, tdskiller, and then malwarebytes all from safe mode.:: mike

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hi guys,
I checked my task manager, I have like 12 svchost.exe running and one of them is hogging memory. They exist since I format my harddrive last week so I don't think infections have anything to do with them. Anyways I still run a full scan with avg and no suspicious result return. I remember I used to have only 5 svchost.exe running.
Can I remove disable some of them? How should I do that?

And I've got a wininit.exe which I have never seen before. It says this is a windows start-up application. Should I keep it?


Answer:Unwanted task manager processes

Each svchost.exe is running a Windows service. Some services are vital and disabling them could cripple your computer. Others could be safely disabled. This previous Forum thread discusses svchost.exe as well as this Microsoft article

Why do I have so many SVCHost.exe processes?

What is svchost.exe?

Wininit.exe (Windows Initialize) is a core system process that originated in Windows XP and has been passed down to Windows 7. The file was created to allow uninstallers to run and process commands stored in the file WinInit.ini. This allows programs to take action while the computer is still booting up. In Windows 7 it primarily acts as a launcher for the majority of the background applications that are always running. I'd leave it alone.

What Is Wininit.exe And Why Is It Running

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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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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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i have noticed that in windows task manager i have:SVCHOST.EXE LOCAL SERVICE SVCHOST.EXE NETWORK SERVICE SVCHOST.EXE SYSTEM SVCHOST.EXE SYSTEM SVCHOST.EXE SYSTEMIs there any need to have all this running at the same time and if not, how can i get rid of it?five of the same seems abit over the top.i also have broad band, running xpthanks for your help

Answer:windows task manager-processes

Each one is running a different system process so you need more than one running.

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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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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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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


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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Got 2 questions.

1)I have 68 to 71 processes going in Task Manager.
I know that has GOT to be too many. How do I know which processes to end? Obviously you don't want to shut down the ones that say "SYSYTEM" beside it. Right?

I have Windows Vista. (I love it. Have had NO problems) Let me know if you need to know anything else.

2)I'm afraid to clean my computer myself and it needs it. I have an air compressor but I don't know how hard of an air stream it produces and I don't know where to blow and where not to.
How trustworthy are the "GEEKS" at Best Buy? Should I trust the GEEKS to clean my computer? My computer is my baby and I don't know who to trust.

Thanks. Take care.

Answer:Solved: too many processes in the Task Manager

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Hello everyone

I've run into a baffling problem: my Task manager is suddenly failing at closing processes - could be anything from web browser* to iTunes to a game's patcher*. The Application window will be empty, but under process, I'll find the program. Trying to end it results in the warning message only. I don't get an error of any sort. The warning pops up, I hit OK and the program continues to run.

Consequently (I think) my PC won't shut down or reboot and I have to hit the reset button or cut the power source.

What is going on?

*under normal circumstances, everything is pretty alright. It's only when say Chrome crashes due to a Flash error (happens a lot recently!) that I encounter all sorts of problems trying to kill the process.

Here are my specs:
Windows XP SP3 Version 2002, 3.00 GHz, 3.25 GB of RAM.

I ran a Malwarebytes scan and it showed nothing. Also installed and ran Hijackthis and my log is posted if anyone is interested.
Thanks for reading and appreciate any help you can give me

Answer:Task Manager can't kill processes

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running windows xp prof on pavillion 8630task manager shows 31 processes running but i dont know what is safe to end or how to end them permanently.can anyone help

Answer:task manager shows 31 processes

click here

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This is a problem I've been having for some time now. I tried to get some help clearing it up a few years ago, but it met with only limited success. Now it's rearing it's ugly head once more, and having found this rather interesting place, I thought maybe I'd try asking again. It's not exactly something I can just look up in an FAQ after all, because it's the sort of thing that's specific from computer to computer (or so it seems).

Anyways, I'm always finding bizarre processes running in the background of my computer when I look in the Task Manager. I can identify some of them as the programs I'm currently using, and a few that I know run in the background like Kaspersky and the Nintendo WiFi Device. However, most of them just don't make any sense and I certainly can't figure out what they are.

Here's a screenshot of my processes as I type this, perhaps someone can help.

*removed the "http" part because of that silly no link/image rule*

Answer:Unknown Processes in the Task Manager

google the unknown processes to find out what they are. Or you can use a tool like glarysoft to find out - and it's free.

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

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

How do I see what else is running?

Answer:Solved: Task Manager - how to see all processes

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Whenever I bring up the Windows Task Manager (by pressing Ctrl+Alt+Del), I find that there are way TOO many processes running. My computer is brand spanking new and it is already freezing to the point that nothing functions and I have to power if off manually. I don't like doing that, I think I'm damaging it further. I am attaching 3 screenshots of the Task Manager, yeah that's how many processes are open. Could anyone please have a look at it and tell me which of the processes are unnecessary, what they are and how can I prevent them from starting up whenever I switch on my computer. I am new to windows 8 and do not want to damage anything.

Thanks for all of your help in advance!

Answer:Too many Processes in Windows Task Manager

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I have 11 each of svchost.exe running in my process in task manager. Is this normal? Why are there so many?
Sure would appreciate a answer back from someone who knows. Thanks!

Answer:Too many svchost.exe in Task Manager (Processes)

I usually have seven or eight running...depends on what you have installed that has thrown in an updater or scanner, if we are talking legit processes.

Take a look at browser add-ons and toolbars you have installed.


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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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My computer has slowed considerably lately, The task manager is showing usually about 55 or 60 processes happening at the same time, I don't know which to keep and which to delete(or how)some say network, of system network. But most just have my name, being the com. Administrator.
I know there's a way to stop these processes permanently and speed up my computer. I've defragmented and cleaned the hard drive, can you help me stop these background programs from running. Please help. thanks Alot

Answer:Task Manager shows 50-70 Processes. Too Much!? Help

Click Start
Click "Run"
Type "msconfig.exe"
Click the "Startup" tab
Check off the boxes of certain programs that look familiar to you that you don't want running during startup. Examples would be AIM, Itunes, etc.

Also, you can usually end all processes in the task manager that include your specific User Name. The only one you shouldn't end is explorer.exe (it's the program that displays your desktop)

If it says LOCAL SERVICE, NETWORK SERVICE, or SYSTEM next to it, Don't end it.

Finally, a computer usually does contain a lot of processes. My computer, right now, is running 61 processes. There are a lot more reasons for why your computer could be running slow besides the processes.

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I have a newer computer, with Vista on it.. and as of recently, when I start up my computer, it it the LOADING icon beside the mouse constantly, and then my computer starts to SLOOOOOWW down until I can't do anything. I had to manually reboot, and it loaded, and its doing it again! Although, this time its not so bad and I can work around it. So i'm looking into whats going on, and in my PROCESSES in my Task Manager, it says I have 188 processes running, CPU Usage is about 40%, Physical Memory is 56%, and of these 188 processes, I would have to say 150 of them are realplay.exe . Now I find this REALLY BAD and weird, since I hadn't even started up real player, nor is it set to start up when I start my computer. I was doing some investigation, and it looks like it could be something called a RapidBlaster. Soo.. I tryed downloading this Rapidblaster Killer 1.61 and I tried it... and it said nothing was found......

This is really slowing down my computer!!!!!!!! and I think its spyware or something!! Somebody help please!!

Answer:HELP! Have about 150 realplay.exe's in my Task Manager PROCESSES.

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so the problem is that one of them uses a lot memory and internet traffic. im pretty sure something is hiding behind this process because it uses 100000 to 600000 K of memory or even more and if i'm online something keeps downloading different files to my C:\Documents and Settings\USERNAME\AppData\Local\... directories.

Answer:two explorer.exe processes in task manager


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Instructions I give to you are very simple and made for complete beginner to follow. That's why you need to read through my instructions carefully and completely before executing them.
Please do not run any tools other than the ones I ask you to, when I ask you to. Some of these tools can be very dangerous if used improperly. Also, if you use a tool that I have not requested you use, it can cause false positives, thereby delaying the complete cleaning of your machine.

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If during the process you run across anything that is not in my instructions, please stop and ask. If any tool is running too much time (few hours), please stop and inform me.
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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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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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i noticed it first when i was watching a video in windows media player on full screan mode, and it kept popping out of full screan and this bubble would pop up saying this tab has been recovered or something.  then sounds from something other then the movie i was watching.  like there was an invisible net explorer running.  and when i'm actually on the net every once in awhile it says explorer has stopped working, but the active one still works fine.  i looked in processes in task manager and there's anywhere from 2-10 or more "iexplore.exe"'s avg picks up nuthin.

Answer:so many iexplore.exe in processes in task manager

Visit our Virus and Spyware section and follow the info at the top of the page for running and posting your scans

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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:\Program Files\Norton AntiVirus\navapsvc.exe
C:\Program Files\Softex\OmniPass\Omniserv.exe
C:\Program Files\Softex\OmniPass\OPXPApp.exe
C:\Program Files\Hewlett-Packard\Digital Imaging\Unload\hpqcmon.exe
C:\Program Files\Hewlett-Packard\HP Share-to-Web\hpgs2wnd.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
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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:

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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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.

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Hello and thank you in advance.As suggested I am re-posting in this forum. 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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I look into my task manager and i'm astonished to constantly find more and more processes popping out of nowhere. Is there a program that can help me scan and select all those i dont want? I'm wiery about which ones to delete and which ones not to. Ad-Aware SE shows 2182 process modules on a smart scan.

Thanks for any help that can be offered.

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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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if i turn uac off i see much more processes in taskmanager compared to the off setting . but i still use the same account.

is there a way to see "all" processes in taskmanager even if uac is on?

what is this whole thing about and where can i find more info about this topic?

thanks alot for hints or links : )

Answer:why does task manager show more processes with uac off?

Welcome to to Forum Robin

Bottom left, click show process from all users. This will show all the process being used.

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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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I can't close Enemy Territory Quake Wars and Qtracker server browser via Task Manager. In the case of Quake Wars the issue is well known in the game community. I thought it was a bug with the game itself but I just installed Qtracker and it won't unload from memory. The only way is to restart the PC but I don't want to restart the PC. I don't know why certain programs refuse to unload from memory as most of my programs thus far don't give me this problem. I have this problem with BitComet, Quake Wars, and Qtracker. I tried the taskkill command in command prompt it doesn't work it tells me the process is terminated but it is as it's still in Task Manager. I tried Process Explorer and can't kill it that way. I also tried killing it via Task Manager that too doesn't work. I don't have any malware problems that I know of I just did a whole suite of scans the other day and came up clean. ZoneAlarm is fully updated from what I can tell as is all other protective programs and Windows Firewall is permanently disabled did that when I first put this PC together. So I don't know. I have Windows Vista 32 bit pre SP1.

Answer:Can't closes processes via Task Manager

Had a similar problem with a different bit torrent program, it was a setting in the programs preferences. Real pain logging off, rebooting, to close a program

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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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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....

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Hello all,

I searched and couldn't find a match for my problem. I'm having a problem with processes that won't close like they're supposed to. Mainly after an installation, or after an update.

After installations, every thing goes fine until it's time to finish. After the install wizard closes, it is impossible to restart that program. Upon checking Task Manager, there are no applications running, but the process of whatever was just installed is still there. Highlight the process, click terminate, ok the warning and it does nothing. If I try to start that program, it tells me another applications of said program is already running.

Same thing happens after updates, primarily games. Eventually, after some choice words, I have to restart my computer. Most times, shutdown won't work so I have to turn it off at the switch I've exhausted all of my knowledge, not much mind ya, and am about to start pulling my hair out. Any ideas as to what is going on? Any ideas are appreciated. If you need any more info, just let me know. Thank in advance.

Answer:Processes not terminating in task manager

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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 am running Win 2000 professional.When my computer is sitting idle, it shows in task manager, that i have approx 26 processes running at any one time. Does this sound like a lot to any one? I don't even recognise half of themAnd if i could get rid of some would my computer run faster.I would appreciate any feedback

Answer:Processes shown in Task manager?!

26 background services is about right.Many of these are background services which run either automatically or are run as and when needed.You can configure what services are run automatically by clicking Start, Run and type services.msc and press here to read up on the Services section. Also, click hereMany people like tweaking these services, and I've done my share, but I have to say it doesn't really make much difference to memory usage, for me anyway.Automatic means the service is run automatically at startup. Manual means the service is run as and when needed. Disabled means it will not run at all.Unless you are absolutely sure that you don't need a particular service (e.g. Telnet is not needed for most people), set it to Manual, and not Disabled.Remember also that some services are dependent on other services. You can check dependencies by right clicking a service, selecting Properties, and selecting the Dependencies tab.

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Using Windows XP Home...How do I delete un-needed programs loaded on start up from Windows Task Manager/ Processes...Ernie...

Answer:Delete Processes in Task Manager...

You can only stop a process in Task Manager.To prevent a program running at startup every time, click Start, Run, type msconfig, and press Enter.Select the Startup tab, and untick any non-essential programs you don't want to run at startup. Click OK.

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