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Shutting down background tasks

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Hi everyone - first post here, but a member of many forums, so I should't be too awfully much of a pain. :whistling:

I just installed my Verizon DSL. I'm also a huge fan of The Sims2. Now, before you open the game, most players shut down *all* background tasks ecxept for taskmgr.exe and explorer.exe. Since installing the DSL I see new items in the task manager, which I expected. My question is, can I shut down the following files, or would all or some of them be considered to have to be left alone such as tskmgr and explorer:


Thank you so very much to the kind soul who comes along with an answer!
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The motive bits should be for the automatic help / repair of the modem, all the Y's are for the browser and it probably would not run without the V's

If it doesn't affect the game, leave them

You can stop any of them with task manager, it will just tell you if it cannot run because of it
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