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shel2004

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I am trying to find out if there is a way to find out what is running on my computer. I have been trying to play a game on my computer, but it is running in slow motion, so I thought maybe there is too much stuff running in the background. Are there any programs that can tell you what is running on your computer?
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I am a big fan of Process Explorer.

its at http://www.sysinternals.com

What my favorite part is some of the generic named processes that are in task manager dont tell you where they are running from. With Process Explorer its a tree style layout so you can see what is the parent task of what.

And its free!!
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I will check that out. But is there anyway to find out if I need certain things running? I do not know half of what is running on my computer.
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If you go to Start > Run > type MSCONFIG and click on the "startup" tab it will list the additional things that are starting up. You can google each one or you can look them up in a startup list database such as Bleeping Computer: Startup List.
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Here are some more places to check out running processes:
http://www.ppedia.com/
http://www.fileresearchcenter.com/
http://www.answersth...es/tasklist.htm
http://www.kephyr.com/filedb/index.php
http://www.what-process.com/lists.aspx
http://exelib.com/
http://www.processlibrary.com/

Here are a couple of good places to have files scanned for problems:
http://www.virustota.../en/indexx.html
http://virusscan.jotti.org/

The most user friendly startup control program:
http://www.winpatrol.com/

More about what I have learned about controlling my processes:
http://doc1101.vox.com/
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What I like about Process Explorer is if you right click on it, there is info or go to internet option. That way it will help you determine whats running that you cannot figure out from the startup.
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Thanks for the replies everyone. I will continue to look into all of them. I did do MSCONFIG and then googled each one. I used proccesslibrary.com to find out what each one was. I was able to disable several programs that did not need to be running all the time. It has helped a little bit. My game is still running slow, but what can ya do. It happens.
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