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I have 36 processes running in my task manager...& I'm not sure which ones are needed & what is just slowing down my computer.

I just recently had to get rid of some spyware & viruses, after they were deleted successfully there still seems to be a lot of things running that I don't recognize.

Didn't want to just go in & start clicking off items that I wasn't sure about.

Any suggestions?

Thanks!
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I have over 50 running and they aren't slowing my computer down. You may still be infected and I would suggest going to our malware section if you haven't been and let them take a look. Computer slowdowns are not always a result of lots of processing being run. Other factors about your computer's hardware fit in there and whether you have done maintenance on the Hard Drive as recommended: Disk Cleanup and Defragmentaion comes to mind.

Check out:



Essential Windows Processes
Process Library
ProcessLibrary.com
Tasklist by file name
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Thanks for the reply!

I'll go check those out ASAP.

You guys are the best...But I think I've already told you that.
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You're welcome. Always nice to hear those words again. If you are still concerned about some of the processes running, post back with their names and maybe we can come up with something.

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I have 69 processes running on my Vista, and my computer is doing fine.
...and nothing unnecessary is there. As Major Payne said, it may be your computer specs.

Please, post some computer info:
- processor type, amount of RAM (hold Windows key, hit Pause/Break key)
- hard drive size/free space (open "My Computer", right click on hard drive letter, click "Properties")
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Here are the specs:

1.80 GHz

448 MB of RAM

It's a few years old & I haven't bought any more memory for it...Probably should soon.

Not exactly sure how much of that is being used.

Here are the processes that are running now.



jusched.exe

PCTAV.exe

Viewpoint Service.exe Haven't seen this one until recently

rundll32.exe

wdfmgr.exe

svchost.exe

slserv.exe

PhnxCDSvr.exe

VTTimer.exe

guard.exe

PCTAVSvc.exe

jqs.exe

SOUNDMAN.EXE

spoolsv.exe

svchost.exe 5 of these running, 2that say Network Service, one says Local Service, 2 say System

vbptask.exe

lsass.exe

services.exe

winlogon.exe

csrss.exe

smss.exe

alg.exe

explorer.exe

system


Appreciate the help.

-Christen
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Just found where the free space was...Didn't read your post carefully enough.


Used Space 13.4 GB

Free Space 114 GB
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I don't see anything malicious, or unnecessary in your list of processes.
You could definitely use another 512MB of RAM, though.

Also...
Download, and install CCleaner: http://www.ccleaner....download/builds. Get "Slim" version.
Read CCleaner instruction here: http://www.jahewi.nl...r/ccleaner.html, and run CCleaner.
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Here are the specs:

1.80 GHz

448 MB of RAM

Both of those are the tip off plus you are running Win XP on probably less than what is required. The minimum system requirements for for XP is for XP alone and not running other programs. Computer prices are way down and you can get new ones at newegg.com, Dell and several other sources on sale. Even your local stores have good bargains and with the state of the economy, now's the the time to be on the lookout for good bargains.

ViewpointService.exe should be in "C:\Program Files\Viewpoint\Common\ViewpointService.exe".

Edited by Major Payne, 11 December 2008 - 02:33 AM.

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Viewpoint Service.exe Haven't seen this one until recently

Viewpoint Media Player is classified as a "foistware"/drive-by-install. It's not dangerous, but it installs without your knowledge, while installing some other programs (mostly AOL products).
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Thanks so much, guys.

I'll be on the lookout for a better system while shopping this year.

Any suggestions?
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Too many choices. Depends on your budget.
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