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Microsoft Visual C++ and Adobe; question about svchost.exe

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A family member came over and had uninstalled Microsoft Visual C++, which I know are developer tools. Windows Update tried to give me an update for the software I had just removed! I went to RevoUninstaller and I saw components that claimed to be from Microsoft Visual C++, but the publishers are Adobe. I don't have Photoshop (although I did at one point), but I have Flash.
I'm wondering if they are safe to remove.

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My question about svchost.exe is, I know they're vital, they are hosts for services. I saw by disabling or stopping certain programs (that are safe to stop/disable), the count of svchost processes went down. On average about 14-15 are running at once, and I don't use all of the services on my computer, so is there any way you can tell me what services I do and don't need?
Windows 7 64-bit, 3GB RAM, wireless network, not a gamer, I don't fileshare, I don't have multiple accounts, and I don't share files and folders in the network. I'm trying to reduce CPU usage and RAM usage, and pagefile usage, and be able to conserve battery power.

Thanks for the help!
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