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background processes using 3.5 gigs on newish pc

Q: background processes using 3.5 gigs on newish pc

i built a new pc about a month ago, and have been trying to baby it, (it got a fairly rough start) but when troubleshooting a game i noticed there were 44 background processes running and using about 3.5 gigs of my 16gb ram. this apparently causes issues with some games trying to allocate the same ram(?) either that or everything is messed up.

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I've used it in the past to identify and fix everything from blue screens (BSOD's), ActiveX errors, corrupt files and processes, dll/exe/sys errors, recover lost memory, Windows update problems, defragging, malware removal etc.

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I used HDClone to clone a 10 GB to a 40 GB disk. The program is very simple dealing with Source and Target, bit to bit copy. I left the option bit to bit copy unchecked in order to leave the recommended setting.

After finishing this I connected the cloned drive to the master connector and removed the original disk from the system. I already thought it wouldn't let me boot to XP because it's a different disk. After the error I restarted booting the XP-Disk. I tried repairing using bootcfg /add. It found the Windows installation and I could add it. But after the restart, same again:Error loading operating system.

So, what could be the reason. Partition not set to active? MBR? Should I make a bit to bit copy?

Thx in advance, I'll try tomorrow again.

A:Solved: Cloned a 10 gigs HDD to a 40 gigs, doesn't boot

The mainboard uses an Award Bios too old to handle a disk capacity above 33 GB.

So, I'm gonna limit the capacity by jumpering it in the proper way. I think the BIOS is the latest.

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Ok so not sure what has changed my laptop used to show 12 or 16 gigs memory when I had that much installed.  I downgraded to 8 gigs to help wife's laptop and just today reuped the ddr3 to 12 gigs.... That being said windows 10 is only showing 8 gigs. This is on a 17" lenovo G70-80 I3. Any info on this would be greatly appreciated!

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In XP, all background processes were listed under "Run" in System Registry. In Windows 7, however, it seems that only some are there.

Where can I find them in Windows 7 Pro?


A:Background Processes

Quote: Originally Posted by Cyberian75


In XP, all background processes were listed under "Run" in System Registry. In Windows 7, however, it seems that only some are there.

Where can I find them in Windows 7 Pro?


Do mean the running ones? or the ones that may run at start up? Task mgr>process tab

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Windows task manager shows CPU usage at 29 to 39 %, yet there are no applications running.I then scan thru the processes running, but there are non showing more than 1%. How do I find out what process is using all of the CPU? Also, I put the Desktop in sleep mode and it goes to sleep, yet lately it automatically wakes up and runs some process which I cannot find. How do I find out what is running and then eliminate it?Thank You

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Hey in windows 95 and i think 98 you could close all the applications in the background except exploer.exe and systemtray or something. i dont really remeber and i was under the impression that this would help speed up the computer alittle. so my question is if there are certain processes that you cant shut down in xp while closing the rest of them? Thanx

A:Background Processes

AlaskaGuy said:

Hey in windows 95 and i think 98 you could close all the applications in the background except exploer.exe and systemtray or something. i dont really remeber and i was under the impression that this would help speed up the computer alittle. so my question is if there are certain processes that you cant shut down in xp while closing the rest of them? ThanxClick to expand...
Welcome to the forum
If you know what you are doing, then you can do a control alt delete and then select processes to end. It is risky if you don't have any idea what should be running and what should not...doc

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Hi FolksI have around 40 processes running in task manager.How do I know which ones I really need?I recognize a few that I turn off while using the computer, but they come back after I restart the computer.How do I prevent them from turning back on at reboot?Thanks for you time.

A:Too many background processes

try winpatrol, http://www.winpatrol.com/download.html

also post a screenshot of what's running in task manager.

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Hi there all!

I've been having issues with my Phys Memory being eaten up everytime I boot up down to the pt where I only have 30MB free out of 256. Dont know if I have any background programs that are hogging my RAM?? Please help!
I used HJT Analyzer as mentioned.


Log was analyzed using HijackThis Analyzer - Updated on 12/6/04
Get updates at http://www.greyknight17.com/download.htm#programs

Logfile of HijackThis v1.98.2
Scan saved at 6:58:27 AM, on 12/17/04
Platform: Windows 98 SE (Win9x 4.10.2222A)
MSIE: Internet Explorer v6.00 (6.00.2600.0000)

Running processes:

R1 - HKCU\Software\Microsoft\Internet Explorer,SearchURL = http://sharempeg.com/find/
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A:HJT log! Too many background processes?!

I don't see anything that needs much fixing here. I never liked the Norton products. I find that they themselves are huge resource hogs. If you like Norton, you may keep them. Otherwise, you have alternatives.

You can get AVG as a antivirus program and ZoneAlarm as you firewall.

Try disabling programs that you don't need. Go to Start->Run and type in msconfig and hit OK. Go to the Startup tab and disable programs you don't need - make sure you know what they are for before disabling any of them. Don't want to disable something you need. For a list of programs that are safe to disable, take a look at the Startup Section.

Please print out or copy this page to Notepad. Make sure to work through the fixes in the exact order it is mentioned below. If there's anything that you don't understand, ask your question(s) before proceeding with the fixes. You should not have any open browsers when you are following the procedures below.

Go to My Computer->Tools/View->Folder Options->View tab and make sure that 'Show hidden files and folders' (or 'Show all files') is enabled. Also make sure that Display the contents of System Folders' is checked. Windows XP's search feature is a little different. When you click on 'All files and folders' on the left pane, click on the 'More advanced options' at the bottom. Make sure that Search system folders, Search hidden files and folders, and Search subfolders are checked.

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I have just formatted my hard drive and have found that there are more BG processes than before the format. I previously had 19. Can anyone tell me how to remove some of them?

A:Too Many Background processes

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I have 24 programs running in the background when I close all uneccersary programs in task manager.

All of a sudden a program called Ctfmon.exe has appeared. I have removed it from startup using startup control panel 2.8 by Mike Lin. but it keeps coming back after a restart!!

Also when I tried to connect just befor Nortons came up saying a remote computer is trying to access your computer ,or something like that. I chose to block it and to always block it.

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I am on Windows 8.1 with IE11 built in.
When I launch IE (desktop not app version) and close it, 2 processes stay in the background processes (internet explorer & internet explorer 32 bit). I can terminate these, and do, but until I do having them there slows my laptop down.
I have ran CCleaner, removed protected view in IE, disabled all addons in IE, reset IE to default condition all to no avail.
I spoke to Microsoft via the techchat who claim the issue is registry but wont tell me the keys what are at fault so I can do the fixes (I work in IT and so am OK with regedit and confident changing if told what to do) instead wanting to remote on for $99 to do the reg fix themselves.
I am having no other issues and my antivirus hasn't picked anything up so I am not sure if it is malware (though it may just be not one that's picked up.
Any help is very much appreciated
Thanks in advance

A:IE background processes

 IE is known for being buggy.  I urge you to use Firefox or Chrome for everything except Windows updates.  That's the smart thing to do.
Good luck.

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Win XP on HP Media center.
About every 5 seconds my cursor locks for about a second and then is freed up. I think that there is a background process doing something but I have not been able to find what this process could be. I have used Win Task Manager but nothing obvious shows up. Also, no unusual files are being created. Is there swr that can track something like this?

A:background processes

well it could be due to low memory (how much memory are you running)?

also try freemeter it is a great little program that uses a lot less resources than task manager and can tell you exactly what is running in your system.

is your hard drive light blinking a lot during these lockups?

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the bios reads it as 120 gigs in my computer it reads as 31 gigs in everest ultimate it reads as 115 gigs

please help.

have tried every different jumper setting and to no avail

running windows Vista Ultimate

here are my system specs:

Computer Type: ACPI x86-based PC

Operating System: Microsoft Windows Vista Ultimate

CPU Type: DualCore AMD Athlon 64 X2, 2200 MHz (11 x 200) 4200+

Motherboard Name: Foxconn A690GM2MA/A690VM2MA Series (2 PCI, 1 PCI-E x1, 1 PCI-E x16, 4 DDR2 DIMM, Audio, Video, LAN)

Motherboard Chipset: AMD 690G, AMD Hammer

System Memory: 1920 MB (DDR2-667 DDR2 SDRAM)

BIOS Type: AMI (03/14/07)

Video Adapter: ATI Radeon X1200 Series (128 MB)




A:Solved: hard drive says 31 gigs, but it is 120 gigs

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I bought a new computer today to replace my old crappy one and I am having an issue with my RAM, its not major by any means but is just a nuisance. The hardware is an Intel i5 750, the Mobo is an ASRock p55M Pro, the ram is 3 sticks of 1 gig each. As for the problem, Windows 7 x64 only shows that 2 gigs of ram DDR3 is installed when 3 gigs is installed. Now even though the RAM is DDR3 this mobo only supports dual channel ram, not triple channel, so I am thinking this might be causing the issue.


PS I checked the bios post on boot and it does not recognize that 3 gigs is installed, there appears to be no settings for it in bios.

A:Windows 7 only recognises 2 gigs of 3 gigs installed

P55 mobos only support dual channel DDR3 RAM. If you have triple channel RAM, you'll have to exchange it for Dual Channel DDR3 RAM. X58 mobos are the only ones I think that support Dual and Triple Channel DDR3 RAM.

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Alright, first they told me it was an 100GB HD.
It's a Seagate, 100GB HD.

This one, actually:

The total size is 93.1 Gigs.

And my freespace is 68.5, when I have 14.6 Gigs taken in all my folders.

83.1 Gigs.. where's my other TEN GIGS? And if you're wondering, I've defrag'd, disk cleanup'd, and tried to access hidden folders, which i found none.

A:Solved: External Missing Gigs..? 16.9 GIGS?

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I have a really weird issue, here are the details.
Firstly, as stated in the title i do have Vista 64 bit.

Recently bought 2x2 Gig DDR3 1600 (corsair TW3X4G1600C9DH) with timings 9-9-9-24. My motherboard is an Asus P5Q3 Deluxe.
This chipset (Intel P45) has know issues with DDR3 running at higher than 1066, but this has supposedly been rectified with a BIOS update which i have flashed, so not sure if that is relevant as my problem is not speed related.

Under system properties the ram is shown as 4 Gigs but in task manager it says: Physical Memory, Total: 2046. The usage graph shows about 1.1 used and is just over half-way full.
Not sure if this is valid but i have a pre-release SP2, not sure if this could cause such a problem.

CPU-z shows both modules are there, but shows total 4 gigs, however Everest only shows 2 Gigs.
Screenshot below, hope this is not too big, but theres a lot of info to squeeze in.

Any help will be most appreciated.

A:4 Gigs DDR3 Ram showing at 2 Gigs in Vista 64

Thats strange

Try these things

1.Try force HAL



Check options which I show + restart

2.If point 1 no help try update drivers for motherboard chipset and BIOS

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Okay, I am literally a noob at computers, but this was happening to me earlier, I had fixed the problem by disabling BITS and HPconnect Remote Access. But after a few hours, it began creating more background processes. I deleted the HPconnect app entirely and it continues to create more of them. The same goes for the Problem Reporting process. Please help! I've searched to find the answer, but I couldn't.
OS: Windows 8.1

A:Hundreds of Background Processes?!?!

Side note: There were over 350 processes running.

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I have over 50 running and slowing things down. How do I know
what is needed and how can I keep the others from auto run each
time at start up.

Thanks in advance, as always


I use IE7 XP home

A:Too many processes running in background

50 processes is not necessarily too many. What you need to do is go through them all one by one. Do a search on the internet using the process name to see if you can find out anything about it and if it needs to be running. If you not sure about a particular process, post back here with the details and we can help you out.

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Hello to anyone that can help me out...
I am a musician that uses a laptop for live music performance. I use a midi controller to control a bunch of different programs that create sounds and what not but anywho... I would like to create a second profile on Windows XP with as many background processes and start up processes disabled as possible... basically I only want to use this profile for playing in my band live so i can have as much CPU available as possible... I dont want to start tinkering around with anything because I honestly have no clue what to do so I would greatly appreciate any help...
Thanks to those who read this,

A:Disabling as many background processes as possible...

Hmmmm, two threads.... bad!

Second, most of those processes are needed, but you can
start-> run-> msconfig and remove items from there.

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If I open task manager I can see a bunch of processes sucking up my memory. I have never had this many processes running before and im not sure what their from. I have run AVG, malware bytes, and TFC but they have not found any threats.
DDS (Ver_2012-11-20.01) - NTFS_AMD64 
Internet Explorer: 10.0.9200.16611  BrowserJavaVersion: 10.17.2
Run by Kalebbroo at 3:33:00 on 2013-07-09
Microsoft Windows 7 Ultimate   6.1.7601.1.1252.1.1033.18.4094.1611 [GMT -4:00]
AV: Microsoft Security Essentials *Enabled/Updated* {3F839487-C7A2-C958-E30C-E2825BA31FB5}
AV: AVG Anti-Virus Free Edition 2012 *Enabled/Updated* {5A2746B1-DEE9-F85A-FBCD-ADB11639C5F0}
SP: AVG Anti-Virus Free Edition 2012 *Enabled/Updated* {E146A755-F8D3-F7D4-C17D-96C36DBE8F4D}
SP: Windows Defender *Disabled/Updated* {D68DDC3A-831F-4fae-9E44-DA132C1ACF46}
SP: Microsoft Security Essentials *Enabled/Updated* {84E27563-E198-C6D6-D9BC-D9F020245508}
============== Running Processes ===============
C:\Program Files (x86)\AVG\AVG2012\avgcsrva.exe
C:\Windows\system32\svchost.exe -k DcomLaunch
C:\Windows\system32\svchost.exe -k RPCSS
C:\Program Files\Microsoft Security Client\MsMpEng.exe
C:\Windows\System32\svchost.exe -k LocalServiceNetworkRestricted
C:\Windows\System32\svchost.exe -k LocalSystemNetworkRestricted
C:\Windows\system32\svchost.exe -k LocalService
C:\Windows\system32\svchost.exe -k netsvcs
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A:Many Processes Running In The Background

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Me and my brother both use the same pc, and i don't really install much on it, a couple of games and MSN, but he tends to clutter the thing up with endless background tasks. And rather than having to tell him to clear up all his useless programs or do it myself (and get moaned at) i'd like to create a user account for myself thats clean of all of it, but not change anything on his account. I tried making a user account for myself only to find that the processes also ran on my account, is there any way for me to make an account that will start the computer up like if it was entirely brand new? (without of course, reinstalling windows and using my own separate version). Thanks for help in advance.

A:sharing background processes -.-

Hi Luk07..

basically, you'll need to edit the registry whilst in his profile to change all his specific programs from the HKLM../..Run key to HKCU../..Run so they only run for him. This can be tricky to do and you also have to consider anti-virus, firewall and any other vital software which you may need for your profile.

You're probably better of running a trial version of TuneUp Utlities 2007 which you can use to edit the startup items from the comfort of an easy to use interface.

Hope that helps

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Having the same problem. I understand the IE8 will have 2 processes running when 1 instance is open however I have no instances of IE open and 20 processes of IE running in backround. I have ran Browser Hijack Retaliator but does nothing. At a loss.EDIT: Moved to Am I Infected from XP ~ Hamluis.

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I just want to know wich processes running in tne background are tottaly necesary and wich ones are not, because i just have 128 ram and i dont want my pc to be slow.
I have windows xp home and right now i'm just using the internet explorer and the goggledeskbar and my internet conetion is LAN, broadband of 600megas.
I noticed that some processes of my printer are working eventhough i am not using it... for example lexbeces.exe and lexpps.exe, I checked the programs at the startup with aceutilities and i only have running at startup the antivirus KASPERSKY ( kav.exe).

I just formated the computer and before installing some new softwares the list of running processes (the list that appear with CONTROL+ALT+SUPR) WAS VERY SMALL, but now is bigger.... i copied the pocesses runnign right now and here there are :

Program memory used

kav.exe 550KB
wdfmgr.exe 32KB
svchost.exe 332KB
kavsvc.exe 928KB
alg.exe 96KB
explorer.exe 8.348KB
iexplore.exe 16.204KB
lexpps.exe 168KB
spoolsv.exe 396KB
lexbces.exe 40KB
svchost.exe 104KB
svchost.exe 664KB
taskmgr.exe 1.524KB
svchost.exe 10.544KB
svchost.exe 1.416KB
wmiprvse.exe 4.689KB
lsass.exe 1.684KB
services.exe 1.052KB
winlogon.exe 1.364KB
crss.exe 1.404KB
smss.exe 32KB
ggviewer.exe 424KB
system 40KB
inactive process of the system 16KB

can someone help me ?

A:system background processes


You could try using this link to help you decide: http://www.sysinfo.org/startuplist.php?type=&filter=&count=100&offset=0

Search for the letters before the .exe - example:


N lexpps.exe For Lexmark printers. From Lexmark: "This enables bi-directional printing over a peer to peer network. If the printer is connected directly to your PC, the file is not used, (or should not be used) at all". It is known that firewalls can however alert you to "lexpps.exe" requesting server privileges

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I am running Windows XP Home Edition Version 2002 Service Pack 3.

When clicking on any hit within the search results in Google (or Bing) using IE8 (or Firefox v5.0.1) instead of going to the page listed in the search results I get redirected to some other page (at times the results scroll through a series of pages). On rare occasions the link does work correctly. In addition to this issue, background IE processes are launching, oftentimes with sound but an IE window never opens.

We tested this same computer on a different wireless network and got the same bad behavior.

We've tried lots of spyware cleanup utilities with no success. Hoping someone here can help!

A:Redirects and Background IE Processes

Welcome aboard Download Security Check from HERE, and save it to your Desktop. * Double-click SecurityCheck.exe * Follow the onscreen instructions inside of the black box. * A Notepad document should open automatically called checkup.txt; please post the contents of that document.=============================================================================Please download MiniToolBox and run it.Checkmark following boxes:Report IE Proxy SettingsReport FF Proxy SettingsList content of HostsList IP configurationList last 10 Event Viewer logList Installed ProgramsList Users, Partitions and Memory sizeClick Go and post the result.=============================================================================Download Malwarebytes' Anti-Malware (aka MBAM): http://www.malwarebytes.org/products/malwarebytes_free to your desktop. * Double-click mbam-setup.exe and follow the prompts to install the program. * At the end, be sure a checkmark is placed next to Update Malwarebytes' Anti-Malware and Launch Malwarebytes' Anti-Malware, then click Finish. * If an update is found, it will download and install the latest version. * Once the program has loaded, select Perform quick scan, then click Scan. * When the scan is complete, click OK, then Show Results to view the results. * Be sure that everything is checked, and click Remove Selected. * When completed, a log will open in Notepad. * Post the log back here.Be sure to restart the computer.The log c... Read more

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Hi,I've searched the forums for the problem I'm experiencing, but have not found a solution. Two days ago, my computer caught the Disk Doctor virus:http://www.bleepingcomputer.com/virus-removal/remove-disk-doctorAlthough it appears the disk doctor problem went away (I ran a few different tools including MalwareBytes), it left a pair of hidden iexplore.exe processes running in the background that try to download audio from websites. I?ve been able to identify them through the IE History and modified my /etc/hosts to loopback to localhost (and therefore prevent these annoying audio streams from playing every couple minutes). My etc/hosts file looks something like this: localhost#iexplore nasties - DEC 2010127.0.0.1 www.aheadx.com127.0.0.1 www.clickleg.org127.0.0.1 www.clickpacket.org127.0.0.1 discoversearchfind.net127.0.0.1 clickpayz10.91452.information-seeking.comFrom what I can tell, the host process is usingC:\Documents and Settings\<User>\Local Settings\tempto write files of the form ?~DFxxxx.tmp? where xxxx is alphanumeric randomness. When I manually kill the iexplore.exe processes in Task Manager, the .tmp files disappear, but then reappear a few seconds later with new iexplore.exe processes created under my username. I?ve tried to copy/zip/open the .tmp files without success. I was hoping to view the contents so that I could get more ideas of how to permanently remove the processes. From what I can tell, each new in... Read more

A:Rogue IE background processes

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I'm running a server and i was wondering if/how i can run it as a background process, the console screen is really annoying when minimised to the taskbar. Any help great.


A:Running processes in the background XP

Got bored searching and decided to make a quick app in VB.

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Ok, this is not a new problem but it continues into Windows 8.1.
I am a professional Windows developer. That means I don't use other things in my environment such as Chrome or anti-Virus etc.
I have a new Windows 8.1 Enterprise 64bit machine and Visual Studio 2013. That is it.
I run on the Windows 8.1 Desktop and do not use the Metro apps (completely useless for developers).
This was a problem in Windows 7 and has continued to Windows 8 and 8.1 so please don't try to tell me otherwise. It is just frustrating now!
When you launch the first Desktop Internet Explorer 11, you will see two iexplore.exe processes. With each additional tab you open in the same IE window, there will be probably be another iexplore.exe (not always).
If you now launch a new IE 11 window, you will probably get additional iexplore processes. These are a "normal" part if IE 11.
After a while of seaching the net, you will try and get a new IE 11 window and you will get an empty frame or no window at all.
If you now check your task list, you will find lots of iexplore.exe processes. Some are even in "suspended" state!
Even if you close all IE windows, these iexplore.exe process will not go away. Currently I have 18 such process and NO active IE 11 sessions.
I consider having 5 IE 11 windows open and 30 tabs as quite normal for a research day. My question is why is this IE resource problem still around in Windows 8.1?
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A:Background iexplore.exe processes

If you now check your task list, you will find lots of iexplore.exe processes. Some are even in "suspended" state!

That could mean that you have some MUF IE apps whether you were aware of them or not.
Use this WMIC query to find out the state of all your iexplore tasks.
wmic.exe Process where (Name="iexplore.exe") Get CommandLine, ProcessId, Status

FWIW I have never seen the Status field used for anything but who knows it may give you a clue.

Robert Aldwinckle

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I've been having this problem with my pc for a while now, and whenever I try to start a game, it doesn't show up at all (not even a black screen). I then can go to the task manager and see the game in the Background Processes tab.

All of my games are on Steam, so I'm not sure if it's every game or just Steam games in general. My graphics card driver is up to date.

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Hi guys,I've tried all sorts of tools and none will pick this random popping visual and audio 'ads' problem.Can you help?Thanks in advanced.Here's my highjackthis report:Logfile of Trend Micro HijackThis v2.0.4Scan saved at 20:46:36, on 01/07/2010Platform: Windows Vista SP2 (WinNT 6.00.1906)MSIE: Internet Explorer v8.00 (8.00.6001.18928)Boot mode: NormalRunning processes:C:\Windows\system32\Dwm.exeC:\Windows\Explorer.EXEC:\Windows\system32\taskeng.exeC:\Program Files\Microsoft Security Essentials\msseces.exeC:\Program Files\Google\GoogleToolbarNotifier\GoogleToolbarNotifier.exeC:\Program Files\Spybot - Search & Destroy\TeaTimer.exeC:\Program Files\Lavasoft\Ad-Aware\AAWTray.exeC:\Windows\System32\mobsync.exeC:\Program Files\Mozilla Firefox 3.5 Beta 4\firefox.exeC:\Program Files\Mozilla Firefox 3.5 Beta 4\plugin-container.exeC:\Windows\system32\SearchFilterHost.exeC:\Program Files\Trend Micro\HiJackThis\HiJackThis.exeR1 - HKCU\Software\Microsoft\Internet Explorer\Main,Default_Page_URL = http://homepage.acer.com/rdr.aspx?b=ACAW&a...;m=aspire_6930gR1 - HKCU\Software\Microsoft\Internet Explorer\Main,Search Page = http://go.microsoft.com/fwlink/?LinkId=54896R0 - HKCU\Software\Microsoft\Internet Explorer\Main,Start Pa... Read more

A:iexplorer.exe processes always running in background


Hope this helps others too, spread the word!

1- Simply make sure you have your Vista or Win7 CD, or if not download the recovery CD from <a href="http://neosmart.net/blog/2008/windows-vista-recovery-disc-download/" target="_blank" rel="nofollow">here</a>.
2- Run the CD and choose 'Repair your computer'.
3- Choose 'Command Prompt' from the list of options.
4- Change directory to your system partition/drive, probably Drive C. Just type in <u>cd c:</u> and press ENTER.
5- At the c: prompt just type in: <u>bootrec /fixmbr</u> and press ENTER.

This will overwrite your contaminated MBR which essentially is the problem here. When you reboot none of the smss.exe and iexplorer.exe will be running any more.
The reason why this works is because as opposed to trying to heal the file, like all the malware tools I used were, we are replacing it.

This worked for me. After a whole week of headaches (and I'm used to killing these things for a living), the solution was quite simple in the end. I hope it will be just as easy for you too.

Good luck!

Miguel Simoes

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I am having trouble getting rid of these multiple (precisely 3) internet explorer processes that startup in the background periodically. Only one of the 3 processes is actually taking up all the CPU. In the application view on task manager I can see the internet explorer program, even when I do not have it open. I can also see the application at random websites (changing between them).

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is there a download to slim down background processes?

A:background processes killing memory

You can modify (automatic to manual or disable) services running using blackviper suggestions:http://www.blackviper.com/WinVista/servicecfg.htm

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I'm a Streamer and have recently upgraded my pc i5 4690k, Asus z97-p, 16 ram. Ever since out of the blue cpu will spike from 60%-90% due to processes System & Compressed memory, Service Host:Local Service (No Network)(5), System Interrupts, Service Host: Local Service (7) and Client Server Runtime Process.
I have been unable to determine the cause even with exhaustive online research and frankly I'm at my wit's end. Numerous wipes and reinstalls of win 10 even by a local shop have not solved the problem. Even the hard drive has been replaced. I gave managed to create a CPU usage dump file for Windows Performance Recorder but I do not have the skill to diagnose. Please can anyone help!!

A:High cpu usage by background processes.

Update: Computer crashed and now no longer boots.

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I keep getting the blue screen of death, I've got some RAM on order (and I have cleaned out the box and dedusted the heatsink on the cpu) but while I'm waiting for it I want to clean out the background processes. How do I do that? How do I know what is junk and what isn't?

There are about 70-80 things going on in the background even before I activate any programs. The bulk of it is SYSTEM and HP-Administrator.

HP Pavilion
Windows XP MCE SP2
AMD Athlon(tm) 64x2 dual
2.00 GHz, 960 RAM



A:Resources overburdened by background processes

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So, here's my problem, I been to 2-3 other tech support sites to address this issue. Even though the advice was good, it did not solve the problem. It has gotten quite a bit worse since then. I could really use some advice and help, it's driving me nuts. Let me know what I need to run/download, etc to help out the process of diagnosis.

A few minor details
XP 64-bit ver.
All Major windows updates installed to date.
Firefox hangs as well.


A:Hang ups every 1-2 minutes, Too many processes in background?

Hi and welcome to TSF

Can you give us links to your post in other help forums? That will save time trying to help you.


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Whenever I open Chrome or edge and start using it for a minute or so, the usage on my computer spikes up to 100 or high 90s. I looked at the background processes, and there were 3 or 4 "Google Chrome (32-bit)" or 3 or 4 "Microsoft Edge" running. If I close them out, they just keep coming back. I only have one window open at time.
I have a full scan of Windows defender going now.
So is this normal, or is something up?
edit: nothing on the defender scan

A:Duplicate processes running in the background

Hi kurtgillis12 Google Chrome and Microsoft Edge are multi-process web browsers. Which means that every tab, plugin, extension, etc. have their own instance (process). This is used mainly for sandboxing and enhanced security, so there's nothing wrong with that.It would help if we could know what hardware you are running. Follow the instructions below please.Speccy - Publish a snapshotFollow the instructions below to download and install Speccy, then to publish a snapshot of your system information:Download and install Speccy from Piriform (the download will start automatically a few seconds after clicking on the Speccy link);Note: You can opt-out the Google Toolbar installation if you want;Once Speccy is installed, launch the program and give it a good minute to load all your system information;After that, click on the File menu in the top left corner, and select Publish Snapshot;A window will appear asking you to confirm your decision to publish a snapshot. Click on Yes;A new window will appear after, with a URL link to your snapshot. Click on Copy to Clipboard button to copy that URL to your clipboard, then paste it in your next reply and post it;

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I've mostly had this issue with video game clients such as Origin and Battle.net. Applications work normally when I first install them, but if I restart my computer then they'll only open as background processes and I can't bring them to the front as actual applications. I've tried:Uninstalling and reinstallingRunning as an adminPinning Apps to the taskbarEnding processes and reopening themFactory reseting my computer

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I have a whole bunch of icons on the right side of my taskbar that i have no idea what they are for....I checked on the "processes" with cntrl, alt, del....there is a HUGE list. As far as I can remember, I don't think that's a good thing. Some of them I have no idea what they are! I don't know what to end and what not...or how to stop them from running again at startup.

Help please? I don't even know how to make a list of them without typing them all up....

A:Strange processes running in background...

You can look up what is running here and see if they are necessary or not:

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Sometimes when I'm using my PC, a massive load (say, 100 or so) of tasks suddenly pop up in the task bar including tabs that shouldn't even be tabs, and this causes issues like windows on screen that don't respond to clicking or attempting to close them. These tasks are usually background processes running on the computer, for example Nvidia drivers or Corsair keyboard/mouse drivers.

This problem also disables typing and clicking in other tabs and stops me from opening up the start menu, although Ctrl+Alt+Del still responds correctly. Finally, if I manage to close most tabs one of the only tabs left will be an Adaware warning window, with the dialogue "Blocked 15 threats", which it won't list, and "iexplorer.exe is attempting to access the internet", even though I have disabled Internet Explorer on this PC.

I am running Windows 8.1 with virtually all updates, hardware should all be fine as it's relatively new. If anyone has any idea what might cause this help would be appreciated. I have run both AdAware full scan and Malware Bites antimalware full scan and no malicious content found.

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In the startup, I see two "HD Audio background process"
I noticed that someone on the lenovo forum said that that can be normal. But, they recommended updating the drivers. Should I be trying to update the audio driver?

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OK, I'm on my work's network here, and as many people know companies like to spend as little as possible on their machines, hence I'm on a 700mhz machine with a mere 256mb RAM, running XP Pro
Anyway as you can guess to even keep running our machines need to be using as little memory as possible, and one of the problems I've come across is with Internet Explorer (V6.0.2800.1106). Basically, I've noticed pages crashing or failing to load, but in addition to that after closing pages I've noticed a tendency for the processes to keep running in the background, and continue to keep using memory (up to 25mb!! PS is that right for one web page to use?? that seems a lot).
Anyway, I was wondering if anyone else has had the problem of processes continuing to run in the background when the application has been closed. IE is the only obvious one I have spotted so far but I have no idea if this can be related to system processes or other things. I'm basically looking for a way to find the cause, and prevent this happening, thus saving me bags of memory and hopefully preventing crashes as well.

A:XP problem - processes remaining in background

Yes it is common that some web pages use a lot of resources and they don't close down immediately. The reason is Active-X and Java, which are downloaded programs into your browser and executed.

I suggest you get more memory or try FireFox, which uses less resources.

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...and I have to end the open process(es) manually to shut down Windows XP.
I want to get rid of the cause.
I followed Broni's instructions
I'm copying in the dds.txt log below and attaching attach.txt.
Again I appreciate your help figuring this out. Need this PC connected to the Internet without concern for what rogue programs might be doing.

A:iexplore.exe processes running in background...

Hello, Welcome to BleepingComputer.
I'm nasdaq and will be helping you.

If you can please print this topic it will make it easier for you to follow the instructions and complete all of the necessary steps.

I need to see a DDS.txt log. Not the one you posted. If you still have the tool just run it and post the DDS.txt log.

Download DDS by sUBs from one of the following links if you no longer have it available. Save it to your desktop.

1: DDS.scr (Not recommended if you use Chrome to download this .scr file. Use the other options.)
2: DDS.pif

Double click on the DDS icon, allow it to run.
A small box will open, with an explanation about the tool. No input is needed, the scan is running.
Notepad will open with the results.
Follow the instructions that pop up for posting the results.[/list]Please note: You may have to disable any script protection running if the scan fails to run.

Please just paste the contents of the DDS.txt log in your next post. DO NOT attach the log.===

Third party programs if not up to date can be the cause of infiltration an infection.

Please run this security check for my review.

Download Security Check by screen317 from here.Save it to your Desktop.Double click SecurityCheck.exe and follow the onscreen instructions inside of the black box.A Notepad document should open automatically called checkup.txt; please post the contents of that document.

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Sofar I've found some outdated pages from 04 on some to switch to manual with services.msc & msconfig, but some of the names were different & I've got lots of other processes than the scraps they fed. Recently my PC games have been running abismaly sloooow out of the blue. If it's of any importance, I'm on a home network, XP Home Edition (not my choice), & use a 3ed party graphics card.

I've already run 3 antiviruses, 2 malware detectors, defragged, error checked, & ran CrapCleaner.

Any tips on wich of these I should switch to Manual Or disable on services.msc?

Application Layer Gateway Service.
Application Management.
ASP.NET State Service.
Background Intelligent Transur Service.
COM+ Event System.
COM+ System Application.
Cryptographic Services.
DCOM Server Process Launcher.
DHCP Client.
Error Reporting Service.
Event Log.
Faster User Switching Compatibility.
Help & Support.
HID Input Service.
IMAPI CD-Burning COM Service.
Indexing Service.
InstallDriver Table Manager.
IPSEC Services.
IPv6 Helper Service.
Logical Disc Manager.
Logical Disc Manager Administrator Service.
MS Software Shadow Copy Provider.
Network Connections.
Network DDE.
Network DDE DSDM.
Network Location Awareness.
Network Provisioning Service.
NVIDIA Display Driver Service.
Peer Name Resolution Protocol.
Peer Networking.
Peer Networking Group Authentication.
Peer Networking Identity Manager.
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A:Disabling unnecessary background processes.

This is always a tricky subject to ask advice on as people's systems and needs vary so disabling services for one person may have an adverse effect on another person's pc. It all depends on your system setup and what software you have installed.

From your list, I have the following disabled:
Application Layer Gateway Service.
Application Management.
ASP.NET State Service.
Background Intelligent Transur Service. - this is needed by Automatic Updates so I enable it when I visit MS Updates site every month.
DHCP Client. - my router is my DHCP client.
Error Reporting Service.
HID Input Service.
IMAPI CD-Burning COM Service. - I use Nero
Indexing Service.
IPSEC Services.
IPv6 Helper Service.
MS Software Shadow Copy Provider.
Network DDE. - I'm not on a network
Network DDE DSDM. - as above
Network Provisioning Service. - as above
Portable Media Serial Number Service.
System Restore Service. - I use Acronis True Image
Uninterruptable Power Supply.
Universal PnP Device Host. (same question as PnP above).
Volume Shadow Copy.
Web Client.
Windows Firewall/Internet Connection Sharing. - my router has a firewall plus I use Sygate too.
Windows Time.
Wireless Zero configuration. - I'm not wireless

I have the following set to manual:
COM+ Event System.
COM+ System Application.
Faster User Switching Compatibility.
Help & Support.
InstallDriver Table Manager.
Logical Disc Manager Administrator Service.
Network Connections.
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Hello, I have 2 problems and I'm running Vista home basic 32 bit with 1GB of RAM.Problem #1- Somehow someway I have 73 process running at start up. I've already changed my start up programs and gone through the processes and ended some but I can only get it down to 68 by ending processes I know. (screen shots attached). I think this is why my games are running so slowly and freezing up.Problem #2- After a restart while I was trying to fix my first problem, my desktop picture wouldn't show up. I tried right clicking on the pic to set as desktop background, I tried going into personalization and choosing the pic. I've gone into regedit and checked the registry best I could. I made a notepad file with a code I found online (see below) and imported it into regedit. All to avail!Thanks in advance Reg codeWindows Registry Editor Version 5.00[HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Policies\ActiveDesktop]"NoChangingWallPaper"=dword:00000000[HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Policies\ActiveDesktop]"NoChangingWallPaper"=dword:00000000[HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Policies\Explorer] "NoActiveDesktopChanges"=dword:00000001 [HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Policies\System] "NoDispBackgroundPage"=dword:00000000 "Wal... Read more

A:#1- 73 Processes, #2- desktop background won't show.

Vista will eat your RAM. In most cases, 2 gB is the minimum to get acceptable performance (although with a lot of work you'll be able to get Vista Home Basic to work with 1 gB).

Looking at your processes - you've got an awful lot of memory being consumed by McAfee products in several entries. I'd suggest dumping the McAfee for something that's a bit more considerate of your RAM.

Also, your Indexing service is taking a lot of memory, I'd suggest shutting that off. The same goes for the Epson service.

Firefox and MSPaint take their chunk also - exiting them when you're done will help to conserve the RAM

The svchost.exe process that's using 41,480 K is a concern, right click on it and select "Go to Service(s)". Once there, scroll up and down to see which services are highlighted and let us know what you find.

As for the second issue, have you made any changes to the system? Have you scanned for malware?

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I want to play an HD video though a projector on my laptop. The laptop plays it fine, but I'm worried about things like Windows updates, virus scans and other processes suddenly slowing it down or displaying messages on the screen while the audience are watching it. I know how to disable some of these things manually, but its easy to forget something and I was just wondering if there is some sort of "minimal" mode where only the bare essentials are running? For reasons I won't bore you with, burning to DVD or Blu Ray will not work in this instance, a hardware media player might, but I want to explore this option first.

Thanks in advance!

A:Temporarily disable all background processes and updates

Boot a Linux Live CD with a video player. There may even be a Linux distro optimized for the purpose. Check out DistroWatch.com: Put the fun back into computing. Use Linux, BSD.

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Over the past week or so I've noticed that my laptop (running Windows XP) has been running extremely slow.  Upon review of active processes in task manager, I notice several occurrences of explorer.exe, chrome.exe, iexplore.exe, svhchost.exe, dllhost.exe, etc., even when I don't have a browser open.  Our 3rd party IT support professionals have attempted to remove the viruses/malware that seem to be affecting my machine.
They have run rkill, combofix and Malwarebytes on consecutive days.  The system seems to run better for a few hours and then, without warning, the system will come to a near stand-still.  I keep having websites pop-up on my screen even when I don’t have a browser open.
The only way for me to actually get back to the application(s) that I’m working on (Word, Excel, Acad, Adobe, Outlook, etc.) is to go to the task manager and select “Switch To” making sure the application that I desire is highlighted.  There is no way to minimize the ads when they pop-up.  They simply freeze my screen.  This becomes necessary in order for me to save anything that I may be working on when the ads pop-up.  A system re-boot is my only option after saving my files.
Our IT support professionals want to re-format my hard drive which I prefer not to do for obvious reasons.
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A:Multiple Processes/Websites Running in Background

Hello Jeff,your computer looks severely infected indeed.Please run a FRST scan:Please download Farbar Recovery Scan Tool and save it to your Desktop.Start FRST with administator privileges.Make sure the option Addition.txt is checked and press the Scan button.When finished, FRST will produce two logs (FRST.txt and Addition.txt) in the same directory the tool was run from.Please copy and paste these logs in your next reply.

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when running a scan using ad aware i notice there are 29 running processes in the background, what are these? and would it ruin my system performance if I stopped the running processes?.

A:Is it safe to delete background running processes?

From way back in 2001, Dark Star put up a thread which said on a home PC with Windows XP, you can disable the following running processes without problem:

Computer Browser
Fast User Switching
Human Interface Access Devices
Indexing Service (Slows the hard drive down)
Net Logon (unnecessary unless networked on a Domain)
Netmeeting Remote Desktop Sharing (disabled for extra security)
Remote Desktop Help Session Manager (disabled for extra security)
Remote Procedure Call Locator
Remote Registry (disabled for extra security)
Routing & Remote Access (disabled for extra security)
SSDP Discovery Service (this is for the utterly pointless "Universal P'n'P", & leaves TCP Port 5000 wide open)
Telnet (disabled for extra security)
Universal Plug and Play Device Host
Upload Manager
Windows Time
Wireless Zero Configuration (for wireless networks)

Additional info can be found at:



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