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How to remove useless windows background services and processes that show the pc?

Q: How to remove useless windows background services and processes that show the pc?

There are a lot services and processes working in the windows background. How can I remove these processes that are slow down my pc. I confuse to make changes in setting because most are windows services and processes. Help me in this regards.

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A: How to remove useless windows background services and processes that show the pc?

If they are running, it's for a reason, if you want a full cleanup uninstall anything you don't actually use.

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I have been having problems with Media Center, not downloading the guide.  I have been trying to follow all of Microsoft's recommendations for a fix.
I am running Windows 7 Home Premium.  The advice told me to go into Services and find two files on the list and make sure they were both started:

Windows Media Center Receiver Service (was started), and
Windows Media Center Scheduler Service (wasn't started, I started it).
Then it told be to go to Show Processes from all Users.  And find six files on the list.  The instructions assumed the files would be there.  Only one of the files is. 
How do I get the missing five files on the list?:
ehmsas.exe (missing)
ehrecvr.exe (on the list)
ehsched.exe (missing)
ehschell.exe (missing)
ehtray.exe (missing)
mcGlidHost.exe (missing)

Microsoft's directions assumed that these files would all be there.  It did not say what to do if any were missing.

Please HELP!!! 

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I have been having problems with Media Center, not downloading the guide.  I have been trying to follow all of Microsoft's recommendations for a fix.
I am running Windows 7 Home Premium.  The advice told me to go into Services and find two files on the list and make sure they were both started:

Windows Media Center Receiver Service (was started), and
Windows Media Center Scheduler Service (wasn't started, I started it).
Then it told be to go to Show Processes from all Users.  And find six files on the list.  The instructions assumed the files would be there.  Only one of the files is. 
How do I get the missing five files on the list?:
ehmsas.exe (missing)
ehrecvr.exe (on the list)
ehsched.exe (missing)
ehschell.exe (missing)
ehtray.exe (missing)
mcGlidHost.exe (missing)

Microsoft's directions d that these files would all be there.  It did not say what to do if any were missing.

Please HELP!!! 

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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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Im trying to Identify and stop some possible unnecessary processes services malware or programs running in the background I often notice my activity light blinking rampantly when there should not be anything running Im running an HP pavilion desktop with an AMD Phenom II 16 Gb Ram OS Windows 7 I use this machine for recording mixing and mastering how do I stop this unnecessary CPU activity

A:Possible unnecessary processes services malware running in the background

Hello, let's run these next
Please download Rkill by Grinler and save it to your desktop.
Link 1Link 2
Double-click on the Rkill desktop icon to run the tool.If using Vista/Windows7, right-click on it and Run As Administrator.A black DOS box will briefly flash and then disappear. This is normal and indicates the tool ran successfully.If not, delete the file, then download and use the one provided in Link 2.If it does not work, repeat the process and attempt to use one of the remaining links until the tool runs.If the tool does not run from any of the links provided, please let me know.
Do not reboot the computer, you will need to run the application again.
Please download MiniToolBox, save it to your desktop and run it.Checkmark the following checkboxes:
Flush DNSReport IE Proxy SettingsReset IE Proxy SettingsReport FF Proxy SettingsReset FF Proxy SettingsList content of HostsList IP configurationList Winsock EntriesList last 10 Event Viewer logList Installed ProgramsList Users, Partitions and Memory size.
Click Go and post the result (Result.txt). A copy of Result.txt will be saved in the same directory the tool is run. Note: When using "Reset FF Proxy Settings" option Firefox should be closed.[/list]

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Download MalwareBytes Anti-Malware to your desktop.Double-click mbam-setup-2.0.exe to start the installation of Malwarebytes Anti-Malware.Follow the instructions on your screen to complete the installation. You can find the com... Read more

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I'm attaching a pic of the situation of my Task Manager... processes which are
taking way too much memory... all these crazy svchost.exe for 60.000kb or lsass.exe - 30.000kb .... what are they?
How can I disable them permanently? how do I know what do I need and what
I don't?

A:too many (useless?) processes...help!

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I recently put together a new rig after running over my laptop (long story, one of my finer moments, haha). I decided to use my laptop hard drive in the build. Soon after getting the thing up and running, Windows 7 started failing on me. I think it was a trojan. I had a hole in my virus protection for less than a day, which will teach me to be careless. Eventually, Windows wouldn't even load; I couldn't restore from an older point either. The hard drive was partitioned between an OS drive and a data drive, so I loaded a second copy of Windows on the data drive. With the computer up and running, I reformatted the OS partition, reinstalled Windows and all is well. But now I have the second Windows install taking up space because I don't know the right way to remove it. I want to make sure it is a complete install. I also have to get past "Trusted Installer"...

What's the best way to remove a Windows install completely?


A:Proper way to remove a useless install of Windows 7?

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Sorry for the newbie questions. I'm trying to figure out which processes should and should not be running on my computer. Here is a list of the processes that are currently runningjusched.exe MTcisvc.exe MTwinlog.exe MTavgcc.exe MTTrayServer.exe MTwdfmgr.exe Local Servicesvchost.exe Systemnvscv32.exe Systemcisvc.exe Systemavgupsvc.exe Systemavgamsvr.exe Systemexplorer.exe MTwbload.exe MTspoolsv.exe SystemLEXBCES.exe Systemsvchost.exe Local Servicesvchost.exe Network Servicesvchost.exe Systemsvchost.exe Systemlsass.exe Systemservices.exe Systemwinlogon.exe Systemcsrss.exe Systemsmss.exe SystemSystem SystemSystem Idle Process SystemI'm pretty sure that some of these are not needed. I also have a lot of programs that run on startup which haven't been removed by my antivirus (avg) or by my spyware detection programs (spybot & adaware). I'm currently blocking them with System Mechanic, but I would like to delete these programs alltogether if they are harmful. Here is a screenshot from my system mechanic screen. http://www.hipgallery.com/photopost2/data/..._screenshot.jpgAny help would be greatly appreciated. Again sorry for newbie questions.

A:eliminating useless processes

Hi zero, to BC. You can find information on the processes running on your computer and what to do about them by going to this site and looking them up in the task list. http://www.answersthatwork.com/You have a lot of instances of task help disabled, try enabling all of them and refreshing system mechanic to see if it goes back to one instance. I know on my system that some programs (quicktime comes to mind) will restart themselves when I use the program and add another entry into my startup list unless I do what I explained above.

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I'm running Windows 7 Home Premium and I have quite a few processes running in the background, upon start-up, that I'd like to know are of any use to me or not. Does anyone have any URL suggestions that will help me to rectify this problem and/or create a solution?
Thank you
P.S. If you have questions about the details of my OS please go to my profile as I've included it all in there.

A:Solved: Useless Processes

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I use WhoCrashed and got an error about ntoskrnl.exe and then athrx.sys:

On Sat 23-06-2012 20:21:45 GMT your computer crashed
crash dump file: C:\Windows\Minidump\062312-26535-01.dmp
This was probably caused by the following module: ntoskrnl.exe (nt+0x7F190)
Bugcheck code: 0x1E (0x0, 0x0, 0x0, 0x0)
file path: C:\Windows\system32\ntoskrnl.exe
product: Microsoft? Windows? Operating System
company: Microsoft Corporation
description: NT Kernel & System
Bug check description: This indicates that a kernel-mode program generated an exception which the error handler did not catch.
This appears to be a typical software driver bug and is not likely to be caused by a hardware problem.
The crash took place in the Windows kernel. Possibly this problem is caused by another driver which cannot be identified at this time.
I also checked my C: drice with chkdsk and performed a memory diagnostic and both were fine.

On Sat 23-06-2012 22:00:18 GMT your computer crashed
crash dump file: C:\Windows\Minidump\062312-25849-01.dmp
This was probably caused by the following module: athrx.sys (athrx+0x9E318)
Bugcheck code: 0x1E (0x0, 0x0, 0x0, 0x0)
file path: C:\Windows\system32\drivers\athrx.sys
product: Driver for Atheros CB42/CB43/MB42/MB43 Network Adapter
company: Atheros Communications, Inc.
description: Atheros Extensible Wireless LAN device driver
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A:BSOD after finishing useless processes

As you have seen Who Crashed is not adequate for bsod analysis and often comes to 100% false conclusions.

Do yourself a favor and remove WhoCrashed.

Blue Screen of Death (BSOD) Posting Instructions

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Hi all,

I am new to the forum as a member, but I usually read many threads here.
I have a request, can someone post a link as I would like to learn more about Windows kernel how it works and how services & Processes in windows works.


A:Services & Processes in Windows

This might be a good place to start.
Services - Start or Disable

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I have gone through a naive process of trying different ways to stabilize my old Vista desktop and a laptop
Both tend to run very slow, but the desktop is in the worst shape and sometimes just stops and I need to physically reboot (i.e. power off with the physical start button).
In trying to resolve issues due to some malware in the last couple of years I have disabled a number of background jobs.
I have also removed things like DropBox and Skype from my Startup.
Is there any place online where I can get a list of services that are truly necessary to having a vanilla vista machine running reasonably fast.
I have Norton 360 running and it has helped a bit but there is more that is needed -- or else I just give up and get rid of it! It is about 7 years old anyway.  A dinosaur by today's standards
I have a new Windows 8.1 laptop with way more memory and power, and I want to make sure I don't mess it up with my negligence.
I am tech literate, but there's way too much new stuff for me to keep up.
Thanks in advance to anyone who can provide tips.
PS- I also have MalwareBytes free version, and CCleaner, both of which I use on occasion.
PPS- I just noticed that one of the tabs of this web page 'Startup List' addresses part of my problem.  (-- I'm still a newbie --)

A:Which Windows Vista processes, services, etc, are actually necessary

Hello, and Welcome
Take a look at Black Vipers site. Only do "Safe" or you could get into trouble. This is for SP2

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My laptop runs on Windows Vista Home Edition.

A dialogue frequently pops up with the message:

'Host Processes for Windows Services has stopped working and was closed,
A problem caused the application to stop working correctly,
Windows will notify you if a solution is available.'

When it appears the speed of my internet connection greatly reduces.

Any help with this error would be appreciated.

A:Host Processes for Windows Services

Because the HOST process that was stopped is still needed. I would restart the machine and get the HOST process running in it's proper manner.

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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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I was wondering, Is there a program or way to shut down some services and processes that are not needed so that I can speed up my computer.

A:shut down some useless services

Hi mr. macintosh and welcome to TSF !

Safest way is to do it manually. Never trust third party softwares unless you're told they're sure by a bunch of specialists. And then again, safest way is still to prevent those services and processes to start by disabling them manually one by one making sure none of them is required by some application you'll eventually need one day.

You'll find most of the annoying ones if you run msconfig (start => run, type msconfig) and go to the services or startup items tabs. I would highly recommend that you google first about each process and service to make sure you don't end with a non bootable computer. You'll find some helpfull sites about the services here.

I would also recommend that you make some backup of your current system drive before you make any changes to it in order to be able to return to a working state should something screw up. We have a nice tutorial on how to use XXclone here : http://www.techsupportforum.com/arti...e-another.html. Another solution we advise is a DriveImage / BartPE combo, here : http://www.techsupportforum.com/arti...ard-drive.html. The difference is that the XXclone "ghost" is bootable directly but you'll need a dedicated partition for it while DriveImage saves the ghost as a single file and requires a third party boot CD (bart PE for instance) to restore the image.

Here are some tutorials you should read :
http://www.techsupportforum.com/f10/...ay-113041.html (last two posts)
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Please can someone help me with this....
I would like to disable some vista services so that system could have more RAM's...
If somebody knows something, please post in this thread..
I think that this will help many vista users around the world...
Please, give me some tips with this...
and all best for TECHSUPPORT!!!

A:Useless Vista Services

how much ram do you have installed
min 1g
recommended 2g

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i just built my first computer and i am now running windows 7 after being on windows xp since it first came out so everything is very different to me so will probably be around these forums quite a bit lol

so my questions right now is how many processes is around the average cause ive seen my process to be as high as 70 at a time right now its 52 so i want to see what i can remove from running

that brings me to services is there a link or services you can tell me arent needed and tell me a description of them so i can determine if there truly not needed

ive noticed sometimes my cpu usage varies quite a bit and goes up and down very fast and dramatically thats another reason i want to look into more what is running and what i dont need

any help greatly appreciated

A:New to windows 7 question about running services and processes

Quote: Originally Posted by iamloco724

i just built my first computer and i am now running windows 7 after being on windows xp since it first came out so everything is very different to me so will probably be around these forums quite a bit lol

so my questions right now is how many processes is around the average cause ive seen my process to be as high as 70 at a time right now its 52 so i want to see what i can remove from running

that brings me to services is there a link or services you can tell me arent needed and tell me a description of them so i can determine if there truly not needed

ive noticed sometimes my cpu usage varies quite a bit and goes up and down very fast and dramatically thats another reason i want to look into more what is running and what i dont need

any help greatly appreciated

Re: link. Blackviper.com

Average processes for 64 bit is around 62.

If we had your system specs we could give you a better answer.

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I'm now in SuSE Linux because I can't really do anything in Windows right now.

The problem is that I unpackaged something I know I shouldn't have, and it unloaded a bunch of spyware onto my computer.
That is all fine because I have a myriad of remover utilities, SpyBot S&D, Spy Hunter, and a few website blocking utilities. Not to mention, a recently updated version of avs Antivirus.

So I removed all of the malware, spyware, and viruses off my computer using these tools. After I did all of this, Explorer tells me that:


could not be loaded (the file doesn't exist because one of the spyware removers deleted it), and that the actual services.exe has to close.

I'm getting frustrated.

Things I've tried:

+Rolling back with system restore
+Finding the 'wrong' services.exe file in the registry and deleting it (But I don't want to do that, because, for some reason, backups of the registry can't be made either in safe mode, or in the normal mode...)
+Trying to start msconfig to edit what starts up with my computer, but that won't load.

I'm ready for an F-disk, but I've lost my Windows XP disks and am not about to go and buy another one.

Edit: The actual problem is that after a few error messages come up, a ticker shows up that, when 60 seconds is over, it restarts my computer... The funny thing is that it doesn't happen to me in Safe Mode, so it's obviously not an es... Read more

A:Unofficial Services.exe has Rendered XP useless.

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i'd like to end those uneeded and unwanted tasks that automatically run everyrtime you reboot your computer. i've used the msconfig utility, and gone to "startup" and unchecked everything i dont need there, but is there anything else i can do to stop uneeded background tasks from running, and slowing down my computer. are there any others? how do i know which are important or not?

i've looked into the "services" section of he system configuration utility adn theres about 60 so called "services" that are checked, and i assume automatically run.

i'm running windows xp, 1.5 ghz, 512 ram.

any help would be appreciated, thanks.


A:useless background tasks/programs

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Windows Task  Manager under Applications and  Processes the services or apps are jumping around including msconfig - startup programs.
Slow Adobe Programs
Generally Slow PC
Windows 7 64bit
SSD 256gb(Hogging programs/OS)
3TB Red Wester Digital (I know its slow)
Asus Maximus Extreme IV (socket 2011)
I7 3930k @ 4.5ghz vcore1.3
AMD Radeon Firepro w8000
32gb 1600mhz corsair dominator (Need for Computational fluid Dynamics - CAD - Video Rendering)
Anymore information ask
Logfile of Trend Micro HijackThis v2.0.5
Scan saved at 19:57:46, on 01/03/2014
Platform: Windows 7 SP1 (WinNT 6.00.3505)
MSIE: Internet Explorer v11.0 (11.00.9600.16518)
FIREFOX: 25.0.1 (en-US)
Boot mode: Normal
Running processes:
C:\Program Files (x86)\Common Files\Microsoft Shared\Ink\TabTip32.exe
C:\Users\J\Local Settings\Apps\F.lux\flux.exe
C:\Program Files (x86)\ATI Technologies\HydraVision\HydraDM.exe
C:\Program Files (x86)\Common Files\Adobe\OOBE\PDApp\UWA\AAM Updates Notifier.exe
C:\Program Files (x86)\Common Files\Java\Java Update\jusched.exe
D:\Program Files (x86)\Logitech\LWS\Webcam Software\LWS.exe
D:\Program Files (x86)\Postbox\postbox.exe
D:\Program Files (x86)\Mozilla Firefox\firefox.exe
C:\Program Files (x86)\Hotspot Shield\bin\hsscp.exe
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A:Windows Task Manager under Applications and Processes the services or apps are

Hi,please run a FRST scan to better diagnose your problem:Please download Farbar Recovery Scan Tool and save it to your Desktop.(If you are not sure which version (32-/64-bit) applies to your system, download and try to start both of them as just the right one will run.)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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Below is a DDS scan of my PC.  I was doing a weekly scan when I noticed some strange processes and programs appear that are unfamiliar to me.
Can somebody please help me figure this out?
Windows 7 on a Compac dv6 
DDS (Ver_2012-11-20.01) - NTFS_AMD64 
Internet Explorer: 11.0.9600.16428
Run by ShawnR at 3:14:56 on 2014-01-25
Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium   6.1.7601.1.1252.1.1033.18.8140.6621 [GMT -6:00]
AV: ESET NOD32 Antivirus 7.0 *Enabled/Updated* {19259FAE-8396-A113-46DB-15B0E7DFA289}
SP: Windows Defender *Disabled/Updated* {D68DDC3A-831F-4fae-9E44-DA132C1ACF46}
SP: ESET NOD32 Antivirus 7.0 *Enabled/Updated* {A2447E4A-A5AC-AE9D-7C6B-2EC29C58E834}
============== Running Processes ===============
C:\Windows\system32\svchost.exe -k DcomLaunch
C:\Windows\system32\svchost.exe -k RPCSS
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
C:\Program Files\IDT\WDM\STacSV64.exe
C:\Windows\system32\svchost.exe -k GPSvcGroup
C:\Windows\system32\svchost.exe -k LocalServiceNoNetwork
C:\Windows\System32\svchost.exe -k NetworkService
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A:Windows 7 infected strange services and processes and programs created.

I noticed some strange processes and programs appear that are unfamiliar to me.
Can you please specify which of these processes and programs look unfamiliar and strange to you?
I couldn't yet spot any sign of malicious activity.

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Hi, I have a kiosk PC that is looking pretty good however I have two outstanding issues. 
The users can still right click on applications on the taskbar and receive a context menu even though I've disabled the context menu in the group policy editor.
User Configuration/Administrative Templates/Start Menu and Taskbar/Remove access to the context menus for the taskbar - Enabled
And I can't figure out how to remove the "show desktop" icon in the systems notification tray.
Thanks in advance for any help
Megan Armstrong.

A:Windows 7 Restricted User - Remove Right click on taskbar icons; Remove show desktop icon

Hello Megan,

Hope you're doing fine.

Disabling context menu from application on the taskbar
Please note the task bar context menu for any application for windows 7 is sub-divided into two sections :

   a. Jumplist(to access recently opened files) 
   b. Creating a new instance of the application, Pin/Unpin, Close window

We can only disable the Jump List of the Taskbar context menu but not the "new instance creation, Pin/Unpin, close window"

Please follow the steps below to disable jump list:
1. Right-click on the Taskbar and then select Properties.
2. Click on the Start Menu tab and uncheck "Store and display recently opened items in the Start menu and the taskbar".
3. Click OK.

Disabling Show Desktop from the system tray
Regarding the requirement of disabling the "Show Desktop" button alltogether from the System tray, this is by design.

There are no ways to remove it. All we can do is to disable aero peek at Taskbar properties by right clicking and uncheck the option "Use Aero Peek to preview the desktop".
There's a third party software which addresses this sopecific purpose but I'm not pretty sure if this works perfectly for Windows 7 SP1 as well. Please refer to the link below.

Ref :

Nabarun Chakraborty | Support Engineer | Micro... Read more

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So, this is the second time in the last week I've had this problem.After removing Vista Antivirus 2012 (or some variant of it) the firewall will not turn on. In the control panel, under the Windows Firewall tab, it says: Windows Firewall is not using the recommended settings to protect your computer. If I click Update settings now I get an error message that says: Windows Firewall was unable to make the requested updates. If I go to the Services tool the Windows Firewall and Windows Defender entries are missing. If I type "netsh firewall reset" it says "The service has not been started." I ran the Windows Firewall Fixer tool and it fail. I ran an FSS Scan, here is a link to the results(would it be better to post them here?): http://pastebin.com/EEMCH0WJ I was reading a thread where someone had a similar issue (Here) but I don't get the error number. The last time I had this issue it was on a Windows 7 machine and I just re-installed the OS. I could re-install the OS on this computer as well but I would rather not, and I would like to know if there is another way to fix this issue. My OS is Windows Vista Home Premium. It's an HP Compaq Presario F700 Laptop. Is there any other info I should post? I really appreciate the help.

A:Windows Firewall Doesn't Show Up in Services Wont Turn On.

Create RESTORE POINT before trying thishttp://www.winhelponline.com/articles/139/1/How-to-create-a-System-Restore-point-in-Windows-Vista.htmlBase filtering engineWindows Registry Editor Version 5.00

"ObjectName"="NT AUTHORITY\\LocalService"
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Just installed Windows 10 on my primary laptop and the lock screen is a solid blue (if I change my theme color, the lock screen changes too). However, I have Windows Spotlight turned on. I've tried setting a static picture or slideshow as the background. I also confirmed that the files needed for Windows Spotlight are indeed downloaded onto my computer. It just refuses to change.

It's worth noting that on my secondary computer with Windows Insider builds, I have, and have been having, the same problem. Any ideas as to how to fix it?

My lock screen (apparently you can't screenshot the lock screen):

My settings app:

The folder where Windows Spotlight stores images:

A:Windows 10 Lock Screen Background Doesn't Show Up (stays theme color)

And blue is the accent color for that theme, correct?

After installing Windows 10 on my laptop my lock screen is experiencing the same problem as you, as well as in the desktop. In the desktop I found out that if I set a specific picture or slideshow and set the taskbar to detect color, the taskbar will switch colors to match the picture(s) as if they were displaying, but the pictures themselves don't actually appear on either the desktop or lockscreen.

If we are having an identical problem, that would mean that the pictures are still displaying, but the accent colors are taking priority over them, in a sense.

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I am no longer able to set .jpg files as the background image I only get a black desktop bacground if I do so (.bmp works alright), further the pictures folder & all other folders which used to show a thumbnail preview no longer do so I just see the file name preceded by a blank placeholder.

I have a problem similar to this thread

But this thread seems to have been closed without a proper solution.

Apart from this I also have a problem with online videos, i do not hear anything ! there is no audio being played with youtube, ..... . Actually windows media player & vlc player work fine but the startup sounds/ alerts no longer seem to be heard, even when the volume is increased i do not hear a thing (the usual beep sound is gone)

What should have gone wrong ?

Thanks for the help,


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Which of all this do I remove?

Many thanks

Logfile of Trend Micro HijackThis v2.0.2
Scan saved at 20:36:35, on 09/03/2008
Platform: Windows XP SP2 (WinNT 5.01.2600)
MSIE: Internet Explorer v7.00 (7.00.6000.16608)
Boot mode: Normal

Running processes:
C:\Program Files\TOSHIBA\ConfigFree\CFSvcs.exe
C:\Program Files\Security Administrator\newlock.exe
C:\Program Files\Common Files\Symantec Shared\CCPD-LC\symlcsvc.exe
C:\Program Files\ATI Technologies\ATI Control Panel\atiptaxx.exe
C:\Program Files\Synaptics\SynTP\SynTPEnh.exe
C:\Program Files\Toshiba\Windows Utilities\Hotkey.exe
C:\Program Files\TOSHIBA\ConfigFree\NDSTray.exe
C:\Program Files\TOSHIBA\TOSHIBA Zooming Utility\SmoothView.exe
C:\Program Files\TOSHIBA\Touch and Launch\PadExe.exe
C:\Program Files\TOSHIBA\TOSHIBA Direct Disc Writer\ddwmon.exe
C:\Program Files\Java\jre1.5.0_10\bin\jusched.exe
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I received a Dell computer, on which they had partitioned 40 gigs of the installed hard drive for 'Backup'. I already back up everything on an external and would like to consolidate this partitioned space into my primary partition; hence removing the partition. Any quick ways to do this? I am running XP sp2.

Thanks and good luck!

Alex Trebek

A:Remove useless partition

Well, frankly, I would just delete the existing data and use the partition as-is,
unless it's NOT ntfs -- then reformat into NTFS.

If you have a special reason for fighting with that, then Partition Magic will
delete / combine partitions.

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Vista Ultimate installed with SP1 already on the installation disk. New Toshiba Satellite Notebook U305 series, Intel Core 2 Duo, 2 gig ram.

**Can I remove files from the Boot File? If so how?**

There are dozens of files that appear to part of Language Packs. There is no option in Control Panel>Languages to uninstall any of these files. I am the only person using the home computer, not interested in languages.

The Boot file for this computer loads megs of these foreign fonts, folder after folder of foreign language system files & so on.

Word, Excel, Photoshop & so on, load all these foreign fonts and it is a bother to scroll & scroll font lists.

Computer takes about 6+ minutes to start up & I have very few programs installed. I use this computer for travel, often on battery, so it needs to be lean and mean. Space is also very important.

In the end, I would like to remove all these language files from my life forever! !

Ana, owner of 158 international keyboard layout files!!

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Tech Support Guy System Info Utility version
OS Version: Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium , 32 bit
Processor: Intel(R) Core(TM)2 Duo CPU E4700 @ 2.60GHz, x64 Family 6 Model 15 Stepping 11
Processor Count: 2
RAM: 3071 Mb
Graphics Card: NVIDIA GeForce 8400, 128 Mb
Hard Drives: C: Total - 466841 MB, Free - 415615 MB; D: Total - 10095 MB, Free - 1358 MB; K: Total - 305242 MB, Free - 16289 MB;
Motherboard: PEGATRON CORPORATION, Benicia, 1.01, MS1C84R61306614
Antivirus: Trend Micro Titanium Maximum Security, Updated: Yes, On-Demand Scanner: Disabled Hello, I would appreciate assistance in determining all unnecessary &/or possible malware programs. I would also appreciate upgrade advice possibly Graphics. All input welcome. My 1st Post, Thanks in advance & Be Well John P.

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I am pretty good with computers and have never been able to fix any problem on my own, but this virus has been working circles around me. First it went blue screen memory dump on me. Turned it back on and it worked fine for a few hours, but then crashed again. Every time I tried to run any anti virus/malware programs they would all freeze. Now I can get them to run, but none of them every find any problems. ESET did pick up 5 issues, but computer is still slow, unpredictable, freeze and windows won't even start sometimes. Oh and since this happened, I get the "this version of windows is not genuine." When I put in the product key it does not work.

I've been screwing with this thing on and off for about 40 hrs. and I am officially admitting defeat. Not sure what info to post so just tell me what you need to diagnose the problem.

Thank you

A:Can not remove virus and LT is useless, unless in safe mode

Any tutorial in particular? The link just brings me to the main forum page.

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If I look at Task Manager or Process Explorer, I find a long list of things that are running. Is there some simple way to find out what these things are and why they are there.

My concern is that the background stuff is overloading the machine and making it slower.

For example I find two parts of open Office running even when it is not. And something called explorer.exe when neither IE or Process Explorer is running.

Thanks for advice.

A:XP Services / processes

There are viruses that can duplicate processes. I had one a couple of years ago that would duplicate or triple any process I would run. Eventually the computer gave virtual memory errors and I had to reboot but it would do this over and over. Scan your pc for viruses first.

Also if you don't what what a process is. For example "Smc.exe" is running right now on my pc. If you google just "smc.exe" you'll usually get all the info you need on it. Also you can try this website to look up processes

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While I've had task manager open for a moment, the number of processes varies from 97-99!!!

Msconfig shows about 145 services listed (!), 60 show stopped, the rest running. Do I need so many, stopped and running?

In the Startup tab (msconfig), it shows about 30 items, though 15 I've unchecked at one time or another. I can't be certain that everything still checked is necessary, though it seems so.

The fan kicks on more lately and laptop runs too hot. I used to be able to have two browsers open and another program or two without it heating up. I've been running AVG and Spybot, but they don't turn up anything.

What are the easiest ways for a non-techie to clean up as much as I can? Really don't want 99 processes running at all times.

Thanks for any help.

A:Do I Need So Many Processes & Services?

Yes, Windows 7 has a lot of them.

When was the last time this machine was opened up and the dust bunnies blown out?

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Hi everyone,I suspect there is something wrong with my laptop (Lenovo 3000 N200 with Vista Home premium).It takes about 10 minutes to start up and sometimes longer to close down. I suspect the processes or services may be to blame but don't know which I can get rid of if any.I use a TP-Link router to network with my home computer.I've enclosed my HJT Log in the hope that someone can make sense of it. My thanks in advance to anyone who can help.

Logfile of Trend Micro HijackThis v2.0.2
Scan saved at 10:49:12, on 11/06/2008
Platform: Windows Vista SP1 (WinNT 6.00.1905)
MSIE: Internet Explorer v7.00 (7.00.6001.18000)
Boot mode: Normal

Running processes:
C:\Program Files\Java\jre1.6.0_05\bin\jusched.exe
C:\Program Files\Diskeeper Corporation\Diskeeper\DkIcon.exe
C:\Program Files\Synaptics\SynTP\SynTPEnh.exe
C:\Program Files\Common Files\Symantec Shared\ccApp.exe
C:\Program Files\Common Files\Pure Networks Shared\Platform\nmctxth.exe
C:\Program Files\Pure Networks\Network Magic\nmapp.exe
C:\Program Files\Google\GoogleToolbarNotifier\1.2.1128.5462\GoogleToolbarNotifier.exe
C:\Program Files\DAEMON Tools Lite\daemon.exe
C:\Program Files\Windows Media Player\wmpnscfg.exe
C:\Users\Roy Davies\Documents\HiJackThis.exe

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A:Which processes and services can I get rid of

Please do not create multiple threads for the same problem! Read >>Posting help read first<< if you feel you are not getting help.

Closing duplicate thread, please continue here: http://forums.techguy.org/malware-removal-hijackthis-logs/721623-snailpace-laptop-hjt-log-help.html

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Hi Everyone,

My computer is moving slow and the fan is going a lot. It also gets very hot and seems like it is just working it's tail off. After another post here about hardware, I believe that it is actually a windows/software issue.

When I go to the task manager, I see that there are tons of processes and services going. How do I know what I can turn off without messing up my system. Also, how can I change things so that those unessential processes don't start-up with the computer.

I have an Hp dv6-1355dx. Intel core 2 duo. 4 gbRAM. About 2-3 years old. I don't use it for games. Photoshop/Illustrator and a small amount of streaming are just about the most I do with it. I have downloaded all kinds of stuff through those 2-3 years.

Let me know if you can help. I don't even really know exactly what to ask.

A:Too many processes and services!!!

I've requested a Moderator/Administrator to close this thread.

Please stick with the thread that you're currently being assisted in.


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I'm unsure if I have a virus or malware or what not. Currently my cpu had been having trouble keeping up. I managed to figure out what was causing it. A windows update service had gone insane and was eating up my cpu (wuauserv). After ending the service through the recourse manager my computer's performance had increased. It had left me with a question though. Would it be possible for a virus or some kind of malware to run and not be picked up by the resource manager as a process or service.

Is it possible for malware to go undected by the recourse manager as a process or service or possible disguise itself as a scvhost?

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I have 65 processes running....Is that high? And where is the best place to go so I can begin to understand what each of these processes are?

A:Processes & Services

I have got 90 running so that must be fine. I have a related question though, and would appreciate any help. Occasionally, my CPU shoots up to 100% and the computer sort of hangs. This only last for a few seconds, and then all this fine. I have a feeling it is probably caused by some of my firefox addons. But is there a way I can analyse and find out the process that at that time is causing the problem, and therefore teh application. I mean the specific app that maybe causing this issue. On the Task manager, it only shows that firefox is using the hugest memory but I want specific details, like what addon for example might be causing this issues.

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Hi, I just have a question about my services. I would like to delete some of them to make my computer run faster. Right now I have 44 processes running and all I have as startup programs is my anti-virus (which is avast). So, if any of you know of any services I can safely end without hurting my system it would be greatly appreciated. Also, if you found a guide of some sort with all the services I could safely end please inform me. Thanks in advance.


Take a here:


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I am posting this thread on Windows XP but the question is equally valid for Vista and W7.

The Problem :-

There are usually a multitude of Processes and Services running on most Windows machines. Some of these can be easily identified by their names but many are quite obscure. The problem is which of these Processes/Services are essential for normal operation and which can be either permanently disabled or enabled only when needed.

Question :-

Is there a definitive (and above all accurate) list of Windows Processes/Services that provides detailed information about each Process/Service and the impact of enabling/disabling each specific Process/Service.


A:Processes and Services

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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.

A:Background Processes

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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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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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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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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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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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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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