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How do you know which processes on task manager are safe to end if you have MANY precesses running and is it making your computer slow?

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2007-06-05 04:56:50
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go to google and type in the exact name of the process. Usully you will find a website telling you what the process does and if it is needed. Sometimes the process will be identified as malicious. If your computer is slowing down alot do a search on google for: Ad Aware Spybot Search and Destroy The above 2 programs are free and remove 99% of the spyware and adware from your computer. If your computer becomes overwhelmed by too much spyware or adware it can come to a screaching halt. Use these 2 programs on a weekly basis! Commuter :) If you take off your start-up programs, it may help. On windows XP go to the start button, run and type in msconfig. At the top of the window there are tabs choose the tab that says start-up. Uncheck everything it will not harm your computer. Click apply then ok. It will tell you to reboot your computer when it reboots a window will appear that states "You are using selective start-up" there is a box in the middle of the window that says "Do not show this messge again" click that. Good Luck!

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