Working processes

Discussion in 'Windows Desktop Systems' started by stuball, Feb 3, 2008.

  1. stuball

    stuball OSNN One Post Wonder

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    I was told I have too many processes running (86)

    I'd like to know what processes I can set to off or manual

    If I'm not using the touch pad can I turn off
    ApMsgFwd.exe, ApntEX.exe, Apoint.exe, & hidfind.exe

    If I'm not using the roxio right now can I turn off
    CPSHelpRunner.exe or Roxwatchtray9.exe


    I see csrss.exe is for user control and I guess that need to be running

    If I am using a wireless router for my wireless internet
    do I need DLG.exe?

    I'm guessing I need dwm.exe and justsched.exe to be running all the time as with lxdiamon (my printer) and all of the mcafee processes and my roboform processes

    If I'm not using any media (cd,dvd playing or other "entertainment"
    do I need ehmsas.exe or ehtray.exe or wmpnscfg.exe ?

    I think I need explorer.exe, Ieuser.exe and iexplore.exe, on, right?

    What about FlashUtil9d.exe ? If I turn it off will the flash player still work when needed?

    What do I need GoogleUpdater.exe (of course I know what Google is) for ?

    Do I need issch.exe running all the time?

    Do I need mobsync.exe running?

    What about unsecapp.exe

    Thanks so much for any information!

    Stu
     
  2. Dark Atheist

    Dark Atheist Moderator Political User Folding Team

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    most of them seem OK, i would run some anti virus and spyware tools to see if there is anything there that shouldn't be, hijack this is a good tool and will show you what is set to start when windows is
     
  3. stuball

    stuball OSNN One Post Wonder

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    thanks for the info on hijack this. but am i correct as to what some of those processes are for and can i turn off the ones i indicated?
     
  4. Dark Atheist

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    If I'm not using the touch pad can I turn off
    ApMsgFwd.exe, ApntEX.exe, Apoint.exe, & hidfind.exe - should be ok

    If I'm not using the roxio right now can I turn off
    CPSHelpRunner.exe or Roxwatchtray9.exe - should be ok


    I see csrss.exe is for user control and I guess that need to be running - leave it running

    If I am using a wireless router for my wireless internet
    do I need DLG.exe?

    I'm guessing I need dwm.exe and justsched.exe to be running all the time as with lxdiamon (my printer) and all of the mcafee processes and my roboform processes

    dwm.exe - is required
    justsched - javea updater - can be turned off

    If I'm not using any media (cd,dvd playing or other "entertainment"
    do I need ehmsas.exe or ehtray.exe or wmpnscfg.exe ? - yes should be ok, they will reappear when you next use media centre

    I think I need explorer.exe, Ieuser.exe and iexplore.exe, on, right? - leave explorer.exe you need that - the other two will disappear when you close internet explorer

    What about FlashUtil9d.exe ? If I turn it off will the flash player still work when needed?

    What do I need GoogleUpdater.exe (of course I know what Google is) for ?

    Do I need issch.exe running all the time?

    Do I need mobsync.exe running?

    What about unsecapp.exe

    the rest you can leave as is - shouldn't hurt, although some people say to leave them alone, if they aren't being used they shouldn't show up or take up much mem, 86 does seem high though

     
  5. American Zombie

    American Zombie Moderator Staff Member Political User

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    Why do you want to turn them off?
    Contrary to what people may say or you may read about turning off processes to improve performance the fact is that this does little in the way of improving system performance. If you really want to improve performance then buy more ram.
     
  6. Dark Atheist

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    unless he means killing them from task manager, i have 52 processes running but that's with firefox open, encodes going, irc, msn, so 86 does seem rather high
     
  7. stuball

    stuball OSNN One Post Wonder

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    Yes I mean killing them in task manager. Why have a process open and working if I don't need it. Surely if I "shut them offf" I've got to save some resources.
     
  8. Taurus

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    the number of processes running certainly affects performance. but you should go further than just ending them through task manager every time you boot. start by googling each one and finding out what they are associate with and what they do, exactly. then go about taking things out of the startup folder, registry (careful here), and services (careful here, too) that you don't need to start up in the first place.

    things like googleupdater.exe (which i think is a google toolbar process) are a waste of memory, in my opinion. google toolbar is pretty useless and likely got installed on accident while you were installing something else. i'm surprised how many programs out there try to sneak it in. go to add/remove programs and uninstall it if you don't use it.