How to tell if something is running in the backround

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Old 12-06-12, 03:29 PM
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How to tell if something is running in the backround

My laptop seems like it might have something running in the backround and slowing it down. I have done a full scan with the a/v, I have also done a full scan with anti malware, nothing has shown up. How can I check this? thanks
 
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You want to bring up Task Manager. In XP press control+alt+delete. Not sure if that works on the later OS, I never tried it on my Win 7.
 
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Same in Win7; click on the "services" tab for what's running in addition to actual programs.
 
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Ok, thanks. That pulls up all of it. I am running Win 7. Now how do I know what I really need and what I don't? If there are things I don't need, how do I delete them? If it helps, the problem seems to be present when running Firefox, I loaded Google Chrome and it works fine. Ok, let me hear it. Thanks for the help.
 
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I've been having an add-on issue with Firefox myself.
 
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For Firefox click on Tools then Options and click on Manage Add Ons where you can go down a list of Add ons like Extensions or Plug ins. You can disable each thing you think might be causing a problem until you find it. You can even uninstall certain things, I advise against going to coupon websites where they will install some software on your computer to get coupons so if you have something like that make sure you delete it.
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I like to sort the task manager processes so the list can be a little static for a while since it tends to jump around a little. I start by looking at what's taking the most memory and then CPU and if nothing hops out, I start looking at the individual processes. If you don't know what one is, putting its name in Google usually will suffice.
 
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thanks, I will take a look at that and try spending some time sorting through it.
 
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