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Discussion in 'General Software' started by dasarp, Jun 20, 2007.

  1. dasarp New Member

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    I have an IBM Thinkpad Laptop with a 2Ghz processor and 1GB ram running windows xp pro.
    Could someone take a look at this screen shot of my task manager and tell me what I should close (except firefox and paint which I was using then). I have 88 processes running!
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    My dad also has an IBM Thinkpad laptop with 2 GHz CPU, but only 256 MB of RAM which he ownrd for several years, but he never had that many processess running on it, it is very slow cause there isnt enough RAM in there. I think that the reason you brought this up is cause yoiu are having the same slowness problem, right? First thing you should do is clean out your startup menu, if you have lots of programs in startup they are constantly running in the backround and eating up your CPU and memory resourses. This is what my dad has in startup, this should give u an idea: firewall, (if your firewall comes without antivirus you may put it there), windows defender, spyware terminator with shield (antispyware utility with a shield that blocks spyware), spyware guard (another spyware/BHO blocker), AOL (yes, he's using it), rundll32.exe, ctfmon.exe, cthelper.exe, igfxtray.exe. also a couple of IBM and Windows files. I thinkn thats basically it, i'm reproducing this from memory so i cant gurantee 100% accuracy but like i said it should give you an idea. If you have Mozilla firefox in startup, i don't think you need it there, same goes for the googletalk, googledesktop and so on. Take out Windows Messenger, Ituneshelper as well. I'm not sure about the rest since i can't tell what programs you running by its exe extension but use common sense, if the program doesnt need to be running all the time, remove it from startup. I wouldn't touch files labeled System, Netwoirk Service and Local Service unless someone who knows what they are doing tells you to get rid of them. Also if you have any toolbars installed and they are not being used (i.e. yahoo, google, AOL toolbars) get rid of them as they slow down your pc. I hope this helps, good luck!
     
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    holy @!#^*& 88 processes?

    Just format and reinstall.... honestly, its the only way because all that stuff is so rooted in there that even with uninstalling it, your computer is going to run SLLLLOOOW
     
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    yea, reformat and start over...

    and definitely don't install any IBM programs...just install the drivers you need.

    and when you install google desktop or whatever make sure its not set to start up. only have essentials start up like your antivirus and stuff start up
     
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    It is just my opinion but i think you should try clear up your startup firts before trying to reinstall and see if makes a difference. I'm saying this only cause i know what a pain it is to reinstall everything.
     
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    Jesus christ! My work computer only has 56, and I thought that was ridiculous. How do you accrue 88!?

    Reformat. Save yourself the time and hassle.
     
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    Yea, i never heard of anyone running 88 processes before, my current system has between 48 to 52 on average, but sometimes goes to 55. Dasarp, you should not be running more than that.

    Edit: Get yourself some good registry cleaning programs as well, i recomend RegCleaner and RegScrubXP as well as CCleaner, use these no matter if you decide to reformat or not
     
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    Start/ Run

    Type msconfig

    Edit what you want and what you don't want
     
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    My home computer has 33 tops.
     
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    If you don't wanna reformat, I suggest running HijackThis!, analyzing it here and using it to block processes.
     
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    Msconfig works great
     
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    But with HijackThis! he can analyze the log and see if any are malware. With 88 running, who knows what the hell is going on.
     
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    I bet he doesnt keep up with his windows updates, and runs Active X on websites.
     
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    And clicks on everything. Wonder how long it takes to boot. Pretty soon he's gonna need an extra core just to run Task Manager.
     
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    LOL, it seems that i'm running a bit too many processes myself. This is a new system and after i installed Windows, Nero and WinDVD i was getting 44 processes. i think its time to do some cleaning up.
     
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    Ok Ok Before You Jump To Conclusions

    OK OK BEFORE YOU JUMP TO CONCLUSIONS

    Yeah, actually I am generally very careful of what I run on my computer and when I started looking up what different .exe files that were running belonged to, I started coming up with a lot of IBM utilities. So what I did was I went to the computer store(same place from where I bought mine) and walked up to a brand new IBM Z61t (same brand as mine), with nothing but the initial software installed and I hit Ctrl+Alt+Del and came up with 70 processes!!
    Here's a snapshot:
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    As I just said in my second post with the snapshot of the new computer, it may not exactly be my fault. If that is the case, how do I figure out what stuff I don't need.
     
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    Well, for starters, go into Control Panel>Add/Remove programs and remove all the crap you don't use or want. That should take some away.

    Run HijackThis! to get a log of processes, analyze the log at http://www.hijackthis.de and see if any are malware and should be removed.

    After that, tell us how many are left. Then we'll go from there.
     
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    Check out the post Death Star put on "windows XP optimization guide" in forums>software>general software. Mite help you figure some of the stuff ya don't need to have running.

    or just go to msconfig and just start blindly shuting things off an see how long it takes befor it wont boot again!!!!!!!! WA HA HA HA HA!!!!!
     
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    Agree Agree!!! BWAHAHAHAHA!!!:rockout::rockout:
     

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