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Programs running in background on my pc

I belive I have too many programs running in my background and Ithink its slowing my machine do I find out what should & should not be running???? HELP!!!!

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The trick is to choose which programs run at startup. These background programs will slow your computer down. I use "startup optimizer", this free software will rank your startup programs, allow you to research the need for each, and turn on or off the program. It also lets you create a backup file, just incase you turn off too many options and screw up your computer.

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There are several ways, but two of the easiest are to look in Start => Programs => Startup and take a look at your taskbar (lower right hand corner). The Startup folder lists programs that will run once you login to Windows. The Taskbar shows icons for most (if not all) of the programs running at the present time.
If you need a more detailed answer, let me know. Spybot S&D also have neat utility to help with programs that run automatically. However, you don't want to mess around with it, unless you know what you're doing.

I hope this helps!

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Posted on Nov 17, 2008


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