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How do you find a program that runs in the background when using a computer? I've looked in a couple of different places but don't know what I'm looking at, and don't want to remove something that shouldn't be removed.

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Services and Processes in Task Manager (right-click on Taskbar, Task Manager) will give you a good idea of what is running, how much memory and CPU time it is using. You might also try a program called HiJackThis if you are concerned about malware running stuff on your PC.

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Okay, you have the same issue I used to have. I inherited a laptop from my mother, and she was the second owner. It was loaded with programs I didn't need, and had a zillion files tucked away. If you can go into your control panel and access the add or remove programs, go through it and remove every stinkin' one of the optional programs you don't ever use, or can do without. Be sure you know what you are removing. Next --and this may sound silly, especially if you have done it already-- you need to go into your homepage in your internet connection and clear all browsing history from every browser you use. These can include google, msn, explorer, firefox, etc. I find if I don't clear my browser frequently, my computer is a real *******. The next obvious step would be to get into all my documents files and delete any old files, such as photos that you don't want, a huge music collection, etc. I have all of my music stored on my D drive, because it has the same memory as my C drive, but is nearly empty. You can store and easily access all your entertainment files in D if you have a large capacity. I would perform this test: from your start menu, open my computer and right click your c, or main hard drive and click on properties. This should give you info on how much storage space you have left on the disc. If it is less than 50 percent, you may need to delete some old trash. Do the same with your d drive. If all else fails, you can go into your recovery program and see if you can wipe the computer, but that is a last resort. I had to do this with mine so I could program it to recognize me as the computer administrator. I was tired of fighting with a zillion hidden files I couldn't get into, much less locate. Hope this will help.

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Wallpaper won't show up.


try a system restore that will bring the laptop back to an earlier time before this happened, if successful your settings should restored. Why did this happen? bad download, a bad device driver, or program compatibility.

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Skipping cursor is the main prolem


Hi Jack, thanks for contacting me to help you. Well, I have few questions since you didn't specify anything in detail; What is the operating system installed on your computer? e.g. Windows xp or Windows vista or Windows 7.... What antivirus program is installed on your computer?
Still have questions, but let's proceed anyway. I don't think this it will be a good idea to set up remote connection and most of all, it looks like we are in different time zones (I am in India).
Please follow the instructions given below:
Hardware; For hardware issues, please try to install another mouse on the same system and check whether the same problem persists or not.
If your mouse has a driver, please uninstall and reinstall it.
I would also suggest you to place the mouse on different mouse pads, never place on table or on a plastic type surface. This is to verify that there's no hardware issues.
Software/Virus;It would be a pleasure if you could let me know when and how it happened. In most cases, it hardware issue, but in rare cases, viruses cause this problem. Make sure to scan your computer using different types of antiviruses. But remember not to install multiple antivirus programs at a time. If you've finished scanning with Avira and the problem persists, then uninstall it and then again download and install Avast. Download Links are given below. Malwarebytes is also a recommended program for the same problem. I hope you can still install programs or run .exe files.
I would suggest you to scan your whole drives/computer in Safe Mode. With Avast you can even Scan in Boot Mode means during startup...
The following are the download Links..
Avira FREE
Avast FREE
Malwarebytes FREE

Good Luck.
Let me know if you need further help..
Note: All Programs I've mentioned are Free Versions and of course approved softwares, once installed, don't forget to update before running the scans.
Thanks for using FixYa.
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Whole computer freezes soon as it connects to internet but not in safe mode


Most likely, your computer has some sort of virus. I'd suggest running your computer in Safe mode with networking and downloading something called ComboFix. Get this set up and run this and it will remove any harmful virus.

My sources for this information is that I've used it once or twice and it worked like a charm both times! Hope this helps!

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I just bought a top-end MacBook Air 13.3" 4 GB/256 GB for presentations. I also have a Dell M410HD projector, also quite new (a few months old), which works great with the two PCs (one new, one old)...


They (Apple) might be right. It could be that the projector is damaged, like the bulb, or it could be incompatible with your computer, but I don't think that is the case. Try taking the projector to a computer repair place.

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Want to speed up computor and remove unnecassary files


There is a selection of programs out there if you google it to speed up your p.c...but make sure you virus is up to date and do a virus scan,as virus,s are the biggest cause of system slow downs..
Look what programs you are running in the background and see if the memory you have can cope with it...
i.e antivirus,oparating system if you just upgraded..
as for unnessary files..yourself will have to look at clearing them as there isn,t any programs out there that would do that,unless you mean temp files etc...
But i would look at you system first..i.e if your virus free and what you are running the system can cope...or you will be just wasting you time...

And after all this..if the system can do with a little bit of a boast..treat it to some more memory....cheap upgrade,because if the system is a couple of years old,it may be struggling to cope with up to date progams

What i use for customers computers...in which i,ve had not problems,is avast antivirus as it hardly use,s any system resources and spybot search and destroy for any unwanted spam and harmful files/programs..

Hope this help..if it does please rate it,and if i can be of any more help..


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Whenever i turn it on it stays for 5minutes then swiych itself off


You obviously have a lot of processes running in the background. Here is a link for the minimum processes you need for win xp:

http://billmullins.wordpress.com/2009/04/18/the-bare-minimum-processes-needed-to-run-windows-xp/

To see how many processes you have running do this:

1. Place your mouse on the task bar and right click
2. Pick task manager
3. you will see a tab that says processes. Look at the bottom of the page on the left side. It will say Processes : #. Anything over the above links # 10, are programs running in the background that you do not need to have running all the time.

When you install ANY program to your computer, be sure to read every page that comes up when installing. If there is an option/check mark that says something like: "start at windows start up" or "run when windows starts", uncheck it. You do not need to have anything but the operating system files load up when your computer starts. Whatever you download will still be there, it just wont be in the background running taking up memory and resources. When ever you need whatever you downloaded, just go to that program and open it.

With the exception of your virus protection, you should keep these processes as low as possible.

TO CLOSE PROCESSES YOU DON'T NEED;

1. On the processes tab as stated above, right click on the processes you don't need, then hit "end process". You should see the number at the bottom go down. Don:t worry, if it is an operating system file that you should not end, it will not let you.

Next time you start your computer, these will all come back UNLESS, you find out what each process goes to, go to that program and find where the option to start at windows start up is and uncheck it.

This should shut down your computer a lot faster and run faster too. Good luck

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Cpu is running 100% constantly? ran my antivirus and nothing was found.


You most likely have many background programs running. These programs run constantly in the background, often unnoticeable, when your computer starts. Depending on your operating system, the method for disabling these programs is different, but it is not hard to figure out. Disable the programs that are not necessary and this will greatly improve your computer's efficiency. Hope this helps!

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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.

I got it from downloads.com

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