when i ran win98se there seemed relatively few running processes but now I'm on xp there seems an awful lot - most of which I don't recognise. Is there a way to identify which are necessary processes and which could safely be closed?
I looked at the startup in msconfig and found 25 processes just at startup! I've had the pc since July and it's been slowing down significantly recently. Had a few problems with my kids downloading and installing which I've stopped now but I think I'm reaping the results of their labours!
I already have spybot and norton av running and up to date. I use XP firewall and adaware and run weekly checks with all of them. I checked the processes in the site bvw suggested and have managed to get the processes down to 32 which still seems a lot but apparently they're all ok/essential.