You can clear up a lot of precious system memory on your Windows 7 PC by shutting down certain processes.  Open the task manager by pressing CTRL+ALT+DELETE and then select the Processes tab to view what’s running.

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Many processes have fairly straightforward names that attach them to a program or service, others do not. Now, you could end up checking each process in your task manager and searching for what it does one by one online at various sites. But the folks at Bleeping Computer have put together a great database of processes to help you figure out what each of these processes actually does. With nearly 27,000 processes in their database, you’ll probably find what you see on your PC. Just enter the process in Bleeping Computer’s search box.

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Then check out the results.

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The status flag lets you know if the process is necessary or possibly a threat.

 

  • Y – This status flag means that this entry should be left alone and be allowed to run as if it is unchecked it may break the functionality or use of a particular program.
  •  N – This status flag means it is unnecessary to run this program automatically when Windows starts as you can run it manually when necessary.
  •  U – This status flag means it is up to you whether or not you feel this program needs to run automatically.
  •  X – This status flag means the item should definitely not start up automatically. Items that have this flag are generally malware such as viruses, trojans, hijackers, spyware, etc.
  •  ? – This status flag means the status of this entry is unknown at this time and more research is necessary.

It’s a handy tool for better understanding how your PC works.

Click here to check it out:  https://www.bleepingcomputer.com/startups/