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This service which we are offering is to be able to help identify the Windows processes which are running on your computer, with this depending on the version of your Windows operating system (Seven - Vista - 2003 - XP - 2000 - 98 or 95).

This means that by indicating below the process name which is running on your PC, you will be able to obtain a full description of the file type so as to know the exact role this plays, and whether or not it is a virus!

Overall Presentation

Like most operating systems, Windows can simultaneously run multiple programs. Unless your computer has multiple processors though, (bi-processor or dual core processor), it can only treat a single task at a time. To overcome this limitation, Windows quickly swaps between all of the programs that are running, giving the illusion that all of the programs are running at the same time. If you have ever experienced a system lock up, then it is likely linked to the swapping between processes which leads to all active programs failing. This can occur when a process gets locked and it is not possible to free it up.

What is a process ?

While the word "program" often refers to the executable code (the .exe file, for example), a process is a program that has been executed. When you launch a program under Windows, the executable is loaded into memory with Windows writing it to its list of internal processes, assuring that it receives processing time and memory in the same way as it does with other applications. A process can request additional resources if they are available, with Windows juggling the different resources in real time. Once a process has been terminated, all of the resources used by the process will be redistributed to the other programs that request them.

Why kill a process ?

Each time that a process is ended (deleted) by the user, all of the resources used by it will be freed up and made available to the other processes. The use of resources is different depending on the process, with some using a lot of resources while others very few. The more resources that are available, the faster the new process will be. This means that it is a good move to end (disable) certain resource intense programs which are not being used.

How to see the processes ?

For Windows systems using the NT core (Seven - Vista - XP - 2003 - 2000 and NT4) :

The Windows task manager is accessible by using the CTRL+ALT+DEL key combination or by right clicking on the task bar and selecting the "Task Manager" option. This will allow you to see the active processes which are visible (which are running in the foreground) or those that are invisible (running in the background). It also allows you to end a process if you wish, with the ending of a process being almost instant, allowing you to recover resources. You will have to be careful though not to kill a Windows System process, as this can lead to a system lock up.

For the other Windows systems (95 - 98 and Me) :

The Task Manager is accessible by using the CTRL+ALT+DEL key combination. This will allow you to end a single process, but it will only display the visible processes (which are running in the foreground), unlike the NT systems which also allow you to see what is running in the background. Ending a process generally takes a while on these systems.