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    What Processes can I stop?

    When I go to Processes (Ctrl - Alt - Del) there are many things running in the background. When I turn on the computer, here are all the processes that are displayed:

    SVCHOST.EXE
    SVCHOST.EXE
    NVSVC32.EXE
    DEVLDR32.EXE
    Directcd.exe
    evntsvc.exe
    EXPLORER.EXE
    SPOOLSV.EXE
    SVCHOST.EXE
    SVCHOST.EXE
    SVCHOST.EXE
    LSASS.EXE
    SERVICES.EXE
    WINLOGON.EXE
    CSRSS.EXE
    SMSS.EXE
    System
    System Idle Process

    Now if I want more RAM free, like if I want to play a game, closing some of these processes is what I would do, right? So the question is; which of those listed processes can I safely stop?

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    Directcd.exe for one.... Unless you drag and drop files to CD-R/CD-RW, you can completely remove it from your machine.

    From the rest of the list, looks like you're running Win2k, correct?
    There are only 10 types of people that understand binary.....

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    I have Windows XP...

    And what's with all those SVCHOST.EXE's? Are they important?

    And how would I remove the directcd? Would my Easy CD Creator 5 still work?

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    THIS will explain some of it, particularly the numerous SVCHOST.EXE's you're inquiring about.
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    Check out EndItAll2, a free download from PCmag.com

    Works well on 98SE.

    LOL

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    Do you have windows XP, or 2000? if so, then when you're user name(like ADMIN as a name, or w/e) is running it, then you can shut it down. for example, if there is Directcd.exe running, it's going to be running under you're user name, and you can close it. Now SVCHOST.EXE is under system, I belive, and you CANNOT close it.

    If you don't understand, sorry.

    ALSO, you can just try to close all of them, and test witch ones you need or not, you wont ruin anything, windows wont let you close anything you need to run Windows in Task Manager.

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    All your answers here: Default Processes In Windows 2000

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    taskmgr.exe
    MSMSGS.exe
    Devldr32.exe
    PCCNTUPD.exe
    ZoneAlarm.exe
    CTFMON.exe
    EVNTSVE.exe
    VSMON.exe
    AIM.exe
    TMNTSRV.exe
    SVCHOST.exe
    SNMP.exe
    TCPSVC.exe
    EXPLORER.exe
    MSDTC.exe
    MDM.exe
    INETINFO.exe
    IEEXPLORER.exe
    CTSVCCDA.exe
    SVCHOST.exe x4
    LSASS.exe
    SERVICES.exe
    WINLOGON.exe
    CSRSS.exe
    SMSS.exe
    MQTGSVC.exe
    System
    System Idle Process

    (whew)..... Do I need ALL OF THESE RUNNING??????? Geeze.....

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    Thanks for the link JohnE!

    Looks like practically all of those things running can't be closed. Oh well.

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    The funny thing is that you can actually end task on explorer.exe without ill effects. You can then restart it with Task Manager>File>New Task (Run...) - just type in explorer.exe and hit enter.

    What I wanna know is if you can shut down explorer.exe and then use Run to start a game, burn a CD, etc with a little bit more free resources without something bad happening. Gonna test that sometime tonight


    Sweeper,

    I'm pretty sure you can end task on a lot of those things if you needed more resources for gaming, Photoshop, etc.

    JohnE.

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    sweeper, wtf you got SNMP services running for?! lol
    check your services and shut off SNMP unless you're on a work network you're probably not using it
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    Found a cool link on processes.

    Task List Programs

    hope you find it usefull. I am.

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    Angry hehe u have a Worm

    W32.Dalbug.Worm will only replicate under NT/2000/XP systems. It spreads by attacking computers that have open user accounts and shares, installing itself remotely as a service on the victim's computer.

    Once it is running, W32.Dalbug.Worm inserts and executes these files:

    %windir%\Smss.exe
    %windir%\Csrss.exe

    During its execution W32.Dalbug.Worm will periodically (every 10 seconds) also add the following registry values:

    Smss.exe %windir%\smss.exe
    Csrss.exe %windir%\csrss.exe



    http://www.symantec.com/avcenter/ven...lbug.worm.html

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    If your resources are below 100mb upon start, that's good. Don't think you can have much more below that.

    I start at 97mb which is the best I've been able to achieve. Without seriously tampering with the machine.

    It's interesting to add the 'vm size' in taskmanager to see the real demand of resources by a program.
    -M

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    Re: hehe u have a Worm

    Originally posted by ald_2
    W32.Dalbug.Worm will only replicate under NT/2000/XP systems.

    Whoa! easy there, let's not jump to conclusions. SMSS.exe is also a legitimate system file. it's common practice for viruses to use the same name as a legitimate system file, makes them a bit less obvious in the task list. (Dalbugworm.exe would be a bit less stealthy)

    Either that, or Microsoft ships every 2k & XP preinstalled with that virus, cause I've got SMSS.exe running on this brand new 2000 load.


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    I have more running than you! La La La!
    DOH!
    Code:
    [nukes@rik nukes]$ ps ax
      PID TTY      STAT   TIME COMMAND
        1 ?        S      0:04 init
        2 ?        SW     0:00 [keventd]
        3 ?        SW     0:00 [kapmd]
        4 ?        SWN    0:00 [ksoftirqd_CPU0]
        5 ?        SW     0:00 [kswapd]
        6 ?        SW     0:00 [bdflush]
        7 ?        SW     0:00 [kupdated]
        8 ?        SW<    0:00 [mdrecoveryd]
       11 ?        SW     0:00 [kreiserfsd]
      149 ?        S      0:00 devfsd /dev
      236 ?        SW     0:00 [khubd]
      348 ?        SW     0:00 [scsi_eh_0]
      436 ?        SW     0:00 [kjournald]
      899 ?        S      0:00 portmap
      913 ?        S      0:00 syslogd -m 0
      921 ?        S      0:00 klogd -2
      965 ?        S      0:00 rpc.statd
      981 ?        S      0:00 gpm -t imps2 -m /dev/psaux
     1142 ?        S      0:03 xfs -port -1 -daemon -droppriv -user xfs
     1214 ?        S      0:00 /usr/sbin/apmd -p 10 -w 5 -W -P /etc/sysconfig/apm-sc
     1256 ?        S      0:00 /usr/bin/kdm -nodaemon
     1258 ?        S      0:00 /usr/sbin/atd
     1276 ?        S<L    3:53 /etc/X11/X -deferglyphs 16 -auth /var/run/xauth/A:0-r
     1281 ?        S      0:00 saslauthd -a pam -T
     1301 ?        S      0:00 /usr/sbin/sshd
     1322 ?        S      0:00 xinetd -stayalive -reuse -pidfile /var/run/xinetd.pid
     1370 ?        S      0:00 cupsd
     1513 ?        SW     0:00 [nfsd]
     1514 ?        SW     0:00 [nfsd]
     1515 ?        SW     0:00 [nfsd]
     1516 ?        SW     0:00 [lockd]
     1517 ?        SW     0:00 [rpciod]
     1518 ?        SW     0:00 [nfsd]
     1519 ?        SW     0:00 [nfsd]
     1520 ?        SW     0:00 [nfsd]
     1521 ?        SW     0:00 [nfsd]
     1522 ?        SW     0:00 [nfsd]
     1534 ?        S      0:00 rpc.mountd
     1673 ?        S      0:00 /usr/lib/postfix/master
     1682 ?        S      0:00 nqmgr -l -n qmgr -t fifo -u -c
     1734 ?        S      0:00 crond
     1773 ?        S      0:00 squid -D
     1775 ?        S      0:00 (squid) -D
     1776 ?        S      0:00 (unlinkd)
     1777 ?        S      0:00 /usr/bin/perl /usr/share/webmin/miniserv.pl /etc/webm
     1797 ?        S      0:00 smbd -D
     1807 ?        S      0:00 nmbd -D
     1831 ?        S      0:00 /usr/bin/lisa -c /etc/lisarc
     1947 tty1     S      0:00 /sbin/mingetty tty1
     1948 tty2     S      0:00 /sbin/mingetty tty2
     1949 tty3     S      0:00 /sbin/mingetty tty3
     1950 tty4     S      0:00 /sbin/mingetty tty4
     1953 tty5     S      0:00 /sbin/mingetty tty5
     1954 tty6     S      0:00 /sbin/mingetty tty6
     2278 ?        RN   124:02 dnetc
     3321 ?        S      0:00 -:0
     3383 ?        S      0:00 /bin/sh /usr/bin/startkde
     3565 ?        S      0:00 kdeinit: Running...
     3568 ?        S      0:00 kdeinit: dcopserver --nosid
     3571 ?        S      0:00 kdeinit: klauncher
     3573 ?        S      0:01 kdeinit: kded
     3581 ?        S      0:01 /usr/bin/artsd -F 10 -S 4096 -a oss -s 4 -m artsmessa
     3585 ?        S      0:00 kdeinit: knotify
     3586 ?        S      0:00 kwrapper ksmserver --restore
     3588 ?        S      0:00 kdeinit: ksmserver --restore
     3589 ?        S      0:10 kdeinit: kwin -session 110a00000400010375441310000002
     3592 ?        S      0:00 kdeinit: kwrited
     3596 ?        S      0:09 kdeinit: kdesktop
     3603 ?        S      0:13 kdeinit: kicker
     3609 ?        S      0:01 kdeinit: klipper -icon klipper -miniicon klipper
     3613 ?        S      0:00 korgac --miniicon korganizer
     3614 ?        S      0:00 kalarmd -session 110a00000400010375441390000002403000
     3632 ?        S      0:03 kdeinit: konsole -caption=Distributed.net Client -ico
     3634 pts/2    RN    63:30 /home/nukes/distributed.net/dnetc
     3676 ?        S      0:00 /bin/bash /usr//bin/run-moz-1.2.1
     3677 ?        S      0:00 /bin/sh /usr/local/mozilla/run-mozilla.sh ./mozilla-b
     3683 ?        S      6:09 ./mozilla-bin
     3685 ?        S      0:00 ./mozilla-bin
     3686 ?        S      0:01 ./mozilla-bin
     3687 ?        S      0:00 ./mozilla-bin
     3689 ?        S      0:05 ./mozilla-bin
     4032 ?        S      0:00 /sbin/mount.smbfs //steve/richard /home/nukes/server
     4106 ?        S      0:07 kdeinit: konqueror --silent
     4120 ?        S      0:00 kdeinit: kio_uiserver
     4124 ?        S      0:00 ./mozilla-bin
     4136 ?        S      0:25 d4x
     4137 ?        S      0:00 d4x
     4138 ?        S      0:00 d4x
     4139 ?        S      0:00 d4x
     4140 ?        S      0:00 d4x
     4141 ?        S      0:00 d4x
     4145 ?        S      0:00 pickup -l -t fifo -u -c
     4146 ?        S      0:00 kdeinit: konsole -icon konsole -miniicon konsole
     4148 pts/3    S      0:00 /bin/bash
     4179 pts/3    R      0:00 ps ax
    [nukes@rik nukes]$
    _____
    NuKeS

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    Very cool link, NeoStar! I missed this thread earlier; I'm glad I caught it now!

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    Here are yet two more links for services in 2K and XP

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    Originally posted by muno
    If your resources are below 100mb upon start, that's good. Don't think you can have much more below that.

    I start at 97mb which is the best I've been able to achieve. Without seriously tampering with the machine.

    It's interesting to add the 'vm size' in taskmanager to see the real demand of resources by a program.
    -M
    Where do I go to find that?

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    Right-click the 'Taskbar' and choose 'Task Manager'.

    You can then click on the 'Processes' tab to view what's running.

    Click on 'View' and 'Select Columns' and then check 'Virtual Memory Size'.

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