- Hundeds of different processes and services are running on your computer, even if no programs are open.computer image by blaine stiger from Fotolia.com
The Task Manager divides the processes running through the computer's processor (CPU) in three ways. The first are applications: programs not affiliated with the operating system that perform a specific function, such as play music. The second is a process; processes run in the background of your computer and are required for both the operating system to function, as well as any currently running applications. Lastly are the services, which are basically the processes broken down into detail. All processes will slow down a computer, but some do more damage than others.
- Whenever you start up a program, such as Windows Media Player or MS Word, it opens up processes that slow down the computer, even if you are not using the program. Generally, the larger the program, in terms of data size (Mbs, Gbs), the more it will slow down your computer. To see the amount of data the the actual program is using, open Task Manager, right-click the application, and select "Go to process" to display the exact data usage of the application.
- Programs such as antivirus software or Torrent download managers start up when you log into your computer by default. While it is recommended to allow some programs, such as antivirus software, to start up automatically, you should terminate the idling programs if you want to speed up your computer. You can check for any hidden processes initiated by these hidden applications by opening up the "Type" tab in the Task Manager "Process" tab.
Operating System Processes
- Processes are part of the operating system. Even if absolutely no applications are running on your computer, a large number of processes are operating in the background. These processes slow down the computer, but terminating them will cause the operating system to malfunction or crash.