Tuesday, March 06, 2007

Searching for Something

I am having a problem with my computer at the moment. Something is eating up my RAM and processing capacity. I have both anti-virus and anti-spyware as well as a Windows Maintainance program all of which say nothing is there but my computer is constantly working on something. My RAM fills up and empties every few minutes.

I once found a shareware program that allowed me to see what programs are running and how much capacity they are using. I found it at Tucows and it was quite useful but I have not been able to find it since. Does anyone know of a software that will allow you to monitor the programs your computer is running (including hidden ones) at any given time?


Blogger ABFreedom said...

I don't use windows much, but can't you use the aSystem Information app in the System Tools to do this on XP?

8:32 PM  
Blogger KurtP said...

Thjere might be something in majorgeeks.com

I thought I had a rootkit going after getting FAPped from my satellite server, and found some programs there.

Turns out it was two teen girls and MySpace.

But it DID clean out alot of cr@p.

1:56 AM  
Blogger The Oneonta Teletype said...

Sounds like malware, spyware is calling home. Run an online spyware check from www.pcpitstop.com. It's free and will automatically scrub any spyware you may have picked up.

Roger T.

9:53 AM  
Blogger Gayle said...

Don't the programs your pc are running show up on your startup page, Shoprat?

You've probably already done this, but just in case:

Go to "run" on the start page and type in "misconfig". A window will come up and there will be a "startup" button at the top. Left click on that and uncheck all the programs that you have either downloaded or uploaded to your pc. You can still use them when you want to, but they won't be running in the background.

9:55 AM  
Blogger The Oneonta Teletype said...

Gayle makes a good point. I uncheck everything. If a program needs a startup,like a print spooler, it will startup automatically when called on. Having programs running in the background saves some time loading a program, but bloats the puter and taxes the RAM.


6:45 PM  
Blogger Little Miss Chatterbox said...

I'm the last person to ask about stuff like this. I hope you get things fixed quickly though.

Also, I love all the additional South Park versions of yourself that you have on your sidebar ;-)!

12:32 PM  
Anonymous gunz said...

Get it fixed Shop??

Brother I have no clue if you've tried or applied the previous suggestions listed here and you still have the same issues.

2:32 PM  
Blogger shoprat said...

Well I stopped 11 programs that started whenever I started my computer. It seems to have made a difference. Thanks for the tips.

I have 4 more that I may discontinue and 7 that I figure on keeping.

1:30 PM  

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