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Are hidden processes slowing down your computer?

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Your email program is open, your antivirus is protecting you, and you are using a spreadsheet. But things seem very slow? There could be hidden processes sucking resources from applications that need them!

Hidden processes can range from programs you have installed to viruses and hidden spyware. Stopping hidden processes – and removing malware – can increase your computer’s speed and performance.

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What are Hidden Processes?

A computer program is simply a list of instructions. Processes are the execution of those instructions. All processes need resources from the Central Processing Unit (CPU) to run.

You can see the results of some processes. For example, when you use your web browser you can witness it working. However, some are what we call “background processes.” These hidden processes operate behind the scenes. Some, such as your antivirus which protects your PC even if you can’t see it, are good. There are also Windows services and processes. You don’t see them working, but they are crucial to the operation of your PC.

Other hidden processes are unneeded and can cause slowdowns and poor PC performance. If there are too many processes running at once, there are not enough CPU resources to go around. The worst hidden processes are viruses and malware. They compromise performance as well as stealing your passwords, spamming others, and other bad things.

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Finding Hidden Processes

As hidden processes run in the background and do not require user interaction, you likely won’t notice them – until they bring your PC to a crawl! One way to check for hidden processes is to use RegCure Pro. You can scan with it to look for performance problems – unneeded processes – as well as other issues that could be slowing down your computer. You can also go to RegCure Pro’s Tools tab and use the Process Manager. This will show you a list of processes currently running on your PC.

You will see there are likely many more processes running than applications you have open! But which ones do you want to stop to improve performance?

Stopping Hidden Processes

RegCure Pro’s Process Manager can help you decide which hidden processes to end. This software uses handy symbols to indicate which are System process, User Installed, Unwanted, Malware (need to remove immediately) or Other kinds of processes. To stop a process, just click to highlight it and select End Process. If a malware process is detected, it is recommended you end it and then run a scan with your antivirus.

Some common unwanted hidden processes that you might want to stop are:

  • Igfxpers.exe: Gives access to the Intel graphics control panel via a System Tray icon but uses a lot of system and memory resources.
  • Msmsgs.exe: Allows for instant messages (IM) using MSN, but if you don’t need it it can be stopped to save resources.
  • Qttask.exe: Helps you launch QuickTime from the System Tray. It can use up to 750kb of valuable resources.
  • Hkcmd.exe: For an Intel 81x graphics chip, it allows you to choose hotkey combinations to change video resolution. Many users do not need this functionality and it can slow things down.

These are just a few hidden processes that your PC doesn’t need running. However, there are others that it requires. These include Windows processes such as:

  • Explorer.exe
  • Taskmgr.exe
  • Spoolsv.exe
  • Csrss.exe
  • Svchost.exe (likely more than one of these is running, which is fine)

If you are concerned if a process should be stopped or not, we recommend you research it. A fast search of the World Wide Web can reveal the importance – or lack thereof – of many hidden processes.

Don’t Let Them Get Started

One way to beat hidden processes, which can hurt PC performance, is not to let them start in the first place. It is common for hidden processes to launch when you boot up your computer. You can use RegCure Pro’s Startup Manager to prevent them from getting started. In RegCure Pro, just click on Tools and then Startup Manager. You can examine the list of items and, by unchecking the box by a process’ name, stop it from launching at startup.

Processes are critical to the operation of your computer. But, not every process needs to be running. Following the tips above can help you stop hidden processes from slowing things down.

Spring Clean Your Computer, Inside and Out

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How often do you give your computer a really good clean?  I don’t just mean wiping that layer of dust and cat hair off the surface, though that would probably be a good idea.  If you don’t usually do it, now would be a good time to clean out the temporary and junk files that can slow you down.

It is important to clean out your registry from time to time to remove corrupted DLL files, or shortcuts for programs that are no longer on your system.  It is not recommended that you make any changes to the registry on your own.   You want to use a program designed to clean the registry, like a PC optimizer that has a built in registry cleaner.  I recommend RegCure Pro.

Clean the inside:

  • Temporary, or temp, files are created to store information while a new file is being made. They aren’t meant to be kept forever once the permanent file is created.
  • Cookies are little pieces of data from a website or server that is used to keep track of your activities while you are on that site. If you leave and come back, a cookie will remember where you were.  These are stored on your computer, and they can be used to track your habits all over the web.  Best to get rid of them, so they don’t invade your online privacy.
  • Cache is the stored memory of what you have done, either in a browser, program, or in Windows. This is handy because it is faster for a browser to retrieve data from the cache, than re-requesting it from the site when you hit the “back” button.  However, this information doesn’t need to be stored once you are done browsing.
  • Uninstall programs from your system that you haven’t used in the last year. That being said, you may want to double-check online what the program is before you remove it.  You certainly don’t want to remove anything that keeps Windows running!
  • Install updates for Windows, browsers, and any other programs or plugins on your computer. New updates are provided to improve the functionality of software, fix bugs, and patch weaknesses so threats don’t get in through holes.
  • Run a full antivirus scan. Best to run an AV scan to make sure there is no malware lurking on your PC.  ParetoLogic Internet Security has a very thorough full scan that will even catch PUPs, like search redirects and toolbars.
  • Backup your important files with a program like SpeedyBackup. This ensures that the files that matter most, like video of the grandkids, or vacation photos, are safely protected if the computer were to crash.

clean meClean the outside:

Best to power down before you start.  It may save you from a shock, and you will be better able to see the dirt.

  • Dust your entire computer with a microfiber cloth. Don’t use tissues or paper towels, as the fibers can damage the screen.  No microfiber?  Use an old t-shirt.
  • If there is something really sticky on the screen or laptop touch pad, you can mix a cleaning solution of vinegar or isopropyl alcohol 50/50 with distilled water. This should coax the grime off without leaving marks.  DO NOT use ammonia-based glass cleaner.
  • Wipe the computer vents with a clean, soft cloth. If dust builds up it can block the vents, preventing proper cooling, making your fan work overtime.  If your computer sounds louder than usual, make sure to clean those vents.
  • Invest in a can of compressed air and spray out your keyboard. Many of us are guilty of eating in front of the computer.  Crumbs and even dead skin get trapped in the keyboard over time.  Best to clean it out regularly.
  • You probably want to sanitize the keyboard as well. Whether there are many hands sharing a keyboard, or just yours, it’s bound to get icky over time.  Give the surface a wipe with an antibacterial cleaning cloth, or the 50/50 mix I mentioned above.  You won’t regret doing this regularly once cold season hits.

Keeping your computer clean will extend the life of both the internal and external components.  Many people think their computer slows down because it’s old, but this is not the case.  With a regular cleaning schedule, at least once a season if not more, you should be able to keep your computer running like new.

5 easy steps to speed up your computer

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Don’t you hate it when your computer is slow? It just takes forever to get anything done. You wait and wait and wait … It is very frustrating and completely unproductive!

It doesn’t have to be that way though. There are actions you can take to make your computer faster! Check out our top 5 easy speed up tips for your computer. They can help get your computer running faster and better. By speeding up your PC, you can get a lot more done.

  1. Get rid of what’s not needed

Unneeded files and programs just take up valuable space and resources. They can slow down your computer. Take time to delete unneeded files and to uninstall unwanted programs. If you keep your license key and disk, if there is one, you can always reinstall a program if you need it later.

  1. Clean up, speed up your system

There is a lot going on inside your computer. The Windows registry helps keep track of it all. It is a large, complex database that stores settings, preferences, and digital relationships. Over time, with software being installed and uninstalled, the Windows registry can get corrupted, confusing, and messy. RegCure Pro is an easy-to-use program that cleans the Windows registry.

  1. Remove viruses and malware

Viruses, spyware, adware, and other malware can wreak havoc with your computer’s speed and performance. Not only does malware do nasty things like try to steal your password, take over your PC, spam others, and other devious deeds, it was not written with your computer’s performance in mind. Viruses and malware can cause all kinds of problems. As well as helping optimize your computer, RegCure Pro also tracks down and removes active malware processes.

  1. Prevent unwanted programs from launching at startup

Does it take forever for your computer to start up? It is likely that a number of programs and processes are fighting over resources when you boot up. There are not enough resources to go around and this really slows things down. However, you don’t actually need that many processes running when you start up – your essential Windows processes and your antivirus may be all you need! A great easy speed up tip is to stop unwanted programs from launching at startup. RegCure Pro features an easy to use Startup Manager that puts you in control.

  1. Use RegCure Pro

If you want the hands off way to get your system running like new just download RegCure Pro and let it do all the work for you. It will scan your system for malware, unwanted privacy issues, and other things that might not only leave your system slower than normal but pieces of data that might leave you at risk for other issues.  Download, scan, and fix if you want. Try it here with a free download:freeregurecscanbutton

How to Get Rid of Junk Files

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boxshotYour computer packs away data! However, if it holds too much data it just eats up disk space and valuable resources. There are many files on your computer that don’t need to be there. Junk files, temporary items, and other computer clutter just take up space!

How do you get rid of computer clutter? The easiest way is to use an automated tool like RegCure Pro. This easy-to-use software searches your computer your computer for unneeded files and gets rid of them.

RegCure Pro’s Junk Files scan is included in its Main Scan. This makes it easy to get rid of junk files and unneeded clutter as well as to optimize your computer for peak performance.

Download RegCure Pro to get rid of junk files

To use RegCure Pro to scan for Junk Files, open the application. If a scan does not start automatically, click to begin scanning for junk file and performance problems.

Once RegCure’s Main Scan is done, you can review the results. To look at detected problems in a category, such as Junk Files, click on Edit.

RegCure Pro lets you adjust the settings of its scans to customize it to fit your needs. To view the Junk Files settings, click on the Settings link and the Junk Settings button.

You can select the folders to be included in the Junk Files scan:

  1. Click the Add Item button.
  2. Browse to the folder and click OK.

You can also add file extensions to the Junk Files scan:

  1. Click the Add button.
  2. Type the extension and click OK.

As well as removing junk files, temporary items, and clutter, RegCure Pro can help your computer’s performance in other ways. This PC optimization program fixes system errors, removes active malware processes, defrags, removes junk files, and much more.

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Still have Windows XP? Show your PC some love!

Still using Windows XP? We have software to help. Photo courtesy of Ali.shahid27225 from Wikimedia Commons
Still using Windows XP? We have software to help. Photo courtesy of Ali.shahid27225 from Wikimedia Commons

Still using Windows XP? We have software to help. Photo courtesy of Ali.shahid27225 from Wikimedia Commons

As of April 8, 2014, Microsoft has ended its support of the much loved Windows XP operating system. XP users no longer receive updates (including security) and support.

However, many people have stuck with Windows XP for various reasons: familiarity, cost, don’t have the time to switch, still works well, hate Windows 8 … With Microsoft no longer supporting the operating system it released for retail in October of 2001, it can be challenging to fix, maintain and protect your Windows XP computer.

Windows XP machines still deserve to be shown some love! We can help. ParetoLogic continues to produce a variety of security, utility, and PC optimization software for the Windows XP operating system. These programs can help you clean your computer for peak performance and protect your Windows XP against viruses, spyware, adware, Trojan downloaders, and other malware. There are also handy programs that can help you manage passwords, recover deleted files, find programs to open unknown file extensions, and more.

ParetoLogic remains dedicated to serving its loyal users who are continue to use the Windows XP operating system.

RegCure Pro: Improve your computer’s speed and performance

SpeedyBackup: Back up and protect your important files

SpeedyPassword: Remembers all your passwords and automatically logs you into your online account

ParetoLogic Internet Security: Advanced computer security

XoftSpy AntiVirus Pro: Antivirus with real-time malware blocking

ParetoLogic PC Health Advisor: Complete suite of PC optimization tools

EasyFileViewer: Open images, documents, and archived file types. FREE trial subscription

ParetoLogic FileCure: Find programs to open unknown file extensions

ParetoLogic Data Recovery Pro: Recover deleted files and emails (Even available for Windows 2000)

ParetoLogic Privacy Controls: Erase all traces of your online browsing and other activities

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How do I get my computer to start up faster?

Is your computer as slow as this Aldabra tortoise? Photo by Trisha Shears from Wikimedia Commons
Is your computer as slow as this Aldabra tortoise? Photo by Trisha Shears from Wikimedia Commons

Is your computer as slow as this Aldabra tortoise? Photo by Trisha Shears from Wikimedia Commons

Does your computer take a long time to start up?

Lately mine sure was! I know the fable tells us that slow and steady wins the race, but this was getting ridiculous! I definitely wanted my PC to to perform more like a hare and less like a tortoise!

So, I turned to RegCure Pro.

Why is my computer slow to start up?

If your computer is slow to start up, you might be facing the same issue that I had. My problem was that I had too many startup items.

Startup items are the programs, processes, and services scheduled to launch when you boot up your computer. These have a big impact on your computer’s startup time.

I had a number of programs and processes trying to launch: antivirus, iTunes, Outlook for my email, Adobe Reader, and many more. Some of them I didn’t even know were running! The problem is that all of these require resources from my computer’s Central Processing Unit. The CPU doesn’t have enough resources to go around!

This means it takes a long time for the programs to launch and for your computer to startup. As well, once your computer has booted up, these programs and processes are still running – and stealing resources from the applications that you really want to use! This means it can take longer to do even routine tasks, such as opening a file.

How do I make my computer start up faster?

What I did to improve my computer’s startup time was to use RegCure Pro’s Startup Manager. There are other ways to manage startup items, such as using the Windows msconfig utility, but I find the Startup Manager so simple to use.

To use RegCure Pro’s Startup Manager:

  • On the left pane, click the Tools tab
  • Click Startup Manager
  • Examine the list of startup programs and decide which ones you like to disable (please read “Which startup items should I disable?” before disabling any)
  • To disable a startup item, clear the check box associated with the item

Now that program or process will not try to launch when you boot up your computer. This should improve your computer’s startup time. It certainly did for me!

Which startup items should I disable?

When the startup item list came up on RegCure Pro’s Startup Manager, I was a bit intimidated!

I wasn’t sure what to do. However, I realized that I can disable an item and if I notice it negatively affects performance, I can enable it again. There were items I had never even heard of! Many processes run hidden in the background.

I noticed that some of the programs and processes listed were things that I knew. For example, one was iTunes. I certainly don’t need that to launch at startup. I can launch iTunes myself when I need to rock out to my tunes. I have also learned that a good rule is to only disable startup items that are programs that I can start myself.

If you are curious about what an item is, you can Google it, or use the search engine of your choice, to find out what it is. This can help you determine if it is something needed like a Windows process or hardware driver. Other programs likely do not need to launch at startup. It is a good idea to have your antivirus, such as ParetoLogic Internet Security, launch when you boot up to protect your PC. In short, if you are unsure about an item, it is best not to disable it.

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