Detect Malicious Processes Running On Your PC

Detect Malicious Processes Running On Your PC

If you have an internet connection and stay connected to the web for long hours, it is quite natural for your PC to be prone to a number of malwares, viruses and spywares. The problems caused by such malicious codes are pretty difficult to handle and sometimes take a long time to resolve. Most of the times, you have no other option but to format your system to get rid of malwares.  

Most of these malwares get downloaded and installed on your system on their own. Many times, the antivirus on your PC is unable to detect such malwares and even if it manages to detect the threat not all antivirus applications can get rid of them. Even boot-time scanning doesn’t help at times.

Many malwares tend to block access to most popular antivirus websites such as AVG, Norton, Avira, Kaspersky etc. making it almost impossible for you to download an anti-malware or antivirus product. Above all, such malwares also disable system restore and do not allow you to boot your PC in Safe Mode.


Therefore, it is of utmost importance that you detect and stop any harmful processes from running/ executing on your system. Once you detect them, you need to kill such processes manually.

Follow the below mentioned steps to detect harmful processes:

  1. Press Alt+Ctrl+Tab hotkeys in order to launch the Windows Task Manager.
  2. Go to the tab “Processes” to view the list of all the processes that are running on your PC.
  3. If you happen to be familiar with the running processes, try to identify the suspicious process. You need to copy the name of the process and search it in ProcessLibrary.
  4. If you are unable to identify the malicious process, you may download a tool named “Process Viewer” and install it so that the tool can do the task of examining the processes.
  5. Once you have identified the malicious process using Process Viewer, all you need to do is, kill the process through the Task Manager.

 It is always better to identify the malicious processes and kill them right away rather than spending hours together to get rid of the dangerous viruses after they affect your PC. You can activate your task Manger if it is not enabled by following the intructions here.

How Can I Manage Browser Add-Ons With Windows XP SP2

Managing Add-ons in Internet Explorer on Windows XP SP2

Most of us install add-ons and toolbars to Microsoft Internet Explorer (IE) without even knowing it – as they often come along with softwares and programs that we download. However, one fine day, you realize that your IE browser is extremely slow because of having to carry the load of many add-ons and extra features that you don’t really need.

This might even hog up on the virtual memory – resulting in freezing of the PC. This article will show you a simple way of managing the add-ons that are installed in your IE browser, so that you can retain only the ones you actually need – and discard the rest. The only thing is that this is especially for Windows XP Service Pack 2 (SP2). If you are not sure of the version you have, you can easily check it – detailed steps are given at this link.

Provided that you have Windows XP SP2, follow the instructions given below.

  1. Launch IE.
  2. Navigate to Tools -> Internet Options.
  3. In the Internet Options dialog that comes up, select the Programs tab.
  4. Click on the Manage Add-ons button to the bottom of this tab.
  5. A new window opens up that contains a list of the various add-ons that are being used by the system (categorized under separate headings in IE 8). Select an add-on that you feel you do not need, and then click on Disable.
  6. In this way, browse through the entire list of add-ons and weed out the ones you don’t need one-by-one.

At the end of the day, you will find that your IE browser has become lighter, faster, and more efficient in terms of memory usage. This simple trick will go a long way in creating a better browsing experience for you in the long run.