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Discussion in 'Windows XP' started by didee58, May 5, 2010.

  1. didee58

    didee58 Flightless Bird

    Got answer so fast decided to send next question along. 1. Under more tools
    in Malewarebytes is a tool called File Assassian that says can help delete
    locked files.When would one want to run this,and what exactly are locked
    files.should I be messing with them. Reason I am asking is that my computer
    is running slower,and slower all the time.Kind of like that commercial.
    Also what about compressed old files there is 4,096KB of them on my
    C:drive.can you get rid of those? How do you find out what they are.
    I have XP SP2,(and yes I know I need to update before July,Thanks for that
    tip).Thanks for any help.
     
  2. Richard in AZ

    Richard in AZ Flightless Bird

    "didee58" <didee58@discussions.microsoft.com> wrote in message
    news:513B8667-CB9D-42D2-B757-2C64AA1121FF@microsoft.com...
    > Got answer so fast decided to send next question along. 1. Under more tools
    > in Malewarebytes is a tool called File Assassian that says can help delete
    > locked files.When would one want to run this,and what exactly are locked
    > files.should I be messing with them. Reason I am asking is that my computer
    > is running slower,and slower all the time.Kind of like that commercial.
    > Also what about compressed old files there is 4,096KB of them on my
    > C:drive.can you get rid of those? How do you find out what they are.
    > I have XP SP2,(and yes I know I need to update before July,Thanks for that
    > tip).Thanks for any help.


    Locked files are ones that will not delete by any of the standard techniques.
    You should only be deleting files that you created, i.e. documents, pictures, etc.

    When you run "disk cleanup" it may compress old data files that you have not used in a long time.
    When you double-click on one of these compressed files, it should open with the program used to
    create it.
    Then if you don't need, or want, it any more, you can delete it.
    However these compressed files have nothing to do with your computer speed.

    Have you run the "Disk Cleanup" tool to remove clutter? (START-All PROGRAMS-ACCESSORIES-SYSTEM
    TOOLS-DISK CLEANUP)
    Especially clear the "temp files" option.
    You also need to know what programs load into memory on startup and stay there. These can use
    critical recourses and slow your computer down.
     
  3. bobster

    bobster Flightless Bird

    Malwarebytes File Assassin function seems to work well for deleting
    index.dat files.

    ===============================================================
    "didee58" <didee58@discussions.microsoft.com> wrote in message
    news:513B8667-CB9D-42D2-B757-2C64AA1121FF@microsoft.com...
    Got answer so fast decided to send next question along. 1. Under more tools
    in Malewarebytes is a tool called File Assassian that says can help delete
    locked files.When would one want to run this,and what exactly are locked
    files.should I be messing with them. Reason I am asking is that my computer
    is running slower,and slower all the time.Kind of like that commercial.
    Also what about compressed old files there is 4,096KB of them on my
    C:drive.can you get rid of those? How do you find out what they are.
    I have XP SP2,(and yes I know I need to update before July,Thanks for that
    tip).Thanks for any help.
     
  4. PA Bear [MS MVP]

    PA Bear [MS MVP] Flightless Bird

    Post here instead: http://forums.malwarebytes.org/index.php?showforum=41

    didee58 wrote:
    > Got answer so fast decided to send next question along. 1. Under more
    > tools
    > in Malewarebytes is a tool called File Assassian that says can help delete
    > locked files.When would one want to run this,and what exactly are locked
    > files.should I be messing with them. Reason I am asking is that my
    > computer
    > is running slower,and slower all the time.Kind of like that commercial.
    > Also what about compressed old files there is 4,096KB of them on my
    > C:drive.can you get rid of those? How do you find out what they are.
    > I have XP SP2,(and yes I know I need to update before July,Thanks for that
    > tip).Thanks for any help.
     
  5. didee58

    didee58 Flightless Bird

    Thanks for the info,just have one more question(for now)when I go to Task
    Manager it shows me all that are running,currently 47 of them. which ones are
    all right to turn off.and how do I stop them from loading to begin with if
    they aren't needed?.I have one of those books for dummies,but sometimes it is
    easier when someone can address the one specific thing you are having trouble
    with,so again Thanks for your help.
    "Richard in AZ" wrote:

    >
    > "didee58" <didee58@discussions.microsoft.com> wrote in message
    > news:513B8667-CB9D-42D2-B757-2C64AA1121FF@microsoft.com...
    > > Got answer so fast decided to send next question along. 1. Under more tools
    > > in Malewarebytes is a tool called File Assassian that says can help delete
    > > locked files.When would one want to run this,and what exactly are locked
    > > files.should I be messing with them. Reason I am asking is that my computer
    > > is running slower,and slower all the time.Kind of like that commercial.
    > > Also what about compressed old files there is 4,096KB of them on my
    > > C:drive.can you get rid of those? How do you find out what they are.
    > > I have XP SP2,(and yes I know I need to update before July,Thanks for that
    > > tip).Thanks for any help.

    >
    > Locked files are ones that will not delete by any of the standard techniques.
    > You should only be deleting files that you created, i.e. documents, pictures, etc.
    >
    > When you run "disk cleanup" it may compress old data files that you have not used in a long time.
    > When you double-click on one of these compressed files, it should open with the program used to
    > create it.
    > Then if you don't need, or want, it any more, you can delete it.
    > However these compressed files have nothing to do with your computer speed.
    >
    > Have you run the "Disk Cleanup" tool to remove clutter? (START-All PROGRAMS-ACCESSORIES-SYSTEM
    > TOOLS-DISK CLEANUP)
    > Especially clear the "temp files" option.
    > You also need to know what programs load into memory on startup and stay there. These can use
    > critical recourses and slow your computer down.
    >
    >
    > .
    >
     
  6. Richard in AZ

    Richard in AZ Flightless Bird

    At this point it is almost impossible for some one, that cannot see your computer, to help you.
    As a minimum, you must have your antivirus program running and your video control running, but a lot
    of the other software does not have to be running all the time in the background. But depending on
    your computers other software may also be required to be running in the background.
    At this time I recommend you look for a computer club or a professional tech in your area to help
    you.
    (PS, by professional tech I do not mean a big box service like BestBuy, etc.)

    "didee58" <didee58@discussions.microsoft.com> wrote in message
    news:3D267A1C-27F6-42B4-AF25-EBFB90462786@microsoft.com...
    >
    > Thanks for the info,just have one more question(for now)when I go to Task
    > Manager it shows me all that are running,currently 47 of them. which ones are
    > all right to turn off.and how do I stop them from loading to begin with if
    > they aren't needed?.I have one of those books for dummies,but sometimes it is
    > easier when someone can address the one specific thing you are having trouble
    > with,so again Thanks for your help.
    > "Richard in AZ" wrote:
    >
    >>
    >> "didee58" <didee58@discussions.microsoft.com> wrote in message
    >> news:513B8667-CB9D-42D2-B757-2C64AA1121FF@microsoft.com...
    >> > Got answer so fast decided to send next question along. 1. Under more tools
    >> > in Malewarebytes is a tool called File Assassian that says can help delete
    >> > locked files.When would one want to run this,and what exactly are locked
    >> > files.should I be messing with them. Reason I am asking is that my computer
    >> > is running slower,and slower all the time.Kind of like that commercial.
    >> > Also what about compressed old files there is 4,096KB of them on my
    >> > C:drive.can you get rid of those? How do you find out what they are.
    >> > I have XP SP2,(and yes I know I need to update before July,Thanks for that
    >> > tip).Thanks for any help.

    >>
    >> Locked files are ones that will not delete by any of the standard techniques.
    >> You should only be deleting files that you created, i.e. documents, pictures, etc.
    >>
    >> When you run "disk cleanup" it may compress old data files that you have not used in a long time.
    >> When you double-click on one of these compressed files, it should open with the program used to
    >> create it.
    >> Then if you don't need, or want, it any more, you can delete it.
    >> However these compressed files have nothing to do with your computer speed.
    >>
    >> Have you run the "Disk Cleanup" tool to remove clutter? (START-All PROGRAMS-ACCESSORIES-SYSTEM
    >> TOOLS-DISK CLEANUP)
    >> Especially clear the "temp files" option.
    >> You also need to know what programs load into memory on startup and stay there. These can use
    >> critical recourses and slow your computer down.
    >>
    >>
    >> .
    >>
     
  7. Paul

    Paul Flightless Bird

    Richard in AZ wrote:
    > At this point it is almost impossible for some one, that cannot see your computer, to help you.
    > As a minimum, you must have your antivirus program running and your video control running, but a lot
    > of the other software does not have to be running all the time in the background. But depending on
    > your computers other software may also be required to be running in the background.
    > At this time I recommend you look for a computer club or a professional tech in your area to help
    > you.
    > (PS, by professional tech I do not mean a big box service like BestBuy, etc.)
    >
    > "didee58" <didee58@discussions.microsoft.com> wrote in message
    > news:3D267A1C-27F6-42B4-AF25-EBFB90462786@microsoft.com...
    >> Thanks for the info,just have one more question(for now)when I go to Task
    >> Manager it shows me all that are running,currently 47 of them. which ones are
    >> all right to turn off.and how do I stop them from loading to begin with if
    >> they aren't needed?.I have one of those books for dummies,but sometimes it is
    >> easier when someone can address the one specific thing you are having trouble
    >> with,so again Thanks for your help.
    >> "Richard in AZ" wrote:
    >>


    Start : Run : cmd

    In the MSDOS window, type

    tasklist /svc > mytasks.txt

    Then go and find the mytasks.txt file on your C: drive and open
    it with Notepad. In there, will be a list of all the things running
    on your computer, which you can share with us. One of the programs
    could well be the "tasklist" program which is generating the list.
    So this is one way to capture what is running.

    Image Name PID Services
    ========================= ====== =============================================
    System Idle Process 0 N/A
    System 4 N/A
    smss.exe 884 N/A
    csrss.exe 944 N/A
    winlogon.exe 968 N/A
    services.exe 1016 Eventlog, PlugPlay
    lsass.exe 1028 PolicyAgent, ProtectedStorage, SamSs
    svchost.exe 1204 DcomLaunch, TermService
    ....

    HTH,
    Paul
     
  8. Richard in AZ

    Richard in AZ Flightless Bird

    "Paul" <nospam@needed.com> wrote in message news:hrumub$vea$1@speranza.aioe.org...
    > Richard in AZ wrote:
    >> At this point it is almost impossible for some one, that cannot see your computer, to help you.
    >> As a minimum, you must have your antivirus program running and your video control running, but a
    >> lot of the other software does not have to be running all the time in the background. But
    >> depending on your computers other software may also be required to be running in the background.
    >> At this time I recommend you look for a computer club or a professional tech in your area to help
    >> you.
    >> (PS, by professional tech I do not mean a big box service like BestBuy, etc.)
    >>
    >> "didee58" <didee58@discussions.microsoft.com> wrote in message
    >> news:3D267A1C-27F6-42B4-AF25-EBFB90462786@microsoft.com...
    >>> Thanks for the info,just have one more question(for now)when I go to Task
    >>> Manager it shows me all that are running,currently 47 of them. which ones are
    >>> all right to turn off.and how do I stop them from loading to begin with if
    >>> they aren't needed?.I have one of those books for dummies,but sometimes it is
    >>> easier when someone can address the one specific thing you are having trouble
    >>> with,so again Thanks for your help.
    >>> "Richard in AZ" wrote:
    >>>

    >
    > Start : Run : cmd
    >
    > In the MSDOS window, type
    >
    > tasklist /svc > mytasks.txt
    >
    > Then go and find the mytasks.txt file on your C: drive and open
    > it with Notepad. In there, will be a list of all the things running
    > on your computer, which you can share with us. One of the programs
    > could well be the "tasklist" program which is generating the list.
    > So this is one way to capture what is running.
    >
    > Image Name PID Services
    > ========================= ====== =============================================
    > System Idle Process 0 N/A
    > System 4 N/A
    > smss.exe 884 N/A
    > csrss.exe 944 N/A
    > winlogon.exe 968 N/A
    > services.exe 1016 Eventlog, PlugPlay
    > lsass.exe 1028 PolicyAgent, ProtectedStorage, SamSs
    > svchost.exe 1204 DcomLaunch, TermService
    > ...
    >
    > HTH,
    > Paul


    "Tasklist" is not a valid command in the CMD window
    What did you mean to say?
     
  9. Peter Foldes

    Peter Foldes Flightless Bird

    Try the following

    Command Prompt and type in mytasks.txt hit enter

    --
    Peter

    Please Reply to Newsgroup for the benefit of others
    Requests for assistance by email can not and will not be acknowledged.
    http://www.microsoft.com/protect

    "Richard in AZ" <me@mailinator.com> wrote in message
    news:uM8OpyT7KHA.1888@TK2MSFTNGP05.phx.gbl...
    >
    > "Paul" <nospam@needed.com> wrote in message news:hrumub$vea$1@speranza.aioe.org...
    >> Richard in AZ wrote:
    >>> At this point it is almost impossible for some one, that cannot see your
    >>> computer, to help you.
    >>> As a minimum, you must have your antivirus program running and your video
    >>> control running, but a lot of the other software does not have to be running all
    >>> the time in the background. But depending on your computers other software may
    >>> also be required to be running in the background.
    >>> At this time I recommend you look for a computer club or a professional tech in
    >>> your area to help you.
    >>> (PS, by professional tech I do not mean a big box service like BestBuy, etc.)
    >>>
    >>> "didee58" <didee58@discussions.microsoft.com> wrote in message
    >>> news:3D267A1C-27F6-42B4-AF25-EBFB90462786@microsoft.com...
    >>>> Thanks for the info,just have one more question(for now)when I go to Task
    >>>> Manager it shows me all that are running,currently 47 of them. which ones are
    >>>> all right to turn off.and how do I stop them from loading to begin with if
    >>>> they aren't needed?.I have one of those books for dummies,but sometimes it is
    >>>> easier when someone can address the one specific thing you are having trouble
    >>>> with,so again Thanks for your help.
    >>>> "Richard in AZ" wrote:
    >>>>

    >>
    >> Start : Run : cmd
    >>
    >> In the MSDOS window, type
    >>
    >> tasklist /svc > mytasks.txt
    >>
    >> Then go and find the mytasks.txt file on your C: drive and open
    >> it with Notepad. In there, will be a list of all the things running
    >> on your computer, which you can share with us. One of the programs
    >> could well be the "tasklist" program which is generating the list.
    >> So this is one way to capture what is running.
    >>
    >> Image Name PID Services
    >> ========================= ====== =============================================
    >> System Idle Process 0 N/A
    >> System 4 N/A
    >> smss.exe 884 N/A
    >> csrss.exe 944 N/A
    >> winlogon.exe 968 N/A
    >> services.exe 1016 Eventlog, PlugPlay
    >> lsass.exe 1028 PolicyAgent, ProtectedStorage, SamSs
    >> svchost.exe 1204 DcomLaunch, TermService
    >> ...
    >>
    >> HTH,
    >> Paul

    >
    > "Tasklist" is not a valid command in the CMD window
    > What did you mean to say?
    >
     
  10. Bob I

    Bob I Flightless Bird

    Richard in AZ wrote:

    > "Paul" <nospam@needed.com> wrote in message news:hrumub$vea$1@speranza.aioe.org...
    >
    >>Richard in AZ wrote:
    >>
    >>>At this point it is almost impossible for some one, that cannot see your computer, to help you.
    >>>As a minimum, you must have your antivirus program running and your video control running, but a
    >>>lot of the other software does not have to be running all the time in the background. But
    >>>depending on your computers other software may also be required to be running in the background.
    >>>At this time I recommend you look for a computer club or a professional tech in your area to help
    >>>you.
    >>>(PS, by professional tech I do not mean a big box service like BestBuy, etc.)
    >>>
    >>>"didee58" <didee58@discussions.microsoft.com> wrote in message
    >>>news:3D267A1C-27F6-42B4-AF25-EBFB90462786@microsoft.com...
    >>>
    >>>>Thanks for the info,just have one more question(for now)when I go to Task
    >>>>Manager it shows me all that are running,currently 47 of them. which ones are
    >>>>all right to turn off.and how do I stop them from loading to begin with if
    >>>>they aren't needed?.I have one of those books for dummies,but sometimes it is
    >>>>easier when someone can address the one specific thing you are having trouble
    >>>>with,so again Thanks for your help.
    >>>>"Richard in AZ" wrote:
    >>>>

    >>
    >>Start : Run : cmd
    >>
    >>In the MSDOS window, type
    >>
    >> tasklist /svc > mytasks.txt
    >>
    >>Then go and find the mytasks.txt file on your C: drive and open
    >>it with Notepad. In there, will be a list of all the things running
    >>on your computer, which you can share with us. One of the programs
    >>could well be the "tasklist" program which is generating the list.
    >>So this is one way to capture what is running.
    >>
    >>Image Name PID Services
    >>========================= ====== =============================================
    >>System Idle Process 0 N/A
    >>System 4 N/A
    >>smss.exe 884 N/A
    >>csrss.exe 944 N/A
    >>winlogon.exe 968 N/A
    >>services.exe 1016 Eventlog, PlugPlay
    >>lsass.exe 1028 PolicyAgent, ProtectedStorage, SamSs
    >>svchost.exe 1204 DcomLaunch, TermService
    >>...
    >>
    >>HTH,
    >> Paul

    >
    >
    > "Tasklist" is not a valid command in the CMD window
    > What did you mean to say?
    >


    works just fine, is it missing on your system?
     
  11. John John - MVP

    John John - MVP Flightless Bird

    Bob I wrote:
    >
    >
    > Richard in AZ wrote:
    >
    >> "Paul" <nospam@needed.com> wrote in message
    >> news:hrumub$vea$1@speranza.aioe.org...
    >>
    >>> Richard in AZ wrote:
    >>>
    >>>> At this point it is almost impossible for some one, that cannot see
    >>>> your computer, to help you.
    >>>> As a minimum, you must have your antivirus program running and your
    >>>> video control running, but a lot of the other software does not have
    >>>> to be running all the time in the background. But depending on your
    >>>> computers other software may also be required to be running in the
    >>>> background.
    >>>> At this time I recommend you look for a computer club or a
    >>>> professional tech in your area to help you.
    >>>> (PS, by professional tech I do not mean a big box service like
    >>>> BestBuy, etc.)
    >>>>
    >>>> "didee58" <didee58@discussions.microsoft.com> wrote in message
    >>>> news:3D267A1C-27F6-42B4-AF25-EBFB90462786@microsoft.com...
    >>>>
    >>>>> Thanks for the info,just have one more question(for now)when I go
    >>>>> to Task
    >>>>> Manager it shows me all that are running,currently 47 of them.
    >>>>> which ones are
    >>>>> all right to turn off.and how do I stop them from loading to begin
    >>>>> with if
    >>>>> they aren't needed?.I have one of those books for dummies,but
    >>>>> sometimes it is
    >>>>> easier when someone can address the one specific thing you are
    >>>>> having trouble
    >>>>> with,so again Thanks for your help.
    >>>>> "Richard in AZ" wrote:
    >>>>>
    >>>
    >>> Start : Run : cmd
    >>>
    >>> In the MSDOS window, type
    >>>
    >>> tasklist /svc > mytasks.txt
    >>>
    >>> Then go and find the mytasks.txt file on your C: drive and open
    >>> it with Notepad. In there, will be a list of all the things running
    >>> on your computer, which you can share with us. One of the programs
    >>> could well be the "tasklist" program which is generating the list.
    >>> So this is one way to capture what is running.
    >>>
    >>> Image Name PID Services
    >>> ========================= ======
    >>> =============================================
    >>> System Idle Process 0 N/A
    >>> System 4 N/A
    >>> smss.exe 884 N/A
    >>> csrss.exe 944 N/A
    >>> winlogon.exe 968 N/A
    >>> services.exe 1016 Eventlog, PlugPlay
    >>> lsass.exe 1028 PolicyAgent, ProtectedStorage, SamSs
    >>> svchost.exe 1204 DcomLaunch, TermService
    >>> ...
    >>>
    >>> HTH,
    >>> Paul

    >>
    >>
    >> "Tasklist" is not a valid command in the CMD window
    >> What did you mean to say?

    >
    > works just fine, is it missing on your system?


    It's absent on XP Home. But for anyone needing it they can download it
    from different places on the net.

    John
     
  12. Richard in AZ

    Richard in AZ Flightless Bird

    "John John - MVP" <audetweld@nbnet.nb.ca> wrote in message
    news:u2tC76T7KHA.420@TK2MSFTNGP02.phx.gbl...
    > Bob I wrote:
    >>
    >>
    >> Richard in AZ wrote:
    >>
    >>> "Paul" <nospam@needed.com> wrote in message news:hrumub$vea$1@speranza.aioe.org...
    >>>
    >>>> Richard in AZ wrote:
    >>>>
    >>>>> At this point it is almost impossible for some one, that cannot see your computer, to help
    >>>>> you.
    >>>>> As a minimum, you must have your antivirus program running and your video control running, but
    >>>>> a lot of the other software does not have to be running all the time in the background. But
    >>>>> depending on your computers other software may also be required to be running in the
    >>>>> background.
    >>>>> At this time I recommend you look for a computer club or a professional tech in your area to
    >>>>> help you.
    >>>>> (PS, by professional tech I do not mean a big box service like BestBuy, etc.)
    >>>>>
    >>>>> "didee58" <didee58@discussions.microsoft.com> wrote in message
    >>>>> news:3D267A1C-27F6-42B4-AF25-EBFB90462786@microsoft.com...
    >>>>>
    >>>>>> Thanks for the info,just have one more question(for now)when I go to Task
    >>>>>> Manager it shows me all that are running,currently 47 of them. which ones are
    >>>>>> all right to turn off.and how do I stop them from loading to begin with if
    >>>>>> they aren't needed?.I have one of those books for dummies,but sometimes it is
    >>>>>> easier when someone can address the one specific thing you are having trouble
    >>>>>> with,so again Thanks for your help.
    >>>>>> "Richard in AZ" wrote:
    >>>>>>
    >>>>
    >>>> Start : Run : cmd
    >>>>
    >>>> In the MSDOS window, type
    >>>>
    >>>> tasklist /svc > mytasks.txt
    >>>>
    >>>> Then go and find the mytasks.txt file on your C: drive and open
    >>>> it with Notepad. In there, will be a list of all the things running
    >>>> on your computer, which you can share with us. One of the programs
    >>>> could well be the "tasklist" program which is generating the list.
    >>>> So this is one way to capture what is running.
    >>>>
    >>>> Image Name PID Services
    >>>> ========================= ====== =============================================
    >>>> System Idle Process 0 N/A
    >>>> System 4 N/A
    >>>> smss.exe 884 N/A
    >>>> csrss.exe 944 N/A
    >>>> winlogon.exe 968 N/A
    >>>> services.exe 1016 Eventlog, PlugPlay
    >>>> lsass.exe 1028 PolicyAgent, ProtectedStorage, SamSs
    >>>> svchost.exe 1204 DcomLaunch, TermService
    >>>> ...
    >>>>
    >>>> HTH,
    >>>> Paul
    >>>
    >>>
    >>> "Tasklist" is not a valid command in the CMD window
    >>> What did you mean to say?

    >>
    >> works just fine, is it missing on your system?

    >
    > It's absent on XP Home. But for anyone needing it they can download it from different places on
    > the net.
    >
    > John

    I would assume that the OP would also not have this file.
    I was able to get it from MS as it was missing from my Home Edition.
     
  13. Paul

    Paul Flightless Bird

    Richard in AZ wrote:
    > "Paul" <nospam@needed.com> wrote in message news:hrumub$vea$1@speranza.aioe.org...
    >> Richard in AZ wrote:
    >>> At this point it is almost impossible for some one, that cannot see your computer, to help you.
    >>> As a minimum, you must have your antivirus program running and your video control running, but a
    >>> lot of the other software does not have to be running all the time in the background. But
    >>> depending on your computers other software may also be required to be running in the background.
    >>> At this time I recommend you look for a computer club or a professional tech in your area to help
    >>> you.
    >>> (PS, by professional tech I do not mean a big box service like BestBuy, etc.)
    >>>
    >>> "didee58" <didee58@discussions.microsoft.com> wrote in message
    >>> news:3D267A1C-27F6-42B4-AF25-EBFB90462786@microsoft.com...
    >>>> Thanks for the info,just have one more question(for now)when I go to Task
    >>>> Manager it shows me all that are running,currently 47 of them. which ones are
    >>>> all right to turn off.and how do I stop them from loading to begin with if
    >>>> they aren't needed?.I have one of those books for dummies,but sometimes it is
    >>>> easier when someone can address the one specific thing you are having trouble
    >>>> with,so again Thanks for your help.
    >>>> "Richard in AZ" wrote:
    >>>>

    >> Start : Run : cmd
    >>
    >> In the MSDOS window, type
    >>
    >> tasklist /svc > mytasks.txt
    >>
    >> Then go and find the mytasks.txt file on your C: drive and open
    >> it with Notepad. In there, will be a list of all the things running
    >> on your computer, which you can share with us. One of the programs
    >> could well be the "tasklist" program which is generating the list.
    >> So this is one way to capture what is running.
    >>
    >> Image Name PID Services
    >> ========================= ====== =============================================
    >> System Idle Process 0 N/A
    >> System 4 N/A
    >> smss.exe 884 N/A
    >> csrss.exe 944 N/A
    >> winlogon.exe 968 N/A
    >> services.exe 1016 Eventlog, PlugPlay
    >> lsass.exe 1028 PolicyAgent, ProtectedStorage, SamSs
    >> svchost.exe 1204 DcomLaunch, TermService
    >> ...
    >>
    >> HTH,
    >> Paul

    >
    > "Tasklist" is not a valid command in the CMD window
    > What did you mean to say?
    >
    >


    C:/WINDOWS\system32\tasklist.exe 77,824 bytes

    In my WinXP environment variables, Path is set to:

    %SystemRoot%\system32;%SystemRoot%;%SystemRoot%\System32\Wbem

    Tasklist should be picked up, based on the first element of the
    Path variable. It runs from the CMD window.

    You can double-click the tasklist.exe file, but the DOS window
    flashes too fast to read it. Which is why I suggested opening
    a CMD window and executing the command. Redirecting the output,
    makes it easier to paste the text into a posting here.

    Paul
     
  14. Paul

    Paul Flightless Bird

    Richard in AZ wrote:
    > "John John - MVP" <audetweld@nbnet.nb.ca> wrote in message
    > news:u2tC76T7KHA.420@TK2MSFTNGP02.phx.gbl...
    >> Bob I wrote:
    >>>
    >>> Richard in AZ wrote:
    >>>
    >>>> "Paul" <nospam@needed.com> wrote in message news:hrumub$vea$1@speranza.aioe.org...
    >>>>
    >>>>> Richard in AZ wrote:
    >>>>>
    >>>>>> At this point it is almost impossible for some one, that cannot see your computer, to help
    >>>>>> you.
    >>>>>> As a minimum, you must have your antivirus program running and your video control running, but
    >>>>>> a lot of the other software does not have to be running all the time in the background. But
    >>>>>> depending on your computers other software may also be required to be running in the
    >>>>>> background.
    >>>>>> At this time I recommend you look for a computer club or a professional tech in your area to
    >>>>>> help you.
    >>>>>> (PS, by professional tech I do not mean a big box service like BestBuy, etc.)
    >>>>>>
    >>>>>> "didee58" <didee58@discussions.microsoft.com> wrote in message
    >>>>>> news:3D267A1C-27F6-42B4-AF25-EBFB90462786@microsoft.com...
    >>>>>>
    >>>>>>> Thanks for the info,just have one more question(for now)when I go to Task
    >>>>>>> Manager it shows me all that are running,currently 47 of them. which ones are
    >>>>>>> all right to turn off.and how do I stop them from loading to begin with if
    >>>>>>> they aren't needed?.I have one of those books for dummies,but sometimes it is
    >>>>>>> easier when someone can address the one specific thing you are having trouble
    >>>>>>> with,so again Thanks for your help.
    >>>>>>> "Richard in AZ" wrote:
    >>>>>>>
    >>>>> Start : Run : cmd
    >>>>>
    >>>>> In the MSDOS window, type
    >>>>>
    >>>>> tasklist /svc > mytasks.txt
    >>>>>
    >>>>> Then go and find the mytasks.txt file on your C: drive and open
    >>>>> it with Notepad. In there, will be a list of all the things running
    >>>>> on your computer, which you can share with us. One of the programs
    >>>>> could well be the "tasklist" program which is generating the list.
    >>>>> So this is one way to capture what is running.
    >>>>>
    >>>>> Image Name PID Services
    >>>>> ========================= ====== =============================================
    >>>>> System Idle Process 0 N/A
    >>>>> System 4 N/A
    >>>>> smss.exe 884 N/A
    >>>>> csrss.exe 944 N/A
    >>>>> winlogon.exe 968 N/A
    >>>>> services.exe 1016 Eventlog, PlugPlay
    >>>>> lsass.exe 1028 PolicyAgent, ProtectedStorage, SamSs
    >>>>> svchost.exe 1204 DcomLaunch, TermService
    >>>>> ...
    >>>>>
    >>>>> HTH,
    >>>>> Paul
    >>>>
    >>>> "Tasklist" is not a valid command in the CMD window
    >>>> What did you mean to say?
    >>> works just fine, is it missing on your system?

    >> It's absent on XP Home. But for anyone needing it they can download it from different places on
    >> the net.
    >>
    >> John

    > I would assume that the OP would also not have this file.
    > I was able to get it from MS as it was missing from my Home Edition.
    >


    I didn't know that. I have the non-Home version. Don't Home
    users deserve to know what is running on the machine ?

    It's also pretty funny, to find a Microsoft support engineer,
    recommending the computerhope.com web site, as a source of the file :)

    http://social.answers.microsoft.com...s/thread/231719c1-8689-48d6-a701-580d9793783f

    The MD5sum (a form of checksum) for my copy of the file gives -

    e8b108654c5789ad3f75e08b0a89c609

    Or, when you download the file, you can upload it immediately to virustotal.com and
    have it scanned. This is a previous scan of that file, as an example. This doesn't
    guarantee that a file isn't dodgy, but it helps.

    http://www.virustotal.com/analisis/...8d4962cf721ad0c1467117fc6ddcbd34cf-1269403940

    Paul
     
  15. didee58

    didee58 Flightless Bird

    Well all in all its getting a little to deep for me.I think I will just
    take it to my local Computer Guru,have all non essential woo-ha(technical
    term) taken out and start fresh.But just one more thing,I have Windows Live
    one care(yeah I know stupid mistake but it runs out in Sept.) &
    malwarebytes.Do you recommend Spybot S&D.Had it before but something spooked
    me about it and I deleted it.I know I have asked several different questions
    in one place but it all ties together.
    So hope I am doing it right,If not please let me know if I should have
    started a new question. Again Thanks a lot. You guys do a great service to
    all of us who are lost in the Techno world.

    "Paul" wrote:

    > Richard in AZ wrote:
    > > "John John - MVP" <audetweld@nbnet.nb.ca> wrote in message
    > > news:u2tC76T7KHA.420@TK2MSFTNGP02.phx.gbl...
    > >> Bob I wrote:
    > >>>
    > >>> Richard in AZ wrote:
    > >>>
    > >>>> "Paul" <nospam@needed.com> wrote in message news:hrumub$vea$1@speranza.aioe.org...
    > >>>>
    > >>>>> Richard in AZ wrote:
    > >>>>>
    > >>>>>> At this point it is almost impossible for some one, that cannot see your computer, to help
    > >>>>>> you.
    > >>>>>> As a minimum, you must have your antivirus program running and your video control running, but
    > >>>>>> a lot of the other software does not have to be running all the time in the background. But
    > >>>>>> depending on your computers other software may also be required to be running in the
    > >>>>>> background.
    > >>>>>> At this time I recommend you look for a computer club or a professional tech in your area to
    > >>>>>> help you.
    > >>>>>> (PS, by professional tech I do not mean a big box service like BestBuy, etc.)
    > >>>>>>
    > >>>>>> "didee58" <didee58@discussions.microsoft.com> wrote in message
    > >>>>>> news:3D267A1C-27F6-42B4-AF25-EBFB90462786@microsoft.com...
    > >>>>>>
    > >>>>>>> Thanks for the info,just have one more question(for now)when I go to Task
    > >>>>>>> Manager it shows me all that are running,currently 47 of them. which ones are
    > >>>>>>> all right to turn off.and how do I stop them from loading to begin with if
    > >>>>>>> they aren't needed?.I have one of those books for dummies,but sometimes it is
    > >>>>>>> easier when someone can address the one specific thing you are having trouble
    > >>>>>>> with,so again Thanks for your help.
    > >>>>>>> "Richard in AZ" wrote:
    > >>>>>>>
    > >>>>> Start : Run : cmd
    > >>>>>
    > >>>>> In the MSDOS window, type
    > >>>>>
    > >>>>> tasklist /svc > mytasks.txt
    > >>>>>
    > >>>>> Then go and find the mytasks.txt file on your C: drive and open
    > >>>>> it with Notepad. In there, will be a list of all the things running
    > >>>>> on your computer, which you can share with us. One of the programs
    > >>>>> could well be the "tasklist" program which is generating the list.
    > >>>>> So this is one way to capture what is running.
    > >>>>>
    > >>>>> Image Name PID Services
    > >>>>> ========================= ====== =============================================
    > >>>>> System Idle Process 0 N/A
    > >>>>> System 4 N/A
    > >>>>> smss.exe 884 N/A
    > >>>>> csrss.exe 944 N/A
    > >>>>> winlogon.exe 968 N/A
    > >>>>> services.exe 1016 Eventlog, PlugPlay
    > >>>>> lsass.exe 1028 PolicyAgent, ProtectedStorage, SamSs
    > >>>>> svchost.exe 1204 DcomLaunch, TermService
    > >>>>> ...
    > >>>>>
    > >>>>> HTH,
    > >>>>> Paul
    > >>>>
    > >>>> "Tasklist" is not a valid command in the CMD window
    > >>>> What did you mean to say?
    > >>> works just fine, is it missing on your system?
    > >> It's absent on XP Home. But for anyone needing it they can download it from different places on
    > >> the net.
    > >>
    > >> John

    > > I would assume that the OP would also not have this file.
    > > I was able to get it from MS as it was missing from my Home Edition.
    > >

    >
    > I didn't know that. I have the non-Home version. Don't Home
    > users deserve to know what is running on the machine ?
    >
    > It's also pretty funny, to find a Microsoft support engineer,
    > recommending the computerhope.com web site, as a source of the file :)
    >
    > http://social.answers.microsoft.com...s/thread/231719c1-8689-48d6-a701-580d9793783f
    >
    > The MD5sum (a form of checksum) for my copy of the file gives -
    >
    > e8b108654c5789ad3f75e08b0a89c609
    >
    > Or, when you download the file, you can upload it immediately to virustotal.com and
    > have it scanned. This is a previous scan of that file, as an example. This doesn't
    > guarantee that a file isn't dodgy, but it helps.
    >
    > http://www.virustotal.com/analisis/...8d4962cf721ad0c1467117fc6ddcbd34cf-1269403940
    >
    > Paul
    > .
    >
     

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