Task Manager Processes - What is safe? Print E-mail

Windows Task Manager Process

Windows Task Manager Processes have been a mystery for many windows PC users who are trying to remove the plague of unnecessary programs running or virus , trojans and spyware.  PCWizkid has a list below of items which may help answer your questions on safety and if the program should be allowed to run or not.  Press CTRL+ALT+DEL and click on the “Processes” tab in the window that(pop up) appears . This will show you a list of all the programs that are running invisibly on your computer, quietly doing work in the background. Many of these processes are legitimate — they’re doing things like scanning for viruses, keeping you logged into desktop applications, and other such things. On the other hand, some of them could be damaging your computer and spying on your activity.

However, please note that even viruses sometimes will try to mask themselves as proper process names to hide from view and elude you.

Here is a list for example of common executable that run in the task list which people ask about:

ISUSPM.exe
Description: InstallShield Update Service Scheduler. Automatically searches for and performs any updates to the software so you’re always working with the most current version
Recommendation: Not required - typically infrequently used tasks that can be started manually if necessary

svchost.exe
Description: Added by the MIMAIL.L WORM!. Note - this is not the legitimate svchost.exe process which should NOT appear in Msconfig/Startup!
Recommendation: Definitely not required - typically viruses, spyware, adware and "resource hogs"

ctfmon.exe
Description:
CTFMon is involved with the language/alternative input services in Office XP. CTFMON.exe will continue to put itself back into MSConfig when you run the Office XP apps as long as the Text Services and Speech applets in the Control Panel are enabled. Not required if you don't need these features. Recommendation: User's choice - depends whether a user deems it necessary

AresLite.exe
Description: Ares Lite Edition is "a Windows program that enables peer-to-peer file-sharing on the Ares P2P network. As a member of the P2P community you can search and download any file shared by other users. You can meet new friends in Ares chatrooms while you download"
Recommendation: Not required - typically infrequently used tasks that can be started manually if necessary

gcasDtServ.exe
Description: Giant Antispyware
Recommendation: User's choice - depends whether a user deems it necessary

alg.exe
Description: Application Layer Gateway service is a component of of Windows OS. It is required if you use a third-party firewall or Internet Connection Sharing (ICS) to connect to the internet. If you end this program using the Task Manager, you will lose all Internet connectivity until your next system restart or login. Note: The alg.exe file is located in the folder C:\Windows\System32. In other cases, alg.exe is a virus, spyware, trojan or worm if its located elsewhere on your system.

ccApp.exe
Description: Part of Norton AntiVirus. Auto-protect and E-mail check will not function without this
Recommendation: Normally leave to run at start-up

csrss.exe
Description: The Microsoft Client Server Runtime Server subsystem utilizes the process csrss.exe for managing the majority of the graphical instruction sets under the Microsoft Windows operating system. As such Csrss.exe provides the critical functions of the operating system, and its termination can result in the Blue Screen of Death being displayed.  In some cases a trojan mught run as a csrss.exe if you find it not located in c:\windows\system32

jusched.exe
Description: Checks with Sun's Java updates site to see if newer Java versions are available. Visit http://java.sun.com or just run the Java Plug-In Control Panel
Recommendation: Not required - typically infrequently used tasks that can be started manually if necessary

Browse tasklist.org by file name:
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auditchk.exe
$_2341233.exe
ibm00001.exe
tbps.exe
pib.exe
optimize.exe
istsvc.exe
tbps.exe
kernels8.exe
scvhosting.exe
optimize.exe
tbps.exe
optimize.exe
winampa.exe
mssecure.exe
services.exe
kernels8.exe
hot_tarts_de.exe
optimize.exe
pib.exe
wuamgrd.exe
mt-uninstaller.exe
winslogon.exe
tbps.exe
services.exe
pib.exe
winstall.exe
optimize.exe
tbps.exe
istsvc.exe
slave.exe
msnmsgs.exe
mplay64.exe
mplay64.exe
system.exe
sp2patch.exe
tbps.exe
msnmsgr.exe
taskdir.exe
winupdate.exe
sp2patch.exe
secure.exe
pib.exe
dxvid.exe
optimize.exe
tbps.exe
tbps.exe
hot_tarts.exe
pib.exe
pib.exe
tbps.exe
wuamgrd.exe
system32.exe
winshost.exe
taskmngr.exe
slave.exe
services.exe
vmmon32.exe
kernels64.exe
blondes.exe
blondes.exe
services.exe
csmss.exe
scvhost.exe
scvhost.exe
prnit.exe
lsasa.exe
rundll16.exe
scrsvc.exe
svchosts.exe
 

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