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How to shut down program running in the background

Posted on 2006-06-12
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Hello,

How can I shut down a program that is running in the background? When I use control, alt, delete it does not work (nothing pops up).

I believe the program that is running is a spyware program that is eating up the processor.

I am using Windows XP Pro.

Thanks.
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by:phototropic
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Start - run - msconfig (that is, type "msconfig" in the run box, without the quotes)
Click on the "startup" tab.
Remove the tick from the box of any program you do not wish to run at startup.
You will be asked to reboot. Do so.
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If you suspect spyware, download, update, and then run a spyware scanner. These are recommended:

http://www.safer-networking.org/en/download/
http://www.lavasoft.de/support/download/
http://www.ewido.net/en/download/

For added effectiveness, run them in safe mode (f8 at startup)

Good luck!
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by:Mohammed Hamada
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Goto Start --> Run --> type Cmd and enter ..

to view the running processes type:

Tasklist and enter

The above command will view the list of processes that are running, If you have identified any of them, simply search the file and type the following command to kill from the memory ..

Taskkill x:\foldername\filename.ext  

Good luck
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by:Mohammed Hamada
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Or you probably can kill the process without using the file path, you can only use taskkill filename.ext as it appears on the tasklist viewed list..
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by:Mohammed Hamada
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Download hijackthis from www.hijackthis.de and then run it, click scan and post your log to www.hijackthis.de and click analyaze then send the saved link here for us to see..

Then Download and run the following..

SpywareBlaster: (http://www.javacoolsoftware.com/spywareblaster.html)
Other crapware reference sites such as:
 
doxdesk.com: (http://www.doxdesk.com/parasite/)
CounterExploitation: (http://cexx.org/adware.htm)
Kephyr.com: (http://www.kephyr.com/)
PestPatrol: (http://www.pestpatrol.com/)
SpywareGuide.com: (http://www.spywareguide.com/)
Webhelper:(http://www.webhelper4u.com/)
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by:derboxen
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if your pretty confident on knowing which tasks should be running and what shouldent.. you can use this program to kill any process you might have running..
http://www.sysinternals.com/Utilities/ProcessExplorer.html

if not it will atleast show you manufactures of all the processes and how much cpu they are using.. and you can use that to base a decision.
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