MS Windows Processes & Services

Posted on 2012-09-02
Last Modified: 2012-10-02
I have NOT developed the skill to know "precisely" what Processes & Services need to be running w/in a normal windows PC.  I open up the Task Manager and have a cursory knowledge of what should be displayed.  Is there a good utility that can scan a system and report what is normal/abnormal??????  Something to assist in tweaking what needs to be running vice what is running.  Hope this makes sense......
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    by:Lee W, MVP
    BlackViper is good for knowing the services that can be running... but for processes, you can try HiJackThis for a basic analysis (Every PC after even a little use tends to become different.  Some drivers load utilities (Graphics, NICs, and Printers are great examples of devices that can load utilities), some software loads utilities (Adobe being a prime example).  So if you want to know more about the processes, use Process Explorer from SysInternals/Microsoft.  One of the things you can do is "Verify Signatures" to see that each running app is digitally signed... those that aren't can be examined more closely.  And it also allows you to see the path to the files.

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