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Software suggestions: Does anyone know a good software for showing what programs are running in the background?


#1

I know there are great programs out there that show hidden programs on your computer that are running.

I am also looking for a good program that can do a thorough check up on my computer. Lately the hard drive has been whirring suddenly very loudly sometimes and I know it’s some hidden program doing it. On task manager, the hard drive shows it’s running at 100% when this happens.

I used to have software called System Mechanic by iolo that checked things out on my computer but I was reading reviews of it saying it wasn’t good any more.

I’ve also had a few times where the touchpad has stopped responding and I had to do a shutdown and reboot. This has been a completely problem free laptop until recently.


#2

It could be the effect of a memory leak of some program (Firefox is prone to this).

If you are running Windows, type msconfig In the “Run” dialog.

You will see a multi-tabbed menu, and among the tabs the “Services” one.
You can order the list and eventually spot, among the non-Microsoft services, the offender.
The “Tools” tab groups the tools that are used to monitor and log programs and events, and I would look also there.
Windows has also a semi-hidden malware removal tool that you can launch typing mrt. It’s a wizard.


#3

Thank you. I did use the task manager to remove a couple of unknown programs that were running. I used to have a great software program that would list all the hidden programs running, which are not always all shown in the task manager.

I have installed Firefox recently although I don’t use it.

That software program would show how active each program was, how much it was running the hard drive, in a graph over time.


#4

You can find trace of what is defined to run when you log in, looking in the System Registry.
Type regedit and browse to:

HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Run
HKEY_USERS\S-1-5-18*\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Run

You will find the programs that run on a user basis.

** this code may vary.


#5

I used to use CNET as a place to find software programs, mostly utilities but that site is totally different now.

Does anyone know a site that lists and reviews software programs?


#6

If possible avoid these “utilities”. The only programs that I have found effective in extreme cases were:
** Combofix (Removal tool. Terrific, but may have collateral effects).
** Active SMART (disk diagnosis).


#7

I’ve never used disk cleanup on this laptop and now it’s very slow to open the pictures partition and some others. I don’t want to stress the hard drive. This laptop is four years old and I have had them die at that time.


#8

I suggest to run at least once Active SMART (the trial is free). Traditional hard disks have a number of “spare” sectors that are used to replace the ones that fail. When the stock ends, it’s over.


#9

Do you have 2 drives? I´ve found that cleaning up folders like documents, screenshots, downloads, i.e. shoving stuff I don´t need now or possibly never again into folders and moving them to my data drive, makes a big difference in performance. For instance, I push all screenshots I don´t have the time to look through in order to delete/keep, into zip folders and those to the D drive.

For running programs - on my last laptop, some stupid ad program had somehow installed itself together with another program and slowed me down and I needed ages to figure out which it was and to get rid of it.
There are nice pages like shouldiremoveit . com which help you figure out what is trash and can be dumped and what you might be better off keeping.


#10

I’ve never had a computer with two hardrives. I will do a cleanup.


#11

I forgot Sysinternals (directly from Microsoft): https://docs.microsoft.com/en-us/sysinternals/


#12

This one in sysinternals looks very useful for me:

Contig
Wish you could quickly defragment your frequently used files? Use Contig to optimize individual files, or to create new files that are contiguous.

these two also look useful:

DiskView
Graphical disk sector utility.

Disk Usage (DU)
View disk usage by directory.

The rest of the list of things it does look incomprehensible to me.


#13

You are probably interested to Autoruns https://docs.microsoft.com/en-us/sysinternals/downloads/autoruns
However, there is no Microsoft application that reads the S.M.A.R.T. attributes, that are implemented at hardware level (see suggestion above).


#14

It’s alarming when the hard drive suddenly starts roaring and at first I never realize it’s the computer making that loud noise. And of course it freezes when it does that.


#15

That link you gave shows a 404 error page.


#16

As well as checking what programs/processes are running (task manager etc.), I’d defragment the drive like suggested. Maybe also do a virus scan. It’s probably also a good idea to back up important files first eg. in case you remove anything you need or if the drive did fail etc.


#17

I am due to renew my virus ware does anyone have a suggestion for a good one?


#18

Kaspersky :sunglasses:


#19

Google Windows Defender if you are on a Windows computer and download it. It’s free from Microsoft and I’ve always used it with good results. It updates automatically weekly.


#20

I think that came with my computer. I will have to check. :thinking:

I just checked and I have Windows Defender. So I do not need any additional anti virus program?