Q. I recently downloaded the Process Explorer program you recommended. It certainly shows a lot of information about my computer processes. But I’m at a loss. I don’t know which ones are OK to disable. Any advice you can give would be appreciated. Thank you for your superlative weekly broadcasts.
-Frank from Ancaster, Ontario, Canada, listens to my national radio show on CKTB 610 AM
A. Computer processes isn’t the most interesting topic in the world. In fact, I’ll bet most people don’t understand what computer processes are.
Still, computer processes are important. Without them, your favorite software wouldn’t work properly. And if a particular process encounters errors, it can slow down your computer and cause software to freeze. So, computer processes are important when you need to troubleshoot a problem.
Simply put, a process is simply a computer program that is currently running. A particular program may have several processes running. Or, multiple programs could be using the same process.
You can access running processes via Task Manager. To open Task Manager right-click the taskbar at the bottom of the screen. Then select Start Task Manager. You can also use the program you mentioned, Frank, Process Explorer.
Before we start, I need to make a disclaimer. You should avoid messing with computer processes unless you have a good reason to do so. Killing the wrong process can freeze or destabilize your computer. You will probably have to restart, and you might lose information.