PC too slow, possible malware infection, just not behaving as it should? Then you'll probably launch Task Manager or something similar to figure out what’s going on.
Sounds great, until you find 50 or more cryptically-named background processes and realize you’ve barely any idea what most of them do.
At this point, most people start taking short cuts. This process name looks familiar, that one’s running in the Windows folder, let’s just assume they’re okay…
Unfortunately malware authors understand this only too well, and employ a range of tricks to make their processes blend in with everything else.
A better approach is to spend a little time learning about common PC processes. This doesn't have to be to any great depth, or require any low-level, developer-type knowledge -- it's just a matter of understanding a few basic rules, to help you spot when something’s wrong.
We're going to start by looking at some common Windows processes. Here's what you need to know.