Dealing with frozen PC programs can be annoying. But you know what’s more annoying? When you can’t end a process through the Windows Task Manager.

As you may already know, you can open the Windows Task Manager by pressing Ctrl+Alt+Delete. From that menu, you can end all sorts of processes on your computer. But some viruses and processes are smart enough to detect your Windows Task Manager tricks.

Today, we’re going to show you how to fix processes that are hogging your computer’s resources and slowing your system down.

The problem – You don’t know why your computer is slowing down

Let’s say you start up your computer in the morning. You try clicking on your internet browser, only to find that it opens far slower than normal. You try out a few more programs and realize that your computer isn’t speeding up. What’s going on?

Fixing the problem using Windows Task Manager

You may have a busy process running in the background of your computer without your knowledge. To find out if that’s the case, open Windows Task Manager by pressing Ctrl+Alt+Delete.

Then, click on the Processes tab and sort through programs based on their Memory usage and CPU usage (just click on either of those two headings along the top).

That will sort through your programs based on the amount of resources they’re using. In most cases, something like chrome.exe will be using the most memory. And you’ll usually see something called System Idle Process taking up your CPU cycles. System Idle Cycle is just a process that runs when you’re not using 100% of your CPU (which you’re usually not). It’s a harmless application so ignore it.

But if you see something suspicious on that list – like a program name you don’t recognize – then you should quickly Google that program to find out whether it’s a harmless process or a rogue program.

This is an easy way to spot malware that’s hogging system resources. Once you’ve identified the process as being malicious, highlight it and click ‘End Process’ in the Windows Task Manager menu.

That will only temporarily solve your problem. Run an antivirus scan or install PC Cleaner Pro on your computer to eradicate the problem completely.

The problem part 2 – The application disappears when you start up Windows Task Manager

Today, viruses, malware, and other annoying applications are getting smarter about hiding on your PC. When your PC is active, they’ll steal CPU processing power and RAM, but when you open the Windows Task Manager, that application will instantly stop stealing your computer’s resources.

This is done to hide the process on your computer. If you can’t see it using resources from Windows Task Manager, then you can’t identify it. This is a problem. But there’s an easy solution.

Fixing the problem using Process Monitor

There’s a free alternative to Windows Task Manager called Process Monitor. Process Monitor has a more subtle method of detecting background applications. It doesn’t loudly announce its presence like Windows Task Manager. So when you start it up, you can easily see which application is trying to hide from you and then take further action against that application.

How to use Process Monitor:

Step 1) Download Process Monitor from here

Step 2) Run the .exe file you just downloaded

Step 3) This screen will pop up:

It looks similar to Windows Task Manager, but it’s slightly different.

Step 4) Let Process Monitor run for a few seconds and once it’s completed the scan, click on Tools and then click Process Activity Summary. You’ll be able to easily see how many resources each of your applications has been using. The resource usage summary began the moment you started the program.

Step 5) Identify the programs that are using a lot of resource and Google search each one of these applications individually. This will tell you if each program is harmful or harmless.

Step 6) Once you’ve finally found the high resource-using malicious program, run an antivirus scan and search Google to find out how other people solved the problem. There are millions of different malicious processes that your computer could have downloaded and solving each one is different. But the hardest part – identifying the exact name of the virus – is over. Once you’ve done that, you can rely on the work of other people to help you out. All it takes is a Google search for the name of the virus you discovered.

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