Sluggish PCs are commonly caused programs running in the background, which in some cases are started automatically when Windows starts up.

Sometimes these programs are useful but quite often, however, are not needed, and some many cases may be disgusted as trojans, spywares, malwares and even viruses.

The pages below provide a guide on the usefulness these background tasks, Windows 98 / 2000 / XP / Vista / 7 services, and Windows Startups, and removal procedures when recommended.

Common Windows Processes: A - B - C - D - E - F - G - H - I - J - K - L - M - N - O - P - Q - R - S - T - U - V - W - X - Y - Z

Common Windows Services: A - B - C - D - E - F - G - H - I - J - K - L - M - N - O - P - Q - R - S - T - U - V - W - X - Y - Z

Common Third Party Processes: 0-A - B - C - D - E - F - G - H - I - J - K - L - M - N - O - P - Q - R - S - T - U - V - W - X - Y - Z

Common Windows Processes
alg.exe arp.exe asr_fmt.exe asr_ldm.exe asr_pfu.exe
at.exe audiodg.exe autochk.exe chkdsk.exe cmd.exe
cmdl32.exe csrss.exe ctfmon.exe dllhost.exe Explorer.exe
gdi.exe hostname.exe internat.exe ipconfig.exe label.exe
logoff.exe LogonUI.exe lsass.exe lsm.exe mdm.exe
mobsync.exe msg.exe msmsgs.exe mssearch.exe mstask.exe
print.exe regsvc.exe runas.exe rundll32.exe sdclt.exe
services.exe shutdown.exe sidebar.exe slsvc.exe SLWinAct.exe
smss.exe spoolsv.exe svchost.exe systeminfo.exe systray.exe
taskmgr.exe tracerpt.exe user.exe wcescomm.exe wercon.exe
winlogon.exe winmgmt.exe wins.exe WMIexe.exe wmiprvse.exe
wpcumi.exe wscntfy.exe wscript.exe wuauclt.exe wupdmgr.exe

Common Windows Services
.NET Runtime Optimization Service Alerter Application Experience
Application Information Application Layer Gateway Service Application Management State Service Automatic Update Service Background Intelligent Transfer Service
Base Filtering Engine Block Level Backup Engine Service Certificate Propagation
ClipBook CNG Key Isolation COM Event System
COM System Application Computer Browser Cryptographic Services
DCOM Server Process Launcher Desktop Window Manager Session Manager DFS Replication
DHCP Client Disgnostic Policy Service Disgnostic Service Host
Diagnostic System Host Distributed Link Tracking Client Distributed Transaction Coordinator
DNS Client Error Reporting Service Event Log
Extensible Authentication Protocol Fast User Switching Compatibility Fax
Function Discovery Provider Host Function Discovery Resource Publication Health Key and Certificate Management
Help and Support HID Input Service HTTP SSL
Human Interface Device Access IKE and AuthIP IPsec Keying Modules IMAPI CD Burning COM
Indexing Service Interactive Connection Sharing Interactive Services Detection
IP Helper IPsec Policy Agent IPSEC Service
KtmRm for Distributed Transaction Coorinator Link Layer Topology Discovery Mapper Logical Disk Administrator Manager
Logical Disk manager Message Queuing Messenger Service
Microsoft iSCSI Initiator Service Microsoft NET Framework NGEN MS Software Shadow Copy Provider
Multimedia Class Scheduler Net Logon Net Tcp Port Sharing Service
NetMeeting Remote Desktop Sharing Network Access Protection Agent Network Connection Service
Network DDE DSDM Network DDE Service Network List Service
Network Location Awareness Network Provisioning Service Network Store Interface Service
NT LM Sercurity Support Provider Offline Files Parental Controls
Peer Name Resolution Protocol Peer Networking Grouping Peer Networking Identity Manager
Performance Logs and Alerts Plug and Play PnP X IP Bus Enumerator
PNRP Machine Name Publication Service Portable Device Enumerator Portable Media Serial Number
Print Spooler Problem Reports and Solutions Control Panel Support Program Compatibility Assistant Service
Protected Storage QoS RSVP Quality Windows Audio Video Experience
ReadyBoost Remote Access Auto Connection Manager Remote Access Connection Manager
Remote Desktop Help Session Manager Remote Procedure Call Locator Remote Procedure Call
Remote Registry Removable Storage RIP Listener
Routing and Remote Access Secondary Logon Secure Socket Tunneling Protocol
Sercurity Accounts Manager Security Center Server
Shell Hardware Detection Simple TCP IP Services Smart Card Helper
Smart Card Removal Policy Smart Card SNMP Trap
Software Licensing SSDP Discovery Service Superfetch
System Event Notification Service System Restore Service Tablet PC Input Service
Task Scheduler TCP IP NetBIOS Helper Telephony
Telnet Terminal Services Configuration Terminal Services UserMode Port Redirector
Terminal Services Themes Thread Ordering Server
TPM Base Services Uninterruptible Power Supply Universal Plug and Play Device Host
UPnP Device Host User Profile Service Virtual Disk
Volume Shadow Copy WebClient Audio Endpoint Builder
Windows Audio Windows Backup Windows CardSpace
Windows Color System Windows Connect Now Config Registrar Windows Defender
Windows Driver Foundation Windows Error Reporting Service Windows Event Collector
Windows Event Log Windows Firewall/internet Connection Sharing Windows Firewall
Windows Image Acquisition Windows Installer Windows Management Instrumentation Driver
Windows Management Instrumentation Windows Media Center Extender Windows Media Center Receiver
Windows Media Center Scheduler Windows Media Center Service Launcher Windows Media Player Network Sharing Service
Windows Modules Installer Windows Presentation Foundation Font Cache Windows Process Activation Service
Windows Remote Management Windows Search Windows Time
Windows Update WinHTTP Web Proxy Auto Discovery Wired AutoConfig
Wireless Zero Configuration WLAN AutoConfig WMI Performance Adapter
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