Windows Task Manager identifies a task manger program that comes with the Microsoft Windows NT operating systems family. The program provides users with detailed information regarding computer performance as well as the running applications, network statistics and activity, CPU usage and processes, logged-in users as well as system services.

With the Task manager, a user can also be able to set the priorities of processes, terminate processes forcibly, processor affinity, restart, shut down, log off and hibernate. Task list has the ability to list the processes that are currently running and then killing them or coming up with another process.

Within the Windows operating system are usually problems such as Adwares, Malwares and Viruses. Although the user might have a powerful Antivirus application or solution, the PC might never be completely free and safe from any infections because malwares and viruses propagate on a daily basis. It is possible for the user to monitor and then destroy viruses from their Task Manager. If a computer system is clean, there are default processes that run on it. Such processes include msiexec.exe, wuauclt.exe, services.exe, wmiprvse.exe, taskmgr.exe and explorer.exe. Other processes that could help one know if their computer is clean are alg.exe, spoolsv.exe, smss.exe, svhost.exe, lsass.exe, winlogon.exe, csrss.exe, winlogon.exe, and explorer.exe. System, msiexec.exe and System Idle Process are also counted as part of this category.

Contrary to what some computer users might think, it is not very difficult to monitor the performance of a computer. The first step to take when monitoring the performance of a computer is to click onto the Performance tab so as to have a dynamic view of the computer’s performance. For this, there are specific measures that should be taken and the first one is to check the Graphs for memory and CPU Usage. One should also have a look at the number of threads, processes and handles that are currently running and detect the rascal ones.

Handles in a computer system can be described as special identifiers that make it possible for a program to be able to get to the resources of the computer system. Such resources entail things like bitmaps, files, fonts and registry keys. Threads on the other hand can be described as objects that are inside processes that are tasked with running program instructions. Another way through which a user can monitor their systems and eliminate viruses is by use of genuine anti-spyware and anti-virus applications such as the Security Task Manager. Using such software, it is possible to detect any rogue processes running in the system.

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