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Anonymous
a b $ Windows 7
May 19, 2012 5:08:39 PM

Hello good men (& women)
My HP laptop runs about a hundred processes right after a fresh reboot and idles at about 2.2 GB (RAM).

How do I fix this? I have disabled almost everything in msconfig.. it still runs 95 processes minimum.
Thanks for reading, any help would be great. It's windows 7 home premium service pack 1 (64 bit) if that's needed..
My antivirus/firewall is Avira Internet Security 2012 (not the free edition).
God bless :) 
May 19, 2012 5:17:17 PM

Try running an anti-vrius scan with Avira, but also run get MalwareBytes from http://www.malwarebytes.org/ (Just get the free version and run a full scan). Running two scans at once helps detect viruses.

Also have a look at the names of the processes. Are there any unnecessary ones that jump out at you?
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a b $ Windows 7
May 19, 2012 5:55:04 PM

40-60 on a OEM laptop is about right, but 100, smells like you have some unwanted guests. Try using one of the free online web scanners in safe mode.
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Anonymous
a b $ Windows 7
May 19, 2012 6:27:30 PM



Onlyusemeisaac said:
Try running an anti-vrius scan with Avira, but also run get MalwareBytes from http://www.malwarebytes.org/ (Just get the free version and run a full scan). Running two scans at once helps detect viruses.

Also have a look at the names of the processes. Are there any unnecessary ones that jump out at you?



:hello:  ONLYUSEmeISAAC
Thanks for your reply.
Ran a full scan with Avira, says system's clean.
Will download malwarebytes now.
Here's a list of the processes I have running ATM:-

Admin Service.exe
AESTSr64.exe
Ath_CoexAgent.exe*32
AthBtTray.exe
audiodg.exe
avfwsvc.exe*32
avgnt.exe*32
avguard.exe*32
avmailc.exe*32
avshadow.exe
avwebgrd.exe*32
BtvStack.exe
ccSvcHst.exe*32 (two instances)
conhost.exe (three instances)
Connectifyd.exe*32
ConnectifyService.exe*32
csrss.exe (two instances)
DpAgent.exe
DpAgent.exe*32
DpHostW.exe
dwm.exe
explorer.exe
hkcmd.exe
hpCaslNotification.exe
hpCMSrv.exe*32
HPConnectionManager.exe
HPDrvMntSvc.exe*32
HPHC_Service.exe
hpHotkeyMonitor.exe*32
HPPA_Main.exe
HPPA_Service.exe
hpqWmiEx.exe*32
hpservice.exe
IAStorDataMgrSvc.exe*32
IAStorIcon.exe*32
IDMan.exe*32
IEMonitor.exe*32
igfxext.exe
idfxperps.exe
igfxsrvc.exe
igfxtray.exe
jhi_service.exe*32
LMS.exe*32
Isass.exe
Ism.exe
MSOSYNC.EXE*32
nusb3mon.exe*32
palemoon.exe
pdiSDKHelperx64.exe
pdisrvc.exe*32
plugin-container.exe
PresentationFontCache.exe
PTChangerFilterService.exe*32
QLBControllerv.exe
sched.exe*32
SDKCOMServer.exe*32
SearchIndexer.exe
services.exe
smss.exe
stacsv64.exe
stickyPad.ece*32
sttray64.exe
svchost.exe (12 instances)
SynTPEnh.exe
SynTPHelper.exe
System
System Idle Process
taskhost.exe
taskmgr.exe
uArcCapture.exe*32
UNS.exe
unsecapp.exe
vcsFPService.exe
wininit.exe
winlogon.exe
wlanext.exe
WmiPrvSE.exe
wweb32.exe*32

I can't recognize most of them, as a matter of fact :p 
Do you see something scary there?
Thanks again for your help :) 


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Anonymous
a b $ Windows 7
May 19, 2012 6:32:15 PM

das_stig said:
40-60 on a OEM laptop is about right, but 100, smells like you have some unwanted guests. Try using one of the free online web scanners in safe mode.


:hello:  das_stig, thanks for your answer :) 
I ran a full scan with avira, the system comes clean.
is there a specific scanner i should try?
i'm about to download malwarebytes as suggested by Isaac above. I'll update the thread with my findings once i complete a scan with malwarebytes.
I've posted a list of processes that i've got running on the computer right now. Do you see something fishy there?
Thanks again for your help and your time :) 
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