Windows 7 Forums

Welcome to Windows 7 Forums. Our forum is dedicated to helping you find support and solutions for any problems regarding your Windows 7 PC be it Dell, HP, Acer, Asus or a custom build. We also provide an extensive Windows 7 tutorial section that covers a wide range of tips and tricks.


Windows 7: Didn't install anything, but the number of processes running went up

28 Dec 2011   #1
giacomo

W7HP64
 
 
Didn't install anything, but the number of processes running went up

Hi everyone!

I discovered in my Windows Task Manager about two weeks ago that the lowest number of processes running when idle went up by one. From 49 to 50. By the "lowest" number, I mean the number of processes running when idle. This number (49) had been the same for about a year since I bought my laptop.

The problem is that I didn't install anything two-three weeks ago. Not then, not since then. The number just went up from 49 to 50 for no apparent reason. So, I figured that it was some random application that hadn't been properly shut down and expected it would come back down to 49 when I reboot the laptop -- because I knew it had happened before.

Yesterday, I finally rebooted the machine fully expecting the number of processes running when idle to come back down to 49. NOPE. It's still at 50. What could've happened here?

One possibility is, of course, a virus. After all, about two weeks ago, shortly BEFORE I discovered the change in numbers (from 49 to 50), the MSE caught a virus in my digital camera that had just been connected to my laptop. But, being always careful with these things, I ran the MSE before I opened the digital camera's drive (G:\ or whatever) and the MSE caught the aforementioned virus. And I immediately quick-scanned the digital camera and the laptop with the MSE and the MBAM. No more viruses.

Just for the sake of peace of mind, in the last two weeks, I've run a full scan and multiple sessions of quick scans of both the MSE and the MBAM. Nothing. The laptop is clean.

Back to yesterday, I rebooted the laptop, discovered the lowest number of processes when idle was staying at 50. Upon closely looking at the Processes and Services tabs of the Task Manager, I didn't find any anomaly (or so I think). But it seems that the number when idle is 50 now.

What do you guys think has happened here? Not knowing exactly what's happened to my computer is driving me crazy. Please help.

Thank you,
giacomo


My System SpecsSystem Spec
.
28 Dec 2011   #2
DustSailor

Microsoft Windows 8.1 Pro 64-bit
 
 

giacomo, welcome to Sevenforums!

This shouldn't be a problem. Often, windows starts and stops many different services that require processes to run, as not all of these services are required to run all of the time. Likely, you only noticed this as the infection with virus caused you to look around for damage. My recommendation is to make sure MSE is fully updated, run the scan on "full scan", and not to worry so much. If the virus is removed, you can be sure that it is removed. Update windows in control panel and install all important updates, as there are numerous security patches there that may further strengthen your computer against attack.

PS. You will only need 1 full scan of MSE to catch a virus at any time. 2-100 full scans and 4-60 quick ones will do nothing further for you. It is an active virus scanner, meaning even if the scan isn't on per se, it will still be looking for evidence of viruses. Give the scanner a rest at least until a few weeks have gone by, provided you aren't surfing potentially dangerous websites. If you don't trust a website but feel you must look something up anyway (dangerous), go ahead and do a quick scan. It is a well built antivirus, so give it a little trust
My System SpecsSystem Spec
28 Dec 2011   #3
ignatzatsonic

Microsoft Community Contributor Award Recipient

Windows 7 Home Premium SP1, 64-bit
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by giacomo View Post
Not knowing exactly what's happened to my computer is driving me crazy.
I hope you have more worthwhile things to drive you crazy.

There are thousands of things going on in your computer every second. Most of them will remain beyond your understanding.

Take Dust Sailor's advice--try not to worry so much.
My System SpecsSystem Spec
.

28 Dec 2011   #4
Britton30
Microsoft MVP

Windows 7 Ultimate X64 SP1
 
 

It may be a Windows or some program update added a process to the list. My process numbers range from 41-50 and more. You might look again at some point and it will be 48. Why bother even looking? As my two friends said, nothing to worry or even think about.

If they suddenly increase to 123 I'd be concerned.
My System SpecsSystem Spec
29 Dec 2011   #5
DustSailor

Microsoft Windows 8.1 Pro 64-bit
 
 

I have 61 processes going normally and only 1 startup program. They can be anything from drivers to applications that autorun to windows itself.

Ah, and I looked again and now I have 59. You can't explain that
Didn't install anything, but the number of processes running went up-oreillycantexplain.png

EDIT* My family computer running vista has 71 processes running... This one I use is a bit slimmer


My System SpecsSystem Spec
29 Dec 2011   #6
giacomo

W7HP64
 
 

Thank you all for sharing your thoughts!

Maybe I need to chill out by now, but this whole thing first got me concerned/interested/worried because of (1) the timing (happened right after the virus infection); and (2) more important, the fact that the "lowest" number of processes running when idle had been consistently the same -- 49 -- until two weeks ago. I figured that something that consistent wouldn't have suddenly changed without a significant change somewhere.

For now, I think Britton30 is probably the closest: an update adding a process to the list -- because the monthly updates were installed about the same time. So, the monthly updates, the virus infection (to the digital camera), and the change in the lowest number of processes running when idle all happened about the same time. What caused what? I don't know.
My System SpecsSystem Spec
Reply

 Didn't install anything, but the number of processes running went up




Thread Tools Search this Thread
Search this Thread:

Advanced Search




Similar help and support threads
Thread Forum
Number of processes in system tray
I'm looking for a tool displaying the number of running processes in the system tray. (Similar to SysTrayMeter). Thank you.
Software
Message says Firefox running, Task Manager didn't indicate it was?
I moved my Thunderbird and Firefox profile folders from their original locations in Roaming... to a C:\ ... location because their backups were in Compatibility Files. When I went to start either one, I got a close program message. It stated that FF (or when starting TB), they were already...
Browsers & Mail
2 explorer.exe processes running
Hi guys :) i have got 2 explorer.exe processes running on my system!!! as far as i can remember it happened after i installed tune up utilities 2011 (but not sure about this) can it be some kind of virus/malware?? am using MSE and comodo firewall i have Unchecked “Launch folder windows...
General Discussion
16+ svchost.exe processes running
I have recently noticed that my computer is running from 16 to 18 different processes of svchost at once, and without running any programs uses 30% of my RAM. http://i453.photobucket.com/albums/qq260/manypopes/svchost.png?t=1287308628 That screenshot was taken when running nothing but Opera....
Performance & Maintenance
# of processes you have running
Just curious as to how many you have running.? seems to be constant subject on many forums/ blogs etc. i have 34. right place to post ? cheers
General Discussion
100+ Explorer.exe Processes Running
For starters this is my first post, so hello. I'm glad to see there's such a large Windows 7 forum. I've been enjoying everything so far. I have an OS: Windows 7 Ultimate 64-bit CPU: Intel I7 920 RAM: 12GB DDR3 1600 RAM GFX: ATI 4890
BSOD Help and Support


Our Sites

Site Links

About Us

Find Us

Windows 7 Forums is an independent web site and has not been authorized, sponsored, or otherwise approved by Microsoft Corporation. "Windows 7" and related materials are trademarks of Microsoft Corp.

Designer Media Ltd

All times are GMT -5. The time now is 16:54.

Twitter Facebook Google+



Windows 7 Forums

Seven Forums Android App Seven Forums IOS App