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    Bronze Lounger
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    Task Manager Question

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    Is there a way for a process to run on one PC without being listed in the Processes tab of the Task Manager?

    How about the Applications tab?

    I ask because one of my friends gets a lot of disk thrashing, and he is unhappy about that because it slows down his system. I told him to defrag the drive and he told me he had done that several times with the same result. The thrashing continues no matter what is going on.

    I looked into indexing, and it was turned off. The disk seems to be healthy, and not that I can recognize the Image names given in the Processes tab, I am wondering if what is causing all this disk activity?

    Thanks in advance.

    Wassim
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    Re: Task Manager Question

    <hr>Is there a way for a process to run on one PC without being listed in the Processes tab of the Task Manager?<hr>
    Yes, most definitely. Task Manager polls once every 10 ms - a lot of time in today's world of multi-gigahertz computers. Many things can fly under the radar simply because of the way Windows is designed.

    If you want to look into this with greater detail, I would strongly recommend that you take a look at Process Explorer. It utilizes a different method of "looking" at running processes, and is more accurate as a result.

    The thrashing problem is likely due to some program that is starting at boot-up. Check the things that are starting with Windows, and make sure that you scan for spyware and virii.
    -Mark

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