Running Processes in Task Manager

Dear Computer Lady,

There are programs constantly running in the background.

I went to the Task Manager. Some have “LocalService”, others are different.

Can I delete all of these running programs without causing problems? If so, how?

Thank you, Dottie

Dear Dottie,

The short answer is, No, you cannot delete all the running programs in task manager without causing problems.

In task manager, you are not looking at programs, you are looking at processes. Windows itself has many processes that need to run, if you delete them, your computer will not operate.

You are much better off clicking on the “Startup” tab in Task Manager and disabling programs that are starting automatically that you don’t need.

Don’t disable your antivirus or other security software.

Doing it this way, if you find something doesn’t work, you can always go back in and enable it later.



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