How To Manage Hidden Programs On Your Pc

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According to  providers of IT support in Fort Lauderdale, there are several programs that could be running on your system without being displayed on the taskbar. Some of the programs could be the ones that need to be running so that other users can have access to some shared files on your system.

However, the main problem is that some of the programs may be adware, viruses, and malware that have gained illegitimate access to some files that are very important to your business. For instance, the file could be the record of all your debtors and how much debt they owe. Well, the good news is that there are simple steps to take to be able to view and manage the hidden programs.

There are four techniques to achieve this. The techniques are:

  • Hiring a provider of IT support in Fort Lauderdale to help you monitor hidden programs remotely
  • You can use the Task Manager
  • You can use computer management programs
  • You can disable some programs

Since there are no technical steps involved in hiring an IT support provider, only the other three techniques will be outlined below.

How to use the task manager

Step 1: Press “Ctrl + Alt + Delete” and select “Task Manager”. In the alternative, pressing “Ctrl + Shift + Esc” will take you directly inside the task manager.

Step 2: Click “processes” and the list of all running programs will be displayed. You can check each of the properties of each of the programs to find out more about them. You can also right-click any of the programs and end the process by selecting “End process”.

Step 3: Press “Windows key + E” to open windows explorer. Select “view”, then click “options”, and click “Change folder search options”. Thereafter, you can click “View” tab from the folder options click “Show hidden files and folders”. Finally, you can click “OK”

How to use computer management programs

Step 1: Press “windows key + R”. This will launch the run box. Then, enter “compmgmt.msc” on the run field and press enter. You will be taken to computer management window where you will drop down the options under services and applications by clicking “+” beside the command. Click on “services” within the options.

Step 2: Click the “status” column and you will see some processes tagged “started”. They are the ones that are already running on your PC.

Step 3: Click any of the running services and put a check on the description box to see the description of the selected service.

Step: Right-click on the service that you want to disable and click “stop” to disable it.

How to disable some programs

Step 1: Double click on the “System configuration” window to open it.

Step 2: Click “Startup” tab to see the list of programs that automatic launches themselves when your computer is booting.

Step 3: You can un-tick the programs you want to disable

Step 4: Click “Apply” and click “Ok”.

Conclusively, it is advisable to outsource this task to your IT support team because disabling some programs may affect the normal running of your PC. So, only an experienced computer engineer should handle this.