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stu120404
05-07-2004, 05:38 PM
Hello

Can some one tell me what Processes these are?

See screen shot (http://sal.neoburn.net/imagef1/files/processes.jpg)

Like for example what is MDM.EXE? Or TICIcon.exe!?!?

I am just trying to find out what is causing my computer to lock up / crash when I run my TV card.

I am running win xp pro.

johnboy
05-07-2004, 05:47 PM
Try these take your pick for the 2nd one
here (http://www.liutilities.com/products/wintaskspro/processlibrary/mdm/)
here (http://www.google.com/search?q=TICIcon.exe)

argus
06-07-2004, 11:05 AM
Would it be too much effort to put together a brief FAQ on this, listing at least the typical system processes that Windows runs all or much of the time, and those of some of the more common applications, where the names are not obvious.

The processes that concern me particularly are the ones that end ___mon, or something else suggestive of monitoring. They may be crucial to keeping the system running efficiently, but on the other hand, may be spy/adware.

On a quick check right at the minute, almost everything on this machine seems identifiable; but what on earth is WZQPICK.EXE? (Nothing disastrous happens when I terminate it.)

Can we try to pull together a list of processes and their functions; or is it expecting too much?

Argus

Susan B
06-07-2004, 11:24 AM
> Can we try to pull together a list of processes and their functions; or is it expecting too much?

There is plenty of info out there on the internet if one takes the time to search. New ones crop up all the time so keeping a list up-to-date would be rather tedious.

If you are volunteering, however, we won't say no. ;-)

johnboy
06-07-2004, 11:28 AM
This site (http://www.windowsstartup.com/wso/search.php) explains most tasks and processes

Mike
06-07-2004, 08:48 PM
MDM.exe is the Machine Debug Manager. Look here.

Mike.

Mike
06-07-2004, 08:52 PM
> On a quick check right at the minute, almost
> everything on this machine seems identifiable; but
> what on earth is WZQPICK.EXE? (Nothing disastrous
> happens when I terminate it.)

Winzip Quick Pick or something like that - its a part of Winzip that likes to sit in the sytem tray just in case you want to zip something up in a hurry. See here. Its not needed - I always disable it as soon as I install Winzip.

Mike.

Mike
06-07-2004, 08:56 PM
> The processes that concern me particularly are the
> ones that end ___mon, or something else suggestive of
> monitoring. They may be crucial to keeping the system
> running efficiently, but on the other hand, may be
> spy/adware.

If you're talking about the ctfmon process in Stu's screenshot, its not spyware. Its something to do with Microsoft Office language settings, and alternative language inputs or something. See here. Its not needed unless the user wants to switch input languages or methods. I have this disabled on my PC, so this process doesn't run.

Mike.

Mike
06-07-2004, 09:01 PM
>> Can we try to pull together a list of processes and
>> their functions; or is it expecting too much?
>
> There is plenty of info out there on the internet if
> one takes the time to search. New ones crop up all
> the time so keeping a list up-to-date would be rather
> tedious.

I don't think we'll ever get a good a list as at http://www.pacs-portal.co.uk/startup_content.php]Pacs Portal[/url].

Mike.

Mike
06-07-2004, 09:05 PM
> I don't think we'll ever get a good a list as at http://www.pacs-portal.co.uk/startup_content.php]Pacs
> Portal[/url].

In fact, it looks like Pacs Portal's list has been moved to Sysinfo.

Mike.

johnboy
06-07-2004, 09:13 PM
>>On a quick check right at the minute, almost everything on this machine seems identifiable; but what on earth is WZQPICK.EXE? (Nothing disastrous happens when I terminate it.)>>

Do you mean Wzqkpick.exe if you do it is
(WinZip Computing)
Introduced with WinZip in version 8.1. This is the System Tray icon task which enables you to start with WinZip from the System Tray.

If you do not want the WinZip icon to clutter your System Tray, open WinZip, choose the "Options \ Configuration" menu option, then choose the "System" tab, and then take the tick off the "Include WinZip Quick Pick in the taskbar tray" option.

Elephant
06-07-2004, 09:39 PM
> Hello
>
> Can some one tell me what Processes these are?
>
You might like to look at this site.

http://www.blackviper.com/

If you have a good look here it will tell you what services are important and what services can be terminated or stopped.

More importantly the site explains why and how.

I have no objection to other sites mentioned at all.