How to Investigate Windows Processes

Do you know what processes are running on your computer?

Have you ever had issues with your computer running slow or not functioning properly? Have you tried investigating the Windows processes to find out if you have any malicious programs running on your computer? PC users can take steps to look up each running process to find out what types of programs are running.

There are tools available for computer users to find out information on virtually any type of running process. Users can simply Google Search a running process or visit the LIutilities website (processlibrary.com) for an explanation of any given running Windows process. To use Google to search the liutilities.com website you can enter “site:liutilities.com FILENAME.exe” in the Google search field. This will return results found on the liutilities.com website. If a running process is found to be a malicious program running on your computer you can search our site for a removal guide.

Example of a normal running process file:

svchost or svchost.exe – Process Information

Process File: svchost or svchost.exe
Process Name: Windows Logon Process
Description: svchost.exe is a system process belonging to the Microsoft Windows Operating System which handles processes executed from DLLs. This program is important for the stable and secure running of your computer and should not be terminated.
Company: Microsoft Corp.
System Process: Yes
Security Risk – Spyware/Trojan/Adware/Virus/Worm: No
Common Errors: N/A

Example of a malicious or bad running process file:

isamonitor or isamonitor.exe - Process Information

Process File: isamonitor or isamonitor.exe
Process Name: isamonitor.exe Trojan file
Description: isamonitor.exe is a process which is registered as a trojan. isamonitor.exe is a dangerous program. It is recommended that you remove isamonitor.exe and any associated files immediately.
Company: N/A
System Process: No
Security Risk – Spyware/Trojan/Adware/Virus/Worm: Yes
Common Errors: N/ A
Solution: You can search the www.spyware-techie.com website for the associated Trojan of isamonitor.exe.

Many suspicious running processes are files from Trojans or rogue anti-spyware programs. It is always a good practice to familiarize yourself with the legitimate running processes so you can easily identify malicious programs running on your computer.

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