How to Know if There Are Unnecessary Processes Running in the Background of My Computer

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You can know if there are unnecessary processes running in the background of your computer by looking at the Task Manager. Find out how to know if there are unnecessary processes running in the background of your computer with help from a web and graphics specialist in this free video clip.

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Hi, my name is Brian, and this is how to know if you are running unnecessary processes in the background of my computer. So sometimes a computer will be running programs without you even knowing about them. They'll use background programs that might be taking up space and RAM on your computer and thus slowing it down. So you might want to close some of those programs because you don't actually need them. So I'm going to show you how to do that on a Mac. Now on a PC it's a little different. You have a task manager on a PC which you can access by hitting the control, alt, delete keys. On a Mac you have to go and open this program called activity monitor which you can find if you just search for it. Now this is very similar to the task manager on a PC where it shows you all the processes that are open and running. And under this column CPU percentage you will be able to see which ones are taking up the most space. And you can close them from here and you can check the system memory and your CPU. You ca check all sorts of stuff under activity monitor. But basically the CPU percentage column is the one you are going to want to look at to see what's taking up the most memory.

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