Saturday, July 30, 2005

The Occasional Tip

It doesn't take me to announce that there's lots of bad people in this internet world, you already know that. You've already heard of making sure you have firewall, anti-virus, and anti-spyware protection. But just because all the previous tools do their jobs doesn't mean somebody hasn't snuck one past your barriers. You might still have malicious programs running on your machine as you read this. So here's another technique that's not so well known to find bad things that might be running on your computer. Did you ever look in your Task Manager on the Processes tab and ever wonder what those file names (svchost.exe or alg.exe, for example) meant? You can google those process file names and get descriptions of what they are. The best tool that I found was a site called There you can search for the process file name, and ProcessFinder will give you an explanation of what it is, and whether it poses a security threat or not. May your computing always be safe!

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