Windows Task Manager in English

You use Ctrl+Alt+Del to see what’s running on your PC, to close crashed programs and processes, and to check performance. You probably avoid a few processes whose names mean nothing to you, but they’re essential to Windows. svchost.exe sure likes to appear all the time and multiple times at that. What’s taskmgr.exe? Oh yeah, it’s the window you’re looking at right now. ctfmon? Is he related to Pokemon? navapsvc.exe? Navy? Napa Valley? Navel? NOTA (none of the above).
This is not a comprehensive list as that would take days. It has the standard processes as well as process names from popular applications. If you want to know about a process, the best place to go is… Just like adware and spyware, there are bad processes that come to life thanks to the bad guys like Trojans and viruses. The site has a list of the top five security threats, so watch out for those processes.

Acrobat Assistant that is used when printing documents to a PDF. The process should not be removed while converting documents to PDF.
Active Disk Service is a component of the Iomega zip drive.
Also for the Iomega zip drive.
Associated with Symantec’s Internet Security Suite. Keep it and protect your PC.
Also associated with Symantec’s Internet Security Suite. Keep it and protect your PC.
System process that is the main executable for the Microsoft Client / Server Runtim Server Subsystem. It should not be shut down.
non-essential system process. If you’re using only English as the language, then it is not needed. However, it’s recommended to leave it alone.
This must always be running in the background. It’s a user interface process that runs the windows graphical shell for the desktop, task bar, and Start menu.
Internet Explorer browser. But why are you using it unless it’s for a site that doesn’t work in any other browser? Use Firefox instead.
Local Security Authority Service is a Windows security-related system process for handling local security and login policies.
Navapsvc.exe, nvsrvc32.exe, and navapw32.exe
These are Symantec’s North AnvtiVirus processes. They or whatever virus program you use should run all the time.
RealNetworks Scheduler is not an essential process. It checks for updates for RealNetworks products. It can be safely disabled.
A system process that executes DLLs and loads their libraries.
Nortons AntiVirus process. Keep it.
An essential process that manages the starting and stopping of services including the those in boot up and shut down. Do not terminate it.
Session Manager SubSystem is a system process that is a central part of the Windows operating system. If you try to kill it, it will be difficult… hence, the importance of leaving it be.
Microsoft printer spooler service handles local printer processes. It’s a system file.
svchost.exe x 6
You may have more than six appearances of this process or less. It’s there multiple times to handle processes executed from DLLs. Leave it there.
This is a file that stores information related to local hardware settings in the registry under ‘HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE’. Kill it and kiss your PC’s stability bye bye.
System Idele Process
calculates the amount of CPU currently in use by applications. This won’t go away no matter how hard you try. Don’t try it, OK?
Appears when you press Ctrl+Alt+Del.
Windows Driver Foundation Manager is part of Windows media player 10 and newer. Better not to stop the process.
Handles the login and logout processes. It’s essential.
The great Carnac says, “You’re running Microsoft Word.”

Don’t panic if you see something you have on the “bad guy” list. svchost.exe is important, but some are good guys and some are bad guys. Do your research before deleting anything. For instance, I have admin.exe, which has been reported as a bad guy. However, it is the admin process for one of my programs. When I closed the program, admin.exe also went away.

10 thoughts on “Windows Task Manager in English”

  1. The tech. at my local computer store deleted, system and task mgr. from my registry. He said the computer didn’t need those files and it would make my computer run faster. Neither of those files appear under startup in my system configuration utility, although I can use control-alt.-delete and any changes I make in startup are reflected in the registry. Are system and system tray the same thing and how do I get it back? Thanks.

  2. Two things: there’s a type in the link text for thst great resource, the Process Library (–it’s missing an “S”.

    The other thing is that for $49.95 you can purchase a great utility called the Windows Task Manager, v5, from LI Utilities ( It provides more information than taskmgr.exe, and also describes and explains a large number of process names too.
    Probably more of interest to professionals with a tools budget than to money sensitive individual users, it’s nonetheless an interesting product with some great capabilities. You can also find information on a great many process names on the company website as well.



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