WHAT’S ALL THAT STUFF RUNNING IN THE BACKGROUND?

“System Explorer 2.0.5” is a free program from download.com that lets you take a look at everything running on your computer, and turn off what you’re not using. This really speeds things up.

When we ran System Explorer on our Windows computer, several programs we thought we had closed were still running in the background. A check on our computer’s central processing unit – the brain chip, showed that it was as busy as a one-arm carpenter, running like crazy at 100 percent. When we clicked to let System Explorer turn off the supposedly closed programs, our central processor’s work load went from 100 percent to 30 percent.

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