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Services

The computer runs all kinds of "services" during normal operation.  Many having obscure names so don't panic...

services

It doesn't hurt to check the various tasks and services on occasion, especially if you have just cleaned up from a virus or junkware.  In the Control Panel > Administrative Tools > Services.

You do want to pay attention to...

Look through the list for unusual items.  Granted, most will look unusual but a hint: An item with out a description should be a red flag of a undesirable service.

Double click the item and see what it is.  If you're unsure, Google the file name (example below is smu.exe) and see if it's a legitimate file.  (As always, be careful what sites you navigate to.)    Be sure to look in scheduled tasks as some of this stuff just re-enables itself on boot!

If you find an item that you do not want active, change the Startup type to Disabled.  Notice in this example, the stop button is unavailable.  With these, you must disable then reboot to kill the service...

A few others we have seen:

We found www.threatexpert.com to be fairly safe and accurate.